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How many icons can you fit in one room? For the Nissan Heritage Museum, squeezing legendary cars in their Tokyo, Japan museum is no issue. On the 2018 DSPORT Tokyo Auto Salon tour, we were able to stop by the museum and experience the history of the legendary Japanese automaker. Nissan has been one of Japan’s most notable manufacturers for over 80 years, producing some of the most capable cars in the compact performance market. The Nissan Heritage Museum displayed historic cars dating back to 1933. Also on display was the start of the legendary Godzilla, from the very first…

Owners of Toyota’s GT86 can improve the pedal feel, engagement and performance over their stock clutch with McLeod Racing’s latest performance offering. The Mag Force Street Edition clutch system is capable of handling extremely high horsepower engines in street and race vehicles. This clutch system will provide the strength and durability you have come to rely on in all of the McLeod Racing family of products. McLeod Mag Force clutches are the perfect choice for racers looking for a lightweight, high-torque capacity unit. The Mag Force SE features an easy engaging ceramic friction material and a strapped floater design to…

The Tokyo Auto Salon is the mecca for the best and latest Japanese performance vehicles.  The aisles are filled with thousands of modified car enthusiasts along with the most iconic tuning shops in the world. With another DSPORT TAS tour in the books, let’s take a look at some of the best cars at this years Tokyo Auto Salon. Text by Tyler Hirashima // Photos by Tyler Hirashima, Michael Ferrara, Bassem Girgis  and Henry Hoang

TOMEI POWERED introduces its Turbo Suction Hoses for the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 7, 8, 9, and 10 models. One variant fits 7, 8, and 9 models, while the other variant fits only the EVO 10. TOMEI’s enlarged turbo suction hoses offer up to 140 percent greater capacity than the factory equipment for better air flow efficiency and more power. The hoses are made using heat resistant, fiber-reinforced four-ply silicon infused with steel wires for extra durability. They also include a blind plug that can be used in place of the boost solenoid return nipple if using an aftermarket boost controller/solenoid.…

Seats are one of the most important upgrades for when you start tracking your car. Not only do they serve as a safety upgrade, they can also vastly improve your driving. A racing seat holds the driver securely in place, providing a much better sense of the car’s capabilities and limits. Bride introduces the ZETA III, a fixed bucket seat designed not only for racing but also for comfort. It features a narrowed-down waist line, a lower seat position, and FIA safety compliance. The ZETA III is available with carbon aramid, super aramid black, or FRP silver material with a variety…

Formula DRIFT Announces 2-Year Title Sponsorship with Link Engine Management for the PRO2 Championship Text By Formula D // Photo By Joe Singleton Long Beach, Calif. – December 13, 2017 – Formula DRIFT has announced a 2-year sponsorship agreement with Link Engine Management for the Formula Drift PRO2 Championship. Link Engine Management provides drivers from around the globe with world-class engine management technology. With a race proven range of WireIn ECUs, PlugIn ECUs, and more, Link has provided a winning formula for champions from various series. Link’s ECUs are sold in 65 countries by over 1,500 dealers. “We’re excited to…

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…

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