Archive for October, 2008

31
Oct
08

Branew Nissan GTR

Branew, a Japanese aero company has released some new aero parts for the Nissan GTR. Branew is famed for creating aero and accessories for high end luxury vehicles and they have definitely brought over their styling and influence onto the GTR. The Branew kit includes a front lip, side skirts, rear diffuser, rear lip spoiler, a functional rear wing, and a triple pipe center mounted exhaust system.  The front lip and side skirts have some slick white carbon accents added also. Now, the real question, did anybody notice any of that stuff? The star of the show here ladies and gentlemen are the 23″ wheels that Branew fitted to the GTR. A bit too large for my taste but they are definitely getting some good press for this new project. Check this thing out at SEMA next week!

30
Oct
08

Lexus at SEMA

My favorite car in the world (right now) is the Lexus IS F. I just love the lines and the crazy looking fenders on the car. The following photos were released recently, just a preview of what will be showing up at SEMA with a Lexus badge on it. Import Tuner Magazine got their hands dirty along with Fox Marketing amongst others who took a stab at building what Lexus feels is the most tuner friendly car in their line up of cars. Other news from SEMA, 5 Axis, who has created some of the most incredible projects ever is debuting a Lexus GS 460, I am pretty sure its safe to say that GS will be extremely bad ass. I’ll have photos up after SEMA. Check out these Lexus IS’s that will be SEMA-ing next week.

30
Oct
08

No More Boost for Turbo :(

More bad industry news, another automotive publication gets the ax. Rumor has it, Turbo Magazine, who was one of the OG tuner books has ended their fifteen year run. I remember back in high school picking up a Turbo Magazine  and flipping through hundreds of pages of sales ad’s and crazy tuner cars. Since then, Turbo’s page count has dwindled. This is the same story for many of the other tuner books out there, five years ago  you’d be holding a small bible in your hands, hundreds of pages and tons of ads to the  point where you wouldn’t want to read the whole thing.
Maybe online magazines are the way to go? It looks as though the tuner market is really struggling, I am interested to see how things go next year. Stay tuned!

Publication title: Turbo and High Tech Performance
Extent and nature of circulation

Average number the preceding 12 months:

Paid subscriptions : 6,846
Sales though vendors and carriers : 13,128
Total paid circulation: 19,974

Outside country: 392
Free distribution: 447
Total distribution: 20,420

Copies not distributed: 39,239


Total: 59,660

30
Oct
08

Mobil 1 SEMA Porsche 996 Turbo Sneak Peek

Theory Communication and Design (www.theoryconcept.com) has teamed up with one of the top industry icons, to build a one of a kind Porsche 996 Turbo on behalf of Mobil 1. Vincent Wong, from iForged wheels, is no stranger to building high profile SEMA cars and this year he has taken things to a whole new level. Wong has worked closely with Theory over the past several months to build the perfect vehicle for the Mobil 1 SEMA booth.

Wong, the owner of iForged Wheels, shared with us the reasoning on why he built this Porsche the way he did. “I have strived to take one of the best engineered cars from Porsche and add my personal touch to it. I have always believed in building a car following the “show and go” concept. Even though a car looks beautiful, it should also be able to back up its good looks. Every modification performed on the car has a purpose and at the end of the day I hope people will be able to appreciate the hard work and long hours that have gone into building our one of a kind creation.”

Some of the highlights that will really make Wong’s Porsche stand out in the Mobil 1 booth, at the SEMA show, included the complete Porsche 997 TechArt GT Street wide body conversion, BASF Glasurit Porsche 997 GT3 RS Green paint job, Artisan 650HP Turbo upgrade package with Softronic ECU programming, Evolution Motorsports EVOMS intake system, Spec Clutch lightweight flywheel and Stage 3+ clutch, Custom Creative Car Audio and Motorsports custom stereo install featuring Rockford Stereo components, MA carbon fiber interior kit, GMG color matched 6 PT. roll cage, 15″ front and rear Brembo brake upgrade and of course a custom set of iForged 20×8.5 and 20×12.5 Neo wheels which are matched to Toyo Proxes T1-R 245/30/20 and 345/25/20 tires.

With less then one week to the SEMA show in Las Vegas, the buzz about the Mobil 1 Porsche 996 has been building as this amazing piece of machinery will be unveiled and showcased in the Mobil 1 booth (#25173) next week. For more information, please visit http://www.Mobil1.com.

27
Oct
08

GT-R Sedan?

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, Nissan/Infiniti decides to add two extra doors. Apparently the brains at Nissan want to stretch the frame of the GT-R add two doors, and additional two cylinders into the mix. a 5.0 liter V8 engine would find its way under the hood of what is to be badged as an Inifiniti in 2010. You can expect to pay around $100,000.00 for this GT-R saloon. Questions? Comments? Opinions?

27
Oct
08

SEMA LEAK: Tjin Edition 2009 Honda Fit

Sorry about the 30 minute teaser before, the guys from Tjin Edition saw the leaky photos and threatened to send anthrax to my house, just kidding. Check out this new teaser!

24
Oct
08

BIENVENUE AU MONTREAL!!!

As I had spoken about earlier, I was in Montreal this past weekend for the Sport Compact Performance (SCP) show. Coverage and article went live today on www.urbanracer.com click on the link below to check out the full gallery and text from the event.

The weather up there was sooo cold! This Florida boy isn’t used to that kind of weather. We also partied the whole weekend in between judging cars for www.nationalcustomcarassociation.com which was a very good warm-up for SEMA which is coming up soon. Below are some of the highlights from the show, enjoy.