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TOP SECRET AND ITS FOUNDER Mr. Kazuhiko “Smoky” Nagata have earned a reputation for building fast cars and taking them around the world to exploit their capabilities. Smoky’s most famous exploit was driving a Supra to 197 MPH on public streets in the U.K. and getting thrown in jail for the effort. Despite the challenges facing Japan’s performance tuning community, Smoky and the TOP SECRET staff haven’t slowed from building projects that truly stand apart from the crowd. Text and Photos by Michael Ferrara DSPORT: Thank you for taking the time to show us your facility. For those not familiar…

The Miyoshi RX7 was turning heads at last years Tokyo Auto Salon, so we journeyed to the RE Miyoshi ( 三好自動車) shop to take a tour of this rotary heaven… The “RE” in RE Pro Shop Miyoshi says it all, Rotary Engine. Located in the suburban prefecture of Okayama, Japan, this tuner of the triangles loves rotaries and racing. Within its 407 square meter (4,380 square foot) facility, the company president, Toshiaki Miyoshi, and his staff have poured their passion into every machine to pass through their garage doors for more than three decades. Just looking at the vehicles parked…

In a quiet neighborhood of Okayama Prefecture, Japan, a legendary engine tuner and manufacturer humbly conducts business. OS Giken (which stands for Okazaki Speed Technical Research), known worldwide for its high-performance engine and driveline components, is the lifelong project of performance fanatic Okazaki-san. DSPORT made the trek to Okayama, Japan for an exclusive visit with OS Giken and Mr. Okazaki. Text and Photos by Richard Fong The OS Giken Story OS Giken was born of a perpetual need for improved performance. According to Okazaki, a self-educated technician and engineer, he realized the shortcomings of the L16 engines that equipped the…

Professional drifter Robbie Nishida takes us around Daigo Saito’s Fat Five Racing and shows us all the high horsepower projects that they’re currently working on. Click the video link below to get the inside look at this stellar operation.

While visiting Japan for the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon, Koji Yokoyama, president of Phoenix’s Power invited the DSPORT crew for an exclusive tour of their Kyoto facility.

During our stay for the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon we had to chance to visit several race shops in Japan for an exclusive look at their facilities. Our first stop took us to APR Racing where Jon Watanabe and driver Yuki Iwasaki showed us where they work on their GT3 Nissan GT-R and GT300 Toyota Prius.

Breakthroughs in automotive performance are not made by people that simply like cars, they are made by innovators that share a passion for innovative engineering that contribute to performance gains. Sort through a performance-part manufacturers’ catalog, and you’ll find that not many can match the length of experience that dates back as far as Edelbrock’s. The company stems from humble roots with Vic Edelbrock Sr. working in auto repair in the 1930s. Eventually, the company grew into one of the most highly regarded names in aftermarket performance. Text by Cameron Parsons // Photos by Jun Chen and Courtesy of Edelbrock…

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…

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…

Thirteen thousand square feet. Fully-equipped precision engine machine shop. A 2,000-wheel-horsepower, all-wheel-drive dynamometer. A dedicated fabrication area and garage. We put just about everything that any import performance enthusiast would dream of under one roof. And here’s why we did it. Text by Jun Chen // Photos by Jun Chen and Richard Fong A Look Behind the DSPORT Logo Having worked out of a small shack in the back corner of a strip mall for over nine years, we realized that our expansion needed to include more than just office space. We needed to build a facility that enabled us…

“Excellent” and “Dynamic.” These two words epitomize, define and compose the word Exedy. The Exedy Corporation hails from a long standing heritage. Synonymous with high-performance, OEM and industrial driveline solutions, it is surprising to many that Exedy has a humble beginning. Kazuma Adachi founded the company as a clutch repair shop started in 1923. Over the next 27 years, the business flourished. In 1950, the company became incorporated under the Daikin Manufacturing Company. Forty-five years later, the company changed names to the Exedy Corporation. Today, Exedy has grown into a worldwide powerhouse. With over 9,800 employees in manufacturing and corporate…