Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2011 Year of the Rabbit

In a short four more days it will be 2011 and according to the Chinese Zodiac table it's the year of the Metal Rabbit and what better way to celebrate then by tossing up a lil' post on the always awesome Volkswagen Rabbit to celebrate the coming new year.  While VW is not currently selling a Rabbit version of the Golf and they only sold the Golf in American under the Rabbit name with the MK1 and MK5 models maybe they'll revive the name once again for this year.

If you don't follow the Chinese Zodiac calendar then here is what the Year of the Rabbit is all about.
In the Chinese zodiac, the rabbit is fourth in a cycle of 12 animals that represent each Chinese New Year. 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit and occurs from February 3, 2011 to January 22, 2012. The Year of the Rabbit should be a peaceful year, much welcomed after the Year of the Tiger. Rules and regulations will not be as strictly enforced and people will have fun and relax. Overall, it should be a moderate year with an easygoing pace. People born under the Year of the Rabbit possess characteristics similar to a rabbit, while aspects of their lives also reflect a rabbit's tendencies.
So with all that in mind hopefully this next year will be a better year not only for those of us who have had a really crappy 2010 but for everyone.  I know I could use a laid back peaceful new year.

Check out this funny VW Rabbit commercial

Sunday, December 26, 2010

RQ Team: Thunder Asia Racing

This Race Queen Team Feature seems more like one of my Foxy Friday Features considering how little Race Queen pictures I found for Kaoru Sumiya the Race Queen for the GT300 365 Thunder Asia Racing Team.  The really interesting aspect to the 365 Thunder Asia RacingTeam (other than they run a Mosler 900) is that they are the only Foreign team based out of Singapore.  Other cars are sponsored by Singapore companies but this is the only one based entirely out of Singapore.  Now back to the lovely Kaoru.  Oh yeah it was a bad year for the team as they finished the year out at dead last.  Hopefully they have a better year in 2011.

I think the team had a couple other race queens at the beginning of the year for one race after only a few pictures they were gone and along came Kaoru Sumiya (澄谷薫 / 澄谷薫さん) who popped up for a handful of races at the end of the race.  Her Race Queen uniform is a bit different and is one of only a handful of uniforms that included pants.  Although the pants didn't really cover much as they were sideties all of the way down to the split open bell bottoms.  The rest of the uniform was one of those collored midrif tank top shirts.  The color scheme is a white base with some red accents along with brown and red dots.  I would have liked to see more of her during the year but what are you going to do.

Now Kaoru is a pretty well established gravure idol and race queen and she has been around for a while with several different teams through out the years.  You'll also find her at car shows as well.  She has appeared several times for TopQueen which you can check out at these links. TQ1, TQ2 and TQ3 (have to be logged into see pictures).   Maybe we'll get lucky and more stuff will show up a little later even though it's almost already time for next year.

As for the Race Queen thing I found some links and I'm just going to list them out as there just isn't that many from one source so can't do my usual link posting.
Race Queen Photogallery
RQ Blog 1
Motor & Cos
Car@nifty
RQ Blog 2
Kurumaerabi 1
Kurumaerabi 2
RQ Blog 3
RQ Blog 4
RQ Blog 5
RQ Blog 6
RQ Blog 7
RQ Blog 8
RQ Blog 9

I didn't find Kaoru in any of the Race Queen videos that I've posted but there videos of her out there just not in a Race Queen uniform so here is the one slightly automotive related video of Kaoru.


I lied, I found her in this video at 10:48

Monday, December 20, 2010

RQ Team: Endless Lady

And here we are getting ready to go with the latest Race Queen Team feature.  A couple more and we'll be done for the year.  I could actually probably skip these last few or just do one really big blow out but I think I'll finish these last two and do the various left over ones at the first of the year.  This week's Race Queen Team is the Endless Ladies who were part of the GT300 Team Taison who ran one of the few Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs this last year.  I've already mentioned how they did when I covered the Main Race Queen Team for Team Taison so I won't go into any of that.

The complete Endless Lady team is actually made up of a large group of ladies but only two of them work on the Super GT team as well as the other racing series that they support.  And I couldn't find a group shot of just the two Super GT Endless Ladies so went with the larger group picture. Also though out the year I didn't see these ladies in a lot of pictures or videos either so it's going to be a short post I think.

The two ladies that make up the Endless Lady Race Queen Team are Tanaka Sayomi (田中さよみ) and Sakura Emi (佐倉恵美) and their outfits are pretty normal Race Queen uniforms with a Blue with White highlights miniskirt and tube top outfit with a small half jacket and white high heels. Nothing to fancy there.  While looking around to see if they did the professional race queen stuff I did find that Sakura Emi has been doing some.  She has a full set of pictures with RQ-star a few set with Topqueen (2) and Maidqueenz.  As for Tanaka Sayomi I couldn't find anything other than the Race Queen pictures.

So without further ado here are the Endless Lady Race Queen pictures.  At least the ones that I can find.
Motor & COS -- RQ1
None Super GT pictures -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4 and RQ5
Some Dude' Blog -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3 and RQ4
Car @ Nifty
Another Dude's Blog -- RQ1 and RQ2
Random Blogs -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6 and RQ7
Digital Juicy -- RQ1 and RQ2

And that's it for the pictures.  As for videos there is one

Thursday, December 16, 2010

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

Yeah look a new GT3 RSR.  That's right Porsche has recently unveiled their 2011 update for their powerhouse racer the 911 GT3 RSR.  The updated 911 GT3 RSR joins Porsche's other 911 GT3 racers the R and the Cup with updated aerodynamics front and rear along with changes to the suspension kinematics and the engine.  The updated 911 GT3 RSR also gets a few extra bits and bobbles to make it look more like this year's road legal cars as well.  All I can say is ... Do want.

However at a cool half a million and change for a complete car (you can update your older GT3 RSR's to the 2011 edition for less) I don't think I'll be getting my hands on one any time soon.  I do wonder though who in the  Super GT might be picking one up for next year.  Of course all in all this car may be illegal for GT300 specs I'm not exactly up and up on the Super GT regs.  Anyways,  back to the new car.  As a stand out winner even with the hefty price tag people will be snapping these bad boys up to go racing and with the latest updates to the car it's stands to reason that they will be winning even more races in 2011.

The new 911 GT3 RSR was unveiled at the "Night of Champions" party held at the R&D Centre in Weissach to celebrate the end of the 2010 racing season.  Guests were treated to a glimpse of the new car sporting many visiable updates from the previous generation.  The updated aerodynamics includes a new front lip  to generate higher downforce on the front axle.  At the rear of the car a lot of modifactions were carried out. "The position of the rear wing and the shape of the wing mounting also underwent optimisation and were adapted to the new rear fairing with additional air outlet louvers. The rear lid was also redesigned for optimised air ducting." To help with understear issues and add grip the front rims grew from 11" to 12" and the rear tail lights received an update to the LED tail lights seen on Porsche's road going 911.

What you can't see are the updates to the engine components and the racing suspension.  First up the 4.0L Flat 6 is now sporting 455hp (up 5hp from the previous model)  thanks to an engine management update and redesigned exhaust and air intake housing.  The suspension system was also gone over to make the new GT3 RSR more drivable.

Like I said all this awesome Porsche racing goodness could be yours for a new price of 410,000 euros or $541,364 thankfully if you already have a 2010 GT3 RSR you can get a retrofit kit that includes all the updates for a substantial reduction in price, which they didn't list.

You can read all about the new 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR on their official press release which you have to read at WORLDCARFANS since I can't find it on Porsche's PR page, there are also 12 additional pictures of the car there as well.  Sadily at the moment they haven't released any new cool videos of the car yet.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

RQ Team: RQ's Racing Angels

With the end of another weekend in site we should take a look at another Race Team and this week we'll take a look at one of the Race Queen Teams that kinda showed up really late to the game.  So late in fact that the Race Queens are not mentioned (except for their old RQ Teams) on Qblog.  The Race Queen Team in question is the RQ's (or R'Qs) Racing Angels who support the GT300 Team of R'Qs Motorsports Vemac 350R.  This team only showed up after around 6 so pictures and video are rather limited.

What's even worse is that since these Race Queens showed up late to the party I don't have any confirmed English translations to their names so once again I'm guessing what their names are.  I'm also just a bit confused on just exactly where that darn apostrophe is supposed to go. On their Race Queen Uniforms the apostrophe is between he R and Q but every where online that I've seen it's after the Q.  So I'm going with that for now.

In any case the three lovely ladies who make up the Race Queen Team is Nao Kuno (奥野奈緒), Norie (峰のりえ) and Kanae Muranishi (村西加奈恵) and their Race Queen uniform is a shiny silver with pink white and black accented mini skirt and halter top.  They also sport Thigh-high boots of the same color combo.  Of course other than the one Race Queen Kanae who looks to be a total newbie I thought the others might have done some professional Race Queen photosets and after a quick look around I didn't find anything.  So I'll just continue on with the regular Race Queen pictures. They may not have may pictures out there but they are some of the more cute Race Queens in the bunch.

Race Queen Photogallery -- RQ1 and RQ2
Kurumaerabi -- RQ1 and RQ2
Car @nifty -- RQ1, RQ2 and RQ3
Random Blogs -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5 and RQ6
Motor & Cos
Ponpon Blog -- RQ1 and RQ2

Of course the ladies have been able to find their way into a few videos as well.
THIS video couldn't be embeded so you'll just have to check it out at the link

However you can view this video with them at 04:25 here


In this video you can find them at 02:08

Saturday, December 11, 2010

2010 Nismo Festival

I may be a Porsche fanboy at heart but even I would like to check out the annual Nismo Festival in person.  This last week was the 2010 Nismo Festival and this year's theme was "Nissan Racing DNA".  The Nismo Festival has been bringing fans of Nissan and Nismo together since 1997 and this year was a large turn out that saw fans enjoying past and present Super GT cars along with an incredible assortment of various other race and road cars.

And don't forget the lovely Race Queens there were plenty of the Race Queens from Super GT and Super Taikyu out in attendance as well.  Of course since I am not able to attend something as cool as the Nismo Festival I have to enjoy it by reading other's reports and enjoying their pictures that they are willing to share with us along with the various videos that you can find on the internet.

I scoured the internet this last week looking for the best of the best content and this is what I've found.  Not only are there some great pictures of the cars but there are also some great pictures of the Race Queens as well.  I have to admit that even I would have to but an adventure to the Nismo Festival down as a must attend  some time in my life adventure.   However until then enjoy these links from the 2010 Nismo Festival --

Speedhunters 1 
Speedhunters 2
Speedhunters 3
7tune -- the best write up and pictures so far
Nismo Forum
Force GT
Car @nifty
Mikara

And the Race Queens
Race Queen Photogallery -- NF1 and NF2
Motor & Cos -- NF1 and NF2
That Dude's Blog -- NF1 and NF2

There are of course also videos of the action that took place at the Nismo Festival.


Just found some Race Queen videos from the Nismo Festival as well.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

RQ Team -- Mobil1 Race Queen

Another weekend means it's time for another Race Queen Team Feature. This week's Race Queen Team is the very unique Mobil1 Race Queen Team.  It's unique because the three ladies that comprise the team support Mobil1 with three different Super GT GT500 Teams.  It would be even more unique if they were teams that had all three of the different cars but it's two Honda HSV-010 and one Nissan GTR.

The lovely ladies who make up the Mobil1 Race Queen team are Mayumi Nagayama (長山真由美) who supports the Team ARTA Honda HSV-010 and is also a newbie this year. Chihiro Kishimoto (岸本千尋) who supports the Team Calsonic Impul Nissan GT-R. And finally Minae Demura (出村美苗) who supports the Team Kunimitsu which is the Raybrig Honda HSV-010. Even with supporting different teams the ladies all sport the same Race Queen uniform a simple shiny white mini dress with a silver Mobil1 logo running diagonally up the dress. They are often also sporting thigh-high boots and large white hoop earrings and bracelets.

Since two of them are returning Race Queens I really thought I'd find some pro-photosets but looking around I didn't find anything on any of the ladies even though all three of them are very cute ladies. So I guess I'll just have to get on with posting the normal Race Queen images.

Race Queen Photogallery -- RQ1
Kurumaerabi -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6, RQ7, RQ8, RQ9, RQ10, RQ11, RQ12 and RQ13
Car @nifty -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6 and RQ7
Motor & COS -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5 and RQ6
Random Blogs -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4 and RQ5
That Dude's Blog -- RQ1 and RQ2
Another Dude's Blog -- RQ1 and RQ2
Some Dude's Blog -- RQ1, RQ2 and RQ3

Of course they are also in a few videos here and there.
In this video you can find them at -- 0:35


In this video you can find them at -- 4:12


In this video you can find them at -- 3:18

Monday, November 29, 2010

Hankook Lady -- Korea Vs. Japan

In a slight departure from my normal Race Queen post I'll be giving us a slight peak into the Korean Race Queen world.  I don't post about the Korean Race Queens because to be honest they get some really great coverage else where and I just wouldn't be able to add anything new to what they post.  I'm doing this post because I thought it would be cool to do after I saw that the Korean Hankook Ladies had the same uniform as the Japanese Hankook Ladies and I've been wanting to do a Korean Race Queen Vs. Japanese Race Queen post.

Of course I've already done a RQ Team Feature on the Japanese Hankook Ladies and you can find that post here -- RQ Team: Hankook Lady but we'll do a little recap for you.  The Japanese Hankook Lady team is made up of Hiroko Yoshino, Yoshi Musume and Yurie Asada and out of the bunch Yurie is in my opinion the cutest one followed closely by Yoshi.  I love black hair but Hiroko just has an odd to me face.  As a team they though they rank up there pretty high with a cute interesting uniform cute Race Queens and in my opinion an awesome car to be representing, one of the Porsche 911(997m) GT3R. The Hankook team were able to pull out a pretty respectable race season finishing in 17th place for only being able to compete or finish in three races during the season.  They were able to compete in the Fuji Sprint Cup where they also had a pretty respectable race as well. The Race Queens have also been out and around more as well turning up in more videos and additional Race Queen pictures including some new sets in the professional series as well.  I'm not going to post those here though as I'd rather post that in the original post instead.

On the other hand the Korean Hankook Race Queens I've never featured and they also have an additional member on their team.  The Korean Team members are Cho Yu Na (조유나), Kim Na Na (김나나), Lee Sung Hwa (성화님) and Han Chae-I (한채이) and the problem here is that they all have straight jet black hair.  And are all really cute.  That's one of the reasons why I REALLY like Korean Race Queens.  The good majority of them are my type of Asian cuties and that's pretty damn hard to ignore.  What they don't have going for them is the car.  It's not a Porsche in fact I'm not even sure what it is because no one seems to care about the cars actually racing in the CJ Super Race and you only see little bits and pieces of them in the coverage.  I think the car might be a Hyundai Genesis Coupe but I'm not really sure.

Now since I don't have any links to the Korean Hankook ladies I'll just have to fix that problem right now.  I visit a few different sites that regularly post Korean models and you'll be able find a multitude of different Korean Race Queens at the following Sites --

An1mA -- HK1, HK2, HK3, HK4 and HK5
Cute Korean --  HK1, HK2, HK3, HK4 and HK5
Idol Retouch --  CJ SR1, CJ SR2 and CJ SR3
Really Cute Asians --  Nothing now.

I know I've seen some other posts with the Hankook ladies in them but for the life of me I can't find them at the moment. 

So the question is Who wins?  Well that really depends on your tastes.  Korea wins the number of members but Japan wins for a much better car to represent but hands down my opinion is that the Korean Hankook Ladies are just hella cute compared to their Japanese counterparts. Of course if you're still not convinced that I'm right there are some videos of the Korean Hankook Ladies in action.

You can find those videos below.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

RQ Team: Mola Lady

We are definitely getting down to the last couple of Race Queen Teams and the one for this weekend will be the Race Queen Team Mola Ladies who are the Race Queens for the GT300 team of Up Start Mola Z who race the second Nissan 350Z (Fairlady Z).  The Up Start Mola Z team managed to finish the season out in 6th place.  They also had a strong showing at the Fuji Sprint Cup.

The Mola Lady Race Queen Team is a 2 member team made up of Sayaka Anno (安野冴香) and Kokoro Narumi (鳴海こころ) both of who were newbies this year.  In this case Kokoro is definitely also the cuter of the two.  Their uniforms are pretty basic two toned silver and black mini skirt and halter top outfit with some knee high boots.  They also wear a black choker and occasionally  they appeared wearing fishnet stockings, lace gloves and a fur-lined mid-drift jacket.  During the year the ladies didn't get a whole lot of exposure which is why they are way back here at the end of the year.

Looking to see if they did any professional modeling for the Race Queen groups and neither one of them did but Kokoro did do a set for dynamitechannel earlier in year.  So it looks like I'll just be posting what Race Queen pictures that I can find.  Although if you search for the ladies by their names on google image search you'll find more than Race Queen pictures as well so if you want to see more of them I'd head there as well.

Race Queen Photogallery -- RQ1
Kurumaerabi -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6 and RQ7
Car @nifty -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3 and RQ4
That Dude's Blog -- RQ1
Another Dude's Blog -- RQ1 and RQ2
Yet Another Dude's Blog -- RQ1
Ponpon Blog -- RQ1 and RQ2

Some Other Dude's Blog -- RQ1 and RQ2

Of course we can't forget the videos


The Mola Ladies are at 0:33


The Mola Ladies are at 1:23


The Mola Ladies are at 1:11

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Post 100

A small milestone for my autoblog.  This is the hundredth post for Festival of Speed and it's been an interesting journey so far.  I'm not really sure if it's at were I wanted to to be at but really I'm feeling good about how it has turned out. A lot has happened since I started this blog back on April 10th of this year.  Has it improved? Have I improved?  Is blog even relevant?  I wold like to think that it has definitely answered yes to all of those questions.

Of course only the readers can really answer that and with the total lack of comments and only one follower I'm not entirely sure about the relevant part at all.  However,  I do believe that I have improved both the blog and myself over time.  The whole reason I started the car blog and separated it from my hillbilly Otaku anime blog was to be taken serious and be more professional so that I'd get maybe better offers and more interest in other things.  That may have paid off with Porsche last week with the 911 test drive.

Of course what would a milestone post be with out some stats.  Thanks to Google's Analytics (minus a small hicup) I have a good bit of knowledge about the site's traffic.  Since April 10th the site has been visited 3052 times from just about every where on the planet.  I am missing a few countries here and there though. I've tossed up an image of how it's gone since it started.

So know that we know how it's gone up to now what can be in store for the next hundred posts or so.  Will I have it done before my 1 year anniversary? Probably not, but I'll definitely give it a shot.  Maybe that will be my goal for this coming year.  Another 100 posts by April 10, 2011.  Goal, set, match.  Of course the funny thing is that over on the Anime blog side I have 3 posts until I hit post number 666,  how much fun will that be.

Now the question is just how am I going to do that.  I"m not going to resort to the easy as pie post a cool picture I found on the internet that's what the sweet ride of the day is for.  I might have a look back at some older stuff that I've done. I'll definitely be looking at news of the upcoming 2011 Super GT season.  I still have to find out what's happening to the Honda CRZ from a while ago.  I'll be covering any new Porsche and RWB news that I come across also.  Since the Idaho motor scene is pretty much dead until about March or so there wont be much in that regards.

And don't forget the videos.  Lots more videos in store for the next year.  Maybe even some snow drifting if the snow allows.  I'm also sure I'll toss some odd ball posts in there as well.  Of course how could I forget the Race Queens.  Of course that'll be around for ever on Friday in one way or another as it seems to be the biggest draw to the site. 

Speak of the devil a couple new Race Queen videos.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

2010 JAF Fuji Sprint Cup

It's been a couple weeks since the Fuji Sprint Cup has been run.  I was really hoping for a good couple videos of the Super GT part of the race to pop up on YouTube but after two weeks not a thing.  There are a ton of short little segments that people personally filmed but no epic 10-15 minute recap of the race like we got with the Super GT races.  I found both race digests on Super GT.net and since no one else has uploaded them I'm going to.  No guarantees though for how long they'll stay up there.  In any case on with the races.

Thankfully the Fuji raceway and surrounding area were repaired after the Typhoon that wrecked the area canceling the 7th race of the Super GT series.  With that the 2010 Fuji Sprint Cup was set to role with the East vs West challenge pitting drivers of Formula Nippon and Super GT facing off against each other in a series of races over the weekend.  As I only followed Super GT I'll be focusing on that group of races.

For the Super GT cars the Fuji Sprint Cup was ran a bit differently than normal first of all there was two races each driver of the car entered drove the car the entire length of the race.  Also different is that instead of running both classes together they ran separately so in total there were four races in two days.  Another difference for the race was the start.  The Fuji Sprint Cup featured a standing start which caught a few drivers by surprise during the races.

RACE 1
GT500 -- This race was dominated by the pole sitting GT500 SC430 of Zent Cerumo while the other cars fought hard for positions the Zent ran away from them.  It was a dog fight for the rest of the drivers though as they fought for positions.  The Super GT GT500 points Championship winner was stuck in 7th place as another Honda HSV-010 (Keihin) was able to fight it's way to a 2nd place win with the Calsonic Impul Nissan GT-R claiming the 3rd place finish.

GT300 -- This was the first time this season an Italian car won the race.  The GT300 race was a bit more interesting finding some cars really battling it out to get to first place and stay there.  But it was the GT300 Ferrari F430 of  Team JimGainer Dixcell Dunlop that was able to battle it's way up to first place after a horrid start and cold tires dropping it back to 13th place.  Right behind him was the Corolla Axio APR GT car in 2nd place followed by the Hankook Porsche who returned after an absence in the last Super GT race to bring home a 3rd place win.

RACE 2
GT500 -- The second day of racing saw a whole different race with a completely different podium finish from Race 1.  This time it was the GT500 SC430 Team Eneos that was able to take advantage of a slow start from the pole sitter to jump up early and remain in 1st from the start of the race.  Once again it was a run away win with the cars behind him battling it out to claim the last two podium places.  Claiming 2nd position was another SC430 of Team MJ Craft.  The GT500 points champion Weider Honda HSV-010 was able to fight its way from 12th to 3rd before the end of the race.  It was helped along the way by a few crashes and off track excursions one by the yesterday's winner the Zent Cerumo SC430 and another by the Raybrig Honda HSV-010.  It was a fast and furious race for the end.

GT300 -- The Italian prancing horse of JimGainer Dixcell Dunlop was able to pull off a hat trick and win both days.  Once again the GT300 battle for the Ferrari was not an easy task.  Finding himself back in the pack again he had to fight his way past several cars to find his way into 3rd position where he was able to pick up his pace even more after getting clear of traffic.  Up to then 1st and 2nd place was held by the two top points earners the pair of Nissan 350Z.  The GT300 points champion Tomica Z was in first but not for very long.  The Ferrari made short work of the pair claiming it's second win of the weekend.  The two Nissan 350Zs finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

With the races over and the points totaled the final tally was in for the Battle of the East vs West showdown.  And who was the over all winner of the weekend with the most points at 658 it was Team East with the win against Team West with only 586 points.

An interesting side note about the race though.  I thought that only teams who competed in 5 races before hand were allowed to join they Fuji Sprint Cup but low and behold there were a couple of new cars out there in the GT300 class. [EDIT] apparently I'm not all that bright as there were no NEW cars just re-skinned cars.  There was a new Corolla running by the name of Magical Carbon APR Axio <-- Actually this was the EVA car just re-skinned for a new sponser.  It had an OK race on day 1 but on Day 2 it had a pretty nasty crash that took it out of the race.  In addition there were a couple new Porsche 911s out there as well.  There was a new Sabelt Cine Citta' Taisan Porsche and a 911 GT3R from Porsche Japan <-- this was the Racing Miku 911 stripped of it's "Itasha" skin for some marketing purposes for next year.  In sad news thought these were the absolute last races for the M7 Mutiara Motors Amemiya RX7 as it has been retired to sit in a Motorsports Museum in Malaysia.

Pictures are from Car @nifty and you should check out the rest of the pictures from the races there.  

Now for those videos--
Race 1

Race 2

Monday, November 22, 2010

Porsche Cayman R

In February there will be a new Porsche Cayman joining the ever growing Porsche stable.  This one is special and comes with an all important addition to the badge, an R.  People have wanted more from the Cayman S and with the R badge Porsche finally gives them an answer.  The new Cayman R was official unveiled during the LA Autoshow that happened last week.  It was there with the new Carrera GTS and the new 911 Speedster.

Of course they would have to unveil the car in probably the worst color possible a one hell of an ugly puke green color.  Thankfully unlike the Speedster it's available in more than a handful of colors.  I'm also sure the lettering on the side will be optional as well if you like yours clean. Thankfully I found a Photoshopped white image to use.

In Porsche's own words the R is reserved for very special sports cars.  The R stands for responsive and refined – but most especially for racy.  And the Cayman R combines all of those attributes by shaving wait, adding horsepower and changing up the chassis for a lower and more sporty driving experience.  The Cayman R's 3.4L midship engine sports an additional 10hp for a new total of 330hp.  In addition the Cayman R shaves 121lbs from the standard car.  With the additional horse power and the diet the Cayman R is capable of getting to 62mph in a rapid 5 seconds flat.  But wait if get the Cayman R with PDK you can accelerate to 62mph in only 4.9 seconds but you'll lose 1mph at the top end with a top speed of 175mph and 174mph respectively.  Add the sport chrono and the 0-62mph time drops to 4.7 seconds.

Not only does the Cayman R get an updated engine and chassis but the Cayman R receives a new fixed rear spoiler, lowered by 0.79 inches and given light weight 19inch rims as part of the diet.  Of course you can also opt to get the light weight lithium-ion battery to even loose some extra weight. But back to the exterior there are a few other minor changes to the exterior and interior but it's nothing to drastic.

All that adds up to a nice little package for those who wanted more out of their Cayman cars and I'm sure it'll sell well when it goes on sale February of 2011 for an MSRP of $95,957.

For Porsche's complete Press Release you can check it out here

Check out the the new video of the Cayman R below thanks to Porsche.

RQ Team: Raybrig Race Queen

I'm getting close to the end of the 2010 Race Queen teams with only 4 main teams and a handfull of various other Race Queens of course that also leaves me with some of the less popular Race Queen teams not that they are not as important or cute or anything it's just that they didn't pop up as much on blogs and what not as much as the other ones.  This weeks Race Queen team feature will be for the Race Queens of the GT500 Honda HSV-010 Team Kunimitsu Raybrig.  This year the Raybrig team finished the season in 7th place with some good finishes during the year.

The Raybrig Race Queens is a two member team of Yuka Tanaka (田中優夏) and Rina Kato (加藤里奈) at the start of the year I wasn't really liking their uniform because of the over top that they had over the regular tube top that they showed off the rest of the year.  Their uniform was a white with light blue highlights pleated mini skirt and tube top affair.  They also had lace up arm covers and an odd lace up halter-top that covered the tube top.  They also wore knee high boots.  Once they got rid of the arm covers and the over top they were cute.  Oddly enough for one race they also wore Raybrig kimonos that were super cute. 


I took a look around to see if they did any of the pro Race Queen photo sites but I didn't find anything so I'll just be going straight to the Race Queen photos from around the internet.  I'm thinking everyone has up what they'll have up at this point.

Race Queen Photogallery -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3 and RQ4
Kurumaerabi -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6, RQ7 and RQ8
Car @nifty -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6 and RQ7
Motor & COS -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6 and RQ7
Random Blogs -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6,
That Dude's Blog -- RQ1 and RQ2
Another Dude's Blog -- RQ1, RQ2 and RQ3
Some Dude's Blog -- RQ1, RQ2 and RQ3
Yet Another Dude's Blog -- RQ1, RQ2 and RQ3

Being a bit less famous and popular so far I've only seen them in one video.
You'll find the Raybrig Race Queens at 11:48

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Discover Porsche Test-Drive Event

For the most part my e-mail is pretty boring routine stuff but some days there is a gold mind hiding in there.  This week on such gold mine appeared in the form of an invite to a special Porsche test drive.  Not one to skimp on a chance to actually take a new Porsche 911 out for a little spin I dutifully signed up hoping for the best.  The time and date were set and I was looking forward to getting behind the wheel of a new Porsche and I was really hoping I'd get to drive 911. 


The blurb about the Event I got from the Porsche e-mail went like this --
You are invited for an exclusive opportunity to take a test drive through the Discover Porsche Test Drive Event. This event is designed especially for you to demonstrate Porsche Intelligent Performance. Experience the Porsche 911, the New Cayenne, the Panamera and either the Boxster or the Cayman. While you are here, meet and talk to one of our Porsche Sport Driving School Instructors or one of our Porsche Certified dealership personnel. Come in for a test drive and find all the answers on the road. Just like we did. Porsche. There is no substitute.

That definitely sounds like it would be a lot of fun doesn't it?  Although I was rather surprised that I would get the invite but I guess that's what happens when you keep pestering Porsche about press access for the blog and ordering things from them.  Of course this morning I had my doubts about the event when I woke up to find the first snow falling of the season.  Thankfully the snow didn't matter and I arrived to find out that sure enough I was going to get to drive a Porsche 911, in this case it was a Carrera 4S with PDK.  I know know I fail at the stick but hey that's life for right now.

With a very quick little overview of what was going to happen I and Bob, one of the Porsche Sales People hoped in the 911 and followed the other Porsches out on a drive that saw us heading out to a nice winding back country road that I'm sure would be a lot of fun if it wasn't for the falling snow and rain that we were experiencing on the drive, not to mention the huge fog bank as well.   

The Porsche 911 C4S was just fantastic though.  I didn't get to happy with the throttle, I did goose it a bit around a couple corners but all of Porsche's safety systems kept me in check.  That and I really didn't want to scare Bob that much.  I did have Bob take some pictures on the drive as well.  I'm sure it'll get a lot of use during the day.  The good thing about it was that there just wasn't that much traffic out and the weather wasn't being all that bad.  Once back at the dealership we were treated to lunch from one of the Pasta places in town the Macaroni Grill.  It was good and a great way to end a fun little drive.  The drivers were also treated to a goodie bag filled with a Porsche Coffee travel mug and some brochures.

I just want to once again thank PorscheLyle Pearson Porsche of Boise, Bob and everyone else who made this event such an enjoyable way to spend some time out driving a wonderful car on a wonderful drive.  Thank you. Did I mention that I'm a giddy lil' boy and that my Happy meter is pegged at 11 now that I've finally driven a Porsche 911.  Well it is. You can find some other pictures of the event on flickr.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jeremy Clarkson's The Italian Job

As a die hard Top Gear fan I'm climbing the walls awaiting the next season of the hit British Motoring show but other than a couple specials in late December the next season of Top Gear wont start until January 23, 2011 and will only consist of 6 new episodes.  Thank goodness the guys go off and do their own things and thankfully Jeremy Clarkson always seems to release an interesting car related video during the holiday season.

This year Clarkson is back with a 2 DVD set called The Italian Job and it's awesome.  Clarkson is back in the driver seat by himself where I think he does his best as he takes liberties with several high end exotics around the Imola track in an attempt to lose weight and get fit so that he can participate in an old-school race series.  It's an idea only Clarkson can dream up.

Clarkson in this video drivers a new gen Camaro and bags on it greatly.  He then heads off to Italy and the Imola track as he drives the latest Porsche 911 GT3 and actually likes it.  From there he heads to the Ferrari test track where he gets behind the wheel of a Ferrari 458 Italia and 599GTO and has a good time drifting the 599GTO around like a 240SX. From there it's back to Imola to take the reins of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superlegger.  Up next was something I was really waiting for as Clarkson took the controls of the Pagani Zonda R that fabulous Carbon Fiber beauty and the best machine that shattered the Ring time.  And as if that wasn't enough excitement for someone Clarkson then jumps in the driver seat of the new V8 powered Ariel Atom for some more facial amusement.  The Stig makes an appearance, or two, to test the Ariel Atom against the Porsche 911GT3RS.  The final car that Clarkson pilots around Imola for this DVD is the new Mercedes Benz SLS where he proclaims the car as his new favoritest car.  This surprised me actually but it is Clarkson after all.  Before Clarkson heads back to England to go racing in a Classic Touring Car Race he makes a quick stop to pay his respects to where Ayrton Senna crashed and died on the Imola circuit, a nice touching moment.

With that Clarkson was back in England after getting fit in Italy to particapate in a Classic Touring Car Race in a car that he's never driven on a course that he's only driven a couple time and in a piece of crap Camaro around people who've been doing this for years it makes for an interesting race segment.  The car is a fully prepped Ford Escort Mexico with some issues.  The clutch wasn't helping them at all and the car was only put together right before qualifying and then repaired again right before the start of the race.  Thankfully the little green Mexico holds it together to finish the race in one piece and in 7th place.  A respectable finish for a first timer.

With that the DVD is done but wait this is actually a double DVD release (thought no one has tossed the second one on the tubes yet) and the second DVD is a Making of The Italian Job feature that goes behind the scenes of the video as well as giving the fans a bit of carnage with the 5 best car destruction videos as voted for by fans.   Some good stuff is on that second DVD.  Right now you can only buy the DVD in the UK so unless you have a region 2 or region free DVD player (which I don't) you can't buy this DVD for now.  Hopefully someone will see fit to release it on region 1 at some point along with his other DVDs.

Check out the trailer for The Italian Job --

Sunday, November 14, 2010

RQ Team: Epson Girls

This weekend marks the very end of the 2010 Autobacs Super GT season with the Fuji Sprint Cup race and I haven't watched any of it yet but from the results it looks like it was a spectacular finishing race.  With that I believe that will be the last we'll see of this year's Race Queens.  Now all I have to do is finish up the teams before the end of the year which I don't think will be that hard with only a handful teams left that have been around for the the entirity of season. I'm going to bunch of the one race Race Queens into a single post.  With that this weeks Race Queen Team is the GT500 Team Epson Nakajima Racing Epson Girls.

The Epson Nakajima Racing team ran one of the new Honda HSV-010 cars, unfortunately they did not have a very good year in 2010.  They finished the season in dead last place with a paltry 21 points.  During the Fuji Sprint Cup races they finished 6th in the first race and 4th in the second race.  A little bit better but it doesn't count.  Here's looking forward to a better year in 2011 boys. 

As for the Epson Girls Race Queens well it was probably the most covered up two member group with Minako Yamada (山田美菜子) and Eri Maruyama (丸山えり) seriously I think these two ladies for the most part wore the most clothing of all the race queens.  Their Race Queen uniform was made up of a weird blue overcoat thing with a large opening at the top to expose the blue and white dress underneath.  The dress was a mid-length number emblazoned with Epson.  Their legs were covered by those weird stay up thigh high bell bottom leggings that were really popular the year before.  While their arms were covered from their wrists up to their biceps in an arm band.

I looked around and neither one of the ladies has done any pro-race queen photoshoots at the moment.  So I'll just jump right into posting the Race Queen pictures which surprised me with just how much I found.  I didn't see that many pictures of the ladies but after searching for them I found quit a bit actually.

Race Queen Photogallery -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6 and RQ7
Kurumaerabi -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6, RQ7, RQ8, RQ9 and RQ10
Car @nifty -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6, RQ7 and RQ8
Motor & Cos -- RQ1, RQ2 and RQ3
Random Blogs -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6, RQ7, RQ8 and RQ9
Ponpon Blog -- RQ1 and RQ2
That Dude's Blog -- RQ1 and RQ2
Mon Buran Blog -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3 and RQ4
Another Dude's Blog -- RQ1 and RQ2
Lapin Mechant Blog -- RQ1, RQ2 and RQ3
A Dude's Blog -- RQ1, RQ2 and RQ3
Random Dude's Blog -- RQ1 and RQ2

Oh course you can find the Epson Girls in the videos as well
This video was just posted today...

In this one they are found at 6:41


The Epson Girls are located at 5:14 in this video


In this one they are a little bit more hidden but they are at 5:34
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