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LC 500 by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing Display Location: Lexus, 21601, Central Hall Description: When the Lexus LC 500 made its global debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, its alluring styling, exciting performance capability, and exquisite craftsmanship clearly marked the start of a new era for the luxury brand. The LC 500 by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing offers a different approach to the brand’s flagship coupe, featuring an aggressive look and tuned engine for a racing-inspired build. Highlights: Body work by Signature Autobody Artisan Spirit Custom Lexus LC  Aero Kit featuring fender flares, front diffuser, side skirts,…

Though the amount of money and time that professional car tuners have to work with may discourage the everyday car enthusiasts, Paul Coggeshall’s story is one that should brighten everyone’s outlook. Pure enthusiasts can see the beauty in project cars, even when others can not. In 1999, a 1997 Honda Civic hatchback with a blown DX motor caught Paul Coggeshall’s eye. In addition to the motor being completely worthless, the body had also been vandalized. However, the price was in budget, the frame was intact and the car itself would prove to offer a solid foundation for performance. Over the…

“The Replacement for displacement.” For the sport compact market, boost, RPM and nitrous-oxide systems have provided viable alternatives to increasing displacement. Technology allows today’s smaller engines to deliver a higher specific output than ever before. So what happens when these technologies are combined with more displacement? The best of both worlds. Text and Photos by Richard Fong OS Giken has built some of the most competitive Nissan racing engines in the world. One such example is the OS Giken RB30 engine. Built from one of Nissan’s best “race-bred” engine designs, the RB26DETT, the OS Giken RB30 system brings torque to…

The Acura Integra Type R is a great performing car. In building the Type R Integra, Honda Motor Company took an Acura Integra and shed some weight by eliminating a few of the creature comforts. Honda engineers also armed the Integra with a potent B18c5 engine. The engine was complemented with a close-ratio, limited-slip-differential-equipped transmission. Photos by Michael Ferrara Story by Sami Sharaf Combining the Type R’s VTEC powerplant with a supercharger system could have great results. You could be hitting the streets with power to spare. Back in 2001, a customer of Modacar Auto Accessories of Livermore, California contracted…

From movies to smartphones, hyping up something big and new can lead to either a cult following or an angry mob upon release. Advertisements, word of mouth and news reports regurgitate rumors and stories of “the next big thing,” but what happens when the product reaches consumers? For some, the anticipation adds to the experience. For others, all the excitement evolved into a Star Wars film or a new iPhone that just didn’t live up to expectations. If you classify yourself as an automotive enthusiast, then you likely didn’t go a day in the last year without hearing news and…

Die-hard HONDA fans lamented the loss of the “Integra” nameplate in 2002 when the U.S.-based Acura division settled upon an alphanumeric naming structure for all of its vehicles. Done at the height of America’s Honda B-series craze, there was also some initial backlash that coincided with the new platform’s (known as the RSX) K-series powerplant. It was at once new, foreign and for a while, considered somewhat undesirable. Honda fans wanted their Integras, and they wanted them badly. Text by Arnold Eugenio // Photos by Eric Tong The BK Dilemma Massachusetts resident Kiet Hong was initially on the fence. While…

Ford’s impressive ECOBOOST engine collection features several technologies that increase both efficiency and performance. These technologies include computer-controlled variable valve timing, a direct injection fuel system and even the latest turbocharger design from BorgWarner. Variants of these engines power the entire Ford lineup, from the economic Focus to the hefty F150 pickup. When packaged into the potent ST model however, the Fiesta has surprised the staff of DSPORT as one of our favorite cars in the D’GARAGE stable. Text by Sami Sharaf // Photos by Sami Sharaf Even though the 1.6-liter ECOBOOST engine packs efficiency and performance into the Fiesta…

In the ongoing saga of KA vs SR, there has been both progress and setbacks as Jeren and Richard continue their builds. Here is the latest news from both camps as they move closer to the final competition. Text and Photos by Arnold Eugenio and Richard Fong Project SR20 Update In the last visit with the SR20, the increased displacement, cylinder head work and camshafts put more power under the curve and earlier in the RPM range. However, peak power was limited, as the upper limits of the TOMEI POWERED 8446 turbocharger had been reached. To attain greater peak power…

Because Racecar. This is the usual response to questions like, “Where is the interior? Why don’t the windows roll down? Where is the sound system? Don’t you have power door locks?” Sure, the absence of such equipment certainly helps to lighten the chassis and ultimately, record quicker passes down the 1,320. But realistically, who can enjoy their car for more than just a few seconds at a time without these amenities, especially when running errands, sitting in traffic or going on a road trip? Text and Photos by Richard Fong These very concerns hit home for Jason Flesher. Like many…

Imagine carrying an 80MPH drift on low-grip gravel, with a thick forest on one side of the road and a mountainside drop on the other. A simple miscalculation of a bump in the road or the amount of grip available can send the car tumbling down the mountain or wrapped around a tree in the blink of an eye. This recipe for disaster, known as rally racing, calls for some of the toughest-built racecars in all of motorsports, from the tires and suspension to the roll cage and safety equipment that surrounds the vehicle occupants. In order to get a…

High-performance automotive technology and components often times trickle down from motorsports and racing. That technology is then applied to consumers on a mass production scale. Because racing is perceived as the crux of automotive technology, it is often the means by which tuning shops learn more about their tradecraft and validate their abilities in competition. While this is the angle that many shops employ to earn recognition and clout with consumers, others focus directly on the needs of consumers. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Richard Fong and Sami Sharaf The People’s Tuner Focusing on the enthusiast’s needs separates…

If it has wheels, it can be raced. The world of racing is no longer just reserved for the fastest vehicles. Spec classes designed for specific platforms pits drivers and teams against the clock and each other, regardless of the vehicle type. Even so, it’s hard to imagine the practical and modestly powered Honda Fit as a racecar. After all, the GE8 Fit’s 1.5-liter L15A7 engine makes all of 118 horsepower and 107 lb-ft torque. However, its broad popularity among consumers and its use in Super Taikyu class ST-5 make for a compelling argument that it should not be a wonder…

As much as many of us trash talk the onslaught of reality TV that showcases stories of rags to riches, weight loss and becoming a bonafide culinary master, the success of these shows further proves that people love transformation stories. However, the essential pieces of every “before and after” lie between the “before” and the “after.” This is where the dirty work takes place, where the finer details make all the difference in the final product. As the D’Garage Ford Fiesta ST reaches its fourth and final stage of its build, we found no shortage of details to work on…

When you hear the term “Kamikaze”, you’d probably think of the Japanese World War II special attack units. However, when translated from Japanese, kamikaze means “Divine Wind” or “Spirit Wind”. For a machine to move as if driven by a divine wind, it’s going to need some power, be able to slice through the air and keep the tires planted down the straights and through the turns. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Rob Shaw Swift Like a Spirited Wind In Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, the aero parts specialists at Varis have been busy designing some of the most…

Seven teams, seven Nissan R35 GT-Rs. Seven-second passes. This remarkable group of seven running sevens composes an international band of drag strip outlaws riding on the bleeding edge of innovation and technology. They constantly battle with physics and extract unbelievable horsepower and torque from the all-aluminum V6, twin-turbocharged VR38DETT engine. By Richard Fong // Lead Image Courtesy of Altechno Racing Rapid Development Just five years ago, a Nissan GT-R making 900 horsepower broke the nine-second barrier. Today, at least 13 GT-Rs from across the globe make anywhere from 1,600 to 2,500 horsepower and clear the quarter mile in under eight…

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