Issue 53, 15. September 2010
In this issue
*In the News
*In the Spotlight
*Presentation of the Week
*Blast from the Past
*Underrated Car of the Week
In the News
A New Name, A New Beginning
Well here we are again, the Showroom Weekly is back again! Well not really, you see, we have finally decided the term "weekly" has outlived its usefullness and as such we have opted for a name change. With a whole new staff, and a beefed up amount of Need for Speed, we are finally putting the seal on the old and successful Weekly. So now we bring to you, the first ever issue of The Showroom Insider - a much catchier name, no? Anyway enjoy reading up on all your Insider information on NFSUnlimited and the rest of the Need for Speed franchise.
SRI Showroom Group
Coinciding with the launch of NFSUnlimited.net's new E-Magazine, the SRI Staff have set up a new showroom group for our E-Zine. This group, entitled Showroom Insider is where we will display our featured rides and provide regular links and information about Showroom and other Need for Speed content. Head here to join ;)
The Ads Are Gone!
We have decided to remove the ads on NFSUnlimited.net and instead support the site through donations. Your donations will be used for server costs (monthly hosting cost is 60EUR -$75), and if we raise extra money, it will be used for prizes in various competitions. Any amount you donate will be greatly appreciated and the donators will receive a special VIP rank both in the Showroom and elsewhere on the website. To support our fantastic site, head to this page and donate as much as you want using your Paypal.
In the Spotlight
*BETASTAR* by Rizur
Riz may have avoided the interview, but did you think I was going to let him get away here? Don't think so. Maybe it's because he holds probably the best World Silvia ever made on this site (saying it's the best in NFSW is a HUGE stretch considering the game's one month span). It was supposed to represent the Beta version of World and does it quite well, with its color combination and vinyls that are, despite its simplicity, undeniably fitting. However, to say nothing of the kit (note of the review TW1ST3R wrote for NFSW that the kits and performance parts are one and the same) would be ludicrous at best.
AEM p/BEAST N-15S by r3m0
Yeah, another one, but for damn good reason: this hails from Showroom icon r3m0. This second Silvia, instead of in promo, is made purely for the track, drift track to be more precise. It begins with the ice tiger (don't hate me for it, that's the first thing that came to mind), which is part of a ferocious color combination finalized by well-calibrated decal placement. Along with the visuals are the obvious race kits and wheels, which only succeeds in making this Silvia that much more legit as a drifter. Also, NFSADDONS.lulz.
~DiO~ by kostovmilica9
Meet the Alfa Romero Brera. It's Italian, it's four-wheel drive, it's slow as all get out, but when someone like, say, KM9 gets the keys to one, the Brera adds another title to the list: a Showroom Insider superstar. It's luscious paint job, which gives it that collage feeling (something I could never do correctly in an art class), is always a good thing as it would give that Leonardo Da Vinci quality that very few in the NFSUniverse possess.
Presentation of the Week
Hello Fascination||KMT Is Badass by TW1ST3R
This is badass. At least according to TW1ST3R, but I wouldn't disagree. Prostreet's vinyl selection caters for someone doing a super promotion look better than any other game in the NFS franchise, and these two modern day muscle machines show you an ideal layout for anyone not accustomed to designing in that style. The presentation is extremely simple, but works even better than a more complex design would do. The design on both the floor and sky is both clean and intricate, incorporating lots of modern shapes like squares and circles. KM9 is definitely leading the way in terms of presentations among current tuners.
Hi-Tech by Flash-ka
I've been around the site before the appearance of Flash-ka, and when he rocked up on the site I was blown away by his limitless tuning potential, just look at his "Dahaka Monster" for a perfect example of what he is capable of. I've also been watching his Photoshop skills slowly progress to the level they are today, climaxing in his newest entry Hi-Tech. The black and white surroundings complement the car perfectly, making the turquoise vinyl's jump out right at you. The contrast in this picture is really vibrant, with a very good use of light and dark, something essential for a black and white presentation. Just with his tuning, I can see a unlimited potential in terms of Flash-ka's Photoshop skills.
Blast from the Past
Tenzo RX7 by brunorike
This time on our Blast from the Past we have something that you could call a forgotten gem. This drifting styled RX-7 from Carbon still looks fresh after 4 years from its upload. The vivid two tone design is very eye-catching, which is important for professional drifting team, and the tear vinyls add more edge for the look. The massive spoiler with the wide body kit creates a perfect match which you can see well on this view. Someone may think "Why aren't there Tenzo-R rims when it is the main sponsor of the car?" but Tenzo-R doesn't only make rims but also racing seats, steering wheels, springs, interior accessories etc. And when these Work CR-KAI rims fit the ride perfectly, even though they are rather large, there is no need to cry after Tenzo-R wheels. With the decals and number box which perfectly fit the drifter look, we have one Mazda RX-7 that shouldn't be forgotten.
Underrated Car of the Week
-< Gepard >- by Alex45
9 out of 10 exotic fans would have the slightest hissy fit over the modification of sports cars even if it was as simple as a change of rims or a simple kit. Alex45's modified BMW Z4 drew the attention of the 10th exotic fan and is living proof that not all modding of exotic cars in NFS games are horrible. It starts off with a black and gold color combination and a decent selection for the aminalistic (no pun intended), yet fitting vinyl layout. Oh, the wheel choice and the color are also well-planned.
If you've been paying attention to the news feed, you may have noticed that we, the SRW created a topic where you could post a question (or a few) that we would ask NFSDrew as part of our NFS WORLD coverage. We had many questions, covering various topics, but we could only pick 10 to deliver to the WORLD Team. Heres the reply from Drew:
Well here it is, the two-part Ask Marc Episode, where Drew and Marc deliver the much awaited answers to the community's questions:
This issue we decided to give me a break from writing the Tuner Tips and transport you back to the UG2 Showroom with Dr Houbenheimer. He has written up two simple tutorials to help you choose both bodywork and vinyls for your rides. Happy reading :wink:
Hey guys, Dr Houbenheimer here today to give you guys some Underground tuning tips.
One of the most common problems that I see on the UG2 showroom by "newbies" is that people choose bumper parts for the cars individually and don't think about how well the part flows with the rest of the 'kit. So today I'm going to show you several examples of how to choose a good 'BK'.
One of the best ways to get a flowing bodykit is to choose a front bumper, rear bumper and side skirt of the same part. These almost always flow well together. I have chosen the sweeper kit because of its distinct styling.
A lot of the time though you will find yourself liking most of the kit, but maybe one the parts doesn't flow with your vinyls or just doesn't appeal to you. In this case, go ahead and choose another part from the list, but make sure it follows the same lines of the rest of the bodywork. In the example I have chosen the crank front bumper, the wolfpack rear bumper and the overdrive side skirt.
From here, you can choose the rest of your body parts, but make sure that they flow with everything else. For instance, if you have a "flat" bodykit with heaps of straight lines, then you don't really want to choose a curvy spoiler. I won't go through the reasoning for all the parts here, but I'm sure if you have a good look at it, you can find a connection with most of the car.
Unlike the more recent titles, Need for Speed Underground 1 and 2 have a completely different vinyl system. For most showroom tuners used to tuning in games like Carbon and Prostreet, the system can feel restrictive as you cannot warp or move the vinyls themselves, but once you get used to it, you can really appreciate the freedom it gives you.
First off, choose any vinyl you like. You don't have to choose something that looks amazing by itself, because once we're done it will only be a small part of our layout. I am using the Honda Civic for the example as it's got a nice big space for side vinyls. Note that I have also changed the base colour to white, as this makes it easier to see what you are doing.
Now choose another vinyl, preferably from the same vinyl style. My first vinyl was a lightning vinyl so I'm going to sort through the lightning vinyls again to see what I can find. We want to choose something that goes with the previous vinyl. You can paint it the same colour as your first vinyl (sort of creating your own vinyl in the process) or you can paint it a different colour like I've done here and overlap it with the other one.
Now repeat this for the other 2 layers, see what you can come up with – remember, if you keep playing around with different vinyls then you'll be sure to come up with something nice eventually. Sticking to the same vinyl type makes it a lot easier as well.
After adding some decals, amping up the bodywork, and playing with colours, I came up with this. You can find the finished car on my profile.
News - TW1ST3R & Bojan
In the Spotlight - KammyworldRacerGT4
Presentation of the Week - Dr Houbenheimer
Blast from the Past - Rizur
Underrated Car of the Week - KammyworldRacerGT4
Interview - TW1ST3R, NFSUnlimited.net community, Marc De Vellis & Drew Hahn
Tuner Tips - Dr Houbenheimer
Editors - Rizur, TW1ST3R & Dr Houbenheimer
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