Kame Local

23 05 2008

I just wanted to say hey to Jeff who showed up at CKR points event #2 driving his S2000. It was cool of you to stop by and say hi. I’m glad to know someone local is reading the site and enjoyed something on here, haha. I have to apologize for having no speed and only drift skills right now; I’m working on getting back in the saddle. Until then, keep reading for more pictures, videos (from Japan and Stateside), and other fun stuff.

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Opening Act

23 05 2008

Well, I’m 2 events into the 2008 Solo2 season. So far the beginning has been less than ideal but was probably to be expected. The car hadn’t been driven much in the year or so it was in storage, and it it had some gremlins to sort out of it. It still does. I hadn’t driven in almost a year as well, save for sparse occasions, and also had many gremlins to work out of my driving. I still do. I missed the test and tune event, the first two points events were in full wet conditions, and one on 2 season old tires.

What can be said is that the car didn’t fall apart, all the wheels stayed attached, and as I learn to drive fast again I’m catching up to the competition. It’s uninspiring now, but if things keep improving at the rate they have then perhaps I’ll be back in the fight mid-season. Here’s the run down.

Car Prep: Upon driving the car I discovered that it was possessed of a strange vibration and stalled about half the time it was in neutral if the RPMs were dropping from the neighborhood of 2.5K+ down to idle. The left rear caliper had seized beyond repair and baked the brake equipment in the back.

I scrambled before the first event to make the car driveable and barely managed to replace the rear caliper before the event. I headed into points event #1 in a car that had a strange vibration in the steering at high interstate speeds and stalled half the time it was taken out of gear. The tires were old, hard, and the tread compound had given up it’s grip on the pavement. I was hoping for a memory jogging (and hopefully confidence inspiring) set of runs in a familiar car that somehow felt like an unknown stranger.
To make matters worse, it rained. Hard. I had my return race in full wet conditions which the old and near treadless RT615’s found intolerable. Every turn I entered with understeer, and half the turns I exited with oversteer. I set a slow first time. Then I matched it. 5 runs and I didn’t improve upon my first, instead hovering tenths behind it.

Not a confidence inspiring drive. But, on the other hand, the car held together if not to the pavement and felt solid under the vibrations of slip angles small and large. I’m sure it had alot to do with the rain and the equipment; having not driven a car towards the limit in so long I didn’t have the vocabulary with which to know if I was driving close to, or quickly crossing, the sweet spot of cornering force. The only other brightside was that my drifting ability seems not to have diminished in the slightest, as I embarrassed myself (though pleased the corner workers) with a show of full lock cone-free course navigation. I placed a miserable second to last in a class where 2 years ago I probably would have been on 2nd or 3rd.

By event number two I had procured an aggressive new alignment a set of Bridgestone RE01R’s-which confirmed my suspicion that the vibration came from the nasty camber wear on the old Azenis-and like before I barely had time to scrub them in properly before event #2. Now I was back to what I was getting trophies with in 2006: A slow, under-tuned, and under-tired car but one that had a chance. Fortunately in this region many of the competition’s cars are also using the 205 width tire. The limit, as I’ve covered previously, is 225. Though I had an interest in pursuing 225 width tires for this season, the bigger picture: weight, offset, and the limitations of a 4 lug bolt pattern make it clear that my only options are Volks priced around 500+ a wheel, and for that money I could have a custom set of wheels made to my own specifications. 17×7.5 +10 or maybe +0 offset anyone?

In any case, event #2 was once again a full wet event. I still had not had the chance to build much of a rapport with the new tires and rain confidence was still nonexistent. At least as an autocross driver I don’t have to worry about an off course excursion being damaging. I was amazed at the traction level of the new tires. They truly made it feel as though I was driving in the dry on my previous (though past their prime) set. Once I got a feel for the course I discovered that the tire always had more grip than I expected of it. On my final run I finally overdrove the tires on one turn; I should have been more aggressive from the start. Again the car felt solid and this time more familiar. Again I wore the URAS driving gloves of doom (you’ll surely notice them in a picture or video eventually). Again I placed a miserable second to last. The gap had dropped from too many seconds to mention down to about one though. And I still had room to drive harder. At least I didn’t feel like I belonged in Z stock.

So it looks like things are off to a slow but not disastrous start. I may not finish this year with a trophy like in 2006, but I’ll drive every event that I can and try to climb to the front of the pack again. What better place to start from? This Sunday is points event #3 and it looks like it will actually be a dry day. If that holds true it will allow me to finally get some real driving in (I have to re-learn fast in the dry before I can re-learn fast in the wet) under the new tires. Too bad everyone else will probably be that much faster too. I think it’s the last points event this year at my favorite location: UK Stadium, so I’ll have to give it my best.

CKR Autocross Schedule Posted

24 02 2008

Recently CKR posted their schedule for the 2008 season! Some events are still tentative but it’s shaping up rapidly. Also surrounding regions KYR and to some degree Cinci region plan events together so that members can enter most of the races from their home and surrounding regions with as few scheduling conflicts as possible. And now, without further adieu, the 2008 season:


3/16 Test and Tune Dump Truck Training Pad

3/30 Nonpoints Event Applebee’s Park **Tentative**

4/13 Points Event #1 Dump Truck Training Pad

4/27 Nonpoints Charity Event EKU Alumni Coliseum **Tentative**

5/4 Points Event #2 Dump Truck Training Pad

6/15 Points Event #3 Dump Truck Training Pad

7/6 Points Event #4 EKU Alumni Coliseum **Tentative**

7/27 Points Event #5 EKU Alumni Coliseum **Tentative**

8/16 Test and Tune Dump Truck Training Pad

8/17 Test and Tune Dump Truck Training Pad

8/31 Points Event #6 Dump Truck Training Pad

9/28 Points Event #7 Dump Truck Training Pad

10/26 Nonpoints Event Applebee’s Park **Tentative**

Even a quick glance at the schedule will reveal a skewed turnout this year. We had 4 venues in 2006; I’m not so sure what we had last season since I was living in Japan most of it. But we had UK Stadium, Applebee’s Park, EKU, and the Dump Truck Pad. The dump truck pad is actually my least favorite site with UK, Applebee’s, and EKU being the most preferred. With nearly every points event this season being at “The Pad”, tuning exclusively for it will be the way to go. And I’ll miss the test and tune events because I won’t be back in the US by then.

On the bright side, the dump truck pad is small enough that my car’s power disadvantage should be minimized as even more than a normal autocross this venue focuses on cornering speed. I would do well against WRX’s and Evo’s here. Of course, that makes me need those wider tires even more. I’ll have to make an investment there ASAP. This and surrounding KYR and Cinci Region schedules will be going on a soon to be constructed Solo2 page. I have my flight all booked to; I’m getting excited about coming home after a year in Japan.

2008 STS Regional Trophy: Outlooks

9 02 2008

In 2006 I was trying my best in an under-tuned car and placed 4th. Most of the drivers have had one additional year of autocrossing while I’ve had a year where I’ve barely gotten behind the wheel at all. I’ve been practicing using a driving simulator to try my best at preserving the standard driving patterns and reactions in my mind and perhaps the time away from the car will change my perception on driving and my ability to feel the car.

Still, the tire issue bothers me. 205mm wide tires currently carry the 240sx into races but the class limit is ideally a 225mm tire on a 7.5 inch wide wheel. By adding these the cornering speed should improve considerably. In 2006 it was enough for me to know I was riding on the same tire as the best ST drivers. I underestimated the importance of those extra mm’s. Though I couldn’t afford the wheels and tires both so it’s not surprising.

This year I want to invest in a good set of wheels and tires to try and fill the gap of not driving for a year. I don’t want to end up with a much heavier wheel and tire package than I had before or I might negate the cornering advantage I should gain. There’s no choice but to go with taller wheels. As cars continue to evolve the trend is always taller and wider tires so even if I bought a 15×7.5 the class winning tires may not come that wide until you hit a 16 or 17. I have to find out how much those extra inches weigh vs my current tires + wheels.

At this rate I won’t have them on the car until mid season. Assuming the fitments work out and everything holds together I might have a glimmer of hope for a trophy finish in 2008. (Only your best 5 finishes are counted for the YEP) But it’s pretty grim. If the car needs too much maintenance or it looks too hopeless I may make this a drift season or simply lay in wait for 2009.

It won’t be long until I catch a glimpse of what 2008 has in store; I can’t wait.

Kyoho Private Show / Tokyo Auto Salon 2008: Thursday

23 01 2008

Thursday afternoon: after lunch I started making a list of all the things I needed to get ready for my weekend trip. It was a long weekend so I could leave any work until after I got back. Camera, battery, extra clothes; it was a pretty simple equation. Having never stayed in one, I also decided to try to think of things that would be good for the capsule hotel. Pajamas, check. I used my hiking backpack for my change of clothes and toiletries. I then brought my regular school-style backpack for anything I might collect at the event. If it was similar to Tokyo Game Show (which was held at the same exhibition center) there would surely be some neat freebies and things I’d like to keep. With that in mind I also bought and packed two paper organizers that were made of somewhat rigid plastic to keep anything I wanted organized and unwrinkled.

After class I came back to the apartment in a good mood, listening to Japanese music on my iPod, and started packing up. Once everything was ready I hopped on the internet and took notes: subway maps, train maps, and hotel reservation info. I’ve gotten in the habit of using my digital camera to take my itinerary and reminders electronically. This is a wonderful idea as long as the camera has battery power. I’m still getting used to the new one which doesn’t use AA size batteries so unfortunately I can’t buy spares if the main one dies unexpectedly. Amazingly everything was going right on schedule and I left for the station within 5 minutes of what I’d planned. On the walk there I saw a nice car on my street so I grinned to myself and felt like it was a good omen of the weekend to come.

I reached the station and asked about the bus schedule. The next one was leaving in only 10 minutes. I bought a ticket and strolled over to MacDonald’s to buy a hamburger for the road since it was a long trip; a little over 2 hours. The ride went without incident and I arrived at Shinjuku, a main hub of Tokyo. It was also where I’d booked my hotel as I know that area of Tokyo best. I hopped off the bus and decided that before anything else I’d check into my hotel.

After a fair bit of walking around I located the hotel. My first, and possible only (considering that my time in Japan is nearing an end) stay at a capsule hotel. It looked like a pretty neat building.

I had to go down a floor to get to the elevator which I took up to the 4th floor where the check in desk was. I also had to take off my shoes to get to the front desk so I hoped I could check in with no problems (my hiking boots take a good 2 minutes to get on and off; it’s annoying to do unless it’s the end of the day). I talked with the lady at the front desk and got everything sorted out. She very kindly explained the rules of the hotel to me in Japanese; I understood everything without incident and asked what to do about my bigger bag, which she said they could store behind the front desk.

The way capsules work is interesting in that you don’t have any sort of lock on the entry to your capsule, just a shade that pulls down so you can’t really keep valuables there. There’s also a locker which you have the key to so assuming you don’t leave it somewhere the locker is safe but the best place for wallets and such is to check them at the front desk. I checked my wallet, passport, International Driver’s License, and car fund at the desk and put everything else into the locker.

You change into a set of pajamas more or less, which you have to wear anytime you’re inside the hotel. You can’t wear whatever you want so I ended up wasting space bringing pajamas. I guess it’s to help identify who’s supposed to be in the hotel and who isn’t, make everyone feel at ease by looking the same (course I was still looking like a hakujin aka white guy) and limit people to the 1 pocket on the front of the shirt so that they are discouraged from bringing alot into the capsule…or in the case of thievery so that it’s hard to conceal things. There’s also cameras all over the hotel. Not inside the capsules but covering the hallways and racks of capsules. Of course there weren’t any on the top floor where the onsens were.

I changed my clothes and went for a walk to acquaint myself with the building. Evidently the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors were the capsule areas. The capsules were 2 rows high and not unlike bunk beds save for the lower capsule being right on the ground. You had to crouch and crawl into it. Probably to make getting into the top one safer as it was about head level, with a “ladder” to use. More on that later. Floor 5 was a restaurant, the 6th floor featured the showers, grooming area with all amenities provided (more wasted luggage as I brought my own), saunas and various massage rooms. There was actually a 7th floor which featured a big relaxation room and internet access…but it was more of a half floor as the 6th featured outdoor onsens where you could look up at the Tokyo sky.

I then went to check out my capsule for a few before I planned what to do for the night; after all, it wasn’t exactly late. However, when staying in the upper row of capsules one does not simply “get” into the capsule. It’s more of a Tarzan move that I’d hate to see a middle aged salaryman try, especially after a coming back from an izakaya (Japanese style bar). The capsule itself is about the size of a box made of 4 twin beds. And in between each set of capsules is the ladder to get into the upper level ones. Problem being, the “ladder” is stationary and thin. You can just get both feet on it and it’s steps only; no handrails. Considering that the entrance to the capsule is slightly rounded and that you are a bit away from the entrance to begin with it’s really a bit tricky. The capsule entrance itself has handrails on either side and a lip a little bigger than a windowsill to help you get in but it’s still pretty much a leap of faith swinging up on to the ledge, securing your balance and finally crawling in. Getting down is less awkward. Maybe it was harder for me since I’m taller than the expected guest.

Inside there was enough room to sit upright and barely enough to stretch out on the bed when laying down. It featured a television with about 10 channels, a radio, adjustable light, and alarm clock. The only “door” to speak of is a semi see-thru shutter you can pull down but it did a sufficient job making the pod dark enough to sleep in. The pillow was way to big to be comfortable for me but I didn’t worry about it.

I decided to climb back out and go upstairs to take a shower then I soaked in the onsen for awhile. It was really pleasant and I came back to the relaxation room on my floor (nice leather chairs, vending machines, space to stretch out away from the capsule) and had a beer before calling it a night. Unfortunately, having the beer and then laying down right away gave me a mild case of heartburn or something? That was a first. Also the pillow was too big to use and I slept without one which still cramped my neck a bit. Lastly, with no doors someone a few pods away was snoring so I didn’t get the best night’s sleep. Still I was really looking forward to Friday.

Kyoho Private Show / Tokyo Auto Salon 2008: Intro

20 01 2008

All this month I’d been looking forward to the 12th. The Saturday of Tokyo Auto Salon 2008: one of 3 “auto salons” held yearly around Japan and easily the mecca of Japanese car tuning. I once entertained the idea of going before when I was living stateside so now that I was living in Japan there was no way I could pass up on the chance. Besides, tickets themselves were really cheap at about $15 a day. The transportation was already costing more than the day’s admission ticket. Tokyo Auto Salon (TAS) is well known for being the place to see some of the best tuned and finest Japanese cars from all categories be it VIP, GT/Track style, Drift, you name it.

In place of the standard car show which may feature the newest designs, models, and concept cars for the future, TAS offers a few of those but focuses mainly on existing cars and perhaps tuning for said existing cars. In other words, if you car was made in the 90’s and you want to look at tuning parts for it you won’t feel like you’ve come to the wrong place. Even my car, a 1991 model had 5 or 6 chassis there showing off the newest tuning for a car that old. Granted it’s a spinoff of one of Japan’s most popular sportscar models, but that still says something.

I wasn’t just interested in going to see what I could see. I was hoping that I could take some money along and do some shopping as well. I’ve been working as an English tutor in between classes to cover my apartment rent as well as slowly saving to buy some “souvenirs” to take back for my car and the 2008 Solo 2 season. 5 or 6 months of saving and patience had finally opened the door for a chance to buy a part of two from Japan. A great souvenir for a car guy like myself.

Killing time one day I used the internet to look up reviews of TAS 2007, specifically searching to see if anyone had written about actually buying product at the show. Sure they have t-shirts, tote bags, tracksuits and displays, but I wanted to know if I could lay down some hard-earned cash at the booth of my choice and walk away with some special TAS-only discount priced parts. It was surely through this approach of searching for TAS 07 along with manufacturer and purchasing terms that I came across this website: Original Made.

OG-Made is a site which features news and commentary on the car and tuning industry from people in the industry. An opportunity to get a look at the perspective on the other side of the sales desk, if you will. I found a link to their site with a well written review of TAS 2007 and after perusing through it I read some of the newer posts on their site. The writing style is good and the perspective is fresh too; I recommend having a look if you’re interested in Japanese cars and tuning.

I didn’t find the part buying information I was hoping for from the review; instead I found a review of another event that takes place concurrent and even alongside TAS: Kyoho Private Show (KPS). KPS is a one day event that occurs the Friday of TAS. It takes place at the same time as TAS and additionally it’s right across the street from Makuhari Messe, the exhibition center where TAS is staged. The best way to describe KPS is to quote Dom from OG-Made:

“What’s the Kyoho Private Show you ask? Well on the Friday of Auto Salon, Kyoho (which is sister company to Enkei and the biggest wheel distributor in Japan) holds a private show to exhibit only brands sold exclusively (or mainly) by them. It’s a show that was held at the New Otani hotel right across the street from Auto Salon. A show where dealers from all of Japan can come and actually purchase product. The show is so successful that they consistently do $3,000,000 in sales in just that one afternoon…

…VIP treatment to the fullest. Upon arrival you’re greeted and given a bag of AME goods. Once you enter you meet and greet the President of Kyoho himself. After all the formalities, have some complementary food and drinks. At the end of the food table, you’re greeted by the salesman that always takes care of you so you don’t have to deal with someone you don’t know. He takes you around the room looking at the manufacturer displays and once you’re ready you both have a seat and discuss your order over, what else, some beer, wine, or whatever else you please.” -quoted from OG-Made

Here’s where it gets interesting. As I was scanning through the recent articles after reading the 2007 archive of KPS and TAS, I saw a post from Kent Chen of Endless USA mentioning this year’s KPS and saying that since it’s invitation only any dealers or media interested in attending should send him an email. I thought about it for a little bit and decided to give it a try. I’m certainly not a dealer, though as a graphic design major I’ll be able to call myself a media-related professional in the future. So I sent off an email to Kent saying clearly that I’m neither dealer nor media (yet) but that it’d be a great experience as a designer to get to see the inside look at the show so if he ended up with a spare guest pass to please get back to me. Eventually a reply came explaining that I was on the list and to ask for Dave Fujii at the front. I knew Dave’s face from the photographs in the review of last year’s KPS also. The wonders of the internet. Big thanks go out to Kent of Endless USA and Dave Fujii of MLJ for getting me in the door!

However, at this point I was put into a bit of a bind, as I received word on Tuesday. KPS was Friday, but TAS access is limited to only press and manufacturer’s/their guests until after 1:00 pm, so I was planning on making a day trip on Saturday. Starting Wednesday I was in a bit of a dash to lock down a hotel for the weekend. To make matters worse the following Monday was a national holiday for “Coming of Age Day”, meaning a long weekend and plenty of people traveling. Compounding that was the fact that TAS isn’t actually in Tokyo; it’s in Chiba about 45 minutes out of the parts of Tokyo I’m most accustomed to. Leaving from Kofu there was no way I could expect to make it to KPS on Friday morning, so I had to get a hotel for Thursday night and Friday night. I then planned to check out, store my bag o’ clothes at a coin locker in the station, and go to TAS Saturday, taking the clothes back with me as I returned to Kofu Saturday night.

It was a little hectic, but somehow everything came together. Using the Japanese travel site Rakuten I searched for an affordable room. The hostels in the area I was hoping for were booked but I came across a pretty thrifty and interesting alternative: a capsule hotel which had a room I could use the two nights I needed. In an effort to appreciate Japanese culture through experiencing things I booked my space at the capsule hotel. In fact, it had some nice features which I was looking forward to: and indoor onsen, 2 outdoor ones, 3 saunas, and more all included in the room fee which you could use anytime you wanted, any number of times. Considering the bus ride up and the prospect of trying to sleep in a capsule I was pleased to have found one that would offer me an option to stretch and relax after cramped bus and train rides as well as TAS itself which would likely also be cramped.

I never found out if I’d be able to do shopping there so I decided to bring my car fund along and take it from there. The following series of posts will cover a day by day review of KPS and TAS 2008. Enjoy!
Also, galleries are up! Click to view the galleries.

Kyoho Private Show 2008

Tokyo Auto Salon 2008

Finally, Some Initial: D Version 4 action for you all!

5 01 2008

Earlier today I took a little video for you all and edited it up. Ta-da!

I added English subtitles but at YouTube’s video quality they pretty much get lost, so follow the link below for translation. (in the video description sidebar)

As you can see, even though I don’t have my 240SX to drive here in Japan I’ve gotten decent at driving it in a game. Too bad I’m not really this fast, haha! Keeping it real for you guys stuck on version 2 and 3. And I will never play version 2 or 3 again because the way of driving is completely different. More on that at the bottom of this entry.

Props to Tsry, Zeke, Isaiah, Kyle, Buckler, Josh, and anyone else who’s given me a good race in the past. And also to Japanese Version 4 Racer D・S, who I battled to many boost off complete losses when I was a B3 rank and now am running pretty much even with (boost off) at A3 or A2 rank depending on how my luck goes with rivals.

As for the ranking system: Initial: D Version 4 uses a letter+number ranking system. The lowest level is D and within it are 1, 2, and 3. So D3 (worst D rank), D2, and D1 (best of D rank). The Letters go from D, C, B, A, S, and finally after S1 is SS. SS is a class by itself and has no number ranks.

Unlike the previous game’s star level, you can only earn or lose ranks through versus battles. To be specific, only through online multiplayer battles. You don’t gain anything from battling the guy next to you. All opponents are randomly chosen and are usually within one rank of you. At worst a C3 may face a C1, but usually it’s vs a D1/C2 or another C3. The online battles are All-Japan, as are the time trials. At the end of your run in a time trial it will tell you how you placed against every other Japanese I:Dv4 time attacker on that course/condition. Pretty cool. So anyway, when it says that I’m A3 in the video, it means that through battling people all over Japan at random, that’s how I stack up. I was A2 earlier today when the video was made, but had some bad luck and lost that rank before I recorded this.

By default boost is always on and it’s much stronger in this version in my opinion. AKA you can get beaten by scrubs who are only good at blocking, which is something anyone would use to win at the last second, but lame when someone slower than you uses it for an entire race. Unlike previous versions where I could talk to my opponent in the flesh and specify that I only want to do boost off battles the online multiplayer feature takes away that ability and 75% of the time it’s a boost battle. Meaning 75% of the time it comes down to a blocking battle. As those of you who have raced with me know, I hate blocking and being blocked so this fact led to alot of frustration as I was beginning and still does now and then. I’d much rather lose to a faster driver than win by blocking him. On the other hand I’ve developed a style that tends to rely on passing from behind in a place where boost will not allow the opponent catch up by the goal line…still depending on their blocking skills it can end up resulting in a loss from not trying to pass earlier.

For future versions I hope they give the player a decision to go to one of two “rooms” when choosing online multiplayer battle. One a boost-on room, and one a boost-off room. Simple as that. Having boost default to off is too non arcade-like to expect that to occur.

As for the driving differences, here’s a few quick ones:

1) You can understeer from trying to turn too much and too fast at the same time. Even a full tuned car will do this, but it’s only an issue on the 2nd course (most of the course cause it’s a high speed one) and certain turns on the other courses. Still, as you get faster it will continue to come up.

2) You drift in this game. Getting the countersteer right isn’t hard because the game physics are very kind. If you look in the hairpins I’m turning the wheel into the turn as much as possible just like V2 or V3…but in plenty of turns you have to countersteer. This is the main reason I can’t play V2 or V3 after this. But if I get my hands on a V4 machine at any point I should be pretty competitive, even in a 180SX which is historically a pretty lame car for the latter courses. ^_^

3) You can lose speed when cornering. If there’s one thing that’s not realistic in previous versions it’s going into a series of turns full throttle and turning through them, picking up speed the whole way. That never happens. In this game you can actually gain speed by taking a line closer to a straight one at times, and you can lose speed by gripping a turn you should be drifting or drifting a turn you should grip. The degree of grip:drift changes depending on the corner, course condition, and drivetrain of the car. Car balancing seems pretty good for the most part, as in V2/V3 the 180SX was extraordinarily slow in the turns (for me) but it drives about the same as the S2K which I thought drove fine and I’ve beaten and been beaten by pretty much every kind of car in the game at some point or another.

4) You can understeer mid-corner from entering too fast. This one is especially hard because you are usually countersteering and when you let off the gas the car will whip in the direction of the countersteer if you aren’t very careful. It still seems like the gas is an on/off switch despite being a pedal though, so in my opinion it’s about being able to get the angle you need when letting off the gas (from the whip) and then get on it again (back into the understeer) to keep you from whipping too much and hitting the wall. Adjusting the steering may be faster but it takes longer and with the courses narrow-ish the throttle-off whip, throttle on that tends to be the option I choose if I get caught in an understeer. Of course in reality it’s a bit of both.

5) Boost is strong. This is great cause you can use it to beat people you shouldn’t even be able to consider keeping up with. The following point is not to brag, but it’s lame when this is used against you and back when I was a D and C rank there were few times the opponent would have kept up with boost off. B rank was a little faster. A rank has plenty of people who know how to get the most out of the game engine but in the end they’re generally more comfortable with boost on so I don’t have a good idea yet about how fast they are. Generally if someone opts for boost off before a battle it’s going to be fun.

Well, that’s my write up for Initial: D Arcade Stage Version 4. Hope you enjoyed it, and maybe after awhile I’ll put a real entry up. Sorry about the delay folks, the winter break has kept me busy. Hope everyone had a happy holiday season!