Friday, October 31, 2014

VOTE: Mine's FR-S Concept by GTChannel - Scion Tuner Challenge

The gloves have come off and GTChannel is now gunning to win this Scion Tuner Challenge competition against Speedhunters and Superstreet.  Fan votes will be added as a bonus to the overall judging.

Vote here for GTChannel!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mine's Concept Scion FR-S by GTChannel Announcement - Smart, Sophisticated and Stupid Fast

Culver City, CA - October 29, 2014 GTChannel revealed its Scion Tuner Challenge entry car, the Mine's Concept Scion FR-S by GTChannel.  

Truly a collaborative build by GTChannel, Mine's and MotoIQ with the concept to build a car that is smart, sophisticated and stupid fast.  The goal was a car that any of us would want to drive as a daily driver but also fast enough to take to the tracks.  Not a car that would simply sit in a garage or only be an attraction at a car show.  A car all of us would be proud to drive.  

"The parts we choose are really only to enhance the natural potential of the Scion FR-S and not to take away from anything it already possesses" says Taro Koki President of GTChannel and producer of the Mine's Concept Scion FR-S. 

- The car is full of unexpected surprises because for one, Mine's is known for tuning Nissan GT-Rs.  Mine's also contributed to bring in JDM brands to this project like Avest, Ganador, Esprit and Bridgestone.  But MotoIQ and GTChannel were able to call on other brands that Mine's had not worked with like HKS, KW Suspension, Whiteline and Wilwood Disc Brakes.  It is truly a collaborative Japan + USA +(and German) package.

- Avoiding typical wide body kits and tuners usually associated with the Scion FR-S was an obvious choice.  The goal was to be different.  Thus the narrow body look with subtle aero parts, but dynamic lines to exentuate accentuate the form of the car. The goal was to deliver a clean and sophisticated look with attention to detail and design.  

- The car is inspired by Mine's tuning philosophy.  GTChannel working with the clothing line "Route 20" came up with a totally unexpected car design that represents the car concept.  

- "As car builders we thought hard about the definition of a 'tuner car'  and deliberately choose not to build an all out race car.  Because in the end we wanted to build a tuner car that we would want to drive ourselves on a daily basis" says Taro Koki.  

- With the Ganador exhaust, Unorthodox Racing crank pulley and HKS Supercharger the car pulled 223hp on the dyno. Yes GTChannel and MotoIQ tested this car too.  Mike Kojima from MotoIQ  setup the KW Suspension Clubsport suspension and even properly aligned at West End in Carson, CA.  This car is ready to take on the track against anyone today. 

- Recaro Sportster CS seats and a Takata Racing Drift 3 Black Street Legal Belt system keeps the driver in place during sports driving. The AC is still intact and a new Pioneer multi-touch screen AppRadio stereo system was installed to keep the driving experience as comfortable as can be.  

Original renderings of the Mine's FR-S Concept by GTChannel

Click to videos on the Scion Tuner Challenge:


Engine HKS GT SUPER CHARGER KIT 2.0 L 4-cylinder Boxer Engine 

Unorthodox Racing Crank Pulley

HPS Performance Silicon Hoses

Nameless Engine Covers etc. 
Exhaust Ganador Exhaust

5 Zigen Straight Pipe
Radiator CSF
Brakes Wilwood

APR Brake Ducts
Chassis Whiteline Strut Tower Brace
Suspension KW Suspension Clubsport

Whiteline Suspension and Diff Bushings

Whiteline Front Lower Control Arms

Whiteline Rear Lower Control Arms

Spoon Sports/Rigid Collars
Tires Bridgestone Potenza R11S F&R 265/35R18
Wheels Rays - Volk Racing ZE40 Mat Blue Gun Metal

Volk Racing Lug Nuts & Lock

8 Prince Spacers
Aero Esprit Front Lip Spoiler

TRD Side Skirts

TRD Side Fenders Garnish

Avest Rear Wing

Avest Side Mirros

Seibon Carbon Hood

Seibon Carbon Trunk Cover

Seibon Rear Defuser
Lights TRD HID Headlights Front

Tom's Tail lights 
Interior TRD Steering Wheel

TRD Shift Knob

TAKATA Racing Drift 3 Street Legal Belts (Black)

Recaro Sportster CS Seats

Cyber Stork Gauge Display
Audio Pioneer New AppRadio 4 Mech-less 2Din Touch Screen Multimedia Receiver

Pioneer 4 Channel Amplifier

Pioneer G-Series Speakers
Design Route 20
Build Shop MotoIQ/Technosquare


Monday, October 27, 2014

GTChannel Partners are Invited to The GT Awards at SEMA

GTChannel Partners are all invited to the Gran Turismo Awards Party in Las Vegas next week during SEMA!

When:November 5, 2014 8PM to 2AM (get there early because the line will be insane)
Where: Drai's Night Club @ The Cromwell Hotel
Performing will be Social Distortion!

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GTChannel Partner Meet at SEMA

GTChannel is partnering with the Honda Soiree at SEMA and you are invited to come hang out with us and have a good time.
Please RSVP at

When: 10:00PM November 4th (Tue), 2014
Where: Tao at The Venetian in Las Vegas

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Submit your work to The London Motor Film Festival 2014

The London Motor Film Festival sets out with its inaugural event in 2014; an event in recognition and celebration of the craft of automotive media.

Welcoming everyone from this industry to come together; the people behind the cameras, the people behind the microphones and the computers. The artists, the creatives and the technicians. This is an opportunity to not only take part in and experience a collection of automotive work, but also to meet the other faces behind the films and network with like-minded people.

Closing date for entries is the 15th November, please visit the website to enter your film!

Anyone can enter a film, and they can chose from seven categories, with the eighth selected by the LMFF judges and committee for the Grand Prix Award. The categories are:

Best Drama Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Commercial Film
Best Motorsport Coverage
Best Animated Film
Best Student Film
Best Internet Viral
Grand Prix Award

The Judges have been chosen to represent a broad range of skills, and are all involved in the automotive world.

Darryl Fernandez – The Mill, BBC.
Jacques Steyn – Legendary director and DOP.
Magnus Walker – Star of ‘Urban Outlaw’ and many other Porsche films.

They will be judging by the following criteria.

Editing, Titles & Visual Effects
Scoring & Sound Design
Content, Originality & Impression

Winning entries will be screened, and the film makers awarded.

The festival will hold a screening and awards party at The Clapham Grand in London on a state of the art 40sqm (24′x15′) HD screen with stunning full range sound on Friday the 5th of December.

A fully stocked drinks bar sponsored by Extreme Sports and food will be available throughout the event. VIP’s and short-listed film makers can enjoy a private VIP bar for the entire event.

Event Details:

Friday 5th December 2014. 6PM till late with exclusive after party hosted by Drift Allstars for all ticket holders, VIP’s and sponsors at the Grands private bar from 10pm.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

YouTube Creator Academy Lessons for Everyone Now

YouTube has opened up their YouTube Creator Academy video lessons in 20 languages.
Anyone who is trying to grow their presence on YouTube can benefit from these online video courses.
You can take these courses at your own speed on your free time.  We highly suggest you give it a shot.

The Creator Playbook contains tips we've covered and not covered, best practices and strategies that will help your channel in many ways.  Click here.