Print
Article Index
PAS MAG 10th Anniversary (2000-2010)
2000 - Volume 2
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
All Pages

-2009-


Juiced_opt


JUICED - Volume 11 Issue 08


The majority of NSX owners have gravitated toward the pristine OEM feel for their cars, with the only aftermarket upgrades being limited to intakes, exhausts, and wheels. For tuners (with some money) NSXs were within reach and they cracked open their HyperRevs to see what could be upgraded. Such was the case with Ravi Ayyagari of Seattle, WA who not only made the NSX his passion, but now develops products and even spawned an NSX-specific business – Umbrella Auto Design. With a fully race built motor and a one of a kind Sorcery S-GT carbon fiber aero kit, this NSX is truly a masterpiece. The paint job alone is worth $20,000 and over 1000 man-hours were spent on the interior.


GushiFLAT_opt

YOUNG GUN - Volume 11 Issue 5

When Ken Gushi stormed onto the professional drifting scene, he was only 17. The young Japanese American started drifting before he had a license. Gushi was the subject of every conversation season after season because everyone had high expectations for him. Now slightly older and much wiser, he is back but in a new platform – a Scion tC. Not just any Scion tC obviously but one converted to rear wheel drive featuring extensive chassis modifications. At the heart of the project is an engine adored by Toyota-philes but relatively unknown to everyone else. The Toyota BEAMS (Breakthrough Engine with Advanced Mechanism System.) engine, is an inline-4 manufactured by Toyota by tuned by Yamaha.

OverdosedFLAT_opt


OVERDOSE - Volume 11 Issue 1

“We only build cover cars” owner of High End Performance, Ben Abutin laughs. No kidding, we had to fight over this one (again) to get it on our first cover of 2009. At SEMA 2008, everyone was running their mouths about the badass G that was in the Cusco booth, they weren’t doing that the year previous when it sat in the Tanabe booth with an unusual bodykit. Another notch in their belt, High End attracted the attention of Kazunori Yamauchi at SEMA. Who is Mr. Yamauchi? Well, only the creator of the most successful racing simulator of all time, Gran Turismo. Since that honor, the owner of this car tragically passed away of natural causes. Abutin has since revised the car and taken it on the road with HIN in memory of his friend.


 

Erika Medina 3_opt

Erica Medina

THE ESSENTIALS:

Birth date: January 1
Sign of the Zodiac: Capricorn
Measurements: 36/24/32
Nationality: Mexican
Hometown: Anaheim, CA
Turn-ons: Confidence
Turn-offs: Cheesy Pick-up lines!

 



More Vehicle Features

Dark Demon: Kicker's 2008 Scion xB

Written by Mark Pereira | Photos by Miller Photography It seemed like only yesterday when Toyota first launched their highly successful and tuner-inspired Scion brand. Although many doubted these economic compacts would excite horsepower-hungry enthusiasts, they were quickly proven dead…
Read More

Like Car, Like Driver: Joon Maeng's Nissan 240SX S13

There’s two sides of every coin for a reason Joon “Gentle” Maeng may look like just another young driver on the Formula Drift circuit, but don’t let his appearance fool you. He has been through many ups and downs, and…
Read More

Earth Shaker: Mallory Wetherington's 2013 Ford F-150 FX2

In a world dominated by big trucks and big personalities, standing out in a crowd can be a difficult thing for a newcomer to pick-ups. Mallory Wetherington was just that person when it was time to upgrade from her Cobalt…
Read More

Mini Max

We talk a lot about the origins of the Sport Compact craze, and the discussion usually ends up with a reference or two to 1990s-era Honda Civics. Then when it comes to high tech JDM super cars, which were also…
Read More

High End Performance: Ben Abutin's 2008 Infiniti G37S

Written by Dave Pankew / Photography by RCH Designs There is a fine line between a dose that will produce results and one that ends in a disastrous overdose. With certain substances, the difference can be between life and death…
Read More