CENTER STAGE> Z One and Only

As one of the more prolific tuning platforms on the market today, the Z33 even in stock form provides for an excellent combination of power, handling, looks, and relative value. The RWD sports coupe can be found in nearly all forms of motorsports and has particularly excelled at drifting, capturing back to back championships for Tanner Foust in 2007 and 2008.

The long awaited introduction of the 370Z has many 350Z fans scratching their heads, however, as Nissan took away the flowing lines and sleek styling in lieu of an overly edgy and incoherent design. For many of us here at Motor Mavens, the 07-08 Z still stands as arguably the best looking Z of the past generation and for fellow Maven Mike Maez, he unequivocally agrees.

Mike's take on the Z33 is one that caught our eye for a number of reasons. For one, it isn't too over the top with a flashy body kit or a wild graphics scheme. There is attention to detail with the fitment and the wheel selection, which is always a plus, but furthermore it represents a very specific paint and wheel combo that we've never seen before on the 350Z. Combined with a solid ride height, an Akebono brake setup borrowed from the aforementioned 370, and just the right amount of bolt-ons, we were convinced that this was one Z that easily takes Center Stage.   Read more...

WEBMINING> Driven to Type

While automotive culture may be an obsession of mine, typography and design lead the charge in my everyday infatuation. You can imagine my surprise when I came across this video; it was created by Toyota Belgium to showcase the new Toyota IQ. It blends driving, computers, and technology to output a cool typeface. When I first watched this, I thought there was no way they could make good type this way. Boy was I wrong! Take a look and see for yourself. This kind of experimentation in driving and typography is something I would LOVE to see more of!

Photos from the project can be found on Flickr by clicking here.

:: Andy Sapp

MotorMavens Readers' Blog

COVERAGE> Formula D Brings Heat to Vegas, Part 3

It has been ten days since the Formula D tour rolled the dice through Sin City, and what an event it was. We've already shown you numerous photos and videos from the Vegas event, so we thought we'd wrap up our photographic coverage of the event today.

In the pit area right before qualifying, the Apex'i crew was busy at work - either their differential or ring and pinion seized up, because the rear wheels on Ryuji Miki's FD3s wouldn't spin at all - they were completely locked up! The Apex'i crew always seems to be working tirelessly, as we always see them working on their cars on the side of the track.

In this photo, we see Jeren Walker from DSPORT Magazine offering to lend a helping hand, so that the Apex'i crew could get the car back on track and Miki could qualify. Jeren works for a magazine - he wasn't hired to help Apex'i; he had nothing to gain from getting down and dirty, helping to get Miki's car back on track. Yet he willingly volunteered to help, because that's what people do from the grassroots drifting scene. Wait... Apex'i..? Grassroots?   Read more...

VIDEO> Battle of the Beards, Vegas Edition

Okay, you’ve seen Josh’s video already; now Will Roegge adds yet another classic to his collection with this Formula Drift Las Vegas video. This video really delivers a smooth feel which is very different from his friend Joshua Herron’s Las Vegas video. It’s cool to see how two people can capture the same event and come up with two different renditions of it! Keep up the good work guys!

P.s If you pay attention you can see me in the video! Lol

:: Dax Rodriguez

More MotorMavens coverage from Formula D Las Vegas

Drifting at the Vegas Pro-Am

VIDEO> Joshua Herron is "All In" Las Vegas

Formula D Las Vegas “All In” from Joshua Herron on Vimeo.

Las Vegas local video star Joshua Herron put out his Formula D Las Vegas video today. The footage recaps all the highlights from the Vegas Pro-Am event, practice and the main event in the blistering desert heat.   I’ve personally been waiting for this video because it was his first video out using his new Panasonic HMC150 video camera, and like always, I’m super impressed by the footage he puts out.  Thanks again Josh for covering all the Formula D events and putting out some of the best footage there is. Check out his site as well for his other videos at JoshuaHerron.com.

:: Brenton Ho

More MotorMavens coverage from Formula D Las Vegas

Drifting at the Vegas Pro-Am

DRIVER SEAT> Miami Meets the Nissan Cube

The Nissan Cube is one of the newest Japanese imports to American shores, and what better place for such a spicy import to come ashore than caliente Miami? Not too long ago, we got to spend a little time with this habanero chili pepper-colored specimen (very nice) and we're digging the flavor.

Marketed by Nissan as the "Cube Mobile Device," this new product offering from Nissan competes directly against the highly popular Scion xB and the newly introduced Kia Soul.   Read more...

WEBMINING> President Evil

The Nissan President has long been the top-of-the-line sedan in the company's JDM lineup. In Japan, you normally see stoic black versions lurking curbside in Ginza, waiting to take CEOs home for the night. Or to restaurants where the barkeeps reserve and maintain liquor cabinets worth more than my car tagged with the exec's name. This sinister sedan, however, is clearly no honcho hauler.   Read more...

VIDEO> Touge Heroes. The Remix!

Just in case you haven’t seen this video yet…you really need to sit down and watch. This new remixed version of Touge Heroes Volume One takes footage from Formula Drift Red Bull Championship and other parts of the DVD and remixes it with a fresh new soundtrack and editing. Even though this video is approximately an hour shorter then the DVD, it still manages to bring a lot of excitement.  If you haven’t picked up the full length DVD, you can do so at Touge Heroes website.

:: Dax Rodriguez