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Power Test and SuperFlow Join Forces! On September 20th, Power Test Inc., a dynamometer and custom test stand manufacturer, completed the transaction to acquire SuperFlow Technologies/Hicklin Engineering. Power Test CEO Alan Petelinsek will be working closely with former owner and now General Manager Scott Giles in Des Moines, IA, along with Division Manager Dave Arsenault in Colorado Springs, CO, to integrate best practices between the companies, share resources, and build upon the tremendous engineering and manufacturing synergies between these industry leaders. The combined dynamometer experience of these three men alone exceeds 120 years, and a multitude of economic cycles. Text by…

What should your next upgrade be? Asking yourself this question can send you down a rabbit hole of unnecessary and expensive mods if you’re not careful. So before window shopping catalogs and forums for new parts, decide first what you want to do with the car. If you plan to track your car with HPDE and similar track day events, then wheels, tires, and brake upgrades should top your to-do list. In the way of brakes, new hardware in this area becomes essential not just for stopping power, but for heat tolerance and longevity to withstand the abuse of the…

Just like with a turbo upgrade, you can’t expect to bolt on new suspension hardware and realize gains right out of the gate. Obtaining peak performance requires adjustments, tuning and an understanding of how the pieces work in conjunction with each other. Perfecting a suspension system is a daunting task, as it is arguably the most complicated system of any performance vehicle. Most typically focus on stiffer dampers, springs and sway bars when upgrading the suspension. Although these upgrades usually improve handling, the effectiveness of the system also depends on the lengths, angles and linking points of the suspension system.…

Dash cameras are becoming more and more commonplace for street cars, and with good reason. They’re handy for capturing rare and interesting moments, but they’re also a lifesaver in situations that question liability and details of how an incident occurred. The Papago GoSafe 760 dual dash cam aims to provide the most coverage possible with a 140-degree wide angle in front and 120-degree wide angle in the rear. The camera records video in 1080p HD resolution, and supports 128GB SD cards to capture and store hours of video before it loops over. The GoSafe 760 utilizes special battery protection in order…

Although we as enthusiasts appreciate and enjoy the power capabilities of the acclaimed 2JZ-GTE platform, we also can’t deny that high horsepower JZA80 Supras are a dime a dozen. Pristine builds don’t seem to turn heads anymore unless the car cranks out more than 1,200whp. Even then, few make the effort to turn that power into anything but a quarter-mile burnout. Ken Miyazaki of Japan took a different approach with his 1998 Toyota Supra Turbo. Instead of aspiring to the many dyno queens in existence, he outfitted his JZA80 to turn fast laps on a road course. Text by Cameron…

There are few examples of the States getting a better version of a vehicle platform than the rest of the world. However, the first-generation (1G) and second-generation (2G) DSMs are an exception to the rule. While only FWD versions were available in Japan, AWD versions were available in the States. A cooperative effort between Chrysler and Mitsubishi produced the Eagle Talon TSi AWD, the Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX and Plymouth Laser RS Turbo AWDs. These legendary DSMs would not only introduce the States to the capabilities of turbocharged four-cylinders, but also to the extreme merits and challenges of an all-wheel-drive configuration.…

At the start of the new millennium, many performance enthusiasts went through a hard breakup with Honda. After years vested to one brand, the relationship between enthusiast and Honda went stale shortly after 2000. Honda simply stopped building Civics for enthusiasts. Within the DSPORT staff, we witnessed firsthand the parting of longtime Honda lovers and their make of choice. Most staffers replaced their Honda Civics and Acura Integras with EVOs, STis, and even European models such as the GTI. With the exception of the S2000 roadster, there has not been significant reason to get back together with Honda for those…

Nikon is taking its image capturing lineup further with its new KeyMission action cameras. The KeyMission 170 and 360 models offer 170-degree and 360-degree recording perspectives, respectively. They offer a compact form factor that is lightweight, waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof, with the ability to capture 4K Ultra HD video. They can also be controlled with a Nikon remote or via smartphone app. The cameras feature a range of built-in features like slow motion, time-lapse and more. Keeping in line with Nikon’s knack for image quality, the KeyMission cameras are built to capture video that is not only high resolution, but…

If you haven’t heard of HKS, Daigo Saito and Nobuteru “NOB” Taniguchi, then you must be very new to the import performance scene. HKS has been Japan’s premiere full-line performance parts manufacturer since the 1970s. Today, HKS has reestablished a US presence and we expect big things in the coming years. Daigo Saito is the D1GP and Formula D championship driver that we followed in our DSPORT Full Lock video series the season that he took the championship. He’s well known for his aggressive driving style and big-power drift machines. He is also the proprietor of Fat Five Racing, a…

Working under the hood of your car can feel crammed, and it only gets worse when working around a hood prop that sits in the way. GrimmSpeed intends to make jobs under the hood of your car a little easier with the help of its High Lift Hood Struts for the 2008-2014 Subaru WRX and STI. The struts are designed to open the hood up to nearly 90 degrees, providing extra clearance for bigger tasks without having to remove the hood completely. The struts come supplied with machined aluminum brackets and stainless steel ball studs that are custom machined for…

Producing big horsepower at higher elevations may seem like magic, but it’s actually a matter of making best use of the amount of oxygen that is available. Since the oxygen density is reduced at elevation, improvements and adjustments must be made in order for significant horsepower to be produced reliably. To many people living at higher elevations, producing high-horsepower builds can be both a challenge and an adventure. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Happenstance Fan When Jeremy Hepburn started car shopping, he wasn’t totally sure what he wanted. Just out of high school, he was drawn to the NSX,…

Fidanza Performance introduces its aluminum flywheel for the 2015-2017 Ford Mustang with 2.3L EcoBoost engine. The flywheel is made from 6061-T6 billet aluminum, aimed to reduce weight and improve heat dissipation. Weighing in at 14.4 pounds, the lighter weight flywheel enables faster throttle response, frees up horsepower and reduces stress on the engine rotating assembly. It features military grade fasteners to tighten down the heat-treated, 1050 steel replaceable friction plate. The 1050 steel ring gear is also heat-treated, as well as Rockwell hardened for extra durability. MSRP is $546.12. Fidanza Performance 440.259.5656

Turn 14 Distribution has seen some massive growth in recent years, enough to lead to the opening of its expansion to Horsham, Pennsylvania. The 162,000 square-foot facility opened the door for nearly 200 new jobs, and currently serves as the new headquarters for the operation. Turn 14 Distribution’s new 234,000 square-foot warehouse sits only a few miles away in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, sending out 28,000 packages per day from a long list of famous aftermarket brands. Have a look at the video above to take a tour of Turn 14 Distribution’s impressive new digs. www.turn14.com

There’s no quicker way to miss out on track time than to show up without the proper safety gear. No matter where you choose to race or track your car, any reputable track and organizer will require you to at least wear a Snell-certified helmet. The Snell Memorial Foundation sets the minimum requirements for a helmet’s quality of safety, and has since become the standard for helmet regulations. A new set of requirements and design changes routinely comes out every five years (for competition automotive sports), while helmets are typically allowed to be used for up to approximately ten…

When drifting began, the pioneers of the sport favored several real wheels drive platforms for power, weight distribution and handling traits. Nissan’s Silvia platform proved itself on the touge of Japan as well as in drifting competitions around the world. With the turbocharged SR20DET engine capable of producing over 400 horsepower with bolt-on parts and tuning, the affordable S-chassis made its way to the top of various podiums through the mid 2000’s. But in the USA, the Formula Drift Pro Championship started to get the attention of domestic manufacturers, and soon Dodge Vipers, Ford Mustangs and Chevy Camaros joined the…

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