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CP-Carrillo has advanced ring technology to the next level with PVD. This ring coating provides excellent wear, corrosion and scuff resistance. The PVD coating adds hardness and toughness to the ring while reducing friction. CP-Carrillo claims that this coating is better than traditional gas nitriding alone. These rings have a stronger top ring (1.2mm) that can withstand more cylinder pressure before the risk of fluttering. They are highly recommended for high horsepower applications thanks to friction/drag reduction against the cylinder. These rings are offered in a variety of bore sizes. MSRP is $39.00 per cylinder. CP-Carrillo 949.567.9000 www.cp-carrillo.com

It’s no secret that higher boost pressure translates into higher torque and power outputs. Crank up the boost pressure, get more power. While many understand the merits of increasing the pressure of the air going into the cylinders, fewer understand the virtues of decreasing the pressure within the crankcase. While many high-end classes of racing from Formula One to Pro Stock rely upon dry sump oiling systems that run the crankcase at negative pressure (vacuum), few entry-level racecars and even fewer street cars benefit from the negative crankcase pressures of a dry sump oiling system. The cost and complexity of…

NOTHING STARTS OFF PERFECT. BUT JUST AS THE DIAMOND CUTTER refines a rough stone into a brilliant gem, Patrick Kelley transformed this 1990 Nissan 240SX  S13 from a neglected shell into a ride with purpose. Kelley purchased the S13 hatchback in 2006 from a buddy who lost interest and no longer wanted to finish the car. It had an SR20DET engine swap, stock wheels and a flat tire. At the time, drifting rose in popularity stateside and Nissan’s S13  had in turn become the affordable and desirable sport compact, prompting an influx of parts available for the car. Kelley had plenty…

APR released its Carbon Fiber Brake Cooling Ducts for the 2015 and newer Subaru WRX and STI. These ducts replace the plastic trim surrounding the factory fog lamps. Built using pre-pregnated carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite materials for superior strength-to-weight ratio, APR Air Ducts add both function and lightness where it counts. They are aerodynamically-optimized to funnel in massive amounts of air to the front brake rotors. When matched with the optional high-temperature air duct hoses, the APR Brake Cooling Ducts help cool down red-hot brake rotors on the track. Each Air Duct is finished with UV-resistant clear-coat paint…

WHETHER OR NOT YOU WANT TO ASSOCIATE BLUE AND purple headlights with the tuning market, the truth remains that many enthusiasts resort to plug-and-play high-intensity discharge (HID) light kits to increase headlight output. While some enthusiasts have begun to realize the shortcomings of dropping in these cheaply made HID kits, others simply don’t know where else to turn for proper, effective lighting solutions. OEM manufacturers spend hundreds of thousands of dollars researching, developing and testing new ways to improve headlight output without blinding traffic. While most of us may not be able to afford a brand-new luxury vehicle equipped with…

The Supreme SP for the Lexus GS-F offers GReddy’s signature exhaust note with graceful but aggressive styling. The straight-through, dual oval muffler system with large free flowing 63.5mm (2.5-inch) piping produces no exhaust drone. Thanks to the two large GReddy SP mufflers, it has excellent sound suppression at idle and cruising. In spirited acceleration, the V8 exhaust note comes to life with a deep rumble. The off-set slash-cut tips compliment the GS-F’s aero styling. All GReddy Supreme SP systems are fully hand-welded and constructed of 304 Stainless-Steel. Includes a limited lifetime warranty. MSRP is $850.00. GReddy 949.588.8300 www.greddy.com

HOW MUCH WOULD IT TAKE TO GET QUICKER AND GO faster? $5,000? $10,000? For Chris Young, crunching the numbers to ensure a balance of budget to performance started with his first car, a 1991 Eagle Talon. Chris said, “My first Talon ran a 12.8-second pass at 106 MPH with only an A’PEXi VAFC, an open downpipe and a ported stock turbocharger. After that I was hooked on 4G63 power.” Since then, Chris’ addiction took him through three more Talons, the last of which was to serve as his full race platform. In 2006, he purchased a new Civic for daily…

Prothane released its billet-machined aluminum Upper Compensator Arms for select years of the Honda Civic, CR-V, Del Sol, CRX and Integra. They are black anodized with an engraved Prothane logo and feature urethane bushings for improved performance qualities over factory units with rubber parts. The urethane bushings offer exceptional shock absorbing and stability qualities, and are impervious to oil and grease for longer life. Prothane 888.776.8426

We’ve entered a new age of technology in modern cars which in some ways is for the better and other ways for the worse. In terms of feel and response, electric power steering systems are efficient, but remove the level of detailed feedback that manual and hydraulic-assisted steering systems provide. We find the same problem in modern throttle by wire systems, where a series of sensors and an electric motor replace a simple physical cable to the throttle body. In driving environments like canyon runs or track days, accurate throttle inputs and feedback are essential for consistent performance and confidence…

Muteki introduces its latest SR45R lug nut sets to provide race car functional design, OEM quality construction and show car looks. The lug nuts come with open ends to allow for the use of extended race wheel studs, and knurled ends to make turning by hand easy. The SR45R lug nuts are made from cold forged 50BV30 steel construction, with an oversized 60-degree cone seat for better contact on the wheels. Sets are available in Black, Burned Blue Neon or Burned Titanium. They feature 22mm diameter and 45mm length, with either M12x1.25 or M12x1.50 thread pitch. Optional closed end caps…

The Nissan GT-R holds a strong place in the Japanese automotive performance market with its vehicle family dating back to the late 1960s. Its long tradition of sleek looks and showcasing new performance technologies make it one of the most iconic sports car models ever made. To this end, it’s no surprise that our visits to the Tokyo Auto Salon reveal a multitude of every generation GT-R done up in every way imaginable. Here, you’ll find vintage classics restored to perfection up to the latest models rebuilt from the ground up to devour race tracks. Here are a few GT-R’s…

Gram Lights introduces the 57CR, a wheel model evolved from the original five-spoke 57C. The wheel’s size settings were selected specifically for use in motorsports, providing options in 17- or 18-inch diameters with widths ranging from 9 inches to 10.5 inches. The five spokes rise from the rim through to the center section, offering favorable looks with its concave design while maintaining rigidity and strength as its main priority. The 57CR is a cast one-piece wheel, and is available in Gun Blue II or Glossy Black finishes. Mackin Industries 562.946.6820 http://www.mackin-ind.com/

Meguiar’s introduces its new Car Wash Plus+, formulated with special polishing agents to provide deep cleaning. It is designed to remove bugs and tar, polish away light stains and scuff marks, while improving the vehicle’s paint appearance with a polished look. The super concentrated formula is applied directly to a wet wash mitt to be used on the vehicle one section at a time, starting from the top. As the wash mitt gets dirty, simply spray off the dirt or rinse in a bucket, then apply more product to the wash mitt as needed. While the Car Wash Plus+ is…

The vintage import car revolution continues its rise in popularity with each passing year as new classics gain traction among nostalgic automotive fanatics. This phenomenon is nothing new to automotive fans, but it is still a relatively new craze among Japanese car collectors and enthusiasts in the USA. If you’ve ever attended the Japanese Classic Car Show in California, evidence of this emerging trend can be seen as more people are restoring and tuning older Datsuns, Hondas, Mazdas, Nissans and Toyotas. Text and Photos by Richard Fong One such fanatic, Gary Stephenson, began his love affair with the Nissan marque…

The ID1050x is the most recent offering from the partnership of Injector Dynamics and Bosch Motorsport. It is a built-to-spec motorsport injector, offering optimization of critical operating parameters for the motorsport tuner. It offers a wide range, requiring only 8 volts for consistent operation at 8 bar, with an extended range of 1,940 cc/min at 10 bar. These capabilities become critical when trying to hot start a heat soaked engine with a high-pressure fuel system and a lightweight racing battery. Corrosion resistant internals make it compatible with all known fuels and capable of extended service life with corrosive fuels. Its…

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