Street Racing Illustrated | Motegi Racing x Street Racing Made Safe

Motegi Racing and Street Racing Made Safe collab to make the Project Focus ST great again

Story | Phillip Pratt

Motegi Racing x SRMS

Scion tC on Motegi Racing MR400s | Photo courtesy of Motegi Racing

Famed wheel manufacturer, Motegi Racing, and South Florida based automotive enthusiast event/race organizer, Street Racing Made Safe, have joined forces. Motegi Racing will be providing a slick set of 18×10 (+10 offset) MR400 2-Piece, wheels for the SRMS Project Ford Focus ST. Unlike its flow-formed, cast-aluminum cousin, the MR133, the MR400s have forged centers and barrels. Motegi Racing, a Wheel Pros owned company, was established in 00’. Their wheels have graced the hubs of production cars to show-stopping trailer queens and rubber melting track stars alike. The SRMS Project ST is poised to turn some heads with Motegi Racing’s lite-weight, dynamically designed rolling stocks. See them in action on September 9th, 2018 at the AMR Motorplex in Homestead, Florida for Cars, Coffee, and Racing.

Motegi Racing x SRMS

Motegi Racing MR400 | Photo courtesy of Motegi Racing

The Concours Club

Street Racing Illustrated | The Concours Club

Opalocka is now home to South Florida’s premier Auto-club?

Story | Phillip Pratt

The Concours Club

The Concours Club

I humbly introduce to you, The Concours Club. Home of South Florida’s luxury, private, driving experience. Nestled next to Opa Locka Executive Airport and equip with over 2-miles of rubber melting, smooth pavement, it’s the local speed track of our dreams… but with a $125,000 membership fee (not including annual dues), 99.9% of us probably can’t even begin to entertain the idea of utilizing its many services and perks.

 

“The amenities are what set us apart” – Neil Gehani, Co-Founder; Bloomberg.com

 

The Concours Club

The Concours Club

The project is a $220 million dollar endeavor and obviously aimed at catering to an affluent crowd. Designed by Alan Wilson, it is set to open in May of 2019. Amenities, outside of the mouth-watering driving course, will include; a restaurant/bar, spa, infinity pool, jacuzzi and… whatever a hammam is. Members will also be able to store their toys on site The developers plan to roll out 40-founding memberships for $350,000, unlike the $125k one, will exclude the yearly annual fee. Chances are if someone isn’t already some kind of super and hyper-car connoisseur, or makes a habit of collecting GTRs, The Concours Club is going to be little more than a dream for most. What a sweet dream it will be.

 

The Concours Club

The Concours Club

Street Racing Illustrated | 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

New Hellcat Redeye is a detuned Demon…

Story | Phillip Pratt

 

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

The hits just keep on coming with this new generation of American muscle. Get ready to see even more Challengers at the track and on the street this coming winter season. And I’m not talking about those fools driving baseline models or R/Ts with ridiculous wheels and equally silly sound systems. The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is coming for all you high-reving, atmospheric blow-off valve motorist. Up from the normal Hellcat’s 707-hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, the new Redeye is packing 797-hp and 707 lb-ft.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

It achieves these numbers by way of a detuned version of the Demon’s 6.2L V8 engine and 2.7L supercharger, utilizing an 8-speed automatic transmission. Yeah, 797-hp from a detuned Demon engine, you read that correctly. The 2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, RWD coupe can reach a reported top speed of 203mph, the first 60 of which can be met in under 3.4 seconds! Not bad for a 4476 lb girl. The Redeye goes on sale this winter and starts at around $71k. So uh, start saving or level up those 4-bangers because…

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

The SRMS, Auto-X purpse-built, Project ST

Street Racing Illustrated | Behind the Wheel – Mario Ojito; Cars, Coffee, and Racing

SRMS is back like they never left with their Car Meet & Auto-Xing Event; Cars, Coffee, and Racing.

 

Story | Phillip Pratt

Interviewer | Clifton Hernandez

 

Nice S2K Auto-Xing at PBIR Karting track

Nice S2K Auto-Xing at PBIR Karting track

 

Like a phoenix rising from the proverbial ashes, sometimes you have to let something die to build it back up stronger. Street Racing Made Safe came onto the South Florida racing scene like a tidal wave. Starting small at the now-defunct County-line Raceway, the non-profit organization eventually found its footing when it became a fixture at Palm Beach International Raceway (or PBIR). After some turbulent times, things have come full circle for SRMS president and founder, Mario Ojito. He took the time recently to sit down with SRI and layout plans for his new projects, most notably, what we can expect with his new crossing-promoting endeavor: Cars, Coffee, and Racing.

 

Street Racing Illustrated: Tell us, what does the timeline look like? What came first? Cars and Coffee or Auto-X?

 

Mario Ojito: Auto-X came first. I’ve always been passionate about Auto-Xing. It’s been something that I’ve always enjoyed. It definitely lasts longer [in terms of racing] than a quarter-mile. Right there, that’s the selling point [for me]. It’s a bit more technical. I actually did another Auto-X back when we did County-line [Raceway]. We used the other side of the property. I set up a bunch of cones. It wasn’t anything big. Then in 2017, before the “corporate take-over” happened, we did an Auto-X over at PBIR, but then it all stopped after that.

 

SRI: How long did it take for Auto-X to get incorporated into SRMS’ portfolio officially?

 

Mario: We started SRMS in 2011 and we did Auto-X two-years later in 2013.

 

SRI: Is there something else you working towards? I mean between Cars and Coffee and now Auto-X, is there any other cross-promotions you have your eye on?

 

Mario: Oh, yeah. We’re working on something close to downtown Miami. It’s going to have everything. It’s going to be like culture-overload for the car enthusiast market. Essentially what I’m trying to do now is similar to what we did back in 2011. Something that has never been done before. Why? Because Roll-Racing is everywhere. It’s copied by everyone. So now I’m reinventing the wheel.

 

SRI: Do you plan on having a list for Auto-X, similar to the SRMS Top-10 List?

 

Mario: No, because Auto-X has multiple classes. You see, you have SRMS classing and SCC classing. SRMS classing is designed and created for the novice types that don’t want to go through the 125+ classes and standard SCC rulebook. That’s why we created the classing differences. If I were to create a Top-10 List for that, there would have to be a Top-10 List for each class. That’d be impossible. In SRMS, there are already 9 individual classes using the three different drive types (FWD, RWD, and AWD).

 

Mazda Miata eating a turn

Mazda Miata eating a turn

 

SRI: Where did the idea of Cars, Coffee, and Racing come from?

 

Mario: Ok, I’ve wanted to do Cars and Coffee event for some time now and we were able to do that with our partners, CLRDHOT. That’s where Cars and Coffee Key Biscayne came from. They’d been doing it for a while before we came along. I had already been working on the Homestead deal, so that’s where the “Racing” came into play. After that, I made sure our new dates didn’t conflict with the pre-existing Cars and Coffee Key Biscayne dates.

 

SRI: Cars and Coffee meets are more informal. People park and sit around. Very much a culture-thing. How do you want to this particular event grow? More of a relaxed meet-up or more like an SRMS racing event?

 

Mario: Ideally, it’d be more of a mixture of both… So it’d be a mix of the racing crowd with a focus on the purpose-built vehicles and less of the streetcar flying down the track trying to get to end. This allows for a much more diverse market. Not just regular Mustang GT guys with full bolts, but people trying to build all-around vehicles coming together.

 

SRI: You’re looking to get more than just the Test-N-Tune crowd then?

 

Mario: Well the cool factor about Cars, Coffee, and Racing is the fact that the racing is happening just 10 to 15-feet away from where you’re at. So, you’re right there. There will also be a VIP lounge, and VIP stage, so you can go up 20-feet in the air and literally look over the whole track, which is pretty cool. The other cool aspect is… people drive an hour and a half to go to Cars, and Coffee Palm Beach. Instead, for a large part of South Florida, this is only 35 to 45-minutes away. There’s definitely more parking with the 3000 spaces, and then you have the racing. Of course, with a new event, to start off we don’t expect the pack the house, but we’re hoping for the best. Doesn’t really matter, to be honest, we’re going to be there, and what counts the most is consistency. We’re consistent. After January when we hammer everything out, we’ll be moving over to the Speedway, while still holding the [Auto-X] event. We’ll be holding bigger festivals and Homestead Speedway come 2019.

 

AMR Motorplex layout for the upcoming Cars, Coffee, and Racing event

AMR Motorplex layout for the upcoming Cars, Coffee, and Racing event

 

SRI: What can the non-racing attendee, the person just coming to come, expect to see at Cars, Coffee, and Racing?

 

Mario: We’re going to have multiple vendors, we’re going to have food trucks, go-kart rentals at a discounted price, the racing around the track. There’s also going to be a VIP area which will have the VIP cars and stuff like that, not to mention the regular dope cars that come out for South Florida meets.

 

SRI: Is there anything that like a long-term goal? I know you mentioned the coming Downtown Miami event, but what about this one in particular?

 

Mario: I guess, what I’d like to see happen is for this to become a monthly enthusiast festival. You know; kids play areas, different forms of entertainment. But that’s essentially what I’d like to see. Of course, I’d like to see that place completely packed! I’d love to see 3000 cars there but I want to emphasize the racing aspect because it gives people so much more. We’re just trying to make it different than anything else that’s ever been done. The layout of the parking, the way the racing is happening. Everything.

 

“We pioneered Rolling-Racing, and now everybody does it. It’s cool, but now it’s like we’re doing it again…”

 

SRI: So what’s your personal favorite part of the event?

 

Mario: Racing obviously. I’m a racing guy! I love everything that has to do with racing.

 

SRI: Yeah, I remember you jumping into your ST while emceeing the Auto-X event up at PBIR!

 

Mario: Oh, man, I can’t tell you how much I enjoy that! Our first logo was simply “I Love Street Racing”. It’s just something that’s not hidden with me. Though when I drive on the street, I have to set an example. I haven’t street raced since 2009 before I put in an application to become a nonprofit. Going on 9-years now. People have lined up next to me a million times since then, but I’ll never race them.

 

Cars and Coffee Key Biscayne 07.29.2018

The “ILoveStreetRacing” sticker on display at a Cars and Coffee Key Biscayne event.

 

SRI: Is there a car at an Auto-X event that you haven’t seen yet that you want to show up?

 

Mario: Sure, the new NSX. Electric motors, twin-turbo, well-balanced, very lightweight… I’d love to see Joker_NSX come out.

 

SRI: Besides the Auto-Xing, what else are you looking forward to with this event?

 

Mario: The spectator-factor. Usually at a Cars, and Coffee event, what gets people hyped up and breaking necks is people just revving their motors, or someone rolling in with a high-end car. When you show up at a [drag racing] track and don’t run, no one really cars. But in this type of event, you can have fun without worrying about breaking anything. Your high-end car should perform perfectly fine.

 

SRI: Now it comes down to driver skill…

 

Mario: Exactly. Which is why I love Auto-Xing even more. It’s not really about what you drive at this point, but how you drive it.

 

SRI: Do you plan on branching out anymore? Outside of South Florida?

 

Mario: Not sure… we did that in 2017 and really all that ended up happening was us sharing facilities and those track managers turning around running with the concept. Kind of just happy with Florida, right now.

 

A GR Subi making rounds at PBIR Karting track

A GR Subi making rounds at PBIR Karting track

 

SRI: As far as the weather at this event. This is Florida, after all…

 

Mario: This is a rain or shine event. We do not stop Auto-Xing. Of course, it’ll have an effect on people coming out to spectate. We expect the main amount of people coming out will be from 8 AM to 2 PM and then after that, the only people left will be the ones still racing. The only time we have to stop the event is if there’s lightning. If not, we keep running. Auto-Xing actually becomes more fun when it’s raining!

 

SRI: You did something with Auto-Xing up at the BB&T Center parking lot once, considering taking this North?

 

Mario: That wasn’t an SRMS’ event, really. Just something we participated in, but insurance is ridiculous when using sites not regulated for racing. Besides that, I’m focusing on the Miami market, and the Homestead Speedway location and just capitalizing on that. Killing the game there. Everyone else can play catch-up after that.

 

SRI: SRMS is about getting people on the track and off the street. Going back to when The Fast and The Furious premiered and the industry really took off; do you foresee this format of racing doing something similar as you move forward?

 

Mario: No, not like that. I do see an uprising in the market because we’ll be putting it in front of people and changing the perception of it. Giving them a way to see it and giving them a way to enjoy it. I see us one day maxing out and not being able to [facilitate] any more racers, just because we won’t be able to. We’re capped at 120 cars in 4 running groups. We’re trying to offer a minimum of 5 runs a day. But because we’ll be running from 8 AM to 6 PM at night, I think most people will be getting 10 or more runs to start out, which is a lot for $55.00. Compare that to a Test-N-Tune where you’d be lucky if you got 5 runs.

 

It really isn't about what you drive.

It really isn’t about what you drive.

 

SRI: So you want people to come out early and get as many runs as possible?

 

Mario: Well, it’s mandatory. Registration will open at 8 AM, the drivers meeting will be at 9:30 AM and the track goes hot at 10 AM. From there we call the run groups accordingly.

 

SRI: That’s cool. Man, I’m getting this old feeling I used to have when I was a kid. Getting all excited about driving up to PBIR (then, named Moroso) and running my car. I can see this turning into that for people.

 

Mario: It’s an exciting time! We pioneered Rolling-Racing, and now everybody does it. It’s cool, but now it’s like we’re doing it again [with Auto-Xing and our other projects], and I’m getting that same emotion I had, where I’m excited. We’re pushing this beyond the boundary that other people had and I’m going to keep doing it. I’m not going to stop and there’s nobody that can stop me. We’re going to change the face of racing (again). What we’re doing in Miami, what we’re doing at AMR and what we’re going to do Homestead Speedway. I will continue to push the envelope in directions no one has.

 

Cars, Coffee, and Racing inaugural event kicks off 8 AM, August 12th, 2018 at AMR Motorplex in Homestead, Florida. For more information email: info@streetracingmadesafe.com

 

Photo Courtesy of 4legend.com

Street Racing Illustrated | Lamborghini Museum: “Film Emotions”

Lamborghini Museum putting cars from classic movies on display

Story | Phillip Pratt

 

Photo Courtesy of 4legend.com

Lamborghini Museum: “Film Emotions” | Photo Courtesy of 4legend.com

 

Sant’Agata Bolognese, home to the Lamborghini Museum, will be hosting an event entitled “Film Emotions” through October 31st, 2018 at the aforementioned gallery. Not a hop, skip and a jump away for most people but if you’re able to make the journey or plan to be anywhere near the exhibit is based around an amazing tribute to the exciting cars from the legendary manufacturer of wet dreams across the world;

 

“Starting off with two iconic titles like “Italian Job” of 1969 and “The Cannonball Run” (1981), in which the Miura P400 and Countach respectively make a magnificent appearance, the brand’s filmography continues in different movies of various kinds and depths, from “Rocky IV” (1985) in which the main character, played by Sylvester Stallone, drives his marvelous black Jalpa in the night to “Fast & Furious 4” (2009) with an LM002. The immersive route continues up to more recent titles like “Batman – The Dark Knight Rises” (2012), in which the Batmobile is a sparkling grey Aventador, and “Doctor Strange” (2016), behind the wheel of a Huracán.”

 

Photo Courtesy of 4legend.com

Lamborghini Museum: “Film Emotions” | Photo Courtesy of 4legend.com

 

The House of the Raging Bull has always been at forefront of providing the world with dream machines (…and farm equipment). Even though today there are vehicles with equal and sometimes more power available for purchase that will cost a fraction of the price; you can’t take away the sheer epicness of pulling up in a sleek, low-to-the-ground, fine, Italian automobile. Star Bucks, The Clevelander, Publix, wherever.

 

2019 BMW M2 Competition

Street Racing Illustrated | 2019 BMW M2 Competition

The 2019 M2 packs a bigger punch utilizing a familiar heart.

Story | Phillip Pratt

 

2019 BMW M2 Competition

2019 BMW M2 Competition

 

BMW isn’t just making Toyota Supra purest double over in pain, but the rest of the sport compact world as well with their addition of the upgraded 2019 BMW M2 Competition sport coupe. With 40HP and 37LB-FT more than its predecessor, the M2 Competition pumps out an impressive 405HP and 406LB-FT of torque. If the numbers sound familiar it is due to its 3.0L inline-6, bi-turbo engine that’s also found in the M3 sedan and M4 coupe (the N55). All this power is transferred to the ground through an RWD, 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, both of which allow the “Compi” to reach 60MPH in under 4.4 seconds (the automatic being a touch faster), making this iteration a full tenth of a second faster than the last. It weighs in at a hefty 3,655 pounds and has a reported top speed of 173MPH. The M2 Competition can “fit” up to four passengers and is available now with a base price of $58,900.

 

Pagani Zonda R in Miami Condo

Street Racing Illustrated | Pagani Zonda R as a room divider

There is a Zond R in a condo.

Story | Phillip Pratt

 

The Pagani Zonda R in Pablo Perez Companc’s Miami Condo Instagram page: @pperezc

 

Yeah, someone installed a Pagani Zonda R into their 8-million dollar, 4200 sq-ft, Miami condo and that someone is Pablo Perez Companc (pperezc). This isn’t a home and garden page so we won’t go much further than that, but we will admit putting up the Zonda R is quite the statement piece. Probably because only 15 of these beasts were ever made, so putting one up on a wall is really saying… something. To be clear, the car isn’t actually “up on a wall”. It took some truly ingenious engineering not to just get it up into the ocean-front property (they used a crane) but to then safely and securely fit it into place; that is hovering between the ceiling and floor smack dab into the middle of the open concept dividing it into two workable spaces (sorry, too much HGTV…). While on the concrete these things are blessed with 740HP, 6.0L V12, Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR engines. While in Mr. Companc’s living room, it’s dropping jaws and confusing people. Beats my vinyl Ryu Pop! figure.

 

The Pagani Zonda R in Pablo Perez Companc's Miami Condo Instagram page: @pperezc

The Pagani Zonda R in Pablo Perez Companc’s Miami Condo Instagram page: @pperezc

Yenko/SC 2019 Corvette Concept

Street Racing Illustrated | Yenko/SC 1000HP 2019 Corvette

A 1000HP Yenk/SC Vette is coming for all you suckas’

Story | Phillip Pratt

 

Yenko/SC 2019 Corvette Concept

Yenko/SC 2019 Corvette Concept

 

Between all these SS’s, Hellcats, Demons and Shelby’s being more and more within the reach of everyday enthusiasts, it’s becoming hard to look at “Super” and “Hyper” cars and appreciate them for more than their name and exotic looks. Well ladies and gents, Yenko/SC just made that even more difficult. Based off of the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe and drop-top, their exclusive version of the already scary fast car will sport a modified supercharged 6.8L, V8 putting out a mind-numbing 1000HP! Don’t get too excited though. At the moment they are only putting out about 25 cars with this set up they are dubbing Stage II. Yes, because there’s a “Stage II”, they will also be offering a milder “Stage I” version which will have a measly 835HP (I’m being sarcastic). Both versions of the car will be 50-state emissions friendly, so our Cali-brethren can also join in on the fun.

 

The Stage II Yenko/SC will have a bunch of Z06 goodies including 6-piston Brembos married to ginormous 14″ rotors (14.6″ in the front and 14.4″ in the rear, to be exact), a dry-sump oil set-up, and the Magnetic Ride Control. The 7-speed manual transmission will cost you $68,995 and the 8-speed automatic $77,995. Expensive, but not really. It’s still beating the GTR and is a fraction of the cost of most exotics. But if that’s the ceiling, then the Stage I Yenko/SC Corvette will be delivering all that power for presumably less than $68k. Quite a deal. Still, want to drop 500k on a Lambo?

 

Yenko/SC 2019 Corvette Concept

Yenko/SC 2019 Corvette Concept

Street Racing Illustrated | Much ado about nothing – 2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition

2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition available in August

Story | Phillip Pratt

 

2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition

2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition

 

Anyone that was hoping for something new in the 86 this year, like let’s say a factory turbocharged 4U-GSE; you’re in for an upset. It’s still ain’t in here and neither Toyota nor Subaru have announced plans to transplant the WRX’s turbocharged boxer motor inside of 86 or BRZ. Sorry. On the bright side, the 2019, 2×2 fastback coupe will have available a TRD Special Edition come this August. Still rocking it’s naturally aspirated 2.0L, 205HP and 156lb-ft of torque engine with 6-speed manual RWD transmission, the TRD 86 also receives bigger wheels in 18 x 7.5 (over stock 17 x 7) wrapped in 215/40ZR-18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4s. Brembo four-piston calipers up front and two-piston calipers in the rear cling delightfully to 12.8 inch and 12.4-inch rotors, respectively. Only available in black, the body will be equipped with a TRD specific front fascia, side skirts, rear differ and wing. The only bump in power over the base model is the TRD exhaust, which most enthusiast will probably be removing upon purchase and then reselling on eBay once the factory warranty wears out. If you’re interested in the 86, also take a look at the Subaru BRZ with its optional performance packages. Piece for piece, outside of the exclusive TRD body parts, springs and exhaust; there’s basically no difference in performance. With the TRD 86 tipping the scales at $32,420 fully equipped, you may want to give the similarly built BRZ, coming in at about $29,640, a look.

 

Tiny sensor and Battery "married" to the tire with unique adhesive | Photo Courtesy of Pirelli Tires

Street Racing Illustrated | Pirelli develops the world’s first truly “smart” tire system.

Are you ready for a Pirelli “smart” tire?

Story | Phillip Pratt

 

Pirelli P-Zero that may carry new technoology | Photo Courtesy of Pirelli Tires

Pirelli P-Zero that may carry new technology | Photo Courtesy of Pirelli Tires

 

Everything seems to be connected to the net these days. TVs, air conditioners, cameras, even wrist watches and refrigerators. Cars, however, have been linking to the web for years, but now Pirelli Tires has taken this to the next level. Getting information on tire pressure is nothing innovative. Most modern cars have the option. The Italian company is circumventing the need to invest in a $20k automobile to experience this luxury by installing a sensor in a tire they are dubbing “Connesso” (translates from Italian to English as “connected”). And get this; all this data can be available on your phone via Bluetooth. In hopes that manufacturers will also be interested in offering this to their customers they are also selling another version of it by the name of “Cyber Tire”. Catchy. The sensor will provide drivers with more than just tire pressure data, however. Everything from the vertical load and temperature will be the driver’s fingertips. This easily accessible information will allow folks to more accurately dial in suspension set-ups and better predict braking based on the situation, all without adverse effecting tire performance… and probably adding another ten-minutes of downtime between races at the track.

 

How it all works | Photo Courtesy of Pirelli Tires

How it all works | Photo Courtesy of Pirelli Tires