Red Bull x Mad Mike
Such damn good taste. Amazing
Red Bull x Mad Mike
Such damn good taste. Amazing
Hello ricers! My name is Newton and I’ll be helping out while contributing a bit here and there from here on out…
Welcome to May 1st, May day! (or 2nd if you’re reading this on the 2nd since I’m posting this late) Let me give you a little background about myself as well as a few things I hope to do over the next few months…
So who am I exactly? I’m the Mayday mystery video man. You may remember some of the videos I shot a while back such as:
I think I started becoming a fan of the older model Porsche’s when this movie came out.
Sometimes opportunities come by chance, and some come by knowing the right people. For Chris Basselgia, I’m not sure how he got the chance to compete in this year’s Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge, but for me, I had the opportunity to shoot this Minty FReSh beast by knowing the right people.
Here’s a quick sample to get you guys through the weekend. The FR-S was trailered to this cool industrial area in Westminster, MD for me to take a few snaps. Trust me when I say the coolest thing about this car is the motor setup. It’s not what you think.
All will be revealed next week in Las Vegas, NV!
Click on the photos for more info on Scion’s blog!
I got the chance to check out one of the cars built for The Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge over at IAG last week. This particular build is by Chris Basselgia, from Lebanon, PA. Needless to say, it should be an interesting week in Vegas.
I also had the rare opportunity to shoot this minty fresh FR-S! Stay tuned.
The B13 Sentra SE-R is definitely one of the underdogs that have turned into a rare sleeper classic. Nowadays, a pristine B13 Sentra is hard to find, specially an SE-R. If you’re in the market searching for a non-conventional semi-classic Nissan, the B13 SE-R is for you. What makes this early 90′s econo-Nissan so desirable? It’s the classic Datsun motorsports gene in its DNA.
Equipped with a SR20DE under the hood, it gave out a rev-happy 7500rpm and a power of 140hp. Not only having good motor in, Nissan had to balance it’s power with transmission gearing modification and stiffer suspension. With that said, the B13 SE-R is a fun daily driver or an initial platform for autoXing. No offense to new generation SE-R owners, I love the spec-V; but personally, this is the last true drivers SE-R. Simple, light and sufficient power. Slap an RB26dett and AWD conversion will make this econobox a perfect sleeper.
Wait, what? a Camry? Yes, in Japan, this generation Camry was called the Toyota Scepter, In the US its “The best selling car in North America”. For today’s NosWeds, I am not going to talk about why it is the best selling car, I am not answering why every Toyota Camry that you see is champagne gold; but instead, i will share a little bit of racing history specially for the 91-96 generation(XV10).
Typically, people don’t associate the Camry with racing. The Camry is known and popular to older folks because of it’s size, cost of maintenance, fuel economy and reliability. If you were an asian kid growing up in the US, no doubt your parents probably owned one and all you ever dreamed was them handing you the keys; just because they upgraded to a champagne gold Lexus ES. Who knew these cars had potential? Yeah the Camry is an FF with a heavy chasis; but going back into the late 90′s, the 91-96 (XV10) was a contender in the US, South African and Australian Super Touring Championships.
The Camry was against super FR Germans Audi, BMW and other euro cars, Volvo, AlfaRomeo etc; and it gave a good fight finishing 5th and 6th in the BOC Gases Super Touring Championships. Compared to your Civics, Silvias and Corollas, yes, there is a Camry cult lurking around the webz and they have the same passion as the other platform cars mentioned.
That was back in the late 90′s, fast forward to today’s racing scene, the Camry is back but in NASCAR. So far, those are the only generations (XV10, XV30+) that I know that was/is involved in professional circuit racing.
What is more nostalgic than hand-me-down cars from our parents? So if you owned or still drive one of these big bodied 90′s sedan, be proud because compared to the other Camrys, this generation is definitely down in racing history books.
It’s been a while since our last Nostalgic Wednesday, I’ve been busy lately with work, family and everything on the sidelines. With all this work going on, I rarely have time going out and enjoy myself with car meets, shows and other related activities. I needed a breather, I needed to lighten my load and relax. Well to start off, today’s NosWeds is something low-carb and still tasty, which our Master PhotoG DPhan and good friend Tyler H. would recognize; it’s the BMW E36 M3 Lightweight..aka LTW M3.
If you’re a BBC Top Gear fan, you’ve probably seen J.Clarkson praising the e46 M3 CSL roaring through the Isle of Man. Clarkson adored it’s power to weight ratio, carbon fibre panels and of course it’s razor sharp handling. Unfortunately, the e46 CSL as well as the e36 M3 GT nor the e92 M3 GTS were not introduced to the North American Market. Luckily, and thank the piston gods we were blessed with the E36 Lightweight (LTW).
Introduced to the US market in 1995, BMW produced only 120 of these special M3s. What sets the LTW apart from its regular siblings is it’s weight reduced structure for track purposes. I loved that the LTW was only available in Alpine White with the M flag decals. The regular M3 was stripped; it had no AC, radio, sunroof, toolkit, sound-deadening materials, insulations, spare tire, and leather seats Even with all the comfort gone, it was still road-worthy. The E36 LTW had aluminum doors, special carpeting, larger strut bar, CF trim, higher gear ratio for faster acceleration, sport suspension, and of course, LTW 17-inch wheels and the famous LTW aero Wing. Total weight saved you ask? 200-300lbs over the regular m3. An interesting fact about these special M3s is that the ECU was modified to eliminate the top speed limit. Another interesting fact is that the M50 B30 3.0 engine was hand picked by BMW performance engineers, and only the engines that performed best were bolted into to the cars.
Considered rare since they were only available in 95. LTWs are hard to find in factory mint condition. Most of the 120 built LTWs are already converted to full-blown racetrack warriors, either already wrecked or sitting in one’s garage collecting rat poo. The LTW M3, even with all its comfort taken away, will still be one of the best M3′s ever buit; it was raw, built for race, built for fun.
One word, Kuratas.
Everything has its beginnings.
Now someone lend me 2 million dollars.