Indy Car Hype: Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Quick Result (Video)

Posted on 05.11.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Again I come to the rescue with results of races missed!  This time I will help out anyone who missed the Grand Prix Of Indianapolis.  Yes, the Grand Prix Of Indianapolis, not the Indy 500.  This year Indy car threw in a road course race at Indy before the big oval race at Indy.  How did it go? It went pretty darn well for one particular driver.  You’ll see below with the official podium results and a quick race highlights video.

WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!!

Grand Prix Of Indianapolis Results:

1st: Will Power
2nd: Graham Rahal
3rd: Juan Pablo Montoya

Race highlights:

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Hype: The Honda Civic Type R Is Officially Coming To North America! Lets Have A Look Shall We? (Video)

Posted on 04.01.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Its officially official!  Honda just announced during their New York Auto Show press conference that the 10th generation Civic will have base, Si, and Type R variants sold in North America!  To give an idea of what the 10th generation Civic will look like, Honda brought out this crazy lime-green concept coupe.  Now, this isn’t necessarily to say that the American version of the Type R will be a coupe.  Honda stated that the 1oth gen Civic will come in sedan, coupe, and 5 door hatchback flavors.  So, America may get the same version of the Type R that the rest of the world is getting or perhaps Honda will try to differentiate the American Type R from the others by making it a coupe in this market.  It is not clear at the moment but will likely be revealed later on.  The other question is if the new Civic Si will feature the same turbo charged VTEC engine as the Type R, albeit detuned a bit or will the Type R be the only VTEC Turbo in the line up?  There are plenty of juicy questions to ponder on but we can all still revel in the fact that this isn’t an April Fool’s joke and the Type R is finally hitting American shores!  For my thoughts on the car and a video over view scroll below.  You can also click on any of the thumbnails for an HD resolution picture and get more info about the 10th gen Civic in the press release.  What do you think about this concept?  Are you excited about the Civic Type R coming to North America?  How much do you think it should cost?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us @MotorworldHype.

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Press Release:

Apr 1, 2015 – NEW YORK

  • 10th-generation, 2016 model year Civic focuses on sporty, fun-to-drive dynamics
  • Civic lineup to include Sedan, Coupe, and 5-door Hatchback body types, as well as Si and Type-R versions
  • First Honda model to apply new VTEC® Turbo engines in North America
  • Civic, America’s most popular small car is designed, developed and produced in North America

Today Honda unveiled its ultra-sporty Civic Concept at the New York International Auto Show as the brand prepares to launch its completely reimagined 10th-Generation Civic models beginning this fall. With a sharper focus on spirited performance and class-leading versatility, the new Civic lineup will include Civic Sedan, Coupe and Si models along with the return of the Civic hatchback, followed by the launch of a new Civic Type-R as the performance flagship of the Civic lineup. The new Civic also will be the first U.S. model to apply new VTEC® Turbo engines from the company’s Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrain series.

“The new Civic will be, flat out, the most dynamic, the most technologically advanced and the most refined and stylish Civic we’ve ever made,” said John Mendel, executive vice president, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.  “In every way, this will be an epic Civic.”

The Civic Concept provides a tantalizing glimpse forward to the thrilling design direction for the all-new 10th-generation Civic lineup launching in the U.S. this fall. Featuring a longer wheelbase and lower, wider stance, the new Civic emphasizes its aggressive personality and the engaging experience it will provide behind the wheel. Proportionally it boasts a longer hood, a shorter front overhang, a more set-back greenhouse and a shorter rear deck, lending the Civic a more athletic and “in motion” appearance.

The low and wide proportions are underscored by its more aggressive wheel-to-body relationship and pronounced fender arches. Its sporty and expressive face is highlighted by bright new LED headlights flanking the “Flying H” Honda grille which is supported by deeply sculpted lower air intakes.

“Charismatic, connected and athletic, our goal was to create a design that is emotional and sporty yet with a sense of timelessness and simplicity,” said Guy Melville-Brown, Chief Exterior designer of the Civic concept, Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “In this we set out to create a vehicle that goes beyond the superficial and embraces the very philosophy of what a true Civic should be; it’s a real game changer.”

The 10th-generation Civic is based on a compact platform that targets benchmark levels of efficiency, dynamic performance, safety and manufacturing productivity. Leveraging this new platform in conjunction with new Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrains – including a new 1.5-liter VTEC® Turbo engine with direct injection, a short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission, and a new, more sporty and efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT) – the Civic will target class-leading fuel economy ratings and fun-to-drive performance with near-luxury levels of cabin quietness and ride refinement.

The new Civic will also target class-leading levels of safety performance and will offer the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control and Honda LaneWatch™, along with Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure.

The new Civic marks the first time that global development of both the sedan and coupe models is being led by a North American R&D team, with design led by a team from Honda’s Los Angeles design studio and development centered in the company’s Raymond, Ohio vehicle development center. The North American version of the Civic Sedan will be produced in Greensburg, Indiana, and in Alliston, Ontario. The Civic Coupe and Si models will also be manufactured in Alliston. The VTEC Turbo engine will be produced in Anna, Ohio with engines also produced in Alliston. The CVT will be produced in Russells Point, Ohio. Together, these four Honda plants have invested in new equipment, processes and training to prepare for new Civic production, which will use domestic and globally sourced parts. Production of the five-door hatchback will take place at the company’s Swindon, UK plant.

Honda is in the midst of a series of major product launches that began with the freshened CR-V – 2015 Motor Trend Sport Utility of the Year – and continues with the spring launch of the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V crossover and the summer launch of the redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot SUV. This will be followed by the new Civic release beginning this fall.

About Civic
The current generation Civic has been the best-selling small car in America with individual retail car buyers every year since its launch as a 2012 model in calendar year 2011, with sales in excess of 300,000 units in each of the past three years. The first-generation Civic debuted in America in 1972, and Civic has played a leading role in advancing fuel efficiency, small-car safety performance, design, technology and fun-to-drive performance over nine generations of development. American car buyers have purchased more than 10 million Civics over the course of 43 years and Civic has been manufactured in North America since 1986, with cumulative production in North America approaching 9 million units.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive automobiles for American car buyers through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Accord, Crosstour, Civic, Fit, and CR-Z along with the Pilot, and CR-V sport-utility vehicles and the Odyssey minivan.

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Consumer Hype: Honda Fans Start Petition To Bring New Civic Type R To America

Posted on 03.10.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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So, its looking like the crazy new 2016 Civic Type R isn’t going to coming to American shores.  However, that isn’t stopping some devoted fans from launching a significant effort to convince Honda to bring their latest hot hatch to ‘murrica.  Namely a Honda enthusiast named Nikos Stoufis has started a petition on Change.org to bring the 2016 Civic Type R to the US of A.  The goal for the petition is 25,000 signatures.  Before anyone scoffs at that number it should be noted that the petition is already at 23,637 signatures, just 1,363 short of its goal.

Although even if the petition does reach its goal doesn’t mean Honda will actually do anything about it.  Its likely that Honda is avoiding the American market because they feel that there aren’t very many people who would pay possibly over $40k.  However, at 25,000 signature if you factor that even 5% of those people would actually buy the Civic Type R that’s still 1,250 cars sold.  That’s a decent number for a limited production high performance car.  Maybe this will encourage Honda to at least consider the idea a bit further.

If you are one of the people who would like to see the new Civic Type R be sold in America, hit the source link below to visit the petition.

[Source: Change.org]

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Hype News: The Civic Type R Returns! Now With Turbo.

Posted on 03.04.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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For five years now those who pray at the church of H have awaited the return of not only the Civic Type R but the “R” name plate itself.  To Honda’s credit they have not remained silent on the Civic Type R the whole time.  While few and far between, Honda did grace the internet with updates in the form of concept drawings, and even early test mule footage.  The last physical Civic Type R concept car really set the internet ablaze with its crazy wing with integrated brake lights.  It was at that moment that the countdown begun and the world wondered how close the final product would stick to the wild concept that came before it.  Today, we finally that the answer to that question is: “close-ish” Late last night in front of a small group of media and VIPs Honda revealed the final production version of the next (what I will further refer to as the 2016) Civic Type R to the planet Earth and the internet is still trying to repair itself as I type this. So, lets get down to the brass tacks shall we?  Let’s start on the outside.  The 2016 Civic Type R finally looks the part.  Its very much removed from the egg-like shape of the previous Civic Type R (FN2 chassis) that was released back in 2008 and personally I think that’s a good thing.  A very good thing.  The 2016 Type R looks less like a space egg and more like a proper, “street legal-ish”, hot hatch which is exactly what a Civic Type R should look like!  The front end is low and aggressive yet there doesn’t appear to be excessive venting despite the fact that this Type R now has a turbo under the hood (more on that later).  The front also begins a wedge-like shape that continues all the way to the back of the vehicle but without the awkward bubble curve in the rear found on the FN2 chassis.

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The fenders make their presence known with sharp arch lines and brake cooling vents (in the front fenders only).  The front and sides are adorned with lip spoilers while the rear has an aggressive (but not obtuse) diffuser.  Speaking of the rear, there is in fact a wild wing situated on the ’16 Civic Type R’s hatch.  However, it isn’t quite the Avant Garde piece that we saw on the concept car.  Instead is a more traditional GT style rear wing that sits just above a pair of sweeping tri-point taillights.  No, there are no integrated brake lights in the wing as demonstrated on the concept; a point that has been polarizing among Honda fans as some really hoped to see it in the production car while others were glad they were left out.   Honda also notes that the under side of the car is “nearly flat” and combined with the rear diffuser, keeps the Type R sucked towards the asphalt at speed.  Aerodynamics seems to be a major part of the new Civic Type R’s exterior design.  Nearly every vent, duct, and ridge is meant for aerodynamic or cooling purposes, at least according to Honda they are. As usual the real story is under the hood as the new Civic Type R has something that no other Type R before it ever had, a turbocharger.  Yes, after decades of tuners adding turbochargers themselves after the fact, Honda has decided to finally offer a turbocharged Civic from the factory.  With the snail in place the 2.0 liter VTEC engine in the Civic Type R will make 305hp at the front wheels and 302 ft-lbs of torque to get it motivated.  Its max power will come at 6,500rpm (just 500rpm before its 7,000rpm redline) and max torque is reached by 2,500rpm.  Certainly not a high strung engine but impressive numbers nonetheless.

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Combine the aero package, the engine, and an advanced suspension system featuring an independent “active damper system” and a “dual axis front strut”, which helps reduce torque steer and you have a hatchback that can lap the Nurburgring in 7:50.63, a front wheel drive track record Drivers who want to take full advantage of all those bits may be interested in what Honda calls the “+R” mode.  Hit that button and the steering, suspension, and torque mapping all change on the fly to tighten things up, improve steering response, and increase performance. Buyers who want to add a few creature comforts to their hot hatch may vie for the “GT Pack” which includes extras such as parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, power folding side mirrors, a navigation system sourced from Garmin, among other goodies.  The GT Pack also features a few sensor based safety systems like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and front collision warning.

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All together the new Civic Type R sounds like it could be the new king of the hot hatches.  It definitely has the spec sheet to be a challenger but specs aren’t everything.  What’s more is that there is no word on if Honda’s new turbo hatch will reach American shores.  It will however be sold in Japan and Europe this July for 29,995GDP (about 46k USD) for the base model.  Those who want the GT Pack will need to add an additional 2,300GDP ($3,530) to that price.  At that price I’d say only die-hard Honda fans need apply for the new Type R as it would be hard for anyone else to justify paying that much considering the other options available at that price point. According to Honda there are at least 100 people who weren’t scared off by sticker shock and pre-ordered the new Type R already.  Will it come to America? If it does, will it retain its nearly $50k price tag?  Time will tell I suppose.  For now, if you want to check out HD resolution pics of the 2016 Civic Type R just click any of the thumbnails you see in this post.  For more info check out the official press release below. Press Release:

A HOT-HATCH ICON REBORN: ALL-NEW HONDA CIVIC TYPE R ENGINEERED TO BE A ‘RACE CAR FOR THE ROAD’

  • Production version of Civic Type R revealed at 2015 Geneva Motor Show
  • Characterful, high-revving all-new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine offers greater power, torque and response than any previous Honda production car engine
  • Function dictates form – eye-catching styling enhancements optimise airflow to aid performance and stability
  • Advanced new suspension systems, unique to the Type R, ensure rewarding handling characteristics and maximise power transfer
  • New +R mode increases the response of chassis and engine for enhanced driving thrills
  • Under development the Civic Type R has achieved a top speed of 270 km/h

After a five year wait, 2015 sees the arrival of the world’s most keenly anticipated hot hatch, the Honda Civic Type R. Billed as a ‘race car for the road’, the all-new Civic Type R will set new standards in the high-performance front-wheel drive hatchback segment. The production version of Honda’s latest hot hatch icon is revealed for the first time at the 85th Geneva Motor Show (5 to 15 March; Stand 4250, Hall 4). Type R vehicles have garnered a cult following around the world and the new model more than lives up to the high expectations. A world-first application of Honda’s new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine, aggressive function-led styling, and pioneering new chassis technologies combine to deliver one of the most immersive and rewarding driving experiences available in any sector. The new 2015 Civic Type R will be powered by the most extreme and high-performing engine in the 22-year history of the red ‘H’ badge, signalling the start of a new performance era for the Honda brand. All-new turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine At the heart of the Civic Type R is an all-new, direct-injected turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine, which delivers power, torque and performance figures unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment. Peak power output is 310 PS* at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque is 400 Nm* at 2,500 rpm – both higher than for any previous Honda Type R model. Red-lining at 7,000 rpm, the engine – part of Honda’s next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series – features an advanced new turbocharger with VTEC technology that boosts low-end torque and delivers sustained acceleration. The Civic Type R’s blistering performance is unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment: the 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is covered in just 5.7 seconds* – making it the fastest accelerating performance front-wheel drive hatchback – and top speed, where permitted, is a class-leading 270 km/h (167 mph)*. The new engine is mated to a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission, safeguarding an intimate, rewarding connection with the drivetrain, and power is directed through the front wheels. Function dictates form The styling changes that are unique to the Civic Type R give the car an aggressive, purposeful stance, yet almost all have a functional purpose. The sleek and aerodynamically-efficient design reflects a car developed to perform at speed. The focus on aerodynamics has ensured high-speed stability and high levels of downforce. To achieve this aim, the Civic Type R was subject to exhaustive aerodynamic analysis, testing and development. The development team tirelessly pursued its objectives through computer-based CFD modelling and wind tunnel testing at Honda’s dedicated automotive motorsports facility in Sakura, Japan; home of Honda’s Formula One engine development. This development work was validated through extensive prototype testing both on the road and on track, including at the Suzuka Formula One circuit, the Nürburgring Nordschleife and at the company’s Takasu test facility. A new, almost completely flat underside aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimise downforce – effectively ‘sucking’ the car onto the road. The rear wing has been reimagined from the Type R Concept. The structure of the airfoil – its angle, height and shape as well as its vertical end plates – have been carefully engineered to optimise downforce without causing a significant increase in drag at higher speeds. This helps improve road-holding abilities, particularly through high-speed corners. A wide front splitter and deep side skirts also manage airflow and reduce lift, while the front bumper has been shaped specifically to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels, enhancing high-speed stability and reducing lift forces. Heat management was another major focus for the design team, influencing several prominent external design modifications. Enlarged upper and lower grilles in the front bumper allow greater volume of cooling air into the engine bay. The airflow is channelled to outlet vents above the wheels on the front quarter panels and vents at the trailing edges of the widened front wheel arches to provide greater cooling and ventilation for the high-output engine. New lightweight, high rigidity 19-inch alloy wheels, unique to the Type R, complement the visual changes. They fill the enlarged wheel arches with 235/35R19 tyres that were developed specially for the Type R. To help the driver manage the Type R’s prodigious power, the car is equipped with a high performance Brembo brake package, developed specifically for the car. At the front, four-piston calipers apply braking force to 350 mm drilled discs. The Type R is available in five distinctive colours that give the purposeful new styling added visual impact. As well as Championship White – shared with successive generations of iconic Type R vehicles – buyers can choose from Crystal Black (pearlescent), Polished Metal (metallic), Brilliant Sporty Blue (metallic) and Milano Red. A cabin with a sporting ambience A range of aesthetic and functional upgrades within the cabin reinforce the Type R’s sporting character. As with previous Type R models, the gear lever knob is made from machined aluminium alloy. High-backed sports seats, trimmed in suede-effect black fabric with red double stitching, provide driver and front-seat passenger with ample lateral support during harder cornering. Matching red double stitching also appears on the black leather-clad steering wheel and blackgear-lever gaiter. The roof-lining is trimmed in black fabric, augmenting the focused ambience. New suspension technologies for a rewarding, more agile drive A number of innovative new suspension systems, unique to the Type R, have been introduced to produce rewarding handling characteristics and to maximise power transfer to the road. A new four-point Adaptive Damper System, developed specifically for the Type R, enables continuous independent control of each wheel to deliver exceptional road holding performance, limit wheel-load transfer during sharp acceleration and deceleration, and to maintain a stable, flat ride. It also means that the ride is more comfortable and supple in everyday driving and cruising. An advanced Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension system helps to reduce torque steer by 50 per cent compared to the standard Civic’s suspension set up, enhancing high speed stability, on-the-limit cornering and steering feel. At the rear, Type R’s H-shaped torsion beam suspension is constructed with a bespoke ‘crushed pipe’ which improves rear roll rigidity by 180 per cent, further enhancing stability in high-speed corners. These systems are complemented by Dual Pinion Electric Power Steering, which helps to deliver rapid yet linear steering response and abundant feel. New ‘+R’ mode increases responses for enhanced driving thrills The new Civic Type R will mark the debut of the new ‘+R’ button that increases the response of various chassis and drivetrain systems. The result is an even more intense driving experience, ideal for the track and sure to be appreciated by the genuine sports-driving enthusiast. When +R mode is activated, engine responsiveness is heightened, with torque-mapping changed to a more aggressive and performance-focused setting. Steering receives reduced power assistance and is therefore more responsive to driver inputs, and basic damping force from the new four-point Adaptive Damper System is increased by 30 per cent. This means the behaviour of the car is firmer and more agile for high-performance handling. All-new GT Pack offers further enhancements Customers will have the option to specify their new Civic Type R with an all-new GT Pack. Externally, the GT Pack adds signature red highlights to the front and rear splitters for even greater eye-catching impact, but it’s under the skin where the GT Pack’s most significant upgrades will be found. The driver will benefit from extra convenience features such as front and rear parking sensors, dusk sensing headlamps, rain sensing automatic wipers and electric fold door mirrors. Integrated Garmin satellite navigation (including five years of free map updates) is added to the Honda Connect infotainment system. Audiophiles will be attracted by the addition of a CD player and a premium eight-speaker, 320 watt stereo system upgrade. All occupants will appreciate automatic dual zone climate control air conditioning, and sophistication in the cabin is also boosted by red ambient lighting. The GT Pack also includes Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist Systems. This comprehensive suite of sensor-based safety technologies includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition system, High-Beam Support System, Blind Spot Information and Cross Traffic Monitor. Honda’s City-Brake Active system will be fitted as standard on the Civic Type R. The all-new Honda Civic Type R will go on sale across Europe from this summer. Full vehicle specifications will be announced in due course. * Honda internal figures

 

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F1 Hype: McLaren Honda Reveals New MP4-30 Race Car (Video)

Posted on 01.29.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Early in the A.M. (4am for me to be exact) right after Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso went to the future (see previous post), McLaren Honda finally revealed their 2015 chassis dubbed MP4-30.  This was significant for two reasons.  The first is that this officially launches the rebirth of one of F1’s storied partnerships in McLaren and Honda.  It also marks one of the first times that a car reveal was done exclusively over social media.  That’s right, there was no press conference gala at the McLaren HQ.  The reveal was done by live posting by McLaren via their social media channels (twitter, facebook, instagram), and their website.  I think it was a pretty neat concept to do it this way but I am not so sure other teams will follow suit.

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Anyhow you can finally see the new McLaren Honda in all its glory by clicking on any of the thumbnails or watching the intro video below.  What do you think of it?  I was kind of hoping they would go back to a white and red color scheme like the MP46.  I think the colors they chose look great but since they aren’t associated with Mercedes anymore, why hang on to the silver?  Oh well, either way it still looks pretty fresh.  Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments or tweet us at @MotorworldHype

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SEMA 2014: Tjin Edition Fit Is The Fan Favorite Of The Honda Booth

Posted on 11.05.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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If anyone takes a stroll over to the Honda Booth at the SEMA show right now they will find a fleet of 2015 Honda Fits, all with different looks and themes but the official “Fan Favorite” is the Tjin Edition fit co-designed by Neil Tjin and his daughter Kylie.  The father and daughter team wanted to create something that reflected their family so a bit of everything is represented here.  A lot of the exterior is influenced by Papa Tjin; especially the Axalta green paint and the custom metal wide fender flares.  Kylie was insistent that the brake calipers were hot pink and it looks like Neil wasn’t about to tell his little girl no.  Which was a good choice because the pink and green actually go together nicely.  In front of the pink brakes are custom iForged wheels wrapped in Falken Tires.  Inside has a full Sony car audio system and in the trunk is a special basketball caddy designed for his future NBA star son Collin.  The Fit gets its stance from an Airrex hybrid suspension which is partly why there is so much tire tuck.

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All together, its pretty easy to see why the Tjin Edition fit won fan favorite!  Check out the pics by clicking the thumbnails in this post and go over the parts list in the spec sheet below.

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Exterior:

  • Custom metal fender flares by Josh Freeman
  • Custom Axalta paint job by L&R Auto Body
  • Coplus headlights
  • Coplus foglights
  • Coplus front lip
  • Athentic Japanese red H emblems
  • Webasto Sunroof

Wheels and tires:

  • 18″ iForged wheels (brushed and gunmetal finish with -35 offset)
  • 18″ Falken tires (215/35/18 FK453s)

Brakes and suspension:

  • Baer front big brakes
    • 6 piston calipers (Hot Pink Kylie Tjin Edition)
    • 14″ rotors
    • Custom brackets and brake lines by Unique Fabrication
  • Airrex air management and air suspension

Performance:

  • Bisimoto pulse chamber

Interior:

  • Custom Katzkin interior
    • front seats
    • rear seats
    • door panels
    • center consol
  • SoCal Eilte 94Fifty basketball and sporting equipment
  • Scosche magic mount

Audio:

  • Sony Audio

    • subwoofer

    • amplifiers

    • mids and highs

  • Optima battery

  • Scosche audio wiring

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Hype Video: OK Go Does Synchronized Dance With Honda Uni-Cub’s In New Music Video

Posted on 10.27.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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A while back the band OK Go broke the internet when they dropped their video “Here We Go” on YouTube which featured the band doing an incredible synchronized dance on several moving treadmills.  The video sparked hundreds of parodies and attempts to recreate the routine featuring various other vehicles.  To this day “Here We Go” is one of the most watched music videos on YouTube.  Today OK Go is trying to best themselves with the music video for their new song “I Won’t Let You Down” in which the band is riding the Honda Uni-Cub one wheeled electric vehicle for the entire video.

Through what looks like some pretty crazy choreography and some stop motion this music video is a pretty entertaining watch.  If you have no idea what the Uni-Cub is, its a one wheeled electric scooter developed by the Honda robotics division and is positioned as a “personal mobility device”.  From what I can tell its not really meant to replace a car but designed to help people travel a somewhat significant distance whom are too lazy to walk or ride a bike.  Right now the device is in prototype limbo and is not currently for sale which makes it all the more impressive that OK Go managed to get four of them for their music video.  Having said that I would highly recommend checking out the video below.  Even if you aren’t an OK Go fan, watching them scoot around on these things is still pretty entertaining.

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Hype: Honda Releases Incredibly Weird 1 Minute Civic Type R Trailer With Only 3 Seconds Of Actual Civic In It (Video)

Posted on 06.25.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Remember back in the 80s and 90s when those incredibly weird and abstract perfume commercials would come on and anyone watching would have no idea what the commercial was for until the last few seconds?  Well it looks like the people behind those spots had kids and now those kids are the ad agency of record for Honda…  There are creepy mannequin ladies, evil wolves, cyborg people, an apocalyptic city and all manner of weird crap going on for almost the entire 60 second run time then right near the end we get a whole three seconds…count ’em, THREE SECONDS of the Civic Type R concept!  What in the name of Zeus’ butthole were they (Honda’s ad agency) trying to accomplish with this spot besides freaking us all out?

Seriously watch this “R Rated” (not really) video below, then show it to people you know and then time how long it will be before they furl their eyebrows in a classic “WTF” facial expression!

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Hype Event: Eibach Honda Meet 2014 AKA Mecca For Honda Heads (Gallery)

Posted on 05.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Once a year droves upon droves of loyal subjects of the “Honda-head” kingdom go on a great pilgrimage to a mythical land known as the “Inland Empire”.  Once they reach this place they gather together to enjoy each others company, buy and trade their wares, and tell tales of triumph over unsuspecting V8’s at traffic lights….  Seriously though the annual “Eibach” meet is one of the biggest gatherings of Hondas in the country and every year it seems to gain momentum.  In fact this year marked the event’s 10th anniversary.  The legend says that at the first meet or what I like to call “Eibach prime” there was only 50 cars.  This year there was easily a few hundred cars!  In fact, in recent years the meet has gotten so large in size that it can no longer be held at Eibach’s massive HQ because they just don’t have the space.  Eibach has instead chosen a spot in Lake Elsinore (at the home of their local minor league baseball team) to hold their epic gathering.  Despite being even further away from major cities than Eibach’s HQ, even more Honda fans showed up than before!  I too made the epic trek to the Lake of Elsinore to behold all of the Hondas for myself as well as snap plenty of pictures for your enjoyment.  Even though it was hotter than a volcano’s butt hole and dusty as all get out, once I saw the rows and rows of clean, excellently executed Hondas it was all worth it.  If you want to see what I saw then check out the gallery below!  Also stay tuned for our coverage from Toyotafest 2014 as well!

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Hype Event: illest x Cycleworld “RUCK OUT” Honda Ruckus Rally In Hawaii Feb. 15th

Posted on 02.04.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Want to rock out with your ruck out in the aloha state? Now is your chance!  If you already live in Hawaii or don’t mind the short flight then you might want to check out the illest x Cycleworld “RUCK OUT” Honda Ruckus Rally on February 15th (yes, the day after Valentines!).  The rally will start with a meet up at the Starbucks coffee ward and end at the illest Hawaii store which will play host to a custom Ruckus show.  There will also be giveaways and a raffle.  All in all it should be a great time.  I wish I could go!  Hit the source link below for the full details.

[Source: CycleWorld.com/RUCKOUT]

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