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Bigger, better, stronger, faster. It’s a simple mantra spoken by many performance enthusiasts. When it comes to increasing an engine’s performance, making it bigger (increasing displacement), better (more efficient), stronger (capable of sustaining higher power output) and faster (capable of higher peak RPMs) is a solid plan to follow. While there are a number of aftermarket companies that offer the stroker kits and valvetrain upgrades to build a “B.B.S.F.” engine, there are times when one may want or have to engineer solutions from scratch. Custom crankshafts, custom pistons and custom rods are sometimes the only path for a specific goal.…

FOUR CYLINDERS, IRON BLOCK AND READY TO ROCK. NISSAN’S KA24DE engine sports a 2.4-liter displacement, dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and a compression ratio of 9.5:1. In many ways, the design of the KA24DE makes it the perfect candidate for a high-horsepower, turbocharged setup. For that very reason, we’ve been beefing up our Project KA to become the solid foundation for an extreme test of turbocharger technology. Text and Photos by Jun Chen The Goal For every person that understands how a turbocharger works, there are likely hundreds of others who don’t. Even owners of turbocharged vehicles may…

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…

Often overshadowed by the big power members in the D’Garage, our Project Party Time Fiesta ST takes this month’s spotlight as we check in on its quest for 400whp. A switch to E85, an additional port fuel injection system and some dyno time pushed the 1.6L EcoBoost closer to its goal. While we are going to feel a great deal more comfortable once the built engine is in place, getting as much tuning on the stock engine completed will only be a benefit in the future. By Michael Ferrara History Back in issue #170 (August 2016), we introduced the Full-Race…

You don’t know the meaning of handling unless you’ve driven a go kart, a formula racecar, or a Miata. Many like to boast the handling capabilities of a new platform on the market or their personal track car, which very well could be excellent handling cars. The difference with something like a go kart or a track-prepared Miata, however, is that experiencing these vehicles at their limits around a race track is near violent. Stand on the brakes before a corner and you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. Throw the steering wheel into a hard turn and you’ll…

Everything changed when E85 came to town. The days of having separate tunes for pump gas versus race gas are now just a memory for many. Every day, more enthusiasts make the switch to E85. If you are blessed enough to live in an area that has access to this fuel, why wouldn’t you make the switch? You can crank up the boost to make the same power as most race gasolines, yet the cost is less than pump gas. Adding a flex-fuel sensor to the mix provides total fuel compatibility so not having an E85 station on your route…

Many auto enthusiasts seem to think that they have a good idea of their car’s capabilities, but the truth is many of them haven’t even come close to finding the limit. After taking our 2016 Mazda MX-5 around the track for its first D’Garage feature, the Miata came back to the DSPORT shop for its next round of upgrades. In anticipation of future track days and race events, the ND MX-5 took to some new solutions to improve its cooling and handling, exceeding expectations of what the car could really do on a racetrack. Text and Photos by Cameron Parsons…

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the ultimate example of the saying “don’t knock it ‘til you try it.” Many car snobs look at a vehicle’s list of specifications, skimming past items like suspension design and curb weight, only in search of power output, interior amenities and its ability to make them feel manly. With the MX-5, Mazda treats automotive enthusiasts with a return to the fundamentals of performance – a lightweight platform on a well-balanced chassis that delivers a ton of fun on-track. For our 2016 ND MX-5 project, we chose to exploit its strengths for track use and eventually…

When it comes to the R34 GT-R’s RB26 engine, its personality is established by the choice of turbo system. For two decades, turbo upgrades for the RB26 provided either a solid mid-RPM performer for street and track use or a top-end screamer for drag racing. If you were content with 500-600 horsepower, there could be some semblance of response. If you wanted more power, the laggy boost response of a larger turbo would mean that low and mid-RPM performance would be sacrificed. Fortunately, technology has provided a solution. Text by Michael Ferrara // Photos by Joe Singleton and Staff The…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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