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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a Mitsubishi Starion. When it comes to the ‘80s, we think of wide-fenders, pop-up headlights, and hard-lines. The Starion was exactly what that era represented. When the Mitsubishi Starion debuted in 1983, it hit the roads running as a performance competitor to the Mazda RX-7, the Toyota Supra, and some even described it as a budget rival to the Porsche 944. Originally equipped with a 2.6-liter motor that delivered 145 horsepower, Mitsubishi’s original advertisement read, “It ain’t the one you learn on.” Aesthetically, the Starion was offered in a widebody configuration that quickly…

You may recognize the Civic as one of the most popular cars in the world, but the story of Honda wasn’t always as smooth as its sales numbers today. Founded by Soichiro Honda, he started his first company named Tokai Seiki in 1937. He began crafting piston rings for a familiar company called Toyota. After giving up all control to the War Ministry, the destruction of one factory during World War II, and another factory tragedy courtesy of the Mikawa earthquake, the beginning years were nothing short of a struggle for the Japanese founder. In 1963, Honda began the production…

Music geeks and car geeks are cut from the same cloth: both blather on about minute details that can send the uninitiated’s head spinning. Pretty soon the chatter ends up sounding like the adults in Charlie Brown’s fictional world:  wha wah…. Wha wah wha whaaaa…. Yikes! Text & Photos by Michelle Haunold Now because I come from the music world, interpreting music geek-speak is pretty easy. I know about BPMs and lathes, colored vinyl and limited edition pressings. I comprehend techy-talk about analog microphones vs. digital inputs etc. I’m pretty comfortable navigating my way around a music festival or record…

About one year ago, DSPORT was fortunate to participate in the Pirelli World Challenge and drive a Mazda Global MX-5 cup car. Now it’s your chance to do the same. Long Road Racing will PAY your entry fees if you want to PLAY. Long Road Racing in conjunction with the NASA Mid Atlantic Region announces the formation of the 2018 ND Cup presented by Long Road Racing. The ND Cup is for the 2016+ (ND) Global MX-5 cup race cars. Free Racing The only thing better than racing is FREE racing! Long Road Racing (LRR) will pay the entry fee…

Win FREE tools from Milwaukee Tool. Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer, a mechanic, or you simply like having tools around the house, be sure to participate in this raffle to win one of the many valuable tools. Nearly $5,000 worth of products from Milwaukee Tool will be given away. What you can win How to Win Enter as soon as possible to be eligible for every drawing. STEP 1: Take a great picture at The Shootout STEP 2: Post on your Instagram and Facebook account STEP 3: Instagram Tag @MilwaukeeTool and hashtag the following #NothingButHeavyDuty #MilwaukeeTool #IDRC STEP 4: Facebook Tag…

At some point in your project building career, you are likely to come to a realization that having a tow vehicle is a good idea. Back in 2005, DSPORT purchased a RAM 3500 pickup with a Cummins diesel. This vehicle proved to be an excellent choice for hauling merchandise to trade shows and events or trailering a project car. However, it’s only during those outings that we really use “the truck.” Since it doesn’t make sense for everyone to have such a specialized-use vehicle in their stable, we started thinking about the concept of a budget-oriented, luxury vehicle that could…

July 23, 2018 (Southfield, MI) – Idemitsu Lubricants America is hosting a contest that will award two lucky winners and a guest the chance to have a VIP experience at the Nitro World Games, Sept. 21 – 23 at the Utah Motorsports Campus or the Americas Rallycross Championship at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX Sept. 28-30. The contest celebrates Idemitsu Lubricants America’s partnership with the Subaru Rally Team USA as the technical and lubricant partner for the 2018 season. Idemitsu’s logo can be seen on the team rally and rallycross cars, driver’s suits, team merchandise, service vehicles and…

Lightweight, beautiful, and timeless, the Mazda RX-7 is arguably Japan’s purest sports car. The RX-7 FD has won over many fans with its cutting edge design that features few straight lines. Its rigid chassis and capable suspension provide sharp handling. Its 2,800 pound curb weight and 255 horsepower sequentially turbocharged rotary engine delivered impressive performance. Yet, as with all things rotary, the FD does have its critics. The rotary engine showed many flaws, from a lack of torque to failing seals, and even catching on fire at times. Text by Bassem Girgis // Photos by Khiem Pham Long Life Dream…

The tires will only go so far, but the memories will last forever. Building a car is a dream for many, but for David Crowchild, it was simply a mission. For many years David’s older sister, Tina Crowchild, told him to always follow his heart. In November of 2014, tragedy struck when Tina passed away. Filled with sadness and grief, her famous advice to him kept nagging on him and left him wanting to deliver the promise he once made her. To keep her memory alive, he revisited an old dream he’s had since he was a child: building a…

To ensure proper engine lubrication in our 86 Challenge Presented by ENEOS, all car will be equipped with ENEOS Racing Street 0W-50 engine oil. The PAO fully synthetic oil offers exceptional viscosity, fast cold starts, and excellent engine protection. Engineered for racing and street applications, the Racing Street oil provides the latest API approval rating. Keep an eye out for a full coverage on our 86 Challenge.

For the very first time in the United States, Toyo Tires is releasing their new Proxes Sport max performance summer tire. The Proxes Sport will debut for the first time at the Streets of Willow race track in our 86 Challenge Presented by ENEOS. With improved contact, grip, and handling, the Proxes Sport will serve as the flagship for the company’s legendary Proxes Line of high performance tires. Stay tuned as we test these tires for the first time in America.

The AVO Turbocharger Kit for the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ/ Scion FR-S will be put to the test at the Streets of Willow for our 86 Challenge Presented by ENEOS. Designed specifically for the FA20 application, the AVO turbo kit comes with everything you need to bolt-on your car. It comes with the AVO base map for an EcuTek reflash free of charge. If you’re wondering how the AVO Turboworld kit will stack up against the competition, then stay tuned for our 86 Challenge.

DYNO IS IN SESSION. It is dyno-day at DSPORT Magazine, and our challenge contender HKS Subaru BRZ is strapped and ready to roll. Our second contender in the 86 challenge Presented by Eneos is this Vortech Supercharged FR-S. Car number 3 is this FR-S powered by a GReddy Turbo Kit Participant number 4 is equipped with an Edelbrock Supercharger. Last but not least participant number 5 is this FRS running the AVO Turbokit.

Straight from the heart of Japan, HKS has been a legend in the tuning industry. With turbochargers designed for all levels of motorsports, they have engraved their name in the performance industry forever. For the 86 Challenge Presented by ENEOS, HKS will be participating with their bolt-on turbocharger kit for the 86/FR-S/BRZ. Available with or without a CAT, we can’t wait to see how this kit performs on the streets, dyno, and track.

Although the Toyota 86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ are capable in the handling department, aftermarket suspension is crucial for track purposes. As we prepare for the 2018 DSPORT 86 Challenge Presented by ENEOS, we would like to introduce ST Suspension. ST Suspension will be providing coilover kits for all five forced-induced cars to ensure they all handle precisely on the track. This will help us gather the most accurate data. To reduce body-roll even further, ST anti-sway bars will be installed on all cars. Don’t miss our on the action.

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