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DSPORT Staff Update | What Automotive Trend Do You Like the Least? Richard Get an Alignment When it comes to automotive fashion, the style I dislike the most is extreme negative camber. That’s not say that I don’t like a degree or two of negative camber. After all, when it helps with cornering around turns, I am all for it. I can also appreciate the look of a lowered ride with nice wheels that are flush to the wheel arches. When done right, a hard parked ride could look pretty cool. However, when vehicles have exaggerated negative camber and ride…

Hate it or love it, the newest generation Subaru STI fueled a fire storm of mixed emotions among import enthusiasts. Some shy away from the idea of a performance wagon while others relish the newest Scooby. The flared fenders, redesigned chassis, power increase and other refinements have the zealots exclaiming this is the best STI yet. When Brian Wong saw the photos of the 2008 STI on the net he was skeptical at first. An owner of a 2003 WRX at the time, Brian wasn’t sure how the 5-door would stack up to its older sedan siblings. However, seeing the…

Ten years ago, Elon Musk published his lofty goals for Tesla Motors. Now a decade later, Musk has stood behind his master plan, with another blog post elaborating on the future of the Silicon Valley startup. Text by Stanley Yee // Photos courtesy of Tesla Motors Just a few years ago, Tesla was far from a household name. The company was the quietly producing the electric Roadster for wealthy Bay Area techies, and only after the release of the Model S did the company make a big splash among the mainstream media. Following the announcements of the Model X…

DSPORT Staff Update | What Automotive Trend Do You Like the Most? Richard Boost For All It seems to have taken forever, but manufacturers have finally started to embrace forced induction at the production level. While tuned factory cars (AMG, Saleen, TRD, etc.) have employed supercharger technology, its nice to see factory turbocharged vehicles gaining traction. The Japanese and some European manufacturers have had turbocharged streetcars since the 1980s and have kept the faith in “the replacement for displacement.” However, domestic manufacturers have only recently started to sell factory turbocharged vehicles (that are not diesel engines.) Kudos to Ford for…

Not everyone with a healthy income and a car collection can claim to be a true enthusiast. A respectable few, including Jay Leno, David Letterman, CJ Wilson, and the late Paul Walker have significant car collections that are not simply museum pieces; they see use and abuse, just as they were originally intended. One of the latest to join this fraternity of legitimate car guys is Adam Carolla. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Aaron Eusebi and courtesy of Bob Sharp and Adam Carolla Sunny Days In 1975, the Datsun 200SX was released in the USA. Designed to compete…

NISMO Festival 2016 The famous NISMO Festival is confirmed to host the annual gathering of Nissan enthusiasts and vehicles once again for 2016, on December 11 at Fuji Speedway. This year will mark the 19th running of the event and the 50th anniversary of the historic racetrack, which has seen the likes of the Asian Le Mans Series, Super GT, Formula One, World Touring Car Championship and more. On an annual basis, this event brings together racing drivers and cars of the past and present, displaying the evolution of Nissan’s involvement in motorsports. Spectators get the opportunity to see the cars up…

The SPOCOM Super Show once again made its way to the Anaheim Convention Center for its 10-year anniversary, and spectators were treated to an expansive array of display vehicles. This year’s crowd was as diverse as the cars, fulfilling SPOCOM’s goal of gathering different automotive subcultures into one central gathering. Living up to its Auto+Life+Exhibit tagline, the show floor featured everything from overland off-roaders to modern European sports cars, Japanese classics and more. DSPORT also made its appearance with the Project KA S14 in its booth. The DSPORT booth was in the center of the convention center, surrounded by the…

It’s the moment of truth. You’ve invested countless hours and spent tons of money on your new engine and now you’re about to start it up for the first time. Not to add to your stress level during this time, but did you know that the greatest amount of engine wear occurs during startup and the subsequent break-in period largely determines how an engine will run for the remainder of its life? Things just got real. Text by Sami Sharaf // Photos by Cameron Parsons & Richard Fong Lubrication System Starting from the oil pan, engine oil is is sucked…

The design of the cylinder head (intake & exhaust port size length and shape; valve angle, valve size, number of valves per cylinder) plays an important role. The design determines the velocity and volume (CFM) of air-and-fuel entering and exhaust gasses exiting the combustion chamber. While the proper selection of camshafts can optimize the performance for a given cylinder head and short-block combination, there are a number of processes that can be performed to the cylinder head to improve performance and reliability. The valvetrain can be upgraded to endure higher engine speeds while larger valves and porting can improve air…

“It’s all in your head.” When it comes to establishing the efficiency and character of an engine, the cylinder head plays the lead role. A cylinder head’s port design, valve sizes, valve angles, valvetrain design and combustion chamber shape will dictate key performance factors. Flow velocities into and out of the cylinder head, burn rates during combustion and the rpm potential of the engine will all be influenced by the cylinder head. By Richard Fong // Photos by Richard Fong and TOMEI POWERED Heading in the Right Direction To give our SR20 its best chance against the KA24, we decided…

Japan’s Super GT series is underway, despite setbacks in the season schedule. Race organizers cancelled the third round at Autopolis following earthquakes in the Kumamoto region, instead choosing to host a double-header season finale at the famous Twin Ring Motegi. With two races completed and six still to go, the championship battle is open to all. By Stanley Yee // Photos courtesy of Autobacs Super GT Class Overview As the flagship touring car series in Japan, the GT500 class garners attention from Japanese manufacturers. The country’s three largest automakers make up the top class with race-spec versions of their performance streetcars;…

Honda introduced a brand new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine to power the 2016 Civic. While this change improves fuel efficiency, it also opens the door for tuners. Hondata steps in with its Reflash for the 2016 Honda Civic. This software upgrade is said to enhance performance with 20 to 28 horsepower from 4,500 RPM to 6,000 RPM, while spooling up the turbo 500 RPM earlier than the factory setup. Hondata also claims improvements in torque from 10 to 25 lb-ft gains throughout the RPM range at full throttle. Despite this software’s power-making ability, Hondata worked to retain factory fuel economy numbers…

Up until the release of the EcoBoost engine series, DSPORT has not had a reason to get excited about the four-cylinder offerings coming out of Detroit. Today, the EcoBoost family of four and six-cylinder engines from Ford are not only getting us excited, but they are also convincing generations of traditional performance enthusiasts that there are replacements for displacement. Engineering solutions to double or triple the output of an engine is nothing new for DSPORT. Before upgraded engine parts are designed, it’s imperative that a full understanding of the OEM foundation is known. Text by Michael Ferrara // Photos by…

Every racing driver’s career starts with having to watch from the sidelines. Michele Abbate of Las Vegas, Nevada started just the same, watching her older brother race since she was four years old. He dominated in the divisions that he competed in, claiming championship titles in both local and global rankings. Michele was stuck as a spectator in the motorsports world until she hit 16 years old and bought her first car which she would daily drive and compete with, even if the only avenue was local autocross. This small step kicked off her racing career, leading Michele to become…

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