Good friend and fellow JDM fanatic, Ben Schaffer, owner of Bulletproof Automotive, set out to do something very special with an FR-S. But the aim wasn’t to just slap a Rocket Bunny kit on it, a nice set of wheels and maybe some other simple upgrades and call it a day. Not even close… Read more
Catching the first flight out of Tokyo’s Haneda airport was always going to be a tough ask considering how little sleep I usually get, but making my way down to Okayama International circuit in western Honshu to cover the season opener for Super GT 2014 more than got me motivated. 2014 is an important and exciting year for the series as it ushers in a potentially great new slew of changes that can realistically spur this series to greater heights now and in the future years to come… Read more
Retro Havoc 2014 was an event that really took a lot of people by surprise, including me. I had no idea what to expect for my third visit to Malaysia but for all intents and purposes, the promise of over 300 of the countries best classic cars, crammed into one giant aircraft hangar on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur made for a tantalising proposition that couldn’t be missed!… Read more
Can you imagine a world without the GT-R? Or perhaps a world without an STi Impreza? No, neither can I… but Mitsubishi suits and corporate management got the bright idea that the world didn’t need or want a Lancer Evolution either and so, I am sad to say that, with immediate effect, we all have to sit and watch as a beloved moniker goes from being a “King of the rally stages” to a “Queen of the kitchen”… The Lan-Evo is dead and it’s official… Read more
It is a normal assumption for everyone that a car that focuses on performance does sacrifice some ride comfort albeit there is in existence cars that have managed to maintain a balance of both performance and comfort but unfortunately, these cars do come at a hefty price. If you are in the market for an affordable car that has been built upon the balance of performance and comfort, then the Suzuki Swift Sport might be able to fulfill that criteria. Read more
Power isn’t everything 7Tuners and this car is proof. Often, the more ignorant among us are so wrapped up in a cars power output that they forget power is nothing without balance and control… Read more
7Tune is proud to announce a collaboration with Star Road and Work Japan for their forged, 3-piece 15 inch alloy wheels. We are Star Road’s international distributors for Star Road parts and their Glow Star brand with prices that are simply unbeatable. If you’re looking for top quality, first class shoes for that classic or modern whip, read on to find out more… Read more
Exciting times auto enthusiasts! Toyota has revealed through auto journalist Peter Lyon that the FT-1 is in fact the new Supra! And if you somehow doubt the credentials of Lyon, remember that he has been around in this game for a very long time and is a judge for Japanese and world car of the year so I take what he says very seriously and so should you. Read on… Read more
You know the chance of this happening is hard to refute if you put all the pieces together and I will gladly put my money where my mouth is and actually bet on it. Here’s why a 3JZ is not all fantasy after all… Read more
We’re back again for the biggest custom tuning show of the year; TAS 2014. And once again Rob from BackfromLeave and I were wandering around the halls backstage checking out what’s hot and what’s not. Click on to see our exclusive back stage coverage… Read more
All your walls are belong to 7Tune! Read more
Kenneth Blanck is a good friend of mine and not your ordinary R34 GT-R owner. Since picking up this pristine, low kilometer Bayside Blue example from renowned resellers Global Auto and now the second of two owners of this highly prized 2000 model GT-R V-Spec II Nur, Kenneth has literally thrown the book (and his wallet) at the car, ending up with a monster truly worthy of the greatest Pokemon trainers… Read more
The Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show is back this year in full force, with an extensive 10 day showcase of cars from the past, the present and the future held from the 15th of November to the 24th of November. It has been a long while since my last motor show visit and this is certainly a refreshing experience to see such an eclectic mix of cars on display, with a stronger emphasis on hybrid and electric technology cars, even having 2 popular hybrids available as lucky draw prizes. The reason for this influx of environmentally friendly vehicles is relevant to the theme set for this year’s show, which is “efficiency in motion”. Read more
Thursday night, 11pm. I arrive in Sydney and my reserved hired Hyundai Getz is unavailable due to the depot being closed at the hour. I resort to ditching hitting Gangnam Style at 3000rpm for a more Japanese Nissan Micra. But I’m not in Sydney for the sole purpose of driving a soft fuel sipper. I’m here for the World Time Attack
Challenge of 2013.
It’s Friday morning, and I’m bolting down the Great Western Highway for the event. Upon arriving I’m greeted by a healthy selection of modified Japanese cars in the parking lot. From Evos to 86s, even classic examples like this Datsun coupe.
Through the underground tunnel to the main area which was brimming with eye candy. The pit lanes were full with hero cars and high level builds.
Dedicated to getting sweet shots for you guys, I was told off by staff a few times for lying down in places I shouldn’t be. ;P
Crews were hard at work to bring out their cars optimum setup, which made me feel a bit intrusive at first.
But the crew members could not be any friendlier, such as the team behind the Jones Brother Racing Supra; extending warm welcomes to myself and others which strengthens my faith in the bonds we car enthusiasts have as a community.
Away from the pits were the show stands and a show and shine. Local industries and personal builds take charge here and welcomed the audience to the strong Australian scene.
There were various stores showing off their gear…
…and delicious demo cars.
The kind chap behind this Impreza being kind enough to hand out free hats to attendees, and saved my face from a Jersey Shore fate.
E-famous rides were about at the Lowdown.com booth with rides such as the Zomaya Evo and 34 Lai GT-R.
Elsewhere, beastly builds such as Mercury Motorsport’s Nitto GT-R and PPRE’s 6 rotor RX4 were momentarily tame enough for a closer look.
To put it short, the grounds were a jar full of JDM candies.
Further out back, there was some more action. Ranging from functional rides…
To something more fond of gravity.
Interesting aesthetic options were found with this Civic sporting a peanut STi bumper.
Hopefully our police won’t defect this.
Car gear was also present, with stickers and accessories available.
On to the racing. With a full 2 days of racing against the clock ahead, there was nothing but blistering performances from all categories.
There was no doubt, however, that the main attractions were the Pro and Pro-Am classes with their outlandish aero…
…and celebrity drivers,such as Tsukuba record holder Under Suzuki and the Scorch Racing S15.
Tarzan Yamada, piloting the Espirit NSX.
As well as Nobuteru Taniguchi, being the pilot of not one, but three different vehicles.
Suprisingly, last years record was smashed early by Tilton Interior’s Evo. Rewriting the Nemo Racing’s Evo’s record of 1:25.0200 by a fractional margin with a time of 1:24.8550.
The Nemo Evo still baring its fangs on the track by laying down times 2-3 seconds behind the lead, despite running into mechanical issues.
Between sessions were demonstrations by the Motul Turbo Legends, which sees some precious racing history bolt down the track.
An F40 blessed the track with its presence shortly after.
This year saw the birth of a new event, the Flying 500; a 500m dash to record top speed at the goal as opposed to a clocked time like a 1/4 mile drag.
Ultimately, the Mick’s Motorsport Evo took the crown with a top speed of 252km/h.
The time attack has been going smooth for the most part, but has seen incidents on the track with a number of crashes and mechanical faults. One of the big incidents was the Employment Medicine R32 spilling its juices on the last few corners. The spill was cleaned without too much delay. Despite that, a visible trail was left from the absorbent.
Luckily, it did not present itself as too much an obstacle to the competitors, no matter the platform.
The challenge wrapped up at Saturday afternoon at the podium, with awards being handed out to the fastest drive platform in each class and the overall fastest 3 of the class. The fastest in each class were:
JUST CAR CLUBSPRINT CLASS
1. Process West WRX STi | Jason Wright – 1:39.2470
2. BYP Motorsport S2000 | Benny Tran – 1:41.0360
3. Superpro EVO 9 | Jason Naidoo – 1:41.2560
V-SPORT OPEN CLASS
1. BC Automotive R32 GTR |Dean Lillie – 1:31.7980
2. V Sport/Go-Pro Evo X | Rick Bates – 1:32.4260
3. BYP Racing Integra |Benny Tran – 1:32.6800
GARRETT PRO AM CLASS
1. Precision Maintenance EVO | Mick Sigsworth – 1:30.9570
2. Sutton Bros S15 | Andrew Sutton – 1:31.8320
3. Autotech Engineering WRX STi | Jason Wright – 1:32.4040
ROYAL PURPLE PRO CLASS
1. Tilton Evo | Garth Walden – 1:24.8550
2. MCA Suspension S13 | Earl Bamber – 1:27.3670
3. Nemo/Auger Torque Evo | Warren Luff – 1:27.7080
This year’s World Time Attack Challenge will definitely be an event to remember. Props to all the teams for their hard work and performance; to the organisers for bringing such a large scale event to my homeland, Australia; and to the attendees and media, whose burning automotive passion brought vibrancy and life to the weekend.
*slips on leather jacket and black sunnies* I’ll be back.
Words – Shahid Mohamed Islam
Photos – Shahid Mohamed Islam
Every once in a while I get a reality check. I’m reminded of the true depth of the Japanese automotive culture and am forced to look at things a different way. Even at the age of 35, the secrets of the deepest oceans of Japanese tuning history continue to unlock, forcing me to re-evaluate, re-consider and re-assess the way I previously saw things… Read more