Sunday, January 31, 2010

TAS 2010

The new Porsche Panamera has become the new Tokyo-center commuter over the last couple of months so I wasn't surprised to see quite a few of them on display at TAS. This one was running on 22-inch Forgiato Maglia GTR wheels.

Gotta dig the Hyper Forged wheels on this 997 Turbo, but I'm a sucker for matte bronze wheels!

Being Italian I couldn't pass up the opportunity to stop by the FIAT Abrath stand to check out the Punto Abarth...

BMW with Toyota power! 


Outerplus with Ti Racing Exige at the Super Lap Battle last month, a mighty fast car around Tsukuba.

Had a chance to have a nice look at the tuned Toyota 2ZZ in the back which thanks to a remap, bigger throttle and intercooler develops 275 HP.

Thought the For-Two looked pretty good with those 17-inch wheels. Make sure you watch out for Carlsson's new 735 HP SL based C25 supercar that will be unveiled at the Geneva show in March.

The Golf is one of the most popular imports in Japan so it wasn't a surprise to see quite a few at the show like this Voomeran GTI.

SL65 AMG Black Series in the Dunlop area. Outrageous looking thing!

While the green Libery Walk Murcielago entertained me with its constantly rising and dropping air suspension for all of twenty seconds, it was the little Lambormini that really caught my attention. I've been seeing these funny ATVs at import shows for years now but I've never noticed how cool they can look! The perfect way to complement your supercar! And like their full-scaled counterparts they are only for the very well off costing just under $21,000! And if you are feeling especially exuberant you can add the $3,500 audio kit!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Natural progression or a fluke? You can't open a ‘pic of the day thread' on a random forum without getting confronted with cars that have a killer stance. Normally you would see cars like a Impreza or Evo and of course the S-chassis cars. But we can't forget the little guys, like this Toyota Yaris or Vitz as it is known in other countries.
This particular car has its roots in Indonesia and is rolling round town on a set of 20" Weds Kranze Bazreia wheels. There isn't a lot of info about the car itself but I did spot a few items that aren't standard.

Thanks to an airbag system the wheels are tucked inside the wheel wells. When driving the owner lifts the car up for better clearance, but it surprised me to see that it still looks good when doing so. You can see a small video clip of the car on the highway here.

In the rear we see a modified bumper with two exhaust tips molded into it. It makes for a very clean look. I'm also guessing that the owner has painted the rear lights red.

It looks like a real life Jada Toy car in this picture. I mentioned that the wheels are made Weds, they come in size 20x9" +38 in the front with 235/30/20 tires and 20x10" +12 in the rear with 245/30/20 tire

If this ain't tucked then I don't know what is. I thought it looked pretty cool and its definitely refreshing to see. Will we see more of these small cars with excessive sized wheels in the future? Or is this car a freak of nature?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Lexus LFA

Lexus LFA 001.JPG
Parent companyToyota Motor Corporation
Also calledLexus LF-A (concept)
ProductionDec 2010 – Dec 2012
(planned, 500 total, 20 monthly)
AssemblyMotomachi, Toyota CityJapan
ClassSports car
Racing car
Body style(s)2-door coupé
2-door roadster
LayoutFront-mid-engine, rear-mid-transaxle, rear-wheel drive
Engine(s)4.8 L 1LR-GUE V10
Transmission(s)6-speed Automated Sequential Gearbox
Wheelbase2,605 mm (102.6 in)
Length4,505 mm (177.4 in)
Width1,895 mm (74.6 in)
Height1,220 mm (48 in)
Curb weight1,480–1,580 kg (3,263–3,483 lb)
DesignerHaruhiko Tanahashi

Gumpert Apollo


In 2001 Roland Gumpert proposed a new generation sports car. One of the first concerns of this car was that it be a street-legal car, ready for the race track. Gumpert returned to Germany at the end of 2001, after more than three years in China. There he was the head of sales and marketing, responsible for the development of the dealer network of the Audi-VW joint enterprise. Just after he returned to Germany, Roland Mayer asked him if he would assist him in building a prototype sports car. Audi approved Gumpert's involvement in this project, on the condition that, if they did eventually develop a new sports car, it would not be a prototype, but a series product.[1]
The company, located in AltenburgGermany, was founded in 2004 under the name GMG Sportwagenmanufaktur Altenburg GmbH. The technical guidelines were defined and the first designs of the car were drawn by Marco Vanetta. Upon Vanetta's completion of this process, the first 1:4scale model of Gumpert's car was produced in 2002.
Gumpert continued with the development of the Apollo, along with the Technical University of Munich and the Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences. They have assisted with the constructional workcomputer simulations, and wind tunnel tests. This research and development helped forming the blueprint for the first 1:1 scale model. Finally, two prototype Apollos were constructed.[2] The production of the Apollo started in October 2005.[3]


The Gumpert Apollo used theLeipzig-Altenburg Airport as a test track.
During April 2005 the Apollo made its racing debut in the Divinol Cup. This Apollo was driven by the Belgian race driver Ruben Maes. Maes finished third on the Hockenheimring race track. Three years later Gumpert announced that they would enter a hybrid version of the Apollo in the 2008 24 Hours Nürburgring, driven by 2004 winner Dirk Müller and ex-Formula One racer Heinz-Harald Frentzen. Three months passed between the first discussions and the finished hybrid Apollo. The Apollo was driven in the 24 Hours Nürburgring in May 2008. The hybrid Apollo can deliver up to 382 kW (519 PS; 512 hp), powered with a 3.3 litre V8 twin-turboengine coupled with a 100 kW (136 PS; 134 hp) electric motor. The car has the ability to recharge the battery under braking.
On July 27, 2008 an Apollo Sport was featured on the UK show Top GearRichard Hammond and The Stigdrove the Apollo Sport.[4] With a lap time of 1:17.1, the Apollo Sport is the fastest on the 'Power Lap Board' as of December 2009.[5]


The Apollo is a 1,100 kg (2,400 lb) to 1,200 kg (2,600 lb) (depending on options), street-legal race car. It is a mid-engined, rear wheel drive two-seater constructed on a tubular chromoly frame, with fiberglass or optional carbon fiber body panels. The manufacturers, Gumpert, claim the design of the Apollo is optimized so that the car could drive upside-down in a tunnel if driven at sufficiently high speeds (over 190 mph),[6] though this remains to be tested. Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond claims that Gumpert have already found a suitable tunnel and have made all the preparations necessary and are simply waiting for a volunteer driver willing enough to do the test.[7]


A 4163 cc bi-turbo intercooled V8 engine powers the Apollo. The 90° V8 has a closed-deck light metal crankcase with dry sump lubrication. The light metal cylinder heads have five valves per cylinder, four overhead camshafts, VarioCam Direct variable valve timing on the intakes, and hydraulic valve clearance compensation. The double-flow exhaust system has four oxygen sensors to monitor the gas mixture, and a 3-waycatalytic converter. Modern controls include an on-board diagnostic system, eight-coil electronic ignition, sequential multipoint fuel injection, and an electronic (drive by wire) accelerator system.
There are 3 engine types available, a base version with about 478 kW (650 PS; 641 hp), a sport version with around 515 kW (700 PS; 691 hp) and a race version with around 588.4 kW (800 PS; 789 hp) Top speed is 360.4 km/h (223.9 mph) with 0-100 km/h (62 mph) reached in 3.2 seconds and 0-200 km/h (120 mph) in 8.8 seconds.


  • Length: 4,460 mm (176 in)
  • Width: 1,998 mm (78.7 in)
  • Height: 1,114 mm (43.9 in)
  • Wheel Base: 2,700 mm (110 in)

  • Curb Weight: under 1,200 kg (2,600 lb)
  • Total Allowed Weight: 1,500 kg (3,300 lb)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Zenvo ST1

Created by Danish company Zenvo, the ST1 is powered by a 7.0 liter V8 engine with more than 1,100 hp and a max torque of 1430Nm. These impressive figures allow for a top speed exceeding 375 km/h and a projected 0-100 km/h time of 3 seconds.The research and development of the concept started in 2004. The final prototype has now been completed and the car has entered it’s last stages of performance testing, where according to Zenvo it has achieved a 0-100 km/h time of 3.2 seconds and a 0-200 km/h time of 8.9 seconds. Zenvo plans to start a limited series production of 15 units within 2009.


The design of the ST1 was developed by Hermann & Brandt Design studio. The brief was to design a sportscar with an aggressive mix of typical supercar styling cues and race car elements.

Started with the first rough sketches in August 2006, the final design was approved in February 2008.
The design of the car is made from free flowing accelerating lines creating the shape of the wheel arches, the roof line, side line and the lower side air intake.

The sharp lines are connected by muscular organic surfacing creating dramatic reflections. Contrasting the general surfacing the design features a race car inspired lower carbon splitter.

The front is designed around the hexagonal trademark Zenvo grille flanked by the large front air intakes used for brakes and engine cooling. The intakes are raked back to minimize drag and at the same time making the side impression of the car more compact.
The theme of the front is repeated in the rear which is designed around the big diffuser necessary for high speed stability. As on the front the center volume is flanked by large air exits extracting hot engine air as well as housing the exhaust and rear lights.

The rear spoiler mandatory for a car capable of extreme high speeds is partly integrated in the rear wing. It has a unique aerodynamic design following the raked shape of the rear end.

Zenvo ST1 - Technical Specifications

  • Zenvo ST1Engine: V8 7.0 liters
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual gearbox, rear wheel-drive, hydraulic limit slip differential
  • Dimensions

    • Length (mm) 4665
    • Width, without mirrors (mm) 2041
    • Height (mm) 1198
    • Wheelbase (mm) 3055

  • Weight (kg) 1376
  • Output (kW/hp/min) 810 / 1104 / 6900
  • Max. torque (Nm/min) 1430 / 4500
  • Top speed (km/h) 375 (electronically controlled)
  • Acceleration 0–100 km/h (s) 3,0
  • Power-to-Weight ratio Hp/weight 802 bhp per tonne

Nissan GT-R R35 by Tommy Kaira

A few months ago we brought you news and some pictures of the Tommy Kaira R35 GT-R. At that time the project had just started and besides a few renderings, we had no idea what it would look like. Now with the Tokyo Auto Salon starting today, we have official pictures and some information on the car.

To start with, Tommy Kaira is offering two kit choices, the first being a very comprehensive one while the second just works on the front end. The full kit consists of, among others, a wet carbon front bumper, a front grille cover, lip spoiler, under diffuser, side ducts and side skirts. The rear also features wet carbon in the form of a racing diffuser, a rear wing and rear fender extensions. The AVS Model F15 Platinum black wheels are shod with Pirelli P-Zero 255/40R20 and 285/35R20 front and rear tyres respectively.

A more minimalistic Front Style Kit is being marketed for customers who prefer not to go over the top. It is made up of wet carbon for the front bumper, grille cover, lip spoiler, under diffusser and side ducts.

ot much info regarding the interior was announced, only that it is completely red and covered mostly in leather.

Optional dry carbon components can be fitted. These include front fender finishers, ducts and door handle surrounds.


TommyKaira have put the finishing touches on their Tommy Kaira R35 GT-R project just in time for the opening of Tokyo AutoSalon this week. The complete car project looks to have been quite a mammoth undertaking but they’ve pulled it off with days to spare. The final product looks great in these photos but the real test will be to see it in the flesh on Friday this week at the show. The wheels you see it pictured here with are AVS Model F15 in Platinum black, sizes 20×9.5 +45 in the front and 20×10.5 +25 in the rear. They’re wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero 255/40R20 285/35R20 tires.
As for pricing, if you’re sitting down let’s begin. For the full kit, in “Wet Carbon”, including tax, look to spend 1,680,000 yen in Japan. It includes the following gear:
  • Wet Carbon/FRP Front Bumper
  • Wet Carbon Front Grill Cover
  • Wet Carbon Front Lip Spoiler
  • Wet Carbon Front Under Diffuser
  • Wet Carbon Side Ducts
  • Wet Carbon/FRP Side Skits
  • Wet Carbon Rear Underspoiler
  • Wet Carbon Rear Racing Diffuser
  • Wet Carbon Rear Wing
  • Wet Carbon Rear Fender Extensions (20mm extension)
On top of this you can choose the following options at extra cost:
  • Dry Carbon Front fender finishers 67,200 yen
  • Dry Carbon Front Fender Ducts 61,950 yen
  • Dry Carbon Door Handles 47,250 yen
If the full kit is too rich for you, then you’re not completely out of luck. TommyKaira are selling a sub-kit known as the Front Style Kit. This retails at the 630,000 yen mark and includes the following:
  • Wet Carbon/FRP Front Bumper
  • Wet Carbon Front Grill Cover
  • Wet Carbon Front Lip Spoiler
  • Wet Carbon Front Under Diffuser
  • Wet Carbon Side Ducts
Dry carbon versions of many of these parts are on their way soon but are not priced as yet. There’s is also a complete red leather interior package on it’s way. You can sneak a peak in these photos but we’ll have more for you soon. It’s also not priced just yet.
To go along with the exterior body components, TommyKaira have also developed a range of tuning parts like an exhaust system, brake kit and suspension kit. These are priced as follows:
  • High Performance Exhaust, Titanium (STTI): 348,600 yen
  • Endless MONO6 & 6R Caliper Kit with 390mm rotors: 1,837,000 yen
  • Quantum Super Sports Suspension Kit: 630,000 yen
So, like we said, looking good but check back Friday for a more in-depth look at the newTommyKaira R35 GT-R.