The 2018 Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2

Evenings in the garage. Weekends at the track. Gearheads everywhere can appreciate the extra time and effort the Mustang team took to quickly prototype and hone the Performance Pack Level 2 for the new 2018 Ford Mustang GT.

Longtime tire and wheel engineer Chauncy Eggleston led development of unique 19-inch wheels that help provide notable steering and handling response improvements. Mustang veteran Jonathan Gesek, former aerodynamics specialist at NASA and now with Ford’s aerodynamics group, spearheaded development of a high-performance front splitter and rear spoiler. And Jamie Cullen, Ford supervisor for vehicle dynamics development, led test efforts to ensure ultra-responsive steering, braking & handling performance.

The result of their covert efforts is available to order now and will reach North American showrooms this spring when pony car enthusiasts can get the new 2018 Ford Mustang GT with Performance Pack Level 2, a collection of drive-enhancing components designed for – and by – people who love the thrill of taking the wheel of a true performance car.

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The BMW Bavaria was the M5 before the M5 existed.

These photos are from the 80s, and this car is currently sitting in Kadunza’s parking lot. The original owner of this Bavaria had Korman Motorworks rebuild the entire car with triple Weber sidedraft carburetors, Korman suspension, and Recaro seats. The owner then sold the car to a man in Knoxville, Tennessee. Since these photos were taken, the previous owner allowed this Bavaria to rust and decay. Kadunza picked up this car as a candidate for future restoration. Follow Kadunza on Facebook to keep up-to-date on this complete Korman restoration.
Cadwell 4/4 – Nicole Harashima’s 1997 B16 Turbo Honda Civic Type R EK9

The most iconic car in the Honda world is, in my opinion, the Honda Civic Type R EK9. It’s every Honda enthusiasts dream to own one. Due to it being the original Civic Type R it has become one of the centre pieces for all Honda car culture around the world. It is a very important car because it was the car that made Honda’s VTEC engines as popular as they were back in the 90s and thus are today.

The EK9 epitomises everything that Honda owners love. It started out as the JDM EK4 SiR Civic. Honda then took this Civic, tweaked and fettled with it until it was a track ready machine. Its B16 set the record of the most powerful naturally aspirated production engine. It produced 182hp from a 1600cc, the highest ever (at the time) for an engine of that capacity. Honda ripped out the sound deadening and many other things in the interest of saving weight and making this car faster on track. They even gave it a limited slip differential so that it could put down its huge power on to the road. It was as if Honda gave the people the pencil and told them to draw what they wanted.

So not only had Honda designed arguably one of the best and most iconic hot hatches ever, they then decided to release another version known as the Motor Sports Edition. This very rare example was even more track focussed. It said goodbye to even more luxuries such as electric windows, mirrors, air conditioning, power steering; even the stereo was thrown out! Later, many people have adopted this approach with the EK9 and took it even further. Some of the 9s that your see on the Kanjozoku videos barely have anything left in them.

EK9s are incredibly rare over here and I remember the first time I ever saw one in the flesh. I was about 15 and was on a day out with my family in a town called Harrogate a few hours from where I live. It was in the famous Championship White, a colour which just seems to stand out when you see one on the roads. Whenever I see a car painted in this colour it immediately catches my attention and I know that I’m looking at something very special and probably rare. This colour alongside the iconic red Recaro racing seats have become the focus point for all Type Rs and seem to spark a strange feeling in all Honda enthusiasts. It instantly makes the car look faster and more powerful. You immediately get the sense that the car you’re looking at is an absolute pleasure to drive and it provokes you to spend hours on auction websites fantasising about buying one for yourself and selling all of your belongings in an attempt to make it so.

In every car scene there are cars that are regarded as “famous”. Cars that are so special that everybody within that car scene knows about them. Usually this is because the car is so different and unique that it becomes a trendsetting masterpiece. In the Honda scene there are some cars that are more popular than others; I guess that can be said about most car scenes but usually, the rarer the car the more people are interested in it. The EK9 definitely fits into this popular group. It’s probably the most modified of all the Civics. The vast number of aftermarket parts means that people everywhere are coming up with new and inventive ways of making their EK unique.

The first time I ever heard about the owner of this gorgeous Black 1997 EK9 was when I saw an article/post from a popular motoring website which stated that “this girl builds and races her own EK9”. Yupp that’s right Nicole is a female. As in a girl. Like a female girl. With an EK9. That she built herself. (I’ll give you a moment)…….

As if that wasn’t cool enough she also made the big decision last year to turbo her B16. Following her build over the past year has been very exciting to watch. Especially considering she did a large amount of it herself. So it was a delight for me when I heard Nicole would be racing at Cadwell on the day that I was visiting.

When I arrived the first thing that I noticed was that it is an exceptionally clean car. If any of you know Nicole you’ll know that she takes great pride in her cars and always likes to make sure they are clean. It’s a very rare occasion that you’ll see her with a mucky car. Under the bonnet was more of the same a very clean bay with a perfectly engineered turbo setup looked right at home alongside the B16.

Watching her smash it round Cadwell was a pleasure and listening to the noises that the car makes you get a sense of how dedicated she is to this build. Everything that she does, she does properly. Only the best parts will do. This became evident when I looked at her tyre/wheel set up. Genuine TE-37s wrapped in very sticky looking Toyo Proxes and peeking through where a set of Spoon brakes. Lots of time, money and effort has been spent getting this car to how she wants it. She has slowly made her dreams come true and the most refreshing part about it, is that she still drives this car like it’s supposed to be driven. Many people who have this much devotion towards their car get caught up in the show boating side of it. Half the cars you see at the shows will only be brought out on special occasions. Not Nicole’s, she has driven a considerable amount of the UK track network and she doesn’t hold back either.

Nicole is also very loyal to her cars. She has owned a series of Citroen Saxo’s that she also used to drive on track from relatively early on in her driving career. In addition, Nicole has since purchased a second EK9, this time it’s in that iconic Championship White colour. Judging from what I’ve seen so far it’s going to be a lot of work to get it up to her standard but I’m fairly confident we can have no doubts that it’ll get there. (So, that’s two EK9s! Yeah.)

Watching her do this turbo build has only confirmed how determined she can be. She has taken a car that for most would be their dream to own and improved it further to fulfil hers. Adding the turbo has meant that she could keep everything that we loved about the EK9 whilst releasing more of the potential bound up within it and in the process, she has achieved things that most will never experience. She has created her perfect driving machine. Surely that is what modifying cars is all about and I’m pretty sure that’s what Honda set out to do when they built the first EK9. To inspire and push people to achieve things they never thought they could; that truly is, the power of dreams.

Nicole’s Instagram - @nicoleharashima


I promised more on this modded s202 from Minkara a few posts back belonging to Pikarin from Osaka, Japan. It packs a JUN 2.2L stroker for starters. I think this is my first J-spec subaru post as well! I’ve been on an S202 kick lately so a little background…

At 320 horsepower from the factory, the Subaru S202 was the first car to break the 276-horsepower restriction on all Japanese cars (ever notice why so many cars in Gran Turismo are “exactly” 276 hp) and paved the way for the ISF, GTR and other high horsepower creations to roll out of the island country. Every generation of Impreza has had a super limited edition sportscar model dubbed the S201 (classic GC8 ), S202 (bugeye GD), S203 (blobeye GD), S204 (hawkeye GD), and R205 (the new GRB).

The S202 essentially takes the stripped down racing model of the STI – the STI type RA spec C – and reloads it with high end sports car goodies: STI projector headlights (heavier but better looking), STI front mount oil cooler, bronze 17″ STI wheels made by RAYS (which bear a striking resemblance to RAYS Volk CE28N), chassis and brake upgrades, and a carbon fiber GT wing. Only 400 were ever made.

This guy modded an S202. He took Subaru’s ultimate bugeye and made it better, and more suited to his use for it as a weekend track car.

The metal bumper vent only on one side of the car may not be the prettiest but it is functional… behind it is a the GReddy front mount oil cooler (in addition to the STI factory front mount oil cooler that all S202′s come with), which vents air through the metal duct… pretty creative engineering.

The vents cut into the stock rear bumper (though they vary in appearance) – and the flip up rear license plate with vents behind it – are pretty standard faire on Japanese track cars. Both allow trapped air to escape the bumper and reduce drag.

The S202′s front-mount factory STI oil cooler switched positions with the intercooler.

And it gets tracked…

– JUN AUTO custom 2.2L stroker kit EX
– JUN AUTO pistons
– JUN AUTO oil pump
– Tomei valve springs
– Tomei cams
– Tomei timing belt reinforced belt guide
– Tomei exhaust manifold (headers)
– Ganador Full Titanium exhaust
– Cusco air intake hose
– HKS racing intake
– HKS twin power ignition amplifier
– Big throttle Racing shaft Baku Baku Factory (ばくばく工房 Big throttle Racing shaft)
– Power enterprise F1 black engine bearing
– SARD fuel collector tank
– SARD fuel injectors
– SARD fuel pressure regulator
– Laile (BeatRush) crank pulley
– Tomei baffle stiffiner plate
– ARC oil pan
– Kondo Engineering “3” all aluminum radiator
– Kondo Engineering tune for 2.2L motor
– Ecutek ECU

Turbo & Cooling
– IHI Turbo (machined)
– GReddy Type RS blow off valve
– GReddy Front Mount Intercooler SPEC-R (editor’s note: the SPEC-R is a different GReddy fmic than the smaller GReddy front mount that you see on U.S. WRX’s)
– earlier setup: ARC top mount intercooler and Prova High Pressure Bypass Valve (made by Forge)
– STI Oil Cooler (stock - OEM S202 Part)
– GReddy Oil Cooler (secondary… custom metal vent)

– ATS Twin Carbon Clutch
– Steel mesh clutch hose
– Cusco transmission mount
– Cusco 1.5way RS differential

–PFC front three piece rotors for STI Brembos
–RDD rear 330mm three piece rotors for STI Brembos
–Endless EP357ME22 brake pads
–Endless CCR brake pads
–Prova carbon fiber brake cooling guide ducts

– Extended studs
– Hyperco HYPERCOIL coilovers
– Kondo Engineering Harmonic Drive
– Swift Hyperco Springs F 12k R 10k + 4k Hyperco spring assisted design
– Ikeya Formula roll center adjuster
– Cusco sway bars
– Okuyma floor braces
– Okuyama rear seat delete plate
– J Speed rear seat delete plate reinforcement braces (editors note: there’s a brace for everything :O)
– J Speed multi-piece fender braces
– Beatrush rear strut and trunk braces
– Beatrush floor brace
– STI titanium front strut bar (stock - OEM S202 Part)
– STI lateral links and trailing arms (stock - OEM S202 Part)

Wheel & Tire
– Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tires
– STI wheels by RAYS
– RAYS Volk Racing CE28N (black) 17×9 +43
– RAYS Volk Racing RE30 (black) 17×9 +43

– Ganador SuperMirrors
– STI version 1 lip w/ factory STI unpainted/flat black option
– STI mesh fog covers – unpainted.
– STI projector headlights (stock - OEM S202 Part)
– STI roof vent (stock - OEM S202 Part)
– STI S202 carbon fiber wing (stock - OEM S202 Part)
– Monster Sport carbon trunk
– Monster Sport carbon hood with drop-in hood vent — also custom vented over the turbo.
– hood pins
– Stage 21 custom vented fenders – 20mm wider than stock

– Recaro Tomcat Limited Edition seats w/ yellow “carbon kevlar” style fabric insert
– Defi gauge pod + gauges
– Infinite i-TCMS (Mugen track display meter)

2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Grabber Blue,V8 5.0L 4951CC 302Cu. In. V8 GAS DOHC Naturally Aspirated.The car is fully optioned with the Torsen Limited Slip Differential and Recaro seats. This car is limited edition and it shows that Ford really took the time to make the Boss 302 something truly special.


Kakimoto NSX by SpeedHunters

345hp @ 6,900rpm, 362.8Nm (267.6 lb/ft) @ 5,900rpm

ø92 mm forged pistons, stock titanium connecting rods, balanced stock crankshaft, upgraded oil pump, custom profiled intake and exhaust camshafts (IN: P233º 9.3 mm lift, Hi295º 12.5 mm lift, S238º 9.7 mm lift – EX: P238º 8.4 mm lift, Hi 288º 12 mm lift, S243º 8.7 mm lift), strengthened valve springs, C32B intake valves, C32B head gasket, Kakimoto custom exhaust manifolds, Kakimoto custom exhaust system, ø48 mm six-throttle conversion, custom velocity stacks, carbon fiber airbox with titanium intake pipe, 370 cc/min injectors, Nismo high pressure fuel regulator, BNR34 in-tank fuel pump, custom collector tank, NGK #8 racing plugs, ARC racing radiator, Setrab oil cooler, Motec M84 ECU

NA2 six-speed transmission, Exedy twin plate metal clutch, lightened flywheel, 4.643 final, ATS 2-way meal LSD, Kakimoto custom-made transmission oil cooler with custom baffling and intakes

Kakimoto custom front tubular subframe/chassis, custom front suspension pick-up points, Kakimoto original adjustable suspension, Eibach 8.9kg/mm front springs, 23.2kg/mm rear springs, Kakimoto custom adjustable suspension arms all round, Endless six-pot front calipers, Endless front ø370 mm two-piece rotors, Brembo F360 four-pot rear calipers, Brembo ø340 mm rotors, Brembo single pot e-brake caliper, AP Racing master cylinder, Tilton brake balance adjuster

Rays Engineering Volk Racing CE28N 18×8.5 +30 (front), 18×10.5 +18 (rear), Kumho 245/35R18 (front), 285/30R18 (rear)

Kakimoto front lip spoiler/diffuser, Kakimoto front canards, Front wide body aero, Kakimoto rear bumper, rear trunk NACA ducts, carbon GT-Wing, Speed Glass lightweight front windscreen, Rasty lexan rear hatch glass, lexan glass all round, custom flat underfloor

Custom welded and riveted roll cage, Recaro SP-G bucket seat, Simpsons racing harness, Momo racing steering wheel, custom dash with Defi gauges (tachometers, water temp, oil temp, oil pressure), Defi Advance ZD multi display meter, custom center console, custom carbon switch panel, Neko Corporation LCD600 digital display, ATL Fuel gauge


New 1LE Packages Elevate Camaro Track Capabilities 

The Chevrolet Camaro 1LE performance package returns for 2017, poised to set new benchmarks for attainable track performance.

The package builds off the success of the previous-generation 1LE, offering increased handling and track performance. In response to customer demand, Chevrolet will offer two distinct 1LE packages, for both V6 and V8 models, each visually distinguished with a satin black hood, specific wheels and more.

For the first time, the 1LE package will be available on Camaro 1LT or 2LT coupes equipped with the 3.6L V6. Featuring more aggressive suspension tuning, standard Brembo brakes and Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, the LT 1LE delivers an estimated 0.97G in cornering grip. Available Recaro seats will keep you planted through the corners, and an available Performance Data Recorder will allow you to view and share your track experience.

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You know how much I love these things, and I hope you do, too. Here is another great AE86 showcase brought to us by StanceNation; feel free to check the source for the full article and pictures. Takanobu Sugahara’s first car ever was one of these beautiful Toyota AE86’s, but after having sent it off, he missed it dearly and hoped he would one day find another Trueno that would be his. Six months ago, Takanobu-san was brought together with a stock ‘85 Sprinter Trueno Apex CP2. It’s like something out of a fairy tale story!

Takanobu-san said that his favorite thing about the automobile was its engine. He noted that you couldn’t tell by just looking at the exterior, “but it’s fast!” The vehicle now has a more powerful “red-top” 4A-GE power-plant from the Toyota AE92, as well as having ported the motor, added a metal head-gasket, big valve kit, Escort 82.5 cast pistons, Toyota Vitz lifters, Toyota AE111 connecting rod, individual throttle bodies, TODA Racing high camshafts (IN 304, EX 288), TODA Racing adjustable camshaft pulley, and a Freedom computer for proper tuning. This Japanese dream also features a TODA Racing lightweight flywheel, SECTION racing clutch, and a TRD 2-way differential.

The biggest challenge for Takanobu-san was dialing the fitment and cutting the stock body to make way for one of his favorite parts of the automobile, Crystal Body Yokoyama (CBY) over-fenders. Cutting the stock body wasn’t difficult, it simply pained Takanobu-san to bring himself to cut the body of such a beautiful car. Once done with that, finding a proper tire size was a problem. Takanobu-san stated, “They didn’t fit and so I have bought brand new sets of tires 3 times. Even then, the tire still rubs, so I’m currently working on sorting out the front suspension.”

Also concerning the stature of the vehicle, Takanobu-san has added a TRD short-stroke suspension from AE92 shock cartridges and Swift 8K springs coilovers up front. In the back, this AE86 sports Tokico HTS dampers with TRD 6K springs. He also put on adjustable control arms for the front and rear , and reinforced the tie rods up front. In the future, to eliminate the tire-rubbing problem, Takanobu-san plans to add a Nissan Silvia suspension.

Beneath the brilliant CBY over-fenders are amazing Work Meister CR01s Takanobu-san chose. They are 16×9 on all four corners with an impressive yet efficient offset of -51 up front and -66 in the rear. All around the car are 195/45R16 Toyo Proxes tires. Other exterior work includes adding a Duce front bumper, CBY side-skirts, Aero Master rear bumper, and FRP bonnet with bonnet pins.

Takanobu-san says people overlook his seats; custom wrapped Recaro SR3's—wrapped in denim, ecsaine, and carbon leather. Other interior modifications include an ATC steering wheel, Alpine speakers, Pioneer door speakers, and Toyota navigation system. One thing to notice is the lack of gauges. Despite having a fully tuned enging, Takanobu-san wanted to keep his interior free of gauge clusters. Future plans for the interior include wanting to wrap the door cards, rear seats, and headliner in the same fabrics and patterns as his Recaro seats.

I congratulate Takanobu Sugahara on the incredible AE86 he has crafted as well as the many difficult feats he had to overcome. I know only the best is in store for the future of this automobile. Here is the modifications list:

Duce front bumper
Crystal Body Yokoyama fender flares, side skirts N-Design side flap
Aero Master rear bumper
FRP bonnet, bonnet pins

Work Meister CR01 F 9J 16 -16 R 9J 16 -31 35mm spacers in front and rear
Auto Staff wheel nuts
Toyo Proxes T1R 195/45R16

TRD 92 short shock Swift 8K springs coilovers
Tokico HTS damper
TRD springs 6K
section pillow adjustable lower arms, pillow tension rods, reinforced tie rods
pillow adjustable control arms, lateral rods

92 kouki base
TODA Racing high camshaft IN304 EX288
TODA Racing adjustable camshaft pulley
Toyota Vitz lifters
BIG Valve, cut seat rings
metal gasket
Escort 82.5 cast piston
AE111 connecting rod balanced
AE111 4 throttle funnel type
Freedom computer

Drive line:
TODA Racing lightweight flywheel, SECTION racing clutch
TRD 2way LSD
maker unknown exhaust manifold, and exhaust

Recaro SR3 denim, Ecsaine, carbon leather
ATC steering wheel
Alpine speakers, Pioneer door speakers, Toyota navigation system



1996 Alpina B8 4.6 Touring (E36).

We came along #13 of only 27 Alpina B8 4.6 wagons built, kept in great shape, up to the original Alpina floor mats. The 4.6 is a true wolf in sheep’s clothing: Outside a sporty 90′s family wagon, inside a fully-blown sportscar with a massive 333-hp-V8 engine that underwent several Alpina treatments. It’s almost too large for the slim E36 body and had to be installed from below the car.

Sidenote: #13 came with all extra available, including Recaro seats, complete leather furnishing and was sold for 148 000 Deutschmark in 1996. It has been well taken care of since—except a ruthless speed test, as the owner told us: 295 km/h. That is BMW,  Bavarian Badass Motor Works.


Sascha Glaeser’s 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera

3.2 liter 930/20 engine completely rebuilt, 964 RS camshafts, revised engine management, FRP engine shields for retro look, full engine repaint with reversed colors, venter-exit double-outlet exhaust system

G50 gearbox, WEVO shifter kit

Support bar in front cargo area, 964 brake calipers, Pagid brake pads

Fuchs Design 15×9-inch (front) 15×11-inch (rear) Michelin TB 5R tires 215/50R15 (front) 285/40R15 (rear)

Full RSR 2.8 conversion, FRP front fenders, hood, roof panel, bumpers, duckbill spoiler, original 2.8 RSR rear fenders, Gulf Orange paint

Full rollcage finished in Gulf Orange, lightweight dashboard, lightweight carpet and headliner, Recaro Pole Position seats, Schroth seats, Momo steering wheel