F1 Hype: Russian Grand Prix Quick Results (With Video)

Posted on 10.12.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Did you miss out on the Russian Grand Prix over the weekend?  I won’t blame you this time because I missed it too!  I had my hands full of Formula Drift Irwindale so the 3:30am start time of the race (on the west coast) just wasn’t going to cooperate with my brain!  Any how, if you need the results simply scroll below for the race podium!  Below that is a quick highlight reel courtesy of NBC Sports.


2015 Russian Grand Prix Results:

1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Sebastian Vettel
3rd: Sergio Perez

Race Highlights:

Driver Standings:

1st: Lewis Hamilton 302 points
2nd: Sebastian Vettel 236 points
3rd: Nico Rosberg 229 points
4th: Kimi Raikkonen 123 points
5th: Valtteri Bottas 111 points

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Drifting Hype: Fredric Aasbo Wins Not One But Two Championships At Irwindale

Posted on 10.12.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


After a long season of drifting all across the country and the world the 2015 Formula Drift season officially came to a close at the place where American drifting pretty much began.  Not only did the final round of the season take place over the weekend but quite possibly the last drifting event to ever be held at Irwindale Speedway or “The House Of Drift” as it came to be known.  If you saw our live stream post you probably read all the reasons why this was likely one of the most important weekends of drifting ever.

Fredric Aasbo came into the weekend with an incredibly comfortable lead in both the Pro Championship and the (first ever) World Championship.  In fact all Aasbo needed to do was qualify and win in his first battle of the top 32 and he would be a mathematical lock for both titles.  In case you are wondering why Aasbo would be able to lock in the World Championship at Irwindale, it was a direct result of Formula Drift having to cancel the final World Championship round originally to take place in China.  With that round off the schedule Irwindale became the final World Championship round.  To make a long story short Aasbo qualified (5th) and won his first top 32 battle against Kristaps Bluss to win both titles.  However, as joyous as that was for Fredric it was hardly the most exciting part of the weekend.

There were several pretty shocking and surprising moments and developments that transpired over just Saturday.  First was Fredric Aasbo driving like a man possessed.  I completely expected Aasbo to do what he needed to do to win his Championships.  However, I didn’t expect him to really go beyond that as he was slated to face Daigo Saito in the Top 16.  For context, Saito has won at Irwindale every year since he has entered the series back in 2012.  The man has simply never lost a battle at The House Of Drift…  That is until this weekend.  Yes, fresh after winning two championships Aasbo ended Daigo’s Irwindale win streak!  This blew my expectations for the event wide open.  I had Saito as the winner of Irwindale pegged but it was not to be.

Aasbo went on to win the round, thus putting a stamp on is stellar season.  Although the evening’s battles showed the sold out crowd what they could expect for the 2016 season as several drivers really came into their own at Irwindale since most of them had nothing to lose.  Matt Field has been killing it all season but he really became a force to be reckoned with at Irwindale.  He battled so hard against Odi Bakchis in the top 16 that his tires literally caught fire!  He was ok though but it was a spectacular sight.

Ken Gushi put on quite an impressive performance as well as he fought hard (even through some contact) to make it all the way to the final battle against the 2015 champ, Aasbo.  Gushi put up a respectable fight but was having some car issues which prevented him from giving it his all.  Gushi fought Aasbo for the Pro championship all year and nearly had it were it not for a less than stellar performance in Long Beach.  Even Aasbo himself pegged Gushi to win the 2016 championship.  After watching Gushi’s performance all year, especially his Irwindale run, I am inclined to agree with Aasbo.  Rounding out the top 3 with the 3rd podium spot was the always impressive Forrest Wang.

Well there you have it.  Aasbo is your 2015 Formula Drift Pro and World Champion and Gushi is literally “the future”.  Stay tuned for our official gallery and a few more stories from Irwindale!

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App Hype: We Made A Mobile Game!

Posted on 10.09.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


OK you might be a little confused by this so I will do my best to explain.  Besides cars and the automotive culture one of my other major loves is video games so for a while now I have been looking at things that I can do to combine both of those things.  I’m no Turn 10 Studios so I can’t make a game like Forza Motorsport so I figured I would start with mobile games and take popular mobile game genres and merge it with car culture.

The first step in that adventure is a incredibly simple “memory match” game that I’ve dubbed “Tuner Memory Match”.  Just like any other memory match game it is all about revealing a picture under a tile and trying to find its match.  To put a twist on it I made the tiles carbon fiber and the pictures are all shots of cars that we have shot at various events, more specifically they are pictures from our instagram feed!

Again, this game is very simple because its just the beginning of hopefully many more games that we will produce in the future.  This first game is a bit of an experiment to see how things go.  The game is free as it is ad supported but there is just a subtle banner ad at the bottom of the screen.

For now Tuner Memory Match is only on Android but if the game gets enough downloads we may release it on iOS as well.  So, if you have an Android phone we invite you to try it out!  Simply click the link below to visit the download page or just search for “Tuner Memory Match” in the Google Play store.

I want to say again that this first game is pretty simple and an experiment for things to come so I welcome feedback!  Just don’t be a jerk about it!

Game download link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.companyname.Memory

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SEMA 2015: Blood Type Racing Returns With Sinister Hyundai Veloster Build

Posted on 10.07.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

The SEMA train rolls on as today we get another build rendering from Hyundai.  Today we get a preview of Blood Type Racing’s return to the show.  If Blood Type Racing (BTR) sounds familiar that is probably because they were at SEMA last year with an absolutely beastly 1,000 horsepower Genesis Coupe.  This year the BTR team is building what looks like an absolutely evil Hyundai Veloster Turbo.  Its “carbon black” finish combined with the blood red racing stripes and accents make this car look like it was designed by the Empire (Star Wars reference FTW!).

Making the car look even more menacing are one-off “demon eye” red projector headlights.  A night shot of this thing would look like the stuff of nightmares!  The BTR Veloster Turbo will also have carbon fiber wide fenders at the corners which will shelter SSR Professor TF1 3-piece wheels which have a custom red finish.  The Veloster will sit on a set of BC coilovers and will have its stance dialed in by a host of Pierce Motorsports suspension components.

As with their last build, the BTR Veloster’s real story is under the hood.  Through the use of a long list of internal engine parts, a large Garrett GTX turbocharger, and a few magic spells or two the BTR Veloster will make about 500 horsepower from its 1.6 liter engine.  That kind of power in this package would definitely make this thing an absolute terror on the streets.  Can you tell there’s a theme to this post yet?

Anyhow, I am looking forward to getting up close to this build to see how many other small details come to the surface upon closer inspection.  For now you can click the thumbnail image for a larget version of the official rendering (done by Jon Sibal) and for a full spec sheet check out the press release below.

Also, let us know what you think of this build.  Do you like the sinister theme?  Or do you think this is over the top?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Press Release:

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 7, 2015 – Blood Type Racing Inc., the renowned Chicago-based tuner known for his extreme take on Korean vehicles, has revealed its Veloster Turbo R-Spec built for SEMA. The BTR Edition Veloster has an evil twist, designed to look as though it just switched over to the dark side. The car will be revealed at Hyundai’s SEMA press conference on November 3 at 11:30 a.m. PT, in Las Vegas.

The vehicle’s evil appearance began with a “Carbon Black” paint job, accented with a red racing stripe running from the front splitter up onto the hood. A carbon fiber wide-body kit gives the car a muscular, more aggressive stance, and front-mounted aero canards, front splitter and a rear deck spoiler provide down force at speed. Red accents on the custom SSR three-piece wheels, along with red projector “demon eye” headlamps add a final demonic touch to the vehicle’s exterior.

Using the Veloster’s 1.6-liter “Gamma” four-cylinder as a starting block, BTR added new cylinder sleeves, a high-boost turbocharger from Garrett, and custom connecting rods and pistons. With a retuned OEM ECU working in tandem with the strengthened engine internals, power output is now more than 500 horsepower, maintaining OEM drivability through use of Hyundai’s latest GDI technology. The interior has been stripped down and given the full, race-spec treatment with the addition of a four-point roll cage, Sabelt bucket seats, harnesses and steering wheel, along with audio upgrades from Rockford Fosgate and Tanabe OLED Revel gauges.

“The focus of this build was to boost the performance capabilities of the Veloster R-Spec while creating one of the angriest-looking Hyundai vehicles to chew up the pavement,” said Sam Lee, Director of Marketing, Blood Type Racing, Inc. “The engine tune on this vehicle is pushing the small-displacement motor to the edge. With a specific output of 312 horsepower/liter, we’re pushing this small displacement motor close to Formula 1 levels of performance. We’ve developed a number of internal components to help manage the power demands of this new engine, and paired with our hunkered-down suspension and aggressive exterior visuals, this Veloster is guaranteed to turn heads on the SEMA show floor.”

Follow #HyundaiSEMA to keep up to speed on all of this year’s SEMA activity.


  • Pavel’s Racing Engines (PRE) Custom Forged Pistons
  • PRE Custom Forged Connecting Rods
  • PRE Custom Sleeves
  • PRE Custom Bearings
  • PRE Custom Valve Springs
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Intake Manifold
  • Devils Own Methanol/Water Injection System
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Dump Tube
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Cat-less 3-in. Exhaust
  • Custom Front-Mount Intercooler
  • Garrett GTX3582R Dual Ball Bearing Turbo
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Sidewinder Turbo Manifold
  • Synapse Engineering Radial Blow Off Valve
  • Synapse Engineering Wastegate
  • Clutch Masters Upgraded Clutch 


  • BC Racing Coilovers
  • Pierce Motorsports Strut Tower Brace
  • Pierce Motorsports Under Body Brace
  • Pierce Motorsports Torsion Bar
  • Slotted and Dimpled Rotors
  • Performance Brake Pads
  • Upgraded Brake Lines
  • SSR Professor TF1 19×9.5-in. Wheels with Custom Red Face
  • Toyo Proxes R888 Tires
  • Tire Sticker.com “Toyo Tires” / “Proxes” permanent sticker


  • SoCal Garage Works Carbon Fiber Wide Body Fender Kit
  • SoCal Garage Works Carbon Fiber Front Canards
  • SoCal Garage Works Carbon Fiber Side Skirt Covers
  • SoCal Garage Works Custom Front Grill
  • APR Carbon Fiber Front Lip
  • Seibon Carbon, Carbon Fiber Hood
  • Seibon Carbon, Carbon Fiber Rear Hatch
  • Seibon Carbon, Carbon Fiber Hood Prop
  • Sequence Garage Devil’s Spoiler
  • Sequence Garage Rear Bumper Lip
  • Rally Armor Red Mud Flaps
  • BASF Carbon Black Paint
  • Genuine Hyundai Side Mirrors with Turn Indicators
  • Custom Diode Dynamics Headlights with Demon Eyes


  • Sabelt GT-130 Racing Seats
  • Sabelt Saloon 4-Point Harness
  • Sabelt SW-465 Steering Wheel
  • Pierce Motorsports 4-Point Roll Cage
  • BTR Custom Rear Seat Delete
  • BTR Custom Subwoofer Box
  • BTR Custom Trunk False Floor
  • BTR Custom Battery Trunk Relocation
  • Rockford Fosgate P3SD4-10 Shallow Subwoofers
  • Rockford Fosgate P1650 2-Way Coaxial Speakers
  • Rockford Fosgate P165-SI 2-Way Component Speakers
  • Rockford Fosgate P1000X5 Amplifier
  • Tanabe VLS OLED Boost Gauge
  • Tanabe VLS OLED Wideband AFR Gauge

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.


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Hype: Scion Teases New Concept To Debut At LA Auto Show. We Know Exactly What It Isn’t.

Posted on 10.06.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


While normally this is the time that OEMs reveal teaser images for their SEMA builds, Scion is getting a Jump on the Auto Show season by revealing a teaser image of a new concept car that will make its debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show.  As you may remember a few years ago Scion revealed the concept that eventually turned into the new iA and iM production cars and Scion has promised that it would be releasing several new cars over the next few years so this announcement is not much of a surprise.

However the mystery is what the heck this thing will end up looking like and ultimately becoming.  I personally have no idea.  But, I think I know what not to expect.  Here is my short list of what this concept probably isn’t:

  • It probably isn’t the future replacement for the FR-S.  The FR-S is still selling like hot cakes as is.  No need to refresh it yet.
  • It probably isn’t another hatch back.  Scion just released the iM which fills the hatch back slot in their line up.
  • It is definitely not a time-machine.  Only Delorean’s can do that remember?

OK, OK its easy to play it safe by guessing what I think this concept wont be so I will man up and make a few guesses at what it could be:

  • It could be a cross-over SUV.  Its something that Scion hasn’t done yet and would be appealing to their target audience, the “urban” individual.
  • It could be a new front-wheel drive coupe.  The Scion tC is pretty long in the tooth at this point.  This is a good time to replace it with something new.
  • It could be a plug-in hybrid or full electric car.  Because, why not?

Obviously everything I’ve guessed on both sides could be totally wrong but speculation is fun!  The world will find out with certainty what this concept really is once it gets closer to its debut at the LA Auto Show this year.  Actually it will probably be before that during the obligatory before the “fill in the blank” auto show internet leak/reveal” period that happens before every major show.


Ether way, as soon as I know what it is I will let you guys know.  In the meantime you can click the thumbnail for a larger version of the teaser image and/or you could read the incredibly short and vague press release below to see if you can CSI any hidden details.

What do you think this new Scion concept will ultimately end up being?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Press Release:

Third New Vehicle for Scion’s Youth Brand

TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2015) – Following the recent introduction of the Scion iM 5-door hatchback and the sporty Scion iA sedan, the youth division of Toyota is preparing to further expand its lineup with a third all-new vehicle, beginning in 2017. The world debut of the next Scion concept will take place at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov. 18-19, 2015.

About Scion

Scion continues to be the test laboratory division for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. From its start in 2003, Scion’s goal was to offer products and processes that stand apart from the crowd. Scion offers distinctive vehicles that reflect owners’ passions with a model line-up that includes the all-new iM five-door hatchback, the all-new iA sports sedan, the iconic xB urban utility vehicle, the tC sports coupe, and the FR-S rear-wheel drive sports car. Scion also appeals to a youthful audience by offering a simple, no-haggle buying experience and by engaging with potential customers in meaningful and creative ways. For more information, visit www.scion.com.



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Hype: Mitsubishi Bids Farewell To The Lancer Evo With “Final Edition”

Posted on 10.05.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

If you’re an 80s kid like me then that means you were around in the early 90s when DC Comics decided to kill Superman.  I wasn’t into comic books back then but I was still pretty sad about it.  I mean it was Superman right?  He is an icon, a legend who has fought many battles and nearly always come out on top.  When I heard that Mitsubishi is ending production on the Lancer Evolution those feelings were brought back.  Another iconic superhero is being killed off.  However, Mitsubishi knows that the Evo means as much to the fans as it does to them so in order to give their rally fighting legend a proper send off they are releasing a special “Final Edition.”

This limited edition Lancer Evo is a mix of features and items from both the GSR and MR although it is mostly based off the GSR trim.  The engine output is boosted to 303HP which is a bit higher than the GSR and a 5ft-lbs of torque increase.  The suspension is upgraded to Bilstein shocks with Eibach springs all around.  The two front wheels get the big Brembo brake package normally reserved for the MR and at the corners are dark chrome finished Enkei wheels.  The middle of the front bumper, hood scoop, and other accents have been finished in gloss black to add contrast to either of the 4 available colors: new Pearl White, Rally Red, Mercury Gray, and Octane Blue.

Interior mods include a numbered plaque (only 1,600 models will be produced), black leather, and red stitching accents.  For a “Final Edition” I was hoping they would go a bit more free and loose with the performance numbers.  Perhaps something closer to the 430+ horsepower concept they showed off in Tokyo a while back.  But all things considered this model is a decent farewell.

Oh, and remember how I mentioned the death of Superman earlier?  Well, obviously Superman didn’t stay dead.  Here is hoping the same will be true for the Evo…

For more info about the Final Edition Lancer Evolution check out the press release below.  For pictures just click on any of the thumbnails you see for larger versions.  Finally, how do you feel about this?  Are you sad that the Lancer Evo is going away? Or do you think that the Evo should have been killed off long ago?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.


Press Release:

  • The Final Edition is based off the current GSR model featuring new enhancements and increases to horsepower and torque

  • Only 1,600 units will be sold in the U.S. market, each marked by a numbered plaque


October 05, 2015 — CYPRESS, Calif. — Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today announced the details of the limited-production 2015 Lancer Evolution Final Edition. Arguably the originator of the four-door sports car genre, the Lancer Evolution has seen ten generations – three of which were sold in the U.S. over 12 years. To send it off in style, Mitsubishi Motors will offer 1,600 numbered Final Edition models to the U.S. market with a MSRP of $37,995.

The Lancer Evolution Final Edition is based off the current GSR model, with exterior and interior enhancements not previously offered on the GSR. The heart of the Final Edition is a 5-speed transmission paired with a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder 2.0L engine, producing 303 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 305 lb-ft torque at 4,000 rpm. Performance is further enhanced by use of lightweight two-piece Brembo® brake rotors up front, accompanied by Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs at all four corners. As with all 2015 Lancer Evolutions, the Final Edition model features Mitsubishi’s innovative and unmatched Super All-Wheel control system.

The Final Edition model receives exterior upgrades including a Final Edition badge in the rear, black painted aluminum roof, dark chrome painted Enkei® alloy wheels, gloss black center bumper and hood air outlet and dark chrome front grille surround. Final Edition models will be offered in four colors: new Pearl White, Rally Red, Mercury Gray and Octane Blue.

Inside, a numbered plaque on the center console denotes each of the 1,600 units created. In addition, Final Edition models receive a black headliner, pillars, sun visors and assist handles, and red accent stitching for sport seats, steering wheel, shift knob, console lid, floormats and e-brake handle.

“With its incredible combination of power, agility and Super All-Wheel Control, the Lancer Evolution is one of the most well-known sports sedans and is revered by ‘gearheads’ around the globe,” said MMNA executive vice president, Don Swearingen. “The Final Edition model pays homage to Evo’s remarkable place in automotive history and takes it one step further as the most powerful mass-production Lancer Evolution ever built.”

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Hype: A Brand New 2016 Mazda MX-5 Global Cup Car Can Be Yours For Just $53k

Posted on 10.01.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Mazda prides themselves on their involvement in motorsports.  As their popular tagline says: “there are more Mazda’s raced every weekend than any other brand.”  One of the main reasons for that is because Mazda tends to make participation in motorsports relatively inexpensive.  This was further proven today when it was announced that potential racers can have the brand new, ready to go 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup for only $53,000.  Now when Mazda says “ready to go” they mean it.  The car will come with everything needed to run an MX-5 Cup race.  The only thing the owner needs to worry about is transportation and entry fees but other than that the car needs nothing.

If you think $53,000 is a lot consider that this is the first time Mazda has sold complete race cars and if one was looking to build a Cup Car from the previous gen MX-5 they would likely end up spending anywhere from $65-70k.  This makes the new cup car a massive bargain!

That is pretty awesome for those who are looking to make their way into the MX-5 Cup Series or any other type of racing in which the Cup Car is allowed to run.  Obviously costs associated with running in a series will vary depending on how a racer goes about it.  According to Mazdaspeed Motorsports, a typical race weekend (which includes fuel, tires, fuel for a tow vehicle, hotel, food, entry fees, practice, etc.) runs about $7,000.  Again generally speaking that is a lot of money but relative to other series that isn’t too bad.

Either way, the barrier to entry when it comes to MX-5 cup racing just got a lot lower.  If you want to get yourself a race car Mazdaspeed Motorsports officially starts taking orders today on their website and deliveries are slated to begin before the end of the year.

For more info scroll below for the official press release.

Press Release:

Mazda Announces Global MX-5 Cup Race Car Pricing

– Initial Orders Being Accepted for the $53,000 Ready-to-Race 2016 MX-5 Miata –

IRVINE, Calif. (October 1, 2015) – The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the most road-raced production car in the world. The reason is simple – great performance at an affordable price. The new Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race car follows that formula, and will be Mazda Motorsports’ first-ever ready-to-race MX-5 Miata. The new race car will be available at the special introductory price of $53,000. The race car ordering process begins on www.MazdaMotorsports.com with first deliveries scheduled to begin later this year.

Having a turnkey, ready-to-race car removes the effort of engineering and costs of fabrication, enabling the racer to focus on racing. All racers can purchase identically-built race cars so that driving talent will be the number one determining factor for on-track performance, rather than budget, engineering capability or fabrication skills. Production of the MX-5 Cup race cars starts with a street cars that receives motorsports specific modifications for race track safety and performance. The MX-5 Cup is an entry-level professional series, and is a part of the Mazda Road to 24, which helps promote racers up the ladder to the top levels of sports car racing.

“For the past decade, the third-generation sports car has been competing in our own MX-5 Cup series, and has been the ideal platform to showcase driving talent in a competitive environment on high-profile race weekends,” said John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). “With the launch of the fourth-generation MX-5, we are raising the bar by making it even easier for aspiring professional road racers to get involved. We expect to sell out the first batch of cars rapidly.”

The MX-5 Cup series champion earns a $200,000 scholarship to move to a higher level series with Mazda the following year. Additionally, the 2016 Global MX-5 Cup series will culminate with a global finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. with entrants from around the world to crown a global champion. A one-day test in Mazda’s top-level IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship SKYACTIV prototype race car will top the list of prizes bestowed on the global champion.

The MX-5 Cup race car has been jointly developed by Mazda Motorsports and Long Road Racing in Statesville, NC. Long Road Racing will exclusively build the left-hand drive MX-5 Cup race car The team has evaluated key racing components and will announce several strategic component partners at a later date. Mazda factory race driver Tom Long has led the testing, along with fellow Mazda factory race driver Andrew Carbonell and Kenton Koch, the 2014 Battery Tender MX-5 Cup champion and 2015 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda champion. Tom Long has won races in all previous MX-5 generations, including the championship in the MAZDASPEED Miata Cup, and currently co-drives the Mazda SKYACTIV Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Priority to purchase the new car will be given to current competitors in the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, and others who intend to compete in the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup. MX-5 Cup cars built by Long Road Racing will be eligible to compete in club racing with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and National Auto Sport Association (NASA) as well as many track-day clubs.

Details for the ordering process, including financing options, are available at MazdaMotorsports.com, via our social media outlets: @MazdaRacing (Twitter), @GlobalMX5Cup (Twitter) and MazdaMotorsports on Facebook.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.

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SEMA 2015: ARK Performance Reveals Their Genesis Coupe Build Rendering

Posted on 09.30.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

SEMA is coming up so it is about that time of year when we start to see renderings of all the marquee builds that will make their debuts at the show.  Today the official rendering for Hyundai tuner ARK Performance’s Genesis coupe was released.  At first glance it looks a bit more subdued from what they did last year.  Their new ARK “Solus” body kit seems to be a bit of a throwback of how widebody kits used to be done.  While the front of the car still looks pretty aggressive in the front, the wide fenders are a bit more subtle and they seem to be bucking the trend of exposed rivets in their widebody treatment.

Speaking of fenders, they will be filled out with a set of ARK forged wheels wrapped with Nitto NT05 tires and the car will rest on an ARK Performance DT-P coilover kit.  To make power ARK will strengthen Hyundai’s V6 “Lambda” engine by stroking it to 4.0 liter displacement, stuffing it with forged JE piston heads with Brian Crower rods and crank.  They then will bolt on a Rotrex supercharger to hit a goal of 500HP.

This build will also see a complete interior treatment with a host of ARK Performance gauges and other goodies a long with materials like leather, carbon fiber, and alcantara.  I am looking forward to seeing how it all turns out!  For a full spec sheet check out the press release below.  For a better look at the rendering done by Jon Sibal click the thumbnail below for a HD resolution version.  In the meantime let us know what you think of ARK Performance’s SEMA build.  Love it? Hate it?  Tell us your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

SEMA ARK Performance Genesis Coupe

Press Release:

Seventh Consecutive SEMA Vehicle Blends Premium and Performance

Sponsorship Provided by Hyundai Car Care Express and Quaker State

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 30, 2015 – Leveraging its long-standing relationship with Hyundai Motor America, ARK Performance has released details on its race-inspired Solus Genesis Coupe, blending performance and luxury to take on vehicles like the BMW M4 and Lexus RC F. The vehicle will be revealed at Hyundai’s SEMA press conference on November 3 at 11:30 a.m. PT.

For the tuner’s seventh consecutive vehicle built for SEMA, ARK added performance and luxury in tandem, creating a premium coupe that can go toe-to-toe with top rivals from around the world. Building on the success of last year’s AR550 Genesis Sedan, the vehicle’s design focuses on creating a wider visual look to give a more powerful stance using ARK’s own “Solus” wide body kit. The interior also has been given a complete makeover with a redesigned dashboard, race-bred steering wheel and gauges, with ample carbon fiber.

The Solus Genesis Coupe is sponsored by Quaker State and Hyundai Assurance Car Care Express, with more than 300 service centers nationally. Car Care Express provides customers with quick oil changes, tire rotation and other basic services in less than an hour. Hyundai also recommends Quaker State for its dealer network and, it is the factory fill motor oil for Hyundai vehicles as they roll off the assembly line.

“The Genesis Coupe is the perfect platform for developing our performance product lineup,” said Kevin Bentley, Marketing and Sales Manager, ARK Performance, Inc. “Hyundai’s 3.8-liter engine is strong enough to handle all the extra power we’re now developing, and the chassis is well balanced and easy to modify, allowing us to create this lowered, aggressive stance while maintaining that clean look we’re going for.”

Hyundai’s 3.8-liter “Lambda” V6 engine is stroked to 4.0 liters for a powerful start to the build. With the addition of a Rotrex supercharger and strengthened engine internals, the vehicle now develops more than 500 horsepower, sending that power to the rear wheels – now sporting sticky, Nitto rubber – through a 6-speed manual transmission. The addition of an ARK Legato trunk spoiler and APR Performance carbon fiber front splitter round out the vehicle’s aggressive, race-bred appearance.

Follow #HyundaiSEMA to keep up to speed on all of this year’s SEMA activity.


  • Brian Crower 4.0L Stroker Kit (Built by ARK Performance)
  • JE Pistons
  • Brian Crower Rods
  • Brian Crower Crank

Custom Rotrex Supercharger System (Built by ARK Performance)AEM Water/Methanol Injection Kit

  • VP Racing M1 Methanol

Cometic MLS Head GasketsPRE Custom ARP Head StudsARK Performance Coated HeadersARK Performance Downpipes with Test PipesARK Performance Thermal Coated GRiP Catback Exhaust System with Burnt TipsSynapse Engineering Radial Blow Off ValveLap3 Korea Custom ECU Tuning


  • ARK Forged Wheels
  • Nitto NT05 Tires
  • ARK Performance DT-P Coilover Suspension Kit
  • ARK Performance Strut Tower Brace


  • Ad’ro/ARK “Solus” Wide Body Kit
    • Front Bumper and Front Bumper Extensions
    • Front Wide Fenders
    • Hood
    • Side Skirts
    • Rear Over Fenders
    • Rear Bumper and Rear Bumper Extensions
    • Ad’ro/ARK “Legato” Rear Trunk Spoiler


  • Rockford Fosgate Complete PUNCH Premium Speaker System
  • AiM Sports MXG Digital Color Display
  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport Steering Wheel
  • Custom Redesigned Dashboard with Integrated Multimedia Screen
  • Custom Carbon Fiber Dash, Center Armrest, and Door Inserts
  • Synapse Engineering Gauges
  • Custom Threaded Shifter

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Hype: Mazda Will Reveal New KOERU Sports Car Concept In Tokyo.

Posted on 09.30.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


A while back the top brass at Mazda assured us that the rotary engine would never really go away.  Although, as time went on Mazda has yet to make anything with the prefix “RX” in front of it leading many to believe that perhaps the dream really was over.  However, we may have a new spark of hope in the form of Mazda’s new “KOERU” sports car concept that they are set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Mazda released this teaser image (sorry for the grain but we had to up-res the photo) late yesterday to get the speculation mill turning.  Mazda said that the aim of the KOERU sports car design was to create a “modern look” while “condensing Mazda’s sports car history” into its design.  While not very much of the car is visible in the teaser shot it is still easy to see what Mazda is talking about.  The KOERU’s main line and curves all give off a very classic almost Jaguar-esque feel.  Although the rear quarter panels and curves of the tail lights remind me very much of the legendary third-generation RX-7.  Either way, I very much like what I see so far and it also gives me hope that we’ll see this as a production car some day with a rotary under the hood.

I’ll explain my theory a bit: I realize that this is just a concept and its very possible that this car will never be produced and is simply a design exercise.  However, I’d like to note a few things before I’m called a conspiracy theorist.  First, in the last decade or so, pretty much every concept that Mazda released with the exception of the “Furai”, has become a production car.  So, that is what leads me to believe this car has a very good shot at production.  What makes me think that this could be the next rotary is the fact that Mazda will be displaying a 1967 Cosmo Sport 110S next to the KOERU.  For those of you who don’t know, the Cosmo is the first rotary powered sports car Mazda ever built.  Hmm, Mazda’s first rotary being displayed next to a new sports car concept that is meant to pay tribute to Mazda’s sports car history…  Seems to me that Mazda is dropping a big hint here!

In addition to the KOERU sports car concept and the Cosmo, Mazda will also have a few MX-5’s on display including a Global MX-5 Cup spec car, a MX-5 NR-A which is described as having “party one-make race accessories”, and a special needs MX-5 that features a full suite of Hand Controls for physically challenged who do not have use of their legs.  All together Mazda’s booth should be a pretty fun place to visit.

For more info you can check out Mazda’s sparse press release below.  What do you think of the KOERU sports car concept?  Do you think this will be Mazda’s next rotary powered car?  Or do you think Mazda is just horribly trolling us all?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Press Release:

Company highlighting driving joy with the slogan “Accelerate toward our dreams”

  • Tokyo Motor Show exhibit to feature Mazda KOERU, Cosmo Sport 110S and more


Hiroshima / Leverkusen, 30 September 2015. In another world premiere, Mazda will unveil a new sports car concept at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, which opens its doors to the media on 28 October and the public from 30 October to 8 November.

Despite its modern look, Mazda’s latest creation clearly embodies the carmaker’s lineage. Designers strove to condense the company’s sports car history to as great a degree as possible into this concept. True to the theme of the carmaker’s stand – “Accelerate toward our dreams” – Mazda is also highlighting the brand’s unique approach to the joy of driving. A special motor-sport exhibition will feature two racing-spec Mazda MX-5s, while the fabled 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S – the company’s first rotary powered mass-production model – compliments a display of Mazda’s convention-defying engineering legacy. The Mazda KOERU, a crossover SUV concept that debuted in Frankfurt in September, will be among the 14 models on hand at the Mazda stand alongside its award-winning model line-up featuring SKYACTIV Technology and KODO – Soul of Motion designs.

At SMART MOBILITY CITY, a regular feature of the Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda will showcase safety technologies such as its innovative human machine interface, omnidirectional sensing concept, and systems developed according to the Mazda Proactive Safety philosophy. The latter aims to enhance peace of mind and driving fun by helping drivers recognise potential hazards and exercise good judgment when operating the vehicle.

Mazda’s press conference takes place at 08:30 on 28 October.

Reference exhibits Mazda sports car concept model (world premiere)
Mazda KOERU (Japan premiere)*
Mazda MX-5 Global Cup racing spec model
Mazda MX-5 NR-A (with race accessories)**
Mazda MX-5 special needs vehicle with hand controls**
Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S (introduced in 1967)
Models currently available Mazda MX-5, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5, Mazda6, Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda Flair Wagon (with wheelchair ramp)**
Technology exhibits SKYACTIV-G 2.5, SKYACTIV-D 2.2, SKYACTIV-D 1.5

*  On display until 3 November.
** On display from 30 October.

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F1 Hype: Japanese Grand Prix Quick Result (With Video)

Posted on 09.28.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Miss the Japanese Grand Prix over the weekend?  Normally I’d give you crap about it but considering that it came on at odd hours for us American types I’ll give you a pass this time.  So, if you’re not waiting for a replay and you want the results then scroll below for the podium as well as a video recap of the race from NBC sports.



2015 Japanese Grand Prix Results:

1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Sebastian Vettel

Race recap:

Current driver championship points top 5:

1st: Lewis Hamilton 277 points
2nd: Nico Rosberg 229 points
3rd: Sebastian Vettel 218 points
4th: Kimi Raikkonen 119 points
5th: Vatteri Bottas 111 points

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