Dare to be Different

Tired of seeing BMW’s, Audi’s and Lexus’ everyday?  It may seem that everyone enjoys having the same car as their peers, it’s a safe decision. But, there are people that marches to the beat of their drums and choose Infiniti over the others.

Infiniti is the luxury division of Nissan and has been around since the early 90’s. It was until the introduction of the G35 coupe and sedan that their popularity rose. The Infiniti Q50 is the G series replacement. The Q50 has aggressive lines and wide stance that deserves attention.

Our buddy Joe chose the Q50s for the killer looks and since he’s on the road majority of the time, the V6 Hybrid was the obvious choice. Like the rest of us, Joe is a car guy and could not leave the car stock, so he installed coilovers to lower the ride height and F29 Machine Silver as his wheels. The F29 fits the bill for a clean look that compliments the car, but the directional pattern for a touch of sportiness. In a world of cookie cutters, why not be different and stand out.

 

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Hasoon’s 2 Series

BMW once again delivers the ultimate in driving machines, but in a smaller package, with the 228i M Sport.  With a turbocharged 4 cylinder giving it some punch and a balanced chassis with near 50/50 weight ratio, it is the ideal package for any enthusiast.  Sometimes fun equals compromise, but the inside of the 2 series is definitely BMW quality in feel, fit and finish, giving you plenty of comfort in addition to performance.  The 228i M Sport is hard to match when looking for a mix of commuter practicality, luxury comfort and track car/canyon carving capability in one package. A set of our F18’s in Hyper Black, have a style that meshes perfectly with the 228i M Sport; and with wider, stickier rubber helps to boost it’s agility and handling to boot!

 

Deep into the Blue | Gloria’s Lancer

Everyone wants their daily driven car to be reliable, getting them from point A to point B without fail.  Some cars do this at the expense of fun and excitement, getting the job done but with little joy.  Fortunately, Gigi does not subscribe to this school of thought, making her Mitsubishi Lancer fun, lively, and delivering a little joy to the daily drive.  With lowered sport suspension and a set of Gold F18’s that pop in contrast to the Cosmic Blue paint, it turns heads on a daily basis.

 

 

The Red Killa

In the early 80’s, Japan cranked out several fun, light and RWD cars.  In the decades that followed, those type of cars started to dwindle, turning more often to heavier, more practical FWD vehicles.  However in 2012, the introduction of the Scion FR-S signaled the return of the lightweight, RWD sports coupe that we longed for.  With the FR-S, driving became fun again; even moreso with a plethora of aftermarket modifications available to customize it to your likings.  This particular FR-S is lowered and fitted with our Teal F23’s to contrast the Carbon Creation 86-R widebody kit done up in Firestorm Red.  The modern day AE86 has brought RWD fun to a new era, and it’s never looked better!

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Evolution is Inevitable

I have been friends with Jayson for many years and at that time he was driving a Nissan 200SX SE. A big Nissan guy that he was, I was surprised that in 2006 he purchased a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Over the years, this daily driver has evolved to what we see here. Upgraded the exhaust with a HKS catback and a DC extra long downpipe to help the car’s exhaust to flow with less restrictions. Muse upper and lower intercooler piping with a Turbo XS intercooler to give the air a chill for more horsepower.  Megan Racing Coilovers keeps the car planted to the ground with the addition of splitters for downforce. Last but not least, he chose the Hyper Black F21’s for its timeless look. You might have seen him and his Evo at local car meets in the Chicagoland area.  As his friend, I have the inside scoop that changes are already being made at this moment and evolution is inevitable.Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 Hyper Black F21 (8) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 Hyper Black F21 (2) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 Hyper Black F21 (4) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 Hyper Black F21 (6) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 Hyper Black F21 (7) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 Hyper Black F21 (9) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 Hyper Black F21 (10) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 Hyper Black F21 (11)

The End of an Era | Scion

The End of an Era

     Scion will be closing shop. The company represented a part of my youth and I’m kind of sad that it is done. They gave us another platform to customize or do it directly from the dealer, how cool was that?! They hosted shows such as Scion Nights, sponsored concerts and gave away a lot of goodies. They were the cool company and understood us. I myself owned a 2006 Scion tC.
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 The little brother of Toyota, Scion was created to target the younger costumers. A simplified “pure pricing”, and the ability customize your car from the dealership was their niche.Their soft release in 2003 in California created a large buzz in the auto community. It introduced to us the xA, xB, though it was only available in California. A year after the soft release, the entire country was able to purchase these new compact cars and also the debut of the tC. The xB and tC were the favorites among the tuners.
     Over the years, Scion became a household name, even attracting older generations to purchase their cars. To bring the excitement back to the brand, Scion/Toyota partnered with Subaru and created the rebirth of the RWD sports car, the FRS/BRZ. The front mid-engine, well balanced, low center of gravity, and RWD layout was popular with the enthusiasts and received many awards from the automotive community.
 Just like myself, Scion got older, the original customers got older. Priorities have changed from cars to careers, families or both. We have outgrown the compact cars and into larger, family friendly vehicles. Scion struggled to keep up with its competitors and sales plummeted. The end of the brand was determined.  Some vehicles will become Toyotas, and the rest will be discontinued. The Scion brand lasted for 14 years and in those years, I can remember the good times of being young. With Scion gone, it will be a current reminder that we are all getting older and goodbyes are inevitable. Thank you Scion for being there for the adventures that I had, goodbye my friend.
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Konrad’s FRS | Weekend Warrior

Weekend Warrior

Konrad was in the market for a reliable but fun car to drive around for school and work. He chose the Scion FRS for its well-rounded  power and balance straight from the factory. But being a car enthusiast, Konrad just could not leave it in stock condition.  For more power, he added an intake and exhaust so the car can breath better. Coilovers were used to lower the car even more to improve the handing. For the final touch, Gold F23’s were added to compliment the car’s new personality. Konrad now drives to school and work with a bigger smile than before.