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With the American sports compact market hurting for more competition, Honda answered the many prayers with their introduction of the Honda Civic Type R to the U.S. market for the very first time. Battling models like the Subaru WRX STI, Ford Focus RS, and the Volkswagen Golf R; Honda had to make this one count. Text by Bassem Girgis // Photos by Bassem Girgis and Courtesy of Honda The King of the Nurburgring The success of Honda’s latest addition to the American market truly showed at the 2017 SEMA show, and there weren’t many corners in the Las Vegas Convention…

Good looks, turbocharged power, low weight, excellent handling, and a distinct sound, Mazda’s FD RX-7 of the 1990s had it all. The car’s unique power plant and timeless looks turned it into an iconic representation of the rise of import performance, making it a highly sought after platform among all of the automotive community. Fujita Yoshiharu and his Fujita Engineering FEED Racing Program team have long appreciated the importance and performance potential of the FD platform, so they decided to search for an example to call their own. This build would turn into the team’s testing platform for new engineering…

Few car design concepts divide an audience more than the wagon. Some see wagons as nothing more than family cars and grocery getters, while others consider them a uniquely sporty aesthetic. More recently, wagons and hatchbacks have evolved into a somewhat popular design for a niche audience, but there are still plenty who refuse to call anything with added cargo volume a performance car. Either way, the sight of an R34 front end on a station wagon at the drag strip is enough for anyone to have to double-take. Text by Cameron Parsons // Photos by Rob Shaw Little more…

The R35 GT-R is fast but it is also heavy at nearly 4,000 pounds, which demands a lot of work out of the braking system. Winmax expands its lineup of performance brake pads with the W4 compound for the R35 GT-R to help the car stop quicker and more reliably. Winmax’s W4 compound pads offer a peak friction coefficient of over 0.4 and operate effectively from cold temperatures up to and beyond 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This enables users to utilize the same brake compound when driving on the street or on the race track. The pads are designed so that…

High oil consumption, excessive smoke through the exhaust, high blow-by, lower than expected power output and increased oil contamination are just some of the possible results of an improper engine break-in or run-in. While production engines in new vehicles are already “broken-in” at the factory, any high-performance “built” engine requires a proper break-in procedure to ensure peak performance, minimal oil consumption and a long life. Even if the best parts are used and the proper machining and assembly was executed, an improper break-in can result in some or all of the negative consequences. While there is no universally agreed upon…

Chances are you’ve fallen into watching an episode of Iron Chef. If you haven’t, the format pits visiting chefs against one of the resident Iron Chefs at Kitchen Stadium. Both the visiting and Iron Chef must come up with original recipes around the same theme ingredient. When Club DSPORT was tasked with building a number of Toyota 2JZ engines for different applications, we thought there would be no better way to showcase the versatility of this popular platform. After outlining the origins, strengths and weaknesses of the 2JZ engine platform, we’ll showcase a detailed and complete 2JZ build for circuit,…

California car enthusiasts know the pains of emissions laws all too well, which is why we’re always excited to see parts and upgrades earn EPA/CARB compliance. Honda fans can now rejoice upon the release of Hondata’s FlashPro for the 2016 and newer Civic 1.5 Turbo. The CARB-legal upgrade provides a programmable ECU interface and simple connection from a computer’s USB port to the car’s OBDII port. The FlashPro does not require any ECU modification and offers up to 20 hours of datalogging memory. The software editing includes features like removal of the speed limiter, the ability to edit ignition and fuel…

It’s time to quit making up excuses for why you shouldn’t go racing, because it’s actually easier than you might expect. Track days are becoming more common, more affordable, and more welcoming to all types of different cars and drivers. Even better, the rising popularity of track days gives these organizations the opportunity to host their own time attack competitions for enthusiasts and shops that want to go racing without risking their cars or breaking the bank. Given the many track tests we perform for DSPORT Magazine’s tech stories, we were bound to join Speed Ventures on multiple occasions. Here,…

Inspired by high horsepower rally machines of the 1980s and early 1990s, the battle between the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Subaru WRX STI carried on for over a full decade. Both platforms kicked off in the early 1990s, sporting turbocharged four-cylinder engines sending nearly 300 horsepower through an AWD drivetrain. When one model raised the performance bar, the other would bite back with another round of updates. The battle raged on through the cars’ introductions to the United States until 2015, when Mitsubishi was forced to pull the plug on the EVO brand. Although the EVO name came to its…

There is nothing more frustrating than being part of a two-man team where you are doing more than half the work. When subtle hints don’t get the lazy half up to speed, the end result can be a very vocal argument. Each of the turbos on a twin-turbo engine feel the same way. When the work is unbalanced between the two turbos, you may even hear the turbos arguing (in the form of compressor surge). Fortunately, twin-turbo engines that utilize actuator-type integral wastegates (with adjustable rods) can be “synched” to provide similar wastegate performance from each turbo. After outlining the…

A high performance wheel should incorporate a rigid construction, clearance for big brakes, and the lightest footprint possible. It’s a difficult balance to achieve, but Titan 7 is entering the market as a new wheel brand aiming to reach these objectives. The company comes from 40 combined years of experience in the automotive aftermarket industry, starting its product line with two wheel designs. The T-R10 features a ten-spoke motorsport design, with each spoke cut with a rigid spoke tracer for extra strength and low weight. The 10,000-ton forged wheel weighs approximately 18-19 pounds for its 18-inch sizes, and provides clearance for…

After waiting over 16 years, there is finally a generation of Honda Civic that may become more popular to performance enthusiasts than the 4th, 5th and 6th generation Civics that led the import performance movement in the States. For the first time ever, this 10th generation of Civic will feature not only the Si variant, but also a Type R edition available in the US. While the Civic Type R (CTR) has existed since 1997 in other parts of the world, the only Type R to hit our shores in the past was the DC2 Integra Type R (ITR). This…

Speed Ring Battle seeks to bring the best of the best in Time Attack together for an all out war against the clock in an annual celebration of the automotive hobby and the pursuit of wide open throttle. Text by The Speed Ring OVERALL​ ​WINNER​ ​Payouts Non Motovicity Customer – $10,000 Qualifying Motovicity Customer* – $20,000 Their classing system is designed to place vehicles of similar style into competitive groups based on modifications and ultimately the potential lap time of the vehicle. The final classification of the vehicle will be determined by the organizers and may potentially be adjusted in…

Bigger, better, stronger, faster. It’s a simple mantra spoken by many performance enthusiasts. When it comes to increasing an engine’s performance, making it bigger (increasing displacement), better (more efficient), stronger (capable of sustaining higher power output) and faster (capable of higher peak RPMs) is a solid plan to follow. While there are a number of aftermarket companies that offer the stroker kits and valvetrain upgrades to build a “B.B.S.F.” engine, there are times when one may want or have to engineer solutions from scratch. Custom crankshafts, custom pistons and custom rods are sometimes the only path for a specific goal.…

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…

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