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If you haven’t been on DSPORT’s Tokyo Auto Salon Tour or visited Japan at all, then you may not be very familiar with Japanese hospitality. Visitors to Japan often speak of the high level of warmth and customer service that’s prevalent in the country. In Japanese language, this treatment is known as “omotenashi”, which has no literal English translation but figuratively can be thought of as an all-encompassing rendering of service without expectation or reward. This concept can be experienced in all types of interactions from dining at a restaurant to buying car parts at a local shop. Text by…

OEM Audio Plus, specialists in vehicle-specific sound systems, now offers a sound solution for the Toyota Tacoma Double Cab. The kit includes pre-calibrated multi-channel 32-bit DSP power amplifier, Tacoma-specific quad-coil subwoofer system, plug-and-play quick-sync wiring harness and complete carbon fiber cone speaker upgrades. Beyond the hardware, OEM Audio Plus tunes each of its applications specifically to the characteristics and properties of the platform that they are designed for. Paired with optimized hardware design and sound performance, the audio system features an OEM-looking design to maintain a clean, factory equipment aesthetic. Part number is TYT-TCD-REF45Q-1600 and MSRP starts at $1,199. Visit…

We’re proud to announce our first ever track event in Japan, the DSPORT Tuner Challenge. Taking place at the famed Mobara Twin Circuit on January 16th, 2017 and included as part of the 2017 DSPORT Tokyo Auto Salon Tour. Japanese drivers will be competing in Drift/Grip sessions to win trophies and prizes while the DSPORT TAS tour attendees will get the VIP experience all along the way. We’ve partnered with Takahiro Ueno of T&E Vertex to provide you an experience like no other. You’ll get ride alongs in Pro D1 cars, a front row view of the Drift competition featuring…

Many of the most performance-enhancing parts of a car are also the most inconspicuous. When looking in an engine bay, high performance pistons or camshafts hide behind the veil of the engine block and valve covers, wearing no badge on the surface of the power these parts help produce. The same concept applies to any vehicle’s suspension system. While upgrades in the way of sway bars, shock absorbers, springs and control arms can improve a car’s handling, the performance of these components starts with where the suspension pieces link together. Polyurethane bushings like Energy Suspension’s Hyper-Flex product line replaces the…

How do you gather over thirty of the fastest time attack cars in one place? Offer thousands of dollars in cash prizes to the quickest around the track. The Speed Ring Powered by HKS brought cars and drivers from across the country to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for their chance to prove their speed. Headlined by the Unlimited GT-R class, the Speed Ring set out to find the fastest time attack GT-R in the world. What better way to make this a real challenge than for HKS to fly its top driver, a 1,000+ horsepower GT-R and a briefcase…

Imagine carrying an 80MPH drift on low-grip gravel, with a thick forest on one side of the road and a mountainside drop on the other. A simple miscalculation of a bump in the road or the amount of grip available can send the car tumbling down the mountain or wrapped around a tree in the blink of an eye. This recipe for disaster, known as rally racing, calls for some of the toughest-built racecars in all of motorsports, from the tires and suspension to the roll cage and safety equipment that surrounds the vehicle occupants. In order to get a…

Over 100 exotics cruised from the ritzy glamor of Beverly Hills to Boden Autohaus in Orange County for the Armytrix Customer Appreciation Event. Sunny Southern California provided the perfect backdrop for the event, as hundreds of spectators gathered to admire the high end vehicles on display. Text and Photos by Stanley Yee Tucked away in an unassuming business park next to John Wayne Airport in Costa Mesa, Boden Autohaus co-hosted the event with Armytrix Exhaust and Platinum Motorsport. Spectators lined the streets by 9am to catch the multimillion dollar caravan roll into the parking lot. Boden’s limited parking spaces quickly…

High-performance automotive technology and components often times trickle down from motorsports and racing. That technology is then applied to consumers on a mass production scale. Because racing is perceived as the crux of automotive technology, it is often the means by which tuning shops learn more about their tradecraft and validate their abilities in competition. While this is the angle that many shops employ to earn recognition and clout with consumers, others focus directly on the needs of consumers. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Richard Fong and Sami Sharaf The People’s Tuner Focusing on the enthusiast’s needs separates…

If it has wheels, it can be raced. The world of racing is no longer just reserved for the fastest vehicles. Spec classes designed for specific platforms pits drivers and teams against the clock and each other, regardless of the vehicle type. Even so, it’s hard to imagine the practical and modestly powered Honda Fit as a racecar. After all, the GE8 Fit’s 1.5-liter L15A7 engine makes all of 118 horsepower and 107 lb-ft torque. However, its broad popularity among consumers and its use in Super Taikyu class ST-5 make for a compelling argument that it should not be a wonder…

As much as many of us trash talk the onslaught of reality TV that showcases stories of rags to riches, weight loss and becoming a bonafide culinary master, the success of these shows further proves that people love transformation stories. However, the essential pieces of every “before and after” lie between the “before” and the “after.” This is where the dirty work takes place, where the finer details make all the difference in the final product. As the D’Garage Ford Fiesta ST reaches its fourth and final stage of its build, we found no shortage of details to work on…

When it comes to Ohio, weather can be a fickle friend. Anyone watching the forecast leading up to the weekend of August 19-21, 2016, the long weekend of the 24th Annual Shootout presented by Buschur Racing, would agree that the outlook changed quickly and frequently. Fortunately, the early predictions that thunderstorms would saturate all three days of the event did not come true, as thousands began to pour into the Village of Wakeman and neighboring Sandusky, Norwalk and Milan. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Richard Fong, MaryBeth Kiczenski and Jake Schipper Welcome to Buschurville Wakeman, Ohio has a…

Testing the Response Time of Popular Wideband Controllers For about a year, AEM electronics has wanted us to get the word out about its X-Series Wideband UEGO AFR sensor controller and gauge. This new series is promoted as being the world’s “fastest responding wideband” in independent testing. AEM Electronics asked if we would publish the results of this third party testing and we politely answered “no.” The reason was simple; we weren’t the third party conducting the test and we weren’t the company paying for the test to be conducted. A laboratory contracted by AEM Electronics conducted the testing. As…

When you hear the term “Kamikaze”, you’d probably think of the Japanese World War II special attack units. However, when translated from Japanese, kamikaze means “Divine Wind” or “Spirit Wind”. For a machine to move as if driven by a divine wind, it’s going to need some power, be able to slice through the air and keep the tires planted down the straights and through the turns. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Rob Shaw Swift Like a Spirited Wind In Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, the aero parts specialists at Varis have been busy designing some of the most…

It’s not always easy to unite enthusiasts and fans for a celebration of just a single vehicle platform. But the heritage of the Toyota 86 cannot be denied as its history spans several decades and has a cult-like following to go along with it. To celebrate this lineage, 86FEST presented by Turn 14 Distribution drew the masses to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on August 6, 2016 (8/6) for its fifth annual celebration of all things Toyota 86. What a fitting date to head to the track for this one-make event. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Richard…

In my earlier years of racing, I couldn’t believe it whenever I spoke to a racecar owner or team manager who said that they actually preferred to not be the one behind the wheel. How could anyone not be interested in pushing a car to its limits and competing for the podium? As it turns out, the players behind the scenes of any race team are dealt equally difficult challenges, and they play every bit as important of a role as the driver to get a car to cross the finish line first. In order to give the public a…

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