It has been a while sine I have written on High Performance JDM Engines, but that is about to end. Since I actually live here in Japan, I will be posting about various tuned cars I find. When possible, I will be interviewing the driver/tuner and giving all the details of each car.

The first post will be of a Toyota Starlet Glanza. For those who don’t know, the Starlet was a car that was popular for it’s small size and turbo charged engine. I should mention this isn’t actually his car here. This one is pretty much stock.

We are in rainy season here in Japan, so I need to wait for a sunny day to take some good pictures.

Audi Hill Climb

Posted: 3rd December 2009 by Nick in Racing
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No need for words here. The video says it all.

civic type r

Remember the days when the Honda civic was a small, inexpensive hatchback. I know it has been a while. Well, luckily Honda does. According to Autoblog, Honda is redesigning the civic to make it smaller, lighter, and more fuel efficient.

The new civic will most likely be released to the Japanese market first. Japan, didn’t didn’t update to the last model line containing the “si” and instead is still selling the “Type R” from the previous model line.

When I lived in Tokyo I used to see amazing cars all the time. Everything from exotics (Lamborghinis, Ferraris, etc) and of course a huge number of JDM cars (Supras, GTRs, RX7s, Civic Type Rs). I even had an AE86 that was parked just down the street from where I lived. Not to mention the guy who owned the business next door owned an Mitsubishi Evo X (though he said he preferred the 8 and 9). However, now that I live in a more remote part of Japan, Seeing tuned cars is much more rare. So when I came across this Toyota AE86 and happened to have my camera, I took some pictures.

It looks like the owner was going for the same color pattern as Initial D’s 86 with the black hood. The car was gone when I came back out of the store, so I didn’t get to find out what type of work he had done to it or what it sounded like. Anyways, here are the pics. Let me know what you think.

Toyota AE86 Front Angle

Toyota AE86 Front

Toyota AE86

Amazing Subaru WRX Video

Posted: 6th March 2009 by Nick in JDM Engines, Racing
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JDM Engine, well kind of. It is after all a Subaru and that means that it comes from Japan. Though not actually in Japan. Anyways, I thought the video was so good I just had to post it. A tear it up video of Ken Block destroying a track with a Subaru Impreza.

Subaru FunAwesome video clips here

Those of us who love cars have been having the feeling that the whole tuning thing my becoming to an end. With ever shrinking gas supplies and ever increasing pollution, manufactuers are looking away from cars powered by combustions and looking at alternative means. The cars that are being produced are focused more heavily on clean emissions and good gas mileage than performance. Necessary, but by no means every tuners dream. But I think that there may actually be a benefit to this senario. It will be the clean cars on the road that allow tuners to keep driving their sports cars. Kind of simlar to the way someone drives their Honda Accord most of the time, but tke out their classic car during the weekends with good weather.

Up until now however, there hasn’t really been much promise in the way of clean car technology. Gas Hybrids, no matter how great, are still running on gas and so are only a temporary option. Not to mention there are a number of reports out saying that manufacturing a car like a Toyota Prius may actually do more damage than good. Electric cars don’t need any gas, but need large amounts of batteries, have limited range and a long charge time. Hydrogen cars seem to be a step in the direction, but are quite complex. Que, the Honda FCX Clarity.

The Honda FCX Clarity is also a hybrid, but not in the traditional sense. The Clarity uses an on-board hydrogen generator to power an electric engine. The Clarity has 136hp and 198 pounds of torque and can travel up to 280 miles before needing to be refueled. The car is already being offered to residents in Southern California.

What this means is that we may have a way to get out of the gas crunch soon while putting cleaner cars on the road. This will leave more for your JDM Engines and may even slightly reduce the restrictions (though I wouldn’t count on it). With their first model being at 136hp, they may even make good tuning cars.

You can see the the top gear video here:

New World Record Nissan GT-R

Posted: 7th December 2008 by Nick in Racing
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John Reese set a new 1/4 miles record in his GT-R of 10.85@128.8mph. He had a 1.61 60ft (launch control was used – and rev limiter hit going into 3rd!) The run was recorded in Orlando Speedworld on December 5 and was the current world record for the fast 1/4 of a GT-R G35. I am sure that this record will soon be beaten as we see more people and companies tuning the GT-R.

Car Mods: HKS GT570 Kit w/ ECU tweaks. This car dyno’d at 633.9hp and 746.3 torque.

When working on a car there is usually a hard way and an easy way to get things done. Figuring out the right way can be even more difficult if you have a JDM engine because the layout and parts may not be exactly the same. It can also be difficult to read manuals when you are trying to figure out what to do. Here are a few articles I came across on changing the oil on for the Subaru Impreza.

1993 Subaru Impreza Oil Change

Part 1

Part 2

2006-2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Oil Change