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#3 | Extreme Turbo Systems | USA 7.326 @ 196.63 MPH Accelerating a 3,800 lbs. vehicle down a 1,320-foot drag strip in less than eight seconds is no easy feat. Doing so with off-the-shelf parts might seem even more daunting. Using a reflashed factory ECU and an essentially stock suspension? Mind-blowing. But this is what Extreme Turbo Systems (ETS) accomplished in early 2014 with its R35 GT-R (DSPORT Issue #143, July 2014). Photos by Dianne Boyce (DB Photos) and Jesse Childress Race and Chase The ETS GT-R rose to prominence quickly, jockeying for the world record in the quarter mile…

#2 | F Performance Garage | Dubai, UAE 7.315 @ 189.92 MPH Hot out the gates would be a good way to describe F Performance Garage. Founded in 2013 by Salem and Talub, this young shop located in Dubai, UAE, produced the first seven-second GT-R in Dubai and currently has the second quickest GT-R in the world. Placing emphasis on high-end, high-performance vehicle builds, the shop focuses on producing bulletproof street and racecars while keeping a meticulous eye on the details. Photos Courtesy of F Performance Garage Open Class Contender F Performance’s racecar builds demonstrate the shop’s capacities, and the…

#1 Ekanoo Racing | Bahrain 7.207 @ 202.11 MPH The opening of the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in 2004 brought world-class motorsports to the country, creating a venue for several international racing series ranging from Formula1 and FIA GT to Endurance racing and V8 Supercars. BIC is also part of the NHRA Worldwide Network, which helped to bring the sport of drag racing to life in the Gulf area. Photos Courtesy of EKanoo Racing Collecting Records It was also in 2004 that entrepreneur Ebrahim Mohammad Kanoo founded EKanoo Racing and hosted the first drag event in the country at the…

There’s no doubt that first impressions matter. The first time we met David Bruzewski at the 2010 IDRC Sport Compact Nationals, his 2004 Labrador Black EVO VIII caught our attention immediately and made a lasting impact. With an AMS 2.3-liter 4G63 engine under the hood producing over 700 horsepower and 531 lb- torque, Bruzewski managed to claim the runner-up spot in his class. Add to this performance an Öhlins suspension, bronze Volk Racing TE37 wheels and a full Voltex aero kit and this EVO simply stood out from the rest. He earned a feature in DSPORT Issue #96 as well…

Not every Nissan Gt-r owner aspires to run against the likes of AMS Performance, ETS/English Racing or the team with the current world record, EKanoo Racing. And in reality, few ever will. Instead, the majority will find satisfaction with their R35 when it’s built to the hilt for the street. After all, how can you enjoy a car that you can only enjoy at full tilt on a racetrack? Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Rob Shaw Coming Down off the Fence Dr. Jumar Apolinario, like DSPORT’s publisher Michael Ferrara, was reserved about the R35 GT-R at first. At…

Driving down a quiet road with nothing but acres of fields and farmland might make you wonder if you’re heading in the right direction to find a performance tuning shop. However, once you see the rows of rotary-powered machines lined up facing the street, that doubt quickly evaporates. This is the experience of finding RE Pro Shop Miyoshi in Okayama. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Rotaries and Racing The “RE” in RE Pro Shop Miyoshi says it all, Rotary Engine. Located in the suburban prefecture of Okayama, Japan, this tuner of the triangles loves rotaries and racing. Within its…

There’s no worse strategy than no strategy at all. Going into a project without direction is exactly how cars become money pits. Fortunately, the scrupulous professionals of our industry realize this and help to put wandering enthusiasts on a path toward an objective. George Werner of Hastings, Nebraska, has been a fan of Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution series since the late 1990s when he first learned about the Evolution V. When he finally bought his first EVO, it was a few generations later with this 2008 CZ4A EVO X. He liked the CZ4A’s refinement, newer bodylines and 4B11T engine, which were…

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…

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…

Make no mistake that the jury is still out on drifting. Despite a great deal of press and manufacturer support, the future of the “sport” remains uncertain. While drift series may currently be in the headlines, the reality is that import drag racing is still the number one motorsport for our import culture according to two separate surveys. So why is there a dedicated drift car on the cover of DSport? Rest assured that we’re not just latecomers on the drifting wagon. Our attention was peaked when we learned of the story behind this car. If you are a fan…

Fans of drivelines are just as dedicated as fans of brands. Whether it’s front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, each offers a compelling argument. Our own Jeren Walker may own a 550hp 240SX, but his eyes light up when the conversation migrates to front-wheel drive and drag racing; he really lives for the rush of torque steer. Similarly, for Joey Vittorio, the enthusiasm and passion lies with all-wheel drive. “I’ve always loved all-wheel drive cars and forced induction, especially Mitsubishi’s Evolution. The 4G63 engines are legendary. To me, there is no other four-cylinder engine capable of performing as well…

Some ask, “why? while others ask, ”Why not?” While there are those who have paved the way with parts combinations that have been tested and proven, there are others who explore unconventional solutions to achieve the same results or better. Sometimes a builder chooses the less popular conventions to see what happens. Others assemble a car using off the wall components just to prove that it can be done. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Why Not? In the case of Force-Fed Performance, owner Justin Miller wanted to demonstrate that there was more than one recipe for a high-powered street…

“Don’t go too far” is one of the first rules that any child hears. Of course, no child ever listens. Instead, they often have to learn that and every other lesson for themselves. In the case of Dana Westover of Las Vegas, Nevada, his 7-second race-only Supra is the epitome of taking things too far. This 1,300-horsepower, two-speed automatic, drag-only Supra only sees action when its slugging it out on the dragstrip. Once a killer streetcar, that Supra went too far to remain streetable. Text and Photos by Michael Ferrara Extreme Reliability When Dana came across this 1995 Supra, his…

“Blinging” show cars usually have every dress-up component under the sun but offer the same amount of performance as a bone-stock vehicle. On the flip side, cars built with a horsepower focus can pull away from an opponent at a stop-light encounter, but won’t have the eye-catching looks that gain admirers. Striking a balance between looks and performance has become more and more common, as enthusiasts invest their time and money to blend performance with presentation. Jorge Lopez used to own a highly-modified 350Z that hardly rarely earned a second glance despite its ability to pull away from most contenders.…

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