Browsing: The Cars

WHY? IT’S A QUESTION OFTEN ASKED, BUT sometimes not asked enough. When our intern Mikiko Akaogi told us she wanted to build a project vehicle, we wanted to know more. What car? What goal? Had the answers to those two questions revolved around the performance tuning of a popular platform, we probably wouldn’t have even asked “Why?” Still, answering a VIP style build was not a big surprise. But when Mikiko told us she desired to use a first- or early-second-generation Lexus LS400 as the platform, we had to ask “Why?” When no amount of suggestion could sway her to…

There comes a point in many children’s lives where they put prized possessions into a time capsule, bury it in the yard and forget about it as time passes. When it’s time to unearth the capsule, the contents seem to gain more value and appreciation. Such is the case with Project Time Capsule, a 2000 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) which sat in storage for the last decade, waiting for its time to return to the spotlight. That time has finally come, as the D’Garage R34 GT-R will soon be pulled apart and rebuilt with some of the newest components on…

Insanity is to try something over and over again, expecting a different result. Matt Smith knows a thing or two about insanity, having spent five years trying to run a nine-second quarter mile pass in his EVO VIII. Over the years he invested valuable time, effort and money into the project, and in turn gained unforgettable experiences, lifelong friends and family. Text by Stanley Yee // Photos by Aaron Eusebi, Richard Fong and Wes Taylor Sky’s the Limit For his latest build, Smith chose Buschur Racing’s top-of-the-line 2.4-liter engine kit. Forged connecting rods, pistons and a crankshaft from Manley Performance…

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU LOSE A STREET BATTLE? If you can’t beat them, do you join them? About 12 years ago, Dusty Womack was on the prowl in his modified 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX. Tuned to deliver 400 all-wheel horsepower, the GSX broke off Corvettes and Mustangs at will. There were no cars on the streets that could challenge the 4G63 rocket. It was the ultimate street predator. At least that’s what Dusty believed until he attempted to pounce upon a large-winged import on the highway. Positioned broadside to the vehicle, Dusty downshifted and mashed the gas. The…

Japan’s twisting mountain roads are famous for being the birthplace of drifting, long before the days of professional drifting competitions. Back then, drivers favored balanced lightweight platforms over outright power. This ethos inspired the Team Toyo Tires Drift/Trust Racing to collaborate on a Toyota 86 drift demo car. Text by Stanley Yee // Photos by Rob Shaw Just like the cars that pioneered the early days of drifting, the GReddy 86 has shown its propensity for sliding around Japan’s mountain passes. Toyota’s engineers deliberately channeled the original AE86’s character when designing the new 86, giving it plenty of pedigree. Just…

Everyone knows that guy that never drives his car. You know, the friend that has a sick car but never drives anywhere. On occasion, he might bring his car out for a Sunday cruise but that’s about it. The car rarely leaves the garage. Either he’s scared of theft or after buying all those parts, he can’t afford the gas. Rawgie Tagle of Orange County, California is the exact opposite of that guy. Rawgie can be seen rolling his Integra sedan to the racetrack, grocery store, work, anywhere and everywhere he needs to go. Heck, he even cruises with a…

For those that know racing, know the incredible amount of time and energy it takes to go from a concept to actually taking the finished product down the strip. The thought of transforming a car from an OEM slug to a quarter-mile monster in just six days would make most shops cringe, unless the shop is Factor X Engineering. Staff Report // Pictures by Michael Ferrara The Acura NSX may be the finest automobile to ever come out of Japan, at least if you are a Honda enthusiast. Those that know the NSX, consider it as a celebration of balance…

A lot has changed. We have two presidential candidates on deck that seem no better than each other and even Britain is following in our footsteps to secede from the motherland. While we haven’t done the best job keeping our readers updated on D’GARAGE Project CR-X,rest assured that the project is alive and well. In fact, we pulled late nights for weeks to ensure that the vehicle stays running and doesn’t fall into the trap of becoming a non-operational paperweight collecting dust in the garage (aka 99% of project cars). In short, we’ve got a lot of catching up to…

Get back in the driver’s seat. this popular and sound advice is often given to drivers that recently experienced a mishap, in order to keep them from losing their edge. Some can’t bounce back, while others return with a vengeance. The latter group exudes a champion’s spirit, the motivation that separates the world’s best from the rest. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Richard Fong and Courtesy of Brian Young/AMS Performance A Winner’s Drive Gideon “Gidi” Chamdi offers a prime example of this attitude. He captured the GT-R Quick Class victory at the 2014 Shootout presented by Buschur Racing…

In automotive culture, excess garners attention. People love to compete for the highest peak horsepower, the lowest possible ride height or the most flamboyant widebody fenders. For Yokohama tuning shop, Advance, building a car that balances style, speed and practicality without being excessive makes the most sense. Advance’s Tasuku Yagihashi viewed the Nissan Silvia S15 as a prime example of a do-it-all machine. When he started his search for a car, Yagihashi knew he wanted a lightweight chassis with plenty of power. Most importantly, he wanted something exciting on track but also practical for commuting to and from work. To…

Blown engines are an accepted reality when it comes to racecars. Drivers are always pushing harder and looking beyond the edge of the envelope to win. For Ben Marcus, whose Subaru Impreza RS was featured in DSPORT Issue 135, December 2013, the four engines he blew were constructed on his kitchen table and may not have been constructed to the exacting tolerances needed to win races or set records. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Jun Chen and Shawna Susice Leave it to the Pros After his do-it-yourself misadventures, Marcus turned to Kirkum Automotive for sleeving and AMS Performance…

Takahiro Ueno of T&E began competing in Japan’s D1 Grand Prix championship series a decade ago and has impressed fans and enthusiasts alike with his aggressive style. After mastering the fundamentals of keeping a car both sideways and under control in an R32 Skyline, he settled into a long relationship with Toyota Soarers. As of 2009, his D1 machine is a brutal 800-HP 2JZ-powered BMW 3-series, but you will not see him at practice events in his $300,000 Frankenbimmer. Ueno prefers to sharpen his skills and perfect new techniques in something a little more reasonable: this lime-green S14 Silvia which…

Overkill is underrated. But what constitutes overfill? How much is too much? How about a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine motivated by a T4-framed 74mm turbocharger, an air-to-water intercooler with a 14-gallon tank, a billet aluminum bell housing, and enough powder coating and polishing to buy another car? All of this in a daily driver with a functional air conditioning system and full interior. If you’re going to build a car, build it to the extreme. Is it possible to overbuild a car? Some think so, but Insane Speed and its machine shop Insane Power of Las Vegas, Nevada have redefined vehicle…

Return of the Hatch Many people won’t miss something until it is gone. Honda offered its broadly popular Civic model as a hatchback since the first generation Civic was available in the early 1970s. The hatchback proved popular all the way through the 1990s. The seventh generation hatchback (2001-05) was the last to be offered in the US. While Europe, Japan and other markets continued to get the hatchback for the next two generations, it became apparent that America was starting to miss the odd numbered door. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Richard Fong and Courtesy of American…

The JZA80 Toyota Supra is arguably the best supercar to ever come out of Japan. Even GT-R owners have to recognize that the 2JZ powerplant offers phenomenal performance and reliability. We’ve all heard the stories of the truly psychotic Supra owners that are making over 800 horsepower at the wheels with completely stock long blocks. Many of us have also witnessed the dragstrip potential of these engines in the likes of the Bullish Solaras and the Supras of Paul Efantis and Vinny Ten. Given the impressive achievements of the Toyota 2JZ engine, we weren’t too surprised to hear that SP…

1 2 3 4 19