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The original Godzilla, Nissan’s R32 Skyline GT-R, is steeped in motorsports history. It hails from a performance lineage and marks the beginning of a series of technologically-advanced successors that would each respectively advance to the pinnacle of street-car performance. When the R32 was released in Japan in 1989, it set a new standard that surpassed all its peers. The high-revving, twin-turbocharged RB26DETT engine coupled with an all-wheel driveline blew the doors off of the competition in both Japanese and Australian racing series. In fact, it prompted the creation of a special racing class specifically for GT-R. Text and Photos by…

Show car builds are meant to be eye candy. Some of the lengths that builders will go to in order to satisfy judging requirements would even make Liberace cringe. On the other hand, manufacturers work with tuning shops to build demo vehicles that take the “Best of Show” cars and combine them with the “Best of Performance” builds to deliver a machine worthy of praise that also delivers on performance. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Fiberglass Driven Venture Jay Shieh, the owner of aftermarket parts manufacturer EVO R, wanted to have a feature car presence at the 2014 SEMA…

The banked turn that seemed a fair distance away closes rapidly as the engine roars to redline. In an instant, a clutch kick, yank of the hand brake and full lock counter steer makes the bank viewable through the side window instead of the windshield. Today, a lack of restrictions in professional drifting allow big-dollar teams to build big-dollar, exotic platforms. For those that love the underdog, this KAAZ-built AE86 was the perfect candidate. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Enter: The Hachiroku The iconic drift platforms is the Toyota Corolla AE86. Often referred to as the “hachiroku” (“8-6” in…

Aircraft pilots live for thrills on a different level. Some individuals like Bob Fahnestock enjoy flight both on and off the ground. Fahnestock has logged numerous hours in the air and has taken his passion for flying to another level. He’s been involved with aviation for over three decades, establishing Helicopter Services of Nevada in addition to a flight school. His pride and joy in the sky is a vintage World War II T6 trainer that he flies at exhibitions and for personal enjoyment. On the ground, his daily commuter couldn’t provide similar thrills, so Fahnestock decided it was time…

Show cars rarely demonstrate mechanical creativity delivering both form and function. Engineering innovation is traditionally bred within motorsports in the name of edging out the competition. Street car tuners typically adapt, rather than pioneer, racing equipment for enthusiast use. However, some “show cars” that actually see time on the street develop some creative solutions that are beneficial to both form and function. Wanting a platform capable of supporting both elegance and high performance, John Lotz purchased an Infiniti G35 in its debut year of 2004. At the time, John heard of tuners just beginning to successfully turbocharge the VQ35DE engines…

“Challenge to the world.” This loose Japanese translation embodies the mission statement of the Super GT racing series. For those unfamiliar with Super GT, it’s practically the national motorsport of Japan. It started as the All- Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC) in 1993. Like America’s NASCAR, Super GT captivates the nation. In 2004, JGTC grew into an international motorsports venue. Expansion into other countries, FIA (Federation Internationale de I’Automobile) compliance, international recognition and global press coverage prompted the series name change to Super GT at the end of 2004. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Michael Ferrara and…

Inspiration and aspiration can be drawn from a variety of sources. How many would cite Jeremy Clarkson, Jason Dawe, Richard Hammond, James May and “The Stig” are an entirely different situation. For Ricky Kwan, these entertaining and talented drivers who star in the popular television program Top Gear UK made a lasting impression. Originally from Hong Kong, Ricky came to the US for college. His first car was a Scion tC, and while he focused on school, he enjoyed watching the antics of the English show hosts as they drove the wheels off of anything with a seat and an…

Imagine a world without boost. High-performance street engines would make around 100 horsepower per liter. Racing engines would only be able to squeeze out 130 horsepower per liter. In this boost-free world, a five- hundred horsepower streetcar would need an engine that is over five liters in displacement. Heavy, large- displacement engines would be the only option for making big power. Fortunately, we don’t live in an all-motor world. Serious specific output can be realized from an engine when turbocharging or supercharging is utilized. Paul Nelson purchased this 2005 EVO VIII with the intent of building an 11-second streetcar. In…

Driving games have gripped gamers and racing fans since the early 80’s with the release of Pole Position in video arcades. This led to the development of more realistic driving games that pinnacled to the revolutionary Gran Turismo video game for Sony’s Playstation in 1998. Touted by Sony as the “Real Driving Simulator,” Gran Turismo provided gamers young and old a way to satisfy their craving for racing and performance in a digital world. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Patrick Lauder From Player to Production Matt Tomczek just got his driver’s license when the first Gran Turismo came…

To Street or not to Street, that is the question. Do we allow our Project EK Civic to roam the streets or do we dedicate it to a life spent in garages, trailers, dynos and drag strips. With this project, we have reached a crossroad that many of our readers will encounter and now a decision will ultimately need to be made. Before you cast your vote, it’s only fair that you know the whole story behind the owner and the car. Text & Photos by Michael Ferrara The Project Coordinator Meet Jeren Walker. Jeren is DSport’s Project Coordinator and…

The JZA80 twin-turbo Supra is arguably the best import-performance vehicle to be sold in the United States. For brothers Tony and Kyle Nino, the Supra was their dream car. Older-brother Tony purchased this Supra in June of 2005 with the intent of building a 700-horsepower, daily-driven street monster. During the course of the project, the performance bar was set at running 9s and generating 1000 wheel horsepower. Unfortunately, Kyle was killed in a motorcycle accident a few months ago. Showing respect for his late brother, Tony decided to continue the build in his brother’s memory. Text & Photos by Michael…

“No bull” has been the tuning the development philosophy behind Buschur Racing since the beginning. Always a skeptic, David Buschur would test each and every component on the track before recommending it to others. If a part didn’t make the car run quicker, it simply wouldn’t be sold. Today, that philosophy continues as Buschur Racing (BR) builds demo cars to test new products. This “Bad ‘Bish” is the EVO VIII RS that maintains a streetable posture while being able to make a serious challenge at the 8-second barrier. Few project cars can make that claim and even fewer can continue…

To the hardcore skyline fan, Nissan’s R34 GT-R was the last true skyline. Since the new R35 abandons the Skyline namesake, there is an air of truth to that statement, even though the GT-R badge carries over to Nissan’s current flagship sports car. But after 13 years of dominating the Japanese racing circuits, its hard to argue with Skyline purists. Giovanni, who is an Australian living in Japan, considers himself to be among the top echelon of Skyline purists. Giovanni wanted to build a durable track machine to race on the weekends and terrorize the streets of Japan on his…

There is no doubt that the Mazda RX-7 is one of the best sports cars to come out of Japan. Mazda got it right with this car, from its appealing and curvaceous design to its lightweight and powerful twin-rotor and twin-turbo Wankel engine. But what really makes this car special is its potential when you begin to consider the possibilities that the aftermarket-tuning scene opens up. The car you see on these pages is the perfect example of how the FD3S can be transformed into something totally unique, but most importantly, exceedingly fast. Behold, the street-tuned Zimax RX-7. Text and…

There are few tuning shops in the world that remain loyal to a single nameplate. Fortunately, Honda fans can rely on J’s Racing for support. Located in Osaka, Japan, J’s Racing was founded in 1989 by Junichi Umemoto, a professional driver who competed behind the wheel of various Honda platforms. For over 25 years, J’s Racing has developed parts for Honda platforms, starting with the introduction of VTEC during Honda’s heyday through today’s iVTEC, K-powered platforms. In addition, they continue to compete in various racing arenas around the world. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Roadster Revival – When Honda…

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