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Its been a long time since I’ve watched a good togue video. I remember back when I used to live off those things! If you’re like me and enjoy a good togue flick then I invite you to scroll down and watch Nobuteru “N.O.B.” Taniguchi flog the Arvou-built Honda S2000 on the Gunsai togue course. I also highly recommend turning up the volume while watching this video because Arvou’s S2000 is equipped with HKS’ new GT Supercharger kit and it sounds amazing!
The supercharger set up makes a significant amount of power (310hp at the wheels and 212ft-lbs of torque at 10 psi) and was designed to be reliable and safe for daily driving as well as track days. If you have an S2000 (AP1 or AP2) and want some boost in your life, this is a great way to go. You can get the kit now for about $4,500 not counting a few extras you may need (ECU tune, compact battery, etc.). Out the door with all additional bits (assuming you don’t have them already) the price goes up to a little over $5,700 if you have an AP2. AP1′s should expect to pay over $6,000. While it does sound pricy, you do get a lot and if the video below is any indication, it seems to be well worth it!
[Source: Evasive Motorsports]
Tags: · AsianCars, Evasive Motorsports, Features, HKS, HKS GT Supercharger Kit, Honda AP1 S2000, Honda AP2 S2000, Honda S2000, Hot Version, Hype, NOB Taniguchi, Nobuteru Taniguchi, Performance, S2000 HKS GT Supercharger kit, togue, Togue Video, Video
Today Lexus dropped a vague-ish image of what they say will be the next “F” car. What that really means is that the 2015 IS-F is on the way. While the released image (click on thumbnail below) doesn’t show much, a keen eye can see nods to the current and previous IS-F’s in the lines. As you may have guessed, I am excited about this as the IS-F sedan has a special place in my heart.
So far Lexus hasn’t released any further information about this F car other than its completely new from the ground up. Could this mean a completely new chassis? Possibly. Personally I just want to know how much they’ve tipped the balance (if any) between its luxury side and its performance side. It would be nice to see the new IS-F be a little less Bruce Banner and a bit more Hulk if you catch my drift. The world will have to wait until January when it will debut at the Detroit Auto Show to know for sure though. I wish they would have debuted it in LA! Oh well. Stay tuned as I will bring you more details as they become available!
Tags: · #NAIAS2014, 2014 Detroit Auto Show, 2014 North American International Auto Show, 2015 Lexus IS-F, 2015LexusIS-F, 2015LexusISF, AsianCars, Hype, Lexus, Lexus F Sport, News
If you follow the JDMEGO blog you know that over the last few months Judson AKA “DropJay” did several artwork pieces for skateboard decks yet none of them showed up in the JDMEGO store. Well that’s because they are over in the ILoveRacing.com store! Just make a few more clicks! Come on don’t be lazy… Besides if you want to own this sweet Evasive Motorsports S2000 skate deck for only 50 bucks then you are going to need to move quickly. This would look so fresh mounted on a wall!
[Source: ILoveRacing.com store]
Tags: · Accessories, AsianCars, Evasive Motorsports, Evasive Motorsports Honda S2000, GARAGETUNED, honda AP1, honda ap2, Honda S2000, Hype, iloveracing.com, jdmego, JDMEGO Skate Deck, pacific rim clothing, Shops, skateboard deck
Tags: · #2013LAAutoShow, 2013 LA Auto Show, AsianCars, Events, Features, Honda, Honda 2013 LA Auto Show, Honda Earth Dreams, Honda FCEV, Honda Fuel Cell Vehicle, Hype, LA Auto Show, LAAS, LAAS2013, laautoshow, los angeles auto show
For the last few years Nissan has been relatively quiet at the LA Auto Show. Not to be harsh but since the American debut of the GT-R they haven’t brought to many exciting things to LA (with the exception of the awesome “food truck” NV200s!), so this year they were definitely due for something spectacular and they totally delivered.
This year Nissan pretty much let NISMO almost entirely take over their exhibit. Sure the obligatory model line upgrades made their appearances. The 2014 Nissan GT-R showed up as well as the leaf and others. However, front and center were not one but three NISMO badged bad-ass vehicles.
First up was the North American debut of the Nissan GT-R NISMO which had the curtain pulled off it by none other than track (as in running) superstar and Nissan’s “Global Director of Excitement”, Usain Bolt! After Bolt pulled the curtain off the car and the media scrum cleared I got in close to appreciate the GT-R NISMO for myself and let me tell you: its damned awesome. Now, I understand that its aggressive looks may not be for everyone. There are a heck of a lot of extra fins, overhangs, and ducts than one might find on a “normal” GT-R but they are all there for a purpose: to make this thing flarking fast!
The GT-R NISMO is definitely one of those cars that looks quick even while sitting still. While the basic body shape remains the same if you look closely you can see small details made in the cars major body panels. For example upon closer inspection of the rear on lookers will notice that the lines from the quarter panels and trunk “extend” past the taillights. There is also a full treatment of carbon fiber on all sides (front splitter, side skrits, rear diffuser) including a carbon fiber rear wing that does the job but isn’t too gaudy.
While Los Angeles was lucky enough to be the site of the North American debut of the GT-R NISMO no further information beyond what was stated at the Tokyo Auto Salon was given. That means we still don’t have a solid North American release date, MSRP, or production numbers for the newest Godzilla. That’s a shame but Nissan made up for it by showing off an additional two NISMO cars!
The first of which totally came out of left field and surprised everyone: a Sentra NISMO concept! NISMO took the new Sentra, which already looks pretty good and then made it awesome with a reworked front bumper that has an integrated carbon fiber splitter, a carbon fiber roof, and rear diffuser.
They (NISMO) then really took things a step further by turbo charging the Sentra’s 1.8 liter engine to the tune of 240hp, bolted on a NISMO suspension package, and added a limited slip differential! The interior also got the full NISMO treatment with Recaro seats and alcantara everywhere.
Nissan insists that the Sentra NISMO is just a concept and “design” study but it would be one hell of a cruel joke if they showed this off to the world without the intention to build at least some version of this in the future. It may be a bit of a stretch to hope for all the exterior mods to translate to production but I am sure all the Nissan fans have their fingers crossed that the turbocharged engine will make its way into production Sentra’s sometime soon.
Nissan then decided just for fun that they would update the Juke NISMO R by debuting the new Juke NISMO RS. The Juke NISMO RS gets a power and torque bump from the R bringing the total to 215hp and 210lb-ft of torque. The RS also gets bigger brakes, a stiffer chassis, a new manual transmission, and a NISMO interior including Recaro seats up front. According to Nissan the Juke NISMO RS will hit American dealerships in “early 2014″
There you have it. Nissan really killed it this year at LA. I would have to say of all the booths I visited I had the most excitement from Nissan since they are doing so many new things that are aimed at enthusiasts. If they weren’t before, Nissan’s competition are definitely taking a hard look now! For pictures just click on any of the thumbnails in this post. If you want to watch Nissan’s LA press conference for yourself just scroll down for the video!
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Yesterday I talked about how much anticipation I had to see the new Jaguar F TYPE coupe but I was almost just as anxious to see the new WRX up close! Pics inevitably leaked out before the new WRX’s Los Angeles debut but if I am to be honest the pics released by Subaru were a little awkward and it was hard to really see the lines of the car so I really wanted to see it for myself in person to get a better idea.
After finally seeing it up close for myself I have to say that I like the new direction that Subaru is going with the WRX. They made a big step and made the WRX and the Impreza look completely different (although they still share the same platform underneath). Now, many of my colleagues were disappointed with the final result of the WRX because they felt it looked too tame compared to the original concept drawings and I understand that. However, to me I think they smoothed it down just enough so that it will have more of a broad appeal. I realize that “broad appeal” is a bad word when it comes to enthusiasts but its good for Subaru in a sense that it can win over new Suby fans, especially now when Mitsubishi is struggling.
Also even though the exterior was toned down a bit, the new WRX got upgrades in almost every performance category. It will have an all new 2.0 liter turbo boxer engine that will make 268hp, a new torque vectoring system that will improve cornering (no more “nose dive” in the corners at track day), and a new 6 speed transmission (which is now standard).
What may come as a shock however is that Subaru has done away with the “hatchback”. The 2015 WRX will come as a sedan only. If you were already a fan of the sedan then that is great news but if you were a hatch-lover then it may be a deal breaker. Personally, I like the new WRX and while I think the “no hatchback” decision will lead to a fare share of controversy, its nice to see Subaru shaking things up with one of their staple cars.
The one complaint I do have is that they did not bring the new STi version to Los Angeles. Rumor has it that Subaru is saving the STi reveal for the Detroit Auto Show and to that I say WHAAA?! I get that Detroit is a big show but we are talking about the STi here! How many STi’s are sold in Detroit versus Los Angeles or New York?! Being in Southern California I understand that I may be bias but still. I think it would have been much better to see the STi debut here or in the east coast. The good news is they may just use the opportunity to debut the BRZ STi as well and make it one big STi party. One can only hope!
The other car that made a big splash at the Subaru booth was the Legacy concept. It really showed off Subaru’s new design language especially with styling cues such as its “hawk eye” headlights and hexagonal front grill. I saw many a design student studying the concept carefully during my Subaru booth visit. Hopefully we will see more daring design such as this coming from Suby in the not too distant future.
Well that’s it for my Subaru visit! There is more LA Auto Show coverage on the way!
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Just a few hours ago in Yokohama, Japan Nissan rolled out the next iteration of Godzilla AKA the GT-R Nismo. The world knew this car was coming for a while now but despite a forewarning it still seems to come as a shock just incredible this machine is.
First of all lets start off with the most important number: 600; as in horsepower. Yes the R35 era GT-R has finally broken the 600hp mark! Nissan engineers were able to do this mostly due to a new turbochargers taken directly from the GT-R Nismo GT3 race car. The ignition tuning as changed to add power as well as a new fuel pump.
In addition to increasing the power substantially Nissan also added a whole new suspension package using Bilstein shocks, increased downforce with a new aero package (including a massive carbon fiber wing), and saved weight with a whole bunch of carbon fiber including carbon fiber shells for the seats and a carbon fiber trunk. Weight was also saved with new six-spoke forged wheels.
All of these modifications add up to the fastest production GT-R ever. In fact, this thing lapped the Nurburgring in 7:08! That’s 10 seconds faster than the previous GT-R Nurburgring record! To figure out how they did it you can watch two videos below. The first is the record breaking lap narrated by the driver Michael Krumm himself. The second is a near 30 minute long documentary which chronicles how an elite Nissan team brought the GT-R Nismo to life.
Before that though you can click on any of the thumbnails for pictures and below the videos you can read the official press release for all the details.
P.S. No pricing has been announced yet but it has been announced that the GT-R Nismo will be released in Japan in February 2014 and in the U.S. and Europe later on in 2014.
GT-R Nismo Documentary:
REVEALED: NISSAN GT-R NISMO — Nissan GT-R Nismo Joins 2014 Nissan GT-R –
- World premiere of race-inspired version of Nissan’s legendary GT-R
- 600hp (441kw) for blistering performance
- Advanced aerodynamics generating additional 100kg*1 of downforce at 300km/h (186mph) for exceptional road-holding
YOKOHAMA, Japan (November 19, 2013) – Records fall and dreams come true with the debut of the Nissan GT-R Nismo. This race-oriented model delivers “factory tuned” supercar dynamics with revolutionary enhanced aerodynamics and ultra-precise handling. The Nissan GT-R is already established as one of the best performing supercars in the automotive sphere, and now Nissan has drawn on decades of racing experience gathered by Nismo, the brand’s motorsport specialists, to develop the ultimate Nissan GT-R.
Nissan GT-R Nismo
The Nissan GT-R Nismo features exclusive styling that embraces the longstanding racing philosophy of form following function. It has numerous motorsports-inspired technologies to enhance the car’s performance through optimised aerodynamics, suspension and powertrain, creating a well-balanced machine that is at home on both the road and track.
The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in Japan in late February 2014, U.S. and Europe later in 2014.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says this is the fastest Nissan GT-R ever. “With a 7:08.679 lap time, we can authoritatively say that the Nissan GT-R Nismo*2 holds the volume production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which is the gold standard of high performance achievement.”
Nissan GT-R Nismo Overview – Flagship of the Nismo lineup
1. Mechanical Features Nissan GT-R Nismo employs innovation, uncompromising engineering and motorsports-inspired technologies to achieve new levels of power, speed and handling.
- Under the hood, the 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine benefits from the know-how that Nismo has gained from participating in such events as the world-renowned Nürburgring 24 hour race. Engine power has risen and is now rated at 600PS (441kw) and 481 lb ft (652 Nm) of torque.
- New high-flow, large capacity turbochargers, which are used for GT3 racing, improve breathing, while optimized individual ignition timing control for each cylinder and upgraded fuel pump improve combustion.
- The springs and custom-developed Bilstein DampTronic dampers in the front and rear suspension are specially tuned to deliver exceptional grip levels and progressive handling response at the limit. Three suspension modes can be selected: Comfort, Normal and R, for circuit applications.
- Exclusive Nismo tires – developed by Dunlop – exhibit outstanding grip and handling characteristics. Front: 255/40 ZRF20; rear 285/35 ZRF20.
- Specially-developed links fitted to the front double wishbone suspension increase castor trail to optimize wheel position during high-G cornering and improve straight-line and cornering stability. Additionally, large high-rigidity bolts are used to increase stiffness of the wheel-hub attachment area.
- To minimize body-roll during cornering and changes of direction, the Nissan GT-R Nismo features a 17.3 mm hollow rear anti-roll bar which raises roll stiffness while reducing weight.
- Increased rigidity in the bodyshell is achieved using adhesive bonding in addition to spot welding leading to precise suspension response under extreme load, the Nismo “factory tuned” enhancement.
2. Exterior design – Exclusive styling with improved aerodynamics
- Using the latest Computational Fluid Dynamic simulation techniques to analyze airflow, Nismo has developed an aero package that improves road-holding, minimizes the negative impact of drag, while giving the car a menacing and muscular appearance.
- Together, the front bumper, engine undercover strake and carbon rear spoiler increase downforce, lowering the center of gravity and generating an additional 100kg*1 (at 300km/h) compared to the freshly updated 2014 Nissan GT-R model. The car’s aerodynamic characteristics are tuned to ensure the downforce is equally spread front to rear at all speeds for progressive handling characteristics. A widened front bumper configuration and elongated yet tapered rear bumper design keep the drag to Cd 0.26, same with that of 2014 Nissan GT-R.
- The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in five body colors: Brilliant White Pearl, Meteor Flake Pearl Black, Ultimate Metallic Silver and Vibrant Red. And unique to the GT-R Nismo model, a Dark Matte Grey*3 accentuates the car’s imposing exterior muscularity.
- The GT-R Nismo’s black 6-spoke wheels are inspired by Nissan’s GT-R race car which races in the GT500 class in SUPER GT.
- The Nissan GT-R Nismo cockpit inspires driver confidence through both its craftsmanship and optimized driving position.
- Ergonomically sculpted carbon-fiber-backed reclining RECARO seats (Europe/Japan) comfortably, yet firmly, support the driver and front-seat passenger.
- Nismo racers influenced the design of the steering wheel which is dressed in Alcantara®, with three spokes, red center mark and red stitching to give the best combination of grip, feedback and comfort.
- The combi meter has carbon-like finish, and tachometer features a red design. The meter hood is also dressed with Alcantara®.
- Interior trim features include discreet red stitching on the seats, center console, door trim and steering wheel.
- *1: Compared to 2014 Nissan GT-R
- *2: Nissan GT-R Nismo with track options
- *3: Dark Matte Grey will be available starting from summer in 2014.
- Nismo, a short form of “Nissan Motorsports,” is the performance brand for Nissan, and is one of the company’s purveyors of “innovation that excites.”
- Nismo offers products featuring innovative technology and high performance to a wide range of customers for street use. Nismo cars provide an exciting driving experience with motorsports-inspired aerodynamics and styling, enhanced handling characteristics and unmatched agility.
- In the motorsports world, Nismo competes in the highest forms of GT and sports-car racing, such as Japan’s Super GT Series and the World Endurance Championships (WEC), as well as providing engines to teams that compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the European Le Mans Series (ELMS). The Nissan GT-R captured the Super GT championship in 2011 and 2012.
About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 267,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.
Tags: · AsianCars, Features, GT-R Nismo, GTRNismo, Hype, News, NISMO, Nismo GT-R, Nismo GT-R Video, Nismo GTR, Nissan, Nissan GT-R, NissanGTR, Nurburgring, R35 GT-R, R35 gtr, R35 Nismo GT-R, Video
Scion is one of those “must see” stops for any SEMA visits for me. Granted their vehicle line is somewhat limited compared to other brands but Scion always seems to find a way to do very much with very little. Once again Toyota’s youth brand held their annual “Tuner Challenge” with the tC being the canvas of choice but to switch things up and get with the times Scion added a “fan favorite” element to the challenge this year by utilizing social media. Scion posted pictures of each build to their Scion Racing instagram account and Facebook and then left it up to the fans to vote with their “likes”. Which ever car received the most likes would win “fan favorite”. However this caused a bit of confusion. I will get into that later.
The winner was Young Tea (yes that’s his name) and his “Simpli-tC” concept. With a little help from his friends (one of which is Noel Barnum AKA @canibeatnoel on instagram) Young built a tC that he felt embodied the purest form of a custom build. Something clean, simple, stylish, but still performance minded. As the name suggests he kept it, well, simple. When it comes to the exterior you can see that there isn’t anything crazy or over the top. Just some enhanced fenders for a wider stance along with a MV designs lip kit and rear diffuser. It was then sprayed with a coat of teal pearl paint and that was all she wrote for body modifications. Some NuTek wheels with Nitto tires were bolted on and the whole car was put on an AirREX suspension system. A custom turbo kit built around a Garrett T3/T04 turbocharger was fabricated and bolted on and that was pretty much it. Not to labor a pun but it was all pretty simple. Yet, the balance of show, go, and every day won enough fans over for Young to win the challenge. Although not without controversy but again, I will get to that later.
Second place went to Walter Franco (@namsayin on instagram) and his L-DZ concept. Not sure what the letters stand for but I do know that Walter’s concept goal was to design something of a “VIP style” tC that would focus on a luxurious and comfortable look but with a bit of performance to balance things out. Walter had custom metal fender flares fabricated to widen his tC as well as provide room to fit wide 20″ x 10″ Avante Garde wheels. The interior got a full work over with custom leather upholstery and a full car audio make-over using mostly HERTZ components with a Pioneer head unit. To add performance Walter had a custom manifold made in which he bolted up 4 (75 shot each) ”sneaky pete” nitrous bottles. It was the first time I have ever seen a set up like that and I have to admit it brought a smile to my face. I wasn’t the only one either as Walter’s tC won the “fan favorite award.”
Finally there was Josh Croll of Croll Customs (@crollcustoms on instagram). Josh came in third place with his WSD tC concept. Josh’s tC easily has the most fabrication work of the three entries. This is mostly because Josh’s shop specializes in custom fabrication. Josh stripped down the entire body of the tC painting it from the frame out in bright orange. He then fab’d up his own one-off body kit, turbo kit, and then went the extra mile by converting his tC to right-hand-drive which I have never seen done before on a tC! He really utilized all of his resources to go all out on his build. Which may have been to a fault. Having a full fledged fabrication shop going up against two regular guys does seem a bit unfair but perhaps the judges took that into consideration when making their decision and gave Josh a handicap.
Which finally brings us to that “later” I was talking about. See, there was a bit of confusion over the interwebs as to how the tuner challenge was going to work. When Scion’s followers saw that they could vote for their favorite build out of the three they were under the impression that who ever won the “fan favorite” would win the overall competition. However, that was not the case. The winner of the challenge was actually chosen by a panel of judges from Super Street magazine. So, when it was announced that Young Tea and Simpli-tC were the winners some followers were none-to-happy about it. Which is understandable. It is easy to see how visitors to Scion’s social media pages could have misunderstood the rules. Perhaps Scion could have done a little better explaining how things worked. There were official rules posted on the Scion Racing website but as far as I know those rules were not posted on any of Scion’s social media pages. On the other hand some of the commenters were getting pretty outlandish with their anger. Some even accused the judges of cronyism. Oh internet…you so crazy!
Personally, I agree with the decision but I also think that the challenge could use a few tweaks for next year. I would love to see it get bigger!
Tags: · Josh Croll, Scion, scion racing, Scion tC, Scion Tuner Challenge 2013, ScionFRS, ScionSEMA2013, SciontC, ScionTunerChallenge2013, SEMA, SEMA 2013, SEMA Show, Walter Franco, Young Tea
Sorry for the lack of posts on hump-day but I had a lot of catching up to do…which starts now! Ok so while I was at SEMA for that blurry 24 hours I made it a point to visit the Hyundai booth. Leading up to SEMA they teased more than a few pretty interesting builds from some folks I knew and some I didn’t. While each build had a different theme and philosophy the one thing they all had in common was a widebody or at least wide stance and that’s always appealing to me.
The build I really wanted to check out up close was the “JP Edition” Hyundai Genesis coupe built by my buddy John Pangilinan. His last few builds for Hyundai (including his Veloster) really put him on the map and has kind of made him the “go to” guy for Hyundai when it comes to custom builds. Just like his Veloster, his new Genesis did not disappoint. One of my favorite things about John’s builds is that when he goes widebody he does it with metal. No fiberglass or composite for John! Metal gets put to fire and is painstakingly shaped onto the body. By the way those flares were designed by the one and only Jon Sibal. After the flares were all fab’d up and applied John had the Genesis sprayed with BASF “Atlantis Blue” paint which reminds me of a metallic teal of sorts. Side and rear carbon fiber splitters from Seibon were bolted on to finish the look. Everything really comes together and suits the bodylines nicely. John also threw in a full car audio suite from Alpine with just about every component someone could want. To further set off the interior John threw in two Recaro Cross sportster front seats but not before having them re-apholstered with leather from Katzskin. Throw in some wide forged wheels from MORR and you have a coupe that will be coveted by the Hyundai forums for the lion’s share of 2014.
Next up was the Genesis Coupe “Legato” by ARK Performance. “Legato” is a musical term meaning a seamless integration between notes which was essentially the theme of ARK’s build. They wanted to integrate all of their tech into their car in a way that was unobtrusive to drivability. I would have to say they pulled it off. Despite its wild outward appearance (thanks to a one-off ARK widebody kit) the way that the details tie into each other is quite subtle and somewhat understated. One look at the interior shows a rush bright lights and screens from all of their branded tech but keep looking and it appears as if everything they installed after the fact, was actually meant to be there from the beginning. For performance ARK stroked out the 3.8 liter V6 engine to 4.0 liters thanks to a Brian Crower kit. The rest of the performance increases comes from a full list of ARK products from the intake to the headers. It all added up to 400hp and 425ft-lbs of torque. Although despite all the performance, custom body work, and custom tech, I have to say my favorite thing about the ARK Legato Genesis coupe is the crazy “neo-chro” finish on the RAYS Engineering G25 wheels!
The last of the marquee Genesis builds came from Bisimoto Engineering owned by the legendary Bisi Ezerioha. There isn’t too much to say here which is really a good thing. Bisi did what anyone with his skill and talent would do: started with a crate engine, boosted the heck out of it with custom fabricated parts, shoehorned the engine back into a gutted car with roll cage, and then cut a giant hole in the front bumper to accommodate the massive air-to-air intercooler. When all was said and done Bisi’s car made over 1,000 reliable, streetable horsepower. Bisi plans to race the car and even drive it in city to city road rally events.
Finally we have the “Hylighter” Veloster build from the EGR Group. Of the four main builds this is the only non-Genesis car as well as the only motorsport-only purpose built car. The endgame of EGR’s Veloster is to be a competitive time-attack car that will be visible no matter how dark it might get on the track. Hence the “yellow-cake uranium” inspired paint job and plethora of exterior lights. The Veloster’s stance was augmented with wide fender flares produced by EGR themselves and filled with DPE 3 piece wheels. Bisimoto helped EGR tune the motor after some breathing upgrades from AEM and Magnaflow were bolted on. I like the way the whole package came together but it is a little too…radioactive for my tastes
There you have it! The best that Hyundai had to offer at the SEMA show. I have a strong feeling that we are going to continue to see at least a few of these cars popping up at shows frequently in 2014 so if you couldn’t make it out to SEMA this year there is still a very good chance you will be able to see some of these cars up close next year.
Stay tuned for more SEMA coverage!
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Ever since Honda started to visit SEMA in an “official” way many H-heads out there have been hoping that Honda would finally offer a factory version of what they have already been doing for years: boost. This year it looks like fan boys finally got their wish, kind of. The big news at the Honda booth was the announcement of an HPD (Honda Performance Development) Supercharger kit…for the CRZ.
While that is great news for CRZ owners/lovers it is no secret that the CRZ has had mixed reactions from the rest of the Honda community; which could be why HPD decided to make the CRZ the target for this kit. See some complained that the CRZ didn’t have the performance to make it as fun as Honda said it would be. However with this this kit based on licensed centrifugal supercharger tech from Oscar Jackson Racing pushes the output of the CRZ to a healthy 187HP at only 6,500RPMs. More than enough to put more zip in the CRZ’s step. For those Honda fans who are un-fans of the CRZ I offer this consolation: if this HPD supercharger kit works out then there is a possibility that HPD may offer kits for other cars like the Civic Si in the future!
Continuing the boosted theme Honda also brought out the amazing 1,029HP 2014 Odyssey van built by Bisimoto engineering. This thing was bonkers! Not only did it have a ridiculously massive intercooler out front but the van was absolutely slammed and stance’d on some massive Fifteen52 wheels. This is one soccer-mom-mobile I would totally drive
Apart from the CRZ and the bonkers Odyssey Honda also brought out a few trick Si’s as well as what appeared to be a turn-key Civic Si race car complete with cage and race cluster. All in all the Honda booth was a pretty satisfying experience, especially those who have sworn allegiance to the big H!
Tags: · 1000HP Honda Odyssey, BisiMoto, Bisimoto Honda Odyssey, Honda, Honda CRZ, Honda Performance Development, Honda SEMA 2013, HPD, HPD CRZ Supercharger Kit, Oscar Jackson Racing, Oscar Jackson Racing CRZ Supercharger, SEMA, SEMA 2013, SEMA2013