LA Auto Show: The RC-F Coupe In The Lexus Exhibit Is Strangely Familar (Video)

Posted on 11.24.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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MotorworldHype.com was launched back in 2008 and to help us get the word out we partnered up with Lexus to style an IS-F sedan for SEMA that year.  My concept for the car was to go subtle but still remain performance minded and my ultimate goal/dream for the concept was for Lexus to take a look at it and want to actually produce it as a special edition.  That didn’t happen obviously but when I visited the LA Auto Show to check out the new RC-F coupe, lets just say I had a smile on my face.  If you want to know what I mean check out the video below and stay tuned for more from the LA Auto Show!

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SEMA 2014: 100% Authentic, Legit, Complete Mugen NSX AKA The Japanese Unicorn

Posted on 11.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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With all the Wide Liberty Bunny Rocket Body craziness going on at SEMA this year, my eyes were craving a car that was simple, clean, and classy.  I found that in spades with the car you see here.  What you are looking at is a 100% legit Mugen NSX!  Why am I so hyped about this?  Because I have never seen this before in my life ever.  Like, not even in a video game.  That is how rare this is!  While I have seen NSXs with a few Mugen parts on it here and there but I have never seen the complete set up like this.  In case you couldn’t tell I think that it is a thing of beauty.

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This car is proof that one does not need to go completely over the top to create an impressive build.  Clean and simple can still be just as eye catching as wild and wide.  I have posted a lot of awesome SEMA cars over the last few days but I would honestly take this one over quite a few of them.  Its funny how little is actually changed about this car yet all the changes equate to something that just seems levels better than a bone stock NSX.  I love everything about this car!  If you ever get to see it person then I highly suggest you take your time to admire it!

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SEMA 2014: Rocket Bunny Erry-Thang! The Rocket Bunny Lexus RC & Rocket Bunny NSX Take Center Stage

Posted on 11.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Liberty Walk wasn’t the only Japanese widebody designer that was taking over SEMA this year.  Rocket Bunny was hopping all over the place as well.  In fact, there was so much Rocket Bunny craziness going on that there was an inter-show meme about it!  That is how popular the brand has gotten since it blew up with its kit for the FR-S/BRZ about a year or so ago.  These days Rocket Bunny is trying to get their paws on any car that they think would lend itself well to their unique designs.  Two of their biggest debuts at the show this year was their take on the new Lexus RC coupe and the legendary Acura NSX.

Rocket Bunny NSX

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This is a car I had been waiting on for a while.  I first saw renderings of it almost a year ago and I was immediately interested.  There aren’t many widebody NSXs out there that really capture the essence of the car but one glimpse at the Rocket Bunny treatment and I could tell they were going into this with respect.

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This look gives a strong GT vibe and I love that.  While some of the other Rocket Bunny kits seem to go more for a “street hot rod” feel with the rivets and such, with this kit it really looks like they were trying to go for an authentic race car aero treatment for the street.  One of my favorite things about it is that the front end is actually been converted to a clam-shell so the whole front end can be titled up to make it easy to work on the front suspension.  I love nearly everything about this car although I am on the fence about the wrap.  Sure, a chrome blue vinyl certainly pops but sometimes doing a chrome wrap can hide details which is something that this car has in spades.  The good thing about a wrap though is that it is not permanent.  So, I am sure at some point this car will be re-wrapped or painted in a color that brings out the car’s details a bit more.

 

Rocket Bunny Lexus RC 350 Coupe

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This car was pretty surprising to me.  Not just for its looks but for the sheer-spend in which it was developed.  The Lexus RC coupe has been out world wide for like 5 minutes and the Rocket Bunny team was already able to create a very elaborate package for it that looks as if it was in development for months!

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While I do like most of what Rocket Bunny did with the new RC coupe; I do wish there were less canards on it.  A few are fine but I think there is a little too much going on here.  Other than that I love the look.  The Enkei Wheels really set off the car as well as the paint.  I can see many Lexus RC owners flocking to get this kit.  In fact I would almost bet money that by the time the next Toyotafest comes around there will be at least 3 or 4 Rocket Bunny Lexus RC’s in attendance.   I am totally ok with that…

So what do you think of the two Rocket Bunnies you see here?  What make/model do you think Rocket Bunny should take on next?  Let me know in the comments!

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SEMA 2014: Mark Arcenal Reveals Fatlace x FRF Japan Porsche 997 Secret Project

Posted on 11.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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It was a day or two before SEMA.  I had just walked away from my computer, confident that I had finally put together a solid list of all the cars I wanted to cover from the show; and then it happened… I get on instagram and see a post from Mark Arcenal (creator of the Fatlace & illest brands) with this crazy looking widebody Porsche with a caption saying “I lied. Here is my secret project”.  If you’re thinking that this was the point that I exclaimed an expletive then you would be correct.  However I knew this car was a must have on the list so I found out where it would be and sent my SEMA photo ninja after it.

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Despite my desperation to get shots of this car I admittedly do not know much about it.  What I do know is that the widebody kit design is all new and dubbed “FRF”.  I am speculating but I think this will be a new brand of body kits meant for modern Porsches as a sub-brand RAUH-Welt Begriff (RWB) as typically the RWB brand deals more with older generation 911’s and not so much the newer stuff.  I also know that Mark Arcenal is working with Toshiya Ichiraku, the International Director of RWB to bring this FRF kit to the states in which Fatlace would be the exclusive USA distributor.  So, technically this kit isn’t here  yet.  In fact the car you see in the pictures was not built in the states but shipped to Las Vegas directly from Japan.  Although Mark did mention on instagram that they are taking pre-orders for the FRF kit but did not mention when the kit will officially release.  If you have a Porsche 997 and you’re interested in sporting the FRF kit then I would suggest hitting up Mark on instagram or contacting the RWB USA office and they may be able to help you out.

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SEMA 2014: Greddy x Garrett Turbo x Kolab Agency 1000HP Nissan GT-R

Posted on 11.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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What happens when you take one of the best Japanese tuners, a top tier turbocharger manufacturer, and a legendary all wheel drive sports car and connect them all with the help of a forward thinking marketing agency?  This crazy red beast you see in all of these pretty pictures.  About six months ago my good friend and CEO of the Kolab Agency Ernie Manansala Jr. sold his NSX and got a Nissan GT-R.  I figured he might do a few things to it but nothing major.  Then, one day he told me his new red Godzilla was going to be a SEMA project.  I thought “ok, he will go a little farther with it than I anticipated.”  That turned out to be a major understatement!

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One Rocket Bunny widebody kit, four Advan wheels, two Garrett turbos, every Greddy GT-R part available, and 1,000HP later you have a car that is so crazily awesome that it catches the attention of Kazunori Yamauchi.  Who is Kazunori Yamauchi? The godfather of the Gran Turismo video game series.  Kazunori-san liked Ernie’s GT-R so much that it actually won for “best import” at the GT Awards ceremony during the SEMA show.  Not bad for a car built in about 3 months!  You may have also guessed that those 1,000 horses aren’t just for show either.  Ernie plans to campaign his GT-R in a few time attack competitions in the near future.  Who knows, this GT-R might be the first car to win a GT Award and break a track record!

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SEMA 2014: Liberty Walk All The Things! Lamborghini Aventador, BMW M4, Liberty Walk Them All!

Posted on 11.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Liberty Walk has really blown up over the last few years.  They started out with just a few unicorn cars that they worked on and shipped over to the U.S.  But after setting up a relationship with LT Motorwerks in California they have turned out quite a few projects.  This year at SEMA Liberty Walk and LT Motorwerks turned out at least 5 projects which includes the two Porsche 911’s we posted earlier.  In this post we are going to take a quick look the rest of their high profile SEMA builds.

Liberty Walk Lamborghini Aventador

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This was a build that I had been following for a long time.  Ever since Liberty Walk worked their magic on a Lamborghini Murcielago and Ferrari 458 I knew that an Aventador would be their next logical step.  One has to admire the balls it takes to cut up a brand new $250k Aventador for the sake of a widebody kit.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Liberty Walk’s treatment of Lamborghini’s flagship is sweet but if it were my car there is no way I’d do this!

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Perhaps that is why I admire this car so much.  It looks fresh, and it goes to a place that I could probably never go to myself.  The Forgiatto wheels really set it off as well and I really love the paint choice.  Maybe if I win the lottery I can just buy this car off the owner.  I am going to start working on making that happen…

Liberty Walk BMW M4 Coupes

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As if transforming a Ferrari, a Lamborghini, and a pair of Porsche 911s weren’t enough, Liberty Walk also wanted to take on BMW’s newest sports coupe.  Modifying the BWM M4’s bodylines and still making it look good is no easy task and LT Motorwerks did it not once but twice!  The M4 has a smooth organic look that at first glance doesn’t seem to lend itself well to external modification.  However, Vorsteiner pulled it off quite nicely with their GTRS4 conversion.  How did Liberty Walk do?

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In a word: nicely.  While it doesn’t quite have the harmony of what Vorsteiner did, Liberty Walk’s take on the M4 is pretty compelling to look at.  It kind of clashes with the factory design but in a good way if that makes any sense.  Its design forces you to look at it and admire the small details.  In the two examples here I think I like the white one the most.  The iForged wheels go nicely with the body modifications although I can’t argue that the chrome wrapped example that was parked in the Savini wheels booth is pretty nice to look at as well.  What do you think?  Would you go for this look on your M4?

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SEMA 2014: The “DV8″ 911 Is Brilliant, Innovative, And Complete Sacrilege To Porsche Fanboys Everywhere

Posted on 11.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I have a theory when it comes to building cars, or basically any kind of creation and that theory is that it is impossible to create something truly innovative and awesome without violently pissing off at least a few people.  No matter how brilliant an idea is, if it is something that changes the status quo major flame wars are to be expected.  To take on something that like regardless takes some brass ones.  That is where Falken Tire Motorsport Marketing Manager Nick Fousekis comes in.

Like all of us Nick was witness to the explosion of the Toyobaru phenomenon AKA the rise of the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ and saw all the individuals who were picking up rear wheel drive sport cars for $25k.  Nick decided that he wanted to have cool sports car for $25k too but he didn’t want an FR-S or a BRZ and he wanted his car to have double the performance offered by the split personalities of the GT86 platform.  Being constantly surrounded by Porsches due to Falken Tire’s GT3 race program Nick decided that a Porsche 911 would be his platform of choice.  Its not hard to find a Porsche chassis for a decent price, but making one fast is another story.  Their flat six engines have tons of potential but it also takes tons of money to get those engines to that point.  He needed a less expensive way to make reliable power.  It was at this point he was inspired by the current trend in drifting, (another motorsport in which Falken Tire is heavily involved) he was going to shoe-horn a Chevy V8 into it.  “Sayyyy whhaaaaaat?!” Said all the Porsche fanboys in the world!

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Saying that you are going to put an American V8 in a Porsche 911 is enough to get you thrown off a bridge in some parts of the world, or at the very least harassed in some parts of the internet.  However, as crazy as the idea sounds, dropping an American V8 into a Porsche is not unheard of.  In fact there is a shop out in Las Vegas called Renegade Hybrids that specializes specifically in just such a conversion.  Naturally, Nick turned to them to build the conversion for a 996 chassis he had on deck for the project.  While the conversion was being done Nick was able to find an authentic GT3 widebody aero kit thanks to his Motorsport connections and turned to Race Tech Services (a race car shop that works closely with Falken Tire’s drifting program) to install it.  The Aero package is a bit out of the price range but this wasn’t about the looks, the goal was to create performance as good as or in this case much better than any new sports car in the $25k range.

The result is what Nick has dubbed the “DV8” (get it?) Porsche 911.  Its awesome, its innovative, and its mere existence is driving some people into a complete rage spiral and I love it!  For a closer look, just click the thumbnails in this post.  If you’re lucky you may just catch the DV8 Porsche 911 at a car show or motorsport event next year.

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SEMA 2014: Vorsteiner Debuts The GTRS4 BMW M4 Conversion

Posted on 11.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Vorsteiner is known for their BMW tuning and back when the E9X M3 came out they blew everyone’s minds with their GTRS3 widebody conversion that added some significant junk in the M3’s trunk (no pun intended).  When BMW released the new M4 coupe many were wondering how long it would take for Vorsteiner to work their widebody magic or if they would even do it at all.  Well right now at SEMA Vorsteiner has answered those questions with “yes” and “right now” as they revealed the GTRS4 (the 4 is for M4…get it?).

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When Vorsteiner was creating the GTRS4 conversion they wanted to go for something that was still aggressive but not quite as wild as what they did with the GTRS3.  On lookers will notice that when comparing the GTRS4 to the GTRS3 the S4 has very few hard lines or angles.  Its much smoother and more in harmony with what BMW was already going for when they designed the M4.  I would almost go as far to say that the GTRS4 looks like something BMW created themselves, which is a testament to how good Vorsteiner’s body design artisans are.  Despite its harmonious looks the GTRS4 conversion actually adds an additional 4 inches of width to the front of the car and a whopping 7 inches of width to the rear.

With fenders that wide it would take a special wheel to fill it.  Luckily since Vorsteiner also produces wheels they created a forged three-piece specifically for the GTRS4 finished in “Gloss brushed shadow”.  The 20 inch wheels are 10.5 inches wide in the front and 13 inches wide in the rear which contributes to a massive footprint left behind by the Pirelli tires adorn the rollers.

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Naturally all of the body pieces on this conversion are made from Vorsteiner’s patented carbon fiber.  With many wide body kits these days made from fiberglass, its crazy to the think that Vorsteiner sticks to their guns and always uses carbon.  Its also crazy to think how much this set up will probably cost due to the quality of the materials used.  There aren’t many performance mods on this particular GTRS4 but the mods that were done certainly count.   First, a KW Suspension system was bolted on which gives the GTRS4 its low stance.  Then, Vorsteiner turned to ESS Tuning for a special ECU flash that bumps the horsepower to 550HP at the crank.  However those performance bits are not included as part of the package.  Everything else you see (including some special edition badges and interior bits like floor mats), is included.

Even though this is only the debut of the GTRS4 and Vorsteiner has not “officially” began taking orders, as of this post I know of at least one confirmed customer of the kit so far.  Although I am sure that number has likely gone up significantly since the car has been seen by thousands of people online and on the SEMA show floor.  Again, pricing and availability of the GTRS4 is still unknown at this point but I already know for sure its WAY more than I can afford!  If you are in the same boat then dream with me by checking out some official pics and live pics from the SEMA show!

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SEMA 2014: The Ringbrothers “Recoil” Chevelle Is Everything We Love About Custom Cars

Posted on 11.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I have seen a lot of modified cars in my time.  There are builders out there who do pretty crazy, unique things.  However, I have never seen anyone transform a car the way that the Ringbrothers do.  They pretty much invented the “resto-mod” style which is essentially restoring classic cars but adding modern twists.  Typically when you see a rest0-mod car it may just be a nicely restored older car with a modern engine and a few modern tweaks to the dashboard but the Ringbrothers take it several steps further than that.

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To these guys the word “custom” is taken as literal as possible.  They will go as far as to design unique one of a kind parts in 3D make plugs of them and have custom plastic and or metal parts made from those designs to incorporate into their builds.  If you want to see a great example of that check out their famous “Afterburner” build.

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Their newest build “Recoil” has just made its debut at the SEMA show and it is looking like this could be their new marquee creation.  Starting off as a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle, Mike and Jim Ring took it completely apart and rebuilt it piece by piece replacing much of it with custom parts designed in their minds and made real through fabrication.  “Recoil” is the end result: a super clean muscle car with amazing lines and carbon fiber hiding everywhere.  Oh, and if anyone thinks that this car is all show all they need to do is look under the hood to find a 980HP supercharged 427 cubic inch V8 mated to a custom 6-speed transmission.  Recoil really is the whole package and I am officially in love with it.  Hopefully, someday I can commission the Ringbrothers to build something for me!  In the meantime I am just going to go ahead and drool over these pictures.  I invite you to do the same!

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SEMA 2014: The Enkei Wheels x Rocket Bunny Mazda RX-7 BRAPs Its Way Into Our Hearts

Posted on 11.05.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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When I first fell into this culture the 3rd Generation Mazda RX-7 was one of my favorite cars.  It had great lines, it was incredibly rare to see one in person, and its rotary engine added a mysterious nature that just made it too damn cool for school (yes, I just wrote that).  It also didn’t hurt that it was the weapon of choice for legendary import drag racer Adam Saruwatari who was a hero of mine at the time.  Lately though, as in the last 10 years the third-gen RX-7 doesn’t get as much love in the show scene as it used to.  Especially with the rise in popularity of cars like the WRX, Evo, and 240SX.  However, when one does show up and its done right it still invokes all those feelings I had about it when I was a teenager and today it still retains those qualities.  Having said that, its truly awesome to see an RX-7 with the now incredibly popular (maybe too poplar) Rocket Bunny treatment sitting in the Enkei Wheels booth at SEMA.

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I really love what they did with it from the brandywine candy paint with gold color scheme to the classically styled custom Enkei92 wheels with the step lip.  If I were to build an RX-7 right now this is pretty close to how I would do it so needless to say its a pleasure for me to look at!  Good job Enkei!

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