The 2010 Super GT came to a close at the Twin Ring Motegi race track. Round 7 at Fuji Speedway could not take place due to a devastating tsunami and mud slides that wiped out major roads around the circuit area. A special Fuji Event will take place later this year as a big thank you to all the fans for their support.

Which brings us to Round 8. Both the GT500 and GT300 championships were still up for grabs, in what has to be the most tightly contested season in the history of the series. The Weider Honda HSV-10 led the GT500 class by a single point over the charging Eneos Lexus SC430. The drama began as the green light fell down on the race, with the Eneos SC430 being given a 20 second penalty stop for passing a red light as it exited the pits on its way to the starting grid. This made the Eneos team’s chances to win the GT500 class almost impossible and relieved a lot of the pressure on the Weider team. Or so we thought. The Honda would battle the Petronas Tom’s SC430 for the entire second half of the race, in one of the most exciting duels in recent Super GT memory. The Weider team drivers, knowing that a 2nd place finish would secure the 2010 title, were in full attack mode. Both cars bumped each other on a number of occasions, which resulted in Weider team orders being given to make sure they finished the race and not end up in the gravel. In the end, the HSV-10 made one last run at the finish line, but the Tom’s SC430 held off for the win. Even still, this was enough to give Honda and Team Weider both the Drivers and Manufacturers Championship. A huge accomplishment for Honda’s new machine in its first year of competition against the proven SC430 and the mighty GT-R.

The chase for the GT300 title was also up for grabs by the fan favorite Corolla Axio APR GT and the Tomica Z. And just like in the GT500, another early incident would play a huge part in deciding the new GT300 champion. On the third turn of the first lap the Corolla Axio ran off course and into the gravel, signaling the end of their season and championship hopes. This gave the Tomica Z full advantage, as the bright orange Nissan dominated the entire race without any challengers, taking the win for the day and the GT300 championship.

It was the culmination of one of the most exciting seasons ever for Super GT and even the previous JGTC series. In the GT500 class, the dominant GT-Rs and SC430 proved strong all season, but inevitable dethroned by the new Honda HSV-10. A car that was sent to rest before being released to the world as the next NSX, only to show once again that when it comes to world-class racing, just like past Formula 1, when Honda aims to create a powerful RWD car, it tends to surpass the expectations of not only its competition, but of its own designers as well. We just hope that Honda hears the prayers of their fans and finally decide to release an iteration of this car in future production form.

And in the GT300 class, fan favorite team RE Amemiya could not find their groove all season, giving way once again to Nissan and its iconic Z to take this years championship. 2011 might be a little bit of the same. But then again, as we reported months earlier, rumor has it that Honda is planning to enter the GT300 class with none other than the new CRZ, but in RWD format. Can Honda replicate this years magic in the GT500 class with their new sport-hybrid? We shall see.

Thanks goes to all the teams and sponsors for making this the most exciting seasons yet. And thank you, the fans, for all of your support.

See you next time!!

 

In the most extreme test of printer vs auto machine(probably the only time now that I think about it), company Epson set to discover how truly fast was their new stable of inkjet printers. The idea was simple. Strap on a new Epson printer to the chassis of the mighty Ariel Atom 3 and see who could finish the race track first. Scratching your head at this point? The Epson printer’s goal was to print the layout of the track before the new Ariel Atom crossed the finish line.

So, in age when the iPad is keen to replace all printed media the world over, would the Epson be able to print its little inkjet heart all the way to victory? Or will the V8 powered Atom prove that when it comes to anything measured per second, nothing can substitute a light weight chassis and power? Tune in below to see the outcome.

AMS. A company synomous with high performance Lancer Evolutions has spent quite an amount of time on the R35 GT-R since it’s release as an 08 model. AMS has the honor of pruducing the fastest Lancer Evolution in the world for the standing quarter-mile. What have they achieved with their Alpha 10 GT-R? To give it some context, the Bugatti Veyron, the fastest production car in the world, achieved a top quarter-mile run of just 10.2 seconds at 142.9 mph. Click on the video below to see what the AMS GT-R laid down on the track.  

Fun Fact: you can buy 17 AMS Alpha Tuned GT-Rs for the price of one Bugatti Veyron.

Let’s see now. On one hand we have the newly released Bentley Mulsanne. This German powered Royal weighs almost 6000 pounds and is moved around by a 6.75L twin turbo V8 which produces, get ready for this, an asphalt twisting 752 lbs of torque. To compare, the only production gas-powered vehicle on the planet that produces more torque is the top of the exotic range Bugatti Veyron. But wait, the Bentley still weighs 5984 pounds? Don’t worry. The Mulsanne will still power down the straits at the same speed as a Nissan 370Z, hitting 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds and the quarter mile in 13.5 seconds. Not to shabby. That is, if you can afford the $330k plus price of admission.

So where does Hyundai come into play? Well, in case you were hiding in a nuclear fallout shelter, you have probably noticed that Hyundai has been stirring the auto market place with an excellent line of new, and what appear to be luxury, line of vehicles at Toyota prices. It all started with the Genesis sedan, which has quickly led to the Mercedes Benz looking Sonata. Now Hyundai has finally brought their flagship car, the Equus, all the way from Seoul to the streets of Santa Monica. On the street, the Equus has been confused as a new Mercedes and even a Maybach, all vehicles costing thousands more than the Hyundai. The reason for that is the Equus luxurious styling and impressive list of standard features that it’s more expensive rivals offer, only at a higher premium.

So the gang at Motor Trend decided to test drive the new Mulsanne and also bring the Equus along in the process. So, how does the $70k  Hyundai compare to it’s $330k counterpart? See the video below to find out.

While we wait patiently for the in-house battle that will be the 2011 STI Sedan vs STI Hatchback, the guys over at Inside Line got their hands on the standard 2011 WRX Sedan and put it through its paces. How does the new sedan fare vs the old model with the new Subaru suspension and widebody track? Click the video below to find out.

Source: http://www.insideline.com/

Trying to find the words to describe Gymkhana 3 can be very difficult. You probably think you have seen it all when it comes to motorsports. Everything you can imagine that is possible when a man or woman gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, collect all that and put it in a recycle blue bag and just throw it in the trash can. Nothing, not the high speeds of Formula 1, the all terrain battle of WRC, the crazy side ways action of Drifting, heck, not even your favorite racing anime will prepare you for what you are about to see. And I’ll end this with one question.

Is Ken Block even human?

The Honda K20A. A masterpiece of engine design and arguably the best NA( naturally aspirated) 4 cylinder ever built, with the other being another Honda wonder, the S2000’s F20C. While only having 2.0 liters of displacement, what makes this engine such a weapon is the current iteration of Honda’s famous VTEC system. The K20A from the last Type R, the FD2 Civic, uses variable valve timing for both in intake and exhaust valves. Its ultimate configuration is found in the limited Mugen RR, which still keeps its 2.0 liter displacement and pushes 240 Hp and 159 lbs of torque, with a race like redline of 8400 RPMs.

Mated to Honda’s excellent 6 speed manual transmission, many auto enthusiasts have found the K20A to be one of the best powerplants to swap into their cars, which in turn changes a daily commuter into a weekend racer. You will see many EG and EK hatch Civics with a K20A swap, in addition to some family grocery getters like the Honda Fit. But this engine is not limited to Hondas only. Other car enthusiasts have discovered the high potential of the K20A in vehicles such as the Toyota MR-S and the Lotus Elise, with the Honda engine being even better suited than the supercharged Toyota powerplant that comes stock. The original Ariel Atom also used a supercharged K20A for its European model.

So now that Honda has ceased manufacturing of the last Type R this past August, the fate of this gift to the automotive world is unknown. For now, let’s have some fun and relieve the glory of the K20A in a tuner battle to see which car is the perfect match for the Honda screamer.