Sport Compact Car Magazine's Ultimate Street Car Challenge KIck-Off at K&N Engineering
The title of the Ultimate Street Car is a hard fought battle that has to be earned. Entrants vied for the Sport Compact Car magazine title and spent the better part of the first day of competition at K&N Engineering in Riverside, California.
The Ultimate Street Car Challenge street legal vehicles were judged with points and were rated by base price, car show ability, emissions, acceleration, braking and raw displays of power. It was all about hard data and cold numbers for the tuned cars that came to the state of the art K&N facility.
2009 Nissan Skyline G-TR R35 on dyno at K&N Engineering
2008 Mitsubishi Evolution 10 and owner Martin Musial face judges
Ultimate Street Car Challenge contestant faces Girlfriend Test Judge Jackie Liu at K&N Engineering
1989 325i BMW with a 4.8 liter supercharged engine owned by Ed Haroutonian
“K&N made it possible for us to get everything done in a timely manner,” said Joey Leh, Sport Compact Car Editor-in-Chief. “We actually participated in side-by-side dyno testing. I don’t know of any other facilitiy this large and that has a staff as knowledgeable as the people at K&N Engineering.”
One of the star vehicles of the day was a 2009 Nissan Skyline G-TR. Billed as one of the most anticipated new performance cars of the century the R35 promises to pack more turbocharged power and more speed than any Japanese car to ever hit the United States.
“This is one of the first G-TRs to hit the United States,” said Richie Taylor. “People ask me about it whenever I drive because there are less than 1500 currently on the road.”
Ed Haroutonian competed in the 2007 Ultimate Street Car Challenge in his 1969 2002 model BMW. As one of the few non-Japanese built cars on the lot it faced stiff competition. “We plan to do better in 2008,” said Haroutonian. “This year we have a 1989 325i BMW with a 4.8 liter supercharged engine. Last year we were the underdogs and we were dead last. However, we had a great time then and we plan to have a great time this year.”
Martin Musial was competing for the first time in his 2008 white Mitsubishi Evolution 10. “We modified the engine stock motor and installed a prototype turbo kit,” he said. We also put our K&N air filter near the left bumper for more air and more power. It's not traditional but we're confident in its ability to protect our engine.”
Alfred Beltran also brought his Evo. “I have a full race shop and also tune K&N Chairman of the Board Jerry Mall’s Evo,” said Beltran. “It’s a great experience to bring my personal vehicle here and also be part of the K&N crew. I use K&N air and oil filters. K&N keeps bad materials from entering through the turbo on my engine.”
The girlfriend test is another part of the Ultimate Street Car Challenge. “It was my job to help evaluate comfort,” said Jackie Liu. “If there was no air conditioning or it was hard to get in or out of a car, participants got low marks from me.”
The next part of the battle was at California Speedway in Fontana, California. After that, the judges will decide who is crowned King of the Ultimate Street Car Challenge.”
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