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#2 | F Performance Garage | Dubai, UAE 7.315 @ 189.92 MPH Hot out the gates would be a good way to describe F Performance Garage. Founded in 2013 by Salem and Talub, this young shop located in Dubai, UAE, produced the first seven-second GT-R in Dubai and currently has the second quickest GT-R in the world. Placing emphasis on high-end, high-performance vehicle builds, the shop focuses on producing bulletproof street and racecars while keeping a meticulous eye on the details. Photos Courtesy of F Performance Garage Open Class Contender F Performance’s racecar builds demonstrate the shop’s capacities, and the…

#1 Ekanoo Racing | Bahrain 7.207 @ 202.11 MPH The opening of the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in 2004 brought world-class motorsports to the country, creating a venue for several international racing series ranging from Formula1 and FIA GT to Endurance racing and V8 Supercars. BIC is also part of the NHRA Worldwide Network, which helped to bring the sport of drag racing to life in the Gulf area. Photos Courtesy of EKanoo Racing Collecting Records It was also in 2004 that entrepreneur Ebrahim Mohammad Kanoo founded EKanoo Racing and hosted the first drag event in the country at the…

There’s no doubt that first impressions matter. The first time we met David Bruzewski at the 2010 IDRC Sport Compact Nationals, his 2004 Labrador Black EVO VIII caught our attention immediately and made a lasting impact. With an AMS 2.3-liter 4G63 engine under the hood producing over 700 horsepower and 531 lb- torque, Bruzewski managed to claim the runner-up spot in his class. Add to this performance an Öhlins suspension, bronze Volk Racing TE37 wheels and a full Voltex aero kit and this EVO simply stood out from the rest. He earned a feature in DSPORT Issue #96 as well…

In our last SR installment of the KA vs. SR battle series (Issue #90, June 2010) we sent a brand new SR cylinder head core to TOMEI POWERED (TP) in Japan. There, TOMEI POWERED’s cylinder head specialist Mr. Tahara put the head through the TOMEI POWERED Genesis Phase One and Two cylinder head program. Phase One involved replacement of the valve seats, upgrading to Phosphorus Bronze valve guides, +1mm oversized Supertech valves, Type A valve springs and titanium retainers. Phase Two added solid lifters (to replace the hydraulic units), shims, 270-degree PROCAMS and rocker arm stoppers. Solid lifters are not…

Not every Nissan Gt-r owner aspires to run against the likes of AMS Performance, ETS/English Racing or the team with the current world record, EKanoo Racing. And in reality, few ever will. Instead, the majority will find satisfaction with their R35 when it’s built to the hilt for the street. After all, how can you enjoy a car that you can only enjoy at full tilt on a racetrack? Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Rob Shaw Coming Down off the Fence Dr. Jumar Apolinario, like DSPORT’s publisher Michael Ferrara, was reserved about the R35 GT-R at first. At…

Driving down a quiet road with nothing but acres of fields and farmland might make you wonder if you’re heading in the right direction to find a performance tuning shop. However, once you see the rows of rotary-powered machines lined up facing the street, that doubt quickly evaporates. This is the experience of finding RE Pro Shop Miyoshi in Okayama. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Rotaries and Racing The “RE” in RE Pro Shop Miyoshi says it all, Rotary Engine. Located in the suburban prefecture of Okayama, Japan, this tuner of the triangles loves rotaries and racing. Within its…

There’s no worse strategy than no strategy at all. Going into a project without direction is exactly how cars become money pits. Fortunately, the scrupulous professionals of our industry realize this and help to put wandering enthusiasts on a path toward an objective. George Werner of Hastings, Nebraska, has been a fan of Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution series since the late 1990s when he first learned about the Evolution V. When he finally bought his first EVO, it was a few generations later with this 2008 CZ4A EVO X. He liked the CZ4A’s refinement, newer bodylines and 4B11T engine, which were…

Hate it or love it, the newest generation Subaru STI fueled a fire storm of mixed emotions among import enthusiasts. Some shy away from the idea of a performance wagon while others relish the newest Scooby. The flared fenders, redesigned chassis, power increase and other refinements have the zealots exclaiming this is the best STI yet. When Brian Wong saw the photos of the 2008 STI on the net he was skeptical at first. An owner of a 2003 WRX at the time, Brian wasn’t sure how the 5-door would stack up to its older sedan siblings. However, seeing the…

Not everyone with a healthy income and a car collection can claim to be a true enthusiast. A respectable few, including Jay Leno, David Letterman, CJ Wilson, and the late Paul Walker have significant car collections that are not simply museum pieces; they see use and abuse, just as they were originally intended. One of the latest to join this fraternity of legitimate car guys is Adam Carolla. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Aaron Eusebi and courtesy of Bob Sharp and Adam Carolla Sunny Days In 1975, the Datsun 200SX was released in the USA. Designed to compete…

The design of the cylinder head (intake & exhaust port size length and shape; valve angle, valve size, number of valves per cylinder) plays an important role. The design determines the velocity and volume (CFM) of air-and-fuel entering and exhaust gasses exiting the combustion chamber. While the proper selection of camshafts can optimize the performance for a given cylinder head and short-block combination, there are a number of processes that can be performed to the cylinder head to improve performance and reliability. The valvetrain can be upgraded to endure higher engine speeds while larger valves and porting can improve air…

“It’s all in your head.” When it comes to establishing the efficiency and character of an engine, the cylinder head plays the lead role. A cylinder head’s port design, valve sizes, valve angles, valvetrain design and combustion chamber shape will dictate key performance factors. Flow velocities into and out of the cylinder head, burn rates during combustion and the rpm potential of the engine will all be influenced by the cylinder head. By Richard Fong // Photos by Richard Fong and TOMEI POWERED Heading in the Right Direction To give our SR20 its best chance against the KA24, we decided…

Make no mistake that the jury is still out on drifting. Despite a great deal of press and manufacturer support, the future of the “sport” remains uncertain. While drift series may currently be in the headlines, the reality is that import drag racing is still the number one motorsport for our import culture according to two separate surveys. So why is there a dedicated drift car on the cover of DSport? Rest assured that we’re not just latecomers on the drifting wagon. Our attention was peaked when we learned of the story behind this car. If you are a fan…

Fans of drivelines are just as dedicated as fans of brands. Whether it’s front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, each offers a compelling argument. Our own Jeren Walker may own a 550hp 240SX, but his eyes light up when the conversation migrates to front-wheel drive and drag racing; he really lives for the rush of torque steer. Similarly, for Joey Vittorio, the enthusiasm and passion lies with all-wheel drive. “I’ve always loved all-wheel drive cars and forced induction, especially Mitsubishi’s Evolution. The 4G63 engines are legendary. To me, there is no other four-cylinder engine capable of performing as well…

Ugly! There’s no other word to describe the performance of the KA24DE engine in stock form. Nissan tunes the KA24’s 2.4-liters of displacement to deliver just 155 horsepower at 5,600 RPM. Take the KA24DE under the knife and add a turbocharger system and you’ll see the “ugly” transforms into a knockout. With the KA24DE, Nissan accidently built a awesome foundation for a turbocharged four- cylinder engine. The engine’s large displacment drives turbos into boost quickly. The KA24DE’s connecting rods and crankshaft are also quite strong. With proper tuning and a well-engineered turbo system, 300 horsepower can be realized on the…

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