Cars of Bendix - UNITED Festival
May 17, 2019
We went hunting for some cars at UNITED Festival, featuring 250+ cars in the show n shine, along with an exhaust sound off contest and a project car reveal. With All Makes, All Models, All Styles – United in Passion, what better place to find the Cars of Bendix?
JESS’ 2011 WRX HATCH – 00DROP
Jess’ modifications on her 2011 WRX have come thick and fast seeing as she only purchased the (basically stock) car less than a year ago. Since then the car has undergone some drastic changes in the lower end with the flagship of AirLift Performance’s Airbag kits – the 3P and a custom boot setup, HardRace lower control arms and ZSS upper control arms that tuck the 18x10” Work Emotion T7R 2P wheels coated in Work’s own Asterism Black; a clear coat with colour shifting properties.
There is a comprehensive list of exterior and interior mods as well including a Varis Adjustable spoiler, Carbon Fibre bonnet that has been painted to match the car, blacked out headlights with Hex halos, Takata Race Harnesses, Alpine & Kicker stereo upgrades and custom reupholstered seats with some WRC touches.
Jess has also started with some engine modifications. An Invidia Q300 Turboback exhaust, Process West Verticooler, intake and inlet pipe, coupled with a MSR (Michael South Engineering) Tune have her making 217 kW, and that number is soon to go up with some more goodies and tuning in the near future.
TOPZ’ 90S BMW E36
Topz’ 1998 BMW 318is E36 Coupe is a great example of late 90s styling. The M44B19 Engine is only making 103 kW, but what more do you need when cruising around the city in such style?
The addition of an M body kit, LTW wing and CCLF Angel eye headlights are only slightly upstaged by the great ride height provided by the BC BR Coilovers and low production lightweight AC Schnitzer Type II Wheels.
JOSH’S VW GOLF MK5 GTI – 0GENTZ
Josh’s 2005 VW Golf MkV GTI has a nicely understated look to it, which could be why it’s licensed 0GENTZ. The AirBFT airbag suspension kit combined with a catalogue of SuperPro parts sit the car on the ground, tucking the 18x9.5” XT-206R Cosmis Racing Wheels under the fender flares. The 2.0L inline 4 turbo engine is making 180 kW thanks to a stage 2 ECU & DSG tune from ETUNERS, R8 Coil Packs, 3” turbo back exhaust and modified fuel pump.
ANDREW’S VH HOLDEN COMMODORE – MRVH
Andrew’s 1982 Holden VH Commodore is a gorgeous work of art and fitting of the name “MRVH”. The LS3 engine has a stroker kit to push it to 418ci and it is now making 465HP thanks to a custom stainless 3” exhaust. Also underneath the car you’ll find that it’s been converted to a T56 6 speed gearbox with K-Sport coilovers, sway bars and a Whiteline strut brace. The brake lines have all been braided to suit the 330mm slotted rotors all around to give Andrew some decent stopping power as well.
The Cherry Black paint makes the car stand out and help you appreciate the SS Group A body kit, SLE chrome trim & bumper extensions and the staggered 20” Walky wheels – 8.5” in the front and 9.5” in the rear.
There’s been little expense spared inside the cabin either with custom seats, door & boot trim and roof liner, as well as an amazing in dash DVD system which flows through to the rear with screens inserted to the headrests of the front seats.
DANIEL’S BLACK DOG INSTITUTE VF COMMODORE
Daniel’s 2015 Holden VF Commodore SS is definitely striking with its livery being the first thing you see. The car was built by Daniel to promote mental health through the car scene under the Black Dog Institute after he lost several friends to suicide. At the rear you’ll notice the OTR custom exhaust has been modified to dual side outlets. This along with the Pacemaker manifold and cool-drive twin fan cold air booster help the LS2 L77 engine push out 300 kW. The exterior is finished off nicely with genuine V8 supercar rear wing & front bar and a set of 18x10” Koya Racing SF01s.
LOKI’S NISSAN ZIL80 – ICHI60
Loki’s 1995 Nissan 180SX has gone through multiple generations of front end swap (and engines) before reaching its current form. The plates ICHI60 are a nod to when it was originally imported from Japan as a ‘strawberry face’ Sil80 (S15 front end). It now sports what she has coined the “Zil80” front end; a tribute to three of her favourite cars; 180SX, S14A and FairladyZ.
The body modifications are all tastefully done with Z32 headlights, S14A Kouki bonnet, TRA-Kyoto Rocket Bunny V2 flares & sideskirts, D1GP Louvers, a 326 Power Wing, Origin Labo Raceline rear bar & Custom XXX-XXX LED tail lights. The combination of the Black/Gold pearl paint and Bronze/Black Work Meister M1s really set it off. Under that Kouki bonnet sits a 1JZ-GTE making 450HP thanks to a shopping list of engine mods as well including a single highmount GT35 Turbo, MDSfab steampipe manifold and HKS cam gears.
AXE’S MAZDA RX7 FD – HULK20B
Axe unveiled his 2000 Mazda RX7 FD at Hot Import Nights 2018, taking out Hottest Overall car for the show. He picked up Best Engine Bay and Best Body and Paint awards at UNITED Festival, so let’s take a look at what makes HLK20B such a stand out car.
In the engine bay, the 13B has been replaced with a 20B 3 Rotor Bridgeport engine which has been dowelled & balanced and a big Comp Turbo CT6X Billet Wheel turbo hanging off the side, 2400cc injectors, custom fuel rails and 3 x Walbro 460 fuel pumps running through a Microtech LT-16C ECU to make a tidy 1000 RW HP.
Stopping power comes via some big Brembo GT brakes; 6 pot in the front and 4 pot in the rear. The car rolls on 20” SSR Professor SP1s, which have been custom anodized in shadow chrome, and then sacked with some custom air bagged BC coilovers and controlled with an Accuair E-Level VU4 system. The interior houses a massive sound system with 6.5” front & 6x9” rear speakers from JL Audio and a pair of 10” subs tucked in the boot. The dash, gauges, seats, trim and panels have all been customized or replaced with carbon variants.
The car has been wide bodied with a Rocket Bunny V2 Aero kit, Re-Amemiya carbon fibre bonnet, R-Magic headlights & Car Shop Glow LED taillights and carbon fibre duck tail spoiler. The final touch to the car is a flow coated paint in Kawasaki Lime Green, giving it a serious Hulk look to it.
MIKE’S WRX ENDGAME STI
Mike’s 2016 Subaru WRX STI has been modified with almost every carbon option available care of the Varis Arising II Ultimate bodykit and an APF Performance GT300 carbon wing. The orange highlights around the car set it off, especially on the rear diffuser. The car sits on a set of 18x9.5” Work Meister S1 3Ps which tuck under the guards thanks to an Airlift Performance 3P kit.
Mike custom made the rear boot liner himself out of real wood and a super gloss finish. The EJ257 engine is currently making 230 kW thanks to a Stage 1+ Cobb tune, but Mike is planning on upping those numbers now that he is (mostly) happy with the aesthetics of the car.
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