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Call us a little crazy. No. Instead, just call us insane. As we continue to improve the performance of our Project GT-R, we also continue to raise our goals. In many ways, this project mirrors our experience with the magazine as a whole. We make progress every issue and we continue to raise our standards. Photos by Phil Lam | Text by Michael Ferrara When we began this project, our goal was simple: to build America’s first RH9 GT-R. To qualify for RH9 status, our GT-R would have to run a 9-second quarter-mile time on radial tires. Although this was…

Last month, we promised to upgrade the fuel system, do a compression check, do a leak-down test and more to figure out why our GT-R had made a step backwards in terms of power output. We were then going to strap the car back on the dyno and give it another flogging. Text & Photos by Michael Ferrara Guess what? We didn’t get it all done. However, we are seeing some major improvements and some problems solved as we progress. Sharing these with you will hopefully allow you to avoid some of these problems on your own street or racecar.…

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…

The orders have been placed, but parts delivery for the GT-R is taking longer than expected. This downtime has enabled us to get back on the same DynoJet chassis dynamometer at XS Engineering to evaluate the performance of the engine with the smaller P13 turbine housings in place. As it would turn out, the extra dyno time has proven to be a blessing (or curse) in disguise. While making the passes on the dyno, we have discovered that our GT-R has now developed some high rpm issues. Text & Photos by Michael Ferrara The P13 Turbine Housings Finally back on…

It’s the night before the biggest race of the year. The BFGoodrich Tires IDRC International Finals presented by ICEMAN Intakes is coming to Los Angeles and the DRAG Sport Project RH9 GT-R is going to be ready. The IDRC International Finals mark the biggest import drag racing event on the West Coast and this year would prove to be no different. Text & Photos by Michael Ferrara New Housings…New Tuning We have changed the turbine housing to the smaller P13 units and now the tuning is no longer matched to the engine’s boost characteristics. It’s time for a trip to…

It’s official. We think we accidentally built the most-powerful GT-R in the U.S. At least, it’s the most powerful one that we know about. The previous record holder was the nitrous-fed “Big Bird” from Motorex. Big Bird generated 654 horsepower at the rear wheels. Text & Photos By Michael Ferrara So how did our DRAG Sport GT-R better the mark? With Eric “Dai-Lo” Hsu of XS Engineering at the laptop, the A’pex Integration Power FC engine management system was dialed in to help our original RB26 longblock spin the tires to 655 horsepower at 1.58bar (23 psi) of boost pressure.…

Meet our DRAG Sport Project GT-R. This is a 1996 Nissan Skyline GT-R V- spec. Before the turbocharger upgrade that you are about to see, the car generated almost 380 horsepower at the wheels. That’s enough to run in the 112-116mph range in the quarter mile, with low 12-second elapsed times. However, that’s not close to being good enough for DRAG Sport’s project GT-R. Text & Photos By Michael Ferrara Our plan with the project is to build a 10-second GT-R using the stock long- block and then build the car to run in the 9s with a built engine.…

“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…

Car or driver? Depending on who you ask, you’ll get a different answer on the importance of each. Some say that drifting is 80-percent driver and 20-percent car. Others claim that drifting can be mastered relatively quickly in a properly setup vehicle. For those looking to build a vehicle for drifting, we offer an example from the 2005 D1GP Champion Yasuyuki Kazama. Kazama’s latest ride is proving to be a winning setup. In fact, whether you’re building up an SR20-powered 240SX for drift, grip or street, this S15 should provide a good measure of inspiration. Text & Photos by Michael…

There’s nothing like good old-fashioned teasing to motivate the competitive spirit in anyone. When it’s a group of old friends with egos and horsepower, the situation becomes even more interesting. For Scott Franischetti, a veteran of the muscle car and domestic scene, there was something about Subaru’s Impreza STI that he found alluring. At the time, he had owned plenty of two door coupes from an IROC Daytona to a Supra and a Trans Am, but never a sedan. The practicality of a four-door sedan, Japanese reliability and an all-wheel drivetrain seemed like the perfect combination for his latest needs.…

What happens when a multi-million dollar racing operation leaves the Formula Atlantic series to campaign a production car in time attack? They build a serious car backed by an experienced team that puts the veterans of time-attack series to the test. Sierra-Sierra Enterprises (SSE) out of Minden, Nevada, won the Formula Atlantic Championship in 2007. In 2008, the split between the Formula Atlantic Series and the Champ Car World Series prompted SSE to seek a different racing venue. SSE decided that taking on the Unlimited-class cars in time attack would be a worthwhile venture. SSE began working on an EVO…

“A front-wheel drive running 12s in the quarter mile…that’s impossible.” That was the mentality of the drag racing community when Hondas would frequent the drag strips on weekends and at early Battle of the Imports events back in 1994. Not long after the “impossible” proved to be just a matter of time. Timeslips in the 11s, 10s, 9s and ultimately 8s would be attained. Today, the big question surrounds the 7s. When, where and how can a front-wheel-drive break into that elusive and exclusive range? From all estimations, a front- wheel-drive running in the 7s would have a trap speed…

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