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Mazda’s Next Generation Miata Aims to Be Lighter Than the ND Text by Cameron Parsons // Photos courtesy of Mazda As if a 2,300 lbs footprint doesn’t stand out against other vehicles today, a recent interview from autocar.co.uk with Program Manager Nobuhiro Yamamoto revealed that the next generation MX-5 will aim to be lightened even more. The first generation NA Miata came out of the factory weighing 2,100 lbs, and got significantly heavier with its following iterations. The third generation NC model pressed the scales at approximately 2,500 lbs which, although still lightweight, is nearly 20-percent heavier than the NA. Mazda…

DSPORT Staff Update | What Automotive Trend Do You Like the Least? Richard Get an Alignment When it comes to automotive fashion, the style I dislike the most is extreme negative camber. That’s not say that I don’t like a degree or two of negative camber. After all, when it helps with cornering around turns, I am all for it. I can also appreciate the look of a lowered ride with nice wheels that are flush to the wheel arches. When done right, a hard parked ride could look pretty cool. However, when vehicles have exaggerated negative camber and ride…

Ten years ago, Elon Musk published his lofty goals for Tesla Motors. Now a decade later, Musk has stood behind his master plan, with another blog post elaborating on the future of the Silicon Valley startup. Text by Stanley Yee // Photos courtesy of Tesla Motors Just a few years ago, Tesla was far from a household name. The company was the quietly producing the electric Roadster for wealthy Bay Area techies, and only after the release of the Model S did the company make a big splash among the mainstream media. Following the announcements of the Model X…

DSPORT Staff Update | What Automotive Trend Do You Like the Most? Richard Boost For All It seems to have taken forever, but manufacturers have finally started to embrace forced induction at the production level. While tuned factory cars (AMG, Saleen, TRD, etc.) have employed supercharger technology, its nice to see factory turbocharged vehicles gaining traction. The Japanese and some European manufacturers have had turbocharged streetcars since the 1980s and have kept the faith in “the replacement for displacement.” However, domestic manufacturers have only recently started to sell factory turbocharged vehicles (that are not diesel engines.) Kudos to Ford for…

NISMO Festival 2016 The famous NISMO Festival is confirmed to host the annual gathering of Nissan enthusiasts and vehicles once again for 2016, on December 11 at Fuji Speedway. This year will mark the 19th running of the event and the 50th anniversary of the historic racetrack, which has seen the likes of the Asian Le Mans Series, Super GT, Formula One, World Touring Car Championship and more. On an annual basis, this event brings together racing drivers and cars of the past and present, displaying the evolution of Nissan’s involvement in motorsports. Spectators get the opportunity to see the cars up…

Honda introduced a brand new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine to power the 2016 Civic. While this change improves fuel efficiency, it also opens the door for tuners. Hondata steps in with its Reflash for the 2016 Honda Civic. This software upgrade is said to enhance performance with 20 to 28 horsepower from 4,500 RPM to 6,000 RPM, while spooling up the turbo 500 RPM earlier than the factory setup. Hondata also claims improvements in torque from 10 to 25 lb-ft gains throughout the RPM range at full throttle. Despite this software’s power-making ability, Hondata worked to retain factory fuel economy numbers…

Every racing driver’s career starts with having to watch from the sidelines. Michele Abbate of Las Vegas, Nevada started just the same, watching her older brother race since she was four years old. He dominated in the divisions that he competed in, claiming championship titles in both local and global rankings. Michele was stuck as a spectator in the motorsports world until she hit 16 years old and bought her first car which she would daily drive and compete with, even if the only avenue was local autocross. This small step kicked off her racing career, leading Michele to become…

AE Threads AE (Automotive Enthusiasts) Threads is introducing its newest lineup of automotive apparel. At its roots, the company aimed to build itself out of its appreciation and vision of the Japanese domestic market. In the creation of its products, the company drew inspiration from Japan’s unique forms of style and expression in the automotive world that played a major role in movements such as drifting and time attack racing. AE Threads fixes itself on capturing and expanding these lifestyles further. AE Threads states that its clothing designs are printed with plastisol ink, allowing clothing to be washed and worn hassle free. With a 1989 Nissan…

DSPORT IS NOW 100 ISSUES OLD and while we would normally take advantage of such a moment to complain about how old we have all gotten, we’ll reflect on the past instead. Thrice before, we have published retrospectives about DSPORT and its place in the industry. Most titles never turn a profit and fail within a few issues. Fewer still manage to become acknowledged leaders in the industry. And although our long-term readers have lived much of this history with us, we would like to share our story with the thousands of readers who have joined us along the way.…

If you think you’re any sort of skilled driver now, wait until you have a professional show you how fast you can really go. I come from more than a decade of road racing experience in a wide variety of four-wheeled machines, I’ve collected my share of wins and championships, and can even lay claim to a track record with my name on it. So what did all of this experience amount to when I first got behind the wheel of DirtFish Rally School’s Subaru WRX STIs? Almost nothing. Sure, I didn’t crash the car, I kept it on track…

The Good-Win Racing brand has resonated as a popular aftermarket parts resource for the Mazda Miata for years. After backing the MX-5 Miata platform for all this time with solutions to street performance, racing parts and more, the company and its staff have become a trusted source for Mazda performance. This week, Brian Goodwin of Good-Win Racing was given the opportunity to test drive the Fiat 124 Spider, Fiat’s affordable roadster built on Mazda’s MX-5 ND platform. Brian took multiple variants of the 124 around an autocross course to find the limits of the car, and shared his experience with…

DSPORT Staff Update | What project car would you build with a $10k budget? Disclaimer: The views expressed here are from Issue 133, opinions may have since changed. Richard Z-Speed My choice for a $10k build would start with a 1970 Datsun 240Z. Some functioning examples, in need of a little TLC but without terrible rust damage, can still be found for around $3k. One of these chassis would be the perfect starting point for a project build. Depending on what is missing or in need of replacement, I’d reserve $3k for replacement/restoration of the exterior and interior parts. Once…

Automakers have been the hot topic as of late, especially in the wake of “diesel gate”, the Volkswagen emissions scandal that went viral back in September 2015. Now Mitsubishi has been caught in its own debacle, admitting to misrepresentation of fuel economy figures for several of its domestic vehicles. This sent shares of Mitsubishi Motor Corp. (MMC) plummeting to a low of 422 Yen per share on April 27, the lowest it has traded in over a decade. Mitsubishi Motor Corp. stock at it’s April 27th low (Left) and their value since 2000 (Right) But there is some light at…

Following its wet season-opener on the streets of Long Beach, Formula DRIFT fans, drivers and teams were treated to hot weather for round two at Atlanta. Mixing up matters even more, the top three point leaders were knocked out in the Top 32 competition, opening the door for the podium positions. After qualifying first and then winning every round he entered, Vaughn Gittin dominated the weekend in his Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR. Dai Yoshihara was no slouch either, as he piloted his Falken Tire / Turn 14 Subaru BRZ to a second place finish, his first…

First, the Scion FR-S changed its name. Now, Toyota Australia’s Product Design team treats it with a new style. This Toyota GT86 Shooting Brake Concept adds hatchback styling and functionality to an otherwise unchanged Toyota GT86. This unfortunately means still no enhancements to the vehicle’s power output, something that enthusiasts have been begging for since the beginning of the FR-S/BRZ’s production. This Shooting Brake model may only be a concept design, but it is a fully functional vehicle and has even turned laps around Toyota’s test track. Toyota GT86 Global Chief Engineer Tetusya Tada has been more than supportive of the concept since…

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