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Boosted Rottweiler

8th April 2017 — by Dan Fegent

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The Mr2 Turbo, a 90s mid engined turbo powered 2 seater. On paper the Toyota MR2 was a winner but as always living among a successful family it often remained in the shadows of its bigger brother the Supra. It may not have had the same global success as its muscle bound bro but it holds its own as a credible sports car.


So with that back story done & out of the way, we think Mr2s rock! A few of us here have owned & loved them & we think the underdog spirit of the 3SGTE engine with its kick back in the seats violent performance is adorable, much like a cute Rottweiler puppy.  This one in particular has been around on the scene for a long time, back for a second wind after a sabbatical its not as it once was. Its swapped its fresh off the boat from Japan white paint for a WW2 US Army issue olive drab wrap by the Ruislip based guys at Prestige wraps.

Its heart is strong & unmolested with its near on standard 280bhp, slightly increased thanks to the usual bolt on modifications as well as uprated boost & all being kept cool by a JDModified fitted chargecooler. Yeah this car has not just laid down dead like many of its 90s brethren in the wake of high performance modern hot hatches, its now back for more on the streets. Owners form a bond with cars like this, it may not be the most powerful car & certainly not the most performance pushing MR2 but the relationship here is far stronger… now we’re not talking screwing your car here kind of relationship, we just mean you learn to love it in its own way & this one has been around since the dawn of time for its owner & its not saying sayonara yet.

Lets recap to the start of this feature shoot, the pre photo prep, think of it as the application of make up if you will. Being renowned for being a hair dressers car I think its alright to give the old 2 some time to beautify itself. Providing this beauty session and achieving the results seen here is largely thanks to a tonne of help from Shining Monkey. It wasn’t long before the car was soaking in a bath of their very own wash & wax monkey serum & ready to be blasted clean. Elbow grease fuelled applications of 360 detailing wax finished off the wrapped bodywork whilst safe in the knowledge that no damage was being done to the matte finish.

The wheels were in a sad state with several years of brake dust caked to them, AMDetails wheel cleaner came to the rescue & got in on the action alongside its Iron Fall Out Remover formula transforming the brake dust covered matte Lenso wheels back to their former glory. Dried down with towels that I would happily keep in the bathroom & it was ready for its photo to be taken.

While snapping it for this feature it was easy to see why Mr2s still have a following, the lines work & we feel its stronger now than its ever been. Like a rebellious punk rock fuelled teen its still punching above its weight as a solid performer & will most definitely not bow down & blend in among the blocky modern cars of today.

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JDM Royalty

5th April 2017 — by Dan Fegent

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Nissan Skylines are Royalty among the JDM scene, every single one throughout its thoroughbred history has always been instantly recognisable. A car that demands as much respect standing still as it does driving the streets or tyre slaying on tracks.


Anyone in to cars will have some level of respect for what Nissan built, especially those crafted during the horsepower races of the 90s. With the R32, R33 & R34 generations of this creation all helping to make the RB25Det & RB26Det engines renowned among the automotive scenes worldwide.

Something else that has helped its rise in popularity is that you can pretty much spot a Skyline from miles away, in particular thanks to the fact that day or night those rear lights stand out like two red hot cooking hobs. There is also no denying that the Fast & Furious film franchise  has boosted this particular cars fame, the result is that to many, out of the entire range none have more presence than the now iconic R34 that you see here.


The Skylines in the 1990s were most commonly released in two flavours, the monstrous beast that is the GTR & the RWD only RB25det powered GTT designated machine that you see here. Don’t be fooled though, the GTT is no slouch, with its Neo 2.5litre engine punching out near on 280bhp in standard form & pushing that solely through the rear wheels, its a plenty to play with out of the box.

However with engine tolerances allowing easy tuning & upgrading, its ideal for those seeking to build a street fighting weapon. The limit as we’ve seen from internet experience is really done to you on how far to take your build. So power isn’t an issue & looks wise well we think that even today this shape sits comfortably on the road, still just as imposing as it once was & it certainly doesn’t look out of place, its a true JDM legend that has aged well.

When a car looks this good, & has the whole package under the hood, we can totally understand why.

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Is this the return of UK Drifting?

2nd April 2017 — by Dave Cox

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I’ll just come right out and say it: The British Drift Championship is back.

Believe when I say that I didn’t expect to write that. At first I thought it was a combination of enthusiasm and sun stroke but the more I think back, the more I am happy to cement my opening statement.

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BUT ITS JUST A VAUXHALL?

1st April 2017 — by Dan Fegent

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Car manufacturers are well rehearsed in taking a base model from their range & giving it a dose of radness. The ideal candidate being something mundane & common that fills forecourts nationwide. The idea then is to attempt to inject more appeal into it.  With the overall goal to create something special from the normality, leaving it more thanable to stand apart from the masses it came from & achieve that desirability.

The formula is pretty simple and standard across manufacturers. You start off by squeezing an oversized power plant in to the car of choice to make sure there are more than enough horses to pull said wagon. After some subtle yet worthy additions to the overall look inside & out, the car is ready… simples. This Vauxhall Astra GSi is one of those exact by the book cars. Astra’s like this remind me of the Nova’s of old. I’m not saying the Astra is the same as the legendary Nova, don’t bite my head off yet, hear me out…


Its the similarity in the fact that you used to see Novas everywhere, as I reckon many of you will remember they were massively popular in the cruise scene. I can’t recall not seeing one when I first started witnessing fwd doughnuts on MaccyD trays. The Astra has gone that way too, nope not the way of the FWD skids but their price point has made them possible to own by many & provide plenty of performance. Plenty of bang for your buck.

Just to clarify, I’m not slagging this car off or taking anything away from it, I’m actually a fan of this build & it certainly packs plenty of punch thanks to its 200bhp+ Z20LET power plant providing enough power to keep up with modern machines. Even by todays standards with horsepower figures going through the roof, it can still hold its own. Cars such as this have a huge following, especially when they hit that sweet spot of combining performance with practicality and therefore making it the right choice for many real world petrol heads that can’t sacrifice all for that dream two seater fuel guzzling monster or full race mode machine.

I’m a fan of this example & feel that its had all the right mods both to the engine & the styling to keep it standing out among its peers. On Fueltopia we usually lean towards favouring the Japanese creations of the automotive world, but hey we’re open minded & this is one outsider we fully approve.

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REVO

1st April 2017 — by Fueltopia

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Established in 2002, Revo is the automotive aftermarket industry pioneer of delivering switchable performance re-map software to vehicle Engine Control Units (ECU) through the OBDII port. Over a decade on, Revo has extended its product ranges to cover Volkswagen Audi group and Ford vehicles. The company’s reach is truly global, with distribution in over 40 Countries through an authorised network of over 400 Authorised Dealers and Performance Centres. With a talented and award winning staff of over 40 experienced automotive engineers, technicians, designers, electronics specialists and technical support experts, Revo have unparalleled experience in their chosen market segments. Headquartered in Daventry, England nestling at the heart of the UK’s motorsport triangle, the company also operates from West Virginia, USA. Trackside at Summit Point Raceway, Revo has purpose built facilities containing research and engineering development space, workshops, engine development and testing accommodation, four wheel drive dynamometer, suspension

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