Nova Engineering NSX by Matt Rus of Farmofminds

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Nova Engineering Pro Spec Honda NSX.

Edit from Ben – This is a blast from the past but has relevance to the modern JDM tuner scene. Nova is deeply involved with Nissan on the development and testing of special models of R35 GT-Rs. They were significantly involved in the production of the SpecV. Seeing this old school NSX by them is really cool! They also made the legendary Axle S2000 tuning parts by the way. Good find Matt!



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TommyKaira Legacy by Matt Rus of FarmOfMinds

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TommyKaira Japan has been working on the body kit based on the sketch bellow. We can see that they are remaining true to the concept which is a great sign. If the final product looks like the original sketch then it will be an awesome Subaru Legacy body kit with a traditional TommyKaira wing that shares a similar design inspiration to STi’s wing!


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Oldschool R34 by Matt Rus of FarmOfMinds

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Today I came across Strange-drive shop, a garage shop located at Yamato City, Kanagawa Prefecture, where they are specialized in Skyline tuning and maintenance, mostly ER34, HR34, ENR34 and BNR34 models. And one Skyline, HR34 GT to be exact, caught my attention. As you fly over the pics below you can see that this Nissan Skyline GT has some old school touches starting with 15″ Watanabe Type-R wheels, nice drop with the help of  Trust Type-S coilovers, dual exhaust tips and newage trends: carbon fiber hood and CF trunk.


Taking a peek at the interior reveals that there are more inspirations from the old days. Momo Prototipo steering wheel and classic style bucket seats are utilized.


The engine is a RB32DE taken from the HR31 Skyline. Straight six with RB26 throttle body. The Fujistubo exhaust manifold and custom exhaust must sound great!


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CR-Z and GT300 by Matt Rus of FarmOfMinds

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Rumors are that a CR-Z will compete in Super GT although there are no official words, GT Channel already obtained shots with CR-Z in wide body shape which gives you an idea of how it might look as a GT300 competitor. Furthermore, Auto Sport made an illustration of the CR-Z which can be seen at the bottom. As the rules will change in 2012 where the teams will be allowed to use hybrid system maybe this is Honda’s hybrid weapon for GT300 class?


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Hiace Racer by Matt Rus of FarmOfMinds

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The Toyota Hiace is immensely popular to modify in Japan due to its spacious interior. Many Japanese modify these like you’d outfit your living room or bedroom featuring full out bars, couches and/or beds inside. While the car is wildly popular to customize for cruising and hanging out it is a very rare sight to see one on the race track. So when Mat Rus of FarmOfMinds found this raced out Hiace we thought it would be a really fun post to share.

This Toyota Hiace sports a motor swapped Nissan 2.8l  OHC L28 inline 6. We can only guess that there are many serious other mods done to this Hiace. I’m sure those gauges aren’t there for nothing and also you’ll notice a full roll cage, window safety net, oil cooler, ITB’s, etc…

These shots are not the best but the Toyota Hiace is cool enough to post here!


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Gloria by Matt Rus of FarmOfMinds

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I’m glad to be back and posting a bit more lately here. Check out this beautiful and extreme VIP tuned Nissan Gloria in Japan!



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Red Bull X1 Prototype by Matt Rus of FarmOfMinds

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How would the fastest racing car look if it could be built without any rules and regulations? According to Kazunori Yamauchi, the producer of Gran Turismo, the answer to that question is the Red Bull X1 prototype. And what would the specs of the mighty race car be? Light as a feather (545kg) and powerful like a bull (gas turbine, 1483bhp @ 15,000RPM and 527lb ft @ 12,000RPM) with a continuously variable rear-wheel drive transmission.

Let’s go a little further with the theory. If the X1 were to exist and run Suzuka Circuit, it would crack off a lap time of 1:11 sec. That’s 20 sec faster than today’s F1 cars!

To ensure that the Red Bull X1 Prototype wasn’t just someone’s wet dreams thrown on paper, this race car was developed by two of the most highly esteemed Formula 1 aerodynamicists, Adrian Newey and Sebastian Vettel, who current share second place in F1.


Here we can see another thing that helps the X1 to be a unique one-off race car: “Vacuum cleaner” which increases low speed downforce.

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