Remember last summer when we watched the 4G63 (read: Mitsubishi Eclipse engine) powered dragster go deep into the 7’s in the quarter mile at 190 mph? Well this year it runs 6.85’s and 195. According to math, science and history, that officially makes this thing sickly fast, and a new record holder. The guys at turbo4.com deserve a round of applause for really pushing the limits with this engine, and the car that it is strapped into. Amazing work as always! Now let’s see what 200mph looks like!
Watching a car crash is like, well, watching a car crash. You see the impending doom, time slows down and you start moaning like a zombie. Then the inevitable happens, the car collides with something and your zombie-esque moan turns into a breathy lung exhausting “aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh”.
This video is one of those moments. You know what’s about to happen from the first rev of the engine. One minute later, the Lamborghini becomes the swirly meat in a giant car sandwich. The only word that comes to mind in this instance is a sarcastic “unprofessional“. Sorry for your loss of nice bodywork Lambo.
Back in the 1960’s, if you traveled into space, it meant that you were a pretty big deal. It also meant that when you weren’t strapped to the side of a rocket, you were getting sweet deals on Corvettes. Awesome new Vettes. With Big Blocks. And 4-Speeds. Neil Armstrong was doing exactly this back in December of 1966 and Jim Rathman Chevrolet in Melbourne Florida was the reason why. See, Jim knew that astronauts were going to be in the spotlight, so if he put them in new Corvettes from his dealership, it would be a hell of a win for everybody involved. He was right. Then, when the next model year Corvette came out, the astronauts typically traded their “old” one for a fresh new one.
Fast forward to today, and I notice that Neil Armstrong’s 1967 Corvette was recently on eBay. It hadn’t seen the street since 1981, and long ago, it had some rough looking fender flares and non-oem wheels attached . Luckily, the big block and the 4 speed transmission are both still there, and that is what really matters. Unfortunately for the bidders, the auction ended without the reserve ever being met. Apparently $250,090 just wasn’t enough to own this piece of American history. What do you think it’s worth?
eBay Item # 251051174912
Remember when Pininfarina was designing the most amazing looking cars in the world? Yeah. Well, they apparently can add Coke machine design to their resume as well. I must say, it was no doubt the greatest coke machine that I have ever laid my greasy mitts upon. There were about 20 different beverages to choose from, and it felt very much like I was using and Ipod. Oh, and it also served a delicious fountain Coca-Cola classic as well, as you might expect from such a device.
Is this just plain wrong? Or is it nice to see a recognizable world famous automotive designer branching out into areas that I can actually play in? What’s your take? Ever seen one?
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.
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.
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.