As I finish up the recap of my action-packed and unforgettable weekend in Osaka, I’d like to share some more scenes from Saturday night’s M&L Party. It’s already been a week since this meet, but I still can’t stop thinking about how much fun it was to stand in this harbor-side parking lot on a cold February night.
I say it every year, but for me there is nothing more exciting on the Japanese event calendar than the Tsukuba Super Battle (TSB). For over two decades now this has been the place to come at to prove what your car, shop and driver are capable of. This is where tuning gets pushed to extremes, where function takes precedence over looks and pretty much everything else. So you can imagine how disappointed I was when I arrived at a very wet and cold Tsukuba circuit the morning of the event. The weather…
I love the EK9 Civic Type R. It’s one of my absolute and all-time favourite hatchbacks. There was a time here in Ireland not so long ago when the country was filled with the sound of B16B. Unfortunately, with the recession and rising insurance premiums, the first generation Civic Type R appears to be slowly vanishing from our roads.
Although very popular in USA this fully customizable bike is not known in Europe.
This RAT ROD Custom Honda Ruckus 49cc started out as a weekend hobby and turned into what is now RUCKSTERS Customs. It features an rPRO paint job with custom flames on black, sporting the “original” gAME changing rPRO ONE-PIECE Frame, LINEX sprayed main frame & gas tank cover, custom chin bone, and Daytona 8-hole 12″ wheels with white walls. This Honda Ruckus is loaded with JDM parts, and a hard twist of rPRO flavors. gAME oVER received a ton of attention everywhere it went, and it had the ability to captivate people’s imagination without force. It is truly a timeless looking scooter. Overall build….turned out to be “legend” in some circles and is the foundation of our portfolio.
Our very first rPRO GY6 Custom Swap Kit. We were very much in the R&D stage at this point, and was still figuring out a whole lot of things. But with some help among the local community and great efforts, we managed to get this FATTY rolling on the streets of LOS ANGELES. This copper beast features a truly one-off BTX Custom Exhaust with BTX header. Also includes rPRO One-Piece Seat frame, rPRO paint job, rPRO engine & shock mounts, Mr. Shorty Carbon Fiber Chin Bone, Stage6 Carburetor, ATR hubs and dual disc brakes. Not to mention the Ostrich upholstery is OOBER sexy. Overall build….not bad for our first GY6 conversion kit. Cleaner than a brand new penny.
This clean machine rocks an ATR GY6 Fatty-Kit with 10×7 rear wheel, JDM 10×2.75 solid dish front wheel and ATR hubs. Plus dual disc brakes for ultimate stopping power. Also includes ATR Carbon Fiber bling, custom rPRO “original” shortened seat frame, rPRO Mini Z-Bars, rPRO Foot Rest, rPRO custom front fender brackets and rPRO paint job. Plus, JDM Ruckus headlights and BTX Custom Drag Exhaust for an ultra loud ride. Overall build…..”Sexy & The Beast.”
This slick ass Met rocks a Yamaha Zuma 70cc 2-Stroke with rPRO Custom Engine Mount, rPRO Custom Halo Projector Angel Eye Headlight, rPRO Foot Rest and rPRO 2-Tone Matte Grey paint job. Not to mention JDM front suspension & disc brake system, custom fitted handle bars, rear shock mount, shaved front fenders, and shaved rear fenders. Custom front & rear hubs designed & fabricated by Jimmy of ATR. This 100% One-Off Metropolitan, known as War Machine M70.2S is featured in Kiri2Racing SP Gallery on the world wide web and is the only Metropolitan in this all exclusive Ruckus gallery so far. Overall build….super clean, 2T fast, and stealthy to the core.
Our Street Cars & Sleepers month is coming to a close, but we still have some impressive cars coming your way. Take for example, Zico Tran’s K20A-powered Civic.
With the assistance of JDMyard, the idea behind this Civic was to create a balanced all-rounder; a car versatile enough to be used on the street as well as the occasional track foray. And although drag racing was never high on their agenda, a recent experiment at WSID saw this EK street car cover the quarter mile in the 12s.
What happens when you combine a Corvette with an EK Honda Civic? The answer is the Civette. While Honda enthusiasts have a reputation for doing a variety of engine conversions, this Civic certainly has to be one of the craziest swaps we’ve seen. The firewall and floor were comprehensively modified to make room for not only an LS1 V8, but also its entire driveline. To top it off, the owner has added a Procharger supercharger. You can also check out its 10.69 @ 129mph pass Here.
- Charles Kha
Honda always knew that the CR-Z would be well received among enthusiasts. With the current trend to go green, the little hybrid sports car offers something that no eco car out there has so far, like its sporty dynamics and the option of a 6-speed manual gearbox. Being reasonably lightweight the CR-Z has a lot of potential if any owner was thinking of upgrading a few things here and there, something a lot of Japanese shops and parts manufacturers have set out to prove. While down in Suzuka recently I stopped by one of Japans better known tuning garages, Esprit, where I took a look at their own take on Honda’s throwback to the legendary CR-X.
As Speedhunters, we must learn to appreciate all aspects of the automotive lifestyle. We need to understand that there is a clearly defined difference between those who are interested in the aesthetics and those who are performance orientated. Even more importantly, we need to realise that there is more than enough room for us all to co-habit the automotive world.
Gonna hit you guys today with just a couple extra photos from FF Battle 3, courtesy of Loi Song from Sportcar Motion. I didn’t get a chance to get any track shots that Saturday and my previous posts on the coverage will explain why, but Loi was nice enough to give me some action shots to use for the site. Nothing too crazy, just some shots he did from the oval area/high speed section of the track. There are a couple shots of when Gilbert Corona blew his motor in his Circuit Hero EF so you guys who missed it can see how it looked like he was doing a massive rear-wheel drive burnout…
When Charles asked for each us to select one famous AE86 and post about for 86 Day, it was a tough choice. After a little thought, I went with the somewhat fanboyish choice of Keiichi Tsuchiya’s TRD-tuned Trueno. The car has been featured in countless Best Motoring and Hot Version videos, but one of my favorite clips is this one – where Dorikin battles Akira Iida who’s behind the wheel of a lightly tuned EK9 CIvic Type R.
Enjoy this brilliant, naturally aspirated battle between Honda and Toyota.
It’s my extreme pleasure to share with Speedhunter readers, our first Super Street preview. Since SH recently celebrated Honda Month, we only felt it’d be right to give you a sneak peak at our biggest (and most favorite) issue to work on every year: the Honda Issue. We have so many friends rooted in the Honda community and of course, it’s what Super Street has become known best for featuring besides all the JDM cars we find from around the world. This year, we managed to scoop a few unique stories, which we hope you’ll all enjoy.
This weekend was Scott’s first time in car racing since he received his SCCA regional license just after becoming eligible this year at 16 years old. He’s been karting for three years now and already has two IKF Championships under his belt.
Scott was also one of the winners in last December’s Skip Barber Karting Shootout at Laguna Seca, where he received a scholarship in the Skip Barber Regional Series for 2011.
Picture this. Transplanted B16A screaming close to redline as you weave through traffic in the middle of the night, blasting your way through the Osaka Kanjo highway system in a stripped out EF Civic, with no number plates and having sneaked through the toll gate to avoid the steep charges. It might sound like something out of a politically incorrect video game but these guys do it, or at least used to do it for real. Kei Miura is the man behind Top Resin Art Kyoto, TRA Kyoto for short. If you have…
The car’s engine is a unique hybrid of a block from a ’04 Honda Accord, the head from an ’04 Acura RSX Type S, and a ’04 Accord Crank.
Befitting of any unlimited FF class, the engine’s internals have been built up. The engine features a set of Crower Maxi-Lite Rods, CP Pistons 12.5 cpr pistons, 87mm bore, ACL Bearings, Hytech Baffle Pan, Drag Cartel Stage 4 Cams, Portflow Race Head, and a set of stock sized SuperTech Valves.
Of course, all that is managed by a Hondata K-Pro ECU.
There is something special about Honda as compared to other large automakers. It’s hard to put a finger on it exactly, but I think it has something to do with how motorsport has been ingrained in the brand since its earliest days. In the early to mid 1960’s for example, Honda drew more worldwide attention from its Formula One racing program than from any of its production cars.
Built by Honda Performance Development, the Fit B-spec aims to provide and affordable way for drivers to get into the motorsports world. Mazda has also joined in, developing a B-spec racer out of the new Mazda2.
You won’t find these B-spec cars tuned for maximum performance, but they have been built to take a beating on the track. The engines and drivetrains are essentially stock, while the chassis has been beefed up to full competition-spec.
The first time I had ever heard about a special Muganized version of the FD2 Civic Type-R was back in 2006 by pure chance. During the summer I had embarked on an extended tour of tuning shops down in the Kansai area and on the way back to Tokyo I stopped off at Dome for a special factory tour. Nestled in the lush vegetation of Shiga-ken, Dome is one of Japan’s leading carbon composite specialists taking care of a multitude of other tasks like car design, wind tunnel testing and race car construction and engineering. It’s where Honda’s Super GT and Formula Nippon cars are born so, among all this race car goodness, I was surprised to see the production of a very familiar looking bumper. As the tour continued I was told those hand-built dry carbon bumpers were destined for a special limited edition version of the Civic Type-R, which were being created at Dome along with other components like its grille and rear spoiler.
Honda sports cars have always appealed for their simple yet functional engineering. There is very little in the way of complexity, very few electronics to spoil the fun, well at least until hybrid technology became the latest fad. Still it’s the S2000 I’m referring to here, one of Honda’s greatest accomplishments and a car pretty much everyone has been mourning since its was cut from the lineup after more than a decade of greatness. We have seen how well tuned Hondas can go head to head with turbocharged all-wheel-drive beasts like GT-Rs and Evos on tracks like Tsukuba, however there is a limit to everything. The S2000 definitely has lightness on its side, but when we begin to put it up against the best the Japanese Time Attack scene has to offer…
The USDM K24 engine with a K20 head has now received a bit of boost with the help of a Kraftwerks rotrex supercharger. The previous all that motor setup produced 305 horsepower and 231 ft-lbs of torque. Now, with the supercharger, it produces a rather healthy 438 horses. Quite the boost, no?
Over the 23 years Spoon Sports has been in business it has firmly established itself as one of the biggest names in Honda circles. With the simple motto that every 1/1000 of a second counts they have created their own tuning philosophy and applied it successfully to both road and race cars. Ichishima-san has always preferred to dedicate himself to the affordable spectrum of Honda production cars, almost ignoring one of Honda’s greatest creations, the NSX.
One thing that has always baffled me about the Japanese car market is the sheer number of models available from each maker – many of them seemingly competing with each other.
Since it’s Honda Month, I thought it would be interesting to go through and take a look at the vast amount of compact hatchbacks, vans, and wagons that Honda has offered in Japan over recent years.
Over the past couple of years, Speedhunters has brought to you countless themed months, with dedicated specials on a variety of manufacturers. But April signifies the last time we’ll have a month-long theme. That’s right, come May Speedhunters will be bringing you your daily fix in a slightly different way (more on that in the coming weeks). Before we move away from themed months however, there’s one genre that needs addressing; an itch amongst the Speedhunters team that still needs to be scratched. You see, one manufacturer has been glaringly missing from our monthly themed spotlight. And that manufacturer is Honda. … Read More @ Speedhunters.com
I always find it funny that you never really appreciate what is on your own doorstep. Whilst we look on in constant envy of what those far away from us have got, we never really appreciate what we have before us. This was our subject of conversation as we stood around this rather marvellous DA Integra in a previously busy industrial area, an area now left to ruin by the economic downturn.