In the previous part of this story, we looked at how Hyundai has moved on to the next phase of its evolution. Instead of focusing on just undercutting rivals on price and matching them on reliability, the Korean carmaker is now pushing tech and design in a move to make its cars desirable. This approach can already be seen on new “Fluidic Sculpture” models like the Sonata and Tucson. The company’s fresh “New Thinking, New Possibilities” motto carries the idea of “Modern Premium”, which believes that the new premium isn’t always the most expensive or feature laden. Like the Apple iPhone 4 and Starbucks coffee, they’re desirable, but also relatively accessible. And one of the main pillars of MP is design. Who better to talk about design than the designer himself? Here, we have a chat with Casey Hyun, Creative Design Manager at Hyundai and also the lead designer of the Sonata YF. What does he do? Which car design does he admire the … [Read more...] about INTERVIEW: Casey Hyun, Creative Design Manager at Hyundai Motor Company and designer of the Sonata YF
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Most of what we do with cars is physics or chemistry-some kind of science. Want to make more power? That’s all about boosting an engine’s efficiency. Need to make the car launch harder? More science, this time involving traction and overcoming inertia to get the mass in motion. But paint? That’s a different ball game altogether, and in fact seems like the opposite of science. And let’s face it: It’s intimidating. What’s the first thing other people notice about your car? How it looks. And what’s the most important part of the car’s looks? The paint. We fear botching that first impression. We quake at the idea of being dismissed at first glance. So a builder with the talent and skill to do everything mechanical will turn the paint and bodywork-which is not so much science as art-over to someone else. Is that a good idea? That’s what we’re here to answer. Since most of us fear what we don’t know, we’re going to shed … [Read more...] about Hot Rod’s Ultimate Guide to Paint & Body – Part 1
When it comes time to pass off your car to paint, there’s no shame in outsourcing the work if the cost/benefit analysis doesn’t skew in the favor of investing in professional-level tools and equipment to paint it yourself. That said, you can set your body and paint specialists up for success that will not only bring you the best results for your buck but also ensure your project will be kept within budget and timeline. We sat down with Geoff Gates of Alloy Motors in Oakland, California, to grab some of his tips and tricks on making life easier for your paint-and-body crew.No. 1: A Grease Pencil Saves PaintOne of the most unassuming headaches a painter can deal with is chemical bleed-through from permanent-marker ink. The ink tends to work down into the pores of the metal, contaminating the base material through both priming and paint—often even after the marks have been ground away. Grease pencils write over any surface, but they can be easily cleaned away with your … [Read more...] about 10 Ways to Prep For a Paint Job While Saving Money!
Every racecar driver has to start somewhere. A lot of up-and-comers may have the path carved out for them or have a guide who has been there before to point them to the right option. Some beginners just sit in the stands or wander around the pits trying to figure out where to begin. The path to success can be confusing. Back in racing’s early days, there were few options. Drivers typically had only one or two classes to choose from. Make your choice and live with it. As the sport evolved, though, so did the separation of divisions. A racetrack with three divisions 20 years ago might have six now. It’s also not impossible to find a racetrack or event that runs more than 10 divisions. A few of the divisions tend to blend together, adding to confusion. What’s the difference between Pure Stock, Street Stock, and Super Stock? Those of us who know the scene can probably tell the difference. However, for those who are not up on the subtle differences, how do you know which … [Read more...] about So you want to race? Here are ways to throw the green flag on your career.
Money can buy a lot of things. Hot women, small portions of strange food, luxury suites at sporting events you have no interest in, congressmen seeking campaign contributions even though they’re not actually campaigning, and even some cool cars. What it can’t buy, however, is respect. That’s got to be earned, especially when it comes to hobbies comprised of full-blown fanatics. Hot rodding is one such hobby, and any well-off newcomer seeking entrance into its inner circle is immediately met with suspicion. Larry Nguyen knows this all too well. That’s probably because the first muscle car he’s ever built is a jaw-dropping ’73 Cuda named Hellfish that packs a 1,240hp twin-turbo Hemi into a Roadster Shop chassis. The young Asian dude sitting behind the wheel only adds to the mystique. Just because Larry’s first muscle car is nicer than yours, however, doesn’t take away from his genuine passion for all things automotive. The fact that it … [Read more...] about This 1,200HP 1973 Plymouth Cuda Gives Exotics A Run For Their Money!
It seems that with every new month—some could even say every new week—we’re playing the waiting game until the next big thing comes to Gran Turismo 6, and the aspect itself may have inadvertently become a game within a game to some; being on the lookout for the newest feature or improvement that will further the overall enjoyment of the game itself. It’s devilishly clever and often results in a think-tank of untold proportions. This month may be an exception to that established rule however, because we all know one of the things that’s on the way for this month’s update to the game and its inclusion will undoubtedly reinvigorate those looking for a change of pace, or in this case, scenery. The question now becomes “When?”. GTPlanet Picture of the Week This week’s featured image, recommended to us by Roflwaffle and courtesy of zzz_pt, features the Red Bull X2014 looking incredibly aerodynamic (and silver!) at Gemasolar in … [Read more...] about GTPlanet Weekly Rewind: For All the World to See
Admit it: you’ve taken a “selfie” before. It’s OK. We all have at some point in our lives. Typically, they only benefit our own egos and memory banks. If you travel to somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, a selfie is a useful way of capturing the moment for eternity. Starting #GivingTuesday, December 1 and until January 4, Toyota is turning the selfie into something that can help other people. If you take a “selfless selfie” in which, presumably, you’re being nice or helpful and hashtag it #Selflessie on Instagram, Toyota will donate $50 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) (until the $250,000 mark is reached). Through its more than 4,100 clubs, the BGCA annually provides almost 4 million young people “a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and … [Read more...] about Toyota Wants to Change the Way We Take Pictures for a Good Reason
Thirty years ago, if you wanted your Ford Sierra or Vauxhall Cavalier to stand out, you reached for a roll of pinstripe. Body panels weren’t that curvy, so it was easy to apply. I remember, as a car salesman in 1988, applying parallel lines of gold tape to a brand-new Fiat Tipo 1.4 in Kermit green. It looked a proper eyeful. Around the same time, 100 miles away in south London, a chap called Sean Davis was touring car dealers and pinstriping cars from the back of his van. One Ford dealer wanted him to stripe 100 Fiestas he’d called ‘Hip, Hop, Pop’ specials. Davis must have been pretty good because, three decades later, he’s still sticking stuff to cars – only the rolls of pinstripe have given way to huge sheets of coloured vinyl and the motors are a tad more expensive. When I visit him at his business, Creative FX, based in the old Lola works in Bromley, his team is putting the finishing touches to a new Audi S5 they’ve wrapped … [Read more...] about How to wrap a car: the art of transforming cars with wrapping
A few weeks ago, I received this from GM Communications: “I’ve noticed some of your comments on our Fastlane blog. We are looking for passionate and influential consumers to participate in an upcoming showcase on August 10, 2010 [sic], in Detroit, MI. Would you be interested in a GM-hosted opportunity like this to learn more about our future vehicles and company?” I was more than a little surprised; my FastLane posts are generally uncomplimentary regarding GM’s products and business decisions. “Do they know we own three Toyotas?” my wife asked. “And we gave a fourth to our daughter, who’s happily driving it at 150 thousand miles?” “I think that’s part of it; they want to know what it will take to win me over.” “They could try building cars that are as reliable as Toyotas.” “I’ve suggested that.” “Don’t you dare bring home a GM car,” she warned.I asked my … [Read more...] about Editorial: How GM Tried to Win Me Over, Part One
With 2015 marking its 65th year, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance, held on the 18th green at Pebble Beach Golf Links, is the world’s premier vintage-car event. The coveted Best of Show trophy at the Concours is the holy grail of the old-car world. As a Pebble Beach judge for 26 years, I’ve witnessed the joy of victory and the agony of defeat countless times. Jay Leno, a frequent entrant, likes to say that “this is the only car show where a simple millionaire can beat the billionaires.” But it’s much more serious than that. Here’s a look at what it’s like to judge the world’s most prestigious car show.Let’s start with the cars. To show a car at “Pebble,” you first must be invited to apply. Each year there are about 220 places on the lawn, and while invited applicants are roughly that number, many hundreds more contact the concours each year on their own to apply. It’s hard to get in, … [Read more...] about Donning the Blue Blazer: What It’s Like to Judge at the Pebble Beach Concours