Team Advance Z06 by John Babbitt

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Team Advance Auto Z06 Corvette JDM

In my mind, nothing is better than seeing American cars that are tuned in Japan. There’s something about the way JDM tuning can turn almost any car into something truly special. This time, it’s a Chevrolet Corvette Z06, tuned by Advance Auto.

Advance Auto specializes in American cars, both stock and tuned. Their cars are regularly used on the circuit and have appeared in Option video. But of all the (literally) tons of cars they’ve churned out, this is by far the most striking. It starts in the rear, with the enormous rear wing and huge carbon-Kevlar diffuser. This thing looks truly terrifying from all angles.

Team Advance Auto Z06 Corvette JDM

Up front the carbon fiber hood produced by WEST is similar to the one used on the Le Mans winning C6-R. Carbon fiber front diffuser, teeny carbon fiber mirrors and carbon fiber roof scoop round things out. (And single wipers are ALWAYS cool.)

Team Advance Auto Z06 Corvette JDM

Im not sure what wheels it’s wearing now, but it normally sports bronze TE-37’s, a very popular choice for vettes in Japan. Tires used are some Hankook Ventus S tires. Other upgrades include OS Giken lsd, Advance/Sachs suspension, Pfadt sway bars, and Exedy clutch. The power is freed by Advance APP-Data ecu tune and exhaust. This car is gaining many 1st places, so the parts are well proven. The interior consists of a seat, wheel and not much else. A RacePak digital cluster keeps tabs on things.

Team Advance Auto Z06 Corvette JDMTeam Advance Auto Z06 Corvette JDM

Be back soon with some more ‘murican goodies!! – jbab

PS- video!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HK40hsRh4g

Team Advance Auto Z06 Corvette JDM

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Grace Hardcore Racing Camaro by John Babbitt

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Grace Racing Camaro

Written by guest blogger John Babbitt

Edited by Ben Schaffer – John is a regular reader of this blog and he emailed me with some inspiration to write a feature on American cars tuned in Japan with Japanese tuning philosophy. After I checked out a few email links he sent me, I told him that I felt this Camaro was fitting for the idea and I encouraged him to write a guest blog presenting the car/topic. A couple of days later and here we are…

Hello everyone, my name is John, and I hope that you find this post to your liking.-jbab

When it comes to JDM tuning, the Chevrolet Camaro is far from an ideal platform. For one, it’s American, unsophisticated, and, lets face it, there’s a certain image attached to most American cars that most would like to avoid. But the goal here today is to open some minds about this car, and to help me do that is what I think might be the coolest Camaro you’ve never seen.

Enter the Grace Hardcore Camaro. First things first, the vented carbon fiber hood lets you know this is no American’s ride. Other aero treats include the front and rear under diffusers, 3D wing and front bumper canards. Nicely polished Work Meisters wrapped in AO48 tires, make a beautiful addition to the already striking body.

Grace Racing Camaro

The level of tuning is pretty impressive elsewhere too, including huge Brembo rotors, F50 4 pot calipers up front and Grace 2 pot calipers down rear, all with lots of ducting to keep things cool. Full coilover suspension is another rare item within the Iroc community. Top it off with a massive 3 point strut tower brace, and biblical strut mounts.

Grace Racing Camaro

The engine is a GM Performance TPI 6.2, with a carbon fiber ram air system and an enlargened exhaust (no flowmasters here!) Unfortunately, the auto tranny stays, but upgraded with a B&M valve body kit. A 25 point roll cage and stripped interior finish this machine off.

Grace Racing Camaro

The JDM scene has really got its roots here on our soil, so hopefully, with the affordability and abundance of American sports cars, more of them like this will start to emerge on this side of the pacific.

P.S.- Here’s a small video of this car at Tsukuba.
http://www.grace-co.co.jp/img/interclub/interclub.wmv

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