12 Days Of Hype: Exotics Racing Is The Only Way To Drive An Exotic Car Like You Stole It…Without Stealing It..

Posted on 12.17.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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In the last “12 Days Of Hype” post I talked about Skip Barber racing school as a great gift for the hardcore motorsports fan in your life.  However, if you want to just gift someone a day on a race track with crazy exotic cars like Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and the like, then Exotics Racing is a good choice as well.  With Facilities at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway in California they are within relatively easy reach for anyone on the west coast.  Exotics Racing offers different packages that allow participants to take hot laps in one of up to 15 cars that cover the gamut.  Want to drive a Lamborghini Huracan? They have one.  What about a Ferrari 458 Italia? They have a few of those too.  McLaren MP4-12C? Yessir!  They even have Nissan GT-R’s available.

Since all of their experiences are one day they are much easier on the wallet than say a full racing school such as Skip Barber.  Driving packages at Exotics Racing start at around $199 and go up from there.  If someone just wants to ride shot gun then there are high-speed ride alongs offered for $99.  I have personally checked out the facility at Auto Club Speedway and I can tell you that the staff really goes the distance to make sure participants have a good experience.  If you are trying to think of a good gift then I would recommend considering a day at Exotics Racing.  Hit the source link below for more info.

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

Posted on 11.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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

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

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

Posted on 11.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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

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

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

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

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SEMA 2014: Here Is A Pair Of Liberty Walk Porsche 997s Because Why Not?

Posted on 11.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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RWB pretty much owns the conversation when it comes to widebody Porsches these days.  Despite widebody Porsches being around for decades it was RWB who brought them back to current consciousness due to Nakai-san’s homage to the widebodies of old.  However, anyone who knows RWB knows that they keep their treatments exclusive to 911 examples that came out in the 80s and 90s.  What is someone to do who owns a 997?  Where do they go if they want a piece of Japanese-designed widebody goodness?  Who will answer that call?  None other than Liberty Walk, that’s who!

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For those of you who are unaware who Liberty Walk is, imagine them as automotive stylist who are all about extreme tastes and holding nothing sacred.  Specifically, they have no qualms about cutting up a brand new six figure exotic car to put their take on it.  Don’t believe me? Do a Google search for “Liberty Walk Ferrari 458″.  Yes, they chopped up a brand new Ferrari 458!  It looks awesome though.  Anyhow, this is about their latest creations a pair of Porsche 997s which have made their debut at the SEMA show going on right now!

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There is just something about a Porsche that makes it the perfect candidate for a wide treatment and the 997 is no exception.  Liberty Walk knew just how to work the OEM body lines to create something eye-catching and compelling.  I’d love to see one of these in red, which I am sure will happen pretty soon after this double debut!  To get a better look at the two Liberty Walk Porsches just click on any of the thumbnails in this post and stay tuned for more SEMA car spotlights!

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Hype Video: The Best Part Of Waking Up Is Porsche GT3 Cup

Posted on 10.06.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Its the early hours and you might still feel a bit sleepy so I am going to help you get ready to take on your day with a wake up call courtesy of Clash Production.  Turn up your speakers, headphones, etc. and watch the 8 and half minute long video of pure Porsche GT3 Cup madness as you are put in the POV of the driver while he clicks off some “leisurely” hot laps.  This is better than a bowl of Wheaties any day!

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Tuner Hype: John Benton Loves Classic Porsches…Like Seriously Loves Them.. (With Video)

Posted on 04.23.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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They say there are many breeds of “car people” but if you really want to generalize there are really just two.  The first breed is the person who just loves cars of almost all makes models shapes and sizes which is what I would fall into.  The second breed are those who fall hopelessly in love with just one make and/or model of car.  This breed tends to be made up of the crazy ones, and innovators of our culture.  They can find ways to completely re-invent a car without bastardizing its intended aesthetic.  They will make the object of their affection better without changing anything that they loved about it in the first place.  John Benton is of the latter breed.  Mr. Benton loves Porsche but not just any Porsche, the classic Porsches such as the 1963 901.  Benton loves to take these classic Porsches and make them better in the most significant and yet insignificant ways imaginable all while keeping everything completely vintage and original-ish.  If you want a better idea of what I am talking about then check out the video below.

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Event Hype: Mother’s Car Polish Exotic Car Show (Gallery)

Posted on 04.17.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Here we are with another gallery from the epic Long Beach Grand Prix weekend.  As you may or may not know, the TUDOR series has their race on Saturday, so come Saturday night their paddock clears out as they head off to the next race.  In its place on Sunday morning is a cavalcade of luxury and exotic cars filling the lot completely and its all furnished by Mother’s Car Polish.  First thing Sunday morning I headed out to the newly filled lot and started shooting away.  Granted, not every car there was photo worthy but I snapped the best stuff and now I am presenting it all to you in a new gallery.  Just scroll down to check it out.

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Hype Meet: Cars And Coffee Irvine 3-15-14

Posted on 03.19.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Ok this site was starting to get a little dusty so its time to push forward again with some fresh new content.  We are starting off with my return to Cars And Coffee Irvine last weekend.  In all honesty I just visited to get a little extra shooting time in before I headed off to the Formula Drift Tech Day AKA Source Interlink casting call.  However, I lucked out in the fact that it just so happened that Porsche decided to bring a genuine production-spec 918 Spyder to the event!  News of the Spyder’s appearance brought out many of my industry friends and colleagues like Jon Sibal, Bisi of Bisimoto engineering, and even my old friend and mentor Craig Lieberman!  In fact, I ran into so many people that I haven’t seen in a long time that I actually didn’t take as many pictures as I wanted! But I have a healthy bunch of photos below.  Enjoy!

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Hype: Here Are Some Pictures Of The Porsche 918 Spyder Because Reasons And Because Porsche

Posted on 02.19.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I am trying to re-organize things on my computer and I figured out that for some inexplicable reason I took a bunch of pictures of the beautiful Porsche 918 Spyder at the 2013 LA Auto Show but didn’t post them.  Again, I have no idea why I didn’t but I didn’t so I am rectifying that horrible mistake right now by posting them!  Please click the thumbnails below and enjoy!

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Hype Event: Exotics Racing Opens At California Speedway

Posted on 12.16.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Unfortunately, there are many car lovers out there who will probably never get to own amazing cars like the Ferrari 458, the Lamborghini Gallardo, the Porsche 911 turbo, or a Nissan GT-R.  If I had my way everyone in the world would be able to have one of these cars in their driveway, but alas such a thing is not possible (not yet anyway).

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Although there is another way… What if I told you that you could drive six-figure exotic supercars, on a race track no less?  Well thanks to Exotics Racing such a thing is in fact possible.  I know since I got to pay them a visit at something of a soft opening at their new location at Auto Club Speedway (AKA California Speedway).  Exotics Racing is essentially every car nut’s dream come true.  Imagine showing up at a race track with a fleet of top-end super cars parked in front of you.  Then, a professional driving instructor approaches you and walks you to any of the cars you’d like then coaches you through several laps at full tilt?  In a nutshell that is the reality of Exotics Racing.  All you need to do is show up, pick a driving package and then you are off!

Well, there are a few formalities.  After you choose from a range of driving packages that includes everything from laps in any car you want to ride longs, and even drift car ride alongs, you join a group for a short “in class” instruction session in which the teacher (a professional driver) will talk about the fundamentals of how to drive a supercar, how to drive a supercar fast, and how not to crash said super car.

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After the class session the group is split up into smaller groups and taken out in a pair of Porsche Cayennes to take an “introduction lap”.  This is pretty much the equivalent to a “track walk”.  During the introduction lap the instructor will point out all the nuances of the track, covering breaking points, driving line, etc.  All of this is an effort to get the drivers more accustomed to the course.

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From there, you just wait for your name to be called by a driving instructor and you are then escorted to the car of your choice for several laps of awesome!  The really cool part is there are add-ons to help you document your experience the best of which is a video package.  Each car comes equipped with several cameras and track GPS to capture what’s going on outside and inside and it records the entire experience.  For an extra fee drivers can have their videos edited and given to them on DVD or data disc so they can upload their laps to YouTube, Facebook etc.  Trust me, you will want to do this should you pay Exotics Racing a visit.

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Although I’d have to say one of the coolest things I saw in my visit was Tony’s driving experience.  Who’s Tony?  Tony is a great guy who is a huge sports car enthusiast and also happens to be confined to a wheelchair.  Despite being in a wheel chair Tony is a avid driver thanks to the advent of special hand controls that Tony can use for the throttle and brake.  Exotics Racing is as far as I know, the only service of its kind to offer hand controls for participants who use wheelchairs.  And since the hand controls are removable, wheelchair participants still have a healthy choice of supercars to choose from.  Tony chose the black Ferrari F430 Scuderia…an excellent choice if I’d say so myself!

If you are in California or Las Vegas (their two locations) I would highly recommend checking out Exotics Racing for yourself.  Its well worth the price for experience provided!  If you want to try it out for yourself visit ExoticsRacing.com to book a day!

 

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