Tuesday, December 16 2014

VIDEO: Nissan GTR in Kyoto Japan

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Owned and built by Rodeo Drive in Kyoto, Japan, this Nissan GTR sports 20" Vossen VFS1 wheels. A flow formed wheel, the VFS1 combines increased strength and lighter weight over its low-pressure cast counterparts.

Project Kahn's latest package for the Range Rover Evoque starts with a Volcanic Grey Satin exterior followed by front and rear bumpers replaced with aggressive carbon fiber units with the rear featuring an integrated matte black diffuser and stainless steel cross-hair exhaust tips.

The fascia boasts new LED daytime running lights and a 3-D grille with a matte black mesh and sump guard. The black theme continues with piano black door handles and mirrors while matte black side vents add a more dynamic touch. In the back Kahn adds a new roof spoiler, lower trunk spoiler with matte black lip, and tailgate trim. And of course new Kahn badging on the hood and tailgate.

Under the hood sits a 2.2 liter turbo diesel inline-four that sends a total of 310 lbs-ft to four new Matte Gun Metal 8.5” x 22” RS-600 wheels offered with 275x40x20” treads. Tucked behind the wheels and tires are calipers (available in any color), a set of lowering springs dropping the overall ride height by 20 mm and a stainless steel twin crosshair exhaust system.

Inside you'll find the usual Project Kahn custom-tailored luxury. Perforated black Nappa leather adorns the seats as well as the center glove box while the transmission tunnel and headliner are available with woven contrast stitching. A diamond gear selector, red gauges, machined and vented aluminium pedals and discreet Kahn branding complete the package.

The new Project Kahn Range Rover Evoque with the 2.2 litre engine and tech package is currently available along with all of its featured upgrades.

Wednesday, December 31 2014

DUB Magazine: 2014 Recap

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A standard Mercedes S63 AMG with 5.9-liter biturbo V8 engine pumps out 577hp. For most thats plenty. However if you are going balls to the wall as they say, then these upgrades are for you.

Mansory has released two performance upgrades for the S63 AMG that lift power to 800PS (789hp) and 1,000PS (986hp), respectively. The Mansory M800 power kit boosts power to 800PS at 4,750 rpm and torque to 1,200Nm (885lb-ft) at 1,700-3,500 rpm. The power bump pushes the M800 S63 from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, 0.4 seconds quicker than the standard model.

The Mansory M1000 power kit takes it up a notch, delivering 1,000PS and 1,400Nm (1,032lb-ft) of torque at 1,500-3,500 rpm. The 0-100 km/h time drops to 3.2 seconds and top speed is limited to 300 km/h (186 mph). To get so much power from the V8 engine, Mansory’s kits feature new parts including connecting rods, big end bearings, crankshaft, bearing bushings, turbocharger, suction and compressor system, as well as newly conceived pipe fan manifolds.

Outside, Mansory goes black on black and adds an aero kit that includes a redesigned front bumper with integrated LED DRLs, new rear bumper with air diffuser, new hood and new side skirts. There's also plenty of carbon fiber components like the rear spoiler, mirror caps, front lip spoiler and rear apron.

The S63 has also been fitted with one-piece 22-inch Multispoke alloy wheels wrapped in Vredestein treads. 255/30/ZR22 up front and 295/25/ZR22 in the rear. Inside we find a newly designed steering wheel, aluminum pedals, leather foot mats, illuminated door sill trims and more.

Tuesday, December 09 2014

Ferrari 458 x Aristo Collection

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Ferrari 458 on Aristo Collection wheels.
Toyotires x DTM Autobody BASF Refinish
photos by @itsjustbrian
Willie Jess Robertson may be one of the stars of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” but he’s really a Jack-of-all-trades. The businessman, hunter, author and all-around outdoorsman is a favorite among many viewers for his witty and funny personality. We caught up with the reality TV star to talk about his rides, love for lifted trucks, partnership with Skyjacker and why he’d rather own a fleet of trucks over a Lamborghini.

Ever since we saw the opening credits to Duck Dynasty with ZZ Top’s Sharp Dressed Man, the tuxedos, bling and the Rolls-Royce Phantom with custom duck hood ornament, we knew we had to feature you in DUB. Was that really a custom duck hood ornament that replaced the Spirit of Ecstasy on the Rolls-Royce?
Haha. I can’t reveal all my secrets and in TV land we do a lot of funny things. Sorry, I can’t reveal the secret to all the bling on my vehicle, but it is cool though!

We’re featuring you with your two custom Skyjacker-equipped rigs. But first, let’s take it back to the beginning. How old were you when you first started driving? What was that vehicle and who taught you how to drive?
I was probably about 7 or 8, I guess. We lived in the country and I started to really drive probably two years before I got my license. I’d actually borrow my future mother-in-law’s vehicle since she thought I had my license and I would drive it into town. And she never realized I didn’t have my license. We grew up wheeling on country roads and the sorts of trucks we had were manual transmission Chevys. It wasn’t until much later that we got automatic vehicles, which was a lot nicer.

What was the first car or truck that you owned? Do you have any memorable stories about it that you can tell us?
Well, I had a wreck of a car. I think I had my permit with my girlfriend at that time and smoked someone in the truck. That truck was turning left going into third and thought it was in first and stalled out and it smoked. All the kids had one vehicle. And it was an old five-speed Nissan; me and Kay [ Willies’s mom ] wore that sucker out. We did everything in it. But my first car was a Ford Mustang that wasn’t cool.
It was a 1980s model and was orange with a red top and rotted-out leather seats. I had to pawn out my old baseball cards with an option to buy them back from my then girlfriend’s dad. I took that money, which was like $800, and bought the Mustang. We broke up and she left orders not to give the baseball cards back, but I was able to get them and still have them now.
In the back of the Mustang, I put one huge subwoofer, so the entire back seat was the speaker and my car had turned into a two-seater with the loudest bass in town.

What was your dream ride growing up?
I always wanted a big 4-wheel drive truck and went through several different trucks the more money I made. Growing up, Jep and I shared our cars. There was this one with huge mud tires and I was so jealous of his truck at the time. I think I ended up with it after and then Jep had a cool Jeep that I eventually ended up with, too.

What was your first big automotive purchase when you received your first big paycheck?
The first nice vehicle I bought when I made a little money was a big Ford King Ranch that I got from an ex-baseball player, but he was still playing at the time. It was a big ol’ diesel and I loved it but it was huge. It was so big and long that I had a hard time driving through town.

Both the Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado are your daily-drivers and both look awesome. Can you describe each of them and tell us about what makes each of them unique.
I like trucks that are lifted up...so, definitely I like being higher so I can see. I have Skyjacker suspension on both of the trucks. The Line-X on the Silverado has been cool. The thing has been armored out. I haven’t had a chance to take it out to the woods yet and out in the mud because I haven’t had it a long time, but hopefully the Silverado will perform well. But I’ve pulled several people out of ditches. I love the way it drives and the camouflage interior is nice. The exterior is cool with the ducks they’ve put on it. It’s a good and bad thing. When people see the truck, everybody loves it and love taking pictures with it. The only problem is they know the truck and they know I’m in it, so it makes it hard to slip around town.

What are your top 3 modifications that you usually always get on your new rides?
Well I always get them lifted that’s first and I go with Skyjacker since they provide just the right height. They’re really cool and just know so much about other modifications – like what’s hot and different. I always have to add step-ups to get in the trucks and a good sound system, that's important.

If you had a choice between a Lamborghini Aventador, Rolls-Royce Phantom or a fully equipped custom truck which would you pick and why?
Well that’s easy, I’d take the Lamborghini! Then I’d sell it and get trucks for everybody...everybody’s gonna get a truck!

Duck Dynasty has been such a great success story over the years. Why do you think your family and business has become such a cultural phenomenon?
It’s probably because we’re so sexy and attractive that it just seems normal and that just went hand-in-hand...no haha. I think we’re authentic people and down to earth, and people see their friends and family within our own family. We’re all genuine people that care about each other and that show really filled a spot since it has family values and our faith aspect to it so it’s something the whole family can watch. It’s rare that you can watch a show like that as a family since there’s so few of them out there. And we’re funny. It’s not easy to make people laugh out loud and if you can make people laugh, it makes people feel better and I think it has a good message in the end and all that is what makes it successful.

Is what happens on the show actually happening, scripted or a combination of both?
It’s kind of both. We have the ideas of what we want to pull off. When you make a TV show, you got 22 minutes to pull that off, so you sort of need to speed things up to get to the action. None of us are actors; I never went to acting school or anything like that so once we get into situations, it’s going to play out as it plays out. But we certainly do have to set some things up to make sure it happens the way it’s supposed to do. It’s fun really playing these things out because I won’t know how things end up until I watch the show. Because if I’m not in the story, I won’t see what’s happening. We do interviews, but we don’t know what others are saying.

Almost everyone on the show rocks a beard. Is that a Robertson family thing, a fashion statement or something else?
Don’t know what it is... We all hunt and are in the woods a lot when it’s cold. It’s warmer to have beards and hair. It stinks in the summertime, but it’s worth it come winter. I think it started as kind of a necessity for being out in woods a lot and then in certainly turned into the look. That just kind of happens; there wasn’t any marketing scheme or anything.

How do you think your life at this point would be different if Duck Dynasty had not become so popular?
Well, it would be a lot easier going through town; that would be different for sure. I’d also have a lot more time to do other things. We were successful before “Duck Dynasty,” but the show has helped business for sure. I’m now able to do awesome things like write books, do Christmas albums and partner with great companies. But when it all goes away, we’ll still be happy.

This may get you in trouble, but who is your favorite character/family member on the show and why?
My favorite... that’s a tough question, but I’d say it would be Uncle Si. To me, he’s the best and you can’t even make the stuff up. He’s even worse than that in real life. The things he does turns out to be really funny.

What’s the secret to your’s and your family’s success?
I think the secret to our success is our inner faith. We really have joy regardless of what our circumstances are. We’ve been poor with each other and overwhelmingly blessed with lots of stuff. But still at our core, we are the same people we were back then. And I’m glad we grew up like that because it makes me appreciate it more.

Lastly, many of our readers are fans of “Duck Dynasty” and the Duck Commander brand. Do you have anything to say to them?
I’d like to give a big thank you to everybody that watches our show! I truly appreciate all their support over the years.

In 2009, R&B crooner Jeremih made it official that “Birthday Sex” was a necessity, topping music charts and becoming a rising star in the industry. But after a few years of taking a break to reconnect with his craft, the 27-year-old artist is back with a new joint that’ll rev up your senses, in and out of the bedroom. Hoping to appeal to the masses with an album filled with club bangers, bedroom soundtracks and all-around feel good jams you’d want to bump in your ride, Late Nights was created with all of Jeremih’s heart and soul. “I want to say that this album is my best work,” he reveals, despite being his third studio effort. “I just want to give my fans the best right now. And for those that don’t know me, I want them to get to know me from this album, so we can grow and learn together. Hopefully everyone falls in love with it.”

It’s been four years since his second effort, All About You, that debuted with little acclaim, but that didn’t stop the persevering young performer. Instead, Jeremih is confident that the gap from the last album helped him produce his most authentic album to date. But he wasn’t entirely away from music the whole time and dropped his first-ever mixtape “Late Nights with Jeremih” in 2010, with this new effort as a continuation of the mixtape’s sultry sounds.

“I was just figuring things out over the last couple of years,” he confesses. “For me to take such a long break, almost sounds unheard of nowadays with artists dropping one all the time. I’ve been trying to do me and I’ve been working on me and that’s exactly what fans will get on the album. I chose to release it now because the timing felt right with everything.”

Where previous efforts managed to get the industry to notice his talent, he hopes this album will captivate audiences and make him a household name in the R&B scene, as he sheds new light on the genre that has taken a backseat to hip-hop. To date, the biggest track of his career may seem to have been “Birthday Sex,” but it was actually “Down On Me,” which featured 50 Cent and that one went double platinum. Now Jeremih hopes to break his own personal album record with all the new music from Late Nights.

So far, the album’s lead single “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” produced by long-time producer/ friend Mick Schultz (he helped grow Jeremih’s music career while back in college) and go-to beat man DJ Mustard, has hypnotized fans as it topped the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Another single, Kid Ink’s “Show Me,” has also risen in the charts, with the album filled with more bottle-popping club bangers which are on heavy rotation on air waves.

“The tone of the album has soul, R&B and club jams all in one,” he details. “Man, it’s just the best of me and is full of music that really means something to me. If I’d have to call it one thing, it would be ‘rachet classy.’” With guest features by the likes of French Montana, Trey Songz, YG and Flo Rida, to name a few, the album is sure to resonate well with old and new fans who appreciate good jams. Jeremih even got to test run some of his new joints while performing at three stops of the 2014 DUB Show Tour, including Anaheim, Atlanta and Chicago – his hometown. “Performing in Chi-Town was dope, man. But that Anaheim stop was the best one. YG came out to the show and set it off. There were hot chicks and hot whips; it was just a good time all around.”

As far as whips, Jeremih is just now building up his stable. He currently has a 1976 Pontiac Trans Am that he purchased from a friend after his first big check and a 2005 Range Rover that’s painted blue to match his Can-Am Spyder. Now he’s looking to celebrate his latest album with new toy and is looking at a Rolls-Royce Wraith or Mercedes-Benz SLS from RBD LA. “I'm leaning more toward the Wraith right now,” he says. “It’s dope. I really like the two tone-paint with the black; it’s clean and just plush, man. But my ultimate ride is a Rolls-Royce Phantom. I ain’t trying to live beyond my means, but as soon as I start making big money, I’m going to get one. Hopefully that’s soon.”

And the first thing he’s going to do with whatever new ride he gets is add some personal flair to it with custom wheels and tires, a body kit and other accessories to make his rides unique. “I’m so into customizing that I fixed up my mom’s old Saturn. I did the black tint, painted it and tried to fix it up so that it sort of looked like a Batmobile. But I like it all when it comes to my cars, but the customizations I roll with usually depend on the type of ride I get.”

As Jeremih continues to expand his musical career, he has high hopes that this album wins him a coveted Grammy and does indeed catapult him into music’s ultimate spotlight. “My life is just so surreal to me still. Like, I can’t believe I’m here, making music. I just want to be recognized for my music in the long run.”



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Thursday, December 04 2014

Gold Ferrari 458 Italia Spider

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Seattle Mariners Robinson Cano’s Gold Ferrari 458 Italia Spider On Vellano Wheels By MC Customs

Thursday, December 04 2014

GoPro: The Streets of Japan in 4K

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As the sun goes down, Tokyo transforms to a wild and exotic playground for those who like to pour on the speed. As a method of expression, the custom vehicle scene thrives in Japan. You'll meet some truly unique characters and get to ride along in some of the most exotic vehicles you've ever seen. Lamborghinis, Hayabusas, RWB Porsches, and some Kaido Racers make up a feast for the eyes on the streets of Tokyo at night.
Wednesday, December 03 2014

Ferrari debuts 1035 horsepower FXX K

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FXX-K is Ferrari’s research and development programme centring around a laboratory car based on Maranello’s first hybrid.
In the popular Marvel Iron Man blockbuster flicks, billionaire-turned-superhero Tony Stark has an impressive garage filled with enviable rides like an Acura NSX, Audi R8 and the R8 e-tron. All amazing rides, it was the R8 that caught the eye of avid car enthusiast William Horan, aka “Big Will,” who wanted to create something fit for a superhero.
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