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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-27-2004, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know where to post this, so I'll start here. We've been getting a lot of inquiries about this, so I thought I could pass this on to those who are thinking about it.

I noticed Motorex is on the list of registered importers. Basically, the company has to be recognized by the Dept of Transportation as a proper and registered importer. This is your first step to importing a non-conforming vehicle, such as a R34...hehe.

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sweet. sucks that it's such a PITA to import stuff. "Spedometer must be replaced with spedometer with the word "BRAKE" in it". Replace the passenger side mirror to reflect "OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR"

What an example of bloated worthless goverment agency:


I know the intent is to make these vehicles safer, but why does some agency get to decide how safe the vehicle I drive is? I mean, I can buy a motorcycle, so why does a car i buy HAVE to have dual airbags, ABS, , and pass any crash test?



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MotoRex isn't allowed ot import the R34 anymore since it was found out they played off the R33 crash tests as an R34. Government pulled their license to import the R34.


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I suppose it's because if it were any easier, there would be more pieces of crap on the road posing a hazard to us folks who want some semblance of safety. I wouldn't want some POS to crash or cause an accident, only to have some piece of it come flying into my Z because it didn't have decent welds or bolts holding panels together.

Also, I assume that if you ever decide to sell it, give it away, or it's stolen, there are some issues to deal with on liability.

I think the easiest way to get around this is to register the vehicle in another country and then import it as a personal import, which makes it somewhat easier.

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There's a car in England you can build yourself. It has the Suzuki Hayabusa engine, carbon fiber body panels (I think), 2 passenger cockpit (open, not closed roof), about 2 inches off the ground. 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds and only 17k Pounds!!! You wouldn't be able to get that registered in the US (too low and a bunch of other crap rules we have here). I think the car is made by Westfield...


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http://www.radicalmotorsport.com/new...gulf/index.php

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The 252bhp Radical SR3 sets new standards of safety, yet is the world's fastest one-make sports racing car, and has been breaking lap records around the world. In Germany, a road legal Radical SR3 recently knocked 12.8 seconds off the 14 mile Nurburgring 'Nordschliefe' circuit record. With a 6-speed sequential gearbox, slick racing tyres and full aerodynamic package, the Radical SR3 uniquely offers near Formula 3 lap times in a two-seater sports car.
So, up to ~250Hp and 1025 lbs.... And, in England, STREET LEGAL!

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http://www.radicalsportscars.com/gal...o/philsnet.wmv




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[b] There's a car in England you can build yourself.* It has the Suzuki Hayabusa engine, carbon fiber body panels (I think), 2 passenger cockpit (open, not closed roof), about 2 inches off the ground.* 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds and only 17k Pounds!!! You wouldn't be able to get that registered in the US (too low and a bunch of other crap rules we have here).* I think the car is made by Westfield...
A 17000 lb car that does 0-60 in 3.2?? What kind of numbers is that car putting out??

*EDIT* OOOOOOOOOOH!! British money
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[b] http://www.radicalmotorsport.com/new...gulf/index.php

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The 252bhp Radical SR3 sets new standards of safety, yet is the world's fastest one-make sports racing car, and has been breaking lap records around the world. In Germany, a road legal Radical SR3 recently knocked 12.8 seconds off the 14 mile Nurburgring 'Nordschliefe' circuit record. With a 6-speed sequential gearbox, slick racing tyres and full aerodynamic package, the Radical SR3 uniquely offers near Formula 3 lap times in a two-seater sports car.
So, up to ~250Hp and 1025 lbs.... And, in England, STREET LEGAL!

Check out the video!
http://www.radicalsportscars.com/gal...o/philsnet.wmv

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That's the other one Fifth Gear test drove!!! The Westfield looks similar, but has less power, but weighs roughly the same.


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Interesting article I read in a mag that I picked up at the airport last weekend.

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Man, I can&#39;t even copy and paste certain paragraphs to help out in clarifying some things.

I&#39;d have to agree about the ease in which one can import cars. There are legal loopholes that one can use. Example, you can bring in a car for a show but you can&#39;t drive it on the streets.

There is something called a TIB, or temporary in bond entry. It&#39;s a little complicated, but you would have to get a registered importer for vehicles to do the work.

Anyway, I just saw 2 engines imported the other day. Both were pretty shot, but they were a 2.0L and 2.5L tt engine, I think both were Nissan engines.

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