Updates to the SkyLife

After selling my car this summer I took a short leave from the scene to allow my heart some time to heal. While I was sad to see the car go, I was happy it went to a good home. Needless to say this website has been just sort of "chilling"...
I've been watching the stats though and I could see that hundreds of people from all around the globe are still coming here for information, entertainment and help every day. So I felt again compelled to continue to improve the site.

You may have noticed the new layout design for the website; we've stream-lined the main page of the site to load faster and more efficiently across many browsers along with making mobile access from a smartphone much more enjoyable. There will be more changes to come in the months ahead,

we'll be refining the rest of the website to offer something that more people would enjoy, as at the moment we're geared towards a pretty select audience. suggestions are always welcome.

Stay Tuned.


Aston Martin One-77 Supercar

 For anyone who's a fan of top notch quality and British sports cars, head over to Wired.com's article about the assembly of the Aston Martin One-77 Supercar. Just gave it a quick read through myself and was blown away by the quality.

An Introduction to ICE - In Car Entertainment

Today we're going to take a look at some options for the Interior of the Skyline, or generally any vehicle. When it comes to ICE (In Car Entertainment) A good point to keep in mind to guide you through the decision making process of "what do I want in my car?" is to think about what you will be using the car for.

The best results will be tailored to the owners specific desires, the great thing about the Skylines interior is that it's very modular. Meaning that, with 3 full size DIN slots, there's a lot of room to customize that cockpit to your needs. If you need more space than 3 DIN's well there's a whole host of creative solutions to consider for that as well.

Lets start with the basics, assuming you have a decently running car to start with and it's pretty much bone stock like this:
OEM R32 Skyline GTR Interior
Then you can really take it any direction you like.
From there, the next concern is usually Audio. Depending on your level of commitment to the audio quality you can start with 4 decent speakers and a regular CD player / Amplifier in one. From there other people have expanded on the basic configuration and opted for extra component speakers, additional amplifiers to power sub woofers.

For anyone considering this many options though a clear choice will have to be an "All-in-one" unit. For under $1,000 you can find a double DIN or single DIN fold out, touch screen, with GPS, radio. DVD playback and a whole host of other options, as long as your not on a tight budget.
For those considering a more extreme route, say something more of a track-oreitned but still street friendly setup, I'd suggest taking a look at our "Custom Cockpit" how-to guide. The guide covers everything from modifying the dash, and cluster to relocating the AC climate control unit and even custom mounting aftermarket gauges.
On a more intriguing note, you might also consider this route, taken by only a few to really customize the dash, this write-up covers installing an R34 MFD unit into one of the older Skylines.

Subaru - Proud of Boxer - Damn right!
The Subaru BRZ GT300 is just awesome.
Rear wheel drive? Carbon roof? NO TURBO? What on earth...

Specs reproduced below courtesy of Round and Track.
Engine typeflat-4
Displacement2.0 liters
Fuel systemdirect injection
Horsepower (SAE) rpmest 200 bhp @ 7000
Torqueest 170 lb-ft @ 6400-6600 rpm
Transmission6-spd manual, 6-spd auto
Wheelbase101.2 in.
Length166.7 in.
Width70.9 in.
Height50.4 in.
Curb weight2770 lb
Steering typepower rack & pinion
Steering ratio13.0:1
Suspension, f/rMacPherson strut/double wishbone
Tire sizeP215/45R-18 f, P225/45R-18 r

GTR Vs. Bugatti Veyron

Watch this in HD - Nissan GTR nearly keeps up with the extravagant Bugatti, at first it seems un-impressive, but then consider the cost of each one... ;)