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Bladed Booster The brand-new Garrett GTX4594R turbocharger features the GTX 11 blade compressor wheel aerodynamics for great response and the ability to create power throughout the power band. Ideal for high-flowing engines such as the Honda K-series. This turbocharger is capable of 1,250hp and upwards. Multiple turbine housing A/R sizes available. Honeywell/Garrett www.TurboByGarrett.com

Boosted Boxer Rods Forged from proprietary 4330M for strength, fully machined and shot-peened for stress relief. These connecting rods include premium silicone bronze bushings for full floating pins and CARR multiphase fasteners. Retains 18-degree split line for easy assembly. CP-Carrillo www.CP-Carrillo.com

Brace Yourself An unsupportive seat without adequate bolstering can leave you slipping and sliding during hard cornering. Unlike most factory seats that lack support, a properly mounted fixed-back bucket seat can hold you tight on the street and the track. For 2015, Sparco introduces its latest Grid bucket seat. The Grid features a unique design that incorporates individual padding that is attached by Velcro, allowing for ventilation channels and a customized fit. In addition to the unique and shell design, the Grid seat is the first seat to utilize Sparco’s Lightened Fiberglass (LF) technology for an average weight savings of…

Just as the fall signals the end of the summer, it also concludes the motorsports events season. Hence, the IDRC drew some of the quickest racers out to Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California on Octover 18-19, 2014, for the 2014 IDRC International Finals. The season finale was packed was packed with activity, as Mountune held its first ever ST 1/4-Mile Challenge, the IDRC held a beginner’s drag racing school and the INSTAFAME Car Show added to the racing excitement over the weekend. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Kevin Convertito, Rommel Estrada, Richard Fong and Tyrone Lincoln ROUNDING…

When Toyota released its AE86 Corolla in 1983, the engineers could not have imagined the cult following this humble, rear-wheel drive sport compact would eventually garner. Over two decades after its production ceased in 1987, loyal fans of the platform continue to build, show, drift, drag and road race the AE86. Then in 2012 Toyta paid homage to its affordable and sporty Corolla by releasing the 86 in Japan, known as the Scion FR-S in the USA. This rear-wheel drive coupe (jointly developed with Subaru, whose model is named the BRZ) embodied the spirit of the original AE86, affordable, nimble…

Mission Control While physically building a car can be challenging, making the thing run right is usually an entirely different headache. Thankfully, Hondata has this problem solved with its newest KPro4 for the popular Honda K-series. Building on the KPro3, the version 4 includes additional features such as digital inputs, outputs, access to CANBUS, flex-fuel capability and more. In addition, users can now connect the KPro4 directly to most aftermarket dash displays. A number of additional failsafes have also been added to safeguard your engine. KPro4 also interfaces with Android and iOS devices via Bluetooth to monitor the engine and…

Car shows are just car shows, right? Not according to BLOX Racing. For the past four years, BLOX has held its Open House event in Northern California to bring enthusiasts, fans and the industry together for a summer gathering. However, the event faced numerous challenges as crowds became bigger and bigger and cars began flooding over to neighboring streets, lots, and anywhere parking could be found. Although 2014 would have marked the fifth annual Open House, BLOX decided to go all-out and launch an evolution of its event at a neverbefore- seen venue. In just five years, the BLOX Open…

From springs and coilovers to sway bars and suspension systems, Eibach USA engineers, develops and builds these parts in house at its plant in Southern California. Although many companies now choose to outsource production, there are still companies like Eibach going strong right here on American soil. Stay tuned for more behind the scenes looks at some of your favorite parts manufacturers in upcoming issues of DSPORT Magazine. Text by Jun Chen // Photos by Jun Chen and Richard Fong Utilizing a spring dynamometer, a coilover spring can be measured and specific characteristics analyzed. From muscle cars to imports, Eibach’s…

August signals the end of the summer, but it also heralds the three-day extravaganza known simply as “The Shootout.” On what would become a long weekend for many, August 15-17, 2014, thousands poured into the Village of Wakeman, Ohio, the home of Buschur Racing. Attendees came from across America and flooded into Ohio, filling up the hotels in neighboring towns Norwalk and Milan. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Friday, Dyno Day Despite the threat of rain and thunderstorms that had been forecasted for weeks prior, many racers and spectators still traveled, undaunted. An estimated 1,000 people came out to…

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Watching GoPro videos online really gets the adrenaline flowing, especially when the clips feature the exploits of Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima and Sebastien Loeb. These record setting drivers have plenty of accolades to their credit, but in Colorado, the only one that really counts is the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Larry Chen The 2014 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb marked the 92nd running of the “Race to the Clouds.” Just last year, Sebastien Loeb attacked the 12.42-mile course, smashing the standing record and raising the standards with a 8:13.87 elapsed time, an…

Forecasts with a 40% chance of thunderstorms, tornado warnings and a thick morning cloud would usually spell disaster for any outdoor event. Fortunately, Colorado’s import performance enthusiasts don’t consider the IDRC Street Tuner Mayhem just any outdoor event. The annual one-day event that features IDRC drag racing, the INSTAFAME car show and burnout contest has become the place to be in the first week of June. Despite a gloomy forecast, over 300 race cars, 140 show cars and over 3,000 spectators rolled the dice that Mother Nature wanted to see some great import racing action. Text by Michael Ferrara //…

Lousy neighbors and noise complaints practically killed the legitimate quarter-mile drag racing scene in Southern California. But after more than a year of silence at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California, the newly constructed sound attenuation wall signaled the return of drag racing action. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Rafa Herrera, Kyle Lewis, Andrew Linga and Andrew Mah Relaunching The IDRC For the 2014 season, the IDRC forged strategic sponsorships and secured support from key manufacturers in the industry, locking in thousands of dollars in contingency prizes ranging from cash to gift certificates and products. With a revised…

The Japanese waste little time kicking off the New Year with events and celebrations. In addition to the Tokyo Auto Salon, the “Seijin No Hai” celebration and the first Sumo Tournament of the year, HKS puts together the first major motorsports festival for the season, known as the HKS Premium Day. Despite early morning rains, over 5,300 attendees made the trek to the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji on January 26, passing through the gates of the world famous Fuji Speedway. The track went hot with several racing events conducted throughout the day, while a car show, dyno challenge and…

An aircraft skidding off the runway is all it takes to ruin anyone’s vacation plans. Unless you’re living in California or Florida, just about everywhere north of the equator feels the bite of winter in January. That chill caused an aircraft to skid off the runway at JFK International Airport, prompting the cancellation of numerous flights out of America’s northeast just days before the 2014 DSPORT Tokyo Auto Salon (TAS) Tour was due to take off from Los Angeles. Text by Richard Fong and Jun Chen // Photos by Jun Chen, Richard Fong, Rafa Herrera and Marcell Levi At least…

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