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Finally, the tenth-generation Honda Civic is getting the hatchback treatment in North America. The new model Civic has received praise as well as jabs regarding its looks and overall design, it seems to simply depend on who you ask. Despite all this,  the tenth generation Civic underwent numerous updates to its chassis, powertrain and interior in order to enhance the experience from behind the wheel. Honda consistently labeled the latest generation as “sporty,” especially considering that the car is now available with a 1.5-liter turbocharged power plant from the factory. However, the manufacturer made the odd decision of only equipping…

Three Days, Single Digits, Midwest Madness Twenty-four years ago, a group of friends got together to hangout and race against each other at a drag strip nestled within a vast range of Ohio farmland. Fast forward to 2016 and that small get together evolved into one of the grandest enthusiast racing events in the USA, and it just keeps getting bigger with each passing year. The Buschur Shootout started as a primarily DSM event that grew to include Subarus and then the EVO, once it was released stateside. In 2012, the GT-R joined in the fray and became a venue…

Seven teams, seven Nissan R35 GT-Rs. Seven-second passes. This remarkable group of seven running sevens composes an international band of drag strip outlaws riding on the bleeding edge of innovation and technology. They constantly battle with physics and extract unbelievable horsepower and torque from the all-aluminum V6, twin-turbocharged VR38DETT engine. By Richard Fong // Lead Image Courtesy of Altechno Racing Rapid Development Just five years ago, a Nissan GT-R making 900 horsepower broke the nine-second barrier. Today, at least 13 GT-Rs from across the globe make anywhere from 1,600 to 2,500 horsepower and clear the quarter mile in under eight…

#7 | Altechno Racing | Russia 7.745 @ 183.93 MPH Building an international presence lends to credibility building a championship racecar solidifies it. Over the course of the last 15 years in business, Altechno Racing has established a foothold in both Moscow and Dubai through more than 150 vehicle builds and in excess of 55 awards. In addition to an impressive resume, Altechno’s efforts in drag racing has landed it among the world’s top seven GT-Rs. Photos Courtesy of Altechno Racing Trickle Down Effect Alexei Briginevich opened Altechno Racing in 2001. Like Briginevich, his staff shares a passion for cars,…

#6 | Subzero | Dubai, UAE & Saudi Arabia 7.693 @ 178.11 MPH What started as a personal project eleven years ago grew into a formidable tuning facility, customization shop and drag racing team. A love for car customization and drag racing fueled the motivation for Rashid Al Jabri to open Subzero Motorsports (Subzero.) The shop started in a small garage with six employees and has since grown into a 50,000 square-foot, ISO-certified 9001:2000 facility with a staff of 40 engineers, mechanics and tuners. Photos by Octavio Veliz, Nidal AbuKhalid (MotorHeads Arabia) & Subzero Racing Building Block Subzero’s reputation in…

#5 | AMS/Alpha Performance | USA 7.485 @ 192.97 AMS opened it’s doors in March 2001 as Automotorsports Inc. (AMS) by Martin Musial. The company started off by developing camshafts for the turbocharged Merkur XR4TI, but shortly after, the vehicle experienced a sharp decline in popularity and relevance. Musial shifted the company’s focus toward Mitsubishi’s 4G63 powered platforms, the Galant VR4 and the Eclipse GST and GSX. AMS evolved as new platforms became available, embracing the CT9A EVO VIII and IX and then the CZ4A EVO X. AMS invested heavily into improving and racing the different EVO chassis, claiming numerous…

#4 | T1 Race Development | USA 7.385 @ 195.76 MPH Once a drag racer, always a drag racer. Tony Palo started in the automotive industry 20 years ago. Already an automotive and racing enthusiast, he worked at several high-profile shops before deciding to venture out on his own, establishing T1 Race Development in July 2005. He started working up a 2000 Acura Integra GSR (as featured in DSPORT Issue #51, March 2007) in the chase to have the first eight-second FWD streetcar. This Integra became T1 Race Development’s flagship project and in October 2008, he made that goal a…

#3 | Extreme Turbo Systems | USA 7.326 @ 196.63 MPH Accelerating a 3,800 lbs. vehicle down a 1,320-foot drag strip in less than eight seconds is no easy feat. Doing so with off-the-shelf parts might seem even more daunting. Using a reflashed factory ECU and an essentially stock suspension? Mind-blowing. But this is what Extreme Turbo Systems (ETS) accomplished in early 2014 with its R35 GT-R (DSPORT Issue #143, July 2014). Photos by Dianne Boyce (DB Photos) and Jesse Childress Race and Chase The ETS GT-R rose to prominence quickly, jockeying for the world record in the quarter mile…

#2 | F Performance Garage | Dubai, UAE 7.315 @ 189.92 MPH Hot out the gates would be a good way to describe F Performance Garage. Founded in 2013 by Salem and Talub, this young shop located in Dubai, UAE, produced the first seven-second GT-R in Dubai and currently has the second quickest GT-R in the world. Placing emphasis on high-end, high-performance vehicle builds, the shop focuses on producing bulletproof street and racecars while keeping a meticulous eye on the details. Photos Courtesy of F Performance Garage Open Class Contender F Performance’s racecar builds demonstrate the shop’s capacities, and the…

#1 Ekanoo Racing | Bahrain 7.207 @ 202.11 MPH The opening of the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in 2004 brought world-class motorsports to the country, creating a venue for several international racing series ranging from Formula1 and FIA GT to Endurance racing and V8 Supercars. BIC is also part of the NHRA Worldwide Network, which helped to bring the sport of drag racing to life in the Gulf area. Photos Courtesy of EKanoo Racing Collecting Records It was also in 2004 that entrepreneur Ebrahim Mohammad Kanoo founded EKanoo Racing and hosted the first drag event in the country at the…

Come and out and join us this Sunday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim for the 4th annual Nitto Tire’s Auto Enthusiast Day.  We will be bringing out the D’Garage R35 and will be discounting subscriptions and magazines all day long.  Taking place from 10am to 5pm the event includes a car show, driving demos from Team Nitto drivers, a vendor midway, special raffle prizes/giveaways, and food trucks.  Tickets are FREE and are available at www.autoenthusiastday.com NITTO TIRE’S AUTO ENTHUSIAST DAY EVENT COMES TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 4th Annual Auto Enthusiast Day is returning to Southern California on Sunday, August 14th, 2016…

There’s no doubt that first impressions matter. The first time we met David Bruzewski at the 2010 IDRC Sport Compact Nationals, his 2004 Labrador Black EVO VIII caught our attention immediately and made a lasting impact. With an AMS 2.3-liter 4G63 engine under the hood producing over 700 horsepower and 531 lb- torque, Bruzewski managed to claim the runner-up spot in his class. Add to this performance an Öhlins suspension, bronze Volk Racing TE37 wheels and a full Voltex aero kit and this EVO simply stood out from the rest. He earned a feature in DSPORT Issue #96 as well…

Another week, and another addition of DSPORT’s Best of Instagram.  Here we highlight some of the best and most entertaining pics to come through our IG feed.  As always make sure to tag us in your posts for your chance to be featured next week.  Enjoy! Greddy open house A photo posted by @evoheart7 on Aug 4, 2016 at 6:18pm PDT Talk of the town A photo posted by Marco Sierra 7k9k11k (@2istz33) on Aug 7, 2016 at 11:04pm PDT Twerk welds A photo posted by Vibrant Performance (@vibrant_performance) on Aug 7, 2016 at 6:48am PDT The right stuff A…

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