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In a quiet neighborhood of Okayama Prefecture, Japan, a legendary engine tuner and manufacturer humbly conducts business. OS Giken (which stands for Okazaki Speed Technical Research), known worldwide for its high-performance engine and driveline components, is the lifelong project of performance fanatic Okazaki-san. DSPORT made the trek to Okayama, Japan for an exclusive visit with OS Giken and Mr. Okazaki. Text and Photos by Richard Fong The OS Giken Story OS Giken was born of a perpetual need for improved performance. According to Okazaki, a self-educated technician and engineer, he realized the shortcomings of the L16 engines that equipped the…

In a city that never sleeps, dreams are often realized at the draw of a card or the roll of the dice. In seconds, fortunes can also be lost or dreams broken. It’s been called Sin City for good reason as the “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” mantra holds true. Paul Siu of Las Vegas purchased this 1993 Acura NSX with plans of a serious build. Once the Nevada plates arrived with “666” as part of the number, the NSX was quickly titled Project Blue Devil. Soon after, the stock NSX was turned into a street demon. Text…

There’s no better proving ground for a car’s strengths and weaknesses than on the racetrack. The twists and turns separated by straightaways and high-speed bends test every element of a car’s driving characteristics, from the engine’s powerband to the chassis’ ability to stick to the road. Our first stage of the DSPORT Ford Fiesta ST build delivered 10 extra horsepower and 43lb-ft more torque to the wheels. Along with the additional power, a 150 lb weight reduction lightened the factory platform. The resulting two-second gain in lap times showed the value in our street performance brake pads, intake, tune and…

Despite the rain, the BorgWarner IDRC West Coast Nationals presented by ARP brought the IDRC drag racers, InstaFame Car Show competitors and spectators to the Auto Club Dragway on Sunday, April 10. The IDRC did its best to beat the forecast, pushing forward with the schedule and getting competitors through qualifying as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, there were several oil-downs that hampered the qualifying process. By around 2:30pm, the first round of eliminations had been completed. Unfortunately, luck with the weather ran out, as a light drizzle transformed into drops of rain. Track officials halted the racing action and shortly…

Spoiler alert! The character Han dies in the Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. While this is no secret to fans of the F&F franchise, the actor who portrayed Han, Sung Kang, is alive, well and ever the automotive enthusiast. Kang has always had an interest in building a car that he could take to the track. He has always been a bit reserved however, and between family and career, there wasn’t much time for many extra curricular hobbies. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Rob Shaw Sharing the Experience Kang eventually grew interested in Porsches, which was a…

“Bounce on the devil put the pedal to the floor.” Unfortunately, a bone-stock FR-S/BRZ would most definitely leave Jay-Z with 99 problems, power being each and every of them. Nearly four years after its introduction, an overwhelming majority of enthusiasts continue to agree that the only thing missing from the otherwise nimble and fun FR-S/BRZ is a turbocharger. With its all-wheel- drive cousin, the WRX, featuring a turbocharged variant of the FA20 engine, we begged Toyobaru to stuff some boost into the modern day hachi-roku. As expected, they didn’t listen. Fortunately, the aftermarket now offers a plethora of supercharging and…

You don’t know what you’re missing out on in overseas markets. In the early 1990s, many enthusiasts had never heard of the GT-R, until mainstream and enthusiast publications began featuring it. The fascination with the Nissan Skyline GT-R gained even more momentum once the (now defunct) Motorex Corporation started importing them legally to the USA for a short time from the late 90s to the early 2000s. DSPORT’s publisher, Michael Ferrara, was among the first to buy one and his R33 GT-R became the flagship project car for the magazine and an inspiration to JDM performance fanatics. Text and Photos…

The car show battle continues, now with Netflix choosing to stream the revamped Top Gear series. Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos revealed in a recent interview that the show will be available for streaming, as it falls under the existing deal between the BBC and Netflix. The timeline for when episodes will go online is still unknown, but we expect that the BBC will be promoting aggressively and early, especially considering that former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond’s new car series is airing soon on Amazon Prime Video. Although many of us will miss…

Nearly 20 years ago, I was fresh out of college and working for Turbo & High-Tech Performance magazine. Back then, so little was known about import performance. There was no information and no resources to turn to as no one had pushed import performance as we would. The racers, enthusiasts and manufacturers that pioneered import performance would have never made such progress had it not been for the chassis dyno. In 1996, Dynojet paid a visit to our magazine headquarters for a demo. After a couple pulls with a project car on a portable two-wheel-drive Dynojet 248, we were instantly…

Project Patience: Supra is Waiting for it’s Time to Shine Waiting for a project to be completed ranks high on the list of enthusiast anxieties. Delays seem almost unavoidable and often add to the frustration and anticipation. For Brent Huckaby, a certified American Petroleum Institute inspector, dealing with these issues seems a little easier since he’s often traveling around the world keeping oil companies in compliance. Patience has proven to be a virtue as this 1997 Supra has taken the long road to big performance. Text and Photos by Richard Fong A Good Match Huckaby’s objective was simple, a…

Is the Percent of Power Gained Going to Be the Same From Dyno to Dyno? NO While some dynos showed comparable gains at specific RPMs, other engine speeds showed much different gains. Since different dynos have varying algorithms on how the load is applied, the boost curve is affected. Hence the most difference in percent of power gains is found in the RPM range that has boost transitioning to its steady-state level. Test Procedure We conducted our dynamometer test utilizing the exact same procedure at each facility in order to ensure consistency and a fair evaluation. All testing was done…

How many times have you been at a car show and spotted an over-the-top outrageous car that really grabbed your attention? So you walk over, snap a couple pics and check out the awesome set of wheels, big brake upgrade, racing seats, etc. then when you go to look under the hood and all you find is the stock engine chromed out! It’s like copping a feel just to realize this fine honey stuffed her bra! It’s a major disappointment to say the least. The sad truth is that a lot of show cars may leave you disappointed with their…

Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. announced its 2016 Formula Drift lineup, bringing a wide range of experience and skill to this year’s championship. Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. and fan favorite “Mad Mike” Whiddett are both returning this year, but in brand new cars for the season. Vaughn Gittin Jr. will debut his 2016 Ford Mustang RTR, equipped with a 436 cubic-inch Ford Performance/Roush Yates-built V8 that produces over 900 horsepower at 9,000 RPM. Mike Whiddett continues his high-revving, rotary-powered Mazda MX-5 journey with the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Up-and-coming driver Alex Heilbrunn will be joining Team Nitto in…

Lets face it; it’s hard to take a Mitsubishi Mirage coupe seriously when it comes to performance. The humble FWD economy compact shares little to nothing in common with its cousin, the Lancer Evolution. Fortunately, it does share some similarities to its other performance cousin, the Eclipse. And, some enthusiasts recognize this and push the Mirage into a performance class worthy of respect. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Elvin Rivera and his brother decided to purchase this 1995 Mirage coupe and build it for drag racing. Rivera explained, “We bought the car in 2006. We liked the look of…

New Car Buying Decisions From: John G. To: DSPORT Magazine John asks: I finally saved up enough money to buy my first real car. I’m looking for a daily driver in the under-$30,000 range that I can mildly modify in the future. I’m deciding between a Scion FR-S, Subaru WRX and Volkswagen Golf GTI S. Between these three new cars, which would you choose and why? I love your magazine, thank you for your input. Each model you’ve selected has its advantages, so the decision largely comes down to personal taste. The Scion FR-S, the most affordable of the three,…

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