i was at Dai’s Driving Academy 3 this past Saturday.
先週末の土曜日はDai’s Driving Academy 3に行ってましたぁ。
practicing my pictures again.
stop by at Mc Donalds of course for my 2 sausage egg muffin plus extra hash brown and orange juice 🙂 and to the gas station for the large size red bull try to get my wings, water, and cigarettes to be ready for the day!!
it was cloudy the whole time but guess it was better to have it this way so that the track temperature stayed low. sucked for the vendors though because the booths were flying everywhere… lol our booth almost hit this one car who parked next to our booth.
hmmm which car is this…? i think its a Toyota. saw the new FJ Cruiser looking behind couple cars. was not able to take the picture for that one though. its pretty fun kicking it at Torrance since you get to see these covered testing cars on the street.
If you have a chance, please check out the Feb. 09 issue of Grassroots Motorsports. An article concerning differentials is in there, comparing performance of the OS SuperLock, Kaaz, and the stock Torsen on an S2000. Needless to say, the SuperLock outperformed the competition and was the editors’ favorite of the 3.
Some highlights of the article:
“Essentially, the OS Giken provided the best of the two other differentials…”
“…he posted the fastest lap of the day when running the OS Giken…”
“Its very progressive lockup was just what our duo desired.”
Some things about the OS SuperLock that are not mentioned in the article:
–no break-in period required
–no need for rebuilds (with regular maintenance)
–as smooth as an open diff at low speed (no diff chatter), but still able to lock up to 100% under throttle
not really bad huh? matched our leather seat theme, the red stitching as well. actually, if i had a HONDA Ruckus, i will get these of course. looks pretty damn good to me. as long as they dont claim it as a genuine BRIDE seat manufactured by BRIDE, i have no problem at all. but once they cause us b/s, mang… once we had a conflict with Aerocatch’s hood pin. those Canadian counterfeiter a$$ holes used our holding monster logo on their copy righted hood pin and sold it on eBay. we alomost got sued lol if this kind of issue will happen with these guys, i will be pissed off. found a shot of the seat installed.
today, i had a unexpected visitor at my office. at first, i thought it was some random solcitor trying to sell security systems and water pumps or some other etc stuffs. but it wasnt. he came to our office for some marketing stuffs for the NISSAN VERSA (TIIDA in Japan). had a great time chatting with him about the car and how the industry should expand the bridge to these market as well. currently, with the HONDA Fit, TOYOTA YARIS, are two of the top selling cars for those class. NISSAN VERSA chasing their tail lights. but for our industry, its still the SILVIAs and EVOs that holds the tuning bases. but with this current economy, which i believe it will not be back like the good old days where a gas was below $1 per gallon, these gas saver cars should be a great market for tuning market.
in Japan within that class of gas saver compact vehicles, SUZUKI’s SWIFT is the most popular. well, my guess only. the model is doing really good in the JWRC series from their first entry. aftermarket manufactures has being putting more effort in (well, only in the Japan region) for tuning, or i should say “fixing it up” the vehicle. i believe in 2009 or 2010, SUZUKI will be releasing the SWIFT in the US market. currently they have the SX4 for their line-up. plus, they are doing really really well in the Caribbean markets. just to let you guys know, i do distribute SUZUKI Sport products 🙂 lemme know if you have any inquiries. but yea, in Japan, these markets are doing very well for regular markets and after markets. compact model which is a perfect sizing for canyon runs and auto crossing, plus saves you gas? why not put our hands in it? and this does not mean, lets leave the 350Z market and the WRX market behind b/s-ing. those markets are those markets. lets just expand and make our vision a little more wider so it could be visionS. the FIT and the YARIS market arent doing that well then we have guessed. yea some people swapped with a KA24 motor in there for FIT. but that was like the only one i’ve seen which was really interesting. BLITZ has a complete kit for the YARIS as well. i think it was the super charger kit. but thats about it. dont others think that this will be a nitch but great market???