PECE’S INFAMOUS PANNIC RX3 // JULY FEATURE

PECE’S INFAMOUS PANNIC RX3
// JULY FEATURE

Photos by: Ricky Rigutto | Words by: Ian Lee

With the exception of the last iteration of the “RX” series (what was Mazda thinking with the RX8?), the cars that Mazda produced adorning the RX badge were some of the most iconic cars that came from Japan for over three decades. Like other early 70’s JDM cars, the original R100, RX2 and RX3’s share common styling with American muscle car’s although they didn’t quite share the same v8 rumble (Note we are not opening the can of worms that is LS swapped Mazda debate in this post).

Back when the RX3’s hit the shores of Australia, they were an instant hit with the car community, they had a boxy, muscle car look to it, they sounded awesome and were relatively cheap to buy; in the mid 70’s you could fetch one brand new for under $5,000! RX3’s made their way quickly onto the walls as poster cars for a lot of teens growing up and for Pece, he was lucky enough to have older cousins who owned rotaries. He says he remembers riding to his cousin’s house on his pushbike and always being intrigued by them tinkering with the car and that one day, he had to own one.

Building on from his obsession with rotaries, Pece came to purchase his RX3 around 6 years ago to add to his collection saying that it was always the dream rotary he envisioned to own. Stock examples of RX3’s interestingly are not that easy to come by with the majority of them taking on heavy modifications. For Pece, this wasn’t a problem as he had an end goal to build one up for occasional drag duties and after searching for a while, he picked up his RX3 that you see today.

The heavily modified 13B turbo motor was already producing mid 8 second passes but after many drag runs, the car was in need of some TLC. Pece said that his initial priority was actually to bring it back to street duties with some tidy ups to the engine bay and to the body. As with many well intended ‘tidy-ups’ one thing led to another and he felt that he just wanted to go bare bones and get everything redone.

One quick look from the rear and you instantly know that this thing means business with the rear tyres consuming almost what looks to be half of the width of the entire car. To accommodate for this, some major surgery had to be performed to the rear of the car to cater for the massive 295 rear tyres that wrap around the drag spec Weld Racing wheels. Up front the Rx3 has received the opposite treatment with a pair of front runner’s to help reduce rolling resistance.

To refresh the exterior of the Rx3 Pece knew there was only once place he could take the car to do the job properly, Custom Bodyworks. The vibrant blue of the car is actually a custom colour that was based off an original Mazda factory paint code. What’s pretty neat is to see splashes of the custom blue throughout the car such as the roll cage, seat stitching and various parts of the engine bay like the alternator and throttle body.

Looking into the rear of the cabin, you can see that the tubbing that was done has attempted to be non-intrusive to rear passengers but you can’t help but try to work out how two people would physically fit there without being circus contortionists. Some minor practicality aside, there’s no arguing that the interior work for Pece’s RX3 has been finely put together by Top End Interiors. Small things that add together such as the custom upholstery, colour matched stich lines, rotary seat emblems and seamless roll cage integration provide a well formed cabin.

Finally the dash of the car is one that caught my attention as something that was built purely for the purpose of functionality and nothing else. Instead of retrofitting the original trim by adding an assortment of modern gauges, it has been replaced entirely with a colour matched sheet metal dash that gives almost an industrial factory like finish to the car’s interior.

Completing the interior is the centrepiece gear setup that is responsible for ensuring power is delivered smoothly to the rear massive tyres. Pece opted for a C4 auto transmission that had been custom built for drag duties by Al’s Race Glides which when sitting in the cabin looks more like the thrust lever in a Boeing 747.

The big engulfing rear tyres, latches for a chute and roll cage had my curiosity peaked for what was under the hood although from the cars other mods, I had a fair idea. When I finally got to look at the engine bay of Pece’s car, it was nothing short of what I was expecting – incredible. The perfectly cut hoses and lines that have no slack, the various PAC rotary emblems, rotor oil cap, Cosmo 13B intake manifold, and the turbo that’s bigger than the actual engine itself create a show car spec bay.

The motor itself is a fully rebuilt Pac Performance 13B and before you ask, yes it’s bridgeported. I mean, is it really an RX3 if it isn’t bridgeported? Sucking in more air than a jet engine is the massive Garrett turbo that together with other supporting mods helps the car produce a whopping 760hp at the wheels.

For many who are fortunate enough to own a car they’ve dreamt about as a child, it is truly a surreal experience. Pece says he has to pinch himself every time he steps into his garage just to remind himself of the reality of an RX3 being there for him to drive. While the car was built for the dragstrip, Pece says he’s happy to enjoy the occasional weekend cruise for the time being to remind himself of why as he kid he wanted one so badly.

Pece would like to personally thank all his friends and family for making his childhood dream a reality. He’d also like to give a massive thanks to Pac Performance, Al’s Race Glides, Custom Body Works, Top End Interiors and West Side Mufflers for their various support with the car.

PECE’S INFAMOUS PANNIC RX3 // JULY FEATURE

With the exception of the last iteration of the “RX” series (what was Mazda thinking with the RX8?), the cars that Mazda produced adorning the RX badge were some of the most iconic cars that came from Japan for over three decades. Like other early 70’s JDM cars, the original R100, RX2 and RX3’s share common styling with American muscle car’s although they didn’t quite share the same v8 rumble (Note we are not opening the can of worms that is LS swapped Mazda debate in this post).

Back when the RX3’s hit the shores of Australia, they were an instant hit with the car community, they had a boxy, muscle car look to it, they sounded awesome and were relatively cheap to buy; in the mid 70’s you could fetch one brand new for under $5,000! RX3’s made their way quickly onto the walls as poster cars for a lot of teens growing up and for Pece, he was lucky enough to have older cousins who owned rotaries. He says he remembers riding to his cousin’s house on his pushbike and always being intrigued by them tinkering with the car and that one day, he had to own one.

Building on from his obsession with rotaries, Pece came to purchase his RX3 around 6 years ago to add to his collection saying that it was always the dream rotary he envisioned to own. Stock examples of RX3’s interestingly are not that easy to come by with the majority of them taking on heavy modifications. For Pece, this wasn’t a problem as he had an end goal to build one up for occasional drag duties and after searching for a while, he picked up his RX3 that you see today.

The heavily modified 13B turbo motor was already producing mid 8 second passes but after many drag runs, the car was in need of some TLC. Pece said that his initial priority was actually to bring it back to street duties with some tidy ups to the engine bay and to the body. As with many well intended ‘tidy-ups’ one thing led to another and he felt that he just wanted to go bare bones and get everything redone.

One quick look from the rear and you instantly know that this thing means business with the rear tyres consuming almost what looks to be half of the width of the entire car. To accommodate for this, some major surgery had to be performed to the rear of the car to cater for the massive 295 rear tyres that wrap around the drag spec Weld Racing wheels. Up front the Rx3 has received the opposite treatment with a pair of front runner’s to help reduce rolling resistance.

To refresh the exterior of the Rx3 Pece knew there was only once place he could take the car to do the job properly, Custom Bodyworks. The vibrant blue of the car is actually a custom colour that was based off an original Mazda factory paint code. What’s pretty neat is to see splashes of the custom blue throughout the car such as the roll cage, seat stitching and various parts of the engine bay like the alternator and throttle body.

Looking into the rear of the cabin, you can see that the tubbing that was done has attempted to be non-intrusive to rear passengers but you can’t help but try to work out how two people would physically fit there without being circus contortionists. Some minor practicality aside, there’s no arguing that the interior work for Pece’s RX3 has been finely put together by Top End Interiors. Small things that add together such as the custom upholstery, colour matched stich lines, rotary seat emblems and seamless roll cage integration provide a well formed cabin.

Finally the dash of the car is one that caught my attention as something that was built purely for the purpose of functionality and nothing else. Instead of retrofitting the original trim by adding an assortment of modern gauges, it has been replaced entirely with a colour matched sheet metal dash that gives almost an industrial factory like finish to the car’s interior.

Completing the interior is the centrepiece gear setup that is responsible for ensuring power is delivered smoothly to the rear massive tyres. Pece opted for a C4 auto transmission that had been custom built for drag duties by Al’s Race Glides which when sitting in the cabin looks more like the thrust lever in a Boeing 747.

The big engulfing rear tyres, latches for a chute and roll cage had my curiosity peaked for what was under the hood although from the cars other mods, I had a fair idea. When I finally got to look at the engine bay of Pece’s car, it was nothing short of what I was expecting – incredible. The perfectly cut hoses and lines that have no slack, the various PAC rotary emblems, rotor oil cap, Cosmo 13B intake manifold, and the turbo that’s bigger than the actual engine itself create a show car spec bay.

The motor itself is a fully rebuilt Pac Performance 13B and before you ask, yes it’s bridgeported. I mean, is it really an RX3 if it isn’t bridgeported? Sucking in more air than a jet engine is the massive Garrett turbo that together with other supporting mods helps the car produce a whopping 760hp at the wheels.

For many who are fortunate enough to own a car they’ve dreamt about as a child, it is truly a surreal experience. Pece says he has to pinch himself every time he steps into his garage just to remind himself of the reality of an RX3 being there for him to drive. While the car was built for the dragstrip, Pece says he’s happy to enjoy the occasional weekend cruise for the time being to remind himself of why as he kid he wanted one so badly.

Pece would like to personally thank all his friends and family for making his childhood dream a reality. He’d also like to give a massive thanks to Pac Performance, Al’s Race Glides, Custom Body Works, Top End Interiors and West Side Mufflers for their various support with the car.


PRECISION RACING’S NEW STATE OF THE ART WORKSHOP

PRECISION RACING’S NEW STATE OF THE ART WORKSHOP

When we heard that HOON Tune and Precision Automotive Racing, two heavy hitter Sydney workshops were merging into a powerhouse called “Precision Racing” we knew it was going to be something special. Owners Aaron and Joe have just opened up a new state of the art workshop facility, and will continue to specialise in the Mitsubishi Evo, Ford Falcon, and Nissan R35 GTR, however are now also moving development into the Ford Mustang and Lamborghini Huracan/Audi R8.

We went down to the shop to speak with the guys to find out more about how the shop started and what they have planned. It was also a good opportunity to check out the array of quality customer cars on display!

So Joe, Aaron, how did you guys meet?
Aaron and I met through a friend when I required an urgent dyno hire over the Christmas period one time a few years back. Aaron was good enough to open up late at night for us to get to an event the next day. From then on I was hiring his dyno weekly, and more and more as I was starting to focus on cars full time.

What made you both go into business together?
Over the years we recognised each other’s passion for motorsport and the advancement in technology throughout the street car scene. We were both stretching ourselves thin working all hours of the day and night to get everything done. We were both heading in the same direction in a business sense with each of us wanting to grow and improve on our business’ in order to provide our customers with an even better customer service experience so decided to tackle it together!

Your new shop is state of the art, what can you tell us about it?
Thank you, we are quite proud of it as it’s something we envisioned over the past 2 years, It has turned out exactly how we wanted it to, maybe even better, trying to plan everything is hard but it was all built to make everything more efficient, the benching, cupboards, automated oil reel systems, engine room, fabrication bay, dual dyno room, Ceramic coating and Powder coating bay etc.

What was the goal when you started the business?
To deliver an honest and reliable service that pioneers the trade rather then just being another shop that just sits back and follow trends.

What are the services you offer?
EFi Dyno Tuning, Engine Building, Transmission Building, Mechanical, Auto electrical, fabrication, Powder coating, ceramic coating, CNC Milling services.

What do you specialise in?
The Current Specialties would be Mitsubishi Evo, Ford Falcon, Nissan R35 GTR, and moving development into the Ford Mustang and Lamborghini Huracan/Audi R8.

Do you have any crazy customer stories?
Haha no comment.

What are you currently working on?
Currently the big push is for GTR Festival in August, we have at least 7 big builds happening ranging from 800hp up to about 2200hp, customers who have travelled from VIC, QLD, WA as well as NSW just to have their cars built by us with the aim to be finished and showcased at this event.

What’s your favourite car you have worked on?
I enjoy working with them all, obviously the cars which carry our in house packages are a better experience as everything just works from our many years of R&D.

What are you building for yourself, what do you guys own?
Joe:
Currently going through the different stages of development on my Personal 2018 S550 Mustang GT, and have a 1000hp BF falcon in the shed.

Aaron: Currently planning the Lamborghini Hurrican twin turbo package, RBLOL R35 GTR in the shed 1800hp, and 08SEC Evo 9 in the shed.

Joe, would you ever own an R35? And Aaron, vice versa do you see yourself in a ford?
Joe:
Haha 100% I can appreciate all cars and those things are next level, think supercar abilities for ¼ of the price, and they are getting even more affordable.

Aaron: Shiiiiiit do I have to answer this? To be honest I’m quite impressed with the new 10 speed Mustang, I could see myself owning one, the tricky question is supercharged or Turbo?? Turbos are usually my choice, but I think I’m getting old and a blown mustang might be nice, mainly due to all my other cars having serious turbocharger setups.

What’s your dream car? What are your future plans for the shop?
Joe:
EFI Eleanor Mustang.

Aaron: I think a Twin Turbo Lamborghini Huracan Performance is all the car anyone could ever want.

Is there anything you would have done differently if you could go back?
Maybe an even bigger shop? Haha, no just looking into the future.

PRECISION RACING’S NEW STATE OF THE ART WORKSHOP

When we heard that HOON Tune and Precision Automotive Racing, two heavy hitter Sydney workshops were merging into a powerhouse called “Precision Racing” we knew it was going to be something special. Owners Aaron and Joe have just opened up a new state of the art workshop facility, and will continue to specialise in the Mitsubishi Evo, Ford Falcon, and Nissan R35 GTR, however are now also moving development into the Ford Mustang and Lamborghini Huracan/Audi R8.

We went down to the shop to speak with the guys to find out more about how the shop started and what they have planned. It was also a good opportunity to check out the array of quality customer cars on display!

So Joe, Aaron, how did you guys meet?
Aaron and I met through a friend when I required an urgent dyno hire over the Christmas period one time a few years back. Aaron was good enough to open up late at night for us to get to an event the next day. From then on I was hiring his dyno weekly, and more and more as I was starting to focus on cars full time.

What made you both go into business together?
Over the years we recognised each other’s passion for motorsport and the advancement in technology throughout the street car scene. We were both stretching ourselves thin working all hours of the day and night to get everything done. We were both heading in the same direction in a business sense with each of us wanting to grow and improve on our business’ in order to provide our customers with an even better customer service experience so decided to tackle it together!

Your new shop is state of the art, what can you tell us about it?
Thank you, we are quite proud of it as it’s something we envisioned over the past 2 years, It has turned out exactly how we wanted it to, maybe even better, trying to plan everything is hard but it was all built to make everything more efficient, the benching, cupboards, automated oil reel systems, engine room, fabrication bay, dual dyno room, Ceramic coating and Powder coating bay etc.

What was the goal when you started the business?
To deliver an honest and reliable service that pioneers the trade rather then just being another shop that just sits back and follow trends.

What are the services you offer?
EFi Dyno Tuning, Engine Building, Transmission Building, Mechanical, Auto electrical, fabrication, Powder coating, ceramic coating, CNC Milling services.

What do you specialise in?
The Current Specialties would be Mitsubishi Evo, Ford Falcon, Nissan R35 GTR, and moving development into the Ford Mustang and Lamborghini Huracan/Audi R8.

Do you have any crazy customer stories?
Haha no comment.

What are you currently working on?
Currently the big push is for GTR Festival in August, we have at least 7 big builds happening ranging from 800hp up to about 2200hp, customers who have travelled from VIC, QLD, WA as well as NSW just to have their cars built by us with the aim to be finished and showcased at this event.

What’s your favourite car you have worked on?
I enjoy working with them all, obviously the cars which carry our in house packages are a better experience as everything just works from our many years of R&D.

What are you building for yourself, what do you guys own?
Joe:
Currently going through the different stages of development on my Personal 2018 S550 Mustang GT, and have a 1000hp BF falcon in the shed.

Aaron: Currently planning the Lamborghini Hurrican twin turbo package, RBLOL R35 GTR in the shed 1800hp, and 08SEC Evo 9 in the shed.

Joe, would you ever own an R35? And Aaron, vice versa do you see yourself in a ford?
Joe:
Haha 100% I can appreciate all cars and those things are next level, think supercar abilities for ¼ of the price, and they are getting even more affordable.

Aaron: Shiiiiiit do I have to answer this? To be honest I’m quite impressed with the new 10 speed Mustang, I could see myself owning one, the tricky question is supercharged or Turbo?? Turbos are usually my choice, but I think I’m getting old and a blown mustang might be nice, mainly due to all my other cars having serious turbocharger setups.

What’s your dream car? What are your future plans for the shop?
Joe:
EFI Eleanor Mustang.

Aaron: I think a Twin Turbo Lamborghini Huracan Performance is all the car anyone could ever want.

Is there anything you would have done differently if you could go back?
Maybe an even bigger shop? Haha, no just looking into the future.


KEENAN’S 59OON TURBO EG CIVIC // JUNE FEATURE

KEENAN’S TURBO EG CIVIC
// JUNE FEATURE

Photos by: Michael Carroll | Words by: Ian Lee

The Honda scene has had a welcome resurgence in the past few years. Clean, tastefully modified and heavily invested Civics, S2000’s and Integra’s are becoming more mainstream alternatives to the tried and tested Evo’s and Silvia’s you see rolling around. However, that hasn’t always been the case. True enthusiasts would argue they’ve stood by the brand before it was “cool” which I don’t refute at all but for a long time, the majority of Honda’s were simply the first car for most p-platers and none more so than the trusty Honda Civic. They were the hand me down that your family owned longer than your pet dog, or were your elderly neighbour’s car they’d owned and had decided to move on to a shiny new 2019 Honda Jazz.

How could your parents fault these as first cars for young p-platers? Cheap, quiet and about as fast as a rock rolling down a mildly steep hill. All characteristics you’d sadly be mistaken for attributing to Keenan’s Spoon inspired, flame throwing
Honda EG Civic.

Keenan’s Civic doesn’t hide that it’s not normal. But it wasn’t always like this. The Honda life for Keenan started much like our story above. Keenan recalls it was in high school of 2012 that he decided to get his first Civic. His other couple of mates at the time were also picking these cars up and Keenan though, why not.

While the big plans of a turbo build were not even conceived in his mind at that point, Keenan says that his preliminary goal when getting the car was to just tidy it up within reason and cost. As Keenan started stripping the car of the previous owner’s tacky modifications he started to explore the Honda modding scene. After trawling through modding catalogues and browsing the web, Keenan found one brand that he wanted to align to for his build; Spoon.

It always pleases my own OCD when I see a car that possesses uniform aftermarket parts and looking at Keenan’s EG, you can really see he’s pulled out all stops to get the car representing the brand. Beyond looking awesome, Keenan’s addiction to Spoon parts has also yielded some other pretty interesting perks and stories. Thanks largely to Gaijin Garage, Keenan has been able to form a relatively close relationship with Tatsuru Ichishima – the founder of Spoon. In addition to getting the standard catalogue items you see on his car today, Keenan also managed to get a hand signed valve cover from Tatsuru and also a Spoon certified plate number; both of which are not easy to come by.

So as the boxes upon boxes of Spoon parts arrived at his door, Keenan in the background spent time preparing the chassis for the build. Keenan started with the paint that was in serious need of redoing. While the car came as an acceptable Milano Red from the showroom floor, the previous owner had taken it to the booth for a custom Gold. While this was great for maximum bass and Autosalon shows, it wasn’t really the colour Keenan was after for his Spoon inspired street build. Keenan settled on Honda’s OEM Captiva blue for his car saying it was his favourite all time colour for the EG’s. It’s always refreshing to see a car restored in period correct colours. It just looks right. Along with a new paint job, Keenan also took up the gruelling task of shaving and tucking the engine bay to provide a cleaner view of the madness that was yet to be put into the car.

During the paint job, Keenan also decided to run wider quarter panels which perhaps was foreshadowing the need for wider rubber up front to keep traction. With finally assembly of the painted shell coming to an end, Keenan was then able to start dressing the car up with all the Spoon goodies that he’d been hoarding in his room. A carbon Spoon lip, duckbill, side mirrors, window banner and subtle decals were all added to complete the package. And if you were still unsure what parts the car was running, the Spoon big brake kit sitting pretty behind the bronze CE28’s should let you know that the car wasn’t modded for dress ups.

While it would’ve been awesome to see the car running with the iconic, 13k rpm bat out of hell crate motor that Spoon builds, I think you’ll agree that Keenan has made up for it with the package he eventually settled on. The motor is still period correct in that it’s a B16 but that’s pretty much it. With Keenan opting to go down the turbo route, the whole motor had to be reworked to cater for the additional power that the Precision 5452 turbo was going to be dumping to the front wheels. An array of upgrades to the manifold, radiator, cooling system, fuel system and drive train all orchestrated by a Hondata S300 has given Keenan 300WHP to play with.

Where’s the fun in turboing a Civic if you’re not even going to let people know about it? Sure you can go with the sleeper approach but you’ve already angered a mob of Honda purists by turboing it so why not wear it proud. Influenced by both watching American Honda Civic drag videos and also a few too many beers with a fabricator mate, Keenan says that was all it took to convince himself that a bonnet screamer had to be done. A bonnet screamer does come with a cost though.

Keenan says he’s constantly worried driving the car around in public and while never pulled up on it by cops and luckily being waved through RBT’s a few times, Keenan seldom takes the beast out of its cage. As far as future plans go, Keenan says he’s got an upgraded head with GSC cams and a Supertech valve train that will be paired with a new e85 tune to finish off the car. However thereafter is still undecided. Personally, I’d love to see this thing go around the track!

MODS LIST

– 300whp

– B16a
– Eagle rods
– JE pistons (9:1 comp)
– ACL Race Bearings
– ARP main studs
– ARP conrod studs
– ARP head studs
– Rywire tucked harness,
– B16a Hasport engine mounts
– Full Race T3 ProStreet exhaust manifold
– Precision 5452 turbo
– Till MVr 44mm external wastegate with screamer pipe
– 3” Full Race dump pipe
– Custom made 3” exhaust (fabulous fabrications)
– High flow cat and resonator
– Magnaflow muffler
– Skunk2 Pro Series intake manifold
– Skunk2 70mm racing throttle body
– RC Racing 750cc injectors
– AEM fuel rail
– AEM fuel reg
– Walbro 400 LPH fuel pump
– Racer Engineering fuel filter
– Tial-Q BOV
– 600hp Garrett intercooler
– Password JDM pod filter
– Custom intercooler (fabulous fabrications)
– Peterson oil catch can
– Aeroflot fittings
– PWR oil cooler
– Racecar Engineering oil sandwich plate x2
– Relocated battery to boot
– Mishimoto alloy radiator
– Mishimoto coolant hoses
– Top Gum leads
– Integra Type R strut bar
– Resprayed engine bay to suit wheels

– B16B EK9 gearbox
– OEM 1.5 LSD
– Spoon shift linkage
– Exedy clutch

– Hondata s300 tuned by Definition Motorsports

– Spoon sports callipers
– Goodridge braided break lines

– Ce28n

– Captiva blue paint
– Spoon lip
– Spoon mirrors
– Spoon duck bill
– JDM bronze glass
– Spoon decals

– Spoon ti gear knob
– Spoon steering shell
– Recaro pole positions

– Zeal coil overs w/ swift springs
– Hard race camber arms and bushes all round

KEENAN’S 59OON TURBO EG CIVIC // JUNE FEATURE

Photos by: Michael Carroll | Words by: Ian

The Honda scene has had a welcome resurgence in the past few years. Clean, tastefully modified and heavily invested Civics, S2000’s and Integra’s are becoming more mainstream alternatives to the tried and tested Evo’s and Silvia’s you see rolling around. However, that hasn’t always been the case.

True enthusiasts would argue they’ve stood by the brand before it was “cool” which I don’t refute at all but for a long time, the majority of Honda’s were simply the first car for most p-platers and none more so than the trusty Honda Civic. They were the hand me down that your family owned longer than your pet dog, or were your elderly neighbour’s car they’d owned and had decided to move on to a shiny new 2019 Honda Jazz.

How could your parents fault these as first cars for young p-platers? Cheap, quiet and about as fast as a rock rolling down a mildly steep hill. All characteristics you’d sadly be mistaken for attributing to Keenan’s Spoon inspired, flame throwing Honda EG Civic.

Keenan’s Civic doesn’t hide that it’s not normal. But it wasn’t always like this. The Honda life for Keenan started much like our story above. Keenan recalls it was in high school of 2012 that he decided to get his first Civic. His other couple of mates at the time were also picking these cars up and Keenan though, why not.

While the big plans of a turbo build were not even conceived in his mind at that point, Keenan says that his preliminary goal when getting the car was to just tidy it up within reason and cost. As Keenan started stripping the car of the previous owner’s tacky modifications he started to explore the Honda modding scene. After trawling through modding catalogues and browsing the web, Keenan found one brand that he wanted to align to for his build; Spoon.

It always pleases my own OCD when I see a car that possesses uniform aftermarket parts and looking at Keenan’s EG, you can really see he’s pulled out all stops to get the car representing the brand. Beyond looking awesome, Keenan’s addiction to Spoon parts has also yielded some other pretty interesting perks and stories. Thanks largely to Gaijin Garage, Keenan has been able to form a relatively close relationship with Tatsuru Ichishima – the founder of Spoon. In addition to getting the standard catalogue items you see on his car today, Keenan also managed to get a hand signed valve cover from Tatsuru and also a Spoon certified plate number; both of which are not easy to come by.

So as the boxes upon boxes of Spoon parts arrived at his door, Keenan in the background spent time preparing the chassis for the build. Keenan started with the paint that was in serious need of redoing. While the car came as an acceptable Milano Red from the showroom floor, the previous owner had taken it to the booth for a custom Gold. While this was great for maximum bass and Autosalon shows, it wasn’t really the colour Keenan was after for his Spoon inspired street build. Keenan settled on Honda’s OEM Captiva blue for his car saying it was his favourite all time colour for the EG’s. It’s always refreshing to see a car restored in period correct colours. It just looks right. Along with a new paint job, Keenan also took up the gruelling task of shaving and tucking the engine bay to provide a cleaner view of the madness that was yet to be put into the car.

During the paint job, Keenan also decided to run wider quarter panels which perhaps was foreshadowing the need for wider rubber up front to keep traction. With finally assembly of the painted shell coming to an end, Keenan was then able to start dressing the car up with all the Spoon goodies that he’d been hoarding in his room. A carbon Spoon lip, duckbill, side mirrors, window banner and subtle decals were all added to complete the package. And if you were still unsure what parts the car was running, the Spoon big brake kit sitting pretty behind the bronze CE28’s should let you know that the car wasn’t modded for dress ups.

While it would’ve been awesome to see the car running with the iconic, 13k rpm bat out of hell crate motor that Spoon builds, I think you’ll agree that Keenan has made up for it with the package he eventually settled on. The motor is still period correct in that it’s a B16 but that’s pretty much it. With Keenan opting to go down the turbo route, the whole motor had to be reworked to cater for the additional power that the Precision 5452 turbo was going to be dumping to the front wheels. An array of upgrades to the manifold, radiator, cooling system, fuel system and drive train all orchestrated by a Hondata S300 has given Keenan 300WHP to play with.

Where’s the fun in turboing a Civic if you’re not even going to let people know about it? Sure you can go with the sleeper approach but you’ve already angered a mob of Honda purists by turboing it so why not wear it proud. Influenced by both watching American Honda Civic drag videos and also a few too many beers with a fabricator mate, Keenan says that was all it took to convince himself that a bonnet screamer had to be done. A bonnet screamer does come with a cost though.

Keenan says he’s constantly worried driving the car around in public and while never pulled up on it by cops and luckily being waved through RBT’s a few times, Keenan seldom takes the beast out of its cage. As far as future plans go, Keenan says he’s got an upgraded head with GSC cams and a Supertech valve train that will be paired with a new e85 tune to finish off the car. However thereafter is still undecided. Personally, I’d love to see this thing go around the track!

MODS LIST

– 300whp

– B16a
– Eagle rods
– JE pistons (9:1 comp)
– ACL Race Bearings
– ARP main studs
– ARP conrod studs
– ARP head studs
– Rywire tucked harness,
– B16a Hasport engine mounts
– Full Race T3 ProStreet exhaust manifold
– Precision 5452 turbo
– Till MVr 44mm external wastegate with screamer pipe
– 3” Full Race dump pipe
– Custom made 3” exhaust (fabulous fabrications)
– High flow cat and resonator
– Magnaflow muffler
– Skunk2 Pro Series intake manifold
– Skunk2 70mm racing throttle body
– RC Racing 750cc injectors
– AEM fuel rail
– AEM fuel reg
– Walbro 400 LPH fuel pump
– Racer Engineering fuel filter
– Tial-Q BOV
– 600hp Garrett intercooler
– Password JDM pod filter
– Custom intercooler (fabulous fabrications)
– Peterson oil catch can
– Aeroflot fittings
– PWR oil cooler
– Racecar Engineering oil sandwich plate x2
– Relocated battery to boot
– Mishimoto alloy radiator
– Mishimoto coolant hoses
– Top Gum leads
– Integra Type R strut bar
– Resprayed engine bay to suit wheels

– B16B EK9 gearbox
– OEM 1.5 LSD
– Spoon shift linkage
– Exedy clutch

– Hondata s300 tuned by Definition Motorsports

– Spoon sports callipers
– Goodridge braided break lines

– Ce28n

– Captiva blue paint
– Spoon lip
– Spoon mirrors
– Spoon duck bill
– JDM bronze glass
– Spoon decals

– Spoon ti gear knob
– Spoon steering shell
– Recaro pole positions

– Zeal coil overs w/ swift springs
– Hard race camber arms and bushes all round


TUNED UNITED FESTIVAL 2019 COVERAGE

Since finishing the build on our Rocket Bunny Boss V2 S14, we haven’t really had the time to take it out to any meets/shows. So when Tuned International’s 2019 United Festival came up on the calendar, we thought why not head down.

We got there nice and early on a crispy Autumn morning and watched all of the cars roll in and set up for the show and shine. It was a great day with a big turn out of quality cars on display. Our RB8055 S14 even scored two trophies, “Best 90’s” and “Best of Show”. Until next time!

Seeing a Hakosuka in real life was something else. This example on Te37V’s was perfection.

RB8055 made lots of friends on the day, and even scored some trophies!
Thanks for the love.

The J & J Motorsport Supra looks like it eats children. Seriously though this
track ready weapon was very impressive.

Bayside Blue is such an OG colour for the R34 GTR.

The BUZKLA Rx7 was recently finished and unveiled on the day. It certainly gets your attention with the bright blue paint and red centred BBS wheels.

Loving the fitment of the AC Schnitzer wheels on this BMW E36.

The number plates say it all, this S14 was seriously neat!

Something different from the majority of OEM+ style VW Golf’s getting around.

Rarely do you see JDM cars built to this level! Nothing has been left untouched, from the bright green Rocket Bunny exterior, crazy 20B engine package and full reupholstered interior. full feature article on HLK20B coming soon.

Our November 2018 Feature car looking fresher than ever.

Dahtone Racing knows how to GTR. Absolute weapons!

There was a great mixture of JDM/Euro cars on display.

There was no shortage of GTR’s at the event, not that we’re complaining!

Not all hero’s wear capes! This Pulsar was seriously wild!


BRANDON’S MNP II R34 GTR // MAY FEATURE

Growing up playing the Gran Turismo series of video games, Brandon Milevski always selected the R34 GT-R as his ultimate battle weapon. “It was always the yellow one too, I don’t know why, but it was my favourite back then. I never touched the midnight purple version as I thought they were the ugliest,” laughed Brandon. Oh, how times have changed.

After owning a mildly modified R33, a then 19-year old Brandon went on the lookout for a new machine – the fabled R34 GT-R. In his eyes, it was the epitome of the Nissan range. “Originally I was looking to purchase a silver, R34 V-Spec from Melbourne, but then my uncle came across this GT-R advertised locally in Perth on good old Gumtree. The advert was lacking a heap of information, apart from the basic heading – “R34 Skyline”. It was worth a look at least I thought.”

After making contact with the owner, Brandon received the bad news that the car was already sold. “I was devastated but continued the search, until we came across the same advert a fortnight later. The original purchaser couldn’t get the finance on the car. I was blown away when we arrived, as it was the midnight purple colour. I hadn’t really considered it until then. All of a sudden it appealed to me. My uncle looked at me with a smile, and I just knew I had to buy it – you don’t come across a rare colour like this every day. It was a no brainer.” The deal was knocked on the head on Christmas Eve, back in 2013.

The car had a few bolt-ons here and there but, ultimately it was a fresh canvas for Brandon to manipulate to his taste. “The car maintained the factory body kit, so I decided to add some more flavour with a Z-tune front bumper and front fender combo, with the matching carbon fibre, vented-bonnet. I think it toughens up the car a whole heap more.”

The rear of the car is treated to a genuine V-Spec diffuser with extended Nismo ‘Track Ready’ style fins. The Quest Japan LED tail lights glow bright, bright red at night for an ominous look for those left behind on the freeways of Perth city.

Wheeling the car was a tough choice, but wisely, Brandon kept it clean and simple – Nismo LMGT4 18×9.5 +12 wheels got the nod, and are shod with 285/35/18 rubber. Slamming the car closer to terra firma is a Nismo S tune suspension set up. Hidden behind the blacked out rims, are T3 DBA slotted discs with race pads.

Inside the ride, not much has changed since the car left Japan, albeit for an extensive audio system (hidden in factory outlets) and a Blitz EBC. In the future, race seats may find their way in there.

Being more focused on street duties, Brandon has opted to keep the engine mods to a practical level, but the car the still pumps out a respectable 648rwhp @ 24psi on E85. He can thank the team at C-Red for that result. Internally, the RB26 has copped Eagle H-beam rods with CP 86.5mm forged slugs and King race series bearings. Under the candy apple red rocker cover, is a Tomei metal head gasket, ARP head studs and a pair of HKS 272 cams 8.7 lift drop in step 1 cams with HKS adjustable cam gears.

Replacing the standard twin turbos is a single, Garret T04Z with a .84 rear/v band and a custom T51 front housing from OCD works. I just had to have that iconic T51 spool sound,” laughed Brandon. The new snail is fitted to a 6boost high-mount manifold with a Tial 44mm ‘gate regulating business. A full 3.5-inch exhaust is complimented with a Tomei titanium muffler.

2200cc Bosch injectors are matched to a black Raceworks alloy fuel rail, with a Turbosmart fuel pressure regulator controlling the twin Walbro 460 L/h in-tank fuel pumps. A Haltech Platinum Pro plug-in ECU makes the car sing a sweet tune.

With several years of cruising already under his belt, future plans for the car are minimal. “Reaching 800hp with a larger turbo is quite achievable and is something I would like to explore. Selling the car is something I would never really consider, these types of cars will continue to become more and more desirable and it really is my dream ride.

The attention the car gets is phenomenal; you can’t go somewhere without people wanting to take photos or talk about the car. The most discussed topic is the paint colour of course. I wish I could go back and tell my younger self, just how wrong I was about midnight purple.”


DAHTONE RACING’S R32 GTR // APRIL FEATURE

GTR. Three letters that represent a machine that nearly every car enthusiast is familiar with, appreciates the meaning of, and would love to have sitting in their garage. The King of Japanese performance cars as Anthony puts it and who could possibly disagree, especially when you look at his meticulously crafted R32 GTR.

With GTR’s becoming a rare and expensive commodity in the car market, it’s not uncommon to see the same street builds and setups on these cars. Big single turbo, Tomei exhaust, LMGT’s, Bride Lowmax’s; the standard. But it’s safe and it works. On a car increasing in price, most owners do often opt for the more community accepted confines of modifying, however Anthony had a different goal in mind. A build that was half a decade in making, Anthony’s transformation of his GTR is one of careful planning, fastidious assembly and sticking to a clear vision no matter the setbacks. His vision? Create a GTR that was one off, unique and yet seemed as OEM as possible. The twist? Do this while running one of Sydney’s top GTR workshops and looking after a family at the same time.

Rewind 7 years and you may have seen Anthony’s white R32 GTR on the road sitting on BBS LM’s as opposed to his current Meister setup. You’d have to be quick in sighting the car though as it wasn’t long after the initial purchase that Anthony decided to retire it as a daily driver and undergo initial cosmetic improvements. This included N1 body parts like skirts, a front bar, rear pods and boot lip. Some additional carbon goodies including custom side skirt extensions, Abflug front diffuser and Rocket Dancer spoiler extension finished iteration one in terms of the look of the car. Honestly speaking, not much changed visually from then until now, but I think for those who know the car, it’s what’s under the hood that really grabs your attention.

With the car now a weekender, Anthony turned his attention to the engine bay. What started initially as a paint refresh quickly spiralled out of control and laid the foundations for the clinically assembled engine bay you see today. As an experienced advocate and mechanic for the twin cam RB26, Anthony said it was only natural that his car was destined to have a monster of an engine setup. With the bay being sprayed, work began on building his dream motor with the ambition of putting it in not long after the car had come back from the painters. That was the plan anyway. You may recall earlier in the write up that Anthony is actually workshop owner by profession and that means customers come first. An urgent need from a customer saw the motor he built for himself being sold and Anthony was put promptly back to square one.

In between balancing the daily workload of running his shop, the limited time he had to build his own car gave Anthony the luxury (and curse) of having time to think about exactly what he wanted to do with it. What eventually kick started the build was his desire to create a one of a kind exhaust manifold and after months of tinkering and mock ups, his idea came to life. With his unique manifold locked down, the rest of the jigsaw pieces fell into place and like clockwork, Anthony selected and assembled the necessary supporting engine components he was all too familiar with.

Moving to the inlet side of the motor, Anthony wanted to eliminate the rats nest of vacuum and water lines Nissan kindly left to GTR owners of the future. In order to eliminate this while also keeping the ITB’s, a custom drive by wire and Plazmaman plenum was crafted to solve the problem.

In keeping with the ‘one off’ design principle that Anthony had for the car, every pipe and line you could bend, every reservoir that could be filled was customised and hand fabricated to Anthony’s spec. Even the number plate bracket wasn’t spared from the fabrication table! The result is clear though, through a complete overhaul of the engine bay, an unparalleled degree of consistency was able to be formed and every part in the bay looks as though it was put there straight out of the factory.

To send power to the wheels, a rebuilt R34 GTR Getrag 6 speed was optioned instead of a dog box with Anthony citing he wanted to maintain the OEM driving experience of the car but still have confidence that the box was able to handle big power. A billet NPC clutch finished the transmission setup.

It’s almost impossible to talk about early 90’s Nissan interiors without mentioning the infamous dash cracks and/or bubbles that torment Skyline and Silvia owners alike. Unfortunately, Anthony’s GTR was no exception and so the dash was the first interior item to get changed for the better. For seats, Bride Cuga’s were selected for comfort and uniqueness compared to some of Bride range. However, this wasn’t unique enough for Anthony and so both front and rear seats underwent a custom upholstery job that featured leather trimming and Bride fabric centres. Finally, a Cusco 5 point half cage in white was installed to add protection and rigidity to the cabin, break up the black interior and quite frankly, just look awesome inside the car.

But how about the engine you’re probably thinking. For the time being, the exact specs are under wraps until the car has undergone the full tune but rest assured, Anthony has high hopes and confidence for the potential power using the combination of internals he’s selected himself. For reference, the run in tune saw the car make 650hp on just 20psi.. with wheel spin issues on the dyno. Needless to say, stay tuned for the full hub dyno run at 40psi.

On the surface and perhaps to the untrained eye, Anthony’s GTR may look like so many others. In a modifying age where sexspec is dead and OEM+ is king, appreciation comes more in the creating the fine balance of unique and subtle modification while maintaining the timeless looks of these iconic 90’s Japanese performance cars. Striking this balance is not an easy one however Anthony’s car stands true to this ethos and has really produced an incredible modern take on an R32 GTR.

Anthony would like to put out a special thanks to all his friends, family and automotive suppliers, partners and mates including Mick’s Motorsports, Auto Elements, Just Upholstery, and Fabtech Global.

MODS LIST

– 650hp @ 20psi

– RB26/30 (test engine)
– Platinum Racing Products engine brace, R35 coil kit, trigger kit, alternator bracket, A/C relocation kit
– CWC LS1 alternator conversion
– Custom thick wall stainless exhaust manifold
– Garrett GTX4294 turbo
– Custom intercooler
– Custom Plazmaman intake manifold to suit 6 throttle drive by wire system
– Dahtone Racing 6 throttle drive by wire system
– 1650cc Bosch Motorsports injectors
– Dahtone Racing billet fuel rail
– Custom intercooler pipes with Dahtone Racing/HDI clamps
– Custom cross flow radiator
– Custom radiator hard pipes with HDI clamps
– Real Carbon fibre moulded cam cover set
– Stainless 4” exhaust system
– Frenchy’s Performance Garage twin Walbro 460 in-tank fuel pump kit
– Turbosmart 60mm wastegate and FPR2000 fuel pressure regulator
– Garage Defend carbon fibre cooling panel
– All Braided hoses and AN fittings for everything (vacuum, boost, coolant, fuel, engine oil, power steering)

– NPC billet twin plate clutch
– Custom concentric slave cylinder/pull to push converter
– R34 GTR 6 speed Getrag gearbox

– Haltech Elite 2500
– Haltech Wb1 single channel wideband kit
– Flex sensor
– 3 x Bosch pressure and temperature combo sensors (oil, coolant and fuel
– Custom hidden loom with motorsport bulk head connector

– R34 GTR Brembos with custom “J slotted” rotors
– Braided lines
– Modified brake booster (helps the booster work better with big cams and low vacuum)

– Work Meisters
– 19 x 11
– 285/30/19 Toyo T1R

– N1 front bumper
– N1 side skirts
– N1 rear pods
– N1 boot lip
– OEM rear wing
– Carbon Fibre Fujimura Auto Rocker Dancer aero flap
– ADM rear number plate garnish
– Shaved rear bumper
– Carbon fibre Ab Flug front splitter
– Custom carbon fibre side skirt extensions
– Carbon fibre Varis vented bonnet
– Ganador aero mirrors
– FEED Afflux carbon mirror caps
– D-Speed clear corner indicators
– R35 GTR boot badge
– R34 GTR front guard badges
– Custom aluminium front number plate bracket

– Custom leather trimmed carbon fibre backed Bride Cuga seats
– OEM rear seat re-trimmed to match front seats
– Cusco 5 point roll cage
– Carbon fibre scuff plates
– Nismo carbon fibre rear view mirror cover
– Tomei instrument cluster
– Superior Auto Carbon Fibre stereo surround
– Nardi 330mm Deep corn steering wheel
– Custom reconditioned OEM 6 speed gear knob

– BC BR coilovers
– HICAS elimination kit


JAKE’S WIDEBODY EVO IX // MARCH FEATURE

The word ‘evolution,’ in the scientific world, looks at the theory of how living things change over time, and how they have come to be the way they are. But, in the car tuner world, the word ‘evolution,’ is linked to one of the most iconic cars to ever come out of the Japanese Domestic Market scene… The Mitsubishi Evolution. Through Mitsubishi’s run of Evolutions some have become more iconic than others, but it’s fair to say the penultimate Evolution, the Evo IX, has cemented itself as one of the most appealing and tuner friendly model’s out of the lot.

Growing up in a family who loved their Holden V8’s, Jake Markuse’s admiration of The Mitsubishi Evolution was going against the grain. Jake knew that this JDM machine was what he wanted, and his obsession of the car kept growing as he continued to see it in video games and in movies. So, when it came to own his own Evo, the IX was the one he wanted.

Jake purchased the car approximately five-years ago from an owner who meticulously looked after it. Apart from aftermarket rims, the Evo was in great condition and gave way for Jake to start his own evolutionary journey of the car. He started slowly purchasing bolt-on modifications to increase the power which kept him entertained. After a while though, Jake decided he wanted to take a different path with the build and that was to go widebody!

When the time came, Jake drew inspiration from another build. Michael Zomaya’s widebody Evo IX is well known within the car scene and it was the benchmark for what Jake wanted his own Evo to look like. So, he set off to find the right people who would help his dreams become a reality.

When it came to the body work of the Evo it was simple for Jake. He enlisted the help of a widebody genius; Peter from Bodyform. He was the brains behind majority of the build and came up with the ideas and designed the car that you see today. The body has had a host of original and aftermarket parts that make up the custom Bodyform widebody kit: Evo IX Varis v2 front bumper, modified APR front fenders, APR rear fenders, custom Bodyform front splitter, Voltex side skirts, modified Voltex diffuser and GT Type 5 Voltex 1700mm carbon wing. The car is finished off in beautiful Lexus Infrared metallic paint.

Now that the car looked the part, it needed to drive just as good. So, with the help of Indy from IS Motor Racing the Evo IX is currently producing 300kw at all wheels on a e85. Solid numbers from the stock block, thanks to Camtech 272 cams, FP Green turbo, a Plazmaman pro series intercooler kit and APR head studs.

The wheels and tyres that Jake choose go for are a set of 18×12 SSR MS3’s with Nitto NT05 275 rubber. The car stops great with the standard Evo IX Brembo brakes so they were kept as is. This setup is highly understated and allows the widebody kit to really stand out.

To allow for a smoother ride, the car was fitted with an 3H Airlift Performance kit. Copper hardlines and dual compressors were added to further assist with the car’s drivability. The interior has been tastefully modified with just a Bride A.I.R fixed bucket drivers seat.

As for what the future holds for the Evo, Jake is happy to enjoy the car as is at the moment. He would like to focus on further engine modifications down the track and also further change the boot setup with the help of Mike from House of Stance.

Jake would like to give a big shout out to a few people who assisted with building his dream car. Firstly, Peter from Bodyform who built a car that far exceeded his expectations. Mitch from Sharpline for the immaculate paintwork. Mike from House of Stance for his awesome boot setup. Michael from Garage88 who helped supply the parts which were needed to complete the build and for looking after the maintenance of the car, and finally, Indy from IS Motor Racing who tuned the car… Thank you.

MODS LIST

– 300kw at all wheels

– 2.0L I4 4G63T
– Camtech 272s
– FP Green turbo
– Plazmaman pro series intercooler kit
– APR head studs
– E85 compatible

– Factory

– Factory

– Factory

– 18×12 SSR MS3
– Nitto NT05 275

– Custom Bodyform widebody
– Evo 9 Varis V2 front bumper
– Modified Apr front fenders
– Apr rear fenders
– Custom Bodyform front splitter
– Voltex side skirts
– Modified Voltex diffuser
– GT Type 5 Voltex 1700mm carbon wing
– Lexus Infrared metallic

– Bride A.I.R fixed back bucket seats

– 3H Airlift kit
– Dual compressors
– Copper hardlines


TRACK SPEC HONDA S2000 // FEBRUARY FEATURE

The Honda s2000 was first released in 1999 to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. The car was designed as a homage to its predecessors the s500, s600 and s800. But what set this S badged Honda apart from the others was the high revving and highly reliable naturally aspirated inline 4 VTEC engine. An engine which has been praised by motoring journalists over the years.

When Anthony Beljan decided to purchase the s2000, it wasn’t because of the engine. Anthony loved the way the s2000 looked from factory and thought it would be a car he could have fun with, especially as a project car that he can turn into a track ready car. He always loved the way track cars were built and the aggressive styling they possessed.

Unlike others who have dreamed of owning a specific car as a child or having searched heaven and earth to find just the right one, Anthony’s purchase of the car was straight forward. He purchased the car completely stock with silver paint in 2013. But there was a set-back a couple months into owning the car. Anthony found out that the car had been rolled in quite a serious accident and was considered a write off. Instead of panicking and tossing the car aside, he decided this wasn’t going to ruin his experience of owning the car and was even more determined to turn the s2000 into his ideal track car.

Once this set-back was put aside, Anthony began the journey of turning the s2000 into the beast you see today. The desire to truly build a unique track ready car was solidified when Anthony completed his first modification. After installing a Hondata Kpro Ecu and seeing the performance increase that the car produced on the dyno, Anthony was instantly hooked to continue building the car.

The next step in the build process was to work on the exhaust and the exterior. A 70mm titanium exhaust with Cat delete/Tegiwa Extractors was fitted, which gave the car a beautiful sound. To fit within the budget back in 2013, but to still tick off the exterior work which Anthony wanted, he bought Rota Grid wheels with an Ap1 Fibreglass lip to slightly enhance the look.

Anthony took a break from the car for a while and went overseas. When he came back, he decided it was time for the car to receive a boost. He turned to the expertise from the guys at BYP Racing. The guys (Benny and Jimmy Tran) highly recommended supercharging the car as Anthony was looking to track the car in the future. They also changed the fuel over to E85, upgraded the clutch and deleted the aircon for that extra power.

When the car made 350kw at the rear wheels @9000rpms(Rotrex Supercharged 18psi.) Anthony was over the moon. The results lead him to have some more time off from the build to help him save up some money. While he was saving, Anthony began to completely change the look of the car. This involved installing a Voltex racing front bumper, Voltex side skirts, Spoon fenders, rear over fenders and rear diffuser. Anthony personally cut /welded the rear over fenders and installed them. Most these parts sat in his garage while he sourced out a big brake kit and wheels to match the setup. This followed by reinforcing the boot lid as the wing would cause it to bend. Anthony finally found the right wheels and ordered in some CCW’s and a Stoptech brake system which he felt really completed the look.

Every part of the car was a different colour at this point, so Anthony went to Jason Julian at JJ Performance Smash Repairs. Jason worked on the car, after he and Anthony settled on painting the s2000 with a Subaru 61k paint colour.

Once the paint was completed Anthony installed a few little cosmetic touches to make the car pop. He ordered in AP2 Front Headlights and went with the Car Shop Glow rear tail lights. The S2000 was basically done at this point but Anthony wanted a little more power without spending a huge amount of money… so the last piece of the puzzle was to add some Nos. The car was now complete.

Although Anthony bought car in 2013 with the intention of taking it to the track, the S2000 hasn’t hit the track yet. With the patience in the build and getting the car to where he wanted to be, Anthony has set his goals to take this beautifully crafted s2000 to the track in 2019.

Although Anthony worked on some of the fabrication of the external body parts himself, he wanted to give a huge thank you to BYP Racing (Benny/Jimmy Tran) for making the car what it is today and JJ Performance Smash Repairs (Jason Julian) for the outstanding paint work.

This Honda s2000 is truly a labour of love and is set for big things in the future.

MODS LIST

– 350KW at the rear wheels @9000rpms – Rotrex Supercharged 18psi

– OEM F20C
– BYP Racing Stealth Rotrex Supercharged Kit C38-91– 18psi – E85
– Nitrous Express NOS Kit – Dry shot controlled via Hondata KPRO (Engaged 4000rpm – 8500rpm 50shot)
– Hasport Engine Mount
– Hasport Differential Mounts
– Tegiwa Headers Stainless Steel Tri-Y
– BYP Racing 70mm Titanium Exhaust Including Titanium Test Pipe
– Fuel System – Walbro 460lb – Bosch 1250cc Injectors

– OEM AP1 Gearbox and Differential
– Clutchmaster FX400 Clutch Kit
– Clutchmaster Lighten Flywheel

– Hondata S2000 KPRO ECU System

– Front – Stoptech Trophy 6 pot Calipers 355mm Big Brake kit
– Rear – Flypower 320mm 2piece Rotors and Caliper bracket

– CCW TS12 Forged Monoblock Wheels
– Front – 18×11
– Rear – 18×12
– Tyres – Yokohama Advan AD08 295/30/18

– Voltex Circuit S2000 Front Bar
– Voltex Race Splitter
– Voltex Canards
– Spoon Sport Front Fenders
– Amuse Rear Over Fenders
– OEM AP2 USDM Rear Bar
– OEM Genuine AP2 Headlights
– Car Shop Glow Rear Taillights
– Mugen Style Hardtop
– CF S2000 side skirt extension
– Voltex Rear Diffuser
– APR GT250 rear wing

– Sparco Pro 2000 Bucket Seat
– Sparco 4 point Race Harness
– Nardi 350mm Steering wheel

– GAB SS 2 way coilovers
– Buddyclub Front Lower Adjustable Roll Centre and camber


HOT IMPORT NIGHTS AUSTRALIA 2018 COVERAGE

Hot Import Nights 2018 delivered the goods once again, this time with a bigger event and even more cars! It wasn’t all about quantity though with quality cars in attendance as far as the eye can see.

Entrants were also encouraged to complete their projects and reveal them at HIN which saw an abundance of fresh new builds. It’s safe to say the Australian car scene is thriving and we’re loving every minute of it.

Chook Tran’s Rocket Bunny 350z returned to HIN18, this time sporting an all new look and a sneaky rear mounted twin turbo set up!

It’s always nice seeing such a well executed and clean MKIV Supra.

They say stance is dead. They lied. Stance or not, we can always appreciate a quality build.

Some truly epic builds on display at the Body Form stand.

It was great to see Tuned International’s “OMORI” build up close. Quality!

Some seriously cool old Schoolers turned up to the event.

The J Racing stand always has crazy high-end builds on display. This AMG GTS sporting  Koya wheels and loads of carbon was on another level!

We’ve been following Jake’s EVO 9 build for quite some time. Widebody, Porsche Riviera Blue, Rays wheels and 560whp… A recipe for success that’s for sure.

The massive SSR Professor SP1’s finish off this well put together R35.

Anthony’s XRB26X R32 GTR is always a crowd favourite!

Check out that size difference!

Beautifully presented BMW E30.

 Our favorite Subaru from HIN18. Period.

Steven Fam’s recently finished Pandem BMW E36 looks fresh AF in that Daytona Violet hue. The ultimate summer cruiser.


ANDY’S SAMURAI S15 // JANUARY FEATURE

In the nation’s capital we are unfortunately limited in numbers when it comes to the modified car community. But amongst these quiet suburban streets that surround Parliament House, you may have encountered flashes of purple fly past you, pops and bangs through the night or stared in confusion at what looks to be a broken car with deformed wheels. If any of these sound familiar to you, chances are you’ve probably seen Andy’s Nissan S15 Silvia; AKA “Samurai”.

Originally a bone stock ADM 200SX spec GT in Pewter Grey, Andy’s car has undergone progressive but constant changes throughout the years of ownership – but more on the mods later. Like so many others in the same generation, growing up through teenhood Andy was influenced by shows like Initial D, Tokyo Drift and games like Need for Speed Underground and Midnight Club. Emerging from these pop culture influences was a desire to eventually own his own Japanese sports car in the future.

Eventually, he found his Nissan S15; the quintessential ‘boy racer’ car that so many wanted to get a hold of. During a time where stock S15’s were a much more accessible commodity in the market, Andy didn’t have to look too long to find his base platform for his modding journey.

Beginning with basic aesthetic mods, Andy crafted his car to be his own and unique and for some time, the power was more than enough for his daily driving needs (especially having upgraded from a Toyota Celica!). Bound by his casual salary earnt from his part time job meant that a lot of mods had to be DIY however Andy has never been alone when it comes to modding his car. His dad, a proficient drive shaft mechanic has never hesitated to help out fabricate parts or just provide his advice where needed.

Fast forward a few years after the car’s initial purchase, and the modding bug for Andy started to bite hard. HKS Coilovers, GK Tech suspension arms and wide wheels helped to constantly push the acceptable boundaries for what was considered ‘low’ for a car. Currently the car is running an aggressive set of SSR SP3’s in Shadow Chrome, coupled with his signature shotgun cap wheel nut covers.

In addition to the wheels Andy slowly added all the carbon skirts, lips and rear diffusers you can think of to provide a sleeker finished look to the car. The look however was still yet to take its final form and through countless hours of practice and self-patience, Andy bravely wrapped his own car in midnight purple.

To achieve his planned power goals, Andy opted for a Garret 2871r with a custom T04 compressor housing, 6boost high mount manifold, Turbosmart external waste gate, GReddy camshafts and supporting cooling, ignition, fueling and head work necessary to keep the package reliable to drive every day. To manage all this, the car runs a Haltech Platinum Pro and has managed to achieve a healthy 260kw at the wheels.

Interior wise, the car has been tastefully modified with the most notable item being the bright red Bride seats that are cool enough (and functional) to justify the uncomfortable long distance trips to car events in Sydney or Wakefield. A set of functional gauges to monitor all the engine’s vitals like oil temps, pressure and boost were a later but necessary touch to give Andy some piece of mind when pushing his car at the track.

For as long as Andy has owned his S15, he’s always had a new mod or upgrade to his car to keep himself busy. Each month heralding a new item whether it be as simple as scoring an authentic JDM Aero front bar or in more extreme cases, a complete turbo overhaul. Fundamentally, it’s changes to your car that often keep enthusiasts passionate and bound to their pride and joy which allows for the journey to be more memorable than the end destination. And while nothing is forever, Andy is currently happy enjoying the car for what it is and has no immediate plans for any major changes in the new year.

MODS LIST

– 350rwhp on 17psi and 98

– Supertech valve springs
– Supertech titanium retainers
– Supertech valve guides
– Supertech valve stem seals
– Dual guide shim mod
– Stainless steel valves
– Cosmetic head gasket
– ARP head studs
– GReddy 264 cams
– Tomei rocker arm stoppers
– GT2871R with custom T04S compressor housing and anti-surge porting
– Turbosmart external wastegate
– Steampipe high mount manifold
– Split Fire coil packs
– Sard FPR
– 3inch custom exhaust
– A-Spec blast pipes
– Apexi ECV
– Custom spark plug cover
– Front mount intercooler
– Nismo 740cc injectors
– Walbro 255L fuel pump
– 52mm alloy radiator
– GKTech fan
– GKTech oil catch can
– GKTech eccentric throttle wheel
– GKTech cooling panel
– 4inch alloy intake
– K&N pod filter
– Cold air intake
– Nismo oil cap
– Nismo radiator cap
– Engine damper
– Odyssey battery with custom mounting bracket

– Exedy HD organic clutch
– S15 6 speed gearbox
– GKTech braided clutch line

– Haltech Platinum Pro ECU
– Haltech wideband

– S15 calipers
– Forza Racing FP3 pads
– DBA slotted front and rear rotors
– GKTech braided brake lines
– GKTech master cylinder stopper

– SSR Professor SP3 18×9.5 +18, 18×10.5 +18
– Pirelli P-Zero 225/40/18, 235/40/18

– Wrapped 3M Deep Space
– Genuine Nissan aero body kit
– Genuine fog lights
– Custom front lip
– JSAI front canards
– JSAI side skirt and rear pod extensions
– Custom side skirt vortex generators
– Carbon Top Secret diffuser
– Carbon diffuser vortex generators
– Yashio Factory LED taillights
– Custom rear gurney flag
– Carbon exhaust shield
– Origin Labo carbon roof wing
– Nismo side indicators
– GKTech mirrors
– Black Works Racing tow hook

– Nardi Torino deep corn steering wheel
– NRG short boss kit
– NRG quick release
– Bride LowMax Stradia seats
– KAP Industries fire extinguisher bracket
– Drift handbrake button
– Prosport oil temp, oil pressure, water temp, boost gauges
– Haltech Wideband gauge
– Double DIN headunit
– Pioneer front and rear speakers
– 2x Pioneer 12inch subs in custom sub boxes

– HKS Hypermaxx coilovers
– Whiteline camber bolts
– Adjustable rear camber arms
– Adjustable rear toe arms
– Front and rear strut braces