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“Don’t go too far” is one of the first rules that any child hears. Of course, no child ever listens. Instead, they often have to learn that and every other lesson for themselves. In the case of Dana Westover of Las Vegas, Nevada, his 7-second race-only Supra is the epitome of taking things too far. This 1,300-horsepower, two-speed automatic, drag-only Supra only sees action when its slugging it out on the dragstrip. Once a killer streetcar, that Supra went too far to remain streetable. Text and Photos by Michael Ferrara Extreme Reliability When Dana came across this 1995 Supra, his…

“Blinging” show cars usually have every dress-up component under the sun but offer the same amount of performance as a bone-stock vehicle. On the flip side, cars built with a horsepower focus can pull away from an opponent at a stop-light encounter, but won’t have the eye-catching looks that gain admirers. Striking a balance between looks and performance has become more and more common, as enthusiasts invest their time and money to blend performance with presentation. Jorge Lopez used to own a highly-modified 350Z that hardly rarely earned a second glance despite its ability to pull away from most contenders.…

The racetrack is the common factor shared by practically all motorsports and serves as the proving grounds for all things high performance. Track testing also functions as the laboratory for performance parts development. Participation and involvement unite the manufacturers, tuners and consumers in our industry and no one knows this better than David Norton of S.P.E.C. Clutches. SPEC Clutches was born of a need for attainable driveline performance products. Norton and much of his staff at SPEC Clutches not only develop and manufacture clutch products, they also track the products they produce. When Norton purchased this 1995 Nissan 240SX in…

Strippers can be expensive. Stop thinking rap stars, lap dances and sports celebrities. We are talking about a “stripper” in terms of a hole that has had its threads stripped out or damaged. In addition to being expensive to repair, strippers also require a great deal of time and usually evoke a great deal of frustration. Fortunately, understanding the history of the materials being threaded along with the science of inserts can help you avoid encountering a stripper or, at least, be prepared to select the correct parts to repair a stripper. Done right, you’ll never have a thread failure…

AE Threads AE (Automotive Enthusiasts) Threads is introducing its newest lineup of automotive apparel. At its roots, the company aimed to build itself out of its appreciation and vision of the Japanese domestic market. In the creation of its products, the company drew inspiration from Japan’s unique forms of style and expression in the automotive world that played a major role in movements such as drifting and time attack racing. AE Threads fixes itself on capturing and expanding these lifestyles further. AE Threads states that its clothing designs are printed with plastisol ink, allowing clothing to be washed and worn hassle free. With a 1989 Nissan…

Driving Down a quiet road with nothing but acres of fields and farmland might make you wonder if you’re heading in the right direction to find a performance tuning shop. However, once you see the rows of rotary-powered machines lined up facing the street, that doubt quickly evaporates. This is the experience of finding RE Pro Shop Miyoshi in Okayama. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Rotaries and Racing The “RE” in RE Pro Shop Miyoshi says it all, Rotary Engine. Located in the suburban prefecture of Okayama, Japan, this tuner of the triangles loves rotaries and racing. Within its…

DSPORT IS NOW 100 ISSUES OLD and while we would normally take advantage of such a moment to complain about how old we have all gotten, we’ll reflect on the past instead. Thrice before, we have published retrospectives about DSPORT and its place in the industry. Most titles never turn a profit and fail within a few issues. Fewer still manage to become acknowledged leaders in the industry. And although our long-term readers have lived much of this history with us, we would like to share our story with the thousands of readers who have joined us along the way.…

When Edwin Diaz needed something withfour doors to replace his heavily-modified RX-7 project, he turned to one of the most potent import performance sedans on the planet, the EVO X. “I needed a 4-door family car that was comfortable enough to take my daughter Bella anywhere without any reliability issues,” he remarked. Diaz decided the turbocharged 4B11T engine mated to Mitsubishi’s smooth-shifting Twin Clutch Sporttronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST) was the answer to his daily family-transportation question. Text by Arnold Eugenio // Photos by Richard Fong Looking the Part After replacing the modified RX-7 with the 2008 EVO MR here, Diaz…

If you think you’re any sort of skilled driver now, wait until you have a professional show you how fast you can really go. I come from more than a decade of road racing experience in a wide variety of four-wheeled machines, I’ve collected my share of wins and championships, and can even lay claim to a track record with my name on it. So what did all of this experience amount to when I first got behind the wheel of DirtFish Rally School’s Subaru WRX STIs? Almost nothing. Sure, I didn’t crash the car, I kept it on track…

Rally Subaru WRX On-Board Video In issue #169 of DSPORT, we examined the process and requirements of what goes into building and preparing a car for rally racing. We teamed up with Todd McAllister from team Driven to Find a Cure and Ralli Candi shop owner Brent Smith to participate in our first ever stage rally race. DSPORT Technical Editor Cameron Parsons took the co-driver seat in this rally Subaru WRX, as we competed in this long and grueling Rally America event, the Oregon Trail Rally. Read more about it in issue #170, and see the video below to ride…

Polyurethane Bushings: Getting the Most Out of Your 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata If you’ve had a look at issue #170, you’ve seen the benefits of making the switch over to polyurethane suspension bushings. When we tested Energy Suspension’s Hyper-Flex polyurethane bushings on our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, we found notable improvements in both lap times and the car’s driving characteristics. Installing a new set of bushings is no simple task, but the proper tools and know-how come a long way in getting the job done and reaping the benefits. In this How-To, we’ll take a look at the installation process…

If you’re running “hellaflush” levels of negative camber on your streetcar and deem it fast, you should be ashamed of yourself. Extreme camber and an ultra-low ride height may sound like a good idea to some, but there’s a harsh reality that too often goes unknown. This kind of setup burns through tires, stresses suspension components and, worst of all, erases whatever remnants of handling performance your car once had. Achieving a proper alignment for the track may not look as extreme as some of the vehicles that show up to the local late night car meets, but you’ll be…

The Good-Win Racing brand has resonated as a popular aftermarket parts resource for the Mazda Miata for years. After backing the MX-5 Miata platform for all this time with solutions to street performance, racing parts and more, the company and its staff have become a trusted source for Mazda performance. This week, Brian Goodwin of Good-Win Racing was given the opportunity to test drive the Fiat 124 Spider, Fiat’s affordable roadster built on Mazda’s MX-5 ND platform. Brian took multiple variants of the 124 around an autocross course to find the limits of the car, and shared his experience with…

The pursuit of perfect is a never-ending race. Street enthusiasts dream of driving sleek machines that do it all: high-speed cornering, lightning-quick throttle response and blindingly-fast top speeds. In one word “supercar.” The NSX is often hailed as a supercar for its exceptional degree of balance. Unfortunately, balance without boost can eventually get pretty boring. However, making big power with a forced-induction system that sacrifices response can throw the balance of the NSX out the window. This is a reality that has convinced many NSX owners to keep the vehicle naturally-aspirated. Fortunately, even tough problems often have a solution. In…

Motorsports showcase the technological prowess of the competing manufacturers, and Subaru’s efforts and achievements in the World Rally Championship have earned the company a loyal following. The Impreza caught Aaron Wells’ attention as he watched Colin McRae and then Petter Solberg represent Subaru on WRC podiums in the 90s and into 2000. When Subaru announced the release of the WRX in America in 2001, Wells put his deposit down. After taking delivery, he invested into his WRX with a goal of making it just like an STi. This brought him temporary satisfaction until Subaru announced the release of the STi…

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