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.
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.
Tags: · 2014 SEMA Show, Events, fatlace, Features, FRF, FRF Widebody Porsche 997, Hype, illest, mark arcenal, Porsche, Porsche 911, Porsche 997, Rauh Welt Begriff, RWB Porsche, SEMA, SEMA 2014, SEMA2014, Tom Ichiraku
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!
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.
Tags: · 2014 SEMA Show, 911DV8, DV8 911, Events, falken tire, Features, Hawk Performance, hre wheels, Hype, KW Suspensions, Nick Fousekis, Porsche, Porsche 911 V8, Porsche 911 V8 conversion, Porsche DV8, SEMA, SEMA 2014, SEMA2014, Sparco
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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!
Tags: · Clash Production, ClashProduction, european cars, Features, GoPro, Motorsports, Porsche, porsche gt3, Porsche GT3 Cup, Porsche GT3 Cup In Car Video, POV video, Track Day, track day video, Video
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.
Tags: · Benton Performance, Classic Porsche, european cars, fatlace, Features, John Benton, Porsche, Porsche Tuner, Video
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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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!
Tags: · Car Meet, CarsAndCoffeeIrvine, Exotic Car Meet, exotic cars, Ferrari, Ford, Ford Cosworth RS200, Lamborghini, McLaren Automotive, Porsche, Porsche 918 Spyder, Shelby Daytona, supercars
Tags: · 2013 LA Auto Show, 918 Spyder, Hype, LA Auto Show, Porsche, Porsche 918 Spyder, Porsche 918 Spyder Gallery, Porsche918SpyderPictures
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
Tags: · Audi, Audi R8, EuropeanCars, exotic cars, Exotics Racing Auto Club Speedway, Exotics Racing Las Vegas, ExoticsRacing, Features, Ferrari, ferrari 458 italia, Ferrari F430, Hype, Hypercar, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Gallardo, Motorsports, Porsche, Porsche 911 Turbo, supercars
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