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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.

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.

Back when Cadillac introduced the CTS, it sent a clear message to the automotive world that they had decided to leave their old image of big, soft driving vehicles to a more driver focused, performance oriented experience a la, dare I say, BMW. When people thought Cadillac, images of black on black Escalades with 24″ wheels and tinted windows would normally come to their heads. The CTS changed all that and it will forever be remembered as the sport sedan that Trinity drove in the Matrix Reloaded, in arguably one of the greatest car chases the movie world has ever seen.

Then Cadillac released the CTS-V. Now, in its current iteration, Cadillac holds the proud distinction of having the fastest sport sedan in the world. This is boldly captured in their recently released commercial below. Shot at their competitions home course the Nurburgring, or the Ring for many aficionados, the boys from Cadillac show highlights of the record-breaking sub 8 minute run around the famed German track. It’s an uber cool video that will soon make it to a cable channel near you. Until that time, press play below and enjoy the sound of that mighty supercharged Corvette engine as it punishes the asphalt with one heck of an American growl. “BMW, Mercedes, Audi. The American luxury muscle car has arrived.”

The FD2 Civic Type R. Anytime a Honda carries the legendary Type R badge on its back, you know you are about to experience something very special. Fans will argue which was the best Type R to ever come out of Japan, with many votes going way of the DC2 Integra. And while it´s hard to argue against the only Type R that America ever saw, I believe the FD2 Civic stands above them all. Sure, the NSX-R might be the rarest, most potent R model, but that comes at a premium price for exclusivity and not necessarily performance. Fast forward to the last Type R, the FD2, and you have a car that sold for under $30k and laps Tsukuba Circuit faster than a 350Z, Evo X GSR, and even a Dodge Viper RT/10.

But how is it possible that a lowly Honda Civic with a 2.0l 4 Cylinder and FF layout can be faster than a Viper, with it’s monster V10 engine, on the track? Pure balance would be the answer. When Honda decided to build its most extreme Civic, they seeked to build the ultimate Type R by maximizing the potential of all its components. The engine, while being only a 2.0l 4 cylinder, was tuned to produce over 220HP with a racecar-like redline of over 8,000 RPMs. Rumor even has it that a stock FD2 Type R was dynoed and managed to put down 237 HP to the wheels. Very impressive numbers when you consider how small the engine is. Even the AP1 S2000 doesn’t lay that much power to the wheels, albeit suffering more drivetrain loss being an FR car. The engine is mated to one of the best 6 speed transmissions ever assembled, gaining praise throughout the automitive press, as many journalists have claimed Honda as the best manual gear maker in the business.

The suspension and brakes are also a big highlight of the Type R. Stopping power came from a perfectly balanced set of Brembo brakes on all four corners. The suspension was fine tuned at the Type R’s natural home, the race track. One of the main reasons why the FD2 can run laps faster than vehicles with more power is that it can maintain higher speeds in the corners. More than one race driver who has tested the FD2 at various circuits around Japan have praised the handling of the Type R for being very stable at high speeds, having a driving characteristic of a FR car, which is the most common layout in motorsports. Throw in a set of lightweight wheels, race bucket seats, a digital cluster for speed readouts and an analog tach reading all the way to 9000 RPMs, everything comes together in perfect Type R harmony.

Last August was the final production date for the FD2 Type R. A successor hasn’t been announced, even though the rumors from Japan are that a Type R version of the new CR-Z could be in the works. With that being said, below you will find Best Motorings Civic Type R video. BM goes in-depth with the team from Honda who developed the FD2, as well as a number of famous race drivers from Japan who give us their professional opinions on what made this Type R the best performing yet.
Now, the wait begins again. What does Honda have up its sleeve and will the Type R badge ever adorn a vehicle again?
Stay Tuned