Category: Japan

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Encounter: AutoBahn Carbon SC300

I know I’ve posted a couple shots of this car in the past (in a bit more comprehensive write up), but I was combing through some Evome coverage from the beginning of the year and came across a ton of material I never posted.  Among them were shots of the AutoBahn Soarer that, unfortunately, didn’t make it around the track much this event.

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Encounter: ざらざら海ほたるナイトパルサー

Did ya get that one?

There’s no doubt that when Nissan developed the GTI-R version of the N14 Pulsar, they were in it to fill a performance niche.  The three-door hatchback was not only AWD, but sported the ever popular SR20DET engine producing 227 horsepower.  Boasting an incredible power-to-weight ratio, Nissan had influence to produce such a car to compete in the WRC.  I wonder if they knew other people would have similar ideas though…

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Encounter: ティー・ゲット タイムアタックのBNR34

My first encounter with T-Get came in the form of a R35 GTR; the last team car they commissioned at HKS Premium Day in 2014.  That car, however, was visually very factory looking, with only a GT wing and mild canard setup added to the exterior (if I recall correctly it was still on factory wheels).  Their 2015 entrant, the shop R34, is quite the contrast from the previous years.

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Feature: Tsukuba Revisited – Tomizawa’s Wild Heart

As I sit in front of my gate at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, with the hopes (although very little) of catching an earlier flight back to California, my mind can’t help but wander back towards days that I enjoy more than those of which I spend inside the depths of US airports; which I relate now more or less to that of a colony of bees.  Filled to the brim with people going about their every which way, connecting to cities across the expanse of the Earth, each with a unique task to complete (varying in importance).  The days on my mind? Those of which are spent in Japan, at the circuits which I’ve grown all too comfortable being at…

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Encounter: HKS CT230R-NGV EVO

It’s a bit crazy to think that the car you’re looking at used to be the iconic HKS CT230R EVO – the one that used to be wrapped in red HIPERMAX vinyl (and just bare carbon before that).  The same car that ran TC2000 in a staggering 53.5 and was subsequently shipped to the US to destroy the Buttonwillow record (1’48.5).  That’s right; cue the ‘pour one out for your homies’ soundtrack of your choice, because this car is now powered by natural gas.

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Event: An Afternoon with GMG – Auto Club Speedway

With my small involvement in this industry, and the often times overwhelming amount of events in the area, I’m sometimes faced with conflicting events (ie. HKS Premium Day and Evome being on the same day) .  This is usually not a concern because my interests happen to fall into a smaller niche of the whole of automotive lifestyle; such was the case for me this weekend.  Formula D took place in Long Beach this weekend, as well as the accompanying car show downtown.  Earlier in the week however, my friend and employee of GMG Racing, Dom, invited me to hang out with the team for the sprint race at Auto Club Speedway.  Needless to say, I did not attend Formula D.