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With the American sports compact market hurting for more competition, Honda answered the many prayers with their introduction of the Honda Civic Type R to the U.S. market for the very first time. Battling models like the Subaru WRX STI, Ford Focus RS, and the Volkswagen Golf R; Honda had to make this one count. Text by Bassem Girgis // Photos by Bassem Girgis and Courtesy of Honda The King of the Nurburgring The success of Honda’s latest addition to the American market truly showed at the 2017 SEMA show, and there weren’t many corners in the Las Vegas Convention…

The R35 GT-R is fast but it is also heavy at nearly 4,000 pounds, which demands a lot of work out of the braking system. Winmax expands its lineup of performance brake pads with the W4 compound for the R35 GT-R to help the car stop quicker and more reliably. Winmax’s W4 compound pads offer a peak friction coefficient of over 0.4 and operate effectively from cold temperatures up to and beyond 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This enables users to utilize the same brake compound when driving on the street or on the race track. The pads are designed so that…

California car enthusiasts know the pains of emissions laws all too well, which is why we’re always excited to see parts and upgrades earn EPA/CARB compliance. Honda fans can now rejoice upon the release of Hondata’s FlashPro for the 2016 and newer Civic 1.5 Turbo. The CARB-legal upgrade provides a programmable ECU interface and simple connection from a computer’s USB port to the car’s OBDII port. The FlashPro does not require any ECU modification and offers up to 20 hours of datalogging memory. The software editing includes features like removal of the speed limiter, the ability to edit ignition and fuel…

It’s time to quit making up excuses for why you shouldn’t go racing, because it’s actually easier than you might expect. Track days are becoming more common, more affordable, and more welcoming to all types of different cars and drivers. Even better, the rising popularity of track days gives these organizations the opportunity to host their own time attack competitions for enthusiasts and shops that want to go racing without risking their cars or breaking the bank. Given the many track tests we perform for DSPORT Magazine’s tech stories, we were bound to join Speed Ventures on multiple occasions. Here,…

A high performance wheel should incorporate a rigid construction, clearance for big brakes, and the lightest footprint possible. It’s a difficult balance to achieve, but Titan 7 is entering the market as a new wheel brand aiming to reach these objectives. The company comes from 40 combined years of experience in the automotive aftermarket industry, starting its product line with two wheel designs. The T-R10 features a ten-spoke motorsport design, with each spoke cut with a rigid spoke tracer for extra strength and low weight. The 10,000-ton forged wheel weighs approximately 18-19 pounds for its 18-inch sizes, and provides clearance for…

Speed Ring Battle seeks to bring the best of the best in Time Attack together for an all out war against the clock in an annual celebration of the automotive hobby and the pursuit of wide open throttle. Text by The Speed Ring OVERALL​ ​WINNER​ ​Payouts Non Motovicity Customer – $10,000 Qualifying Motovicity Customer* – $20,000 Their classing system is designed to place vehicles of similar style into competitive groups based on modifications and ultimately the potential lap time of the vehicle. The final classification of the vehicle will be determined by the organizers and may potentially be adjusted in…

Power Test and SuperFlow Join Forces! On September 20th, Power Test Inc., a dynamometer and custom test stand manufacturer, completed the transaction to acquire SuperFlow Technologies/Hicklin Engineering. Power Test CEO Alan Petelinsek will be working closely with former owner and now General Manager Scott Giles in Des Moines, IA, along with Division Manager Dave Arsenault in Colorado Springs, CO, to integrate best practices between the companies, share resources, and build upon the tremendous engineering and manufacturing synergies between these industry leaders. The combined dynamometer experience of these three men alone exceeds 120 years, and a multitude of economic cycles. Text by…

What should your next upgrade be? Asking yourself this question can send you down a rabbit hole of unnecessary and expensive mods if you’re not careful. So before window shopping catalogs and forums for new parts, decide first what you want to do with the car. If you plan to track your car with HPDE and similar track day events, then wheels, tires, and brake upgrades should top your to-do list. In the way of brakes, new hardware in this area becomes essential not just for stopping power, but for heat tolerance and longevity to withstand the abuse of the…

Dash cameras are becoming more and more commonplace for street cars, and with good reason. They’re handy for capturing rare and interesting moments, but they’re also a lifesaver in situations that question liability and details of how an incident occurred. The Papago GoSafe 760 dual dash cam aims to provide the most coverage possible with a 140-degree wide angle in front and 120-degree wide angle in the rear. The camera records video in 1080p HD resolution, and supports 128GB SD cards to capture and store hours of video before it loops over. The GoSafe 760 utilizes special battery protection in order…

Nikon is taking its image capturing lineup further with its new KeyMission action cameras. The KeyMission 170 and 360 models offer 170-degree and 360-degree recording perspectives, respectively. They offer a compact form factor that is lightweight, waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof, with the ability to capture 4K Ultra HD video. They can also be controlled with a Nikon remote or via smartphone app. The cameras feature a range of built-in features like slow motion, time-lapse and more. Keeping in line with Nikon’s knack for image quality, the KeyMission cameras are built to capture video that is not only high resolution, but…

Working under the hood of your car can feel crammed, and it only gets worse when working around a hood prop that sits in the way. GrimmSpeed intends to make jobs under the hood of your car a little easier with the help of its High Lift Hood Struts for the 2008-2014 Subaru WRX and STI. The struts are designed to open the hood up to nearly 90 degrees, providing extra clearance for bigger tasks without having to remove the hood completely. The struts come supplied with machined aluminum brackets and stainless steel ball studs that are custom machined for…

Fidanza Performance introduces its aluminum flywheel for the 2015-2017 Ford Mustang with 2.3L EcoBoost engine. The flywheel is made from 6061-T6 billet aluminum, aimed to reduce weight and improve heat dissipation. Weighing in at 14.4 pounds, the lighter weight flywheel enables faster throttle response, frees up horsepower and reduces stress on the engine rotating assembly. It features military grade fasteners to tighten down the heat-treated, 1050 steel replaceable friction plate. The 1050 steel ring gear is also heat-treated, as well as Rockwell hardened for extra durability. MSRP is $546.12. Fidanza Performance 440.259.5656

There’s no quicker way to miss out on track time than to show up without the proper safety gear. No matter where you choose to race or track your car, any reputable track and organizer will require you to at least wear a Snell-certified helmet. The Snell Memorial Foundation sets the minimum requirements for a helmet’s quality of safety, and has since become the standard for helmet regulations. A new set of requirements and design changes routinely comes out every five years (for competition automotive sports), while helmets are typically allowed to be used for up to approximately ten…

Evapo-Rust introduces its Rust-Block water-based rust inhibitor, now in the form of a simple aerosol can for quick and easy application. This design is intended to simplify the process of evenly coating the surface of objects from car parts to gardening tools. The Evapo-Rust solution is non-toxic, non-flammable, non-corrosive and safe on skin and eyes, allowing users to work with it indoors or outdoors with no need for protective eyewear or gloves. It is designed to be biodegradable and environmentally friendly, while producing no foul odors or fumes. Evapo-Rust is safe to use on all metals, polymers, plastics, coatings and…

The right air and fuel ratios are essential to making power and saving your engine. If you start pushing your car’s limits, you want to keep a close eye on this vital information. Innovate Motorsports introduces its MTX-L PLUS wideband gauge, featuring the company’s patented DirectDigital technology and Advanced Sensor Control design. The gauge comes with a large digital readout with a programmable digital needle in a 52mm body. It offers the ability to calibrate the Bosch LSU 4.9 wideband O2 sensor for better accuracy, and displays the data in AFR or Lambda. MSRP starts at $219.00. Innovate Motorsports 714.372.5910

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