HOLE SHOT

WITH A SPICY TWIST!

Super Street - - Contents - Sam Du Edi­tor-in-chief

If I told you 15 years ago there’d be things like Korean short rib tacos and Sriracha burg­ers, you’d prob­a­bly tell me, “That’s just wrong” and that I was out of my mind. If I also told you LS swaps would be ev­ery­where and USDM styling would be a “thing” in Japan, you’d ad­mit me im­me­di­ately to get me some men­tal help. As years have gone by, though, the bound­aries have been bro­ken. You can find fu­sion-style food at al­most ev­ery restau­rant and fast food chain, and the rule­book for mod­i­fy­ing cars has been thrown into the flames. Any­thing is pos­si­ble and any­thing is fair game; take this month’s Toy­ota is­sue, for ex­am­ple.

Engine swaps are be­com­ing more preva­lent among the hard-core aftermarket com­mu­nity. No, I’m not talk­ing about putting a B16 in your DX Civic, but odd swaps, for ex­am­ple, Pruk Pruksathorn’s ro­tary-pow­ered KE25 Corolla and Dino Hi­lario’s Nis­san Sr20-pow­ered Hachiroku. And speak­ing of Nis­san engine swaps, we have an ex­clu­sive story on MCA Sus­pen­sion’s 86. Many of you know MCA as the record holder at World Time At­tack Chal­lenge with their Ham­mer­head S13; how­ever, their lat­est Toy­ota pro­ject fea­tures a 1,000+hp race-built VR38DETT out of the GT-R. To­ward the end of the mag, there are a cou­ple of sto­ries on a Mitsubishi Starion and a Ford rat rod. Odd to in­clude in a Toy­ota-themed is­sue, but un­der the hood is an ode to one of the most pop­u­lar and po­tent en­gines from the JZ fam­ily. In ad­di­tion, we have a fol­low-up fea­ture on the folks from Krowrx. Many peo­ple hated the fact that the com­pany tore apart an Acura In­te­gra and trans­formed it into an ex­oskele­ton car. Well, the boys from ’Bama are back at it again with a new cre­ation un­der the Toy­ota um­brella.

Per­haps this month’s cover is the only ve­hi­cle that still fol­lows the tra­di­tional route of tun­ing— em­ploy­ing the lat­est and great­est Ja­panese engine per­for­mance and style into one pack­age. It’s not as un­con­ven­tional as what many of this month’s fea­ture cars have in com­mon, but it’s equally as awe­some.

Are th­ese out-of-the-box engine swaps and mod­i­fi­ca­tions a step it the right di­rec­tion? I guess it just de­pends if you like Sriracha with your burger or not.

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