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Our second installment of the Best In Show series profiles the cars that made SEMA what it is – sport compacts. Yes, some of these cars push the boundaries of taste, but others are fairly creative and actually enhance the looks of the stock car.

The dominant cars this year seemed to be the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo and the Nissan GT-R. Honda products seem to have fallen from their once hegemonic dominance of the tuner crowd, while Scion and Hyundai have taken some crucial market share.

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Scion Tuner Challenge Recap @ 2010 SEMA Show – tC

“Best of the Best” 2011 Scion tC Tuner Challenge Recap @ 2010 SEMA Show. The sixth annual Tuner Challenge brought out the Best of the Best previous Tuner Challenge winners and runner-ups to compete in the 2010 SEMA Show. John Pangilinan, Shawn Baker, and James Lin give us some insight into each of their builds and some of the custom modifications done to their all-new 2011 tCs.

www.Wraptivo.com – tC

Congratulations to Team Hybrid’s Founder/President, James Lin’s 2011 Gold-Widebody-Carbon Fiber Scion tC for being featured and written about in www.Wraptivo.com blog.

For the exact link of the blog, please visit http://www.wraptivo.com/blog/james-l…ced-car-audio/

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James Lin’s Scion tC Features Wraptivo Enhanced Car Audio
Posted on November 29, 2010 by Wraptivo Team

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…The founder of Team Hybrid, James Lin incorporated Wraptivo’s carbon fiber vinyl wrap into the theme of his build as well. The great part is that James went a bit out of the box with his use of Wraptivo. Just how did he work the wrap into his car audio presentation? Watch the video by MotorworldHype.com below to find out.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnw_mQVy21o

James Lin’s 2011 Scion tC Featured on Mishimoto’s Website

Congratulations. James Lin’s 2011 Scion tC is the December 2010 Featured Ride for Mishimoto’s online Calendar.

http://www.mishimoto.com/news-decemb…-calendar.html

http://www.mishimoto.com/team-hybrid-2011-scion-tc.html

http://www.mishimoto.com/december-ca…-download.html

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This is the second time for a Team Hybrid car to be featured on Mishimoto’s site and in 2011, please keep an eye out for all the big things the custom gold-carbon fiber-widebody tC will be doing.

www.SpoComUSA.com – “Team Feature”

Congratulations to us, Team Hybrid for being the 1st team to be featured in the online website – SpoComUSA.com. Please visit www.spocomusa.com and for the exact link of the article which was released today, please visit:

http://www.spocomusa.com/event/produ…tProductID=103

Title of Online Article is called: SPOCOM Featured Car Crew – Team Hybrid

Introduction: Experience Team Hybrid’s rich tradition and history… Checkout Team Hybrid’s innovative creations on Sunday, July 18th, at the SPOCOM Super Show.

Story: Being one of “The” oldest, “First” to many of the import competition accolades, most well-rounded, most recognized, well-accomplished, and innovative teams in the import industry. For more visit: http://www.spocomusa.com/event/produ…tProductID=103

Conclusion: Come witness Team Hybrid’s latest innovative line up of show cars at the SPOCOM Super Show inside the prestigous Long Beach Convention Center.

Location:
Sunday, July 18th, 2010
11:00am-6:00pm

SPOCOM Super Show
Long Beach Convention Center
300 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

ps. Performance and results of all our claims, actions and words! How perfect the timing of this first/excellent/beautiful/standard setting article and once again, fate working in our favor! Lastly, much luv and props to Mike and Rommel @ SpoCom for selecting and giving Team Hybrid FIRST this special opportunity.

Hybrid luv,

James Lin __________

Super Street “COVER” March 2010 Issue – EVO VIII

SUPER STREET COVER MARCH 2010! Hybrid History in the making once again. This makes it the 2nd Cover in 2010.

Congratulations to SoCal Chapter’s Michael Eaddy’s 2005 Mitsubishi EVO VIII in a 6 page COVER feature in Super Street Magazine’s March 2010 issue, pgs 030-035. This was an article w/ Super Street that I worked out during Christmas of 2009 that had to be kept secret until now. Here it is for all to witness. We continue to be unstoppable. In Team Hybrid, a super star is born everyday.

I cannot copy and past everything that was written, but here are a few key quotes that I am taking from the article to share with all of you.

Super Street Quote #1: “Who better to ask about automotive styling than the experts themselves? Team Hybrid’s EVO is stylistic indeed.” Again and again, the level of respect and luv we have from our industry insiders in marketing and selling their products or magazines is stronger than ever.

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Super Street Quote #2: “Being a part of Team Hybrid means that you have to trust the Hybrid formula and 15 years of tradition. We’re still going strong because we build our cars to the infamous Team Hybrid standard of quality. That means we cover all aspects of the build. Show and go.”

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Super Street Quote #3: Lastly, Super Street quoted Michael Eaddy and ended the article by saying, “…being a proud member of Team Hybrid now, it’s truly an unbelievable experience.”

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Remember, when you are at the top esp. with proof to back up claims, actions and words, there will always be people out there hating, talking negative and etc., but let them because that is all they will and can ever do. Let them talk all they want while we continue to solidify our legendary status in the import industry as we head towards our 16th year. Secondly, what comes around goes around. Fate works in mysterious ways and a good example is especially what our team has seen/experienced/accomplished in the last year. Our team resume and current scoreboard continues to show why we are the oldest, finest, most well-rounded and most innovative team in import history.

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Lastly, I want to end this important post with a few quotes of my own.

Quote #1: “Mind on the Cover. Mind on Innovation. Mind is on History.”

Quote #2: “Your just in another team on a mission and chasing dreams when we are the team of the decade and continuing to write import history.”

Quote #3: “May our legacy continue making history…”

ps. Michael, thanks for the luv to the Hybrid Family and I in the thank you section of the article.

Here are all the money shots from the Super Street photographer (Sean) of this very SICK ASS March cover as well as one of the best street-show EVO’s around right now taking out the competition. I will now let the COVER pictures speak for itself! Congrats again Michael Eaddy and thanks for supporting the Hybrid family through thick and thin the last 2-3 yrs. Believe in Team Hybrid, Hybrid Management and amazing happens! Here is further proof.

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Found a few more beautiful pictures of Michael’s March 2010 cover car from Super Street.

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Wonder who in Team Hybrid will be making cover next?

www.PASMAG.com – S2000

Congratulations to Omar Rivas’ S2000 for being featured in the online website – PASMAG.com. Please visit www.PASMAG.com and for the exact link of the article which was released 08/16/10, please visit http://pasmag.com/features/top-rides/1339-blue-blood#

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Title of Article: Blue Blood
Written by: Dave Pankew & Photos By: RCH Designs

Alright, here’s the deal – we see a load of S2000s here at PAS. Almost too many, thanks to the prices of these high-revving roadsters dropping dramatically in recent years. Many of them are predictable with their CE28Ns and J’s Racing aero and a variety of knockoff carbon fiber hoods. Of course, we don’t mean to offend any S2K owners out there, but trends often dictate what people buy and we get bombarded with it here. But this time around we noticed a car with some out-of-the-box thinking and an interesting offer from the owner.

Rivas has been working on his S2000 since 2005 and started with what every tuner does: carbon fiber bolt-ons, lowering springs, rims, intake – amateur stuff.

Omar Rivas of Winnetka, CA has been building up this project for the better part of the last decade and when he came to us asking for a feature he got a bit of a shock. We explained to him that we see some pretty insane S2000s and that he would have to step it up. He replied by saying, “alright, I trust the editors of PAS, why don’t you build the rest of it?”

We agreed and finished up the balance of the project with the gear we wanted to see. It was pimp, just like having our own project without the headaches and monster VISA bills.

Rivas has been working on his S2000 since 2005 and started with what every tuner does: carbon fiber bolt-ons, lowering springs, rims, intake – amateur stuff. As he got into the scene, joined the forums, subscribed to tuner magazines and attended car shows, he realized there was so much more to his car. The end result was a 424whp supercharged S2000 which was unveiled at Willow Springs for a track day in late 2009. As it was the first shake-down session for this project, anything could happen – and it did. During a hot lap, his engine seized due to piston ring and he was devastated. All those years of tuning and money evaporated within fractions of a second.

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After the track day, Rivas fell in to an unsatisfied state with his car hobby. He contemplated selling the car or maybe parting it out. However, his S2K family rallied behind him and within a week he had purchased a new engine and prepared for a build. He sent the block over to the builder of the most powerful N/A Hondo motors, BisiMoto. The head was ported and polished, then filled with a SuperTech valvetrain. For fueling a Walbro 255lph pump was added along with Injector Dynamics 725cc injectors. The intake system is an elaborate design by Bisimoto. Made by Kinsler, the custom injection system features individual throttle bodies which look and sound insane. On the exhaust side is a custom 4-2-1 long head with venture collector connected to a T1R ERM 70mm Exhaust.

After the mechanical was sorted out, the tuning dimension was delegated to BisiMoto was well. An AEM EMS Serial2 box was plugged and the NA motor was tuned to extremes. The driveline had already been beefed up since the last iteration with 425whp. An ACT Street Clutch and lightweight flywheel were installed. The reinforced 2-3-4 gears in the tranny spin up J’Racing 4.57 gears and DriveShaftShop axles.

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Then it was time for Rivas to introduce a new look for the car to get it noticed. His wi234_thfe recommended Carl Canta of AA Autoworks because he did an outstanding job with her Acura RSX-S and her brother’s Honda S2000 and Subaru WRX-STi. Carl Canta and Frank Klepadlo did a remarkable job erasing the track scars and giving it fresh a fresh new look with House of Kolor Electron Blue Paint. The S2K features J’s Racing front bumper as well as fenders and canards. In the rear are ASM wide fenders and a sppon rear diffusers with a Voltex Type IV wing. The look was capped off with APR side mirrors, a C-West carbon fiber hood and an OEM Honda hardtop. As an added bonus for the body work, the bodyshop introduced him to James Lin of Team Hybrid. Rivas recognized the team from past show cars and magazine covers, so he felt honored to be invited to join.

Rivas moved his attention to the rollers which would have to make an equally big statement. He selected Prodrive GC-010G wheels in 18×10.5-inch with a +22 offset all around. The Prodrives are wrapped in BFGoodrich T/A KDWs with 265/35R18 on all four corners. Lurking behind the spokes are Wilwood’s 6-piston big brakes using Endless pads and Motul RBF600 racing fluid. The suspension was amped up with TEIN SRC Racing coilovers using 16kg springs. Several J’s Racing suspension arms were added along with Garner adjustable sway bars and Spoon strut bars. After a careful alignment and corner balance, the S2000 was again ready to tackle any road course.

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Inside the cabin is pretty self-explanatory with a blend of business and pleasure. The Bride racing seats are complimented by Takata harnesses and a Nardi wheel. A Sony Double DIN 7-inch LCD unit mounted into the dash since the real estate in an S2000 is scarce. The lows head to a pair of Sony GTR Series Mono amps concealed in the trunk pushing a pair of 12-inch Xplod 12-inch SVC woofers. The mids and highs are dealt to a Sony ZR-Series 4/3/2 amp and a quartet of Sony Xplod GTR-Series 6.5-inch speakers in both front doors and behind the seats. The install was completed with a custom amp rack and a pair of SONY LCD monitors in a custom fiberglass box.

For now Rivas, says the PASMAG cover is a huge achievement for him. In an age when many builds are becoming more modest or are put on hold altogether, this S2000 is a breath of fresh air. Rivas give lots of credit to his family and Team Hybrid for going 15 years strong. He says without the support he would have given up and sold the car long ago.

SHOUTOUTS

God, My family, Dr. Rivas Dental, El Presidente/Founder of Team Hybrid & Hybrid Hunnyz – James Lin, Team Hybrid Family, Frank and Carl from AA Autoworks, Bisi, Hedi and staff from Bisimoto Engineering, Scott and Greg from Kinsler Fuel Injection, Sony, BFGoodrich Tires, Meguiar’s, Upgrade Motoring, Fred aka Gunshow and Tak of S2kI/VIS/S3 Designs, Moddiction/International Short Shifters; the love of my life Gretchen Rivas, Jirro Fernandez, Jeremy Pyka, Jason Rivas, the boys from SFV GripWerks, Topdown, FilthIEst and all who helped made this project happen. R.I.P. Paul Flores aka smirfs2k05, you will live in our hearts forever. May 15+ years of Team Hybrid’s Tradition-Philosophy-Innovation-Management-Quality continue making import history…