For Memorial Day we test fitted some Kinesis wheels on our Project 997.
We decided to swap out the Swift springs that we were testing with the our spring of choice for our Moton and replacement applications on the street demo car. By the recommendation of ASM, we have been recommending Hyperco springs and using them exclusively for all our cars and outfitting our Moton customers with them. Hyperco springs offer a smoother and more consistent ride than other springs we’ve tested. The lifetime warranty also guarantees the springs will not sag over time.
While we were at it, the original rubber inserts in the top hats were swapped out with hardened rubber inserts to decrease play in the spring seat for a more precise response of the spring.
Installed and ready to go!
Our first batch of ASM 70mm S-Special Re-Newed exhausts sold out in about a week and a customer of ours came by to pick up the last one left along with a quick installation. We’ll be receiving another shipment in a few months. Pre-Order now to ensure you get one!
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Living in Orange County, CA we tend to only venture to the pothole filled streets of LA when to risk rim and bumper damage when we really have to but sometimes it’s nice to make the trip for a change of scenery with some culture and good eats.
In the morning, I visited the Hollyhock House in East Hollywood, a Frank Lloyd Wright designed home built in 1922 for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall. It sits on top a hill in the middle of the city overlooking much of LA with a clear view of the the Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign, that’s one prime piece of real estate.
In the afternoon, spent a couple hours walking the Peterson Automotive Museum and taking note of some interesting exhibits.
I wonder what the guy is doing back there…
One happy car!
Looks like a scene straight out of the Rocketeer.
Odd. Just odd.
The start of the tuning industry.
Maybe Gordan Murray’s inspiration for the McLaren F1?
Some modern classic roadsters from local SoCal builders.
Built to scale of a 8ft tall human. A very cool design.
Last but not least, some of my cousin’s work on display from her stint at The Art Center of Design in Pasadena.
Wouldn’t be a trip to LA without a stop on the way home for some treats and Shabu Shabu for dinner.
Without a doubt the ASM Rear Over Fenders have been the best selling ASM item. Partly due to the fact that the price is slightly higher than the replica companies but the quality is lightyears beyond. As a continuous effort to improve ASM products, ASM has decided to redesign and rebuild the mold for their rear over fenders from scratch. The overall shape is the same but the top edges that contact the fender are now folded over instead of cut so there is a flat surface on both sides so the seam between the over fender and the fender can be sealed shut with tape or glue. They couldn’t simply “add” material to the original mold so it needed to be rebuilt again also for a refreshed mold. The newer design also improves the structure and rigidity of the rear over fender to prevent warping over time and ensure a perfect fit every time.
The quietest and most power 70mm Single exhaust available for the S2000 just became more affordable! With all the used S-Special 70mm Single exhausts ASM Japan customers have traded in for the I.S. Design Siren Circuit Exhaust, we’ve commissioned ASM to pick the cleanest ones and re-new them to their standards for sale. They have retrofitted them with the the most current revisions such as a brand new re-designed front resonators and the addition of the hemholtz resonator extension. The mufflers and tip are re-polished to an almost-new condition but are not replaced because they deteriorate very little with use. These versions will be limited to the number of clean used exhausts on hand in Japan so get one while they’re available!
As with the new 70mm Singles, these will produce the same great gains, 14 hp and 12.8 lb-ft at 5600rpm while still being the quietest 70mm Single available for the S2000.
The first batch of these exhaust have arrived and they are NOW IN STOCK and ready for immediate shipping!
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During Tokyo Auto Salon, we welcomed the Super Street staff at ASM to take some pictures and write an article of Car No.1 which was run at the Tsukuba Time Attack 2009. Editor Jonathan Wong and photographer Sean Klingelhoefer spent a few hours as ASM and we were able to give them a small taste of what ASM was all about and give some some insight into the current configuration Car No.1. Check out the article in the May 2010 issue of Super Street Magazine.
The Grand Prix of Monaco is undoubtedly the most prestigious race on the F1 calendar. F1 cars have no business racing on such narrow streets with no run-offs, no place to pass, and an ocean just a few feet away from the most dangerous part of the track but because of all the history behind and events surrounding the race, ol’ Bernie just can’t pull it from the schedule.
Red Bull seems to have ironed out their reliability issues so if they can keep development up, they stand a good chance of going all the way. Rumors of the end of a drivers contract always seems to light a fire under their ass, which might have been the case with Mark Webber. The car already had the pace but it looks like all he needed was the extra edge of pressure to push him ahead of Vettel.
It was unfortunate that Alonso crashed on Saturday, putting him last on the starting grid, but it did add a little more entertainment to the race watching him move up in the field. Judging by his race pace, it didn’t look like he would’ve been fast enough to fight for the win but Alonso’s aggressive driving style is always fun to watch in a tight course like Monaco.
Leave it up to Michael Schumacher to add some drama at the end of the race by passing Alonso right after the safety car pulled off. In the past, cars weren’t allowed to pass after the safety car period until they pass the start/finish line but the rules have changed for 2010 to where they can but the debate lies in the fact that the race was ending with a safety car period but Michael was trying to take advantage of either a mistake with race control or a loophole in the new rules. He has been handed a 20-second penalty which dropped him back a couple spots pending his appeal with the race stewards. Coincidentally it’s the same corner Michael parked himself at during qualifying for the 2006 Monaco GP and blocked Alonso on his hot lap. Damon Hill is also a steward for this race so it should be very interesting. Look up Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill, Adelaide 1994 for some insight into their history.
Now that the F1 circus is back in Europe, the real season begins. The flyaway races are great but all the new Herman Tilke designed courses just don’t have that historical F1 feel like Spa, Silverstone, Monaco, Monza, etc. With most of the courses being within a few hours from most teams’ home bases, upgrades are quickly put on the car and great for fans like me to see development from race to race. Something I’ve always had a strange interest in are the team motor homes they are now able to drive to the paddocks. These extravagant mobile buildings are something that don’t get much coverage but are simply incredible. The trailers morph and expand into giant hospitality suites and has even become a behind-the-scenes competition amongst the teams.
Some pictures of team mobile homes:
(remember, these are all mobile trailers!)
Some of the teams have a little catching up to do. Obviously McLaren, Ferrari, and Red Bull have the most extravagant ones but I hear Vijay Mallya is building a badass one for Force India that will be debuted later this season.
Now that the teams have arrived in Spain, Mercedes looks to have one of the biggest upgrades to their car. They have a radical new air intake channel and a longer wheelbase car, hopefully this gives them enough pace to battle with the Red Bull’s and Ferrari’s up at the front.
Sauber has struggled to get sponsors at the beginning of the season but looks like they managed snag Burger King for Spain. But just doesn’t seem to look right on an F1 car…
Here’s a cool preview of Spain with Red Bull using their F1 simulator.