USDM Jam ver. 9.0!

This weekend, one of the most anticipated meets of the year in Japan takes place – USDM Jam! I’m currently working on locking down a photographer to cover the event for me (looking good, so far) so I should have coverage posted by Sunday if everything works out.

Check back soon!

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Hot Import Nights – Pomona Fairplex

I remember back in the late 90’s when HIN was at its prime, when “Nights” actually meant that event started at 7pm & ran until 2AM. Since then, I lost count of how many different owners HIN has gone through, most of which did a pretty bad job at hosting the event. A lot of them failed at bringing back the event to what it used to be, but the guys who run it now did a bit of a better job. Not nearly as close, but it’ll do. Anyways, the turn out was pretty good & the crowd was steady throughout the night. I’m not going to post every single car at the event, but here’s the cars I think are worth mentioning.

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Ben Sopra R35 GT-R

I’m sure most, if not, all of you have seen the coverage from Tokyo Auto Salon this year & noticed one particular GT-R that was getting a lot of attention..

Ben Sopra GT-R

Ben Sopra GT-R. Image by Speedhunters.com

This GT-R isn’t all show…

The GT-R definitely looks HUGE on the track in comparison to other cars, but let’s face it, it’s still bad ass.

Tokyo Auto Salon – Drifting FR-S

The release of the production model Scion FR-S has stirred up a lot of commotion recently. Even though it’s not available to the public yet, aftermarket giants like HKS and Falken have already built 2 FR-S’s to compete in D1GP in Japan. Nobuteru Taniguchi will pilot the HKS car, while Tetsuya Hibino pilots the Falken car.

D1GP, hurry up & come back to the US!

Stickers?

Been toying around with the idea of making stickers for the blog. If I make some, I’m thinking of making a die-cut version of the banner on my website. Or maybe a bumper sticker of the banner. Question is, would you buy one?

 

No really, would you?

Concept NSX – Detroit Auto Show

(Geoff Robins / AFP/Getty Images / January 9, 2012)

(Geoff Robins / AFP/Getty Images / January 9, 2012)

Today marks the day that Honda of North America finally unveils its concept version of the new NSX at the Detroit Auto Show. While final production model specifications have not been confirmed, here’s what I’ve been able to dig up around various news sources:

-The car will feature a mid-engine RWD V-6 engine featuring Honda’s famous VTEC technology providing power to the rear wheels.

-At the front of the car, 2 electric motors will power the front two wheels, making this an AWD car & dubbing it with Honda’s “Super Handling All Wheel Drive” moniker. (SH-AWD)

-With most cars switching over to electronically controlled “flappy paddle shifters”, the NSX will follow suit with the same technology.

-Not only is Honda going to R&D this car in its Raymond, OH facility, they plan on building a factory specifically geared to produce the NSX which will also create jobs for the American workforce.

-Honda plans to have these cars ready for sale in 3 years.

Tony Ding/Associated Press

Tony Ding/Associated Press

My thoughts?

Personally, I think Honda did an amazing job in redesigning & bringing back a classic Honda sports car that has been around since 1990. So far what we’ve seen is purely a concept, which most manufactures will tweak before making a production model, but I’m really hoping Honda doesn’t do too much to stray away from this look!

The only things I’m a bit worried about are the “flappy paddle shifters” and the 2 electric motors running the front 2 wheels. Personally, I’m not too big of a fan of that type of transmission control. It almost seems like it takes away from the “pure sports car feel” that the NSX is known for. Of course, Honda is keeping up with what technology is current in the automotive industry so I can’t say that I don’t know why they chose it. It’s F1 inspired, making it more fun & a bit easier to drive.

As for the electric motors, I’m not too fond of the whole hybrid-sports car thing a lot of manufacturers are trying to do now a days. I know it’s all in trying to safe our green earth, but lets be real, a sports car should be a sports car. I would much rather see Toyota dominate the hybrid-sports market with some sort of a Prius sports coupe, since they already pioneered & dominated the hybrid world, than to see Honda follow suit. If anything, I’d be much happier if Honda kept the car a mid-engine RWD like the previous model NSX’s & develop a V-6 VTEC engine with “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) technology.

In the end, Honda is out to make its mark. Will they do it with their new NSX?

I vote “Yes”.

Montreal International Auto Show

My buddies over at Canadian-based IntunedOnline are getting ready for the 2012 Montreal International Auto Show. Here’s a teaser of their Nissan 370z demo car they’re going to be displaying.

If you’re near the Montreal, Quebec area of Canada from January 13th – 22, be sure to check out the show & say “Hi!” to the guys! Click here for venue information.