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If the DSPORT TAS Tour isn’t already on your bucket list, this year’s adventure might put it on the top of your list. If you love Japanese cars, Japanese culture and Japanese food, there is no better way to experience Japan in eight days and seven nights than on the DSPORT Tokyo Auto Salon tour. For the 2017 experience, 31 attendees joined Tyler, Mikiko, Yuko and me for a Tokyo and Yokohama experience second to none. Text by Michael Ferrara // Photos by Mikiko Akaogi, Arvin Arrozal, Tyler Hirashima, Alex Martinez, Oliver Severino and Asad Taj Day 1: Flight &…

In the 100th issue of DSPORT Magazine, we evaluated and ranked the major automotive manufacturers in our segment. Although that was only six years ago, a lot has changed since then. Ford rolled out a huge presence with its EcoBoost lineup, Honda delivered the Civic Type R to the U.S., the EVO saw its demise in the form of the Final Edition, and Toyota and Subaru introduced the 86/BRZ/FR-S platform. We decided to take a look back and reassess the manufacturers’ ability to offer relevant performance vehicles in our market from 1990 to today. We then graded each company based…

The last time I raced on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was also the first time I ever crashed there. In October 2015, Mazda loaned us a Touring Car B-Spec (TCB) Mazda2 to take to the Pirelli World Challenge season finale for the full pro racing experience. I’ve raced cars far faster and I must have had more than 500 laps around Mazda Raceway by then, yet I still found myself overwhelmed by the scale of the series and the close competition. If you check www.dsportmag.com or Issue #161, you’ll find the story of how I jumped into the driver’s seat…

Welcome to the world of automotive madness. If you have the slightest interest in cars and performance, then the SEMA show is a must-see for you. With thousands of custom cars filling every inch of the Las Vegas Convention Center, it quickly becomes clear that the show’s theme is all-out creativity. The giant show never lacks performance, and with tons of manufacturers displaying their products that can make any car nearly fly, some choose to bump up their horsepower in other ways; like swapping their engine with something a little more “fun.” Although there are various ways to boost up…

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…

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