Entries for 'Eric Hsu'

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Nerd's Eye View: Tilton Interiors Mitsubishi EVO 9

by Eric Hsu

Right around the corner this weekend on October 18-19 is the 2013 World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC). I bring to you in great detail the Tilton Interiors EVO 9. It was the fastest EVO at the 2012 WTAC...sorry make that the fastest UNIBODY EVO and 2nd overall fastest car overall at Sydney's 2012 World Time Attack Challenge last year. This car was one of my favorites at WTAC 2012 because it is the embodiment of a true Time Attack car without all the random crazy flaps, wings, and panels sticking out all over the place and the rear half of the car cut off and replaced with tubes. Sure you'd need some money to recreate the Tilton EVO, but was still 100% pure Mitsubishi CT9A EVO. After the jump is the way you'd have your dream EVO if you had the right combination of builders, crew, driver, owner, and of course money.


 

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Nerd's Eye View: The MCA Suspensions "Hammerhead" Silvia S13

Story by Eric Hsu, Photos by Jeff Naeyaert and Josh Coote at MCA Suspension

The MCA S13 finished in 3rd place overall at the 2012 World Time Attack Challenge which is pretty amazing considering it's rear wheel drive. That's no simple feat in an event dominated by all wheel drive cars, big budgets, and world famous JDM tuners. What got the MCA S13 there was a great build by Murray and Josh Coote and their crew of friends with attention to detail exactly where it was needed. Of course great driving by ex-A1 GP Kiwi driving ace, Earl Bamber, doesn't hurt either. You've seen how crazy this thing looks and you've heard how fast it is. Now come and check out what's underneath the skin of the MCA S13 as I walk you through the car in detail. Best of all, IT DOESN'T HAVE AN LS ENGINE IN IT!


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The All New 2014 Mazda 3 West Coast Unveiling at the W Hollywood

Story by Eric Hsu, Photos by Martin Gonzales and Luke Munnell

Hollywood. Everybody knows it. Tourists want to visit. Us Los Angeles locals know it as a part of town where the rich, beautiful and superficial are plentiful. For an expensive and potentially crazy night out on the town it's hard to beat. But once in a while, you gotta do it; especially when Mazda invites you to the W Hotel in Hollywood for a night of food, drinks, and cars.


 

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It's Almost That Time Again - World Time Attack Challenge's 2013 Promotional Video

by Eric Hsu

Are you guys ready for the fastest Time Attack from all over the world, drama, suspense, controversy, and maybe some good old shit talkin? Check out WTAC's promotional video after the jump just released an hour ago.


 

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External Combustion Rocket Anti Lag System + JDM Spec C Impreza STI

By Eric Hsu 

The external combustion anti-lag "rocket" combustor was used on the factory Prodrive built WRC STi Subaru cars to improve the EJ20 engine's inherent mediocre torque and engine response. The rocket is so good that a version of it is still in use today in the 2012 Japanese Super GT GT300 STi BRZ which also uses an EJ20. Last time I wrote a teaser article, but this time we'll take a look at some of the details of the rocket combustor anti-lag system as it applies to my buddy Ben's JDM Impreza STi Spec C street car over in the UK. 


 

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BEST OF 2012 - Sneak Peek: The NEMO Racing EVO, Part 1

Text by Eric Hsu, MotoIQ Photos by Jeff Naeyaert, all other photos by NEMO Racing

Unless you've been living under a Time Attack rock, there's no doubt you've heard of the amazing NEMO Racing EVO. At the recent 2012 World Time Attack Challenge in Sydney, Australia, the NEMO EVO piloted by Aussie V8 Supercars driver Warren Luff,  did it's best lap time of 1:25.020 which effectively destroyed the CyberEVO's record lap time of 1:28.851. That's 3.831 seconds faster than what was previously the fastest Time Attack car in the world. After the jump I break down exactly why this beautifully constructed EVO is the fastest Time Attack car in the world.


 

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Team America World Time Attack - ARK Design's BNR32 Skyline GT-R Part 9

by Eric Hsu

I realize it's been a long ass time since I've published an update, but they'll start rolling out again somewhat regularly after the new year. The car arrived safely back to Design Craft in September from the giant shipping mishap to China. Progress has been slow with Team American members busy with the remainder of the Formula D season, SEMA, the holidays, and new jobs (for several of us ex-Cosworth people). I never did completely finish the coverage on what happened up until we rolled into the shipping container so part 9 will continue directly from part 8.


 

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Sneak Peek: The NEMO Racing EVO, Part 2

Story by Eric Hsu, MotoIQ photos by Jeff Naeyaert, other photos by NEMO Racing

In Part 1 we covered a little of the history behind Chris Eaton and the NEMO Racing EVO, some of the build process, and the car's exterior features including the balls out aero. This time in Part 2, we'll cover what's going on inside and some of the awesome details that makes this EVO the fastest Time Attack EVO in the world.


 

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$hit Happens: ARK Design BNR32 Will Not Make it to Sydney for WTAC 2012

By Eric Hsu

The team and I have been waiting patiently for the past three weeks since we first received news of the mis-shipment of the ARK BNR32 Skyline GT-R to China. Yes, you read that right:  China. Unfortunately last night, I finally received the final word this week there would be no way in hell the car would make it to Sydney in time. A letter from Ian Baker, CEO of Superlap Australia, after the jump.


 

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Hankook World Time Attack Challenge Video

by Eric Hsu

Here's a video that Hankook released just days before WTAC 2012. It's a recap of the World Time Attack Challenge 2011 from the Hankook point of view. If you're a WTAC or Hankook Ventus TD fan (great tires), then check this out.


 

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Team America World Time Attack - ARK Design's BNR32 Skyline GT-R Part 8

By Eric Hsu

Mike did a great job covering the build while I was unable to write because I was busy managing the car, team, and build and actually working on the car itself. From part 8 and on, I'll be taking over Beyond the Dyno once again. The car is on the slow boat to Australia, but for now I'll cover some of the things the team and I were doing at Cosworth.


 

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External Combustion Rocket Zero-lag Teaser 

by Eric Hsu

On the other side of the world is a lush green island with some of the brightest minds and most creative people in the world. They gave the world the Beatles, the universal joint, the Rolling Stones, Cosworth, the Smiths, Aston Martin, the wind tunnel, James Bond, bangers and mash, stainless steel, Depeche Mode, black pudding and of course, fish and chips. England is the little island that's given the world quite a bit. Now (or actualy several years ago in WRC), they give us external combustion anti-lag technology. Well they haven't quite given it to the world yet, but here it is in the first working street driven Subaru STi that belongs to my buddy Ben who's the best engine calibration engineer that I know.


 

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Team America World Time Attack - ARK Design's BNR32 Skyline GT-R Part 7

By Mike Kojima and Eric Hsu

The clock is tearing itself through the calendar and there is only a week left before Team America's ARK Design BNR32 is scheduled to be loaded into a shipping container bound for Australia.  Eric and the crew are determined to make it but personally I have my doubts.  I have never seen a car this complex be built in such a short time for such a low budget. 


 

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World Time Attack Team America - ARK Design's BNR32 Skyline GT-R Intro Part 2

by Eric Hsu

The team and I have been hard at work with ARK Design's BNR32 Skyline GT-R. You may remember this car as the old XS Engineering BNR32 GT-R, but that was the distant past. ARK Design now owns this car and it is being rebuilt from the ground up. Follow us as we convert this car from the glorified street car that it was to the world class Time Attack car that it will become. The team only has until June to have this car built, tested, and loaded into a shipping container for Sydney's 2012 World Time Attack Challenge with a limited budget and limited man power.


 

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Underneath the Skin of the Legendary CyberEVO

by Eric Hsu

Check out the CyberEVO the way nobody's covered it before. If you're an EVO owner, you can see how the Cyber team built this car and pretty much repeat what they did. There's nothing too drastic on this car and it's really just a combination and the total package that makes the car as fast as it is.


 

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Rev Speed Magazine Super Battle Time Attack 2011 @ Tsukuba Circuit 

by Eric Hsu
The annual Rev Speed Magazine Super Battle Time Attack took place on December 9, 2011 at the home of Time Attack, Tsukuba Circuit. Garage Revolution brought out their FD RX-7 to dominate the competition, but the weather prevented any records from being set. Regardless, the variety of cars at the event was a treat for any JDM enthusiast. A ton of pics are after the jump.

 

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World Time Attack Team America - ARK Design's BNR32 Skyline GT-R Intro Part 1

by Eric Hsu

The team and I have been hard at work with ARK Design's BNR32 Skyline GT-R. You may remember this car as the old XS Engineering BNR32 GT-R, but that was the distant past. ARK Design now owns this car and it is being rebuilt from the ground up. Follow us as we convert this car from the glorified street car that it was to the world class Time Attack car that it will become. The team only has until June to have this car built, tested, and loaded into a shipping container for Sydney's 2012 World Time Attack Challenge with a limited budget and limited man power. One last thing: this will be the last time you will see an RB26 in it and the last time you'll see this car blue.


 

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Greddy 35RX GT-R + Tarzan Yamada at Fuji Speedway, December 2011

by Eric Hsu

Back on December 10 last year, I took a short trip with Tarzan in his right hand drive PT Cruiser to Fuji Speedway so he could spend the afternoon testing the Greddy 35RX on the world famous Fuji Speedway. Greddy's goal was to hit 338kmh at the end of Fuji's front straight. But would Tarzan be able to do it with the new Bensopra body kit? A short feature on the car and that afternoon at Fuji with plenty of pics after the jump.


 

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Garage Revolution's Time Attack FD3S RX-7, Part 2

By Eric Hsu

Part 2 of the Garage Revolution's Time Attack FD is after the jump. Since Jeff took over 800 pictures of this car, we had to pick the best of them and split the story into two parts. If you want to build the ultimate time attack car, study the following pages carefully and absorb the buffness that is the Garage Revolution FD RX-7.


 

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Garage Revolution's Time Attack FD3S RX-7, Part 1

Text by Eric Hsu and photos by Jeff Naeyaert.

Finishing in 3rd place at the 2011 World Time Attack in Sydney, Australia makes the Garage Revolution FD3S RX-7 the world's fastest time attack RX-7. Without a doubt, this car is also the world's nicest RX-7 road race build to date having been designed and built around sound race car principles and not the usual JDM hype. Even the engine program was developed in house on GR's own in house engine dynamometer. After the jump you can see for yourself that no detail was overlooked.


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