FF Battle 5 2013 Coverage…Part 3: The Battle Continues…

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Things are definitely picking up in the weeks leading up to The Chronicles’ YEAR//FIVE Anniversary event. I got a ton of stuff to do but that doesn’t mean that the content here on the site has to take a back seat or anything so let’s keep it moving. As promised, we will be taking a look at Part 3 of 3 of the 2013 FF Battle event. Overall, I think it was a successful event. It would be interesting to see a more diverse crowd of competitors in the future but I can see how having a K-swapped Honda presents the greatest opportunity to win. That and being/having a really experienced driver. I personally feel like they could benefit from injecting more publicity into this event in an effort to get the attention of potential competitors but I understand that it could be a bit intimidating to compete against a field of drivers who have previously competed before. Maybe after seeing some of these photos and reading up on the event will inspire some new competitors to join in on the fun last year, who knows. Winning is ultimately the goal but honestly, it would just be cool to get out there and have fellow enthusiasts enjoy their cars on the track. At the end of the day this may be a “battle” but it is all done in good fun. It is competitive but if it were a purebred competition, I don’t think you would see these guys having as much fun as they do. Everyone that competes hangs out with one another and you can really see the camaraderie that exists in the group. During the rest sessions, guys were just bullshitting with one another and having fun. If you end up winning, that’s awesome but the process is what makes this event a cool one to be a part of…

Like yesterday, you’ll also be seeing some photos that I randomly shot of some other cars from the Import Tuner FR Shootout. As always, I just try to capture whatever catches my eye. If you missed out on the previous two posts, links have been provided below for you to go back and look at them. The official results will be released in a future issue of Super Street magazine so please don’t bother asking who won. Same goes for the FR Shootout. Their results can also be found in a future issue of Import Tuner magazine….

FF Battle 5 2013 Coverage…Part 1: Dyno Day…

FF Battle 5 2013 Coverage…Part 2: The Battle Begins…

Here is the third and final installment of the ’13 FFB5 coverage….

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Daniel Herrera’s ZF1 rounding a corner aggressively…

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Jose Guzman’s BYS-equipped DC5 RSX…

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In the paddock area, I snapped another shot of Kristian Wong’s Civic coupe…

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SR-powered S14 from the IT FR Shootout wearing wider aftermarket front fenders and rear blister fenders. After finally getting a closer look, I think it can be assumed that this S14 is a drift car that doubles as a time attack vehicle…

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FC3S RX-7 that was also competing in the FR Shootout. Rare to see a clean FC nowadays let alone a track-prepped one here in the States…

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Kristian ripping through the straights in his single cam…

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…and rounding a corner…

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A closer look at the Sportcar Motion Honda S2000…

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Underneath the vented carbon hood of the SCM S2K reveals a centrifugal supercharger…

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Hasport’s J-swapped V6-powered Honda CR-X…

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Ping powering through a turn…

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The Sportcar Motion DC5 RSX aka “The Dark Knight”, piloted by Ken Suen…

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As you can see, the SCM RSX is not so much a “FF street car” anymore so it competed in a different class with the likes of the Hasport CR-X and other more race-prepped vehicles…

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The face of Voltex’s S2000 aero kit…

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One more of this guy…

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Guzman’s DC5 in the pits… Really love that he stuck with the aggressive and very light-weight SSR Type-Cs…

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Jason Katman’s K-swapped Civic competed this year on traditional Desmond-produced Spoon Sports SW388s….

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Katman’s interior is still in relatively great shape after all these years of him owning the car and all the track events he’s participated in…

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Jason Lee, Katman, and Ping chillin in the paddock and watching the FR guys do their thing…

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Quite possibly the cleanest angle of Kristian’s coupe, haha…

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I was trying to get my boy Mark Sutakajana into FF Battle this year but it was just too late. It didn’t stop him from pulling up to check out the event in his sick ass Toyota Tundra pick-up on Volk TE37s…

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Mark is a quiet type of guy that never likes to brag or show off so he just casually cruised up to a spot that we were hanging out at one night in this truck and all of our collective jaws dropped…

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Continued proof that Volk Racing TE37s look good on literally any car or truck…

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After some serious ripping and tearing on the track, the front splitter of the Sportcar Motion DC5 had seen better days. Most of the front edge was even rubbed off as he made contact with the road course…

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The cockpit of the DC5…

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Daniel Herrera’s K20 CR-Z looked great and performed well at FFB5. I do miss the days of this ZF1 pre-custom front splitter though. It was much cleaner looking but hey, function over form as the old saying goes…

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Even support vehicles have TE37s on them now. Trucks and TEs are a match made in Heaven….

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One more of the Evasive S2000, now with hard-top mounted….

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…and the Spoon S-Tai equipped S2K on Volk Racing CE28N…

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A couple more of the drift-car-turned-time-attack-vehicle….

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Towards the end of the day, Dai Yoshihara decided to have a little bit of fun in the Spoon S2000 and decided to drift it….

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It survived the thrashing and remained spotless….

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Katman’s Civic did well and escaped any mechanical issues this time around…

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After the competition officially ended for the day, it was time to get all the competitors back on the track for a photo session for their respective publications…

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While the cars were being captured by staff photographers, it gave the competitors a chance to reconnect and discuss how they did that day with one another…

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Note the space-out front fenders on top of the added fender flares to allow for enough clearance for the Advan Racing RS wheels and Continental tires…

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Note how much better Jackson’s car looked on 949Racing wheels, haha. From talking to him I think the bigger wheels also slowed him down too since his shorter gear set and final drive was meant more for 15-inch wheels and a much smaller tire…

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Jose Guzman’s more street-prepped, show car/weekend racer DC5….

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…in contrast to “Dark Knight” which is completely catered to the circuit…

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Super Street editor Sam Du stood on the roof of a pick-up truck to get high enough to capture the field of competitors and their cars together in a group photo…

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The guys looked on as their cars were photographed…

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…and a parting group shot with the guys next to their FFB5 cars…

That’s a wrap on FF Battle 5 coverage. Hope you guys enjoyed it and hopefully you guys will make it out next year to participate or just to check out the festivities. Thanks for looking!!..

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