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Coverage: USDM Jam ver. 9.0 Part I

This past weekend was USDM Jam in Mie, Japan. I almost didn’t get coverage from this event, but luckily my friend & photographer Masaki Hamashima was able to get the time off of work to make the 2+ hour drive from Osaka to Mie. Major thanks, Masaki!

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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”.

California Cruisin’

Being back in a Honda, after driving an SR-powered S13, is a pretty gratifying feeling. High compression. Instant Throttle Response. High Revving Motors. What’s not to love?

My Accord is powered by an F20B (out of an Accord SiR-T), so it’s the “baby brother” of the commonly swapped H22A. After driving it up in the Malibu Canyons yesterday, it really makes me want to tear into the motor & make it a high-revving, ITB’d beast of a canyon machine. Will I do it? Probably not, but a guy can dream, right?

I need to get my harness back in the car & at least a roll bar!

AFM11 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Originally, I was supposed to be at this event, but due to my inability to DOUBLE CHECK DATES, I missed this event. I’ll still be in South Florida this week…BUT ANYWAYS…

We all know how much I love the Honda Accord but Felipe Diaz, the guy who owns my old RHD Wagon, has got to be the biggest Accord enthusiast in the world. He is the host of the biggest Accord meet in the states, by far. People from all over the country drive to Ft. Lauderdale, FL for the weekend to be part of this historic meet. I wasn’t able to make it in time, but a good friend of mine was able to make a video of the event.

Really bummed that I wasn’t at this meet, but I’ll still be heading out to South Florida this week.

Until next year!

USDM Jam 2011 Ver.8.0

For the past 8 Years, people from all over Japan make the pilgrimage to the region of  Mie (三重) for the annual USDM Jam event. When most people in the states think of USDM, we think of stock cars that just rolled out of the dealership that look bland & boring. To the Japanese, it’s more of a style. Rocking the best brands & manufacturers products that the states has to offer, but adding their own Japanese twist to it. Continue reading


Don’t ask me what the title of the thread stands for! That’s just what the owner of this ’95 Civic Hatch calls his car!

The Japanese import scene here in the U.S. has been focused mainly around what our Japanese counterparts are bringing to the table. Wheel fitment that seemed impossible years ago & a stance so low that the guys over at CALTRANS are going to start sending us bills for having to replace all of the road lane markers we’ve been ripping off the road with our undercarriages!

When Kohtaro Iwasa from ILLEGAL SICK CAR CREW in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture, Japan put together his EG, he wanted to create a car that displayed his love for U.S. style cars & his appreciation for the JDM styling that he’s grown up around & everyone here in the states has grown to love.

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