Kaizen Tunings Mitsubishi Evo X Time Attack Project Car

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Daniel Oliveras of TT Productions. As you’ll see, he is super talented when it comes to visual media, and he recently documented the building of Kaizen Tuning‘s new Evo X time attack project car. Through a series of fortunate events last weekend, I also got to see this  Evo in person at Kaizen’s shop and swoon over it’s good looks. From my perspective, it is everything I would want in a race car (or daily driver for that matter). It has a beautifully built cage, minimalist interior, all wheel drive, assumed huge power from the built engine, and the rumor is that the body kit on it is the only one like it in the United States. In video and in person, this car is amazing from every single angle. The crew at Kaizen did one hell of a job building it.

For those of you that have yet to see this car in person (read: the majority of the world), Daniel has captured it all on film for us and merged it together into an adrenaline spiking cornucopia of eye candy… And this is just the trailer. Enjoy!

Update:  Unbeknownst to me at the time I wrote this, HT Motorsport actually did the fabrication on this Evo.  You may remember HT Motorsport from the incredible LS1 powered Audi RS6 a few months back. Small world right? Or do I just seem to be drawn to beautiful metal fabrication?  Not sure. Either way, it is all around terrific work on this car.

Rusty Hoods Are Cool?

Waaaaay back in January 2010 I shared some pictures  of my friend’s plaid painted hood on his Subaru. Today, we have a different style of customized hood, and you guessed it!  It’s a Volkswagen! This one has more…..well, rust. BUT. It also had equally as much creativity. Haters gon’ hate rusty hoods, but I appreciate seeing some things that are outside the box every once in a while.  This VW most certainly fit the bill.

Behind The Smoke Season 2: Episode 3

If you have already watched the First and Second episodes, you are likely addicted and in desperate need of episode 3.  That’s where we come in, because we have it up here for your convenience.  This episode takes place in Long Beach and shows Dai working his way through some troubles with his driving. Videos like these make me want to go do smokey burnouts in the nearest parking lot.

 

Behind The Smoke Season 2: Episode 2

A week or two ago, we showed off the first episode of the new “Behind The Smoke” season. Today we have Episode 2.  You’ll enjoy this one too.

Pastrana runs Nationwide Series at Richmond International Raceway

The Nationwide series kicks off the weekend tonight at Richmond International Raceway. Travis Pastrana is set to hop back in the saddle once again to make his Nationwide debut, after is was postponed due to an X Games accident at the Los Angeles Arena last year while doing a trick on his dirt bike.

His ankle was shattered into about 20 pieces during that accident, so it wasn’t your typical break. It has taken Pastrana about 9 months to recover from his injuries and countless hours of rehab.

Travis said that he has been spending a ton of time in the iRacing Machine track simulator, to try to prepare for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 that will run tonight at RIR.

Pastrana also went on to say that he’s a little more prepared now then he would have been last year, and that he didn’t fully understand the language that the drivers use to describe set-ups and how the car may be handling. During his time off he watched more of the sport to educate himself on what the drivers were talking about when describing different scenarios and situations.

Another thing that they had to fix was, when Travis sat in the cock pit of his race car they had to relocate the gas pedal in relation to his repaired ankle so that he could get on and off of the throttle easier while out on the race track.

He said that he would he happy to finish his first race and to stay out of trouble by not hitting the wall or a fellow competitor.

 

9 Days of Body Work in 9 Minutes

For me, the most frustrating work that I have ever done is body work. It’s frightening. In fact, it is the single reason why I have owned my 1964 Impala project car for half of my life and never driven it… legally.  Replacing metal is very doable by nearly anybody with a welder, but making it look “right” takes real talent.  That said, I absolutely LOVE watching people that know what the heck they are doing, replace major body panels. That is why I watch all of those shows on the Speed & Discovery Channel. It is just so refreshing to see rusty or damaged metal removed and repaired with proper methods, and finished to look like new.

In the video above, you get to see 9 straight days of body work in 9 minutes.  They bring the damaged 2010 crew cab GMC truck into the shop, remove the interior, doors, fender, bed, and rocker panel.  They then straighten everything out, and reassemble it to look like new again. Oh, and they recorded it for our enjoyment.

Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqzenM8rAlw

Denny Hamlin Pulls Past Martin Truex Jr. and Wins STP 400 in Kansas

With 30 to go, Denny Hamlin put the hammer down, and passed Martin Truex Jr. who led 173 laps of Sunday’s STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. Truex Jr. tried to dive to the inside twice on the last lap to make a winning move on Hamlin, but wasn’t able to make it stick.

Much of the race was ran under cloud cover, but once the sun decided to poke through it seemed to have changed the complexion of the race. While the sun was shining on the track it was also shining on Denny Hamlin. Denny said that his car was tight in the corners while it was cloudy out, but once the sun came out late in the race, it made the track a little slippery which was fine by Denny, he was finally able to gain ground on the 56 of Truex that was dead ahead.

Under the cloud cover track position seemed to be oh.. so important, the easiest way to pass the guy in front of you was in the pits. Once the clouds gave way to some sun, set-ups that other guys had dialed in seemed to come to life, and the race was on.

Jimmie Johnson also had a fast car and took third place, while Matt Kenseth finished fourth, and Gregg Biffle drove her home to claim a fifth place finish.

Clint Bowyer was hoping to have a better day than he did, his motor decided to expire during the race along with teammate Mark Martin.

Other drivers whose motor decided to go south were Jeff Gordon, A.J. Allmendinger, Bobby Labonte and Kurt Busch. Yes that’s a pretty hefty list of drivers who had engine woes.

 

 

 

 

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