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NOTHING STARTS OFF PERFECT. BUT JUST AS THE DIAMOND CUTTER refines a rough stone into a brilliant gem, Patrick Kelley transformed this 1990 Nissan 240SX  S13 from a neglected shell into a ride with purpose. Kelley purchased the S13 hatchback in 2006 from a buddy who lost interest and no longer wanted to finish the car. It had an SR20DET engine swap, stock wheels and a flat tire. At the time, drifting rose in popularity stateside and Nissan’s S13  had in turn become the affordable and desirable sport compact, prompting an influx of parts available for the car. Kelley had plenty…

HOW MUCH WOULD IT TAKE TO GET QUICKER AND GO faster? $5,000? $10,000? For Chris Young, crunching the numbers to ensure a balance of budget to performance started with his first car, a 1991 Eagle Talon. Chris said, “My first Talon ran a 12.8-second pass at 106 MPH with only an A’PEXi VAFC, an open downpipe and a ported stock turbocharger. After that I was hooked on 4G63 power.” Since then, Chris’ addiction took him through three more Talons, the last of which was to serve as his full race platform. In 2006, he purchased a new Civic for daily…

The vintage import car revolution continues its rise in popularity with each passing year as new classics gain traction among nostalgic automotive fanatics. This phenomenon is nothing new to automotive fans, but it is still a relatively new craze among Japanese car collectors and enthusiasts in the USA. If you’ve ever attended the Japanese Classic Car Show in California, evidence of this emerging trend can be seen as more people are restoring and tuning older Datsuns, Hondas, Mazdas, Nissans and Toyotas. Text and Photos by Richard Fong One such fanatic, Gary Stephenson, began his love affair with the Nissan marque…

What happens when Subaru invites us to Spain to test drive the 2017 Subaru BRZ? We get lost in a maze of dangerously narrow alleys, beat the crap out of the car on track, and drive so far off the suggested return route that the scenery changes from dead grass and open fields to a snowy ski resort at the top of a mountain. Yet this series of events led to a vehicle evaluation that delved deeper than any test drive at a dealership. We learned the ins and outs of the 2017 iteration of the Subaru BRZ, with an…

Four round tail lights and goes really fast. That’s Nissan’s GT-R. From the Hakosuka’s success in Japanese touring car racing, to the R32’s domination in Group A and Australian Touring Car Championship to the late-model R35 chasing six second timeslips, the GT-R has always pushed the limits of performance. While Nissan’s formula for speed may have evolved over the last forty years and six iterations of the GT-R, its racing pedigree is well decorated in a variety of motorsports. Text by Jun Chen // Photos by Rob Shaw / BackFromLeave In 1989, sporting Nissan’s brand new ATTESSA E-TS all-wheel-drive technology…

Often overshadowed by the big power members in the D’Garage, our Project Party Time Fiesta ST takes this month’s spotlight as we check in on its quest for 400whp. A switch to E85, an additional port fuel injection system and some dyno time pushed the 1.6L EcoBoost closer to its goal. While we are going to feel a great deal more comfortable once the built engine is in place, getting as much tuning on the stock engine completed will only be a benefit in the future. By Michael Ferrara History Back in issue #170 (August 2016), we introduced the Full-Race…

In an attempt to revitalize the import drag racing scene in Hawaii, HyperSports Racing of Honolulu, Hawaii set out to build a competitive low-budget car for the Hawaii’s Fastest Streetcar Shootout. The task of building a vehicle that could hold its own against Hawaii’s fastest street cars isn’t a simple one. To make a difficult situation worse, the car had to be race-ready in only five days. Staff Report // Photos by Michael Ferrara and Phillip Lam The HyperSports crew had a chassis in mind. They promptly called an old friend for his 1992 Honda Civic and the piles of…

Perpetual change might be the only means to satisfy the needs of the modification-hungry. While most will build with an end goal in mind, others never see their project coming to an end. Dan Stockmar’s vision for his EVO VIII has been constantly morphing, as his need for change pushes him to continue making modifications. Already a Mitsubishi fanatic, Stockmar had owned a second-gen Eclipse GS-T until 2005 when the engine let go. A ride in his friend’s EVO drew his interest and a test drive got him hooked. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Addiction Is Good Stockmar is…

BECAUSE A MANUFACTURER DECIDES NOT TO mass produce a product doesn’t mean that product is useless. At the peak of the popularity of the Nissan Silvia S15, NISMO developed a demo car to exhibit the potential of its line of R-Tuned components. The demo S15 prototyped NISMO R-Tuned body components, suspension and a 2.2-liter stroker engine. After showcasing the car, NISMO decided to leave the stroker engine off the list of products to be produced for the public. As the vehicle had no further use to the auto manufacturer, the car began collecting dust. NISMO sponsored Auto Produce Boss (AP…

WHEN THE COMPETITION IS FIERCE, A RACER MUST STEP UP HIS GAME OR PACK UP AND GO HOME. Not one to hold back, Peter Milian of BC Racing Suspension looked at the 2008 Redline Time Attack championship with hungry eyes. His dedication to the series and the fight for the top spot is reflected in the build of this Infiniti G35 coupe. While Peter admits that this has got to be among the heaviest of the time-attack competitors, he still makes no apologies about the car or its performance due to weight or other factors he accepted when first embarking…

Comfort, luxury and refinement. When Toyota introduced Lexus as its luxury brand back in 1989, these three words clearly defined the Lexus brand. The 1990 Lexus LS featured an ultra-smooth V8 engine, plush ride and a well-appointed interior that featured technology that rivaled the best European offerings at the time. Through the 90s and arguably into the 2000s, Lexus not only became synonymous with comfort and refinement, but also a lack of sportiness, feeling and exhilaration. In 2006, realizing this deficiency in its product line, Lexus headed back to the drawing board and claimed its own high-performance letter, F. Following…

At over two miles above sea level, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb draws competitors from across the nation and the world. For a young Michigan couple, Cody Loveland and Tabitha Lohr, taking on the mountain would be a team effort. Cody, the owner and proprietor of NSX tuning shop LoveFab since 2005, has been an instructor at Ginger Man Raceway for nearly 10 years. Building turbocharged NA1 and NA2 vehicles provided valuable knowledge and experience. When competing against world-class competitors and hill climb veterans in the Unlimited class, talent and chassis building encompass only a part of the big picture.…

Anyone that loves speed and acceleration probably loves raw horsepower even more. These traits typify the hardcore sportscar enthusiast, whose passion for a performance machine knows no limits. This is the sort of personality that would buy a globally coveted vehicle, work with a famed tuner to triple its output and then waste no time putting tires onto the pavement. Text By Richard Fong // Photos by Rob Shaw About That GT-R Life Kenneth Blanck was born and raised in Okinawa, Japan. He grew up a fan of Japan’s automotive culture, embracing drag racing and the underground world of street…

You don’t know the meaning of handling unless you’ve driven a go kart, a formula racecar, or a Miata. Many like to boast the handling capabilities of a new platform on the market or their personal track car, which very well could be excellent handling cars. The difference with something like a go kart or a track-prepared Miata, however, is that experiencing these vehicles at their limits around a race track is near violent. Stand on the brakes before a corner and you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. Throw the steering wheel into a hard turn and you’ll…

Everything changed when E85 came to town. The days of having separate tunes for pump gas versus race gas are now just a memory for many. Every day, more enthusiasts make the switch to E85. If you are blessed enough to live in an area that has access to this fuel, why wouldn’t you make the switch? You can crank up the boost to make the same power as most race gasolines, yet the cost is less than pump gas. Adding a flex-fuel sensor to the mix provides total fuel compatibility so not having an E85 station on your route…

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