Posts Tagged ‘Herb Policarpio’

CENTER STAGE> Bisimoto Turbo Hybrid Honda CRZ

No one with any passing knowledge of the automotive industry is unaware of the upcoming release of the new Honda CR-Z - and most are very excited about the prospect. If you're a Honda tuner, the word excited is probably far too "whatevs" to describe your emotional state - especially if you're particularly fond of that wonder car that Honda released in the mid-1980s. If you're Bisi Ezerioha, you've already gotten beyond all of that. If you're Bisi, you've already built a version of the car that exceeds the power output of Porsche's 911 GT3 Hybrid - awesome.

As the owner of Bisimoto Engineering, and somewhat of a legend in the Honda community, Bisi is an overachiever when it comes to wringing every last ounce of power from any of the projects he accepts - often with ground-breaking results. MotorMavens crew members Antonio Alvendia, Herb Policarpio and I took a visit to his facility to see his latest masterpiece. We arrived just in time to see him adding the finishing touches to his Norm Reeves Honda purchased, 2011 Honda CR-Z.

As he went about his work, he took the time to explain his vision for this build which was to benchmark the CR-Z hybrid versus the newly released Porsche 911 GT3 hybrid which boasts a hefty 480hp at the crank and to do so while retaining the drivability, reliability, and eco-friendly nature of the original. In his own words: ìto really show them what Bisimoto Engineering could do.î In a matter of six weeks, not only had Bisi met his goal, he had exceeded the Porsche's horsepower numbers by 53 horses and developed 22 new aftermarket performance parts for the CR-Z. Did I mention he was an overachiever?   Read more...

FORUM> Shakotan RT52 Toyota Corona

1967 Toyota Corona

In case you guys haven’t noticed the new navigation tab at the top of our website, MotorMavens now has a forum! We know it’s been long overdue, and we’ve been wanting to create a section on our website where we could exchange photos, comments, personal stories and random funny stuff with our readers.

After all, we truly believe that it’s our awesome readers and the linking of all the different automotive communities that makes the Motor Mavens Movement so powerful.

Anyway, one of our readers/friends from Honolulu Hawaii, Kyusha Kai, just posted up some detailed photos of this AWESOME shakotan RT52 Toyota Corona on our forum! For those who might not know, shakotan is a Japanese term that refers to super low cars. (You can bet your bottom dollar that this is gonna be the next car industry “keyword” that people will start marketing and promoting with. Hmm…  if I had a dollar for everytime someone… ah, forget it.)

This four door Corona looks pretty awesome slammed. I see RT52s all the time at Toyotafest and events like that, but usually, they’re driven and owned by older people that are more interested in preserving the car’s originality. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for original vintage Toyotas! However, seeing a super clean, custom colored (dark brown metallic) Corona like this is like a breath of fresh air. (more…)


PAPERCUTS> Project Car Magazine w/ AE86

Project Car Magazine AE86 Special with Taka Aono Corolla Drifter

I just realized that I haven’t posted up a “Papercuts” story in quite some time. To tell you the truth, it’s because I haven’t even bought any car magazines in quite some time. There was a time in my life when I would go to bookstores and hang out, just to check out all the car magazines that were out. My friend Kenta and I would meet up at Barnes & Noble or Borders (or better yet, the Kinokuniya Bookstore in Little Tokyo or Torrance) to check out the latest car magazines every single month. I miss going to bookstores just to chill and check out magazines… I’m not sure if I haven’t been going because I’ve just been busy, or if the magazines these days don’t intrigue me…

Whatever the case may be, I stumbled upon this copy of Project Car Magazine at the CVS Drugstore in Studio City. This issue caught my eye because I saw my friend Taka Aono on the cover; after all, he is the USA’s undisputed top AE86 driver. I thumbed through it really quickly, and decided within 20 seconds, “that’s it. I’m actually gonna buy this issue.” While my 10+ years of Living the 86 Life have led me to own just about every AE86 book or manual that has ever been produced in Japan, it’s honestly pretty rare to see magazines that actually produce good stories about AE86s stateside. I definitely think this magazine was worth the $6 or 7 (ouch!) that I paid at the cash register.

Even though he’s probably the one Source Interlink magazine editor I don’t really know, I really gotta give props to Project Car editor Gary Narusawa and his crew over there. (more…)