These days it seems that the import “scene” is built around doing things that haven’t been done before regardless of cutting corners, destroying practicality, or just generally poorly assembled. Originality is one thing but trying to be original with the sole purpose of being recognized by others for that originality, to me, is one of the largest problems with the Japanese import car community in the US.
This problem is especially common in the 240sx community, where originality is hard to accomplish considering the model originally debuted in 1989 and has been popular in the tuner community for nearly 20 years. Being original is far from being all that makes a build great, and Mike Torres’ S13 240sx is a perfect example of this. The style in which he has built his car isn’t necessarily something that hasn’t been seen before in a sense, but Mike’s build is so flawless none of that matters, and it is truly a beautiful machine.
Mike has been building imports since 2000, while still in high school, tinkering with various Honda models before purchasing his current S-chassis in 2005. The car was already equipped with an SR20DET power plant but its body and chassis were in stock form aside from a set of blown coilovers. Mike has slowly built his car over the last 8 years and accumulated quite an impressive parts list.
Mike’s engine has been freshened up with a set of BC 264 cams, CP pistons, Eagle rods, ACL bearings, Cometic head gasket, Splitfire coil packs, Blitz LM air intake, Blitz blow off valve, Greddy pulleys, Cusco oil catch can, Nismo FPR, and a Garrett GT3071R turbo.
The engine is cooled with help of a CX Racing radiator, Samco radiator hoses, FAL electric fans, Radiator cooling panel, Blitz front mount intercooler kit, and Apexi radiator cap.
The raspy, snarling roar of Mike’s car is provided through a Megan Racing turbo manifold, Blitz downpipe, Megan racing test pipe, and Isis performance 3” blast pipes with everything being controlled with an AEM EMS, AEM boost solenoid, and AEM wideband.
To assist getting the power generated by Mike’s built SR to the ground; he installed a Spec stage 3 clutch, ACT lightweight flywheel, Driveshaft Shop 1 piece driveshaft, and a S13 VLSD. Setting up the car’s stance and performance for the road and track falls on the back of a set of Fortune Auto 500 series coilovers, Circuit Sports tension rods, GSP traction rods, GSP control arms, GSP toe arms, Suspension Techniques front and rear sway bars, Energy Suspension sub frame bushings, Circuit Sports front strut bar, Tanabe rear strut bar, and C pillar bar. His car is rolling on 18”x10” Work Emotion XD9 wheels wrapped in 225-40-18 Falken 512 tires with Ichiba 5 lug hubs and Touge Factory 50mm wheel studs and lugs holding it all together. Bringing the car to a stop is done with a Mitsubishi Evolution front caliper conversion and a Z32 Master cylinder to supply fluid.
The outside of Mike’s car is covered in JDM and aftermarket pieces that really flow well together. It is equipped with a JDM 180sx type X front bumper and lip, JDM type x rear valences, S13 side skirts, First molding rear diffuser, Kouki tail lights, Type x carbon rear garnish cover, JDM window visors, and a carbon fiber roof spoiler. The interior of Mike’s car also packs plenty of upgrades including a Nardi deep corn steering wheel, Pioneer head unit, Autometer cobalt boost gauge, Bride Zeta II seats, Bride FG seat rails, Crowe 4 point harnesses, NRG harness bar, Pivot headlight controller, Nismo shift know, Blitz turbo timer, and an Apexi rev speed meter. Mike’s car has really undergone a massive transformation from the time he purchased it to how it sits present day. It draws lots of attention at events and he can usually be found answering questions about his build as people look over his work. The car has a common swap, simple aero, well-fitting wheels, complete, practical suspension, and clean, full interior.
No corners have been cut on this build and that makes it more original than some of the hack job, tow hook toy dragging tuners of today. This car should serve as an inspiration to anyone building a car because although it may feature a style that has been done before, Mike has executed it perfectly!
Team member Stephen Knoop did a small shoot of his gorgeous S14 recently using some light painting techniques he had been wanting to try. The results were pretty awesome. Enjoy!
We held our first annual SumoPAWlooza event last weekend at Kellam High School in Virginia Beach benefiting the Virginia Beach SPCA and Promise Places Virginia Beach. The turn out was decent considering thew threat of rain the entire day and everyone had a good time. The event featured DJ El Capone with Muzik Lounge, a car show, food, and vendors. Our friend Elliot Powell came out and was nice enough to cover the event for us. Here are his photos, enjoy!
I was lucky enough to make it to Fuji Speedway this past Sunday for the Slammed Society Japan meet. The weather was surprisingly cooperative for the event, the days prior were rain and wind. Getting up to the entrance of the speedway is always exciting, so beautiful and hearing cars on track lets you know where you’re at.
This Scion FR-S from Weld was one that really stuck out to me. Being an FR-S was interesting enough being in Japan and bodywork that was flawless! The car looked as if it came from the showroom this way.
Apparently I never posted this last month but its from September 8th.
Hello all, I would like to introduce myself. First off it I am pleased to be a part of the Sumospeed family. My name is Andrew, I’m currently living in the land of the rising sun! I’m stationed in Yokosuka, Japan and will be out here for at least the next year and a half. I plan to share with you some of my experiences out here, meets, randomness of Japan, and my car(s).
I currently own a ’99 S15 Silvia Spec-R out here and a ’90 EF7 CR-X awaiting to be finished stateside…
The CRX, ITR powered, sitting on Sprint Heart CP-R Formulas
I like to go to a parking area in the Yokohama area called Daikoku Futo Parking Area. Its Japans version of a rest stop, but much better and safe! There are restaurants, vending machines on vending machines that would make you think Xzibit designed it. Its right off the Yokohama Bay Bridge on the ShutoB expressway. At any given time, day or night, weekday or weekend, you will see something cool. It is also an awesome area to meet up with other enthusiasts. Here are some of the cars that roll into Daikoku PA. They can range from Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s to Kenmeri Skylines and anything in between.
Stay tuned to our fan page for an event page announcement!
When looking for cars to feature, I am on a constant quest for unique stories and interesting subjects. I was given the idea to do a his and hers’ shoot by Nick Gressley of Sumospeed, and it seemed like a great idea. Finding a true female car enthusiasts with a feature worthy car, and a significant other with an equally impressive car, is no small order. We did some searching for a while and ran across Travis Sewell’s supercharged s2000. Great I thought, we can use that for a different feature down the road, about that time Nick shot me a picture of his girl Jamie Griffith’s RSX. Immediately I was interested in shooting both cars.
I had seen both cars on the instagram before, but never actually met either of them in person. It was very nice meeting them, as they were both very down to earth and were eager to help me get some good shots of their cars. In between shots, I met Jamie’s 2 year old son Connor, who was all about mommy’s RSX. He even rides in style with his very own Recaro car seat. It is awesome to see him grow up around nice cars, similar to how Jamie grew up around the garage helping her brother and father work on cars.
I was pretty anxious on shooting two cars during the rolling shots, it is not an easy task when you have to factor in traffic and coordinating two individuals exactly how you want them with only hand gestures. As the vehicle I was riding in took off at the green light to get some distance away from traffic, I heard the sweet roar of Travis’ supercharger whining to propel him infront of us. This quick burst of acceleration made the driver of the camera car and myself exchange looks of awe. At 16psi and 448hp, this car means business. There is very little that hasn’t been touched or modified in it’s two year plus build progress. Travis’ attention to detail is very apparent in the finished product, but he still has more plans for the car. I am excited to see what’s next for both of their cars, and glad to add both Travis and Jamie to the list of friends that I have met exclusively through the car scene.
Year/Make: 2006 Acura RSX Type S
Engine: Injen CAI, Megan Racing shorty header.
Drivetrain: Competition Stage 1.5 clutch, lightweight flywheel 11 lbs.
Suspension: Progress Coilovers with custom springs, Megan Racing front and rear strut bar.
Wheels/Tires: Enkei RPF1s 17×9 +22, 214/40 Falkens.
Exterior: Aspec Lip Kit, Debadged, JDM emblems.
Interior: Momo steering wheel, Skunk2 weighted shift knob. Recaro car seat for Connor
Audio: Pioneer double din head unit.
Year/Make: 2005 Honda S2000
hp/ T: 448hp/301tq
Engine: stock f22c science of speed supercharged 16psi, novi 1200 blower, tial q bov and upgraded heat exchanger, j’s racing header, t1r70mm exhaust, 70mm test pipe,blue ridge motorsports catch can, full blown radiator, dual spal 13 inch fans, id1000′s injectors tuned on AEM series 2
Drivetrain: Exedy stage 3 clutch with alb flywheel
Suspension: buddy club n+ coil overs with custom bump stops
Wheels/Tires CCW LM5T’S 18×10.5+42 245/35 18×11.5 +56, 285/30 yokohama s drives, project kics lug nuts.
Brakes: stop tech rotors, hawk pads
Exterior: Painted blackberry pearl, cr front lip, vented oem hood, veilside rear spolier, jdm badges, clear side markers, custom flared front fenders, jdp rear diffuser, siebon carbon fiber mugen hard top, apr mirrors ,down force side diffusers, shine rear over fenders, cusco 6 point roll cage
Travis and Jamie would both like to give a big shout out to Ramey Built. They are responsible for putting out some amazing cars in the Hampton Roads area.
Follow them at @tsewell816 and @mizz_jamie and follow me @shakezuhla for more photoshoot previews
One of our long time members James just recently picked up an EVO X to play with and transport his family around in when time is of the essence. He and Matt W. met up last week and took some shots of it with it’s new, freshly painted front lip and other aero bits. Enjoy!