Fast Car Magazine Preview: Dirty Downforce

No we’re not just talking about slapping on a bodykit and a spoiler – this month FC examines full on Aero Tuning at its very finest. We’re kicking off with a car that everyone is talking about – the Rocket Bunny GT86 (Toyota 86 or Scion FR-S depending on where you’re reading this).

Other Aero-inspired features include Rob Godwin’s Bonkers MX-5, The World Time Attack Series, Carbon fibre tech and even a polish proven to make your motor faster!

If wings are not your thing we have plenty of other features to fulfill your smooth and subtle fantasies. How about Lloyd Bickerstaffe’s Pug 106, Jason Allen’s Audi A3 or Grant Hopkin’s Fiesta? Take your pick they are all inside.

If crazy is what you’re looking for you’ll also find the full lowdown on Shaun Quinn’s Honda Civic and Gary Russell’s Nissan Micra Pick-up.

Getting out and about there’s full show reports from the Tokyo Auto Salon and Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show…

… and a special appearance from the world’s rarest Ferrari – the Pininfarina P4/5.

Fast Car isn’t only available in print (in the UK) but on Newsstand for iPad, iPhone and iPod. We’re also rolling out issues on some Android devices via Google Play and Amazon, but sadly we’re not available in vending machines just yet! Get your copy today and we’ll see you next month.

– Fast Car Mag


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42 comments
Jason Hardy
Jason Hardy

aero advice from fast car magazine...you must be kidding!! That P4/5 feature is a few years out of date... its now been converted to a race car for the VLN championship

belliott
belliott

I can't believe that they finished off Redline magazine for this, a magazine that got fed up of stupid bodykits and sort of turned into a speedhunters magazine.

uN_emperador
uN_emperador

shaun probably should have keep is civic dead....

 

Q
Q

Of course the worlds rarest ferrari has a New York license plate -.-

fantamaso
fantamaso

Picture 3 and 4, what the F is wrong with these people?

 

Other Will
Other Will

Are daft shoes a prerequisite of a feature?

Hotcakes
Hotcakes

Issue focused on functional aero - Rocket Bunny 86 on the cover. Lol.

K's
K's

the design layout in this magazine looks really bad

ComJive
ComJive

you know when you first hear a song that's pretty good (but not excellent), and you kind of like it, but then it takes over everything and you hear it 6 times a day for three months and you're just sick of it, even though it never actually got worse? that's the rocket bunny 86

FrancescoDiGiuseppe
FrancescoDiGiuseppe

 @GraysonParker I know. I discovered that , being 24, I am not young enough to understand. And apparently, so did you. Let's just face it: we are not proper car enthusiasts.

Llalandeusse
Llalandeusse

 @Other Will an understandable comment, but very indicative of the fact that you're older than the usual tuned car magazine dermographic

westhave
westhave

 @Hotcakes afaik the Rocket Bunny kit is the only kit designed for the ZN6 that was actually tested both in a windtunnel and in CAD simulations. iirc there was a feature here on Speedhunters on how the kit came together ;)

JesusMartinez
JesusMartinez

 @K's  Agreed. This is purely constructive criticism. The type or fonts on that magazine look repetitive and dull. Pictures look good but that layout is very static, non-exciting. I'm pretty sure the content is great but this layout needs an overhaul. I thought this was Speedhunters doing a throwback post to popular 90's Car Magazine. To compare I would look at Motorhead Magazine from Japan or even Evo from the same country (UK I believe). No hate here just constructiveness ;)

240z lover
240z lover

 @ComJive no, if you really like that car you will never get tire of it, the more u see or hear it, the better it gets

x y
x y

 @ComJive I would say something similar about the 86 generally.

Blughhhh
Blughhhh

@jake Laird @fantamaso You're just an old man! You don't understand the chavs! Fixed it for ya.

Other Will
Other Will

I'm 25!

 

Actually you're probably still correct.

Hotcakes
Hotcakes

@westhave The only article I could find did indeed say it was CAD designed, but nothing about windtunnel testing. The only mention of CAD either way was in regards to rendering/comparing colours and such. At the end of the day, the Rocket Bunny kit has lots of exposed rivets/bolts/many other design features that aren't exactly conducive to good aero. Don't get me wrong though, it's a very attractive kit and I'm happy to be proven wrong if it is actually functional.

Initial G
Initial G

 @JesusMartinez  @K's Well, lets see you design a 130+ page magazine in just over a week on your own :D. However I will try much harder in future and throw in some whizz bangs and maybe a few extra funky fonts, I may even sacrifice some legibility for some quirky design. Having said that there are some killer magazines out there very inspirational, but not all lend themselves to the subject matter. Accuracy and clarity are primary though of course design needs to have a balance that's also engaging. Jesus, you are more than welcome to buy a few copies, have a look at all the content not just a few pages in one issue and then pop over and give me a hand :D. Always appreciated....

jake Laird
jake Laird

 Yes. It's a good car, but it's quickly becoming the Japanese Mustang what with all the hype that's surrounded it.

Initial G
Initial G

@StantonTylerWarner @Initial G @GraysonParker @FrancescoDiGiuseppe it's ok your sarcasm was understood and received. :D. I just called.

Initial G
Initial G

@StantonTylerWarner @GraysonParker @FrancescoDiGiuseppe I'm a civic enthusiast. I'm also 46 and don't dress like a 'punk-ass'. I however cannot afford a 'real sports car' so until I'm better off. I'll have to make do with embodying the epitome of sartorial elegance whilst driving my 2.4 ltr 320 bhp hand built all motor powered civic like a peasant. Top Drawer that man. (Whilst toking on my well filled briar). Pip pip.

JDMized
JDMized

@FrancescoDiGiuseppe Well said! The kit is well done (thanks to CAD software) but never been tested in a wind tunnel. Either way, the kit looks killer on the 86, but far from being functional.

FrancescoDiGiuseppe
FrancescoDiGiuseppe

 @Hotcakes  @westhave  Tra Kyoto uses Rhinoceros as CAD software, but this doen't mean the kit is properly tested for CFD. Rhinoceros infact has very few analysis plug-ins, and has no fluid dynamics controls, so I doubt that they tested it for proper functionality via software. As Hotcakes said, even looking at it you can find some turbulence-generating surfaces and holes.

Initial G
Initial G

@K's @JesusMartinez @Initial G @K's Haha the wizz bang bit was a tad sarcasm. Apologies. :). You also have to design around the words remember. A clean layout is fine but you have to work to the copy as well. As I say it's a balancing act.

Initial G
Initial G

@K's @JesusMartinez @Initial G @K's Haha the wizz bang bit was a tad sarcasm. Apologies. :). You also have to design around the words remember. A clean layout is fine but you have to work to the copy as well. As I say it's a balancing act.

K's
K's

 @JesusMartinez  @Initial G  @K's whizz bangs and funky fonts will only make it worse. But for an example just look at the tas 13 page its all over the place. Granted im sure not the whole mag looks like that. Its just my opinion but a clean and neat style, like JesusMartinez says is much better to read and look at.

JesusMartinez
JesusMartinez

 @Initial G  @K's Haha 130? I'll pass, way too much ADD on my part for that lol. Quite a feat for a single person though. I can see where not having some extra help might be a daunting experience, having to not only write a full magazine and then designing it.

 

As far as adding extra whizz, as you say, not always necessary. Some of the best publications use very minimal design to achieve a neat look. Some have a lot of images & text but they give the reader proper room for their content to co-exist and let the reader get that feeling of openness. So its not always adding that's the issue, subtracting is just as important :)

 

Anyhow you're the magazine expert with published material so respect there. Just lending you some feedback and critique from a designer in the field. I would love to visit the UK and help you out but I don't do well in gloomy weather, Southern California has spoiled me. Cheers.

StantonTylerWarner
StantonTylerWarner

 @240z lover That's an FD for me. Just got stationed in Japan and every time I see it I fall more in love. Drove one yesterday and am at mild fanboy status. Picking one up this week if it passes compression testing.


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