On Saturday, March 19, 2016, Pipo Derani sealed up the second consecutive race win for 2016 in the No. 2 Tequila Patrón ESM Honda Ligier JS P2, winning the 64th annual 12 Hours of Sebring. The No. 4 Corvette won in the GTLM class after their sister car, the No. 3 Corvette collided with the No. 911 Porsche 911, taking them both out of contention and ending the race for the No. 911. The new Ferrari F88 GT3 claimed its first victory in the GTD class with the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488. (more…)
This is a bit of a different take on Matt Farah’s One Take series on The Smoking Tire. Instead of driving a tuned car on one of California’s scenic driving roads, he’s instead driving this “K-swapped” Mazda Miata on Gingerman Raceway, during the GRIDLIFE Motorsports & Music Festival. Known as a K-Miata, it’s had its factory Mazda BP 4-cylinder removed and replaced with a combination of Honda K24 (TSX engine) bottom end, with K20 head (from the RSX Type-S), providing the Miata with 250 naturally aspirated horsepower and a quite tall 8,200rpm redline.
Old Japanese cars carving the canyons? Sign me up. I’m so stoked for the Touge California and I wasn’t even there. However, my buddy Blake Z. Rong was there for this new road rally and has a new article about the event today on Jalopnik. Check out the article after the jump, where he examines the origin of Touge California and features some of the cars that showed up for the event. (more…)
This episode of /TUNED, aired last season on the /DRIVE+ channel, featuring a comparison between two friends’ approaches to tuning the NSX; one keeping things naturally aspirated and the other going with the approach of bolting on power, the supercharger. They both seem like very well sorted examples. If there’s one thing I would nit pick, it would be the conversion of the NA1 pop-ups to the later NA2 sealed beam headlamps. If it were me, I’d be more likely to go the other direction and convert the newer NA2 option back to pop-up headlights. Save the pop-ups!
Each approach seems to be a blast on track. The only correction to the video, which a friend noted, is that the NSX did not come with an Accord V6. The Accord did not have a V6 option when the NSX debuted and when it eventually did have a V6, it was a J-series engine rather than the NSX’s C-series engine. I really identify with the owner of the black NSX saying that he really just loves to drive it and that “you just wanna get in it, you just wanna turn the key, just want to drive it. It’s finally gotten to the point where it is reliable, ready to go, out of the box.” I have a similar attitude about my Miata lately since the hose change was completed and I can finally put some miles on it without worrying too much about anything breaking down or getting too hot. (more…)
Before I started taking a real interest in the Lotus scene here in Japan, I assumed that owners didn’t really do much with the popular Elise and more extreme Exige models. They both are, of course, rather well-sorted and involving packages from the factory, so aside from a wheel change and a few little carbon additions, what else would you want to do? Oh, how wrong I was (more…)
Jay Leno’s Garage brings us a new video review of a great old car, progenitor of the Honda S2000, the Honda S600, but this one being a bit more special, was abandoned and taken in by it’s current owner, Matt Brown, who swapped the engine from a 2007 Honda CBR1000RR motorcycle. It even has motorcycle suspension pieces and gauges. Matt Brown claims it’s “more motorcycle than car.” Jay fittingly calls it “California hot rodding at its best” and a fantastic creation from the “more brains than money club.” Check out the video. This little roadster is a screamer!
Re-shared from Kinja,
Text and photography by Blake Z. Rong.
This weekend, the Petersen Automotive Museum—reopens December 1st!—turned Japanese with an all-Nippon cruise-in. It was an event long overdue, and certainly welcomed. They put the word out to Facebook, Twitter, smoke signals, mirrors off the moon, etc. And then, over 500 cars showed up. (more…)