Any hardcore car person who lives in the good ol’ USA is probably aware more than one awesome car that for one reason or another is not and was never available for sale in America. It really sucks when that happens! These days regulations are pretty much the same when it comes to safety, compliance, and emissions, yet our government is so nit-picky that many OEMs rather just avoid the fight and sell their awesome cars elsewhere. Technically, we can import some of those cars into the states…after 25 years! How ridiculous is that?! This law didn’t make much sense back in 1988 when it was passed and it makes pretty much no sense now.
However, our government can sometimes be slow to move. To help speed things up and enact change the guys at Petrolicious have started an official online petition to reduce the DOT/EPA ban from 25 years to 15 and allow the importation of “non-conforming” vehicles (Like the R34 GT-R for example).
Petrolicious makes the intelligent argument that a 15 year old car is not much different safety and emissions wise to pose any real threat and that tax revenue from importing cars can be put to good use. This petition needs 100,000 signatures to be brought before the Obama Administration. As I am writing this post it currently sits at 30,487 (counting my signature) which means it needs an additional 69,513 signatures by September 5th 2014 to reach its goal. If you believe in this cause then I encourage you to sign it. It only takes a few moments and could lead to some real change! If you do not believe in this cause then by all means disregard this post no harm, no foul.
Click HERE for the online petition!
Tags: · 25 year car import ban, DOT, EPA, Hype, Import Nissan Skyline Legally, News, Obama Administration, Online Petition, Petrolicious, President Obama
It was last year that the world learned of the tragic death of Paul Walker. His death meant the loss of a son, a brother, and a father to his family, the world losing a great humanitarian, and not to mention the car community losing one of its nicest members. Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas died in an accident last November when Rodas lost control of a Porsche Carrera GT and hit a light pole. The car, burned and mangled from the impact was towed away from the scene of the crash and was possibly on its way to local law enforcement for the purposes of investigation.
However, the very night of the accident two idiots: Jameson Brooks Witty (18) and Anthony Edward Janow (26) came across said tow truck and stole one of the removable roof panels from the car. Then, in a blinding display of miraculous stupidity Jason Witty posted a picture of the panel on his Instagram account saying “Piece of Paul Walker’s car, took it off a tow truck at a stop light” and actually used the hashtag “#ComeUp”! Naturally he got flamed hardcore for doing something so insensitive and stupid so he posted again claiming that he was going to use the panel as part of a memorial (yeah, sure buddy).
Naturally with all the evidence needed provided by the culprit themselves law enforcement eventually caught the two and booked them. This past Tuesday was their day in court and they both pleaded no contest. As a result they could both possibly get up to 180 days in jail. Hopefully they learn a thing or two about respect while they are in there…. You know, in between the times they are trying to avoid becoming human currency for hardened inmates.
[Source: LA Times]
Tags: · Anthony Edward Janow, Dont Drop The Soap, Dumb Criminals, Fast And The Furious, Idiots, Instagram, Jail, Jameson Brooks Witty, Justice, News, Paul Walker, Paul Walker passing, porsche carrera gt
November is one of my favorite months and for good reason. There is just so much to look forward to on the 11th month of the year: Some of the best football games all year, Thanksgiving, the start of the holiday season, and the LA Auto Show. The last item on that list should be particularly exciting this year as the LA Auto Show has announced that they are expecting 25 world debuts at the show this year from the likes of Acura, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, GM, Hyundai, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Scion, Toyota, Volvo, and Volkswagen. That is a pretty long list, no? What will all those brands debut? Well we don’t officially know yet but if history is an indicator I am sure we will find out about most of the debuts from embargo breakers weeks before the show starts.
However, we are still quite a ways from that as well so how about we play a nice healthy game of speculation? I am going to list off what I think (or want) each brand on that list is going to debut in LA this year. Feel free to add your own in the comments!
Production version of the new NSX (its time Acura, its time…)
Production ready e-Tron cars, S3, that cool new R8 with the laser headlights
A concept for the Z4 successor, M4 convertible, a new edition to the electric “i” cars (i5, i7)
We will finally get a production version of the ME Four-Twelve (wishful thinking)
I dunno a truck or somethin’?
The official successor to the Genesis coupe
Production RC and RC-F coupes
New Mazdaspeed3, Mazdaspeed2 (because we want it), Mazdaspeed6-look they just need to “Mazdaspeed” everything and give it to us. I want a Mazdaspeed stroller! A Mazdaspeed coffee maker! Oh, they will also probably show off the new MX-5…and Mazdaspeed it!
The new AMG GT Coupe with out that funny looking neon zebra camouflage all over it…that stuff is ugly..
The next tC release series, production ready TRD-supercharged FR-S
The next Camry in its new “super beige” color, A somewhat less-concept FT-1 coupe
A consumer version of the semi trucks that Jean Claude Van-Damme did splits on in that crazy viral video
Tags: · 2014 LA Auto Show, 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Acura, Audi, BMW, chrysler, Events, Features, general motors, Hype, Hyundai, LA Auto Show, LA Auto Show debuts, laautoshow, Lexus, los angeles auto show, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, News, Scion, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo
Webster’s defines an “enthusiast” as someone “who tends to become ardently absorbed in an interest”. Some people might read a definition like that and come away with a negative connotation. However, people like me and you (our readers) see things differently. We love that we have something in our lives that we are passionate about and through our “ardent interest” we make new friends and have cool experiences. Which is why being an enthusiast is something that should be celebrated! That is exactly what Nitto Tire is doing this weekend at Angel Stadium in Anaheim for their annual “Auto Enthusiast Day.”
Nitto Tire is basically footing the bill to get their own huge section of the Angel Stadium to host just about everything that auto enthusiasts love. There will be a car show featuring all types of rides, vendors selling the parts we love, a raffle, and a drift demo. The best part is ..err well second best part is that admission is free! The very best part is that they will also be taking donations for new, unwrapped toys for the “CHiPs For Kids” program. So, not only do you get to spend a whole day doing cool car stuff but you can also help out a great cause!
Its all happening this Saturday! All the need to know facts are below! If you are looking for even more info (like how to register) visit AutoEnthusiastDay.com
Who: Nitto Tire
What: Auto Enthusiast Day
When: Saturday August 2nd 11am-4pm
Where: Angel Stadium 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806
Why: Because CHiPS For Kids is awesome and because we love cars
Tags: · Anaheim, angel stadium, Auto Enthusiast Day 2014, Drift, Drift Demos, Drifting, Events, News, nitto tire
One of the most commonly asked questions when Forza Horizon 2 was announced, and then debuted at E3 2014 was “how many cars will there be?” Despite my best efforts I was unable to get an exact number out of Ralph Fulton, the game director. However, it looks like today the team at Playground Games and Turn 10 are ready to spill the beans! Well, most of them anyway. They have officially released a list of the first 100 cars that will be in Forza Horizon 2, some of which are completely new to a Horizon game as you will see below. If you look closely at the “poster” above (click on the thumbnail of it below for an HD sized version) you can see that there is room for at least another 85 cars or so. Chances are as we get closer to Horizon 2′s release those cars will be revealed as well!
In the meantime check out the list of the first 100 rides! You can also click on the thumbnails for larger pics.
Never before seen cars:
-1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600S
-2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR
-1945 Jeep Willys MB
-1962 Volkswagen Type 2 De Luxe (23 window!!)
-1954 Jaguar XK120 SE
Full 100 car list:
1. 2002 Acura RSX Type-S
2. 2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
3. 2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde
4. 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde
5. 1964 Aston Martin DB5
6. 2010 Aston Martin One-77
7. 2012 Aston Martin Vanquish
8. 2013 Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus 5.2 FSI quattro
9. 1995 Audi RS 2 Avant
10. 2006 Audi RS 4
11. 2011 Audi RS 5 Coupé
12. 2013 Audi S4
13. 1997 BMW M3
14. 1991 BMW M3
15. 2012 BMW M5
16. 2011 BMW X5 M
17. 1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z
18. 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
19. 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-454
21. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
22. 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
23. 1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1
24. 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409
25. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T
26. 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8
27. 1957 Ferrari 250 California
28. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
29. 1994 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta
30. 2012 Ferrari F12berlinetta
31. 2007 Ferrari 430 Scuderia
32. 2013 Ferrari LaFerrari
33. 1980 Abarth Fiat 131
34. 2010 Abarth 500 esseesse
35. 2013 Abarth Punto Supersport
36. 2009 Ford Focus RS
37. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302
38. 2000 Ford SVT Cobra R
39. 1993 Ford SVT Cobra R
40. 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
41. 2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan
42. 1997 Honda Civic Type R
43. 2006 HUMMER H1 Alpha
44. 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track
45. 1956 Jaguar D-Type
46. 1961 Jaguar E-type S1
47. 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE
48. 1945 Jeep Willys MB
49. 2011 Koenigsegg Agera
50. 1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV
51. 2014 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4
52. 1982 Lancia 037 Stradale
53. 2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport
54. 2010 Lexus LFA
55. 1956 Lotus Eleven
56. 2012 Lotus Exige S
57. 2010 Maserati Gran Turismo S
58. 1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata
59. 2011 Mazda RX-8 R3
60. 2013 McLaren P1
61. 2013 Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG
62. 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series
63. 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series
64. 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG
65. 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
66. 1965 MINI Cooper S
67. 1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR
68. 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR
69. 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR
70. 2010 Nissan 370Z
71. 1969 Nissan Fairlady Z 432
72. 1994 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S Twin Turbo
73. 2000 Nissan Silvia Spec-R
74. 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R
75. 1993 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec
76. 2012 Pagani Huayra
77. 2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster
78. 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge
79. 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD-455
80. 1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA
81. 1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600S
82. 2003 Renault Sport Clio V6
83. 2010 Renault Megane RS 250
84. 2011 RUF Rt 12 S
85. 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C
86. 1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi
87. 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
88. 2011 Subaru WRX STI
89. 1994 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205
90. 2013 Toyota GT86
91. 1995 Toyota MR2 GT
92. 2005 TVR Sagaris
93. 2012 Vauxhall Astra VXR
94. 2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR
95. 2013 SRT Viper GTS
96. 1992 Volkswagen Golf Gti 16v Mk2
97. 2010 Volkswagen Golf R
98. 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI
99. 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R
100. 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 De Luxe
Tags: · Forza Horizon 2, Forza Horizon 2 car list, gaming, Hype, Microsoft, News, online racing, Playground Games, racing games, turn 10 studios, Xbox, xbox live, Xbox One
At the same time the Indy Cars were in the great north, Formula Drift returned to Evergreen Speedway for round 5 of the 2014 championship season. It was one heck of a round which all ended in an Irish vs Irish battle with Darren McNamara going up against his fellow countryman Dean “Karnage” Karney who was driving like a man possessed all weekend! Although in the end it was Darren who came out with the win. What about third place? I am glad you asked! Third place was occupied by none other than Chris Forsberg which makes him 5 for 5 in podium appearances this season. If he keeps this up he will all but clench his second Formula Drift Championship! If Fredric Aasbo or Vaughn Gittin Jr want to stop Forsberg they need to act fast as there are only two rounds remaining. I am looking forward to seeing how it all shakes out!
Once again here is the final podium:
1st: Darren McNamara
2nd: Dean Karney
3rd: Chris Forsberg
Tags: · #FDSEA, chris forsberg, darren mcnamara, Dean Karney, Drift, Drifting, Evergreen Speedway, falken tire, Formula D, Formula Drift, formula drift seattle, Formula Drift Seattle 2014, GoPro, hankook tire, Motorsports, News
A big part of the fun of Formula Drift is their locations. The competition and fandom are great but it can easily be argued that part of the experience is visiting the cool venues that Formula Drift stops at along their season. Given the fact that currently Formula Drift only makes 7 stops in the US, any changes of venue are a pretty big deal. Some locations get swapped out for others for various reasons and such things typically have a pretty polarizing effect on the fan base. Today, rather than announcing any controversial changes Formula Drift assured us that some of the favorite stops on the calendar will remain for at least the near future.
Long Beach will be for 2015, while another fan favorite Road Atlanta is on board through 2016. Evergreen Speedway (which coincidentally is coming up this weekend) is also signed up through 2016 as well. While this is pretty good news for the fans of those venues, we are still not sure what other venues will or won’t re-up with Formula Drift; notably Irwindale Speedway AKA “The House Of Drift”. However, in the release it states that more venues “are expected to sign contracts soon” so hopefully we will know the fates of other stops like Wall Speedway in NJ, Texas, Miami, and the rest.
As soon as we know we will let you know! For the minute details of this announcement check out the official press release below!
[Source: Formula Drift]
Formula DRIFT Announces Contract Extensions for Venues
Long Beach, Calif. July 17, 2014 Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro has extended contracts with Road Atlanta and Evergreen Speedway through the 2016 season. The Streets of Long Beach venue partnership will continue in 2015.
The growth of Drift Atlanta over the past 11 years has been phenomenal,” stated Road Atlanta President and General Manager Geoff Lee. “We are pleased to extend our relationship with Formula DRIFT through 2016, and continue to build on the momentum that has made Drift Atlanta one of the largest and most renowned drifting events in North America.”
In an effort to plan for the future of the Series with established long running relationships with venues, Formula DRIFT has committed to the following tracks for the 2015 2016 season, Road Atlanta, Evergreen Speedway and the Streets of Long Beach for 2015. More venues are expected to sign contracts soon.
“Eleven years ago we were the last on the list to get dates locked in for some of the venues,” says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “Now here we are eleven years later and are towards the top of the list for venues across the country. We are proud of the growth of the sport and it couldnt have been done without the relationships that we have with these top venues and we look forward to continuing the relationships for years to come.”
Formula DRIFT is mid-way through the 2014 Pro Championship season and returns to Evergreen Speedway this weekend. This will mark the ninth year consecutive year of competition at this venue for the Series.
“Evergreen Speedway is excited and proud to announce a three year contract extension with Formula DRIFT through to the 2016 season”, said Doug Hobbs, president and CEO. “Formula DRIFT is by far, the most exciting and single largest motorsport event each and every year at Evergreen Speedway. Having such a marquee world stage series in the Seattle market is also a boost to tourism with a major economic impact. The best part for me is seeing thousands of fans smiling and having fun watching some of the most talented drivers in the world wow the crowd.”
The 2014 Formula DRIFT Championship season continues to Round 5: Throwdown at Evergreen Speedway on July 18-19. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift and Twitter @FormulaD.
Tags: · Drifitng, Drift, Formula D, Formula Drift, Formula Drift Evergreen Speedway, formula drift long beach, Formula Drift Road Atlanta, Formula Drift Schedule, Formula Drift venue contract extention, Formula Drift venues, Jim Liaw, Motorsports, News, Ryan Sage
Here we are again. Its Monday and in your whirlwind of a weekend you spaced on the Indy Car race and have no idea what happened, who won, who crashed, who got out of their car in the middle of the race to pee, nothing! Tsk tsk! Oh well, I will fill you in on the winners and even show you some highlights from the race. Its all below!
WARNING!! SPOILERS BELOW!!!!
1st: Ryan Hunter-Reay
2nd: Josef Newgarden
3rd: Tony Kanaan
Tags: · 2014 Iowa Corn Indy 300, Helio Castroneves, Indy Car, Indy Car Series, Iowa Corn Indy 300, Josef Newgarden, Juan Pablo Montoya, Motorsports, News, ryan briscoe, Ryan Hunter Reay, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Video, will power
Did you miss the race at the great triangle of Pocono? Figures! Its ok though I won’t get upset but I will tell you that you missed one heck of a race! There was plenty of slicing, dicing, and drama but you can see all of that in the highlight video below. If you just want a quick rundown of the podium scroll down!
WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!!
1st: Juan Pablo Montoya
2nd: Helio Castroneves
3rd: Carlos Munoz
Tags: · 2014 Pocono 500, Andretti Autosport, Carlos Munoz, Ed Carpenter, Graham Rahal, Helio Castroneves, Indy Car, Indy Car Series, Juan Montoya, Marco Andretti, Motorsports, News, Pocono 500, Ryan Hunter Reay, takuma sato, Target Chip Ganassi, Team Penske, Video, will power
Ever since Ken Gushi joined the Toyota/Scion family they have picked the young driver as their pilot for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. For the last few years Gushi has wheeled a specially prepped Lexus IS-F up the hill but this year it has been announced that Ken will drive an FR-S built by GReddy Performance in the Time Attack 1 Division. I am unsure if the FR-S in question is Gushi’s Formula Drift FR-S re-purposed or perhaps Gushi’s first FR-S with the flat boxster engine. Either way, It is definitely an FR-S that is going up the hill with a new suspension package and with an engine tuned to 500hp and 480ft-lbs of torque! Will “The Gush” and his FR-S have what it takes to break some records at the infamous peak this year? We will find out this coming weekend! In the meantime scroll down for pics and the official press release from Scion.
TORRANCE, Calif., (June 23, 2014) – Veteran racer Ken Gushi knows the Scion FR-S. He also knows the demanding 156-turn race course that climbs Pikes Peak. Gushi will bring his experiences together driving the GReddy Racing Scion FR-S in the 92nd annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 29. Best known as a top drifting competitor, Gushi won the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Exhibition Auto Class driving a Lexus ISF CCS-R. This year he’ll drive a 2013 FR-S in the Time Attack 1 Division for production-based two- and four-wheel drive vehicles. This is the second appearance of the FR-S at the event.“No race on earth is quite like the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and I can’t wait to conquer it in a car I love: the Scion FR-S,” Gushi said. “Every turn of this course requires the best performance out of the driver and vehicle, and racing fans will love what they see.”The 12.42-mile race in the Colorado Rocky Mountains finishes at the 14,115-foot summit, where drivers and vehicles contend with thin air and high winds. To prepare for the course, the GReddy Racing team has retuned the suspension of the FR-S race car and added new performance and safety components. As modified, the engine produces 500 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.“The highly competitive Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will showcase Ken Gushi’s renowned racing skills and the enhanced performance capabilities of the FR-S,” said Landy Joe, Scion auto shows and special events manager. “Scion Racing is thrilled to compete in this iconic event again this year and let our fans experience a ‘Race to the Clouds’ with the FR-S.”For more information about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, visit www.ppihc.com. For videos and interviews with Gushi after the race, visit www.scionracing.com.
Tags: · GReddy Performance, ken gushi, Motorsports, News, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, PPIHC, Scion, Scion FR-S, Scion FR-S Pikes Peak, Scion FRS, ScionFR-S, ScionFRS, The Gush