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Autumn marks the end of the racing season in many parts of the USA as racers begin their winter rebuilds. But in Southern California, IDRC racers and InstaFame Car Show entrants formed lines before dawn to gain entrance to the BorgWarner IDRC International Finals presented by ARP. Moderate temperatures greeted attendees on Sunday October 23, 2016, offering ideal racing conditions as the masses made their way into the venue at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California. The racers set up in their pits while the InstaFame contestants filed to the end of the track to coordinate and get staged into…

The term “future-proof” is a dangerous one to throw around for any modern technology. Many mobile device manufacturers regularly push out their latest hardware while deeming the previous generation outdated. You can’t go shopping for a laptop without the expectation that there will be a new model next year that is thinner, lighter and more powerful. Even automotive technologies follow this pattern, with engine management solutions and active suspension continually proving more effective than ever before with every update. In the cockpit, the motorsports industry pushes data acquisition technologies forward, making gigantic strides in the last decade. Despite the trend…

Overkill is underrated. But what constitutes overfill? How much is too much? How about a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine motivated by a T4-framed 74mm turbocharger, an air-to-water intercooler with a 14-gallon tank, a billet aluminum bell housing, and enough powder coating and polishing to buy another car? All of this in a daily driver with a functional air conditioning system and full interior. If you’re going to build a car, build it to the extreme. Is it possible to overbuild a car? Some think so, but Insane Speed and its machine shop Insane Power of Las Vegas, Nevada have redefined vehicle…

Regardless of what you drive, we know you care about your car’s style – That’s why we’ve teamed up with Hoonigan to release a limited edition billet aluminum oil filler cap, complete with a matching bottle opener/multi-tool keychain to complete the package. Whether you drift, autocross, air-out at the local Cars and Coffee, or just daydream about these things while commuting to work in your ’99 Camry, we had you in mind when we engineered this cap. This is the quintessential gearheads’ toolkit; our goal is to provide you with the means to get out there and thrash tires while…

The CD-7/CD-7L color digital displays feature a super bright, high contrast, sunlight readable display and include an integrated glare diffuser and shade hood so that they are readable in even the brightest daylight conditions. They are designed to accept channels from CAN bus connections and do not include analog inputs. Two CAN bus channels are included so that it can receive and collect data from AEMnet enabled devices such as the Infinity ECU, Series 2 EMS or EMS-4, and 3rd party devices including PDM’s, CAN sensor modules and programmable engine management systems. Third-party systems will require download of 3rd party…

Return of the Hatch Many people won’t miss something until it is gone. Honda offered its broadly popular Civic model as a hatchback since the first generation Civic was available in the early 1970s. The hatchback proved popular all the way through the 1990s. The seventh generation hatchback (2001-05) was the last to be offered in the US. While Europe, Japan and other markets continued to get the hatchback for the next two generations, it became apparent that America was starting to miss the odd numbered door. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Richard Fong and Courtesy of American…

Richard Move Aside, Front-Wheel Drive The car I wish had made it to U.S. shores would have to be Mitsubishi’s EVO IV. My first encounter with the EVO IV was during the mid-1990’s, when front-wheel drive Acuras and Hondas rose to dominance across America thanks to their high specific output engines equipped with Honda’s variable valve timing and lift system (VTEC.) While tuners and fabricators faced the challenge of figuring out how to make the B-series engines produce power reliably (which they ultimately did), the CN9A EVO IV earned high praise on the international stage for its all-wheel driveline, active…

The JZA80 Toyota Supra is arguably the best supercar to ever come out of Japan. Even GT-R owners have to recognize that the 2JZ powerplant offers phenomenal performance and reliability. We’ve all heard the stories of the truly psychotic Supra owners that are making over 800 horsepower at the wheels with completely stock long blocks. Many of us have also witnessed the dragstrip potential of these engines in the likes of the Bullish Solaras and the Supras of Paul Efantis and Vinny Ten. Given the impressive achievements of the Toyota 2JZ engine, we weren’t too surprised to hear that SP…

Why should anyone care about time attack? Motorsports around the world already deliver wheel-to-wheel, on-road and off-road action with nearly every style racecar imaginable, so why bother with a motorsport that appears to many as a large-scale autocross? Although time attack competition prioritizes a single best lap time above all else, there’s much more to it than throwing parts at a car and laying down a few fun laps. At the level of the Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge, this form of racing brings out some of the world’s most skilled drivers, piloting insane builds put together by the most…

Some of the most famous and life-changing inventions were stumbled upon by accident. One such discovery, Evapo-Rust® Super Safe Rust Remover, is to the hands-on enthusiast as a Post-It Note is to the office worker. Like Post-It Notes, Penicillin, Super Glue and microwave ovens, Evapo-Rust was a discovery of happenstance, a byproduct of research for a different purpose. In 1997, chemist David Harris labored with various chemical solutions in the quest for a rust inhibitor. While testing different formulas on pieces of steel left in the corner of a room, he noticed that one actually removed rust. However, it required…

LC 500 by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing Display Location: Lexus, 21601, Central Hall Description: When the Lexus LC 500 made its global debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, its alluring styling, exciting performance capability, and exquisite craftsmanship clearly marked the start of a new era for the luxury brand. The LC 500 by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing offers a different approach to the brand’s flagship coupe, featuring an aggressive look and tuned engine for a racing-inspired build. Highlights: Body work by Signature Autobody Artisan Spirit Custom Lexus LC  Aero Kit featuring fender flares, front diffuser, side skirts,…

Now’s the time to sign up or extend your current DSPORT subscription for only $20 this Halloween weekend. In addition we’ve discounted most of our merchandise for a limited time only. Pick up a new DSPORT t-shirt for as low as $10. Gear up for the fall/winter season with a DSPORT hoodie or beanie. Take advantage of the Halloween weekend sale before it ends this Tuesday, November 1st.

Though the amount of money and time that professional car tuners have to work with may discourage the everyday car enthusiasts, Paul Coggeshall’s story is one that should brighten everyone’s outlook. Pure enthusiasts can see the beauty in project cars, even when others can not. In 1999, a 1997 Honda Civic hatchback with a blown DX motor caught Paul Coggeshall’s eye. In addition to the motor being completely worthless, the body had also been vandalized. However, the price was in budget, the frame was intact and the car itself would prove to offer a solid foundation for performance. Over the…

The Fundamentals of Automotive Performance Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve already modified your car, understanding the fundamentals of bolt-on performance is the first step to making power, increasing performance and getting the most from your setup. In this issue, we’ll cover everything from air intake systems to full-fledged turbocharger kits. AIR INTAKE SYSTEMS Air intakes are one of the easiest ways to increase the amount of air going into your engine. With a properly selected intake, your engine wlll benefit from cooler intake air temperatures for additional performance. EXHAUST SYSTEMS Removing restrictions for outgoing exhaust gasses is one…

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