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TRA-Kyoto’s Kei Miura has been busy at his workshop. After announcing the new Pandem series aero kits in October and showcasing several of the new kits at the 2015 SEMA Show, Miura released images of his latest creation on the company’s Facebook site on February 8. A new Rocket Bunny kit for the Honda EG Civic.  Although no text was included other than “coming soon” and some shots of an EG Civic hatch with Miura’s signature styling. Hopefully though the kit won’t cost more than the car.

Subaru proves that looks aren’t everything. The fact that most of the best looking cars also happen to be some of the fastest is not a coincidence. Usually, feats in engineering follow the mantra that beauty follows function, where designs that positively influence performance naturally present an attractive appearance. Subaru somehow pulled off the opposite with its 2016 WRX, a paragon of affordable fun, wrapped in a much simpler package than most vehicles of similar performance. Despite the changes in aesthetic direction from the previous generation WRXs, the experience from behind the wheel keeps getting better. Text by Cameron Parsons…

Over in our machine shop, we show you the benefit of using the dry ice to fit in your cylinder sleeves more easily. • Insert cylinder sleeves into cooler of dry ice and heat engine block to 250 ºF . • Remove engine block after 30 minutes of heating. • Use retaining compound on the block before inserting cylinder sleeves. • Remove cylinder sleeves from cooler after 30 minutes. • Slide cylinder sleeves into engine block. Use feeler gauge to make sure flats of sleeve are parallel. • Place honing plate on block and torque head studs to ensure sleeves…

IT’S A HOLLYWOOD CLICHE TO GET BEATEN IN A RACE, go back to the garage, make improvements and come back a winner. The fact is, this scenario is something that many can relate to and draw inspiration from. When the shortcoming is related to traction, even more clichés come to mind. Getting power to the ground has proven a challenge for generation upon generation of racers and enthusiasts. The quest for traction has prompted some to think outside the box, taking uncommon measures to achieve it. Thankfully, the results sometimes more than justify the frustration, effort and expense. Text and…

BOOKS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN ILLUSTRATING THE MATH, SCIENCE and design of suspension systems. In the case of coil-over suspension systems, buyers must consider price, application, construction and adjustment capabilities when selecting the best coil-over system for their vehicle. If the objective is to simply achieve a decent ride on a lowered stance, there are a number of options. The quality of the product will determine if it lasts for 10,000 miles or 200,000. If the objective is to tune a vehicle for maximum performance on the street or on the track, a higher investment will be required. Staff Report Price,…

HOLD ON TIGHT ENGINE INTERNALS TAKE A LOT OF ABUSE IN THE FORM OF HEAT, VIBRATION and friction. Keeping the engine internals together under these conditions requires strong fasteners. With intentions set on ensuring high strength and durability, Automotive Racing Products (ARP) now offers its ARP2000 Connecting Rod Bolt Kit for Subaru 2.0L (FA20) DOHC 4-cylinder applications. The cap screw style rod bolts are rated at 220,000 PSI tensile strength and can be reused, unlike OEM Torque to Yield rod bolts that require replacement after each use. Automotive Racing Products 800.826.3045

PACKIN’ GEAR GOPRO IS THE GO-TO STANDARD FOR COMPACT, ACTION CAMERAS. FOR THOSE that carry numerous GoPro cameras in order to capture footage from every angle, Incase offers its Kelly Slater Pro Pack. The Pro Pack contains a large volume main compartment with customizable divider to house multiple GoPro cameras and accessories. An integrated mount on the left strap allows the wearer to attach a camera and continue recording, hands-free. The included Tensaerlite Canister fits two more cameras for extra protection. For extreme weather conditions, a removable rainfly stores in its own pocket at the bottom, ready to quickly cover…

PUNCH OUT THE BOXER AS THE SAYING GOES, THERE IS NO REPLACEMENT FOR DISPLACEMENT AND L.A. Sleeve has made it easier for Subaru owners to up the displacement of their EJ25 engines with its Big Bore Sleeve Kit. L.A. Sleeve’s kit is made from proprietary Moly2000 centrifugally spun cast ductile iron, a hardened material that can be bored out to a bore larger than the factory 99.5mm piston size. According to L.A. Sleeve, the increase in bore size can efictively increase the displacement of the EJ25 to 2.8-liters. In addition to the increase in engine size, the sleeve kit offers…

“I love this car! I’ll never modify it. It’s perfect, just as it is.” Many can relate to this sentiment, and probably even more will admit to making changes shortly after. But the urge to upgrade always seems to overtake practicality and complacency. T1 Race Development’s Tony Palo would be the first to admit it, since he started tuning and racing his R35 GT-R only two weeks after making that opening quote on his way home from the dealership. Text and Photos by Richard Fong // Detailed Images Courtesy of Stuart Leiby @ T1 Race Development Racer to the Core…

Power, speed and no fear of defeat. This is the checklist of any warrior going into combat. Since its creation, VeilSide’s R-1 Street DRAG GT-R has faced challengers from around the world and none have been able to better this warrior on the quarter-mile clad in street trim. Bigger engines, more power and bigger bankrolls have not been able to dethrone this king of the street. Instead, the VeilSide R-1 has bettered all in the 1/4-mile confrontations and in challenges to be the quickest 0-300km/h street car in the world. Text & Photos by Michael Ferrara VeilSide Here in the…

VETERAN RACE TEAMS OFTEN SEEK GREATER CHALLENGES TO PROVE A POINT– the seemingly unfeasible can be made a reality. Building a winning Formula D racecar that requires a RWD conversion in a timeframe of a few months would seem unfeasible. However, Papadakis Racing, with the support of Scion, TRD, AEM and driver Tanner Foust made it a reality. Text By Richard Fong // Photos by Michael Ferrara Stephan Papadakis is a name synonymous with import performance. Steph has built and raced some of the fastest import-powered vehicles in the world. Going from a dead stop to over 200 MPH in…

IN THE WORLD OF RACING, GOVERNING BODIES ESTABLISH SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS in order to present a level playing field and ensure safety. In the quest for a championship, some competitors take extra measures in order to gain an edge, pushing the limits and raising the standards. Experienced racers are never suprised by just how far some competitors are willing to go. Cameron Worth, owner of Pettit Racing in West Palm Beach, Florida, exemplifies the driven competitor. Since winning the 1998 GT Championship in the GT2 class with a RX7 FD, his thirst for a new victory could not be quenched. Encouraged…

EIGHT YEARS AGO, MITSUBISHI’S EVOLUTION X ASSUMED the duty of carrying the performance torch for the marque as its flagship performance platform. Powered by a 291 horsepower, turbocharged 4B11 engine, the EVO X proudly continuedthe Evolution legacy with the latest Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) AWD system and for the first time in the USA, Super-Active Yaw Control (S-AYC). Mitsubishi also offered its EVO X MR with a new transmission solution, the Twin Clutch-Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST). This quick shifting gearbox offered rapid gear changes at the press of a paddle. Text and Testing by Richard Fong // Photos by Richard…

WHAT DO NISSAN, PAUL NEWMAN AND ADAM CAROLLA share in common? They all love winning. Nissan’s competitive racing heritage got its start when the company began racing vehicles in 1936 with the NL75 under the Datsun moniker. This competitive heritage and Nissan’s ongoing innovations in automotive technology throughout the years captured the attention of racers throughout the world. Its commitment to racing has forged a heritage that garnered fans across many generations. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Aaron Eusebi, Jesse Nelson and Courtesy of Matthew D’Andria True Calling Paul Newman was many things to many people. To the…

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