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Rev Speed Super Lap Battle

Well it’s that time of year again.  I’m getting ready for tomorrow’s SLB at Tsukuba circuit, by far my most favorite event of the year.  I’ve been to so many of these, as well as the ones held by Option magazine (they also do Fuji), that I’ve really seen the whole TA scene develop and grow, moving well away from what most will consider tuned cars, towards full out race cars. Will anyone be able come close to the HKS CT230R’s record of 53.589 sec?  Or will anyone be able to better M-Speed’s 2007 winning time of 54.481 sec?

Two cars we should all be keeping an eye on are the legendary Panspeed FD below, which has been perfected over the last year,


And this little monster here, the full-carbon Revolution FD.  



I shot it this past summer and hanged out with the team at Tsukuba while they were running tests.  This car is as extreme as they get, weights under 1000 kg, has custom double wishbone suspension front & rear and more than enough power.  Let’s just say it is more of a GT car than a tuned demo car!

One car I would have liked to see at the SLB is the Team Tarzan Impreza built in collaboration with Tomei (engine), Cusco (suspension/chassis/gearbox) and Voltex (body).  I saw the car win at Buttonwillow last month but it won’t be coming back to Japan for a while.  If you are reading this from the US you should go and check it out at the PRI show in Florida this coming week-end, it’s a pretty impressive machine.  Here are a few snaps I took earlier in the year at Fuji.



Mine’s will be there with their new Z34 demo car, already sporting some new tuning parts.  Will be interesting to see what the new Z will able to do at Tsukuba.  I remember driving the Mine’s Z33 a couple of years ago, and that thing was insanely fast!!  I’m sure they will create a real animal with new VQ37

Check back for some action from tomorrow’s event.  I won’t be able to post tomorrow night as after Tsukuba I’m going straight to Yokohama to the monthly GTR meet at Daikoku.  We will also be joined by the Datsun 510 guys so should be a very interesting, and looooong day!


Genki7 from RE-Amemiya

Seems TAS will have some excitement after all when Ama-san will unveil the Genki 7.  Here are a few snaps taken from his blog

Car will be painted in what seems a light sky-blue pearl hue.  Doors were recently done

Car seems to be an evolution of the GReddy III I shot earlier in the year.  Front end will feature Lotus Elise headlights while the rear seems to be untouchd GReddy III.

The side-ported 13B will is fitted with an externally gated  Trust TD07-25G.  

A nice ORC red brake kit has already been fitted up front.

The chassis was spot welded, prepped and painted a while back.  As you can see it’s all done in the same light sky-blue pearl as the rest of the car will be sprayed in.

Can’t wait to see the finished car.  It’s looking pretty cool already considering it started off life like this!


HKS and Trust out of TAS 2009

Seems the rumors going around are true.  HKS and Trust will not be at TAS next month.  Very sad to hear this but I guess they just don’t have enough new products to show.  Blame the current economic situation and the lack of tunable cars coming out of Japan, whatever it is people are just not spending as much money as they were on their cars.  

At least with the R35 and Z34 there will be something interesting to see at TAS.  We shall see….


MSC Challenge Exhibition in Odiaba

Was at MSC in Odaiba on saturday enjoying some good drifting and way too many complimentary bottles of Rockstar energy drink!  Action included big-ass bike jumps, moto-x, stunt-bikes and of course a few exhibition runs from Orido, Taniguchi and Ryuji!

If you want to see more of this…


Ehm, sorry meant this…

The check out Wrecked Magazine


Room with a view

Little did I know that the place I moved into in June would allow me to see such a clear view of Mt. Fuji! With the crispy dry Japanese autumn well on its way the haziness that has plagued the skies up until last month has all but disappeared. So this is what I can now see during the day from my office window

And once the sun sets



370Z courtesy of GTR-World

Well, I’m finally back from the US.  Give me a few days to post up some pix of things I got up to while there, something I just couldn’t do while I was there as I was just too busy with work.

I’ll leave you with a few snaps that our friends at GTR-World took of the new 370Z.  Before flying back to Japan they got a preview of the new Z in LA.  Follow the link here


MercedesBenz C63 AMG Wagon

Few weeks ago in Tokyo I got to take a quick test drive of this black C63 AMG Wagon.  Right from the moment I hit the start button I was hooked.  This car is all engine, you are reminded it’s there all the time from the burbly idle to the full on Nascar-like scream as it works through the revs.  Torque is monumental and the traction control works very hard all the time in the first two gears to keep the rear tyres from getting shredded!  The suspension is comfortable and the handling tight, not that I got to hit any serious corners mind you.  The interior I liked a lot, I really appreciate the new design direction MB has taken on the C-class, and the fully adjustable leather seats were some of the most comfortable I have sat on for a long time.

And with 450 plus horses no corners have been cut in the braking department.  Massive 6-pot front & 4-pot rear calipers bite down hard on pretty big discs all round.  


And at the heart, the hand-built AMG V8….

This would be a great upgrade from the Legacy 30R Wagon I currently use for work….if it wasn’t for a price tag well above that of a new Nissan GT-R ….and a  thirsty V8….


GT-R in Los angeles

My trip to SEMA show started off on the right note today when I had this nice little red-hot ride waiting for me at LAX.

First comments about the USM GT-R…pretty surprised that Nissan didn’t address the seat situation, there is still no way to get the driver seat nice and low, making tall drivers feel like they sit on the car rather than in it. My girfriend on the other hand, being rather vertically challanged, has the opposite problem as the passenger seat doesn’t rise so she can hardly see over the dashboard.

Here she is, happy that the GT-R came in red!

Loving driving it around Hollywood, I have never gotten so many thumbs up from drivers in the whole time I’ve been in this job.  People come up at car parks telling me “Sick ride bro!” and wanting to know more about it.  I think it must be the red hue that attracts so much attention. One last shot….yet in another car park.

And how much better does it look without the number plate in the front!  So clean!

Off to Santa Monica tomorrow morning to get some decent shots of it so will post more snaps in the next few days!  Must rest now as my back is in pieces, GT-R suspension and LA streets just don’t go hand in hand.  What is up with the roads over here???  Pothole central!


D1-GP 2008 Final in Fuji

My pictures from yesterday’s D1 final in Fuji are now online on Wrecked Magazine


Spoon NSX-R GT @ Motegi

I was shooting the completed Spoon NSX-R GT in Motegi last week.  My friend carlettosan made this movie. Sounds pretty good uh?  Good luck in Macau Ichi-san!

April 2021