Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sunrise in San Francisco, 5:30am shoot with the E92 - BMW M3 Forum (E90 E92)

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=481607

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Powered By Max Pro Coilover Released Today!

The Price is $1500/set and we will be pre-selling the shipment while its on the way. We will have them in our San Diego warehouse in 4 weeks. MAX PRO coilovers have many of the best things you have come to expect from our competition coilovers like front and rear pillowball spring perches, light weight mounting brackets and full tap super low independent ride height adjustability, high quality components and a robust damper but unlike the comp. coilover which is a pretty stiff ride that compliments lower power cars, the damping range on the PRO coilover has been fine tuned for a softer range by Eisuke Kawamori of Parts Shop MAX Japan to give high grip that high power cars require. The softer damper with more adjustability also compliments the Swift Springs which feel softer then our standard springs because the rate is more linear. The swift springs make this pro coilover even lighter than the comp coilovers as well. Alternatively this pro coilover feels very comfortable on the street and has increased stroke. I’ll post dynos when they become available, but for now I just wanted to give advanced notice to those who have been waiting a long time for a first glimpse.


Unique Features:
~ Swift Springs with mirror gold finish (A Parts Shop MAX exclusive)
~ New diameter to accomodate Swift Springs
~ CNC aluminum components double coated with pure copper, sealed with clear urethane
~ Pillowball uppers front and rear (teflon lined maintenance free)
~ Pillowball lower mounts (except Z33)
~ Fine damper threads to resist loosening
~ Rebound Infinitely adjustable with 12 click tactile feedback knob.
~ Damping has more adjustability all on the soft end of the range to compliment the swift springs and big traction on high power cars.
~ Camber AND CASTER adjustable front upper mount
~ 2 Degrees of negative camber built into lower mount
~ Lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects with 4 year free replacement in case of moving parts failure*




!!!!Pre Order NOW !!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

JTP's RX7, Trailer, and Truck STOLEN!

Every one be in the look out JTP's truck, trailer, and the infamous green FC were stolen the other night....

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Very very cool


and play this track at same time

Ready....Aim....Fire



Official Formula D and XDC schedules!

EXCITE !!!!!

Big change on the FD circuit as the infamous Sonoma Raceway has been dropped, and the 3rd, yes 3RD EAST COAST EVENT has been added. This is pretty awesome as now FD covers the 3 sections of the East Coast. Tho it is sad to see Sonoma go!

April 9th – Streets of Long Beach

May 7th- Road Atlanta

June 4th- Palm Beach International Raceway

June 18th- Wall Speedway (New Jersey)

July 23rd- Evergreen Speedway

August 27th- Las Vegas Motor Speedway

October 8th- Irwindale Speedway


ALSO Central Florida Race Center has also been tacked onto the XDC circuit ...

March 11/12th – Irwindale Speedway

April 22/23rd- Firebird International Raceway (Phoenix, AZ)

May 14/15th- Central Florida Racing Complex (Orlando, FL)

June 17/18th- Summit Point with Hyperfest (West Virginia)

July 2/3rd – Charlotte Motor Speedway

August 13/14th – Pacific Grand Prix (Seattle, WA)

September 4/5th- St. Eustache Autodrome (Montreal, QB)

September 23/24th – Texas Motor Speedway (Fort Worth, TX)


Good to see Pro and Pro-AM making a footprint in Florida!!!!!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Excite

Pretty hyped for this, Touge Heros vol 1was so dope, still one of my favs. Same dudes diff name, suppose to be 1000x cooler. Only time will tell. till then ......

Always gangsta !



The History of the Bat Mobile

Batmobile History
Via: CarInsurance.org

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tsuchiya, keep drifting fun !!! 2011

Don’t let the photos fool you. We may have been clowning around but Keiichi Tsuchiya is the man to talk to when it comes to “keeping drift fun” and 7tune has this world exclusive interview with him on the plans taking shape for the future of drift in Japan…

Monday, January 3, 2011

Ebisu North course

Malaysia throwing down

Hellaflush cartoon

Rota No Joke !



Just heard from our Australian dealer a customer of his took it upon himself to do some very serious testing of Rota wheels.

He bought some Grid Drifts, 18x9.5 ET30 Fr 18x10 et15 Rear , and threw some full slicks on.

He then went and gave it death on a track, after having his car tuned to produce around 600hp.

Not only did he weigh the Rotas and Slicks against his standard wheels and find them some 10kg lighter per corner, but he really felt the difference in terms of serious lap time improvements, as well as the feel and handling of the car was significantly improved.

Once he finished this track action, after being so slated for running these wheels previously, he took it to a whole new level, and got them ultrasound and xrayed, to double check their integrity.

These wheels are random set, sent to him from stock, with no prior knowledge of his plans for them...

I will now let the pictures speak for themselves.



As you can see it's no lightweight low-load track toy, and the xray shows not only a total lack of defects, but everything to be in excellent order and entirely uniform. The track time was maximum attack, taking full advantage of the curbs.


"At the risk of having my head bitten off (again) thought i would post up the results, running these Rota rims and 2nd hand Porsche Cup slicks.

Previously at Oran Park i had run 18" Enkie GTC-01 with RE55's (SR). My time on the GP circuit was 1:16.7, which should translate to a flat 47 or thereabouts on the south circuit. However i had never run the Enkie/55 combo on the short circuit before. Anyhow, as some of you know i stumbled upon these Rota rims - they happen to fit the R35 (just). If you want to argue the merits of these being TE37 copies, please start another thread and/or send your abuse to me via PM. I just want you guys to know the results.

Fitment: Front caliper to wheel clearance is extremely close. Probably too close. I ended up running a 3mm spacer to extend the clearance +1mm or so. Running at Oran Park (where the back pit area is like driving through a frigging gravel trap) i was getting a few rocks stuck between the caliper and the wheel. Lots of scratches on the inside wheel and caliper. Not good. Probably a non issue at a clean track though. So fitment, whilst it works, it is not ideal in this regard. Sizes: The rims are 18x9.5x30 (fronts) and 18x10x15 (rears). Tyres were 2nd hand Porsche Cup slicks (270/68/1. IMO these tyres are da bomb. They fit absolutely perfectly, see pic below. You can run the same tyre front and back. Weight of this combination is about 10kg per corner less vs stocker wheels with bridgestones, or 3kg lighter vs the enkei + 55 setup. Insane.

Performance: Absolutely sensational, stunning. Now, i was running a new Willall tune which i know helped, but the car felt much lighter and nimble. It was like a difference car in that sense. It took a while longer for the slicks to come on (probably 1.5 laps vs 1.0 laps) and they are more slippery when cold. When they came on there was definitely more grip. I would hazard a guess these tyres have 10% to 15% more grip than the 55's - this is just a seat of the pants guesstimate. Perhaps a new set of the slicks would be better again.

Results: Ended up running a 46.3 on the day. So by my estimates this combination is about 0.7s faster on the short track, which should extrapolate to about 1.0 ** 1.2 seconds faster on the GP circuit. Now, as mentioned i was running the Willall tune too, which was a key component to the overall performance on the day, however the short track is rather one dimensional. I think the improvement due to the tune would be greater on the long circuit. Can't wait to try!

Rota Robustness: A have a video showing lots of curb hopping on the day, i smashed these rims like all the others We've since had the rims x-rayed and ultrasonically tested. The rims are faultless. I will post the x-rays as soon as we get them converted. I think they are doing some material identification and hardness testing too. So, if you have something disparaging to say about these rims, keep this in mind.

Conclusion: Tyres show lots of promise, i would love to run a new set. The rim/caliper clearance is questionable. It does work, but not ideal. I would really like to compare the caliper clearance to say a TE37. If the TE37's have the same clearance, i would not be happy to pay $5000 for a set. So, i am contemplating wht to do. Martin, have you info on the TE37 caliper clearance yet? Really keen to see how you go.
"An old racer i spoke to says he used to xray every wheel he raced on, and reckons about 50% of the wheels he tested had some flaws. Anyway the ultimate test was smashing it around Oran Park bouncing off the curbs in an R35 pulling way more than 1.5g's"

Sunday, January 2, 2011

LifeStylez

Pretty neat lil video feat. 2 rad ass bros, Cyrus Martinez and Dan from PBM....check it