“COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (June 29, 2010) — For the fifth consecutive time, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima combined experience, skill and Falken Tires to claim overall victory in the 88th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.”
found a clip from Falken of Monster Tajima-san’s run at Pikes Peak. does people even know that we carry Monster Sport? lol if anyone is interested, let me know. we do not stock them though…
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???
i’ve seen more and more Smart Cars these days on the street. my concern is, will i fit in a Smart Car? lol hahha sucks to be a 6′ 3 asian. btw, how is the crash test on this? with that short front end, will it be crumbled like the made in China cars? (see the clip below, its crazy)
i wouldnt mind driving a Smart Car at a golf course but not on the streets. can it even make it to the freeways? or are they banned from it? well, i dont know the specs and details of this car but the one caught my attention on youtube.com is the Diablo Smart Car. man this thing has the GSX 1300R motor swapped lol!! i mean, lol!! hahha crazy guys out in UK. if i buy one, no doubt i will have it modified like the clip below.