February 15, 2006
●Drifting at Mobara Circuit
Took a few snaps of a couple of mates drifting at Mobara circuit this past week-end. After covering D1 for a few seasons it's always such a breath of fresh air to drop by these amateur events. This is what drifting is all about. Now I've got to get one of these RWD cars myself!
Miguel & Michele with Techno Pro Spirits AE86 Levin. 200PS from a 1.6L !!
February 14, 2006
●Subaru Tecnica International S204
Not even a year has passed since the S203 hit the scene and its replacement is already here. Behold the S204, probably the best Impreza you can get straight out of the box.
The 320 PS are courtesy of the blueprinted and balanced flat four which is fitted with a larger IHI turbine. Power delivery is as smooth as it gets and there is plenty of torque available at low rpm ready to give you a punch of acceleration whenever you need it.
What really surprised me was how well the S204 handled. The hard yet supple STi suspension offer precision and accuracy without sacrificing comfort. This is also down to the tiny Yamaha dampers which have been fitted inside the rear strut bar and front chassis stiffening bar. They might sound like a gimmick but they truly work!
Only 600 will be built and only sold in Japan at 4.8 million Yen
February 07, 2006
●JUN Option Stream Z
Will 2006 be the year Daijiro Inada manages to get a decent result with the Stream Z?? JUN has certainly done an impressive job in preparing this car and there is no doubt it can average an impressive high speed over the 90 miles of the Silver State Classic Challenge. The question is....will Dai not screw it up this time??
Here are some pictures taken in the JUN Auto Mechanic workshop. Many thanks to Koyama-san for having us after-hours!
February 04, 2006
●Honda Collection Hall
I always love dropping by Twin Ring Motegi. Spent a whole afternoon taking in the history behind one of Japan most accomplished sports car and race car makers. Here is a small selection of shots of road and race cars (didn't bother shooting the bikes....tooo many of the damn things!)