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Simon and Garfunkel, Ike and Tina Turner, Sonny and Cher, Cheech and Chong, Madonna and Sean Penn, Miley and Liam, J.Lo and Diddy, Justin and Britney. These were all famous couples that all made headlines, yet eventually split. The same can now be said for DSPORT and the FAME Civic. Call it creative differences or whatever you like, both sides will be focusing on their solo careers going forward. Fortunately, fans of DSPORT’s engineering approach to exploring the outer limits of Honda B-series power capabilities won’t be left out in the cold. Instead, we’ll be heating it up with the…

Strategies revolve around the rules. Sometimes rule changes can be worked with while others send competitors back to the drawing board. In the world of racing, this is normal. At the pinnacle of motorsports, Formula 1, rule changes resulted in completely redesigned chassis, aerodynamics and drivelines for the 2014 season. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Rob Shaw // Back From Leave Photography CHANGES FOR SHAKE UPS In the homeland of professional drifting, Japan, the D1 Grand Prix (D1GP) provided drivers with the first professional, organized and sanctioned drift competition. With relatively loose rules and few restrictions, it was…

No matter how “cool” automakers think they’re making the sub-30,000-dollar econoboxes, the reality is that most economy cars are utilitarian, practical and just plain boring. While the hot hatchback phenomenon has begun to spread from Europe to the States, many of these cars settle for low-rent interiors and a harsh suspension at the expense of sheer performance. Although the younger generation might enjoy the rough ride of stiff suspension and a noisy exhaust, not everybody wants an obnoxious box. Can a hatch with a supple ride and polished appearance still be hot? The 2015 VW GTI SE asks this exact…

These days, few can claim to have truly built an entire vehicle by themselves. Since the tuning knowledge base and information online (both good and bad) have grown exponentially, automotive enthusiasts theoretically have more data about how to modify vehicles than ever before. But too often, use of incorrect information, along with misuse or misinterpretation of proper knowledge lead to damaged engines and bad experiences that prove discouraging. Jeff Chang stands among the few enthusiasts that refused to give up, and despite his early misadventures, Jeff forged ahead by learning and doing much of the work on his Subaru himself.…

If you’re going in, go all in. This is the mentality and motivation behind HKS Japan’s special projects workshop builds. HKS engineers and tuners pour their experience in racing and high performance into the machines that emerge from this workshop. Anything less than record breaking is not an option. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Dino Dalle Carbonare Time Attack Heritage In 2001, HKS unleashed its carbon fiber Track Attack Altezza, otherwise known as the Tsukuba Record Breaker Version 1.0 (TRB-01). It broke the standing track record with a 55.800 second lap time. A few years later, HKS developed…

Purchasing used doesn’t always mean purchasing abused. However, when it comes to used cars, it seems like there’s always something that needs to be fixed, replaced or repaired. When replacing basic things on a car like brakes, suspension, wheels and tires, sometimes it’s tough to find quality, affordable replacement parts. Most people who look to replace parts may never think about upgrading, but the aftermarket now offers some very affordable upgrades that may make you think twice. Text and Photos by Jun Chen ROLLING SAFETY HAZARD One of the benefits of the Honda/Acura platforms lay in the interchangeability of parts…

Airstrips and long tracks have become the playground for high-powered machines putting down well over 1,000 horsepower to the pavement. According to 6speedonline.com’s standing mile list, even factory supercars produce some serious trap speeds. The Corvette ZR1 (184 mph), Corvette C6 Z06 (171 mph), Porsche 997 Turbo (171 mph) and Porsche 996 Turbo (165 mph) utilize every inch of that mile of pavement to reach these figures. Now imagine reaching 187.34 mph in half the distance with only four cylinders? Text by Aaron Bonk // Photos by Richard Fong In the early 90s, Acura never really considered or cared about…

Out with the old and in with the new. Infiniti’s Q50 comes bearing a new nameplate but its not one of those scams like a “brand new” restaurant with the same old menu. As the successor to the G37 sedan, the Q50 features a number of improvements and refinements. Although the engine, transmission and basic chassis platform carries over from the G37, the Q50 looks, feels, and drives very different than its predecessors. With aesthetic revisions inside and out paired with a plethora of new technologies; the Q50 brings a modern touch to the aging G37. Text by Jun Chen…

One glance at the Universal Technical Institute’s 2014 Ford Focus ST will spark a nostalgic feeling deep within any car enthusiast. That emotion which bridges the past with the present is exactly what the collaborators of this vehicle had in mind. UTI, Gulf Racing, Ford Motor Company and Tjin Edition all banded together to craft an unmistakable tribute to the legendary race past of Gulf Racing and to highlight the modern-day technology and unprecedented capabilities of today’s automotive industry. Text by Sami Sharaf // Photos by Gene Tjin and Universal Technical Institute Solid Foundation The onset of this project began…

Mash ups are inevitable. Fusion can be found in foods, fashion and lifestyle. So what happens when European automotive style gets blended with JDM? Well, you might end up with a build like Patrick Estudillo’s turbocharged, E46 M3 GTR. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Estudillo first fell in love with the E46 while in high school and later purchased his E46 brand new in September, 2006. As the final model year of the E46 chassis, it was the last hour to get his dream machine off the showroom floor before the new E92 M3 went into production. Straight from…

An invitation to race in the Pro Class of the World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) is like qualifying for the Olympics. Only a handful of teams receive an invitation to represent their country, and this fiercely contested class features the quickest time-attack cars in the world. In the first two years of WTAC, Japan’s Cyber EVO and America’s Sierra-Sierra Enterprises dominated the Pro Class, with the Cyber EVO capturing hard-fought, back-to-back wins. But the retirement of the Cyber EVO and the Sierra-Sierra EVO opened the door to new competitors in the field. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Rob Shaw,…

The Smaller, The Better? Don’t go to the grocery store when you’re starving. Why? Because you’ll probably end up with mountains of junk food. Despite most people’s best intentions to diet and eat consciously, obesity now plagues more than one-third of U.S. adults. Unfortunately, the “more is better” motto has also latched onto automakers and their new vehicles. Text by Jun Chen // Images Courtesy of Ford Motor Company When it comes to cars, it seems like there’s no reason to hold back. Who doesn’t want more power, more room and an impressive list of standard features? However, in a…

Since their invention, video games have impacted the lives of millions around the world. These simulators allow players to hone their skills on virtual racetracks from around the world. For fanatics of driving games, winning races and earning racecar upgrades fuel the gaming addiction. Alex Robinson, a business owner from East Yorkshire, UK, has played every version of Sony’s Gran Turismo®, which he admits had a great impact on his interest in cars. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Chris Wallbank Going from virtual to real was a gradual progression for Robinson. He explained, “I started my tuning fetish…

Credibility and experience, especially in the world of racing, can take years to develop. In the case of SARD Co., Ltd., this heritage began in 1972, when it was known as Sigma Automotive Company. Within a year, Sigma Automotive began competing on an international level, becoming the first Japanese team to campaign a Japanese car in the 1973 24 Hours of Le Mans with its Sigma MC73 racecar (though it was forced out after 79 laps). Sigma Automotive went on to compete in the 1974 event with its Sigma MC74 which completed the race but failed to cover at least…

Specialists excel at what they do, and customers that know what they want are drawn to them. In the case of Naohisa Tazawa of Garage G-Force, he became a specialist by default. Tazawa recalled, “I worked on Galant VR-4 rally engines at my work, so I was already familiar with Mitsubishi engines. I decided to venture out on my own, by opening Garage G-Force as a non-specific tuning shop in snowy Aomori, Japan, in August 1996.” Six years later, Garage G-Force moved to its current facility in Yokohama. Text and Photos by Richard Fong At that time, focus shifted, and…

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