Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Cruising Mulholland

Remember those dodgy old cruises that used to happen in the UK in the nineties? A load of teenage reprobates in Corsas and Saxos, pulling holdback burnouts and handbrake turns, then being chased off by the police? Take that, move the participants upmarket, premiumise the cars and transplant the whole from a Tesco car-park to Mulholland Drive, way up in the Hollywood Hills. That's basically what's going on here - a bunch of well-heeled petrolheads having some smoky fun together for a couple of hours before going their separate ways in the sunshine. Looks like fun.
Via cncpics

Maritime Evo VIII

The Mitsubishi Evo VIII, as with all models in the Evo series, is a riot of acronyms and brand names; ACD5, Super AYC, LSD (front & rear), Bilstein, Brembo, BBS... and the 'FQ' prefix in the hottest variants - FQ300, FQ320, FQ340, and FQ400 - is rumoured to stand for 'Fucking Quick'. Seriously.
'Maritime' here refers to the colour of this particular Evo VIII, a searing blue Porsche shade that emphasises the unashamed, in-your-face nature of the car: carbon-fibre canards and splitters, a nest-of-vipers AMS exhaust manifold visible through the bonnet vent, lightweight SSR split-rims - it's a vicious Shuto Expressway street-racer, with room for the kids in the back and a bootful of shopping. Winner all round.
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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Zero-lip Golf

An interesting quirk of the modified VW scene is that the standard is so consistently high, incredible cars like this mkI Golf often pass by with little comment. This is a shame, as the sheer volume of work that's gone into this car is staggering - enlarge the pictures and you'll see that the attention to detail is incredible. From the shaved and polished bay with its shiny trumpets, to the millimetre-perfect stance over those ever-so-lightly stretched tyres, it's an impressive build throughout.
The major talking point here, of course, is the zero-lip construct of the BBS split-rims, their centres standing a long way proud of the baskets and outer faces. This is a look that's starting to pop up here and there on the scene with mixed reviews; it emulates the look of Audi's race wheels in the nineties which hid large brakes behind the splits of their endurance racers, but also shows an unusual and different way to build wheels. A lot of people don't like it. I really do. What do you think...?
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Future Insight

The Honda Insight has already won quite a victory over other hybrids (OK, let's not beat around the bush - I'm talking about the Prius) in that it seems cool and interesting, rather than preachy, bossy and, well, pious. Another area in which it shines is that it can roll into a car show with a set of scene-led modifications and retain credibility, a feat which is near-impossible for a Prius.
See, here, how the Insight wears Volk TE37 alloys, a carbon-fibre roof, a snarling centre-exit exhaust, a substantial rear spoiler and air-ride, and fits right in with its peers. If this is the future of hybrids, I don't think we have anything at all to worry about.
Via Stance:Nation

WCC '72 Buick

I love West Coast Customs. If you're only aware of their work via Pimp My Ride, you may see them as clownish types who want to cram every car that comes through the doors with as many TVs and subwoofers as possible, but this isn't the case at all. Indeed, the slightly clunkily-named Custom My Ride (aka Street Customs in the US) showcases a professional, efficient team of experts crafting world-class customs at a headspinning rate. They're bloody good at what they do, and it seems to take them no time at all to do it.

Behold this '72 Buick as a fine example of their work: beefed-up powertrain, pristine bodywork, impeccable interior... their signature move is taking classics like this and making them look brand new - a fusion of retro styling and modern technology & trends. They're also masters of the modernised classic; if you want an old-school Chevelle body on a modern Camaro chassis, or a seventies Charger on a noughties Charger platform, they're your lads. Fancy turning your Merc S-Class into a 2-door coupé or fitting steel rally arches to your Range Rover? Yep, they can do that too.
Click here to learn more. It'll blow your mind.

D4M LO E320

Remember the D4M LO 964; the Porsche on hydraulics that caused so much controversy and polarisation? Well, here's what that car's builder, John Peden, did next...
This all happened around a year or so ago. John had owned this Mercedes E320 for a while, running hydraulic suspension but otherwise largely standard. It was the influence of his artistic buddy Esther that inspired him to transform it into the large toy that it is today. It's got an airbrushed snakes 'n' ladders board on the roof and a secret compartment in the boot full of crisps and sweets, as well as cartoonish turquoise paintwork, Porsche Cup eighteens and, of course, the juiced stance. Sometimes it's good not to take yourself too seriously.
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Monday, 27 February 2012


Modifying a Nissan GT-R to this kind of level is a bold move. They're a relatively cheap alternative to, say, a Porsche 911 in terms of power-per-pound, but they're not that cheap. The fact that they've been precision-designed for the pedants of the Gran Turismo generation makes it all the more risky.
...but New Jersey's 66MVP know what they're up to. Their company demo GT-R sits closer to the race-track thanks to KW coilovers; combined with the sticky 20" rubber that wraps those Advan wheels, things are extremely composed in the corners. Matte black may be increasingly common these days, but this demonstrates how it's done properly, complemented by that blood red powder-coating. Engine work? Well, you don't want to get too silly, given the extraordinary level of detail employed by Nissan's cyberboffins; a Greddy catback system and beefed-up intercoolers are enough to add a little extra bite without messing things up.
Brilliantly, all of this is backed up by your friendly Nissan dealer: you can get 66MVP to upgrade your GT-R to this spec and still keep your warranty. If that's not faith in the modifier's art, I don't know what is.
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