Entries Tagged as 'Hype'

Gaming Hype: Forza Horizon 2 Demo Coming Next Month

Posted on 08.27.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Despite how packed it seemed to me when I was there, only a small fraction of the planet’s population got to attend the E3 expo or Gamescom this year and thus far those were the only times when Forza Horizon 2 was available to play to the somewhat general public.  However, that is about to change!  It was announced today that a Forza Horizon 2 demo is coming next month!  Yes!  Finally, many more people will get to enjoy driving through a grassy field in a brand new Lamborghini Huracan!  The demo will be available on Xbox Live on September 16th.  Unfortunately, despite the fact that when the game releases on September 30th it will be available for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 the demo next month will only be on Xbox One.  If you already have an Xbox One then you’re set!  If not then well, you’ll have to wait a bit longer before you get a chance to play; OR you can find a friend who has an Xbox One and go play at their house!

Right now we don’t know what cars will be available in the demo but I would not be surprised if it was the same offering of cars offered at the E3 demo with a few added extras.  If you do get to play the demo and are unsure if you want to pick up the game or if you miss out on the demo completely hopefully our review will help you come to a decision!  Stay tuned!

[Source: Microsoft]

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Hype Video: BMW Tapps Chris Forsberg To “Initiate” M4 Coupe To The M Family With Drifting

Posted on 08.26.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The M4 is the newest edition to the M family and is taking a prominent role by replacing the M3 coupe.  That is a tall order for a new car with such a rich heritage!  If previous generation M3′s were real people they might be a bit skeptical of this new edition.  BMW, being empathetic to this decided it would introduce the M4 coupe to its M3 coupe predecessors in style.  How? By tapping Formula Drift champion Chris Forsberg to drift around them!  Scroll down for two minutes of German-engineered sideways action!

 

WARNING: RANDOM SPECULATION BELOW!

Ok that was a cool video right? Yet, it made me think about something… Why was Chris Forsberg chosen to be the driver for this video? Granted he is definitely a skilled driver but a company like BMW could have grabbed any Hollywood stunt driver for this.  Perhaps there is more here than meets the eye…  Could Chris Forsberg be in negotiations with BMW for the 2015 Formula Drift season?  This isn’t the first video put out by BMW this year which features drifting so they obviously have an interest in it and if trends continue Chris Forsberg is on track to be the 2014 Formula Drift champion.  So, If BMW were to make a foray into Formula Drift it is likely they would want to do it with the reigning champion.  Of course all of this is pure speculation and there is no hard evidence to support this theory, but its fun to imagine!

What do you think?  Will Chris Forsberg leave Nissan for BMW?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Hype Event: Mainstream Productions x Stance Nation Nisei Showoff 2014 (Gallery)

Posted on 08.18.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I have been personally attending “import” AKA “tuner” car shows ever since the very first Hot Import Nights that was held right in my hometown of Long Beach.  A lot of things have changed since then.  Car shows got bigger, more publicized, and well far away from their humble beginnings.  Car shows started to become less “a show of cars” and more of an all out “entertainment event” with concerts, video game tournaments, dance crew battles, DJ battles, bikini contests, “fashion” shows, pretty much anything that was eye and ear candy was thrown into the mix to try and add value to the growing prices of admission to offset the growing venues.

At first it was cool.  Each car show was like going to a rave.  There were thumping beats, crazy lights, and increasingly elaborate displays for cars and vendor booths.  Things just got bigger, brighter, and louder.  However, like most bubbles the scene eventually popped.  Blame the economy, the over commercialization, judging controversies, or maybe a combination of several things but at some point the car show scene fell off dramatically, mostly.

Now “mostly” is an important word because despite what was happening with all other car show series, there was one that stayed consistent through the ups and downs and never really lost the respect of enthusiasts.  I am referring to Import Showoff by Mainstream Productions helmed by Ken Miyoshi.  You may not know his name if you are younger than 25 but he has been an important figure in our culture for the last 20 years.  He pretty much created the concept of the “import car show” as we know it and exposed America to drifting far before D1 came to Irwindale so many years ago.  He is a humble guy but incredibly driven and cares deeply for the car culture and putting together a quality show.  When things got big bright and loud he didn’t really buy into it even though those big shows started to take away from Import Showoff’s attendance.

He stuck to his roots and kept things all about the cars and the culture and never strayed too far beyond that.  It may have hurt his series for a while but eventually things changed.  One day we all kind of figured out that we wanted more substance than flash, more culture than commercial, more sunny days hanging out with our friends than flashing neon lights in a dark convention hall.  Then we remembered that there was a show that had been providing those things all along: Import Showoff.

These days Showoff is mostly condensed to a few shows a year: Chinatown Showoff and Nisei Week showoff and to this day many veterans of the scene will tell you that Nisei Week Showoff is the best show of the year.  Its small, and typically held during one of the hottest times of the year but the quality of cars on deck makes it all worth it.  Also with the recent team up of Mainstream Productions and StanceNation, the quality of cars has only grown exponentially.  That is why I urge you, if you have the chance to come out to the Nisei Week Showoff next year.  Make a trip out of it, trust me when I tell you that if you love import cars it will be worth it.

Anyhow, that’s enough of my lecturing about how awesome things used to be.  I went to the Nisei Showoff over the weekend and put together a pretty killer gallery of over 300 pictures!  Check out our Facebook gallery below!  Thanks again to Ken Miyoshi for inviting us to the show and for keeping it real all these years!

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Gaming Hype: Forza Horizon 2′s Social Features Detailed In New Video

Posted on 08.13.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Today, the world got a bit more insight as to just how social Forza Horizon 2 will be once its released this September (9-30-14 to be exact).  Playground Games, the studio behind Forza Horizon 2 released a video for Gamescom (think of it as a European E3) which detailed some of Horizon 2′s social features and how they will be integrated into the different game modes.  After watching the video it appears that Playground Games really wants to make it easy for players to connect with their friends no matter what mode they are in.  It will be easy for players to find out what their friends are doing, contact their friends, and play with their friends from just about any screen in the game.  The video also provides a few more details on the in-game “Car Meets” and how that will change the way players browse tunes and paint schemes.  There have also been tweaks to enhance popular multiplayer modes like “King” and “Infected”.

To get a full rundown of how the social features work just watch the video below!

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Hype Democracy: Sign A Petition To Help Repeal The “25 Year” Car Import Ban Law

Posted on 08.08.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Any hardcore car person who lives in the good ol’ USA is probably aware more than one awesome car that for one reason or another is not and was never available for sale in America.  It really sucks when that happens!  These days regulations are pretty much the same when it comes to safety, compliance, and emissions, yet our government is so nit-picky that many OEMs rather just avoid the fight and sell their awesome cars elsewhere.  Technically, we can import some of those cars into the states…after 25 years!  How ridiculous is that?! This law didn’t make much sense back in 1988 when it was passed and it makes pretty much no sense now.

However, our government can sometimes be slow to move.  To help speed things up and enact change the guys at Petrolicious have started an official online petition to reduce the DOT/EPA ban from 25 years to 15 and allow the importation of “non-conforming” vehicles (Like the R34 GT-R for example).

Petrolicious makes the intelligent argument that a 15 year old car is not much different safety and emissions wise to pose any real threat and that tax revenue from importing cars can be put to good use. This petition needs 100,000 signatures to be brought before the Obama Administration.  As I am writing this post it currently sits at 30,487 (counting my signature) which means it needs an additional 69,513 signatures by September 5th 2014 to reach its goal.  If you believe in this cause then I encourage you to sign it.  It only takes a few moments and could lead to some real change!  If you do not believe in this cause then by all means disregard this post no harm, no foul.

Click HERE for the online petition!

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Hype News: LA Auto Show Expecting To Host 25 Global Debuts. Lets Guess What They Are!

Posted on 08.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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November is one of my favorite months and for good reason.  There is just so much to look forward to on the 11th month of the year: Some of the best football games all year, Thanksgiving, the start of the holiday season, and the LA Auto Show.  The last item on that list should be particularly exciting this year as the LA Auto Show has announced that they are expecting 25 world debuts at the show this year from the likes of Acura, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, GM, Hyundai, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Scion, Toyota, Volvo, and Volkswagen.  That is a pretty long list, no?  What will all those brands debut?  Well we don’t officially know yet but if history is an indicator I am sure we will find out about most of the debuts from embargo breakers weeks before the show starts.

However, we are still quite a ways from that as well so how about we play a nice healthy game of speculation?  I am going to list off what I think (or want) each brand on that list is going to debut in LA this year. Feel free to add your own in the comments!

Acura:

Production version of the new NSX (its time Acura, its time…)

Audi:

Production ready e-Tron cars, S3, that cool new R8 with the laser headlights

BMW:

A concept for the Z4 successor, M4 convertible, a new edition to the electric “i” cars (i5, i7)

Chrysler:

We will finally get a production version of the ME Four-Twelve (wishful thinking)

General Motors:

I dunno a truck or somethin’?

Hyundai:

The official successor to the Genesis coupe

Lexus:

Production RC and RC-F coupes

Mazda:

New Mazdaspeed3, Mazdaspeed2 (because we want it), Mazdaspeed6-look they just need to “Mazdaspeed” everything and give it to us.  I want a Mazdaspeed stroller! A Mazdaspeed coffee maker!  Oh, they will also probably show off the new MX-5…and Mazdaspeed it!

Mercedes-Benz:

The new AMG GT Coupe with out that funny looking neon zebra camouflage all over it…that stuff is ugly..

Scion:

The next tC release series, production ready TRD-supercharged FR-S

Toyota:

The next Camry in its new “super beige” color, A somewhat less-concept FT-1 coupe

Volvo:

A consumer version of the semi trucks that Jean Claude Van-Damme did splits on in that crazy viral video

Volkswagen:

Baja bug!

 

 

 

 

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Hype Event: Nitto Tire Auto Enthusiast Day 2014 (Gallery)

Posted on 08.04.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I really love cars.  Like, seriously I love cars!  They’re awesome.  Even bad cars are appealing to me!  Whether they are buying and modding a car, traveling to car shows, talking about cars, drawing cars, or going to motorsport events automotive enthusiasts invest a lot of time, money, and even emotions into their love of cars.  So, its really cool to see enthusiasts get rewarded just because their enthusiasts, which is exactly what Nitto Tire did over the weekend when they hosted their second annual Auto Enthusiast Day at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.

There was a ton of cars of all different sizes, makes, models, and styles along with plenty of vendors and even a drift demo featuring Nitto drivers Vaughn Gittin Jr., Matt Powers, Chelsea Denofa, and Odi Bakchis. Nitto Tire provided all this for FREE to anyone who showed up!  No admission required!  They even did one better and collected toy donations for the “CHIPS for Kids” foundation!  Sure, the weather was muggy and magnificently humid but it didn’t matter.  This was all about a bunch of people coming together who share a common interest and having a good time.  If you didn’t make it out this year I would highly recommend going to the event next year but in the meantime you can check out our event gallery below!

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Gaming Hype: Codemasters Reveals F1 2014 Gameplay Footage, Plans For The Future

Posted on 08.04.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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One of my favorite driving franchises is the F1 series from the gang at Codemasters.  To some controversy their last game F1 2013 was released on what is technically “last gen” consoles (Xbox 360, PS3).  Well, it looks like Codemasters may be sparking some of that controversy again as they have announced that F1 2014 will also be released on the “last gen” consoles.  However, they have also promised that F1 2014 will be their last F1 game that is exclusive to Xbox 360 and PS3 and they have also promised that F1 2014 will be a fitting send-off.

To quell any interweb-rage about F1 2014 not coming to Xbox One or PS4, Codemasters gave a little preview of what we can expect in F1 2015.  One of the biggest tidbits is that the release cycle will likely change. Typically, Codemasters releases their F1 games at the end of the season and before the next season.  This is because Codemasters doesn’t know what new tracks, teams, or drivers will be added to F1 before the season starts so they have to wait until it all shakes out and then make their game.

However, starting with F1 2015  Codemasters will look to release their F1 games earlier in the season rather than the end.  This is because due to the architecture of Xbox One and PS4 it is easier to release content like new teams, tracks, and drivers via DLC (downloadable content) as the season unfolds.  So far, that is all we know about their future plans but Codemasters’ has hinted that they will reveal more about their next gen F1 games once F1 2014 is released this October (October 21st, 2014 to be exact).

I personally can’t wait to see what the team will do with the new consoles.  But I am equally excited for F1 2014!  If you share that sentiment then feel free to scroll down and check out the official gameplay trailer!

[Source: Codemasters Blog]

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Hype News: Lamborghini Bringing Driving School To Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Posted on 08.01.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Its easy to make a car go fast.  Just push the pedal down as far as it will go.  However, driving fast is a different story.  The ability to drive fast on a track (something that is also known as “racecraft”) is not so easy.  It does come naturally to some people but most of us (including me) need help!  That’s where a driving school comes into play.  Beyond being the coolest thing that still has the word “school” in it, driving schools are the best way to find out how much natural talent you have and build on it to get faster.

There are many different driving schools out there, most notably Skip Barber and Bondurant.  Audi recently opened their own school at Sonoma Raceway, Porsche is in the process of opening up their own school and track here in Long Beach, CA, and now it looks like Lamborghini is expanding their driving school program to the USA and setting up shop at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca!  Unfortunately it looks like it will only be a temporary thing as “Lamborghini Accademia” will only be at the legendary race track for a few days (September 14-17).

So, there you have it.  If you have ever wanted to drive a Lamborghini Huracan down the famous “corkscrew” then now is your chance!  If you want to sign up it will set you back about 5 grand which is a bit of a shock but that price covers everything from the actual driving school to accommodations at a nice near by hotel, food, and more.  So, really its not too bad considering the experience.  Visit http://www.squadracorse.lamborghini.com for more info!  There is also a few more tidbits in the press release below.

Press Release:

Track Accademia Debuts at Legendary Laguna Seca Circuit

Lamborghini Accademia will host its first-ever North American performance driving school – from September 14-17 – at renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The lead role for this year’s global Accademia program is the new Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, which has achieved great commercial success since its debut earlier this year.

The Accademia, developed by the brand’s motorsports team, Squadra Corse, provides Lamborghini clients with intense driving courses on the track, allowing them to take the first steps into the world of motorsports. It’s a captivating combination of high performance vehicles on some of the world’s legendary race tracks coupled with fine dining and hospitality.

The one-day event is designed to challenge participants with morning exercises including slalom, acceleration, braking, drifting and section training at Laguna Seca’s key corners such as the famous Corkscrew. The afternoon is spent applying the learning into full-course lapping, utilizing one-on-one and video coaching.

At the end of the day each of the 24 participants will receive a certificate from Lamborghini Squadra Corse stating their completion of the course.

After Laguna Seca, Lamborghini Accademia goes back on the road with a stop at Hockenheim, Germany on October 1-2. Winter Accademia event dates, for the 2014-2015 season, will be announced shortly.

For further details on the program and to enroll in the Lamborghini Accademia,
log on to: http://www.squadracorse.lamborghini.com.

Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
Founded in 1963, Automobili Lamborghini is headquartered in Sant’Agata Bolognese, in Northeastern Italy. The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, which made its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is the successor to the iconic Gallardo and redefines the luxury super sports car driving experience with its innovative technology and outstanding performance. The Aventador LP 700-4, in Coupé and Roadster offerings, represents the reference point in the world of V12-powered, luxury super sports cars. With 129 dealerships worldwide, in little more than half a century Lamborghini has created an uninterrupted series of extraordinary, exclusive cars that include the 350 GT, Miura, Espada, Countach, Diablo, Murciélago, and several limited series like the Reventón, Sesto Elemento and Aventador J. The Veneno Coupé, the Egoista and the Veneno Roadster, were created to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary year in 2013.

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Gaming Hype: One Of One Forza Horizon 2 Yellow Xbox One Console Up For Grabs At 2014 Comic-Con

Posted on 07.23.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Tomorrow scores of “nerds” “geeks” and the like will descend upon San Diego for 2014 Comic-Con.  Over the years Comic-Con has morphed into an event that was strictly about the comics into a full-on celebration of all things pop culture.  That’s why these days its not uncommon for video game studios and companies to make an appearance.  This year Xbox is adding a bit of artistic flair to their Comic-Con presence with a contest in which the winners can get limited one-of-one versions of an Xbox One console themed after some of their major titles.  One of which is the bright “Lamborghini Huracan Yellow” console you see above!

How do you win?  Well if you happen to be in San Diego this week just visit the Xbox One lounge in the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel and find the display which has all the limited design consoles.  Take a picture of your favorite one and post it to Instagram and/or Twitter with the hashtags “#XboxOne” and “#XboxSweeps” and you will be officially entered.  Microsoft will pick from those entrants and someone will win the console they took a picture of!

Not only is this cool, but its one more reason why I am super bummed that I can’t make it out to Comic-Con!  Good luck to those who enter!

[Source: Forza Motorsport Twitter, Xbox Events]

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