A couple of months ago a good friend of mine, and local Houston photographer Chris Reno approached me about a couple of cars he had shot over the past year. Chris (Chreeno) is a local ricer as well and has some great taste in cars, so when we talked about a bit of collaboration I got pretty excited. One of the cars in discussion was Tyler Calhoun’s WRX, an ultra clean, tastefully modded street style beast that, when seen in person makes you break your neck. We like cars like this. Though we at Mayday Garage enjoy “over the top” barely street legal, ricer engaged wild builds, we know a clean car when we see one and Tyler’s Subie fits the bill.
The Kraft Racing GT300 AE86 is, in my opinion the sexiest 86 of all time. Powered by none other that the legendary 503E (3S-GTE on Crack), the factory backed Kraft Trueno shared the same heart as the GT300 Supras from the older JGTC series. Unfortunately the car no longer exists as it was abandoned by the Kraft team for a newer MR-S halfway through the 2001 JGTC season.( According to sources the car burnt to a crisp on track). When it did compete against its newer counterparts however, this fan favorite became as piece of Japanese tuning history. There is not very much media on this car around anymore because it existed before the time of mega blogs and forums, but, linked below is the Kraft GT300 AE-86 build video with tribute to GT300. Simply put, amazing.
It was 10:00pm on a Saturday night when I received a phone call from Mayday David. David was out at a local car meet when he stumbled upon a classic beauty that we had yet to see in our neck of the woods. At the exact moment of the call I was in the symphony listening to the legendary Nobuo Uematsu (the creator of the Final Fantasy music) getting my nerd on. It was intervened by the call that went a little something like this, “John, where you at?” David said. I responded, “Jones Hall, the symphony”. David responds, “Well, you better get your suited up ass over here to this meet, because there is a Datsun you HAVE to see”.
We have featured a Datsun before on this site, Van Luong’s, which, in my opinion is pretty damn clean and hard to top, so if these guys are making me come out to a meet in a symphonic suited up fashion, then, this HAD to be an awesome whip, and they were right. One thing I was not prepared for was the perfection that I was about to cast my eyes upon, Khanh Le’s 1972 S30 240Z.
The year was 1994, and the Paris auto show was going down. Most people were expecting a slew of econo-box mini -vans and new concepts for the savvy consumer of the 90’s. What they were not ready for however was the arrival of one crazy masterpiece conceived by Renault and built by MPV Espace designer, Matra. To celebrate their 10th year anniversary Renault and Matra took their flagship minivan and bred into existence the Espace F1. The Espace, like every other MPV at the time in the world, was ugly as shit. I think the most attractive mini-van of that era was most likely the Toyota previa, and you know for damn sure American minivans in this era were ugly as sin. So, for this corporate duo to whip out this Grocery getting monster, you can say the world, at that time was a bit surprised and probably thought everyone at Renault and Matra were high as hell.
Powered by an 800 horsepower, V-10, 3.5-liter Formula 1 motor, this ultimate grocery getter could get to 125 mph in just shy of 7 seconds. Yup, that is right, sub 7 seconds, 6.9 to be exact with a top speed of 186 miles per hour. For the stats hungry out there, it also dropped a 0-60 bomb from a standstill of just 2.8 seconds. And for those that want a cherry on top, this bad boy also came with a 6-speed sequential automatic transmission, dayum!
Apparently Renault had taken great lengths to keep this car as agile as possible by essentially taking the “Espace” Body (a carbon fiber version) and dropping it on a double wishbone rear and front suspension (a 1993 winning Formula 1 Grand Prix frame). This was one of the key factors that would help propel this minivan to break physics on the track, well, that, massive slicks and quite possible some of the most gnarly aero-dynamics ever. Check out the wing! It was said to have been able to pull between 1.5 and 2g on the track, amazing.
I think one of the best pieces of its design is how the interior was filled with 4 seats. Two buckets for mom and dad, and two for the kids, a perfect car for the perfect nuclear family.
The word amazing doesn’t even come close to describing the awesomeness that is the Renault Espace F1. It is truly a piece of art.
Check out this monster in action!
If I only had the money…
Got a minute? Sit down and enjoy Hot Version’s “RX7 Legend” a dedication to one of the sexiest cars to come out of the Golden ERA of Japanese tuning. Money.
Someone slap me, is this a dream?
Taken from Formula1.com
Formula One World Championship Limited and Formula One Administration Limited (together, the F1 Commercial Rights Holder) and Full Throttle Productions, LP, promoter of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™, announce that a historic agreement has been reached for Austin, Texas to serve as the host city of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ for years 2012 through 2021.