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BECAUSE A MANUFACTURER DECIDES NOT TO mass produce a product doesn’t mean that product is useless. At the peak of the popularity of the Nissan Silvia S15, NISMO developed a demo car to exhibit the potential of its line of R-Tuned components. The demo S15 prototyped NISMO R-Tuned body components, suspension and a 2.2-liter stroker engine. After showcasing the car, NISMO decided to leave the stroker engine off the list of products to be produced for the public. As the vehicle had no further use to the auto manufacturer, the car began collecting dust. NISMO sponsored Auto Produce Boss (AP…

Premium Headlight Restoration Kits and Products to easily restore headlight clarity and keep headlights protected Irvine, Calif. (2017) –Meguiar’s today announced its new line of headlight care and restoration products that make it easy for anyone to achieve amazing results. The complete line of headlight kits and products offer consumers a variety of solutions to restore and maintain headlights. The lineup of Meguiar’s headlight solutions includes: • Basic Headlight Restoration Kit – Meguiar’s® Basic Headlight Restoration Kit is a cost-effective solution to bring a crystal clear finish to headlights. This hand applied kit doesn’t require any special tools and effectively…

WHEN THE COMPETITION IS FIERCE, A RACER MUST STEP UP HIS GAME OR PACK UP AND GO HOME. Not one to hold back, Peter Milian of BC Racing Suspension looked at the 2008 Redline Time Attack championship with hungry eyes. His dedication to the series and the fight for the top spot is reflected in the build of this Infiniti G35 coupe. While Peter admits that this has got to be among the heaviest of the time-attack competitors, he still makes no apologies about the car or its performance due to weight or other factors he accepted when first embarking…

Nearly two decades ago, Tony Palo was working at a local BMX shop in his hometown of Rockwall, Texas. Shortly after finishing high school, Palo bought his first Integra and visited Jotech Motorsports to buy some parts for it. After installing a set of lowering springs, which were not quite low enough for Tony’s liking, he went back to see if the springs could be cut shorter. Upon his return, the shop was so impressed with his quick install that they offered him a job on the spot, and Palo has been active in the import performance scene ever since. Staff…

Comfort, luxury and refinement. When Toyota introduced Lexus as its luxury brand back in 1989, these three words clearly defined the Lexus brand. The 1990 Lexus LS featured an ultra-smooth V8 engine, plush ride and a well-appointed interior that featured technology that rivaled the best European offerings at the time. Through the 90s and arguably into the 2000s, Lexus not only became synonymous with comfort and refinement, but also a lack of sportiness, feeling and exhilaration. In 2006, realizing this deficiency in its product line, Lexus headed back to the drawing board and claimed its own high-performance letter, F. Following…

May 10, 2017: Subaru Rally Team USA announced today that the team has entered a technical partnership with high performance brake rotor specialists Disc Brakes Australia for the team’s stage rally program in the 2017 American Rally Association Championship.   Disc Brakes Australia (DBA) will provide custom developed brake rotors to the team for use on the two Subaru WRX STI rally cars of team drivers David Higgins and Travis Pastrana. “Disc Brakes Australia has always been popular in the Subaru community for building great brake rotors. But we really wanted to show the capabilities of our rotors in the most…

On February 25th, the 2017 time-attack season officially kicked off in Japan at the Attack Maximum Challenge. Held at Japan’s most famous time-attack venue, Tsukuba Circuit, the event attracted over 80 entries in four hotly-contested classes. Garage G-Force, ESCORT Racing, AutoBahn, RE Amemiya and Sakamoto Engineering were among the 40-plus shops supporting entries. Great weather and good track conditions allowed many car-and-driver combinations to set personal bests. Staff Report // Photos by Gavin Oliva The Classes Nearly 30 entries filled the turbo class which requires that all entries be able to run a 59.500-second lap or quicker. This class featured…

At over two miles above sea level, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb draws competitors from across the nation and the world. For a young Michigan couple, Cody Loveland and Tabitha Lohr, taking on the mountain would be a team effort. Cody, the owner and proprietor of NSX tuning shop LoveFab since 2005, has been an instructor at Ginger Man Raceway for nearly 10 years. Building turbocharged NA1 and NA2 vehicles provided valuable knowledge and experience. When competing against world-class competitors and hill climb veterans in the Unlimited class, talent and chassis building encompass only a part of the big picture.…

Manual transmission elitists need to get with the times. Driving an H-pattern gearbox is fun and makes you feel connected to the car, but it doesn’t hurt to leave some of the work to automated systems. This rings especially true if your main goal is improved performance, such as a sequential gearbox and its ability to change gears in only a few milliseconds. Manual transmissions require more input from the driver, which also results in more room for error with grinding gears, lengthy shift times and poor rev matching. Not everyone can afford a dual clutch transmission, and not everyone…

Anyone that loves speed and acceleration probably loves raw horsepower even more. These traits typify the hardcore sportscar enthusiast, whose passion for a performance machine knows no limits. This is the sort of personality that would buy a globally coveted vehicle, work with a famed tuner to triple its output and then waste no time putting tires onto the pavement. Text By Richard Fong // Photos by Rob Shaw About That GT-R Life Kenneth Blanck was born and raised in Okinawa, Japan. He grew up a fan of Japan’s automotive culture, embracing drag racing and the underground world of street…

You don’t know the meaning of handling unless you’ve driven a go kart, a formula racecar, or a Miata. Many like to boast the handling capabilities of a new platform on the market or their personal track car, which very well could be excellent handling cars. The difference with something like a go kart or a track-prepared Miata, however, is that experiencing these vehicles at their limits around a race track is near violent. Stand on the brakes before a corner and you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. Throw the steering wheel into a hard turn and you’ll…

Most of the time when we visit different wheel manufacturers they don’t let us take pictures or videos of their production process.  So when Titan 7 sent over this video showing their forged wheels being made we thought that it was definitely worth a share. About Titan 7 Titan 7 is a wheel brand like no other. Our sole mission is to provide the enthusiast with the best performance wheel possible, period. We manufacture our wheels 100% in-house utilizing 10,000 TONS of industry leading pressure. Each design is fully optimized with the latest software analysis, laboratory testing, and real…

Cedar Grove, N.J. – King Engine Bearings has just launched a new comprehensive online e-catalog interface that offers more search options and cross-referencing features. This new e-catalog can filter by make, model, dimensions and cross-references or any combination thereof. The new e-catalog is in addition to King’s new 2017-2018 printed catalog, which is now available and features all of King’s new applications. “We are constantly working to improve King’s catalog data base, both online and printed, as we view it as one of our most important sales tools,” says Ellen Dekker, product manager, King Engine Bearings. “King’s strategic goal is…

The first IDRC / InstaFame event of the year takes place April 23rd at Fontana Dragway. Join the DSPORT crew for a day of fun featuring drag racing, a car show, food trucks, vendor row, raffles, a model lounge & more. Bring out your car and show us what you got. Use the coupon code “IDRC17” and save $5 on racer / car show tickets ($2 off for spectators). Hope to see you out there. What: IDRC Drag Racing Series / INSTAFAME Car Show When: April 23rd, 2017 Where: Auto Club Dragway (9300 Cherry Ave, Fontana, CA, 92335) Time: 8AM…

While NISMO Festival at the end of the year usually kicks off a season of events to usher in the new year, it’s HKS Premium Day that brings together the most well-respected tuners and quickest cars in Japan. This event, sandwiched between Tokyo Auto Salon and Osaka Auto Messe, features a plethora of activities including time attack challenges, a dyno shootout, as well as a showcase of HKS’ latest products and more. Text by Jun Chen / Photos by Gavin Oliva and Motosuke Fujii Between the blistering laps of time attack battle, the event also hosted the D1 Ultimate 4…

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