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50 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
IndyCar Driver Alex Palou “Natural Talent” - Podspeed #47
Alex Palou is the hottest driver in the IndyCar series now. He finished 2nd at the 2021 Indy 500 just behind Helio Castroneves and is coming off his second victory of the season at Road America just this past weekend. We talk about his 2 years in Japan, Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda and his favorite food fried chicken!
96 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Ken Gushi Toyota Gazoo Racing Pro Drift Driver - Podspeed #46
Ken Gushi became a professional drift driver at the age of 16 and has become one of the OG veterans of Formula Drift competing in every event since the inaugural event in 2004. In 2021 he campaigns the Toyota GR Supra as his competition machine and runs his own team. We talked with Ken about his upbringing in Southern California and influences from his father who he competed together with at the Pikespeak International Hill Climb. Sam reports on Honda's potential movement to go sporty EVs with rumors of a Honda e Type R from the Ninja Otakus. James reviews the all new Toyota Venza and Taro reports on a Mugen RR covered on GTChannel.com.
98 minutes | May 26, 2021
Justin Bell Racecar Driver & Torque Show Host #45 - Podspeed
Many of our listeners may know Justin Bell these day for his TV hosting and announcing than his racing career but our guest today is big time. From the FIA GT2 Championship, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans GT2 class in 1998 and second-place finishes in Le Mans and Daytona, and a pair of SCCA Trans-Am wins. Justin also raced for the factory GM Corvette Racing team, finishing second in the Daytona 24 Hours, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Petit Le Mans. Of course he is the son of the legendary race car driver Derek Bell but, Justin has definitely made a name for himself on and off the track and we are honored to have him on this episode of Podspeed. Sam reports on rumors of a new Mitsubishi Evo. The Toyota Landcruiser GR Sport is about the hit the streets in Japan. James reviews the new Toyota GR Supra 2.0.
93 minutes | May 13, 2021
Jen Horsey Rallycross Announcer, Driver, Racer Podcast host and Motorsports Communications Expert #44
Jen Horsey was the first female motorsports color commentator for ESPN when she moved up into the booth for the Redbull Global Rallycross series. She is a former rally driver and still co-drives every once in a while between her motorsports communication gig with Papadakis Racing for Formula Drift. She also recently started hosting a podcast for RACER Magazine. Sam reports on his Ninja Otakus scoop on rumors of a new Toyota Celica in the works. Subaru has also announced an all electric SUV called the Solterra. James reviews the 250hp, 2.5L turbo, Mazda3. Taro reveals that Mitsubishi just announced the resurrection of the Ralliart brand although details are still yet to come.
113 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
The Voice of Formula Drift Jarod DeAnda Podspeed #43
Jarod DeAnda claims he has seen every single battle in Formula Drift history. These days he sees more than just drift from the Hot Wheels Legends Tour to promotional clips from Snap On Tools, the guy is everywhere. We ask how he ended up being the go-to-guy for drifting and many other action motorsports. Sam reports on a rumors of a Toyota Corolla GR and his Top 50 Japanese Performance Cars list. James reviews the Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition.
108 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Speedhunters Dino Dalle Carbonare & Nissan GT-R NISMO Podspeed #42
Dino Dalle Carbonare Editor-in-Chief of Speedhunters.com is our guest today. Dino talks about how he ended up in Japan, how Speedhunters started and the Japanese tuner brands like RWB, Rocketbunny and Liberty Walk when they were still unknown. We also had Dino stick around to give us his take on the newly announced Nissan GT-R NISMO.
118 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Jon Sibal Automotive Artist & Comic Book Artist Podspeed #41
Jon Sibal is an automotive artist & comic book artist for DC ,Marvel and Image Comics. Jon started his career as an inker at Imagine Comics and later got into automotive renderings by accident because he wanted to show the auto shop his idea for his own car. Friends started asking him for drawings and that lead to working with multiple aftermarket car brands. You can check out Jon's work on Instagram at @jonsibal. Sam continues with his list of his top 50 Japanese performance cars from No.45 to 50. He also reports on the LF Z full electric car. James reviews the 2021 Toyota Landcruiser and the start of the new F1 season. You can watch the video version on https://www.gtchannel.com
101 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Autonomous Car Racing Roborace Boss Chip Pankow
No racecar driver racing is definitely a new concept for us OG race fans. How does it even work? The Podspeed cast catch up with Roborace's Chief Champion Officer, Chip Pankow. Chip explains to us what exactly is Roborace and how each team competes with their AI software. Chip used to run Formula BMW, the Jim Russell program at Infineon Raceway and co-founded the Redbull Global Rallycross which became the fastest growing motorsport in N America. Visit http://www.gtchannel.com for more content!
89 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Tanner Foust Top Gear USA, 2xDrift Champ, 3xRallyCross Champ and Hot Wheels Stunt Driver
Tanner Foust truly needs no introduction as we all know him from his various TV appearances including Top Gear USA, Hot Wheel stunts and on the podium at various drifting and rallycross events around the world. Sam reports on rumors of a new Subaru WRX STI and the newly announced Lexus IS 500 F Sport. James drove the 4Runner Trail Version around Hollywood and Taro Koki promotes a crowd-funding project for the famous Ebisu drift circuit in Fukushima Japan which was heavily damaged by the 7+ magnitude earthquake just last week on February 25th. Visit http://www.gtchannel.com for car videos!
95 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Mint 400, Off Road Racer, Mad Media President Matt Martelli, Final Edition R35 GT-R Podspeed #38
Two kids from San Diego, Matt Martelli and his brother Josh, who got into skating and off road racing, founded Mad Media. They were there when X Games decided to include rally racing. Mad Media also produced the first three Gymkhana videos with motorsport marketing genius Ken Block. Then they bought the most famous desert race in America, the Mint 400 because they didn't like how the old guys were running it. Mad Media also owns OffRoadRacer.com and UTVUnderground.com. We've heard rumors of a R36 Nissan GT-R but not so fast. Sam Mitani reports that before an all new model GT-R, there could be a Final Edition R35 GT-R according our Ninja Otakus in Japan. James Mckeone reports on the VW Atlas and McLaren Artura. Taro reports on more flying cars that are trending on the internet these day. Article here on GTChannel.
96 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Former Indy Car Driver Roger Yasukawa, Rumors of Corolla GR MN and Lexus LC F in the works? Podspeed #37
The Podspeed cast is joined by guest Roger Yasukawa former Indy car racer who was second to future series champion Dan Wheldon in the rookie-of-the-year competition in 2003. After retiring from racing, Roger spotted for Takuma Sato's first win at the Indy 500 and now manages Alex Palou's Indy racing career. Sam Mitani reports on rumors of a Toyota Corolla GRMN and a Lexus LC F in the works according to his ninja otakus in Japan. James reports on the Mazda6 and Taro introduces a new video from GTChannel that features a reimagined Spoon Sports EK9 Civic Type R.
109 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Jim Liaw President & Co-founder of Formula Drift - Cars of Tokyo Auto Salon and CES Report - Podspeed #36
The Podspeed team start by reporting on the cars which were released for the Tokyo Auto Salon. Then joined by Jim Liaw, president & co-founder of the professional drifting series Formula Drift. Jim talked about the challenges and accomplishments of the 2020 season which incredibly happened under the Covid pandemic. Drift machines, now and then and their new 2021 schedule which was just announced a few days ago.
116 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Fast & Furious Technical Advisor Craig Lieberman Podspeed #35
In order to create an authentic enthusiast car movie, Universal hired Craig Lieberman for the first two Fast & Furious pictures, The Fast and the Furious and 2Fast2Furious. Craig shares with the Podspeed team on how he was hired for the ride of his life, meeting Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and the cast and behind the scenes stories on vehicle selection. Craig has been a consultant and marketing head for numerous automotive brands and currently runs a YouTube channel dedicated to the cars of the Fast & Furious franchise. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNlI4oCO9ue81NZbsdohNFg Sam reports on renderings of a new Honda/Acura NSX and a $3M new EV performance car coming out of Japan. James reviews the the Singer 911 off-road racer that broke the internet this week and Taro reports on a 11-year old Japanese drift phenom. Don't miss the first Podspeed episode of 2021!
97 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Arisa Mizuhara Toyota GR Yaris Drift & Rally Driver Podspeed #34
Arisa Mizuhara is a Cusco works driver that competes in both drifting and rallying in Japan. She recently blew up with her video of the 800+HP Toyota GR Yaris drift car on GTChannel. She did not grow up in motorsports but discovered drifting when her brother showed her Fast & Furious Tokyo Drift. Since then she got hooked, bought a car and started on her journey of becoming a professional drift driver. As it's the last Podspeed episode of the year, we will also list our favorite moments and cars we talked about this year. Podspeed is hosted by Taro Koki, James McKeone and Sam Mitani.
97 minutes | Dec 5, 2020
Matt Farah! Westside Collector Car Tour and his new Ferrari 328 GTS - Podspeed #33
This man needs no introduction, Matt Farah from The Smoking Tire is our guest! Matt walks us through his new Westside Collector Car Storage facility. Talks about his new Ferrari 328 GTS and Lamborghini Countach. Why he doesn't wrench. On his new series with Rob Ferretti and Tanner Foust, Sorted. He also gave us his frank thoughts on Sam's report about rumors on a new Nissan Silvia (S16). Don't miss this one! James reports on Formula One as always and Taro introduces two new videos from GTChannel. A video on Daikoku-futo and a Heyman Robbie's episode on Arisa Mizuhara's 900hp GR Yaris drift car. Arisa is our next guest in a few weeks.
144 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
JDM Aftermarket Titan Kenji Sumino from GReddy - Sung Kang Drops in too! - Podspeed #32
During college Kenji Sumino walked into GReddy USA in the mid 90's and was hired on the spot to join the R&D department. They immediately sent him to Japan to train at HQ in Chiba. Upon returning he has spearheaded the US operations and lead GReddy into an aftermarket powerhouse for the last two decades. Unlike typical Japanese companies, GReddy has collaborated with other parts brands and in recent years embraced social media to expand its presence in the digital world. The FuguZ project with Fast & Furious star Sung Kang was originally born from Instagram. Sung Kang also pops in during our interview with Kenji to discuss the new Nissan Z Proto we have recently covered on Podspeed. Sam reports on rumors of a next generation R36 Nissan GT-R. James reviews his ride-of-the-week the 2021 Toyota Rav4.
105 minutes | Nov 6, 2020
Rob Ferretti SuperspeedersRob Automotive YouTuber - Podspeed #31
Rob Ferretti, aka Superspeedersrob, is the outspoken and very opinionated automotive YouTuber. He definitely did not fail to give us his opinions on the new Z proto and the controversial recent events of the SSC Tuatara reaching 316mph. We also touch on his new show "Sorted" which stars himself, Matt Farrah, Emelia Hartford and Tanner Foust. Don't miss this episode! Taro reports on the new Z proto he got to see in person, Sam reports on flying cars (yeah, really!) and James updates us on another victory by Lewis Hamilton. What else is new?
118 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
Sung Kang - Han from Fast & Furious, FuguZ and Karaoke with Sonny Chiba During Tokyo Drift - Podspeed #30
Sung Kang, the actor who plays fan favorite Han in Fast & Furious and car enthusiast is our guest. Sung talks about the filming of Tokyo Drift and getting back with the cast for Fast & Furious 9. The various car projects he is working on now from a Safari themed 240Z called DocZ to Porsche 914 restorations. Don't miss this episode. Sam reports on the new Nissan Z Prototype and James reports on the Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary edition he has in his garage this week.
118 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
Fredric Aasbø Most Winningest Drift Champion in Formula Drift - Podspeed #29
Fredric Aasbø, aka the Norwegian Hammer is the most winningest professional driver in Formula Drift history with 14 wins and the series champ in 2015. He currently drives the Rockstar Energy Toyota GR Supra for Papadakis Racing. Apart from professional competition, he also the host of Top Gear Norway in his home country. He talks about his upbringing and how he was inspired by his grand-mother's e-brake technique on the snow covered road as a child. Fredric also tells us how he financed his drifting career before he made it to the big leagues and how he is now helping young drivers follow his path. Podspeed is hosted by Sam Mitani, James Mckeone and Taro Koki.
106 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
Larry Chen Automotive Photographer Extraordinaire - Nissan Z Proto - Podspeed #28
Larry Chen is the busiest auto photographer in the business. When he's not shooting as the official photographer for Formula D and Pikes Peak, he's travelling around the world for clients and publications, all while creating videos for his successful YouTube channel Autofocus. We talk about drifting, motorsports events during Covid, back story of Dai Yoshihara's victory at Pikes Peak, his favorite shoot, his least favorite car, the new Z prototype and much much more. Podspeed is hosted by Sam Mitani, James Mckeone and Taro Koki.
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