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ALL EYES ON SEMA More than 140,000 people traveled to Las Vegas for the 49th annual SEMA show last November. This issue will show you what you missed and why you need to be there! Photo: Alastair Ritchie

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CONTENTS

FEATURES 24 SUNG KANG’S FUGU Z 34 ROCKET BUNNY NISSAN S14 48 THE HAKOTORA 62 FOUR-ROTOR MAZDA RX-7

THE SEMA SHOW 14 RWB TAKEOVER 18 GUIDE TO DOWNTOWN 20 SONY GRAN TURISMO AWARDS 30 SEMA DIARIES: PART 1 32 ROCKET BUNNY BOSS DEBUTS 40 SEMA DIARIES: MODELS 42 SUPER STREET AWARDS 54 SEMA DIARIES: PART 2 56 BEST OF THE BEST 68 SEMA DIARIES: PART 3 70 NEW PARTS 76 BEST EUROS

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ALL ROADS LEAD TO VEGAS

Editorial Editor Sam Du Managing Editor Michelle McCarthy Online Editor Bob Hernandez Social Media Manager Mike Sabounchi Staff Editor Jofel Tolosa Video Producer Max Frauchiger Production Editor Josh Ching Art Direction & Design Art Director Bernice Guevarra Contributors Mark Arcenal, Janey B, Aaron Bonk, Stephen Brooks, Sara Choi, Justin Fong, Aiden G, Eddie Lee, Sydney Maler, Luke Munnell, Erica Nagashima, John Pangilinan, Rob Parsons, Matthew 'Rodrez' Rodriguez, Alastair Ritchie, Albert Roxas, Jon SIbal Manufacturing & Production Operations VP, Manufacturing & Ad Operations Greg Parnell Senior Director, Ad Operations Pauline Atwood Archivist Thomas Voehringer

I’ve been going to SEMA since I was 19. Being underage and visiting Las Vegas, you’d think it kinda sucks – can’t drink, can’t hit the club, and can’t enjoy the finer things of Vegas like get a $20 lap dance. But to be honest, it didn’t phase me because I was there living my teenage dream of experiencing the big show. Fast-forward 13 years later and I’ve only missed one SEMA since. I’ve worn many different hats in the process attending the show as an enthusiast, photographer, car builder, associate editor and now editor-in-chief. Each year brings new memories, celebrations, reunions, new friends, drunken fairytales and more. But one thing has remained the same throughout all these years…all roads lead to Vegas. The biggest thing I take away from SEMA is its scope and its ability to bring the aftermarket community together. Japanese cars, Euros, domestics, OEMs, hot rods, racecars, new parts…the list goes on and on. Anything and anybody related to modifying cars is shoved into Sin City for four days of business mixed with pleasure. There’s absolutely nothing else in the world like this. Take another moment to think about it… 140,000+ attendees (one of Vegas’ largest conventions), more than 1 million square miles of exhibitor space (you’ll need crutches by the end of the week), 2,000+ exhibitors from 130 different countries, 1,500 display vehicles… There’s something really special about SEMA week and it’s only become bigger and better every year. Which brings us to this magazine… Out of the 18 years of publishing Super Street, we’ve never dedicated an issue entirely to SEMA. In my opinion, we’re a step behind because for years, SEMA has brought out the "Best of the Best" to Vegas every November. In college, it was my goal to have my car on display (which I did in ’03), to debut a car inside a booth (which I did in ’14 for the Scion Tuner Challenge), and to recognize and congratulate the best cars, companies and influencers of our scene (which is what this issue is all about). If you only like Hondas or drifting or whatever it is, you’ll probably be disappointed. But if you’re a real enthusiast and can appreciate all the talent, innovation and quality that goes into SEMA, then book your flight and pack your bags. SEMA is more than just a trade or car show, more than just a business meeting, and more than just a trip to Vegas. We’re witnessing one of the best things that’s happened to our community. To watch the aftermarket come together from all around the world and see our passion celebrated every November in Vegas makes me proud to be a part of this industry.

HOW TO GET INTO SEMA

1. Register. Duh! If you’re in the industry, then you’re golden. If not, ask a local shop or a friend who’s going to see if they can register you under their company. There’s always a way! If I could guess, there are thousands of general enthusiasts who attend SEMA, yet actually don’t work in the industry. Just don’t get in the way of people actually trying to work! semashow.com. 2. SEMA Ignited. It’s the afterparty where all the cars go after the convention center doors close on the last day of the show. It’s open to the public and best part is, you skip all the riffraff and see only the top cars! semaignited.com

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POPPIN’ CHERRIES SEMA IN MAX AND BERNICE GO TO SEMA FOR THE FIRST TIME!

Meet Max Frauchiger and Bernice Guevarra. Max is our new full-time video producer and a bit of a noob to the scene. Bernice needs no introduction—she’s been our art director for more than a decade. What do these two have in common? Both of them haven’t been to SEMA before! Since many of you are still champing at the bit to pop your SEMA cherry, here are two unique experiences from two SEMA virgins.

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Don't mind me, I just came for the parties. So I finally decided to see what the big fuss was about. I get it... – BG

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SEMA, for my first time, was pretty intense. I stayed at the Flamingo two stops down on the monorail from the convention center. Getting to SEMA, I felt like I was in New York trying to go downtown during rush hour—it probably took 45 minutes just to travel two stops. When I got to the convention center, I was overwhelmed by how many booths there were and how many miles I had to walk just to get from one place to another— the step counter on my iPhone said I walked 12 miles one day! I was there working for Super Street, Lowrider, and european car. Covering all three worlds was fun but nuts. I quickly found that between the meetings and walking, it’s pretty hard to be everywhere all at once. Besides the walking and working, I met some funny people and celebs—saw Jay Leno as expected. My favorite cars were Rusty Slammington, the RWB collection, and Sung Kang’s Fugu Z.

As if the show weren’t enough, we had to go out every night for business and party it up at some of the best Vegas nightclubs. Sam Du may be able to get you into any club, but if you’re not a quick, nimble ninja, you will soon lose him and be cast to the madness. Dammit, Sam, slow down!

The only thing better than catching up with friends is catching up with ones who have moved to Vegas and own a limousine. So there I was, out on the town with my buddy Kale and old friends in an ’80s limo decorated with the Crocodile Dundee boomerang and cheetah lining in the doors. I asked if it was authentic skin and the owner assured me it was real cheetah. Then, gotta love ending up

at some of the most off-thebeaten-path places doing things like drinking alcohol out of a quarter-scale toilet bowl at Circus Circus while a guy sings “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” by the Crash Test Dummies, or getting yelled at through a bullhorn by psycho bartenders at Hogs & Heifers. After a night of madness, I did manage to get a great pic under the Vegas sign with a good Davidoff Dominican cigar… In the end, I was proud of Super Street for a strong showing and being involved in so many things. It was fun following rock star Sam Du around SEMA. Godspeed, my fellow friends, and see you this November. – MF

WET WILLIES Our general manager, Willie Yee, takes a break from making milliondollar sales to tell us his top three cars. ii1. Since HKS is a JDM brand that will always have a place in my heart, it was great to see its booth representation at SEMA. Sporting the OG splash graphics, the fully equipped GT-R has sparked dreams of me doing another build. Someday…

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ii2. I’m not a Porsche owner yet because I’ve always wanted the “newest” 911 Turbo that I couldn’t afford. But seeing Jon Sibal’s 911 (among all the others) has me kicking myself that I never “just got” an older 911 before today’s crazy demand and high prices.

ii3. Not your normal Super Street affair, but this TRD Highlander has given me inspiration to build a daily-driver SUV of my own—with 20” TE37s, of course!


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8 THINGS I

HATED ABOUT SEMA ’15 WORDS & PHOTOS Mike Sabounchi

Last year when I wrote my “10 Things I Hated about SEMA ’14” article, there was a ton of shit to talk about. However, this year it seems like the powers that be listened to my cries and changed a ton of things. There were bathroom partitions, more food trucks, and the quality of

1. CELEBRITY SIGNINGS I say this every year, and every year people don’t seem to listen. Just look at this fucked-up crowd all waiting for an autograph and a poster from some douche canoe. Really? Aren’t you guys supposed to be meeting companies and ordering car parts? They must be waiting for Guy Fieri or something.

cars displaying was dramatically increased. Kudos to you, SEMA. With that said, there was still some stuff that left me shaking my head throughout my week in Sin City. So let’s dive into the list, shall we?

2. EMPTY BOOTHS I was at this booth in the “Performance Pavilion” at 10 a.m. on the last day of the show and there was literally no one there. Maybe I walked all the way over there because I wanted a jacket with a Cobra Kai logo on the back or maybe I didn’t. We will never know because they weren’t even there. On top of that…WTF does this even have to do with anything SEMA related? Aren’t there already a ton of T-shirt stores in town? Who’s idea was this?

4. LUGGAGE

3. HOVERBOARD THINGS There is so much wrong with this photo, I can’t even... The guy in the wheelchair is holding a hoverboard while being pushed by a guy on a hoverboard. I’m just going to stop there while I collect the pieces of my blown mind from looking at this.

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This may seem like a stretch for one of the things to hate, but have you ever walked into someone’s roller suitcase when you’re sprinting for the bathroom to get last night’s booze out of your system? Well, it hurts and it sucks. Listen, people—check your luggage in at the front desk of your hotel or check it in at the show. There are bag check stations everywhere.


5. ELECTRIC SCOOTERS These things are the epitome of lazy at SEMA. If you rented one of these things, I hate you.

6. LACK OF CHAIRS AND TABLES I can go on forever about how upset this makes me, but just around the corner from where this photo was taken lays a really popular sandwich shop in the South Hall. When you pay $9 for a gas station sandwich at SEMA, it would be nice to have a place to sit and eat it. Obviously, there’s room for chairs and tables, but I guess the people at the convention center would prefer us to sit on the floor and eat.

7. THE MONORAIL LINE!!! This year was the first year that Uber and Lyft were allowed in Vegas during SEMA—you would think that would help alleviate the line for the monorail, but it didn’t. In fact, I think the line got worse since last year. Once you take the escalators up to the top of the monorail station, the attendants/security guards/cattle wranglers have everyone fan out to form seven different lines to squeeze back into one line to ride another escalator. I have no clue what the reasoning behind this was…

8. WHEEL NAMES I’ll give you a dollar if you can tell me how to correctly pronounce that name “Ferra, Ferraua, Ferr-not gonna work here anymore that’s for sure.”

“SHLK—The Leader of Wheel”—leading you straight to Alibaba.

“Damn, dog, those Borghini wheels are D-Cent.” I really wish I could’ve come up with more to shake my grumpy finger at during SEMA ’15. Maybe this year, I’ll find some Borghini wheels for my hoverboard while I’m waiting in the monorail line for a celebrity signing. Or maybe I’ll just stop complaining and enjoy the show.

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VEGAS WA WORDS Albert Roxas PHOTOS Sam Du, Albert Roxas

It was only four years ago that the first Rauh-Welt Begriff builds were spotted at SEMA—two in total including Mark Arcenal of Fatlace’s Pandora One. Last November, RWB founder Akira Nakai and the family rolled deep to Las Vegas with a total of 11 cars! That’s a lot of RWBs to have in once place, unless you’re at Motegi during the Idlers 12-hour endurance race. In no particular order, here are the awesomely wide 11:

“JENNABELLE” of the Part of RWB L.A., Jennabelle is actually the name 993 owner’s dog. We dig the BBS E88 wheels, and this giant the sport that builds RWB few is also one of the Kamiwaza double-decker wing.

“NEED4SPEED” relaunch. The design is This 964 is built as part of the Need for Speed game r Magnus Walker along with a collaboration of Porsche restorer and collecto Nakai-San.

“RWB ATLANTA” We suppose this 964 hails from Atlanta. It’s also the first RWB to run the latest Rotiform HUR wheel and also sports a slick Akira Nakai emblem on the passenger fender. “PANDORA ONE” One of the originals, Mark Arcenal’s Pandora One 964 Turbo conversion has seen three color changes in its lifetime. Currently, it’s rocking Rotiform MLW wheels.

RWB FAST FACTS

• All kits are installed by Nakai himself. • “Rauh-Welt Begriff” is German for “Rough World Concept.” • Nakai made his start with hachirokus, not Porsches.

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“RAUHART” Quite possibly the cleanest and best RWB to date with Nardo Grey paint. The 964 rolls on Work Meister wheels. We hear the owner is quite the stud as well. Ahem…Jon Sibal…


AS ROUGH! ALL 11 RWB PORSCHES FROM SEMA ’15

“HOLLYWOOD1” We all know about this 964 with fifteen52 wheels styled after the BBS Turbo Fin Covers.

“73RSR” Started life as a true 911/G50 model as opposed to the customary 964 (My personal fav! – SD).

“IFORGED” Vincent Wong of iForged’s personal car—his third RWB sure of the car’s name, but build. We’re not we’ll name it iForged for Vince!

“PINK PONY” it! 964 named after a strip club in Atlanta…gotta love

Featured in last , old VW Bus color… “CREAMINZ” camouflage interior most detailed RWB builds to date! s, ITB e rom -ch Neo 911 is still one of the month’s issue, this

“SINISTER” Porsche exclusive Acid green color, originally developed for the 918. This 993 was a pure showstopper.

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SEMA veterans tell me they’ve never experienced a rainy day at the event. Low and behold, it rained midweek and brought in quite the chilly weather. I rocked GReddy’s newest Boost Brigade gear to keep me warm and dry. Also, you’ll want to make sure you have proper attire when you’re going to a club. I wasn’t able to get into Tao because of my Jordans. Thanks to the unofficial mayor of Las Vegas, Sam Du, my friends and I got into Hakkasan.

When showroom floors close, you’ll want to get back to your hotel to unwind and freshen up. If you don’t have the patience to wait in a taxi line or fight for space in a monorail, the alternative taxi company is there for you. This year, Uber even set up pick-up and drop-off zones (How cool is that?!–SD).

Good Walking Shoes

ChapStick After all, Las Vegas is essentially a desert. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a few booths giving out ChapStick. OS Giken hooked it up with a few and saved me when my lips were getting dry.

According to my iPhone Health application, I was walking an average of 9 miles each day at SEMA. It would be best if you had good walking shoes. I bought a pair Nike Rosches because they’re comfortable and look good. Apparently the inspiration comes from “Roshi,” a word used to reference Zen masters. Surprisingly, they let me into nightclubs wearing them, which makes it a perfect shoe to wear on the showroom and dance floor.

Eye-Fi Memory Card I love my Canon 5D Mark III, but it still lacks a few features the new cameras have, such as camera-to-phone connectivity. Luckily, a company called Eye-Fi has a dope memory card that gives me the ability to transfer photos straight to my phone. It connects through Wi-Fi and is available as an SD card.

Food Alternatives Don’t let the glamorous lights fool you. There’s great food not too far from the strip. Vegas has a great array of Asian food, including Lotus of Siam, District One, and good old Pho Kim Long. If you’re not craving Asian food, hit up Hash House a Go Go inside the Linq for great breakfast or Ellis Island Casino for an insanely good king cut prime rib at only $14.99. You want this; you know you do.

Portable Chargers If you’re a social media whore like we are, you’ll most likely drain your batteries from all the Instagram posts or useless clubbing Snapchats. Having an external battery will go a long way when you’ll need to know where the parties are at or when you just need to drunk call the side bae. Chargers are pretty inexpensive nowadays, and sizes can range from as small as a lipstick case to as big as a brick.

Favorite Car: Fugu Z Water Bottles You’ll be doing a lot of walking at SEMA. Make some space for a water bottle. This year, SEMA gave away stainless steel bottles for media guests, which became useful when I was far from a vending machine or didn’t want to wait in line at the café.

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No, I’m not picking this car because it belongs to Sung Kang (Your photo suggests otherwise...–SD). For a while, I’ve been thinking how played out the widebody game is. But wide fender flares almost belong on an old-school car like the Datsun 240Z. I’ve always been a fan of retrofitting newer technology to improve old cars, so I have to give props to GReddy and Sung for building such an amazing car.


YOU GOTTA GO DOWNTOWN BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS

WORDS & PHOTOS Mike Sabounchi SEMA brings out the entire automotive community and their mothers, yet every year it seems the 4.2 miles of the strip get more and more crowded with people looking for the same thing. That section of town may be just fine for Vegas first-timers and sightseers (Hey, I’m there, too! – SD), but you can find me in a part of town that lies just a

couple miles north of the Vegas glitz and glamour…DOWNTOWN! I prefer to cruise downtown for a ton of reasons, but I’ll keep it simple for the sake of brevity. Downtown Vegas is weird…and I love it! If you’re not staying in a hotel downtown, I recommend you MUST do the following steps:

1. Get dropped off at the Golden Nugget, walk out back, turn to your left, and start walking. 2. Enjoy cheap drinks. A shot and a beer at most places is around $6. On the strip, you pay anywhere between $10-15 for a drink.

5. Witness a whole bunch of weirdness in between.

OTHER DTLV ATTRACTIONS

Downtown Container Park. It’s basically a bunch of shipping containers brought into one place that have been turned into restaurants and shops. Pretty dope! Fremont Lights. Four city blocks draped with 12.5-million lights. Take that, Cosmo!

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3. Watch the street performers. Most are usually topless. Also, gamble at $5 tables. Hours of fun without breaking the bank! (Bernice and I have had good luck at The D Las Vegas – SD)

6. The downtown strip is filled with so many bars and casinos that you will be able to get completely hammered, eat a meal, sober up, and do it all over again for less than $80. In fact, one night during SEMA, it was my goal to cruise downtown and take photos of all the things that keep Downtown Vegas rad. Unfortunately, I ended up getting pretty hammered and all I got was this blurry photo of the Roadkill film crew and mini-Mr. T. Next SEMA, look for me cruising downtown because I’d rather spend $40 on pizza, Fernet, beers, and gambling than blowing it all on a cover entrance for a club. (Roll with Sam and you won't have to pay a cent! -JT

4. Eat one of the best donuts of your life from O’Face Donuts located just on the outskirts of downtown. They serve a warm lox and cream cheese donut that is literally worth dying for.

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iiDid we mention Sony knows how to throw one kickass party, too? This year’s was poppin’ off until 3 a.m. at Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan!

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VICTORY! SUNG KANG WINS THE 13TH

ANNUAL SONY GT AWARDS WORDS Sam Du PHOTOS Soiree X Social There’s a helluva lot that goes on during SEMA week, including a number of award ceremonies. We won’t bore you with who won SEMA’s New Product Award or all the muscle cars nominated in other competitions. What we will tell you is the 411 on a rivalry we’ve paid close attention to for the last 13 years—the Sony Gran Turismo Awards. The GT Awards puts five cars from different worlds against each other (Asian Import, Euro, Domestic, Truck, and Hot Rod). This year, I had the honor of judging “Best Asian Import.” After my tally, the final score sheet read Sung Kang’s 240Z, and what happened next wasn’t quite unexpected… After each car is nominated in its respective category, head honcho of Gran Turismo, Kazunori Yamauchi, picks the overall winner. The grand prize? The winning vehicle becomes an actual car in a future Gran Turismo game that players can actually drive. It’s been years since a Japanese car won the entire competition, but low and behold, Sung’s Fugu Z just happened to take the gold. It’s nice to know Kazunori and I see eye to eye... He’s got good taste!

Congrats to all the winners, and if you’re building a car for this year’s SEMA, don’t forget to register early for a chance to be featured in one of the most respected driving simulators in video game history!

OVERALL WINNER, BEST ASIAN IMPORT

SUNG KANG’S ’73 DATSUN 240Z y-built RB26DE; Volk HIGHLIGHTS TRA Kyoto widebody kit; GRedd ne knows as Han Racing TE37V wheels; owned by a guy everyo

iiBig ups to Kenji Sumino and the rest of the GReddy team—one of the reasons the Fugu Z came together!


iiii THE RUNNERS-UP BEST DOMESTIC

DAVID SALVAGGIO ’70 DODGE CHARGER and interior; full HIGHLIGHTS custom carbon-fiber exterior engine; 1,650 hp custom frame; twin-turbo 9.0L Mercury Racing (Holy shiznit!)

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BEST HOT ROD

BRETT BEHRENS ’78 FORD MUSTANG HIGHLIGHTS V-10 power; rear-mounted transaxle; C6 Corvette suspension; 50/50 weight distribution; 396 and 475 lb-ft of torque; simply badass

BEST EURO MICHAEL BURROUGHS ’85 BMW 535I chassis; HIGHLIGHTS Group 5–inspired widebody; tube centerlock wheels; race-prepped S38 straight-six engine; BBS resurrected from the dead

TERRY ROSE ’68 CHEVROLE T C10 PRO-TOURING HIGHLIGHTS supercharged LS3; 700 hp; custom chassis on coilovers; more than 50 custom body modifications; ’55 Chevy dash swap; classic looks with race car performance

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WORDS Aiden G PHOTOS SS Staff Fugu Z is a bit of an anomaly. On one hand, it is singlehandedly one of ’15’s most celebrated project cars. On the other, it is just that: one person’s project car, albeit a very famous person’s cherished project. If you were to strip away all the hype, the media (social media in most of this) coverage, flashing lights, and everything and everyone it took to get Fugu Z where it is today, it’s nothing more than a simple S30 chassis and its most basic essentials: a motor, suspension, a somewhat there interior. Regardless of these things, Fugu Z is a great project with a sincere backstory. Aside from being a project belonging to Sung Kang (yes, that Sung Kang), this car represents more than its famous owner. There are plenty of things you can see online to give you more than you need to know about the who/why/what of the build, and it would be beyond repetitive to repeat it here. To those thinking he used his status to build a car for free, you’d be dead wrong. Did his name help establish the right connections to build one of the best projects to come along in recent memory? You bet your ass it did. Fugu Z wasn’t intended to become a SEMA sensation. It was supposed to be a car three best friends could work on together on weekends with the one hopeful intention

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of taking it to a track event. It just so happened that it would evolve into the phenomenon it is now because of the team that came to be, to help bring it to life and far beyond a weekend racer. In the very capable hands of GReddy is where this story really begins to take off. Sung took a couple tries but found the right donor car in Southern California, the perfect donor car that had no major accidents and needed but a little love to get it where it is today. Together, Sung (with his two best friends) with the guidance of Kenji Sumino (and support of the GReddy team), pulled everything off the car, had the chassis stitch-welded, the incoming engine lined up for proper fitment, and a custom rollcage set in place, all before it could be sent to Signature Autobody’s for its paint restoration. That silky Kilimanjaro White paint—it’s an original Datsun color. And the aero—a very appropriate Rocket Bunny/Pandem creation, one that fits the Z’s original lines nicely. After spending a little time in the paint booth, the Z made its way back to GReddy, where the countdown to finish the car in time for SEMA begins. One by one, it goes back together. First, it’s the suspension and brakes, a rather simple setup with coilover struts/adjustable ride height springs, new controls arms, and stiffer bracing. The good thing about a restoration like this, particularly on the S30 chassis, is that it needs very little in the way of parts to get it up and running. The brakes are large, nothing overkill, fits into the Volk Racing TE37Vs and beefy Nitto tire setup perfectly. Other small touches, like the custom Fugu Z calipers, are a very nice addition to the overall theme. The engine bay is another one of Fugu Z’s most dynamic features. OK, so this isn’t rocking some period-correct L-series— even the RB26 has been decommissioned to go without its turbos. It’s not so much a decision of trying to be different with a naturally aspirated RB26 with individual throttle bodies, but more in keeping true to the older Z’s legacy: The RB keeps it Nissan but the more famed Z’s were carbureted or had ITBs. Additionally, the cylinder head (and nearly half the motor) is set up for lower compression, which negates having the need for turbos. The engine design, exhaust, and tuning are all extremely unique to Fugu Z, which makes this N/A RB26 even more special.

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iiGReddy built the RB26 powerplant in naturally aspirated form. On the open road, the Fugu Z should rev up to 10,000+rpm!


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’72 DATSUN 240Z

iiSung Kang did the honors of showing the world the finished product at GReddy HQ.

OWNER SUNG KANG HOMETOWN LOS ANGELES, CA OCCUPATION ACTOR ENGINE GReddy-spec RB26DE with custom HyTech exhaust and stainless manifold; TSR Fab fuel tank modification; Aeromotive fuel pump, filter and pressure regulator; GReddy fuel rail and oil cooler kits; Koyo radiator; GReddy/XRP plumbing; Mckinney mount kit DRIVETRAIN RB25 five-speed manual transmission with OS Giken twin-plate clutch, flywheel, limited-slip differential; Mckinney driveshaft and transmission kit; R200 rear differential conversion; Techno Toys custom CV axles ENGINE MANAGEMENT AEM Infiniti ECU, PnP harness; Wiring Specialties custom RB harness kit FOOTWORK & CHASSIS Techno Toys complete suspension kit; reinforced chassis with frame rail upgrades and welded-in rollcage by GReddy BRAKES Techno Toys big brake upgrade; master cylinder upgrade WHEELS & TIRES 17” RAYS TE37V wheels; Nitto NT01 tires EXTERIOR TRA Kyoto Pandem widebody kit INTERIOR Carbon Signal carbon-fiber dash, door panels, center console, control panel, seats; GReddy floor panel; Takata Racing harnesses

“It just flows and when you sit in it, it feels like what the car wants it to be. I feel connected to Mr. K Katayama.” – Sung Kang

iiThe team at GReddy worked around the clock to finish the Fugu Z before its unveiling the week before SEMA in Orange County.

iiUpon closer inspection, you can see the precision on the rollcage and the beauty of the carbon-fiber interior.

iiThe word “Fugu” refers to a cut of poisonous blowfish sushi. If not prepared correctly, the sushi can kill you. Sung carries this ideology over to his Z—don’t prepare a car properly and it can kill you as well!

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Fugu Z’s interior is a minimal display of new-school craftsmanship on an old-school template. Most of the pieces were sent to Dubai for custom carbon-fiber accenting or leather reskinning, and the gauges, steering wheel, and bucket seats all have custom Fugu Z logos. No stereo equipment, it’s not needed. This studio space is all for the driver (and a lucky passenger) to explore on an open road… Completing Fugu Z was not without its small hiccups. Up until the weekend before SEMA, leading up to the reveal party at GReddy’s headquarters in SoCal, the GReddy team literally worked around the clock to have the car start up in time for the covers to be pulled off. The engine’s kinks were worked out, a light tune brought it to life, and the last remaining Fugu Z emblems were proudly put into place by Sung himself. You could see the excitement in his eyes and you felt every emotion as he and the GReddy team introduced the car to the public that night. But the car still had one final destination: SEMA. Though the original intent was to drive the car from Orange County to Las Vegas, since the engine wasn’t finely tuned, it had to be towed up. Along the way, Sung did manage to stretch Fugu Z’s legs on some of the desert’s open roads, and once in Sam Du’s hometown, took a few victory laps on the Strip before it was time to bring it inside SEMA. At SEMA, it was obvious that Fugu Z was the star of the show, which is particularly rare these days for an import in a massive sea of finely crafted domestics and the onslaught of modified trucks. The crowds gathered for a closer look all week long, some curious to see the owner but most purely for the car. It even caught the attention of a certain Kazunori Yamauchi, a game designer you know best for having created the Gran Turismo series, who at each SEMA goes around to find the best cars for each of their respective categories in an effort to award a “Best in Show” grand prize—this winner gets to have his car featured in an upcoming release of the game. Fugu Z nailed the “Best Asian Import” trophy and at the GT Awards party was unanimously given the “Best in Show”; it’s guaranteed you will have the ability to pilot your own Fugu Z in the near future. Though Sung, the GReddy team, and his friends were all surprised and excited by the outcome and positive feedback at SEMA, this is merely the first stage in a long life we expect from Fugu Z. More seat time and tuning are needed, and there is the original mission, to bring the car to a track for a bit of weekend fun. Bringing the car past its stanchions, out where it really belongs...that may be (and we hope is) where Sung feels most connected to his car.


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HOW INDUSTRY FRIENDS DO SEMA WEEK PART 1 EDDIE LEE’S 10 FAVORITE MOMENTS Instagram @ed_funk Occupation General Manager of Mackin Industries

ii1. @ogmonger and I about to hit Marquee for Halloween—pre-SEMA partying.

ii2. Harry and Juan (@iharrykong and @jdmwong) straight out of somewhere.

ii6. Party is in full effect—Gushi, Fred, and some model (Our bae Constance! – SD).

ii7. We shut down a counterfeit wheel company at SEMA—thank you, social media for bringing it to our attention!

ii3. Ken Gushi/GReddy Scion FR-S going in our booth!

ii8. Special Lotus of Siam delivery at SEMA. Steve getting his ravagery on.

ii4. Awesome shirt to see at the show.

ii9. NISMO GT-R in our booth on new Volk G25 Edge wheels.

ii5. Our Pikes Peak FR-S with a new heart transplant. Going back in ’16!

ii10. The GF and I hanging out for the weekend after SEMA—our tradition! (Congrats, Eddie! – SD)

FOOD ADVENTURES AND MORE WITH JUSTIN FONG Instagram @jf0ng Occupation President/Co-founder of AutoCon SEMA Appearance 5th Best Parties Tuesday at Omnia Nightclub for Martin Garrix; Thursday at Hakkasan for Chainsmokers Strangest Thing A drunk dude asking all the females to sign his ass with a sharpie marker. Wildest Memory One year, I went too hard at one of the SEMA parties where I ended up locking myself in a stall, yacking my brains out, and passing out. I wasn’t found until the club closed and the janitors were cleaning out the restrooms. Once they realized there was someone in the stall, they pulled me out and put me into a wheelchair where I was taken by the club’s staff to the front lobby. Surprisingly, I remembered my room number and told them where I was staying, and the staff put me in a cab and phoned the hotel I was on the way… Never again... SEMA Tip Drink lots of water and sleep with your eyes open.

TOP 3 CARS

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ii#SnowBunny/Rocket Bunny NSX

iiDouble Smoke Shake burger at Shake Shack

iiCrispy duck egg noodles at Lotus of Siam

TOP 3 MEALS

iiOxtail Loco Moco at District One

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iiDominic Le’s Hakotora


4-DAY HUSTLE WITH LUKE MUNNELL Instagram @lukemunnell Occupation freelance writer/ photographer; Import Tuner alumni It’s the one time of the year when nearly all of the automotive aftermarket, and some of its most supportive OEs, converge on a single location to talk business. No awkward email introductions, social media requests, or rushed pitches at events. And after my first full year of working as a freelance photographer and writer, I was looking forward to see old friends, make new friends, and show everyone in iPad Retina color what I’d been up to.

DAY #1 0 hours: By the time I got through enough client work to focus on my SEMA plans, I decided I had 36 hours to comb through a year’s worth of images, load them to my iPad, pack my gear, and get a night of sleep before setting off on the drive from L.A.—plenty of time… +28 hours: After just over a day of working straight (with a power nap and some Netflix in the mix), I had selected and edited half of my favorite images from the past year. +30 hours: I finally figured out how to upload them all to my iPad. Pro tip: Apple OS sorts them chronologically by “date modified,” since that makes the least sense. +31 hours: No time for sleep. Packed clothes for five days, my camera gear, my rain gear (we’ll get into that later), a bunch of lighting equipment and detail supplies, plus even some suit jackets, which usually only happens when I’m going to traffic court. Shoved it all in the car, pumped a tank of gas, and headed out on the open road with five hours before the start of the show. +34 hours: I was driving my new beater: a ’00 Honda Accord V-6, green with tan leather, automatic, bone stock. Before you laugh, I ii12 shots should be picked it up for enough to stay awake. $1K in great shape and can fix anything that will ever break on it. But at this moment, I was amazed at the gas mileage it was getting! More than 200 miles uphill, at speeds that would send me back to traffic court, and I was only down a quarter tank. “Wait a minute,” I thought. “That’s way too good!” I gave the dash a closed-fist tap and watched the needle unstick and fall below the “E.” Fear and loathing crept in, and I was nowhere near Las Vegas, or a gas station.

+35 Hours: I hypermiled for the next hour, averaging 40 mph while waiting for my J30A to gasp her last breath. But she never did. Instead, I coasted into a remote gas station with a “waterfall urinal” (weird for anywhere but the desert) north of Baker, filled up with $4.50/gal 87-octane, and hit the road again. +36 Hours: Finally made it. I attended my first SEMA show as a staff editor at Import Tuner in ’07, when it was still largely an import-heavy event and before the financial crisis thinned it out. This year’s was the biggest SEMA I’ve seen since, but the imports were few and far between. Not a bad thing; the rice was largely gone and the real gems shined among their domestic and European brethren. +48 hours: My grand plans for a night of prime rib, open-bar parties, and rampant female companionship were outbid by my need for sleep, so I called it a night and prepared for the next day. Two days with no sleep. Not bad. Eight years ago, I would’ve made it three.

iiOS Giken’s flawless black Datsun 240Z: powered by the company’s first TC24-B1 engine to reach the U.S. (a remastered crate engine based on the L24).

iiMico Motorsports’ twin-charged GP Subaru WRX STI: Not a lot of coverage of this one, since it was buried way in the back, but it was as impressive as the best of them.

DAY #2 This was also the coldest SEMA week I can remember. It was clear, for the most part, except for the exact hours of the GRC race I was due to shoot: 5-9 p.m. that Wednesday. Steady rain, wind, and lightning delayed the start, but eventually the green flag dropped and I was actually excited to put that rain gear to use—racing in the rain looks awesome in photos, and it usually means a little extra excitement for the fans. For more than 100 images of the carnage that ensued, search for our “2015 Red Bull Global RallyCross, Las Vegas” article on superstreetonline.com. You betta buhleve I got my partying and female companionship on after all that.

DAY #3 I finally had a chance to find and shoot some of my favorite imports of the show:

DAY #4 With my professional obligations out of the way, I took a personal day and put those iPad presentations to work. I found a bunch of my shots displayed throughout the show, caught up with old friends, and even made some new ones. For seven years, I’ve seen this show largely through a viewfinder, pressed for time. It was a whole different experience being able to take some time to enjoy it. After a trip to my favorite Vegas food spot—Aloha Specialties, in the California Hotel downtown—with friend and Super Street alum Nate Hassler (and his new bride Lisa Linke!), I set off for the open road once again, this time with the satisfaction of notching one more successful SEMA show in my belt. And that might be the best feeling of all. Mission accomplished.

SELFIES WITH SARA CHOI Instagram @sara.choi r Occupation model; S2000 owne

iiMad Mike Whiddett’s four-rotor FD competition car: Proving that a proper race car can look right at home on the show floor. iiSara vs. Sarah @sarahspelledsarah

iiARK Performance model for the week

iiPre-Marquee moment


WHO’S THE “BOSS”? E EM PR SU S N G EI R Y N N U B ET K C O R WORDS Bob Hernandez PHOTOS SS Staff In ’12, you couldn’t walk SEMA without seeing a Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ dressed in Rocket Bunny. Tolerance for these widebody conversions seemed to grow thin over the last few years—until Kei Miura of TRA Kyoto broke the Internet with a wild throwback-styled kit for the Nissan S14 240SX, better known as the “Boss” kit. We’ve seen a handful of these conversions show up in Japan as well as an example at Final Bout II, but it’s SEMA where we expected to see several “Boss”-equipped cars unveiled, including from pro drifter Corey Hosford. Admittedly, all four cars that debuted looked a lot sharper than many expected, including us! All Rocket Bunny kits include all the necessary pieces for a straightforward widebody conversion. The “Boss” kit for the S14 adds a different front bumper, hood, front grille, headlights, and headlight mounts—turning a run-of-the-mill Nissan into a ’70s-era Plymouth Barracuda/Dodge Challengerlooking badass. So which “Boss” wore it best?! You be the judge!

iiThe many pieces of Rocket Bunny “Boss”… The kit is available from our friends at GReddy, but it doesn’t come cheap, as it retails for around $4,300.

iiROBB FERGUSON. Tucked away between the Central and North Halls sat Robb Ferguson’s S14. It’s perhaps our favorite Boss build of the bunch with a KA turbo as well as many more goodies. We loved Robb’s car so much, well, just flip the page to see his full feature!

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iiCOREY HOSFORD. The Formula Drift driver’s S14, displayed in the Auto Meter booth, was done up in pseudoRichard Petty livery. Each corner rocked fifteen52’s new Formula wheels. Under the hood is a 6.5L LSX V-8 mill built by Mast Motorsports that will eventually get turbocharged. Corey’s goal is to surpass the 1,000hp mark, which should come in handy if he hopes to drift the car. iiAUTOFASHION USA. Front and center in the ENEOS booth, the Autofashion S14 is dropped on SSR TF1 rims and sports some very cool custom touches such as the carbonfiber grille and front lip with ducts designed to replicate a Bluebird 510. The KA motor that was once in the bay has been replaced with a 6.2L LS3 V-8.

iiWILL BLANCO. Posted up in the Toyo Treadpass, this ’98 240SX is outfitted with Rennen Forged MV20 wheels and Air Lift suspension. Under the hood is a built SR20 with a TOMEI turbo kit. Will also tells us he plans to bring the car out to some grassroots drift events this year. On air suspension? Should be interesting!


THE BIGGEST BOSS THAT YOU SEEN THUS FAR WITH THE SUPPORT OF TRA KYOTO AND TOMEI, ROB FERGUSON UNVEILS HIS ’70S-RACER-INSPIRED NISSAN 240SX WORDS & PHOTOS Mike Sabounchi

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There are few people in the car scene who have as much energy and enthusiasm over all things Nissan 240SX as Robb Ferguson. He is literally an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to the S-chassis platform. Luckily, I can say I’ve had the pleasure of knowing this guy before he built this shred machine, so seeing this build come out of nowhere for SEMA blew my mind! The story starts four years ago when Robb made plans to build a perfectly good, daily-driven S14 sitting in his garage. He had zero desire to run an SR20 but had always dreamed of the TOMEI KA24-DET turbo setup since he was a young chap. Following his dreams, he befriended the fellas at TOMEI—and the rest was history. TOMEI developed a factory-quality turbo kit for Robb and also arranged a meeting with Kei Muira (aka Mr. Rocket Bunny himself) to discuss using a Rocket Bunny kit on the car for the big show in Vegas. “I had heard of the Boss kit before the reveal and upon seeing it, I knew it would be the only thing that could convince me not to run a Zenki front end,” Robb explained. “I instantly recognized the design influence from the B110 Sunny. So this light bulb went off… I could make my car look like a Sunny that TOMEI raced in the ’70s.” Since Robb also happens to be extremely talented in the world of car art, he decided to sketch a mock of what he thought the new Rocket Bunny Boss kit might look like. During his first meeting with Miura-san, Robb presented his drawing to Miura and was immediately greeted with laughter and disbelief. It turns out, the drawing was identical to the Boss kit Miura had envisioned. Mind you, this is before the rendering had been released to the public! We kid you not, these two literally argued over whose photo/drawing it was. I wish I were there for that conversation. I can imagine it was mostly pointing and tons of confused faces because of the language barrier! Nonetheless, they finally agreed that it was impossible for Robb to see what Miura had planned, and fate just somehow brought them together. At the end of the meeting, Miura negotiated a sweet deal on a complete Rocket Bunny Boss body kit for Robb, just as

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iiDatsun badges pay homage to its ’70s racer-inspired look.


iiKeeping his dream alive, Robb completed a 450hp KA turbo with the help of TOMEI.

iiOh, my attention to detail!

long as he could have the drawing and have his car confirmed at SEMA. Don’t you just love a happy ending? Once Robb got the kit green lit, it was time for him to turn his attention to every other part of the project. First things first, he gutted the car and dropped it off at GS Werks to get the bad boy ’caged. The attention to detail on the ’cage is one of my favorite pieces of this build. I love how the door bars follow the seat line and the driver’s seating position. Pretty badass! After the ’cage was done, he let the hands of Robkabob paint his car in BASF Datsun gold as a throwback to its roots. The interior was wrapped and stitched by Frasier Auto

iiJDM Stamp of approval from TOMEI.

Upholstery. They even trimmed the door panels to fit around the door bars of the ’cage and then finished them off by wrapping them in leather. Classy move, Robb. While the interior was getting worked on, the engine was prepped by Bluemoon Performance. Everything has been addressed: new pistons and rods via CP and Carrillo, plus the top end received love from Brian Crower. The boost is provided by a TOMEI turbo and tubular manifold all blowing through a GReddy downpipe and a TOMEI titanium test pipe and exhaust. Once all the hard parts were taken care of, Robb got back to work in his garage and assembled everything with the help

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iiRobb and Miura-san’s first meeting. Robb is an artist by trade and hand-drew what he wanted his S14 to look like—even before Miura had unveiled the Rocket Bunny Boss kit!

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iiThe interior of Robb’s S14 is equally awesome with custom vinyl upholstery, hand-stitched dash, and more.

iiLegit Bride Histrix buckets made of carbon fiber and pure awesomeness.

iiShall we up the boost?

OWNER ROBB FERGUSON HOMETOWN ORANGE COUNTY, CA OCCUPATION ARTIST, DESIGNER, BUILDER POWER 450 hp ENGINE KA24DE with CP pistons; Carrillo PRO-H rods; ATI damper crank pulley; Brian Crower oversized valves, guides, dual valvesprings, titanium retainers; TOMEI multi-layer metal head gasket, prototype cams, M8270 turbo, bottom-mount tubular manifold, SR20 turbo elbow, titanium test pipe, exhaust; Xcessive Engineering intake manifold; Q45 throttle body; GReddy SR20 oil pan, fuel rail, oil relocation kit, swirl pot, catch can, coolant overflow tank, intake, Type 24 Spec R intercooler, Type R blow-off valve, downpipe; Injector Dynamics ID1000 injectors; Walbro 255lph fuel pump; CSF radiator, external oil cooler; DC Power alternator; engine work performed by Bluemoon Performance DRIVETRAIN ACT clutch and flywheel; Driveshaftshop aluminum one-piece driveshafts; TOMEI Technical Trax Advance two-way limited-slip differential; GReddy differential cover ENGINE MANAGEMENT A’PEXi Power FC SUSPENSION Powertrix RT coilovers; Swift springs; custom rollcage, fender braces and stitch welding by GS Werks; SPL PRO Suspension control arms; alignment by Corner3 Motorsports Garage BRAKES front Z32 upgrade with slotted rotors and steel braided lines; Winmax pads WHEELS & TIRES 17x10” -28 front, 17x10.5” -36 rear Work Seeker GX wheels; 225/40R17 front, 275/40R17 rear Yokohama S.drive tires EXTERIOR Rocket Bunny Boss kit; paint, bodywork by Rob Smith at Robkabob Designs; BASF Datsun gold paint; Downstar mounting hardware; Vitaloni mirrors; LED Kouki S14 taillights; multi-layer vinyl by superwowfactory.com INTERIOR full custom vinyl by Frasier Auto Upholstery; custom carpet kit with vintage thick black loop; hand-stitched dash, center console, armrest, door panels; headliner upholstered in perforated black vinyl; customized door panels; Bride Histrix carbon-fiber bucket seats, side-mount seat rails; Retro Sound stereo system with Bluetooth connectivity; TOMEI steering wheel; Works Bell quickrelease and hub; Speedhut gauges integrated to stock cluster THANKS YOU my supportive group of family, friends and sponsors that believed in my vision; my beautiful girlfriend, Hunter, for her love and support; my brother Andrew at GReddy and Honeymoon Garage for making this possible in more ways than one; Tyler Barnick, Kenny Isa, John Capati for helping me put this thing together in my garage in just 2.5 days before SEMA; Mark and Ramon at Frasier for the beautiful interior; Dan, Rob, Nep and Phil at GS Werks/ Robkabob for all their hard work; Eiji and Sasaki for taking the first steps in this build with me—without them this would not have been possible

of his brother and three of his closest friends. “Great things are seldom done alone,” he told us. “I am lucky to have such a tight group of hardworking family and friends that motivate me. Being passionate and helping others enjoy their projects is what I believe being a car enthusiast is all about.” We couldn’t have said it, or done it, any better Robb. Perhaps the hardest part of the build was keeping it a secret until its reveal in Vegas. Even I didn’t know about this car and I’ve been over to his house many times! In the end, the goal for Robb’s 240 was to showcase what can be done using the highest quality parts from many different sources as well as what a solid group of enthusiasts can accomplish with the right vision and enough dedication. This car wasn’t just simply slapped together with free shit from any company he could get parts from. Each piece on this car serves a purpose and is done correctly, and that’s why Robb’s S14 is truly the boss.

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SEMA DIARIES

HOW SUPER STREET MODELS DO SEMA WEEK ERICA NAGASHIMA Instagram @ericanagashima Published SS December ’14, July ’15 (Miss Super Street) SEMA Appearance 4th Hotel of Choice I stayed at the SLS this year and it was my first time. I really liked the rooms and the excellent mirror lighting for selfies. There was also a cute monkey bar right outside my elevator, which came in handy a few times. Food Craving Secret Pizza at Cosmopolitan! Their spicy sausage is ridiculous. Also, my favorite sandwich in the world is from Delights in the MGM Signature! Wildest Memory My first year, when SEMA fell on Halloween and it was just utter debauchery. That’s as much as I’m gonna say! SEMA Tip Take the monorail! Never try and get taxis, and usually parking is crazy expensive. Also, I decided on a fourdrink-per-night maximum—never got a hangover!

ii@fadillos, our incredible driver from Indonesia, about to take over the U.S.!

iiWith my lovely roommate @thejessicadraven.

iiSecret Pizza at the Cosmo. Mmmmmmm!

iiThese ladies and I took over Hakkasan.

iiFeeling really cool with our ear pieces.

SYDNEY MALER Instagram @sydneyamaler Published SS March ’15, August ’15 SEMA Appearance 2nd Favorite Meal I’m from San Diego, hence it figures my favorite meal was the daily California burritos from a food truck on the Toyo Treadpass. Partner in Crime I loved hanging out with my Toyo girls. A week in Vegas with Nikki Howard? Yes, please! Best Party I stayed in most nights, but the best party I heard about was in Elvis’ old place. Apparently, my entire apartment could have fit inside one of the seven showers. Strangest Thing Some of the other promo girls’ outfits were pretty awkward. I saw girls in full gold and silver shiny latexlooking bodysuits. Very peculiar… Wildest Memory I broke a toe last year from being in such high heels for so many hours and days in a row. This year, I was in sneakers the whole time. SEMA Tip Bring a heavy coat and a bikini.

iiChillin’ with Sasquatch from Toyo’s Recoil 3 video.

iiToyo BFF @nikki_howard and I.

JANEY B Instagram @hello_janey Published SS July ’12, August ’14 Favorite Memory Surprising my roomie Arianny Celeste with an early birthday dinner at Nobu Hard Rock! Booth Life Basically, I chilled by this tank for work. But I had a bunch of people visit me, including the homie BJ Baldwin and a parrot named Taj that didn’t want to leave and go back to his owner. iiOff-road racing champion @bjbaldwin and I.

iiTaj the Parrot.

iiSurprising my girl @ariannyceleste for her birthday.

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TOP 3 DEBUTS OF SEMA ’15 WORDS Sam Du PHOTOS SS Staff I’ve always toyed with the idea of creating our own award show at SEMA. Don’t get me wrong… There are several ceremonies that celebrate the amazing cars of SEMA, but there aren’t too many in place that focus solely on “our” tuner community. Battle of the Builders is making small feats, although our cars will be hard pressed to match the hot rod guys. The Sony GT Awards is another competition we pay close attention to, but like Battle of the Builders, our cars go up against vehicles and hot rods that are most of the time out of our league—one day we’ll be at that level, but we’re still years away from it. So with all this brewing in my mind, I decided to give my buddy

RJ DeVera of Meguiar’s a call to help create the first-ever Super Street SEMA Awards! There are so many awesome cars that caught our attention at SEMA that you’ll see throughout this issue, but to us, these are the top three vehicles that are very different from each other, but also are project cars we can appreciate and aspire to. Congrats to Ryan, Mike, and Dominic for three awesome SEMA builds and for continuing to push the envelope in our community.

OVERALL WINNER

Ryan Basseri’s Acura Integra Type R WORDS Rodrez $40,000 worth of cutting-edge, state-of-the-art electronics—the type found in some of the fastest, most advanced competitors in every aspect of motorsport around the world. More than 3,000 man-hours—a conservative estimate when you consider sleepless nights and unplanned moments that plague a builder, causing their mind to drift toward build intricacies, are left out of that sum. 1,500 feet of high-grade, custom wiring—a shame that 95 percent of it can’t be seen as it’s systematically arranged to snake throughout the entire chassis, completely replacing every inch of OEM wire installed by Honda. These are things that you wouldn’t typically expect to

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find packed into the average Integra build. And there’s nothing “average” about Rywire Motorsport Electronics’ head honcho, Ryan Basseri, and his one-of-a-kind project. What began as nothing more than a beat-up, $900 JDM ITR shell four years ago now carries the weight of being heralded as the gold standard in modern-day Honda builds. Beyond the “tucked” engine bays, ill-fitting fender flares, and requisite “see me now” wheel offsets that run rampant, the Honda community still carries a deep appreciation for functionality, drop-dead looks, and whenever possible, legitimate race car technology.


n turbo, shaved bay, and of course the iiK24/20 motor with a massive Precisio build! finest wiring you’ll every find on a SEMA

iiCustom rollcage, custom dry sump, custom fuel system, custom everything as a matter of fact!

iiPeering into the cockpit, you’ll notice the custom dash. Shifting gears is done via a Quaife sequential tranny. How dope?!

iiBattle of the Builders top 10 finalist!

Technology like the Shiftec paddle shifters that send commands to a Quaife sequential transmission and a custom drive-by-wire conversion all overseen by a MoTeC M170 EMS that includes its PDM 16 unit, E816 expansion, and an ultra-accurate C127 digital dash with LTC lambda control. In layman’s terms—top-notch stuff. As you might expect, the engine itself, a K24/K20 combo, is far from stock. Golden Eagle sleeves, Crower rods and pistons, Golden Eagle centerfeed intake manifold, and a Toyota drive-by-wire throttle body were chosen as the supporting cast to the Precision 6265 turbocharger. A Rywire-spec CSF dual-pass radiator and Garrett intercooler handle the cooling, while a massive array of Wiggins couplers, Downstar hardware, and XRP HS79 hoses are cool in their own right. Like his Porsche GT3 RS, Ryan’s DC2 is draped in Pure Orange over custom widened front fenders, Willy Werx modified ITR bumper, Spoon front lip, and Mugen wing. Just beyond the 17” Volk ZE40s are AP Racing IndyCar brakes with Rywire’s signature brake lines and Eibach’s highly touted Multi-Pro R2 coils. Maneuver through the custom rollcage and slump into the Recaro bucket seat and you’re greeted by a steering wheel that mirrors that of an IndyCar, complete with an array of buttons, dials, and switches. To your left, where the shifter would normally be anchored, you’ll instead find a MoTec CAN keypad with various vehicle functions housed within a custom aluminum center console. The same master-level tin work, performed by ASC Speed Metal, runs throughout the interior, including scratch-built door cards, rear cargo area covers, and a unique dash that juts out in the centersection, providing increased visibility to the pilot. With anticipation via social media and word of mouth at an all-time high, the Rywire Integra was expected to make a splash in the CSF Radiators booth at SEMA. It didn’t disappoint. It was also expected to be a standout amongst the domestic-dominated event, and again—it delivered. What most didn’t see coming was the overwhelming response it received from both showgoers and industry insiders. Throughout SEMA week, Ryan remained in a constant state of conversation, answering questions, and providing facts and information, theory and vision. The week was topped off with a nod from SEMA judges who placed it within the top 10 in the Battle of the Builders, a competition that included icons Chip Foose, Bobby Alloway, and the Ring Brothers.

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TOP HONORS Mike Burroughs’ BMW E28 5-Series It’s not our typical SS feature car, or something you’d see at a local car show for that matter. It’s an old, rusted, chopped, rat rod BMW, and quite frankly it stole the ’15 SEMA Show like you wouldn’t believe. Mike’s 5-Series, also widely known as “Rusty Slammington” was literally the hardest car to take photos of at the convention center, because, well, it’s frickin’ awesome! After SEMA week, I sat down with Mike (who’s also no stranger to SS as the founder of stanceworks.com) to truly understand what the story was behind building such an awesome automotive work of art. In April ’11, Rusty reportedly caught on fire. Can you explain why that happened and why you decided to rebuild Rusty for this year? I was working on an engine at the time, building a custom harness for a BMW M30. Unfortunately, I set up one of the injectors wrong and filled a cylinder with fuel, hydro-locking the engine. I pulled a spark plug and spun the starter to purge the fuel, but something sparked, and in an instant, everything was ablaze. I knew almost immediately that I’d have to rebuild the car. It had such a following, and the car itself was too important to me. In Rusty’s previous life, it was a new take on a 5-Series with its chopped roof, 24K gold wheels, 1JZ swap, and diesel-rubbed exterior. What was your theme for Rusty’s second iteration?

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The theme this time around was inspiration from FIA’s Group 5 racing, as well as classes like IMSA’s GTO and DRM. The silhouette racing series has always excited me; there’s something special about seeing familiar road cars transformed into something insane. It’s unlikely I’ll ever own a true Group 5 car, so I wanted to try my hand at building one. As for what needed to stay the same, I

wanted the car to still be the same “Rusty” everyone has come to love. So I asked myself, “What would a Group 5 car look like after it has been through hell?” And Rusty is the answer. Can you explain its new tube chassis? I wanted to turn the car into a coupe, as the sedan body type didn’t quite fit with making a Group 5 inspired build. The chopped top from the previous stage was something I wanted to keep, so to make the proportions all work correctly, we shortened the car by a foot and then moved the A-pillars back by 6 inches


iiDid we mention it has air jacks, too?

and lengthened the doors by the same amount to get it to all look correct. The wheelbase wasn’t shortened by the same amount. It’s probably closer to 6 inches shorter than stock. And if you look closely at the fenders, you’ll see that we moved the arch itself considerably further forward compared to stock. The tube chassis itself we built from 1.75” 0.095-wall DOM tubing, and it was largely an exercise in design and strength. It’s unquestionably overbuilt, but now it’s ready for anything, and I’m honestly anxious to put it to use.

We see the BMW S38 was the motor used in the E34 M5. Was this your engine of choice and what was done to make it that much more special? I went with the S38 because in making a Group 5 tribute car, I wanted the engine to be as accurate as possible. Going with something like an M49 or an M12 was simply out of the question, so an S38—the M5 engine—seemed like the obvious answer. There are a lot of cues pulled from M88s, M12s, and M49s to make the engine appear “correct” for the build. Something like the 1JZ I had in it prior just didn’t seem “right” anymore. I wanted to return to my BMW roots. As for what’s been done to the motor, the better question is what hasn’t been done? The only parts original to the motor that remain are the crankshaft, which was still polished and knife-edged, and the case itself. It’s clearly dry sump, but what the outside doesn’t show is the forged internals, 14:1 compression pistons, the monstrous valvetrain, the CAT cams, and the amazing headwork, all done by the team at VAC Motorsports in Philadelphia. They insist that it’s likely the “gnarliest” S38 they’ve built yet, and we’re expecting somewhere around 475500 hp once we light it up. The wheels have a very special story behind them. Can you tell us why you used Porsche 935 wheels? The wheels were actually the first piece of the puzzle for me. I knew going

iiBMW S38 engine built by VAC Motorsports to 3.7L with 14.1 compression pistons. It also features a custom drysump setup, PFM Autosport custom headers that exit the side of the car. Mike suspects 475-500 hp once the motor is tuned.

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in that I wanted to build a car utilizing my favorite wheels. For me, the 16/19” stagger used on the classic Group 5 cars is a quintessential part of the style, and although getting my hands on a set presented a number of challenges, I knew I had to in order to build the car I envisioned. I began with the centers, which are actually pulled from the Brun Motorsports Porsche 956. Centerlock BBS Mag centers aren’t all too hard to come by—it’s the halves that provided the real challenge. The 16” parts up front are run of the mill and can still be ordered from BBS, but the 19” parts out back are original ’70s Porsche 935 parts. I tracked them down from a collector in NorCal. It wasn’t easy to find them, but I jumped on them as soon as I heard about them. Combined with the centers, it makes for an amazing set of wheels that, in my opinion, truly makes the car and solidifies the entire aesthetic of the build.

Rusty is very outside of H&R’s usual scope. How did you get them to support the project? Partnering with H&R was a vital part of bringing the car back to life. I met Roland Graef, president of H&R, a few years ago, and he made it clear during our first conversation that he was a big fan of the car and wanted to know if it was indeed being rebuilt. At the time, I hadn’t started yet—instead, I was still tinkering with the Model A of mine [featured SS 9/12]. We kept in touch, and he mentioned wanting to help in the car’s revival. After putting together a plan, I pitched it to Roland, and he’s been an integral and invaluable part of resurrecting the car. I can’t put in to words what I owe him in regard to his support, help, and motivation to build the best car I could. To answer the question more directly, though, I’m sure it seems a bit outside of their usual scope, but I think one thing I’ve learned over the past few years is

that H&R exists for enthusiasts of all types, and I think their support of a car like Rusty shows that their enthusiasm knows no bounds. Lastly, we noticed Rusty didn’t start up. What does the future hold? Rusty hadn’t been run yet, and our plans to fire it up immediately after were postponed by the request of H&R in Germany to have the car present for the Essen Motor Show. As soon as it gets back, I’m hoping we will get to start it up, and shortly after, get it out on track. A lot of people have been quick to criticize the car for being incomplete at SEMA, but I don’t think they realize that the car has to be there, done or not. In my case, it wasn’t about promoting a finished product, but rather showing the world what I’ve been working on for the past couple of years. Others are quick to suggest that the car will never see a track, but then I ask, “Would I really spend so much time, money, and energy building this thing just to look at it?” No way! Here’s hoping I see a number of them trackside soon!

DOMINIC LE’S ’74 UCK DATSUN SUNNY TR ic and his dope

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THE HAKOTORA WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE BUSINESS END OF A GT-R HAS ITS WAY WITH A DATSUN PICKUP WORDS Aaron Bonk PHOTOS Stephen Brooks

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Nissan’s KGC10 Skyline GT-R is the sort of stuff automotive erotica is made of. Nicknamed Hakosuka by its fans, which somehow translates into box-Skyline, the third-generation chassis’ premium model was built around the 160hp S20 engine—a mill based off of pre-Nissan-merger Prince Motor Company’s R380 Japanese Grand Prix powertrain. Today, that’d be like having a 2.4L V-8 in your four-door Civic Si. Hakosukas meant business and were sold void of unnecessary interior trimmings in an effort to do more important things—shave weight and go faster. On the track, Nissan wrapped up dozens of victories with the race-car-turned-street car, setting precedent for what the three letters G-T-R would come to symbolize some four decades later. Among those things that ensured the GT-R’s legacy, however, was not its ability to haul a sheet of plywood. And yet, Hakotoras—a distinct brew made up of Datsun’s Sunny truck body and the front half of a Hakosuka—abound. And for good reason. Little about Datsun’s compact-car-based truck body will thrill you, though, other than its ability to fuse itself with the business end of the GT-R and the guts of an SRbased S14. At least that’s what you’ll find underneath the bonnet of Dominic Le’s ’74. It’s companies like Japanese-based 09racing that offer the exterior bits to make all of this happen, and that debuted the whole conversion a couple of years back at Tokyo Auto Salon. That’s around the time Le learned of the cross-bred Datsun, and yet it’d take him another two years to actually take on the build, just three months shy of the ’15 SEMA show he’d go on to unveil it at. Not even owning the car that’d ultimately show face at the annual Las Vegas trade show just a dozen weeks this side of opening day will never make sense. Especially when builds of similar caliber are typically devised 365 days in advance. That’s mostly because Le never planned on building the Hakotora in the first place, let alone parking it among the Toyo Tires Treadpass. “The truck actually belonged to a friend who was forced to sell it,” Le says. “He was in debt, and the two shops he’d taken it to just couldn’t get it done.” According to Le, yes, the Hakotora qualified as one of his dream builds, but it just wasn’t scheduled to happen anytime soon. But it did. And with SEMA just two and a half months out, as Le puts it, “Every single minute had to be planned, and everything had to be executed efficiently and correctly the first time around.” That meant spending more than half that time on bodywork alone, ridding the Sunny of its half-inch layer of body filler and rust before respraying it and fitting it with a combination of 09racing components and those he’d refashion in their likeness out of dry carbon fiber. No matter how appropriate an inline-six-cylinder RB engine might seem for all of this, according to Le, there just isn’t room for any of that. Which led to the next best thing: a 439-whp SR20DET. The SR is no bolt-in transplant, either, but following crossmember modifications and custom-made engine and transmission mounts, the whole thing could be easily plucked and reinstalled the handful of times Le says were needed to make sure everything else fit the way it ought to. “We wanted it to look like it came out of the NISMO factory.” A couple of decades ago. That’s what Le says about the build, highlighting the Hakosuka dashboard that was retrofitted into place across from the pair of ’70s-era Autolook seats you didn’t even know existed. Here, there’s simply no room for any sort of rollcage, but Le did commission a custom harness bar from Southern California’s Design Craft Fabrication that straps him and his passenger to the buckets by means of a couple of Takata harnesses—a mandatory addition when considering the truck’s scant, 1,800-pound curb weight.

iiPush-button start? Why not!

iiHere, the Hakosuka dashboard with its Nardi steering wheel and Marshall gauges give the illusion that all of this was meant to be.

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TWO AND A HALF MONTHS TO SEMA

iiWhat was considered one of SEMA’s most impressive builds and something that looks like this just three weeks out will never make sense.

iiYou think an inline-six-cylinder RB engine ought to go right here. Trouble is, according to Le, there just isn’t room. To make way for the SR2DET, the crossmember was modified and custom mounts were fashioned.

iiClearancing for the 09racing fenders and to make way for the Volk Racing TE37V wheels.

iiA custom tunnel was fabricated to make way for the gearbox and custom driveshaft.


iiMuch of the build’s time frame consisted of bodywork. According to Le, it took nearly two months to strip the body, fit it with its 09racing conversion, and get the whole thing painted.

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Underneath, Le applied his expertise gained as co-owner of suspensions parts maker Chasing Js. That’s where the custom front coilovers were sourced along with the necessary alignment bits and suspension members that, as he puts it, “Make this thing handle better than a Porsche.” Despite its handling acumen and the fact that only an estimated three Sunny pickups exist stateside, Le says he doesn’t plan on hanging on to this one. “We really just wanted to see what we could do before moving on to the next project.” What Le’s too humble to admit: is that, despite the man-hours and cash that was dumped into the build, the Hakotora will be auctioned off to charity sometime soon, four decades’ worth of heritage and all.

iiUnderneath the hood rests the 439hp SR20DET engine. It’s been tuned by means of a special version of the S14 Silvia’s ECU obtained through Le’s contacts at Nissan that’s about as capable as a standalone ECU.

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OWNER DOMINIC LE HOMETOWN ORANGE COUNTY, CA OCCUPATION COFOUNDER OF CHASING JS ENGINE SR20DET engine swap; TOMEI forged pistons, connecting rods, crankshaft, Procams; GReddy oil pan, rocker arm stoppers, titanium valve springs, intake piping, filter, intake manifold, pulley kit; HPS Racing piping and hoses; custom intercooler, radiator and top-mount exhaust manifold; S15 turbocharger; Nuke Performance blow-off valve, fuel pressure regulator; Weld coil pack cover DRIVETRAIN ACT six-puck clutch and lightweight flywheel; NISMO limited-slip differential ENGINE MANAGEMENT customized NISMO S14 SR20DET ECU FOOTWORK & CHASSIS Chasing Js custom front coilovers, camber plates, tie rods, control arms, steering rods; C-notched frame; NISMO rear race springs BRAKES Chasing Js/Wilwood big brake kit; steel-braided lines WHEELS & TIRES 15x9.5” -15 front, 15x11” -25 rear Volk Racing TE37V wheels; 195/50R15 front, 205/50R15 rear Toyo R888 tires EXTERIOR 09racing dry carbon-fiber Hakosuka conversion (headlights, side markers, and running lights); dry carbon-fiber Hakosuka fender mirrors, headlight covers, antenna; dry carbonfiber rear fender flares; Aero Catch hood pins; custom carbon-fiber bed floor and tailgate; new seals throughout INTERIOR custom Hakosuka dash and center console; Nardi steering wheel; Marshall gauges; Design Craft harness bar, seat brackets, emergency brake plates, hidden battery box; Autolook Lowback bucket seats; Takata Drift III harnesses THANKS YOU my wife, Cindy, for being so patient with this build; John Esteban for helping out so much; Gary and Sean from Design Craft for all the great fab work; Stan from Toyo Tires; Daniel from ACT; Brian from Takata; David from 714tires; Michi from 09racing; Hung from HPS; David for the brackets; Eddie from Mackin; Tony from Evasive Motorsports; Michael from Tred Wear; Optima Batteries; Brendan from Meguiar’s; Adam from FRSport; Kris for the decals; Eric for the polish work; KC from APR. Lastly, this one is for you, Nicholas Minh Le! WWW chasingjs.com


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SEMA DIARIES

HOW INDUSTRY FRIENDS DO SEMA WEEK PART 2 iiAnnual RWB Friends and Family Dinner was always fun.

JON SIBAL Instagram @jonsibal Occupation Automotive Artist; RWB builder SEMA Appearance Lost count but have been attending off and on since ’96. Best Meeting Hanging out with Team CP and meeting up with the companies that helped with the RWB 964 project. Favorite Cars Rusty and my RWB. Haha! Strangest Thing You Saw Sam Du up and early on the first day of SEMA in a full suit. SEMA Tip Comfortable shoes and only hang with Sam Du if you know your body can handle it. Best Place for Drinks Anywhere where there’s water.

iiSeeing my car as it was freshly dropped off with other show cars ready to go in the different booths.

iiPicture I took of Mike and Byron – the two guys responsible for Rusty’s return.

iiFrom my early years attending SEMA, circa ’96.

iiThe guys from Jada Toys behind the actual screen Dodge Challenger used in the Furious 7 movie.

MARK ARCENAL Instagram @mrkrcnl Occupation Creative Director at Fatlace; ’15 Scion Tuner Challenge champ SEMA Appearance 15 years in a row – probably my last! (I say it every year.) Best Meal Ceasers buffet was awesome. We had a 75-person RWB dinner. Crazy! Our first dinner was just 7 people just a few years ago. Best Party I liked the hip hop room at Hakkasan inside MGM. SEMA Tip Stay the Fuck Away! Nice and comfortable shoes—Red Wings won’t cut it. Hotel Recommendation Loved staying at the Aria Sky Suites. Wildest Memory Leaving the Rhino at 7 a.m. and having to wake up... (Welcome to the club! – SD) Favorite Car I loved all the American cars but Rob Zahabi's Nova at Meguiar’s was awesome.

iiMark’s “Pandora One” was one of the original RWB Porsche builds in America, but looks very different today with a more classic/vintage style.

iiBuilt in Australia.

iiRWB owners posing next to the Need for Speed booth, a video game Akira Nakai is featured in.

ii1,500 rear-wheel horsepower!

JOHN PANGILINAN’S TOP 6 Instagram @john_pangilinan Occupation PR Manager for Formula D; Super Street Contributor

ii2. “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” - “Back to the Future” Toyota Tacoma.

ii3. I try to have a nice large breakfast to start the day as I’ll usually skip lunch at the show. This meal at the Wynn’s Terrace Pointe Cafe started the day off proper - Eggs Benedict Trio traditional, pork belly, and crab.

ii4. I’m a big fan of Icon 4x4’s work, including this Derelict 1950s Buick Patina.

ii5. Had some of my UFC photo and video work on display in the Toyo booth. ii1. Selfish plug. Awkwardly standing next to my ‘16 Hyundai Tucson “Adventuremobile” project car.

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ii6. Toyo Reception Always a good time.


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MORE HOT STUFF FROM SEMA ’15 COMIN’ YOUR WAY! WORDS Sam Du PHOTOS SS Staff This year, SEMA showcased 1,500+ cars, so we did our best to select 20 significant cars that aren’t featured elsewhere in this issue. There might be a few wildcards that aren’t your typical Super Street material, but just goes to show the diversity that makes up everything cool about SEMA.

iBEST HONDA RC’SGARAGE CIVIC

WORDS Rodrez Mike Schietroma’s EM1 never should have made its way to the red carpet of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Just a month prior to its debut, the car’s builder, RC Chacon of RC’sGarage, lost his entire tool arsenal after his shop was broken into. Not giving up on the opportunity to grace the Hondata booth at the big show, RC found a way to get the car finished and, as usual, took no shortcuts. Once a mildly modified, Spoon-certified Si from Mike’s high school days, the Civic coupe received a K24 swap, anchored by Hasport mounts, topped off with a JDL turbo kit to replace the factory B16 mill. Anything under the hood deemed unnecessary was promptly deleted, and much like the interior, the factory metal was reworked and smoothed prior to iKandy Paintworks applying a fresh coat of Automotive Art in the factory hue. Downstar hardware, Vibrant Vanjen clamps, and an All-In fab center-feed intake manifold and radiator/intercooler combo finish off the spotless bay. 16x8” Volk Racing CE28s hide Project Mu brakes and are tucked neatly under the factory fenders thanks to D2 air suspension and Specialty Suspension seamless tanks. Exterior mods remain simple with a Backyard Special front bumper, Spoon mirrors, and brand-new OEM moldings and plastics for one of the best restomod 6th-gen Civics we’ve ever come across.

MUST TRY #1 HONDA SOIREE

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DEEP THOUGHTS FROM HONDA TUNING’S FORMER EIC

this year’s SEMA wasn’t what Though large, the Honda booth at g done away with the group most have come to expect. Havin confines of the “Honda corner” builds that typically sit within the Fit generations, the CR-Z and and have included various Civic and a instead opted for just a few a host of others over the years, Hond and Bisimoto. While interesting, HR-Vs by the likes of Tjin Edition with Honda’s enthusiast circle. the HR-V doesn’t really resonate raised some eyebrows, but The new NSX on display certainly money and entirely too the debate of whether it’s too much what should be an incredibly late remains a thorn in the side of ad venture that includes a exciting display. Honda’s new off-ro Ridgeline race truck was a twin-turbo, V-6-powered Unlimited with the hard-core street line surprise to most, but again, not in while the new Civic made an and track enthusiast market. And many are longing for, nor the that Si the ’t wasn it e, aranc appe fans foaming at the mouth, and upcoming Type R that has Honda a new rumor or announcement bloggers on high alert every time surfaces. n’t a ton of Honda builds It’s really no surprise that there were the convention center, but with peppered throughout the halls of RC’sGarage coupe, the presence cars like Rywire’s Type R and the amount of fan interest in is still there and the overwhelming ger than ever. And while that stron is as” Hond old “little these and dealing aspect of what doesn’t translate into the wheeling is real, and it could be felt ct the event was created for, the impa question on every Honda one throughout the entire week. The g push at next year’s show fan’s mind: Will Honda make a stron Type R, and even longerwith the new Si, long-awaited Civic rs crossed… – Rodrez finge delayed NSX? We’re keeping our


iBEST JDM

KAIZEN TUNING/HKS USA GT-R

Built by Kaizen Tuning in Massachusetts, we couldn’t help but feel a little tingly inside when we saw a Nissan GT-R dresse d in recognizable HKS livery. The R35 features HKS’s 4.1L stroker, GT1000 turbo kit, GR6 tranny, plus a Varis widebody. If you’re into JDM shit, you gotta love this one!

iBEST VAN

SIENNA R-TUNED CONCEPT Bisimoto shocked the world when he built a tire-shredding 1,000+hp Honda Odyssey minivan at SEMA ’13. This time around, Toyota took a similar yet different approach with its Sienna. The van’s been outfitted with everything you can think of—new wheels, stickier tires, performance brake pads, adjustable shocks, springs, and diff. Slide open the passenger doors and you’ll notice the interior is fully gutted (700 pounds lighter), then outfitted with a rollcage and bucket seats. What’s impressive is the Sienna’s 3.5L V-6 and six-speed automatic remain unmolested. Would it still be powerful enough? You’re damn right! Toyota tested its R-Tuned concept at Streets of Willow clocking a 1:27 lap—that’s 1 full second faster than the latest Camaro SS!

iBEST MAKEOVER

SIX SIGMA AUTODESIGN NSX The ’92 Acura NSX broke necks in the Nitto Tire booth a year ago when it debuted with the first and only Rocket Bunny conversion in North America wrapped in blue chrome. The Gruppe M supercharged Bunny has since been featured in our JDM Supercar issue only a couple months ago. But little did we know, owner Robert Chew would be giving his baby a makeover, ripping off the wrap for a white paint job and switching out the Enkei wheels to the timeless Volk Racing TE37s. Perfection!

iBEST ELECTRIC

OMEAD MOINE’S COROLLA The vinyl design confused us at first, then we walked closer and noticed this wasn’t your average ’86 Toyota Corolla. The car has been set up for drift; however, behind its bucket seats was an entire trunk full of batteries equivalent to 275 volts, while under the hood rested a 170kW motor. We still have a lot of questions looming with this EV86, but we promise to bring you more info soon!

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iBEST WILD

MAYUMI SPECIAL Q45 There’s possibly no car/truck/van/wagon that’s as wild as Fumihiro Takeda’s Infiniti Q45. Nicknamed the “Mayumi Special,” this isn’t the first time I’ve seen the Q. It stopped me in my tracks at the ’12 Tokyo Auto Salon. Three years later, Takeda-san has shipped his creation to Las Vegas for all of America to see. According to Takeda-san, he’s spent more than $260,000 USD customizing the Q45, which includes an audio female doll in the passenger seat. There are literally speakers and monitors everywhere you look inside the car, just don’t mind the dildo door handles…

iBEST GUY NAMED MIKE MAD MIKE

Mad After a five-year hiatus from Formula Drift, the Mike returned for the ’15 season. He missed him first round in Long Beach, but that didn’t stop in from being the most entertaining guy to watch e, favorit crowd ide worldw a been He’s series. the especially with his RX-7 and RX-8 drift cars; hp however, his four-rotor, twin-turbo, 1,000+ to watch in Mazda MX-5 was equally, if not more wicked ale in the Top Irwind at was finish best Mike’s tition. compe ic Aasbo, but 8, where he lost to the current champ, Freder back and become we’re looking forward to seeing him bounce a serious contender for the ’16 season.

iBEST Z (NON-DATSUN) STEVEN WIGGIN’S 370Z

You would think it takes a whole lotta effort to make a Nissan 350Z/370Z stand out these days, but we were caught by surprise when we ran into Kentucky resident Steve Wiggin’s Z34 in the Mackin Industries booth. There’s nothing but high-quality parts used in the build, such as the Advan GT Premium wheels in Hyper gold, Brembo GT brakes, Bride seats, Accuair suspension, and Powerhouse Amuse kit. It’s the right combination of parts, plus a solid color scheme, that make Steve’s 370Z timeless.

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iBEST MODEL MAGDA ANGEL

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iBEST MAZDA

AUTOFASHION’S MAZDA6 While there were a handful of new MX-5s as well as a couple of RX-7s that caught our attention, no Mazda really surprised us more than this Mazda6. Wait, a Mazda6? Yes! Despite its midsize family sedan persona, the boys at Autofashion in San Diego have managed to transform one of the sleekest 6s we’ve seen with a J-uNit body kit from Japan, plus AirREX suspension and Leon Hardiritt wheels. So clean, it almost makes us want to daily something like this!

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It’s always a dream come true to reconnect with Magda, our cover girl for the November ’14 issue. Don’t forget to follow her on Instagram at @magdaangel, and also be warned... her amazing charm, Colombian beauty, and Spanish accent will leave you melting.


MUST TRY #5 JINYA RAMEN

iBEST OLD SCHOOL OS GIKEN’S 240Z

This year’s show featured tons of old-school Japanese cars, but it was OS Giken’s ’71 240Z that was perhaps the most overlooked yet awesome one of them all. Under the hood was one of OS Giken’s original TC24-B1Zs—the first conversion done in North America. It’s considered the unicorn of Nissan’s L-Series motors and was built around high power and high rpm, based around a twin-cam crossflow head with gear-driven timing. The setup was built back in the day but refreshed for better efficiency and reliability. Don’t be surprised to see this engine spin up to 10,000 rpm! This particular Z also featured 50mm Solex carbs, OS Giken’s triple-plate clutch, and R180 LSD, plus Panasport C8 wheels.

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iBEST S2000

TOM SYHACHACK’S AP2

iBEST LEGEND LUDACRIS’ LEGEND

OK, we’re talking about an Acura Legend, the only Legend at SEMA, let alone the only Legend we’ve probably seen in a few years. But quite frankly, we dig its story. The owner of this 22-year-old, 240,000-mile car is rapper and Fast & Furious star Ludacris. This is the exact car he owned when he wrote his first four albums. It’s also showcased on the cover of his most recent album Ludaversal. There was no doubt it held a very special place in his heart. Unfortunately, the car was involved in an accident shortly after the last album’s photo shoot. Acura’s R&D department saw what happened, approached Luda, and brought the Legend back to near-OEM quality with a handful of upgrades along the way (Gram Lights 57Xtreme wheels, Pioneer head unit with Apple CarPlay, Alpine sound system, H&R springs, upgraded brakes). It’s no showstopper, but we gotta give Ludacris props for cherishing such a dope car.

We’re always pleased to see hard-core enthusiast builds appear at SEMA, especially those who have had to travel 1,000+ miles just to be at the show. Tom’s ’06 S2000 is one such example, featured in the Meguiar’s Car Crazy booth. He lives in Texas and has built one of the cleanest S2Ks in recent years with an immaculate shaved bay— one of the best we’ve seen on an S2000.

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THE COSMO

BEST MUSTANG

Selected by Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords “This drop-top New Edge Mustang was chock-full of carbon fiber and plenty of aero mods to make it fly in more than one sense. If the Sonic blue paint wasn’t enough to make you do a double take, the aggressive fender flares (similar to a set of Bushwhacker fender flares on lifted trucks) and wide stance were sure to make you stop and stare. You just can’t help it. It’s like finding a naked clown juggling on a unicycle—you just gotta look. It is certainly different from the drag cars I’m used to seeing, but dare I say it, I actually thought it was pretty cool! I will never admit to it in person or amongst a group of hard-core Fox-body guys, but it definitely piqued my curiosity. Hey, what can I say? Variety is the spice of life!” – Agustin Jimenez, technical editor

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R CHALLENGE TUNECastles SCIONCrooks & Illest vs.

Tuner We can’t express how humblessed we were to be part of the Scion d Challenge in ’14, building our ITB’d, widebody, Release Series 1.0-inspire iM latest its of two giving FR-S. Last year, Scion took a different approach, Both cars hatchbacks to lifestyle fashion brands Illest and Crooks & Castles. at the L.A. were on display in the Toyo Treadpass, but the winner was decided Auto Show only a few weeks after. two the between n competitio As one of this year’s judges, it was a tough up the vehicles, but in the end, Mark Arcenal of Illest/Fatlace really stepped to Mark game with a clean VIP approach and near-perfect execution. Congrats and also Rob Panlilio of Crooks for two great STC builds!

iBEST BRZ/FR-S

GARRETT JARBOE’S BRZ

iBEST (AND ONLY) TANK MISHIMOTO TANK

We’re not sure what a tank was doing at SEMA or how it relates to Mishimoto radiators, but SEMA does bring out some random stuff. We’ll forgive them though because we love Janey.

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MUST TRY #9 SHAKE SHACK

Now you don’t have to visit New York, Chicago, Florida, or Georgia to have your favorite burger and custard. Just outside the New York New York hotel is this tasty place. shakeshack.com

After a few years of “everything Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ” at SEMA, we’ve finally seen the number of them dialed down. This meant quality over quantity, right? While the exterior of this particular ’15 BRZ might not be everyone’s cup of tea, we’ve seen this Subie go through more transformations than we can count. But we can appreciate builder Garrett Jarboe’s dedication and thick skin when the Internet comes a-hatin’. The outside features a mixture of Aimgain and Rocket Bunny parts, which was then painted a Lamborgh ini Verde Scandal color. The color is a bit obnoxious, but it’s the muscle under the hood that backs up the loud exterior—LS3 swap with a Vortech blower.

iBEST NON-SHOW CAR BRANDON WICKNICK’S S13

It’s not your typical SEMA car—a beat-up Nissan 240SX with primo real estate in the NS Wheels booth. But this car is campaigned by Brandon Wicknick—’15 Formula Drift rookie who’s been winning over fans with his 800+hp 2JZ-powered S13. The Utah native reached the Top 32 four times last season, and he’s looking to break out this year. Keep an eye out!

iBEST BADASS

WELDERUP’S DIESEL ROD I’m a sucker for slammed rat rods, and this old ’28 Dodge simply stopped my heart. While it’s not a new build by any means (it’s been to its fair share of SEMA shows), this diesel rod from the WelderUp camp is an engineering masterpiece and goes to show the scope of what SEMA covers. Besides its hard appearance, the powerplant is a twin-turbo Cummins diesel with 1,000+hp and 2,000+ lb-ft of torque—that’s not including its massive nitrous setup!

iBEST ND

MX-5 SPEEDSTER

iBEST WEIRD VALYRIAN STEEL

This “metal thing” looks like something straight out of a Mad Max movie, or an art piece you might see roaming around Burning Man. Builder Henry Chang calls it the “Valyrian Steel.” Henry and his team spent more than 2,000 hours creating the three-seated contraption. It’s made up of 99 percent 304 and 316 stainless steel, measures 27 feet long, and is powered by a ’15 Ford 5.0L Coyote engine. Whether you thought it was cool or not, it had everyone wondering WTF for days…

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OK, there wasn’t a whole lot in the new Mazda MX-5 department. A pity because we think it’s one of the best driver’s cars in the market today. But this Speedster built by Mazda is decently cool. It took on a open-top ’50s sports car feel with the modern addition of 16” Gram Lights wheels, coilovers, Racing Beat center-mount exhaust, carbon Mu-Len Delta seats, alcantara interior, plus carbon doors. Mazda tells us the Speedster shed more than 250 pounds, pretty gnarly considering the MX-5 is already extremely nimble to begin with.


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A FOUR-ROTOR ENGINE AND A WIDEBODY YOU PROBABLY FORGOT ABOUT WORDS Jofel Tolosa PHOTOS Sam Du Where do epic builds come from? We suspect (and we tend to know a lot of things) they come from one of two places: a company with large budgets or from the underdog enthusiast who spends every paycheck and weekend on his or her project car over the course of several months, if not years. Robert Green’s RX-7 is the latter

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and appeared out of nowhere like a unicorn, surprising those who walked through the Meguiar’s Car Crazy booth at SEMA. We’re always trying to deliver the freshest content around, and if this car doesn’t get you as excited to do the Hotline Bling, we’re doing something wrong. Strangely enough, the cars that get the

most attention are the ones that execute body modifications outside most people’s comfort zone. In Robert’s case, he envisioned something with an exotic feel and something Japan could only provide. We’ve seen RE Amemiya conversions, TCP Magic kits, and Rocket Bunny widebodies on the FD3S, but one name that has


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iiThis RX-7 build is far from ordinary, espcially with an Ikeya Formula sequential shifter.

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been out of the limelight for some time now is Fujita Engineering Evolutional Development, also known as FEED. It’s probably because its widebody kit was introduced 10 years ago. We haven’t seen many examples in recent time, plus Robert’s kit is only the 12th kit ever sold in history and the first to be installed in the U.S. How’s that for rare?! The Version Victory kit completely alters the front end with an evidently wider body while ditching the popup headlights and adding Fujita Engineering’s redesigned lights. If the aero doesn’t impress you, the rotary powerplant under the hood just might do the trick. As cool as the factory twin-turbo 1.3L rotary is, it’s been succeeded by a four-rotor built by the hands at Scoot Sports Japan. You might remember Scoot when it stuffed a four-rotor into Yuki Kamakura’s famous white RX-7 featured in last year’s Japan issue. Robert’s 26B pumps out a similar figure with 400 whp. Let that sink in for a while... No turbo or blower, just pure engineering perfection to 9,000 rpm! Getting this sort of awesomeness into Robert’s FD was no easy feat by any means. With the language barrier, Robert communicated with Koseki from Scoot via Google Translate. It was frustrating at times with constant miscommunication

"No turbo or blower, just pure engineering perfection to 9,000 rpm!"

iiThe FEED widebody conversion includes these redesigned headlights for a unique look.

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and eventually dealing with customs, which resulted in taking two years from ordering the engine to actually receiving it. When the rotary arrived from Japan, Robert still had a checklist of things to do, including assembling the engine, which was handled by Formula D driver Kyle Mohan. The front subframe also had to be modified for the steering rack to clear the engine. Robert enlisted Bisimoto for a custom exhaust while the guys at Lucky 7 Racing tackled the electronics, which included a custom Mil-spec harness. The car started for the first time a week just before SEMA and was loaded with a base map so it could be driven in. But don’t think its sole purpose is to hard park; an Ikeya Formula sequential shifter with a Cusco twin-clutch system overrules any suggestion of the car being a show queen. The interior is made up of quintessential JDM components from

Takata, Works Bell, and Key’s Racing, but what really stands out are the Technocraft seats. They are constructed using Kevlar and weigh only 6 pounds. As backbreaking as they look, Technocraft designs the spine to the backside of your normal torso, resulting in a comfortable fit. “I wanted to build something unique. The more ‘big’ modifications I acquired, my vision became even clearer, but I didn’t want to comprise it. It took a while to obtain, but worth it in the end,” Robert concluded. Robert’s RX-7 is more than just epic. It has a laundry list of rare parts and modifications that put it up there with the great FD3S builds in history. But we also gotta give him props because he created a car of this caliber without the help of a big name shop but with five years of patience, passion and dedication to accomplish what he envisioned from day one.

FANTASTIC FOUR-ROTOR Words Aaron Bonk Just like how more cylinders usually lead to more power, in rotary land, more rotors can do the same. Mazda knows this, and proved it with the R26B—its most infamous quad-rotor mill ever that powered its early ’90s Le Mans-winning 767 and 787B race cars, the first to do so without pistons and rods. Unlike piston-based engines where you’re constrained by however many holes your block’s got, rotary engines’ housings can, conceivably, be mated together, delivering you from, say, something like the FD3S RX-7’s two-rotor 13B-REW to something like the Eunos Cosmos’ three-rotor 20B-REW engine. Do it right and you’ve just increased displacement and the ability to make a whole lot more power. The process is every bit as complicated as you think it’d be, too, and, when it comes to assembling a quartet of rotors together, can eclipse the $50,000 mark real fast. That’s because of things like the custom eccentric shaft that’s got to be made that, like a crank does for its cylinders, passes through each rotor housing, allowing them to sync up with one another. But then there’s that unmistakable sound and, all of a sudden, upward of $50K almost seems worth it.

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OWNER ROBERT GREEN LOCATION LAS VEGAS, NV OCCUPATION REAL ESTATE INVESTOR ENGINE Scoot four-rotor engine, 50mm individual throttle bodies, intake runners and plenum; RX-8 machined high compression rotors; custom Bisimoto exhaust, equal length headers; Mishimoto magnetic oil drain plug, aluminum fan shroud, aluminum fill neck, high pressure radiator cap, 2” 90-degree couplers, 24-row dual pass oil cooler kit; K&N air and oil filters; Fujita Engineering Racing spark plug wires, engine torque damper, High Rev pulley kit, large capacity alternator; SARD surge tank with dual fuel pumps, fuel pressure regulator, fuel rails, injectors; Russell fuel filter; Merrill Performance custom differential cooler, oil sump tank, power steering reservoir, oil catch can, engine mount, radiator, cooling pipes with fill neck DRIVETRAIN Cusco twin clutch system, limited-slip differential; OS Giken short gears; Ikeya Formula sequential shifter; Fujita Engineering High Performance throw-out bearing, rigid differential mount; GReddy differential cover; Racing Beat rear pinion bearing, oil filter bypass lock, dual remote oil filter mount, front pinion bearing, differential front seal, 4.777 ring and pinion set; carbon-fiber driveshaft ENGINE MANAGEMENT Haltech standalone ECU FOOTWORK & CHASSIS Cusco Zero 3X coilovers, front and rear strut bars; Nagisa Auto front upper control arms, rear upper arm bushings, front lower arm bushings, tie rods, trailing arms, rear lower control arms; Fujita Engineering differential mount; Banzai Racing differential brace, transmission brace; ARP extended hub studs BRAKES Brembo big brake kits with 8-piston front, 4-piston rear calipers; Goodridge braided lines; Bosch M4 ABS unit WHEELS & TIRES 19x10” +15 RAYS GT Racing wheels; 275/35R19 BFGoodrich Sport COMP-2 tires EXTERIOR Fujita Engineering Afflux body kit version V (Victory), rear large spoiler, carbon-look door knobs, front inner support braces; HPF projector headlights, LED taillights; Ganador side mirrors, carbon-fiber splitters; OE Ferrari Rosso Corsa paint INTERIOR Tecnocraft T2 carbon-Kevlar seats; Takata four-point harnesses, harness reinforcement plates and eyebolts, shoulder pads; Works Bell Rapfix GTC pop-up steering system, short steering hub; Key’s Racing steering wheel; welded-in sevenpoint rollcage with harness bar and gussets; Dynomat insulated cabin; Tilton 900-Series overhung pedals THANKS YOU my cousin Chris Gonzales; Team Hybrid; James Lin; Archie Concon; MP Merril Performance; all my sponsors


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HOW INDUSTRY FRIENDS DO SEMA WEEK PART 3 THROUGH THE EYES OF OUR NEW ZEALAND PHOTOGRAPHER ALASTAIR RITCHIE

iiIt was refreshing to see a fine collection of promo girls at the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational (an event held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the weekend after SEMA).

iiJohn Lazorack III’s ’88 Chrysler Conquest was my favorite ride at the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational. Sure it’s LS1-powered, but after looking at static cars for a week, it was great to see this car doing what it does best.

iiThe SEMA washing machine effect, this was a record year—more people, more cars, more everything made the week just a little harder to negotiate.

iiWho says a hybrid can’t be cool? Love the look of this stanced BMW i8.

iiOne of the coolest things that caught my eye was AB Technologies/Works Engineering magnesium strut bars. They’ve made an amazing alloy that raises the flash point substantially, and increase ductility.

THE CHAIRSLAYER SLAYS VEGAS Instagram @chairslayer If you haven’t read our article on Rob Parsons, flip back to our September ’15 issue where he shared with us his story of surviving one of life’s most crushing blows, while continuing his dreams of becoming a drifter. A metal fabricator by trade, he built a hand-controlled, supercharged LS-powered Nissan S13, and we’re been extremely excited to have him as a supporter and correspondent for Super Street!

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iiSigning autographs is always a fun time for me. Interacting with all the fans and hearing their stories motivates me to keep pushing the limits.

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iiAfter cruising the strip, we made our way back to the trailer to catchup with Chris Forsberg and make plans to hit Fremont street. (Wait a minute, you actually drove your car on the Vegas strip?! – SD)

iiOf all the cool things to do in this world with a nice Porsche 911, why would you go stick a Chev in it? When it comes to photographing feature cars, I have always said the owner is never wrong, it’s his money.

iiIf we weren’t making a bold enough statement by driving racecars on the strip, than this ought to catch people’s eyes—wheelchair transport courtesy of Chairslayer.

iiFinal night in Vegas was epic! Getting a dance floor table at Drai’s Nightclub was by far one of the most fun times ever. Falling off the stage near the end of the night was not.


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TREND-SPOTTING YOU MISSED OUT ON SEMA, BUT WE’VE BROKEN DOWN ALL THE NEW GOODS WORDS & PHOTOS Aaron Bonk, SS Staff Your nitwitted attempt at sneaking into SEMA’s annual industryonly trade show didn’t go so well again this year, which means you missed out on the sort of high-performance product debuts you

care about. And the booth babes. You missed out on them, too. Read on for a few dozen examples of what you didn’t get a chance to see. Minus the booth babes.

TURN BETTER, STOP SOONER FORTUNE AUTO AIR PISTON LIFT SYSTEM

G-DRIVE GEARED COILOVERS You think you’ve seen it all when it comes to coilovers, and you’re wrong. Forget about the threadedbodied designs you’re used to; G-Drive’s Geared Coilovers use a worm-gear-based housing that makes the same sort of ride-height changes. We have no idea how well all of this’ll work out but, according to G-Drive, you’ll be able to raise or slam your ride without so much as jacking it up. We first saw this at Tokyo Auto Salon last year, and G-Drive tells us several popular Japanese applications are on the way. gdrivesystems.com

TEIN STREET BASIS Z AND ADVANCE BASIS Z COILOVERS Japanese suspension maker TEIN is about to make its Street Basis and Advance Basis Coilovers a whole lot more affordable. Its new Z line features the same sort of ride-height and damping adjustability (Advance Basis only) but won’t be rebuildable, which means, all of a sudden, high-end TEIN coilovers can be yours for about the same price as the corny knockoffs. tein.com

What do you get when you combine the performance of a static coilover with the adjustability of air shocks? Something like Fortune Auto’s Air Piston Lift System—airfilled cups that slip around the coilovers’ shafts and raise or lower everything on command, allowing you onto that flatbed or up that driveway without bungling up your front lip. fortune-auto.com

VOODOO13 NISSAN 350Z/ INFINITI G35 FRONT UPPER CONTROL ARMS Voodoo13’s dualadjustable arms mean camber and caster changes can be made all from the same place and without removing them from the chassis. Go from -4.5 degrees to +1 degree of camber relative to the stock arms, depending on ride height. Alter caster by as much as 4 degrees. These aren’t your typical China supply house’s knockoff control arms, either; Voodoo13 pieces are designed and made entirely in the U.S. voodoo13usa.com

WILWOOD ’06-’15 MAZDA MIATA DYNAPRO 4R / MC4 REAR BRAKE KIT The all-new ’16 Miata is here, but Wilwood isn’t finished with the third-gen model just yet. Never wonder whether or not you’ll be able to stop in time with Wilwood’s 12.88” drilled rotors and four-piston, forged aluminum calipers out back. Kits include separate parking brake calipers, SmartPads, and steel-braided lines—you could say they’re pretty complete. wilwood.com

’16 + MAZDA MX-5 GOODS KONI SPORT SHOCKS By the time you read this, the fourth-gen Miata market will already be flooded with a bevy of new parts. Koni starts things off with its legendary Sport Shocks. Its ND shocks feature adjustable valving for fine-tuning damping capabilities for the street or the track. koni.com

CUSCO EVERYTHING According to the people at Cusco, the fourthgen Miata is scheduled to receive all sorts of love. The company’s demo car revealed its Zero 3S coilover suspension that’s about to be released, and Cusco reps say a rollcage, front and rear chassis braces, and a limited-slip diff are all coming, too. cuscousainc.com

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FIDANZA PERFORMANCE LIGHTWEIGHT FLYWHEEL Fidanza’s lightweight aluminum flywheel is exactly the sort of mod that’ll allow the new Miata’s already rev-happy 2.0L spin that much easier. A specialized steel friction plate fastens to the billet-aluminum disc, allowing for easy serviceability down the road without having to shell out for a whole new unit. fidanza.com


RIMS, TIRES, AND MORE

SSR PROFESSOR CV04 / CV04S WHEELS Famed wheel maker Speed Star Racing adds to its lineup with the three-piece, 19”, 20”, and 21” CV04 and CV04S (step lip) in its Titan Silver and Black finishes. Available widths range from 7.5” all the way up to 13.5” with offsets from 40 mm on up. So, in other words, no, these won’t fit on your Civic. ssr-wheels.com

ENKEI GTC01RR WHEELS Enkei took what it learned from supplying rims to Formula One, WRC, and JGTC teams when developing the GTC01RR. According to Enkei, it’s one of the company’s strongest wheels to date yet is still about as lightweight as the classic RPF1. Look for the GTC01RR in three different concaves, all in 18” diameters, and with five-lug bolt patterns and matte-gunmetal finishes. enkei.com

PROJECT KICS R40 ICONIX LUG NUTS

ARP SUBARU BRZ/SCION FR-S WHEEL STUD KIT

Consider the lug nut reinvented. Project Kics’ latest two-piece, chrome-moly lugs feature rotating seats that, unlike other lugs, won’t scratch your rims since they remain stationary when tightening. Leave them open-ended for extended studs or swap in any of the available plastic or aluminum caps for a unique look. mackin-ind.com

No more fumbling around for wheel stud applications that are pretty much sorta close to what you need, thanks to ARP’s BRZ- and FR-S-specific studs. Like all ARP wheels studs, they’re stronger than what you’ve already got and long enough to satisfy any sanctioning body’s rulebook. arp-bolts.com

MAXXIS TIRE VICTRA VR-1

VOSSEN X WORK COLLABORATION

KONIG FLOW FORMED WHEELS

Another player in the ultracompetitive part-street-tire, part-track-tire segment, Maxxis says the VR-1 will deliver the sort of dry-grip performance you care about with the wet-weather capabilities that your mother says you need. maxxis.com

This was designed and engineered in Miami, while manufactured in Japan, and we’re excited to see all the two-piece wheel designs the new Vossen x Work collaboration has to offer. vossenwheels.com

Konig is getting lighter, stronger, better with its new wheels designed for motorsport. They use flow-formed technology and have new designs. We are digging these wheels for time attack and drift cars, and you won’t break the bank! konigwheels.com

NEW FOR HONDA

AEM 2013+ ACCORD V-6 COLD AIR INTAKE It’s almost easier to rattle off the list of intake systems AEM doesn’t make than those they do. Complementing its already extensive line is an all-new cold-air kit for the latest Accord’s six-cylinder J-series engine. aemintakes.com

HONDATA INJECTOR DRIVER BOX

EXEDY NSX, TL, S2000 CLUTCHES AND FLYWHEELS

Hondata’s latest little box allows both saturated and peak-and-hold fuel injectors to play nicely in just about any situation. The ability to mix injector sizes and dead times between sets of injectors also makes staged injection a whole lot easier should you need that sort of fuel delivery. hondata.com

It’s only a matter of time before you obliterate your stock clutch. Take preventative action with one of Exedy’s three new clutch kits: its baller, twin-disc setup for the first-gen NSX that you don’t have, an OE-replacement kit for your uncle’s SH-AWD TL, and a high-performance Hyper version for the S2000 you’re saving for. exedyusa.com

OLD PRODUCTS, NEW APPS FUJITSUBO SCION FR-S/ SUBARU BRZ EXHAUST AND HEADER Fujitsubo does only one thing and it does it well: make exhaust systems that work. Fujitsubo distributor, Cusco, revealed the company’s all-new header designed for U.S.-market chassis along with its existing exhaust system and cat-deleting mid-pipe and resonators. cuscousainc.com

OS GIKEN VINTAGE LSD Legendary differential maker OS Giken’s just dropped a new limited-slip version you ought to care about: Super Lock units for vintage applications like the Datsun 510/Bluebird’s R160 diff are now available in 1.5-way configurations but can be custom-tuned for 1.1- and 2.-0way as well. osgiken.net

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A CLOSER LOOK

AIRLIFT PERFORMANCE 3H AIR SUSPENSION MANAGEMENT You’ve settled on air suspension for your whip, now you’ve got to figure out how to control it. AirLift’s 3H system does everything you wouldn’t expect, like offer rise-on-start capabilities so you don’t forget to un-dump your whip before plowing out of the garage, five different preset ride heights for quick changes, and the ability to control everything from your phone. 3H systems are made up of a sophisticated ECU and manifold that control whatever AirLift suspension you’ve got, along with the full-colordisplay controller and height sensors that let you know exactly what’s going on down there. airliftperformance.com

AEM DASH DISPLAY AND LOGGER You want something more comprehensive than your Civic’s stock instrument cluster but you don’t want something that’s worth more than your entire hatchback. Which is exactly what AEM had in mind when developing its all-new dash display and logger that are set for release early next year and, reportedly, will do so for a whole lot less money than its competitors. AEM’s display uses IRG (Instant Recognition Graphics) technology for high-resolution and crystal-clear visibility and includes a Vehicle Dynamics Module made up of a three-axis gyro, three-axis accelerometer, and GPS capabilities for accurate track mapping. Hook one up to your existing CAN-bus network with little more work than just plugging it in and feeding it power and a ground. All sorts of other features are said to be included within the aluminumenclosed system, like 200 MB worth of data-logging capabilities built right in. aemelectronics.com

BOOST UPGRADES

TURBOSMART E-BOOSTHP ELECTRONIC BOOST CONTROLLER

TURBOSMART PROGATE 50 LITE

BORGWARNER AIRWERKS AND EFR TURBOS

You’ve already got your T-too-big turbo, now tame it. Turbosmart’s e-BoostHP electronic boost controller is good for up to the 120 psi you think you’ll need but works just as well at the 8 pounds you’ll likely be pushing. There’s also an auxiliary output for triggering methanol or nitrous injection that can manage shift-point and warning lights based on boost and engine speed. turbosmartusa.com

You need a bigger wastegate, but your engine bay says that ain’t gonna happen. Turbosmart’s new 50mm ProGate 50 Lite wastegate says otherwise; it’s the smallest of its kind, allowing it to fit inside almost any modern, cramped engine compartment. Like every Turbosmart wastegate, the ProGate 50 Lite allows for easy spring changes and the ability to index its cap in 12 different positions for precise fitment. turbosmartusa.com

BorgWarner’s released eight all-new AirWerks turbo applications as well as three unique EFR (Engineered for Racing) units, like the EFR-7163, which is the official turbo of IndyCar and now available to guys with B18Cs and SR20s. Both lines were designed for racing applications, with EFR versions capable of as much as 1,000 hp and featuring ceramic, dual-ball-bearing cartridges and stainless-steel turbine housings for less heat and longer life. borgwarner.com

GARRETT GTW TURBOS Garrett’s new GTW series of turbos is exactly what you want: something capable of making big power but that your Del Taco salary can afford. Every GTW unit features forged-aluminum compressor wheels, either journal or ball-bearing cartridges, and T3 or T4 turbine housings. That doesn’t mean they’ll cost as much as you’d think, though, and according to Garrett, they’ll still be good for 700-950 hp, depending on how you order yours. turbobygarrett.com

EDELBROCK SCION FR-S AND SUBARU BRZ E-FORCE SUPERCHARGER SYSTEM

AAM COMPETITION NISSAN 370Z TWINTURBO SYSTEM AAM partnered up with BorgWarner for its latest 500-plus-horsepower turbo system for Nissan’s 370Z. At its heart is BorgWarner’s latest EFR compressor mounted to a fully tubular, stainless-steel manifold. AAM says this is the most thorough turbo kit for the Z that money can buy, which means no mid-install trips to the hardware store for two dollars’ worth of nuts and washers. aamcompetition.com

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There isn’t exactly a shortage of forcedinduction options for the Toyobaru twins, and Edelbrock doesn’t care. That’s mostly because of how unique its E-Force system is. One look and you’ll notice that the manifold and supercharger are inverted from what you’re used to seeing in an effort to preserve runner length and fit up properly onto that wonky Boxer engine. According to Edelbrock, the kit’s 50-state legal, includes everything you need, and makes about 77 hp more than the supercharger you don’t have. edelbrock.com

MISHIMOTO ’15 + SUBARU WRX TOP-MOUNT INTERCOOLER SYSTEM Say goodbye to the latest WRX’s factory intercooler for Mishimoto’s kit and say hello to a 35-degree intake air temp drop. According to Mishimoto, that translates into something like 15 hp and 8 lb-ft of torque, but you already knew that cooler air meant more horsepower. mishimoto.com

GREDDY SCION FR-S AND SUBARU BRZ TURBO SYSTEM GReddy had all sorts of good news to reveal, like its product development partnership with KW Suspension or the revival of some of its classic engine parts for cars like the older GT-R and Supra. But its all-new turbo kit for the FR-S and BRZ that now uses a Garrett GTX2871 compressor and is good for about 500 hp on built engines is what caught our attention. greddy.com


BEST NEW DATA-MINING TOOLS

AUTO METER DASHLINK AND WIRELESS GAUGES Auto Meter’s iOS- and Android-based DashLink does everything your instrument cluster can plus has scan tool functionality, realtime data acquisition by means of a proprietary OBDII module, and full-color GPS track mapping all from one simple, all-inclusive box: the tablet you’ve already got. Also, you hate wiring and Auto Meter knows it. That’s why they’ve developed the AirDrive system. Simply plug the included dongle into your car’s OBD2 diagnostic port, stuff your gauges wherever you want, and let the WiFi network do the rest. autometer.com

RACEPAK IQ3S STREET DASH Racepak’s all-new IQ3S Street Dash gives you everything you’d expect for a race car plus what you need for your daily. Like its obvious ability to log engine parameters and its not-so-obvious ability to monitor things like fuel level and turn signal and high-beam activity. The IQ3S hooks up to most late-model cars’ OBDII ports as well as all sorts of aftermarket engine management systems. racepak.com

AEM X-SERIES DIGITAL GAUGES AEM’s digital gauge line just got a whole lot bigger. Twelve gauges make up the new X-Series, including a wideband controller, boost pressure, voltage, exhaust gas temperature, and more. X-Series gauges are easier to read with their 87 percent larger LED displays and sweeping needles, but despite those bigger faces, they still occupy the same industry-standard 52mm diameter housing as any other gauge would but with only a quarter-inch cup depth, making them suitable to mount just about any place you can think of. aemelectronics.com


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BEST NEW DATA-MINING TOOLS CONTINUED DEFI ADVANCE A1 AND USDM SERIES GAUGES

DEFI SPORTS DISPLAY F This year’s SEMA was good to digital dash makers. New to the market, Defi’s yet-to-be-released Display F hooks up to existing OBDII systems and sensors as well as Defi’s own Advance sensors for additional monitoring. There’s also a built-in gyro sensor, multiple display modes depending on if you’re on the track or the street, and logging capabilities that go straight to your USB flash drive. defi-shop.com

Defi’s latest line of Advance A1 gauges do just about everything you’d expect a Defi gauge to do but look a little bit classier while doing it. According to the people at Defi, the metallic tones and hairline marks resemble a high-end watch more than a gauge. And when you’ve finally had enough of doing metric-to-standard conversions in your head when the cop’s on your ass, look to Defi’s new line of USDM gauges that display the imperial units you’re more familiar with. defi-shop.com

OTHER NEW HOTNESS

HKS NISSAN GT-R 4.1L STROKER AND GT1000 TURBO KIT Mmmmm…Yes! HKS is back at SEMA showing off its 4.1L stroker kit and GT1000 turbo kit for the R35 GT-R. Make 1,000+hp safely and reliably! hksusa.com, motovicity.com

360FLY CAMERA Not your typical new product at SEMA, but we thought this 360-degree single-lens stitchless video camera was pretty dope. Check out the website for video examples. 360fly.com

WINJET SCION FR-S HEADLIGHTS AND TAILLIGHTS

MECHANIX WEAR GLOVES

Can’t afford the real deal? Don’t worry! Winjet’s JDM-style head- and taillights are great alternatives for your FR-S. winjetinc.com

BORLA CRATEMUFFLERS Specific mufflers optimized and made specifically crate motors. If you’re doing an LS crate motor, this one’s for you! borla.com

CSF RADIATOR FOR SCION FR-S AND SUBARU BRZ

PROJECT MU D1 SPEC BRAKE PADS

Taking the cooling game to the next level, this 32mm core aluminum radiator featured an integrated eight-plate oil cooler. csfrace.com

Now available to the public, these pads from Project Mu are designed specifically for competition drifting. mackin-ind.com

ROYAL PURPLE XPR SYNTHETIC OIL AND PURPLE ICE For those demanding high performance, Royal Purple has a couple new viscosities available as well as its Purple Ice, an additive that helps reduce coolant temps. royalpurpleconsumer.com

Complete your ultimate garage with this new storage and workbench station that features a stainless steel work surface, integrated USB, LAN and air connectors, plus much more. sonictoolsusa.com

DBA BIG BRAKES There are big brake systems in the works from this very reputable Australian brake company. Stay tuned! dbausa.com

KTN INTAKE MANIFOLD

BREMBO B-M8 AND B-M4 CALIPERS

Using a new-patented heat reduction polymer, KTN’s intake manifold provides total heat soak elimination. ktnthermo.com

If you ever end up driving a big SUV, truck, or sedan, and have the need for a rotor up to 16.5”, then you’ll need the new Brembo B-M8. They are eight-piston monobloc calipers that hold with four pads. The B-M4 serves rotors up to 15” and servers the rear of the vehicle, or can be run on certain smaller vehicles. brembo.com

FORMULA D ’16 SCHEDULE

In a hierarchy of have-to-go-to events, Formula Drift would probably rank somewhere in the top three. The drifting action will keep you at the edge of your seat, and the cars on display are the best in each respective region. In addition to Formula D’s normal stops, they will be doing two Japan Championship rounds in Ebisu and Okayama as well as a World Championship round in Montreal. Also peep the Final Round—the House of Drift returns for…one more time?! formulad.com

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If you’re still working on your car with your bare hands, you’re doing it wrong! Protect your hands with Mechanix Wear. They’ve been making great stuff for more than 20 years. mechanix.com

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SUPER STREET New Products for 2016 Guide

PIONEER ELECTRONICS AVH-X5800BHS DVD RECEIVER KÖNIG WHEELS The Hypergram is König’s latest Flow Formed offering, a lightweight, 12-spoke design that is motorsport inspired in its construction, appearance, and ability to clear many big brake upgrades! With a large range of aggressive sizing, the Hypergram is finished in either Matte Grey or Race Bronze in 15"x7.5", 15"x8.5", 17"x8", 17"x9", 18"x8.5", 18"x9.5", and 18"x10.5" sizes. konigwheels.com

SSR WHEELS Outer Rim Laser Marking and Gold or Red Pierce Bolts are now available for SSR multi-piece wheels. Laser Marking is available for 19- and 20-inch multi-piece wheels, and up to two of the following logos can be applied: SSR, Professor, Executor or Formula Mesh. Also available for any SSR three-piece wheel are the optional Gold or Red Pierce Bolts. Other Pierce Bolt options are Classical (black chrome) or Chrome. ssr-wheels.com

Pioneer's latest in-dash multimedia receiver offers a variety of technologies and entertainment features, including Bluetooth® functionality for convenient hands-free calling and music streaming, Siri® Eyes Free, SiriusXM-Ready™, HD Radio™, Android™ Music Support and Pandora®. New for 2016, the AVH-X5800BHS adds Spotify control, FLAC audio file playback compatibility, and a new clear resistive touch screen on the seven-inch motorized display. MSRP: $480 suggested retail. pioneerelectronics.com/car

NITROUS OUTLET Nitrous Outlet X-Series systems are designed for racers on a budget. Made from the same high quality parts and materials as other Nitrous Outlet systems, X-series systems feature a 1/16th nozzle and solenoids smaller than traditional Nitrous Outlet systems. X-Series systems can flow 175HP out of the box. MSRP: Complete systems starting at MSRP: Starting at $329.99. nitrousoutlet.com

MXP This high quality, full SUS304 stainless steel 4-1 equal-length exhaust manifold is for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. It includes the header and overpipe, and offers a high-flow design, mandrel-bent tubing, TIG welds, and includes thick flanges to prevent warping. MSRP: $710.00 mxp-performance.com

ATDWHEELS ATDWheels’ Drifz 308B Spec-R is fresh for 2016 and available in a variety of sport compact and tuner fitments. They feature a matte black finish and are available in staggered size fitments in multiple offsets in sizes 16"x8", 17"x8", 17"x9", 18"x9", and 18"x9.5". atdwheels.com


EUROPEAN UNION BROADENING YOUR HORIZONS WITH 25 DOPE EUROS FROM SEMA

WORDS Sam Du, Albert Roxas PHOTOS Albert Roxas, SS Staff

Decades ago, JDM guys couldn’t stand the sight of a BMW or Porsche and vice versa. My, oh my, have times changed… We are in a day of age where close-minded enthusiasts are beginning to grow out of their shells and appreciate all types of cars. You can hopefully see that by the love we spread across the entire scene—of course, while still knowing where we

came from. Every year, more modified European cars are becoming the spotlight of the SEMA show. So to give you a better glimpse into the Euro side, I teamed up with my old friend Albert Roxas, founder of tUNINGwERKS magazine and also a hard-core Euro enthusiast/blogger, to help me identity some of the coolest Euros from this year’s SEMA.

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“I’ve wanted to build a Z4 speedster for years, and while I think my execution would look substantially different from this car, I appreciate the flowing lines that accentuate the original shape. The conversion of this Z4 clearly took a great deal of time and effort, unlike the trend of bolting on flares and a front splitter and calling yourself a car builder. Again, this may not suit everyone’s taste or aesthetic, but this car truly is unique.” – Michael Febbo, editor

iiBulletproof Automotive is back with a truly bespoke Varis BMW Z4 Roadster (nicknamed “Z4 GT Continuum”). Some of our favorite mods include the side-exit triple exhaust pipes, chopped A-pillars and windshield, plus a totally custom rear end. It’s one of the best, if not the most complete Euro build of SEMA ’15! was all over social media was this iiOne of the most anticipated cars that Motorsport collaboration. We must Prior Design Boden Autohaus/Platinum classic lines of the R8 despite the note the beautiful color choice to keep the widebody advantage.

iiLong Tran of LTMW’s personal project with one of the first R8 Liberty Walk kits. The Lamborghini Grigio Telesto paint gives the exotic an additionally sinister look.

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iiCenterlock Advan GT wheels on Mackin Industries’ 997 Turbo? Yes, please… Vorsteiner kit to boot!

iiFor the second year in a row, BMW North America came strong with its M Performance Parts booth. This M4 showcased its latest carbon package, which included a revised GT4-styled spoiler. BMW is also offering fully adjustable coilovers from the dealer for the M3, M4, and upcoming M2. Now what OEM does that?!

iiYou couldn’t miss Carl Taylor’s mean and bright green E46 M3. Highlights included the Rocket Bunny “Pandem” kit, Rotiform wheels, Air Lift suspension, and a Vortech-supercharged LS2 swap.

iiOur friend Bisi Ezerioha of Bisimoto has done it again with this custom twinturbocharged Cayman S. And holy wing!

iiOne of the more subtle projects we’ve seen from the LTMW camp, this F10 M5 featured a custom widebody and 20” Vossen VPS-306 wheels.

iiWild McLaren 650S featuring a FAB Design widebody and custom exhaust from RDB L.A.

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iiDigging the M-styled livery on LTMW’s Rocket Bunny BMW E36.

iiVery clean Porsche 997.1 GT3 sitting on RSR’s latest Magnesium race wheels, which weigh a mere 17 pounds per corner.

iiJDM Meets DTM with the Evasive Motorsports Porsche 997.1 GT3. Advan lightweight wheels and a Voltex rear wing complete the GT racer look.

iiThe “Edition 918 Spyder” is part of a package for those who pre-ordered the 918 Hypercar. This fully loaded 997 Turbo S is meant to hold over owners while their 918s were being built. This particular model is on RSR Magnesium wheels. (Too much baller talk for me. Sad face... – SD)

iiWe first saw this Liberty Walk 997 Turbo from fiveninedesign on the MOMO Rally to Rennsport Reunion. Here it is again showing off its classic Brumos Racing livery, color-matched rollcage, and rose gold GFG wheels.

iiStunning Gallardo Spyder with a Liberty Walk widebody from GT Autoconcepts.

iiOne of our personal favorites from the show, the All Road Outfitters S3 widebody with Thule cargo carrier and custom fenders. It definitely stood out despite the S3’s normally small stature. iiCarl Taylor not only had his LS-swapped E46 M3 at SEMA, but his E36 was also breaking necks all week. Formerly in a crazy Tic Tac livery, his E36 has been updated with the new Rocket Bunny “Pandem” kit, Air Lift suspension, Rotiform four-spokes, and an artistic “dazzle camouflage” wrap. iiAnother favorite, the Magnaflow x Vorsteiner widebody BMW M4 really popped with its bright red paint. It’s also sitting on BC Forged wheels and pushing more than 700 hp.

iiWho doesn’t mind a murdered-out Hamann Mercedes G-Wagen?

iiMean E46 M3 with DTM Fiberwerkz over-fenders, GTR hood and ESM wheels.

iiThis CLS500 is a SEMA veteran and it still makes us turn our heads. Gold HREs, Air Runner suspension, plus peep those Lamborghini brakes!

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iiThe Vorsteiner crew is at it again with its Novara kit for the Huracan. The kit includes vented carbon fenders, carbon rear diffuser, front bumper, and side skirts.

SAM’S UNDERDOG PICK It was perhaps the most overlooked and underrated car in Vegas. Parked far in the back outside of the convention center, Troy Spackman’s ’92 VW Corrado deserved to be front and center, at least it would have been if it were at any of Europe’s top VW shows. I couldn’t stop admiring its attention to detail from the widened 2-inch metal flares, leather and alcantara interior, right-hand-drive conversion, and a Mk5 R32 24v engine swap in a ridiculously immaculate bay. Bravo, Troy!

iiWrapped in matte green pearl, the M4 in the Zito Wheels booth came equipped with Zito’s ZS07 wheels and an Enlaes body kit. Pretty sweet!

iiVaris-kitted BMW M4 on RAYS wheels looked amazing and had the guts to match— performance goodies from ESS Tuning and GruppeM. Another winner from our homies at Bulletproof Automotive.


REMEMBER THE TIME FIVE BLASTS FROM THE PASTS THAT STOLE THE SHOW AT SEMA

WORDS Jofel Tolosa

We broke out old issues of Super Street to look back at a handful of the most famous builds from previous SEMA shows. Plenty of trends have passed, and some are still hot today! What: HKS Nissan 180SX When: SEMA ’01 During this time, drag racing was huge—the equivalent of what drifting is today, times three! When HKS brought out its drag racing Nissan 180SX from Japan for SEMA, the dragster also won some head-to-head battles with low 7-second passes at a few NHRA events. It was so dope, it became a playable car in Gran Turismo 2.

What: Signal Auto Chop Top 2 When: SEMA ’00 Back in ’98, Signal Auto debuted its first chop-top; however, two years later, the company made a more dialed-in twin sister simply named Chop Top 2. The turbo B16 made roughly 530 hp and had a best time of 9.74 seconds on the dragstrip—pretty quick for a Civic during its time.

What: Super Street x Hot Wheels Honda Civic When: SEMA ’00 We don’t want to brag, but in ’00 we won the Honda Civic Si Challenge. We had a budget of $10,000 and fitted it with an HKS turbo, Sparco Seats, and Pioneer audio equipment. As winner of the competition, Mattel made a duplicate Hot Wheel die-cast model. It’s rumored the car still sits at Honda HQ in Southern California. Perhaps we should bring it back out?

What: Blitz Nissan Skyline GT-R When: SEMA ’99 We know it might not sound crazy by today’s standards, but 17 years ago Blitz brought its 850hp Nissan Skyline GT-R to Vegas. The R34 had a top speed of 213 mph and a 0-60 mph of a little more than 3 seconds.

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What: Super Street Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S When: SEMA ’14 OK… This competition we didn’t win, but we still think the outcome of our Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S was pretty rad. Using styling cues from the Release Series 1.0, plus our previous “Ratchet Bunny” project and also the Weld 86 from Japan, we built what we believed to be the wildest showstoppin’ FR-S that could grace the SEMA floor with individual throttle bodies, shaved bay, custom wire tuck, molded Rocket Bunny kit, BBS wheels, and a touch of TRD. Oh, yes!


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