Frankie’s Garage: Hot Wheels Ford Fiesta Drift Short

snowkhana5legohotwheelsIt’s Snowkhana 5!  This fun stop-motion short film has the Hot Wheels 1/64 scale die-cast car drifting around toy town.

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Frankie’s Garage: Hot Wheels Nissan Fairlady 2000

hotwheelsfairlady2000Lately Hot Wheels has been putting really cool JDM cars from the past and present at retail shelves.  As you can see from my picture, I’ve been collecting tons of Hot Wheels JDM-type cars.  Hot Wheels Car Designer Jun Imai talks his love for classic Nissan cars and creating the 1/64 diecast scale Nissan Fairlady 2000 for Hot Wheels.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Nissan Rogue One X-Wing SUV

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Photo: Invision for Nissan

Like the Hot Wheels X-Wing Carship, at the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story red carpet event, Nissan also had their Rogue SUV outfitted to look like a X-Wing fighter.  The Nissan Rogue SUV was painted to look like the iconic X-Wing with jet engines and laser blasters fitted onto the sides of the car.  And to top it off, an R2 Droid sat on top.

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Frankie’s Garage: Hot Wheels X-Wing Carship

hotwheelsxwingcarshipHot Wheels is well known for some of their crazy and wacky car designs.  With the life-size build of the Star Wars X-Wing Carship, Hot Wheels also announced the 1/64 scale diecast model for their toy lineup.

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Frankie’s Garage: A Chevy Corvette Turned into a Mach 5

sppedracermach5The 1960s anime Speed Racer left an impression with this car fanatic and customizer Jerry Patrick.  His dream was to build the Mach 5 car from the cartoon.  What was once a 1994 Chevy Corvette has been chopped, sliced and converted into Speed Racer’s Mach 5.  The car uses fiber class for the shape and look.  The process takes about 3-5 months to build one.

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Frankie’s Garage: The SF International Auto Show

sfas1601Besides the throngs of Holiday shoppers in downtown San Francisco, the SF International Auto Show is happening also.  We check out the rides and other tuner cars on display at the show.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Hyundai Racing Hatchback

hyundairn30conceptHyundai will be launching their “M” division with their N performance brand of racing inspired street legal cars.  At the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Hyundai unleashes the RN30 Concept.  The hot hatchback features a 2.0L turbo 4-cyclinder engine pumping out 374 horses.  Hyundai looks to compete with the likes of the Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST segments.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Mugen Civic Type R

mugentyperTwo words in the motoring world that are synonymous Mugen and Honda.  Inside Lane takes a drive in the Mugen tuned Honda Civic Type R FN2.  This just might be best hot hatch on the planet?

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Frankie’s Garage: Aston & Red Bull Hypercar

redbullastonmartinamrb001Red Bull making a car?  Yes, this F1 light-looking supercar is a team-up between Aston Martin, Red Bull and F1 star Adrian Newey.  Only 24 will be produced and will be delivered around 2018.

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Frankie’s Garage: Fiesta ST200 Hot Hatch

fiestast200The Fiesta gets another limited edition run from Ford with the Fiesta ST200 hot hatch.  This Fiesta gets 200 horses, upgraded suspension, performance brakes and the ST200 badges if you’re into that stuff.  Carfection reviews this limited run fast Ford hatch.

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Frankie’s Garage: Renault Alpine Vision Concept

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Renault’s new concept to road car with heritage from the A110 sports car.  EVO takes a first look at French automaker Renault’s Alpine Vision concept.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Honda Civic Rally Car

hondarallycrosscivicHonda is entering the world of rallying with it’s Civic Coupe.  The once-popular “Fast & Furious” pocket rocket Civic will compete in the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) in 2016.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Quadrifoglio – M3 Sedan Rival

alfaromeosaloonrivalArriving into US shores this summer 2016 is the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.  This sporty luxury automobile looks to compete with the likes of the BMW M3 sedan and Alfa Romeo is hoping to sell lots of Giulia cars.  The front end maybe a “love it” or “hate it” look for car fanatics, but it is packaged with a twin-turbo V6 producing over 500 horses and has an adjustable carbon fiber front splitter.

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Frankie’s Garage: NISMO 400R!

nismo400rThis legendary street/track ready car was available to play in the first Playstation Gran Turismo video game.  Only 44 Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R NISMO 400Rs were produced, making this a very rare and special kind of automobile.  Carfection takes a ride in this Godzilla.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Focus Black Edition

fordfocusblackeditionWhat is the Ford Focus Black Edition?  It’s not the hardcore Focus RS AWD or the peppy fun ST hot hatch.  It’s an affordable offering based on the Zetec S model with upgraded bits and parts with a mildly aggressive look.  The Black Edition features a 1.5L EcoBoost 180 horsepower engine and around 51mpg estimated.

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Frankie’s Garage: 2016 Ford Focus RS vs the World

fordfocusrs2016The flavor hot hatch of 2016 is the Ford Focus RS.  How will the new Ford Focus RS handle on track and the road against it’s rivals?  The challengers are: Audi RS3 Sportback, BMW M135i Auto 3DR, Honda Civic Type R, Mercedes AMG A45, Peugeot 308 GTI, Renault Sport Megane 275 Cup-S, Seat Leon Cupra 290 5DR and Subaru WRX STI.  Auto Trader takes a look at all these pocket rockets.

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Frankie’s Garage: “CAR Factory” at YomiuriLand Japan

gujjobalandIt’s time for fun rides at the YomiuriLand amusement park in Japan.  On March 2016, YomiuriLand opened a new attraction called Gujjoba aka Good Job Attractions, which is aimed at children about Japanese manufacturing pop culture.  It took about 7 years and $90 million USD involved to build the new attractions.  It features 4 factories:  Food Factory by Nissin Food Products, Stationary Factory by Kokuyo, Fashion Factory and for the car geeks – CAR Factory by Nissan.  Nissan Dashboard show takes us on a tour of the CAR Factory.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Ultimate Hot Wheels “Back to the Future” DeLorean

backtothefuredeloreaneliteMattel Hot Wheels has released several 1:64, 1:43 and 1:18 scale “Back to the Future” AMC DeLorean cars, now this summer June 2016, Hot Wheels will be releasing a limited production run of the 2016 Hot Wheels Elite 1:18 Ultimate Edition Time Machine.  This elite edition will feature LEDs, sound effects and extra car parts, so “Back to the Future” fans can make all 5 versions of the AMC DeLorean time machine from the series.

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Frankie’s Garage: LEGO Technic 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

legotechnicporscheLEGO Technic and Porsche fans will enjoy this highly detailed Porsche 911 GT3 RS upcoming release on June 1, 2016.  The LEGO Technic – 40256 Porsche 911 GT3 RS will come in a special full-color box packaging with special collectors book about the history, the origins of the build and other details.

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Frankie’s Garage: JDM 1990 Nissan Skyline R-32 GT-R Review

smokingtiregtr32The Smoking Tire host Matt Farah reviews his own imported 1990 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R.  Nothing more to say, than then just watch the video.

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Frankie’s Garage: Tomica Premium 4 New Die-cast Rides

tomicapre00tomicapre01I’ve been a fan Tomica’s recent product line: Tomica Premium 1/64 scale die-cast cars.  Aimed at the adult collector, the Tomica Premium series features more paint applications and newly designed rims.  Tomica is adding 4 new vehicles: No. 13 – Nissan IDS Concept, No. 14 – Toyota S-FR, No. 15 – Subaru 22B STI and No. 16 – Toyota 86GRMN.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Affordable $35,000 Tesla

teslamodel3launchThe head of Tesla Elon Musk yesterday night revealed the “affordable premium Tesla” Model 3 at $35,000USD.  This smaller electric sedan will have a range of approximately 215 miles and will seat 5 adults comfortably.

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Frankie’s Garage: The NSX GT3

nsxgt32017Acura introduces the 2017 NSX GT3 track racing version at the New York International Auto Show.  This NSX GT3 race car will not have any hybrid electric components, but will use the same twin-turbo 3.5 V6 engine as the production model.

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Frankie’s Garage: Just Call It – “The Toyota 86!”

toyota862017What it should always have been branded in North America!  Not the defunct Scion brand, but Toyota.  The Scion FR-S in 2017 goes back to the Toyota car line-up and will simply be known as the Toyota 86.  Finally!

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Frankie’s Garage: Godzilla 2017 Mini-ReDesign

nissangtr2017Every die-hard GT-R fan maybe waiting for the next R36 GT-R, will you have to wait for a couple of years.  But for 2017, Nissan has done a mini-redesign for the 2017 Nissan GT-R.

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