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Chances are you’ve fallen into watching an episode of Iron Chef. If you haven’t, the format pits visiting chefs against one of the resident Iron Chefs at Kitchen Stadium. Both the visiting and Iron Chef must come up with original recipes around the same theme ingredient. When Club DSPORT was tasked with building a number of Toyota 2JZ engines for different applications, we thought there would be no better way to showcase the versatility of this popular platform. After outlining the origins, strengths and weaknesses of the 2JZ engine platform, we’ll showcase a detailed and complete 2JZ build for circuit,…

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,…

Inspired by high horsepower rally machines of the 1980s and early 1990s, the battle between the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Subaru WRX STI carried on for over a full decade. Both platforms kicked off in the early 1990s, sporting turbocharged four-cylinder engines sending nearly 300 horsepower through an AWD drivetrain. When one model raised the performance bar, the other would bite back with another round of updates. The battle raged on through the cars’ introductions to the United States until 2015, when Mitsubishi was forced to pull the plug on the EVO brand. Although the EVO name came to its…

There is nothing more frustrating than being part of a two-man team where you are doing more than half the work. When subtle hints don’t get the lazy half up to speed, the end result can be a very vocal argument. Each of the turbos on a twin-turbo engine feel the same way. When the work is unbalanced between the two turbos, you may even hear the turbos arguing (in the form of compressor surge). Fortunately, twin-turbo engines that utilize actuator-type integral wastegates (with adjustable rods) can be “synched” to provide similar wastegate performance from each turbo. After outlining the…

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…

After waiting over 16 years, there is finally a generation of Honda Civic that may become more popular to performance enthusiasts than the 4th, 5th and 6th generation Civics that led the import performance movement in the States. For the first time ever, this 10th generation of Civic will feature not only the Si variant, but also a Type R edition available in the US. While the Civic Type R (CTR) has existed since 1997 in other parts of the world, the only Type R to hit our shores in the past was the DC2 Integra Type R (ITR). This…

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…

Bigger, better, stronger, faster. It’s a simple mantra spoken by many performance enthusiasts. When it comes to increasing an engine’s performance, making it bigger (increasing displacement), better (more efficient), stronger (capable of sustaining higher power output) and faster (capable of higher peak RPMs) is a solid plan to follow. While there are a number of aftermarket companies that offer the stroker kits and valvetrain upgrades to build a “B.B.S.F.” engine, there are times when one may want or have to engineer solutions from scratch. Custom crankshafts, custom pistons and custom rods are sometimes the only path for a specific goal.…

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…

Just like with a turbo upgrade, you can’t expect to bolt on new suspension hardware and realize gains right out of the gate. Obtaining peak performance requires adjustments, tuning and an understanding of how the pieces work in conjunction with each other. Perfecting a suspension system is a daunting task, as it is arguably the most complicated system of any performance vehicle. Most typically focus on stiffer dampers, springs and sway bars when upgrading the suspension. Although these upgrades usually improve handling, the effectiveness of the system also depends on the lengths, angles and linking points of the suspension system.…

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…

Although we as enthusiasts appreciate and enjoy the power capabilities of the acclaimed 2JZ-GTE platform, we also can’t deny that high horsepower JZA80 Supras are a dime a dozen. Pristine builds don’t seem to turn heads anymore unless the car cranks out more than 1,200whp. Even then, few make the effort to turn that power into anything but a quarter-mile burnout. Ken Miyazaki of Japan took a different approach with his 1998 Toyota Supra Turbo. Instead of aspiring to the many dyno queens in existence, he outfitted his JZA80 to turn fast laps on a road course. Text by Cameron…

There are few examples of the States getting a better version of a vehicle platform than the rest of the world. However, the first-generation (1G) and second-generation (2G) DSMs are an exception to the rule. While only FWD versions were available in Japan, AWD versions were available in the States. A cooperative effort between Chrysler and Mitsubishi produced the Eagle Talon TSi AWD, the Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX and Plymouth Laser RS Turbo AWDs. These legendary DSMs would not only introduce the States to the capabilities of turbocharged four-cylinders, but also to the extreme merits and challenges of an all-wheel-drive configuration.…

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