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Any situation where you can shave weight and increase power on your car is a win/win. Antigravity Batteries aims to improve your car’s electrical capability and reliability with its RS-20 Lithium Car Battery. This Lithium cell battery offers a low weight of 10 pounds while still delivering 1,000 Amps of power. Additionally, the RS-20 features an automatic Low-Voltage Cut-Off that limits over-discharge and protects the battery from damage. Its “RE-START Technology” feature lets the RS-20 enter a “sleep” mode, ensuring that there is always enough power available to start your car even if you leave the lights on or run…

Introducing the Takeda Momentum cold air intake system for the 2016+ Honda Civic 1.5L turbo. Takeda tested the cold air intake and witnessed an improvement of 33-percent additional airflow and an increase of 13 horsepower and 13 lb-ft of torque on a Dynojet dyno. The kit features a unique one-piece CAD-designed roto-molded housing made from heat soak resistant material. The kit’s housing is transparent, allowing you to clearly view the air filter. This allows for quick filter inspection without the removal of the air box. The kit utilizes a pre-oiled, 7.5-inch tall, conical air filter with five layers of progressive…

2000 Honda S2000 Clutch Install Our project Honda S2000 clocks in with 366,000 miles on the odometer, with only two clutch changes in its whole life. As put together plans to bring the car back up to snuff, a new clutch was added to the list. Given that the car will likely see some mild power upgrades and track time in the future, we opted for some more capable hardware, McLeod’s Street Tuner clutch. Scroll down and learn some of the essentials in swapping a clutch on the Honda S2000. Text and Photos by Cameron Parsons A lift isn’t a…

2000 Honda S2000 Polyurethane Bushings Install In Issue #170 of DSPORT Magazine, we upgraded our project 2016 Mazda MX-5 from factory rubber suspension bushings to Energy Suspension’s Hyper-Flex polyurethane bushings. Although the car was new and the stock bushings were in perfect condition, we still discovered significantly improved lap times along with better driving characteristics. These benefits are only exaggerated when upgrading heavily aged cars to polyurethane bushings. Our D’Garage project S2000 had stacked up 366,000 miles on the chassis, still running on the factory rubber. As a result, the car inhibited unwanted driving characteristics and even a level of…

Welding while protecting nearby components from welding splatter just got easier with HP Torch Blanket from Heatshield Products. The HP Torch Blanket provides a flexible, easily deployed thermal barrier to protect components. It is designed to protect even if the torch touches the blanket. It is constructed from Heatshield Products Stealth Felt, making it more durable and longer-lasting than many other welding blankets. Magnets are sewn into the corners to make it easier to hold the HP Torch Blanket in place while welding. HP Torch Blanket is capable of withstanding 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit of continuous heat. It is available in three…

THE UNDERDOG. THE UNDERFUNDED. THE “LIVING ON CREDIT BECAUSE I’M between jobs.” Such is the plight of average Joes everywhere that are bitten by the racing bug. When Daniel O’Donnell was first exposed to time trial competition, he was instantly hooked but his daily-driven EM1 Honda Civic Si and supercharged BMW M3 would require more than he could justify or afford to be a competitive racer. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Gotta Be Different In his quest to stand out from the norm, O’Donnell’s search for a new vehicle had him searching high and low.“I always have to have…

Impact by MasterCraft Safety introduces its latest carbon fiber helmet. Featuring an exclusive wide eye port, Impact’s Carbon Fiber Draft TS offers an exceptional range of front and peripheral vision while providing cooling and fog-free ventilation with integrated crown and chin bar vents. The extended wicker bill captures downward airflow to reduce helmet lifting and buffeting, while Impact’s “Intelligent Gray Matter” liner (a variable-density, single-piece helmet liner) is upholstered with fire retardant soft-knit Nomex for additional comfort. Interchangeable cheek pads offer a customized fit and can be quickly and easily changed out with Impact’s various cheek pads available in a…

While you can always turn up the boost on a forced induction application to mask a poor parts selection, an All-Motor combination relies upon the proper matching of camshafts, header, cylinder head and intake manifold. Among these four components, headers usually represent one of the first upgrades for any All-Motor build. The relative low cost and ease of installation leads to its popularity. When it comes to the Honda B-series engine, the number of header choices is overwhelming. BLOX Racing recently introduced titanium versions of its Hi-Flow and Max-Flo 4-2-1 headers and we decided it was time for a quick…

Adaptronic released its new plug and play Modular Engine Management System for the R32, R33 and R34 Skyline GT-R. The Modular ECU platform allows the user to internally upgrade the hardware by utilizing an expansion slot that enables different functions based on which module is chosen: drive by wire, traction control, lambda controller, EGT or additional outputs. Users can also take advantage of the built-in scope, engine simulator, 32MB of internal logging (30 hours’ worth) and secondary 16MB fault logging. Features also include dual 32-bit 120 MHz processors (3rd with an additional module), accelerometer and rate G sensor, dual 4 bar (40PSI)…

GT-R fans across the world appreciate the three letter marque for a number of different reasons. Whether it’s a love for the early RB26-powered cars or a fascination with the latest R35 and its massive power output capabilities, there’s a multitude of different tuning styles cultivated around Nissan’s sports car-turned-supercar. One of the latest tuning trends surrounding the GT-R includes wide body kits and air suspension. Some may argue that many of these “fast-fashion” styles are simply a product of the latest fads and won’t stand the test of time. Others may uphold the current trends as what they prefer…

JRZ Suspension Engineering launched its new line of touring kits designed to deliver an excellent street experience while maintaining the on-track performance expected of JRZ. The RS One Touring (single adjustable) and RS Two Touring (double adjustable) are new designs featuring a twin tube architecture. JRZ selected this design to allow for more compression force without cavitation while maintaining a reasonable gas pressure. JRZ’s philosophy of damper tuning has been to use the compression forces and gas pressure to settle down the unsprung mass of the car. JRZ states that this delivers a high level of traction while maintaining chassis control…

“Is this it? Have we reached the limit?” When building any platform for racing, there’s a point of inflection when going faster becomes exponentially harder and astronomically more expensive. At that point, the question becomes whether to march forward with the existing platform or to start over from scratch. Whether it’s an aerodynamic limitation or a lack of a reliable drivetrain solution, chassis-specific issues cause tuners to retire old race programs and move on to newer platforms. This calculated decision must be made sans emotion in order to pursue quicker lap times. Text by Jun Chen // Photos by Rob…

Precision Turbo and Engine (PTE) announced the release of the PW40 40mm wastegate. PTE’s new 40mm, V-Band Inlet/Outlet wastegate is constructed from high grade, high temperature stainless steel and billet aluminum components. Featuring a 347-stainless investment cast valve body with a smooth internal surface, this 40mm wastegate provides consistent performance while allowing exceptional flow for accurate boost control. The wastegate includes stainless steel inlet and outlet flanges as well as all clamps necessary for installation. Each PW40 40mm wastegate comes with five different 17-7 precipitation-hardened springs for adjusting boost levels. The wastegate is compatible with most aftermarket manual and electronic boost controllers and comes…

Nearly every auto enthusiast can appreciate a car with the performance to shine on track, yet the utility and comfort to haul the kids and groceries home after work. It’s tough to have the best of both worlds in one vehicle, no matter how you build it. DSPORT staff member Al Rhee, however, thinks that he has it figured out. His once daily-driven Scion FR-S is leaving his garage to make room for the 2017 Subaru WRX STI with its four doors, five seats and 305 horsepower. With his rich car history that included a C6 Corvette, a Dodge Viper…

Extreme Turbo Systems released its 100-percent bolt-on high-flow cat back exhaust upgrade for the new Ford Focus RS. The exhaust system features a 3.0-inch mid pipe that tucks up tightly against the underside of the vehicle to provide more ground clearance than other exhaust systems. The mid pipe connects to the muffler section using a 3.0-inch V-band connection. The V-band connection provides a leak-free seal and allows for a quick-change race pipe for the drag strip. The muffler section consists of two straight-through resonators that route into two hand built 4.5-inch round stainless steel tips. The exhaust mounts up using…

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