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It is 3:00AM. There is no one in sight and the roads are completely empty. Far in the distance there is a faint flicker of white light coming towards you. It is hard to make out what the light is, but the sound waves from an angry exhaust system pierce the night’s sky. Text by Robert Choo // Photos by Michael Ferrara The gold car blows by and the sound waves push you back and within a few moments the car is already too small to see in the far off distance. Piloting any car at over 200 MPH takes…

There’s no greater sense of nostalgia than to recapture a moment from a fond memory. For Kazumasa Hirota, it was an opportunity to relive the experience of owning his first car, a 1970 Datsun Sunny B110 GX. He purchased this Sunny in 1996 for only 150,000 Yen (approximately US$1400 at the time). Admittedly, it was in poor condition and in need of restoration. Hirota reminisced, “I chose the Sunny not only because it was my first car, but I also remember seeing them at Fuji Speedway in the minor touring car racing series. They were really fast and an inspiration…

Sony and Ericsson. Apple and Intel. Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. Former rivals turned staunch allies have formed some of the most powerful collaborations in the world. When determination and a competitive spirit drive two competing companies, it’s no wonder that their combined strength grows exponentially when they form a partnership. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Forging An Alliance Anthony Le and Doug Jenkins of Power Pros were bitter opponents at the track and anywhere else they interacted since the infancy of import racing. Every encounter was a test to see whose latest upgrades made more power. As time passed,…

Some champions never rest. While capturing a D1 Grand Prix and a Formula Drift Asia championship would be enough to satisfy nearly anyone’s competitive nature, Daigo Saito isn’t nearly anyone. After winning the 2008 D1 Grand Prix championship in Japan and the Formula Drift Asia series in 2011, Daigo set his sights on the Formula Drift series in the States. While no one questioned that Daigo was a capable driver, no one predicted that he would take home a Formula D championship in his rookie year. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Michael Ferrara Bridging The Gap To compete…

The driving force behind the true competitor is the insatiable hunger for victory. The spirit of competition brings out the best in any competitor. Those lucky enough to witness a demonstration of this spirit are inevitably moved. For a group of enthusiasts from Queensland, Australia, watching the world’s greatest compete at the 2010 World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) served as a great inspiration for them to enter the competition. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Stefan Knoeckel and Chris Sorgsepp Finding NEMO This group of enthusiasts from Queensland pooled their resources and ideas together and focused on running with…

The 90s were an incredible time for Japanese sports cars. Nearly every Japanese automaker incorporated at least one sports car in its lineup and Toyota was no different. The automaker offered FF, FR, and MR platforms to cater to a broad audience of enthusiasts. While most of its models may pale in comparison to the JZA80 Supra, Toyota’s often forgotten second-generation SW20 MR2 carries a cult-like following. With its turbocharged 3S-GTE mounted transversely behind the passenger cabin and a striking resemblance to Ferrari’s 348, the SW20 attracted enthusiasts who enjoyed taking the road less traveled. To this day, there’s a…

Rally-bred, turbocharged, all-wheel-drive with four doors and seating for five. Whether that’s Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution or Subaru’s WRX STI, the underlying recipe for practicality and performance has brought us a car that can be driven to, on, and from the track. This duality shared by the EVO and STI ultimately made both vehicles very attractive in the eyes of performance enthusiasts who could only have one car. Text by Jun Chen // Photos by Rob Shaw / BackFromLeave Known specifically for its 4G63 performance, Garage G- Force of Aomori, Japan has put together some of the quickest time attack Mitsubishi’s…

THE UNDERDOG. THE UNDERFUNDED. THE “LIVING ON CREDIT BECAUSE I’M between jobs.” Such is the plight of average Joes everywhere that are bitten by the racing bug. When Daniel O’Donnell was first exposed to time trial competition, he was instantly hooked but his daily-driven EM1 Honda Civic Si and supercharged BMW M3 would require more than he could justify or afford to be a competitive racer. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Gotta Be Different In his quest to stand out from the norm, O’Donnell’s search for a new vehicle had him searching high and low.“I always have to have…

GT-R fans across the world appreciate the three letter marque for a number of different reasons. Whether it’s a love for the early RB26-powered cars or a fascination with the latest R35 and its massive power output capabilities, there’s a multitude of different tuning styles cultivated around Nissan’s sports car-turned-supercar. One of the latest tuning trends surrounding the GT-R includes wide body kits and air suspension. Some may argue that many of these “fast-fashion” styles are simply a product of the latest fads and won’t stand the test of time. Others may uphold the current trends as what they prefer…

“Is this it? Have we reached the limit?” When building any platform for racing, there’s a point of inflection when going faster becomes exponentially harder and astronomically more expensive. At that point, the question becomes whether to march forward with the existing platform or to start over from scratch. Whether it’s an aerodynamic limitation or a lack of a reliable drivetrain solution, chassis-specific issues cause tuners to retire old race programs and move on to newer platforms. This calculated decision must be made sans emotion in order to pursue quicker lap times. Text by Jun Chen // Photos by Rob…

There are only two types of people on this earth. Those who love driving Miatas and those that make fun of people that enjoy driving Miatas. While the ND Miata has an emerging new fanbase, no one can argue that more power would make the car more fun. Unfortunately, the basic bolt-on intake, exhaust and header provide only a snack for those hungry for more power. For those with a real appetite for performance, AVO now offers a complete turbo system solution for the ND MX-5. Designed to provide an OEM fit, feel and finish, AVO touts the system as…

NOTHING STARTS OFF PERFECT. BUT JUST AS THE DIAMOND CUTTER refines a rough stone into a brilliant gem, Patrick Kelley transformed this 1990 Nissan 240SX  S13 from a neglected shell into a ride with purpose. Kelley purchased the S13 hatchback in 2006 from a buddy who lost interest and no longer wanted to finish the car. It had an SR20DET engine swap, stock wheels and a flat tire. At the time, drifting rose in popularity stateside and Nissan’s S13  had in turn become the affordable and desirable sport compact, prompting an influx of parts available for the car. Kelley had plenty…

HOW MUCH WOULD IT TAKE TO GET QUICKER AND GO faster? $5,000? $10,000? For Chris Young, crunching the numbers to ensure a balance of budget to performance started with his first car, a 1991 Eagle Talon. Chris said, “My first Talon ran a 12.8-second pass at 106 MPH with only an A’PEXi VAFC, an open downpipe and a ported stock turbocharger. After that I was hooked on 4G63 power.” Since then, Chris’ addiction took him through three more Talons, the last of which was to serve as his full race platform. In 2006, he purchased a new Civic for daily…

The vintage import car revolution continues its rise in popularity with each passing year as new classics gain traction among nostalgic automotive fanatics. This phenomenon is nothing new to automotive fans, but it is still a relatively new craze among Japanese car collectors and enthusiasts in the USA. If you’ve ever attended the Japanese Classic Car Show in California, evidence of this emerging trend can be seen as more people are restoring and tuning older Datsuns, Hondas, Mazdas, Nissans and Toyotas. Text and Photos by Richard Fong One such fanatic, Gary Stephenson, began his love affair with the Nissan marque…

What happens when Subaru invites us to Spain to test drive the 2017 Subaru BRZ? We get lost in a maze of dangerously narrow alleys, beat the crap out of the car on track, and drive so far off the suggested return route that the scenery changes from dead grass and open fields to a snowy ski resort at the top of a mountain. Yet this series of events led to a vehicle evaluation that delved deeper than any test drive at a dealership. We learned the ins and outs of the 2017 iteration of the Subaru BRZ, with an…

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