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Sony and Ericsson. Apple and Intel. Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. Former rivals turned staunch allies have formed some of the most powerful collaborations in the world. When determination and a competitive spirit drive two competing companies, it’s no wonder that their combined strength grows exponentially when they form a partnership. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Forging An Alliance Anthony Le and Doug Jenkins of Power Pros were bitter opponents at the track and anywhere else they interacted since the infancy of import racing. Every encounter was a test to see whose latest upgrades made more power. As time passed,…

Champion Brands introduces its Globaltrans full synthetic multi-vehicle automatic transmission fluid. The fluid is designed to deliver high performance in low-temperature flow, wear protection, frictional stability and resistance to thermal breakdown. It is made up from a full synthetic fluid base selected for resistance to oxidation and viscosity change. The friction control additives help prevent slip and shudder, while ensuring smooth shifts and high durability. Champion recommends Globaltrans fluid for a wide variety of vehicle transmissions, including makes like Audi, BMW, GM, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and more. Champion Brands 800.821.5693

Some champions never rest. While capturing a D1 Grand Prix and a Formula Drift Asia championship would be enough to satisfy nearly anyone’s competitive nature, Daigo Saito isn’t nearly anyone. After winning the 2008 D1 Grand Prix championship in Japan and the Formula Drift Asia series in 2011, Daigo set his sights on the Formula Drift series in the States. While no one questioned that Daigo was a capable driver, no one predicted that he would take home a Formula D championship in his rookie year. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Michael Ferrara Bridging The Gap To compete…

Meguiar’s is adding its mirror bright polishing paste wax to its recently launched line of automobile appearance care products. This new wax offers motorists the more traditional paste version of the three-in-one, clean polish/protect performance found in the liquidMirror Bright Polishing Wax. The waxcleans, polishes and protects, removing light swirls and oxidation to provide the paint with lasting protection in one easy step. The cleaning agents make light colors pop, while polishing oils provide deep glossy reflections in darker paints. This paste wax is suitable for all shiny paint colors and types, including lacquers, enamels and clear coats.It can be…

The driving force behind the true competitor is the insatiable hunger for victory. The spirit of competition brings out the best in any competitor. Those lucky enough to witness a demonstration of this spirit are inevitably moved. For a group of enthusiasts from Queensland, Australia, watching the world’s greatest compete at the 2010 World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) served as a great inspiration for them to enter the competition. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Stefan Knoeckel and Chris Sorgsepp Finding NEMO This group of enthusiasts from Queensland pooled their resources and ideas together and focused on running with…

Waylens captures the benefits of onboard video and driving data in a single unit, the Horizon. The Waylens Horizon offers a simple way to capture video and record data from your car, in a compact and unique looking package. The unit features a 157-degree wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture in a metal barrel housing. An OLED display sits on the rear, providing live data like lap times, boost, speed and more. Data transmits to the Horizon wirelessly from the OBDII transmitter, with the ability to start and stop recording via the included steering wheel remote. Sensor data like GPS, motion…

Since the VAB Subaru WRX came to the market for the 2015 model year (check out DSPORT Issue #137) this platform has proven a favorite in the segment, especially by its loyal fanatics. DSPORT’s sales director Al Rhee recently joined this fraternity of loyalists when he purchased this 2017 WRX STI as his new daily driven family taxi. The beauty of this machine lay in the details, including its turbocharged EJ257 engine, all-wheel driveline and the VAB’s improved chassis stiffness (compared to the previous generation chassis). Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Joe Singleton and Cameron Parsons // Testing…

Buddy Club’s new sport spec dampers are designed to provide comfort on the street and performance on the track. The Sport Spec’s 44mm inner shock piston, mono-tube construction and precision-machined high tensile steel springs optimize ride quality while improving handling performance. Buddy Club Sport Spec Dampers offer the user the ability to separately adjust ride height and spring pre-load settings. This, combined with the Sport Spec 21-way adjustable dampers, gives users the ability to set up their suspension in accordance with their driving style. Newly designed top hats, bump stops and shock boots were designed to extend the life of…

Deatschwerks unveiled the DWR1000 Adjustable Fuel Pressure Regulator in 2016, offering an effective fuel pressure regulator for builds producing up to 1,000 horsepower. DeatschWerks is raising the bar with its next offering, the DWR2000, in order to support builds capable of 750 to 2,000 horsepower. The unit is designed with E85 compatibility, making use of stainless steel, anodized aluminum and nitrile materials. It supports up to 1,000 liters per hour of flow, and includes two -10 AN ORB inlets and a -8 AN ORB outlet. The DWR2000 is available with an anodized black or titanium finish, as well as a…

Bent or warped valves and reduced engine efficiency have plagued our 1,300+whp RB26DETT engine ever since we pushed beyond the 1,000whp mark a few years ago. For the longest time, we chalked up the bent or warped valves to extreme temps and the rigors of life at 600 horsepower per liter. Thanks to new discoveries made in our Club DSPORT engine development center we’ve not only isolated the true cause of these issues, but also have discovered a solution to eliminate the issue at this power level. To see if your engine can benefit from this solution, we will first…

Red Line synthetic oil now offers its own high performance brake fluid for street or track use. The RL-600 High Performance Brake Fluid is engineered to maintain viscosity, lubricity and compressibility at extreme temperatures to help safeguard against brake fading and vapor lock in racing, performance and street applications. RL-600 blends with and meets specifications of DOT 3, DOT 4 and DOT 5.1. Available now in 16oz bottles from Red Line Oil dealers nationwide. Red Line Synthetic Oil Corp 800.624.7958

What’s the point in upgrading your car if you don’t know how to drive it? There are countless options in improving your performance on track, yet improving the driver is one of the most commonly overlooked. It can be a tough task, as it requires you to set your ego aside and learn how to do something you may think you’re already good at. It doesn’t sound as sexy as a bigger turbo or a shiny new set of coilovers, but once driving techniques start to click in your mind and become second nature, you’ll discover an entirely new element…

BC Brian Crower releases its new series of aftermarket cam cores for the Toyota 1JZGTE VVTi engine. The 1JZ cylinder head is growing in popularity and so is the tuning capability available in the VVTi intake cam. Cams are available in two stages. The BC0334 (Stage 2 – 264 spec) is a plug-and-play application that does not require elaborate tuning or aftermarket valve springs. The BC0335 (Stage 3 – 272 spec) features a longer duration profile and added li for an extended RPM range and peak power above the factory rev limit. The tuning and aftermarket valve spring kit (BC0300)…

The 90s were an incredible time for Japanese sports cars. Nearly every Japanese automaker incorporated at least one sports car in its lineup and Toyota was no different. The automaker offered FF, FR, and MR platforms to cater to a broad audience of enthusiasts. While most of its models may pale in comparison to the JZA80 Supra, Toyota’s often forgotten second-generation SW20 MR2 carries a cult-like following. With its turbocharged 3S-GTE mounted transversely behind the passenger cabin and a striking resemblance to Ferrari’s 348, the SW20 attracted enthusiasts who enjoyed taking the road less traveled. To this day, there’s a…

Stillen offers its polyurethane rear diffuser for the 2013-15 Nissan Altima. Designed and manufactured in the United States at Stillen headquarters in Costa Mesa, California, this durable, urethane diffuser is available unpainted or in a matte black painted finish. It comes complete with double-sided trim adhesive, adhesive promoter and screws. Stillen claims its proprietary polyurethane formula to be strong and resilient enough for the manufacturer to offer a limited lifetime warranty on the materials. The Stillen diffuser enhances the Altima’s existing body lines for a subtle yet aggressive appearance. Stillen 866.250.5542 www.stillen.com

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