DIY Underbody Rally Car Skid Plate

WRC Rally Impreza Underbody
So you love rally? You’d like to take your car through the curves, slipping and sliding through gravel and mud-laden corners? The words “Lift, turn, brake, step on the gas…” from rally school mean the world to you? What’s holding you back?

Most likely, it’s the possible damage that rally courses can do to your beloved ride. Or the price of underbody protection may be quite ridiculous to you.

Fear not! There’s a way to do things DIY (Do-It-Yourself). Below is an example of how you can get it done yourself. Big thanks goes out to the folks at ClubWRX.net and DirtyImpreza.com.

The Impreza shown below already has an aluminum Skid Plate that protects the engine bay, mud flaps, and a differential protector. The owner though that the car was already well protected, that is, until a massive rock almost punched a hole through the exhaust system.

Impreza Underbody with Engine Skid Plate
Subaru Impreza Underbody with Engine Skid Plate

Impreza Underbody with Exposed Exhaust Pipe
Subaru Impreza Underbody with Exposed Exhaust Pipe

Impreza Underbody with Dented Exhaust
Subaru Impreza Underbody with Dented Exhaust Pipe

So he decided to create a skid plate to protect the catalytic converter and exhaust pipe. This version is made from a 3ft by 3ft piece of 1/4-inch HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene), the same material used for your regular household chopping boards. Though you can also create one from aluminum or steel, it is easier to “slide” HDPE if you get hung up on rocks.

Custom HDPE Underbody Skid Plate with Heat Shield
Here’s the cut up HDPE Underbody Skid Plate with custom Heat Shield to protect it from the hot exhaust pipe

Custom HDPE Underbody Skid Plate with Engine Skid Plate mounted on Subframe
Here’s the HDPE Skid Plate mounted on the subframe along with the Aluminum Engine Skid Plate

Custom HDPE Underbody Skid Plate with Engine Skid Plate mounted on Subframe Bottom View
Here’s what it looks like from the bottom

Here’s what it looks like when it’s finally mounted back on the Impreza:
Subaru Impreza DIY HDPE Underbody Skid Plate 1
Subaru Impreza DIY HDPE Underbody Skid Plate 2
Subaru Impreza DIY HDPE Underbody Skid Plate 3

Here’s what it looks like from the rear corner of the car. It’s tied to the exhaust pipe as there’s no place to mount it to. Perhaps to improve this, you could create a rear subframe assembly, and use flush-mounted screws so you don’t sheer of any bolts if you scrape any rocks.
Subaru Impreza DIY HDPE Underbody Skid Plate 4

Do you have any versions that you’ve done yourself? Feel free to share it on the comments section below. Thanks!

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Team Orange 2009 D1GP Drift Car – Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

Team Orange D1GP Lancer Evolution X
The beginning of this awesome video showcases some of the latest 2009 Japanese D1GP Drift Machines featured in the 2009 Tokyo Auto Salon. The newest drift cars shown here are a late-model Mustang GT, an E92 BMW M3, and our feature car for today, the Team Orange Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.

This radical EVO X features a lot of Japanese wizardry such as a twin-caliper rear brakes to easily let the back end loose, a JUN-modified 2.3L engine, and of course, custom front steering components with front-wheel-drive disconnected to allow it to drift like never before.

This video shows simultaneous in-car and stationary camera views. Watch as Team Orange tests and tunes this cool EVO X to perfection. Enjoy! And I hope this may be of help to Pinoy drifters out there through some additional drift tuning ideas from this video.

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David Feliciano of DMF Drift / Goodyear Racing Asia – Awesome Drift Action Video

David Feliciano DMF Drift The Great White Nissan S13 Silvia
David Feliciano of DMF Drift and Goodyear Racing Asia is the Philippines first international drifter. Check out this drifting action video taken at Clark International Speedway with David piloting The Great White Nissan S13 Silvia, and the DMF Nissan Skyline.

This awesome footage is courtesy of Struan Wallace and Ian King. This is hardcore Pinoy drifting in action… until the tire blowout on the Skyline right at the end. Totally epic. Check it out!

Camera/Edit/Directing: Struan Wallace
Producer/Camera: Ian King
Driver: David Feliciano
Song: ‘Fire’ by Kasabian
Shot on: Sony EX1 and Canon 7d

Struan Wallace is a Director / Cinematographer / Editor for hire.
+61422629655 (AUS) ; +639209207000 (Philippines)
struey@gmail.com

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Hello Kitty Madness – Themed Cars

Hello Kitty Honda Jazz 1
Hello Kitty has become more and more famous to female car owners as a theme being used to dress up their cars with. From pillows in the interior to stickers to custom seat covers to custom paint schemes to murals, you name it, it has been done before.

Hello Kitty Suzuki Celerio (see the full feature of this Hello Kitty Suzuki Celerio here)
Hello Kitty Suzuki Celerio

Hello Kitty Ford Focus
Hello Kitty Ford Focus 1

Hello Kitty Ford Focus 2

Hello Kitty Honda Jazz
Hello Kitty Honda Jazz 2

Hello Kitty Honda Jazz 3

Hello Kitty Honda Jazz 4

Who knows? Maybe it’s only a matter of time before we see Sanrio Hello Kitty sponsored race cars, rally cars, offroad racers, and drift cars. what do you think?

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Drift Cars Action Video from the 2010 Lateral Drift Championships – Philippine Car Porn Productions

A-Toy Drift Mercedez
Watch the awesome all out drifting action in the 2010 Lateral Drift Championships last March 20-21, 2010 at Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City.

The videography involved here is epic in proportions. This video has been brought to you by Car Porn Productions Philippines, filmed and edited by Ian King. The song is entitled ‘Wicky’ by Hooverphonic

Gear:
Canon 7D, Kit lens 15-85
Glide Track
Manfroto 501-503 heads
Edited through Apple Final Cut Pro 7

Thanks goes out to Struan Wallace for all the pointers, gear and help, and to Philip Bloom for his dvd, Shoot great video with your 7D.

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2002 “Atomik” Toyota Corolla Altis by FM Garage, SEATMATE, and JC Car Audio

2002 Atomik Toyota Corolla Altis by FM Garage, SEATMATE, and JC Car Audio Exterior
Check out this awesome looking Toyota Corolla Altis. Just looking at it for the first time, it’s apparent that it ain’t your ordinary everyday Altis. This wild “Atomik” Toyota Corolla Altis is named as such because of the Atomik theme it runs, as seen in the exterior, which is coated with PPG “Atomik Yellow” paint.

On the front end, the bumper has been customized with a TRD 2 Front Chin, and anodized mesh. Also seen is a customized honeycomb grille & TRD badge.

The headlights are projector versions with the angel eyes halo, and the fog lamps have been smoked to look consistent with the headlights. Providing illumination to turn night into day are AMG Lighting 55W 6000K HID’s for the Headlights and Fogs.

Moving around to the sides, you’ll still find the OEM Side Skirts, but it’s apparent that the moldings have been shaved. But what’s even more awesome to look at from the sides are the 18-inch ACE of Spade wheels, wrapped with 225/40/18 Forenza Tires. The slammed stance and better handling is courtesy of Merwede Lowering Springs.

Out back, you’ll find a subtle and clean Duck Tail Spoiler, Smoked LED Tail Lights, and a TRD 2 Rear Chin.

2002 Atomik Toyota Corolla Altis by FM Garage, SEATMATE, and JC Car Audio Engine
Pop the hood, and the first thing you’ll notice is the custom air-brushed “Atomic Explosion” on the engine cover. And as you look further, you then start to notice the other performance enhancements that make this Altis breathe and corner better than stock, such as the HKS Short Ram Intake, and Cusco Strut Bar.

2002 Atomik Toyota Corolla Altis by FM Garage, SEATMATE, and JC Car Audio Interior
On the inside, everything looks neatly executed as with the outside. The custom upholstery with threads matching the exterior paint, MOMO Nero Steering Wheel, MOMO Adaptor, MOMO Atomik Pedals, MOMO Atomik Shift knob, MOMO Atomik Hand Brake Cover, MOMO Floor Mats, MOMO Shift Boot, and MOMO Nero Harness Pads, all integrating together giving a cleanly executed look.

2002 Atomik Toyota Corolla Altis by FM Garage, SEATMATE, and JC Car Audio Side

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Exterior:
Paint: PPG “Atomik Yellow” by FM Garage
TRD 2 Front Chin
TRD 2 Rear Chin
OEM Side Skirts
Customized Honeycomb Grille & TRD Badge
Anodized Mesh
Duck Tail
Customized Bumper
Top1 Wiper Blades
Projector Headlights with Halo
Smoked Fog Lamps
AMG Lighting 55W 6000K HID’s for Headlights and Fogs
Smoked LED Tail Lights
Shaved Moldings

Engine Bay:
HKS SRI
Customized Engine Cover Air Brush “Atomic Explosion” by FM Garage
Cusco Strut Bar
TRD Oil Cap
TRD Radiator Cap
TRD Socks
Bosch Airhorn Master

Wheels & Lowering Springs:
18-inch ACE of Spade Custom Painted by FM Garage
Custom-made Atomik Center Cap
225/40/18 Forenza Tires
Merwede Lowering Springs

Interior:
Customized Upholstery by SEATMATE
MOMO Nero Steering Wheel
MOMO Adaptor
MOMO Atomik Pedals
MOMO Atomik Shift knob
MOMO Atomik Hand Brake Cover
MOMO Floor Mats
MOMO Shift Boot
MOMO Nero Harness Pads
Sun Shade

In Car Entertainment:
Pioneer DVH-P5050MP
Pioneer Motorized 7-inch Monitor
Pioneer TV Tuner
Polk MOMO MMC650 Separates
Polk MOMO MM2124 12-inch Subwoofer
Polk MOMO Carbon Series C400.4 Amplifier
Customized Pillar Tweeter Pods by JC Car Audio
Wood Works by JC Car Audio
Stinger Power, Speaker, & RCA Cables
Stinger Digital Capacitor
Stinger Fuse Block
Dynamat Sound Deadening

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Ryan Agoncillo’s Nissan S13 Silvia – Team Yellowcab – 2010 Lateral Drift Championship Round 1 Practice (Video)

Team Yellowcab Nissan S13 Silvia 2010 Lateral Drift Championship Round 1
More hot action at the 2010 Lateral Drift Championship at Eastwood, Libis, Quezon City last Sunday, the 21st of March, 2010. Watch Team Yellowcab’s Nissan S13 Silvia smokin’ tires and tearing up the track. Enjoy!

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Jeffrey Villanueva’s Nissan S14 Silvia -Team Forcedspeed – 2010 Lateral Drift Championship Round 1 Practice (Video)

Jeffrey Villanueva Nissan 14 Team Forcedspeed 2010 Lateral Drift Championship
Let’s take a ride aboard Jeffrey Villanueva’s Team Forcedspeed Nissan S14 Silvia through the eyes of the “spoilercam” on the 2010 Lateral Drift Championship Round 1 Practice Session 20-March-2010. Enjoy!

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2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Nurburgring Challenge (Video)

2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Nurburgring Challenge Video
I don’t know with you, but I don’t understand Japanese. But when it comes to cars, the language is universal. We can all tell when a car is cool or not.

Here’s one heck of a video by StartYourEngines.jp featuring a super quick 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STi taking on the Nurburgring. Enjoy!

Source: StartYourEngines.jp

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Honda Jazz Front End Styling Options

If you’re looking for some ideas on how to dress up your Gen1 or Gen2 Honda Jazz, here are some examples taken from the 2009 Bumper2Bumper car show. Enjoy!

Hello Kitty Honda Jazz Bumper2Bumper

Naruto Honda Jazz Bumper2Bumper

Yellow Gold Honda Jazz Bumper2Bumper

Blue Chrome Honda Jazz Bumper2Bumper

Honda Jazz Mugen Kit Bumper2Bumper

Green Honda Jazz Bumper2Bumper

Honda Jazz Custom Bumper and Grille Bumper2Bumper

Mugen Kit Honda Jazz Bumper2Bumper

Sinful Honda Jazz Bumper2Bumper

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