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Racing runs in the blood, and for some families it runs deep and to the core. In the case of the late rally driver Roger Clark, it started when he passed his driving test at age 17 and joined the Leicester Car Club. Clark competed in a variety of platforms including Ford Escorts, Porsches, Mini Coopers and Triumphs, to name a few. He focused on rally, competing for over 20 years in his native England. He and his co-driver Jim Porter campaigned successfully in the 1970s, capturing three British Rally Championships and two wins in the UK’s biggest rally race,…

We’ve all seen videos of race leaders stumbling over the last drops of fuel in their tanks, their engines sputtering and misfiring as fuel flow sporadically cuts out. Sometimes they are lucky enough to coast past the checkered flag in first place, other times the competition catches up and blows past them at full tilt, watching their victory get snatched away at the last possible second. Text by Stanley Yee // Photos by Joe Singleton and Courtesy of Holley In racing, fractions of a second in lap times can make the difference between winning and losing. Teams don’t waste any…

As I’m packing my bags for Seville, Spain to test drive the new Lexus LC 500, it’s hard to hide my excitement for this new Grand Tourer. Unlike the LFA which was prohibitively expensive due to its limited production run and extremely high engineering costs, the LC serves as a platform that can compete with other GT cars in the same $100,000 price bracket. The LC’s stylish design is uniquely Lexus both inside and out with an interior swathed in leather and an exterior that screams next-generation LFA. For the 2016 SEMA show, Lexus worked with some of its industry…

Mitsubishi’s EVO-VIII is arguably the hottest-performance car on the planet priced around $30,000. All-wheel-drive combines with the classic 4G63 turbocharged power plant to deliver the ultimate tag team. In stock form, the EVO performs well. However, the EVO truly shines in the hands of a capable tuner. Text and Photos by Michael Ferrara // Published on 6/28/04 in DSPORT Turbotrix: DSM Tuning Turbotrix has proven itself once again as an extremely capable tuner thanks to the company flagship which graces this month’s cover. This metallic-orange EVO not only became the first EVO into the 10s on U.S. soil, it also…

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the ultimate example of the saying “don’t knock it ‘til you try it.” Many car snobs look at a vehicle’s list of specifications, skimming past items like suspension design and curb weight, only in search of power output, interior amenities and its ability to make them feel manly. With the MX-5, Mazda treats automotive enthusiasts with a return to the fundamentals of performance – a lightweight platform on a well-balanced chassis that delivers a ton of fun on-track. For our 2016 ND MX-5 project, we chose to exploit its strengths for track use and eventually…

Many racing sanctioning bodies require drivers to be able to exit a stopped car in only seven seconds in the case of an emergency. This may not sound like a long time, but it can feel like forever when flames fill the vehicle cabin. All the while, the driver must shut off the car, cut the power, engage the fire suppression system, release the six-point harness, remove the steering wheel, unhook the window net and open the door to get out. Each of these items play a key role in keeping a driver safe in different ways, while allowing them…

The import scene of the early 1990s not only kicked off the import performance revolution but also fostered the inception and growth of the import drag racing scene. For some, like Stephan Papadakis, it started on the street and became a passion that he took to the next level. By Richard Fong Stephan got his start in 1993 at the age of 16. He raced his Honda Civic Si at the street races in Southern California and at the local drag strips in Long Beach (Terminal Island) and Palmdale (Los Angeles County Raceway). His competitive instinct and ambitions to be…

REGARDLESS OF WHETHER you’re talking about an athlete or a vehicle with a combustion engine, improving aspiration can make a tremendous difference to performance. Just as a runner trains at elevation to make breathing easier at sea level, helping a turbocharged vehicle breath easier will net horsepower gains. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Jun Chen and Richard Fong // Testing by Jeren Walker In the last Test & Tune installment, our 2011 WRX realized a peak gain of 18.48 horsepower with just an intake, exhaust and a reflash. In this segment, we continue to search for power and…

Honda today took the wraps off one of the most anticipated models in its history with the unveiling of the production 2017 Civic Type R at the Geneva Motor Show. The long-awaited Civic Type R, slated to go on sale in the U.S. in late spring with an MSRP in the mid-$30k range, is the first ever Type R-badged Honda to be sold on American soil. The Type R will feature a high performance 2.0-liter turbocharged powertrain, substantially upgraded body and chassis, and other track-ready, Nürburgring-tuned and tested performance components. The 2017 Civic Type R will make its U.S. debut…

SUBARU’S GVB WRX COULD BE ONE OF THE the best values in the segment, when measuring performance versus value. It’s less expensive than similar all-wheel drive sedans yet the WRX benefits from its torquey, turbocharged 2.5- liter EJ255 engine. When Subaru released this sedan, its bold lines and flared fenders made its silhouette difficult to discern from its big brother, the STI sedan (with exception of the rally-inspired wing). Our test platform had 35,000 miles on the odometer and enjoyed those miles in completely stock form. Baseline pulls revealed that the WRX comes underrated from the factory. Subaru advertised that the…

When it comes to the R34 GT-R’s RB26 engine, its personality is established by the choice of turbo system. For two decades, turbo upgrades for the RB26 provided either a solid mid-RPM performer for street and track use or a top-end screamer for drag racing. If you were content with 500-600 horsepower, there could be some semblance of response. If you wanted more power, the laggy boost response of a larger turbo would mean that low and mid-RPM performance would be sacrificed. Fortunately, technology has provided a solution. Text by Michael Ferrara // Photos by Joe Singleton and Staff The…

Innovators of any field earn their place not only by perfecting current designs and technologies, but also by being willing to try something new and different. This inclination for experimenting with ideas that no else has thought of before is a major factor in moving an industry forward. In 1994, Adam Saruwatari of Arroyo Grande, CA brought his creative and inventive personality to the automotive performance world. Growing up working on his family’s farm, Adam’s mechanical experience drove him to put together builds that earned him championships and wins in IDRC, Battle of the Imports, NIRA, CMI, Imports vs Domestics,…

Excitement followed by immediate disappointment is what we experienced when we initially learned about the new Civic. We were ecstatic to hear that it would be turbocharged but those happy feelings were quickly deflated when we realized that it was only offered with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). After enough backlash (or perhaps as a result of Honda’s marketing strategy), Honda announced that the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine could be had with an optional 6-speed manual transmission. Our faith in humanity was restored as we planned to get a Civic on our dyno and begin testing the car’s response to modification.…

BUILDING PROJECT CARS IS RARELY A SMOOTH PROCESS, AS THERE ARE INEVITABLE BUMPS IN THE ROAD, unexpected errors and stages of the build that simply don’t go according to plan. Even well-thought-out builds can encounter hardships and adversity. But the reward for perseverance can make it all worth while. Mike Sullivan, the president of Mishimoto Automotive, wanted to build a “show stopper” for the 2008 SEMA Show. In his search for a suitable booth car, he found a JDM Nissan Silvia S13. Mike’s original plan was to build the car simply for show. This plan took a radical turn when…

On February 25th. 2017 the DSPORT crew headed out to Boost Festival 2017 presented by Honeywell Garrett which took place at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, CA.  The three tier event held a Global Time Attack event on Streets of Willow, an open drift track day on Horse Thief Mile and Drift 101 personal lessons on the Balcony. A post shared by David Haagsma (@dh422) on Feb 25, 2017 at 6:08pm PST David Haagsma and the Sp Engineering R35 put down the fastest overall time of the day with a 01:18.717. Had a blast drifting and gripping at #boostfest yesterday.…

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