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Back in 2012, driver Jeremy Foley and co-driver Yuri Kouznetsov found themselves flying off the edge of a mountain during their run up the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The 550whp Mitsubishi Evo 8 took flight from the infamous “Devil’s Playground” corner at 70 MPH as the EVO glided into a 45-degree slope covered in boulders that rolled the chassis more than 10 times. After throwing body panels and various parts in all directions, the car finally came to rest, exposing a mostly bare roll cage and the vehicle occupants inside. Despite the harsh and violent nature of this crash,…

Choosing the best rollover protection is a daunting task. There are many different types of roll cage sbuilt for different levels of competition and performance. The first item to consider is whether or not you must meet the requirements of a sanctioning body and receive their stamp of approval. Then, factor in the safety and performance benefits, how these items align with your goals, and finally your budget. If you have any specific questions, send us a message at: inbox@hardmediainc.com. AGI Roll Cages AGI Precision Roll Cages builds and engineers its roll cages to stringent quality standards to meet with…

Everything changed when E85 came to town. The days of having separate tunes for pump gas versus race gas are now just a memory for many. Every day, more enthusiasts make the switch to E85. If you are blessed enough to live in an area that has access to this fuel, why wouldn’t you make the switch? You can crank up the boost to make the same power as most race gasolines, yet the cost is less than pump gas. Adding a flex-fuel sensor to the mix provides total fuel compatibility so not having an E85 station on your route…

Many auto enthusiasts seem to think that they have a good idea of their car’s capabilities, but the truth is many of them haven’t even come close to finding the limit. After taking our 2016 Mazda MX-5 around the track for its first D’Garage feature, the Miata came back to the DSPORT shop for its next round of upgrades. In anticipation of future track days and race events, the ND MX-5 took to some new solutions to improve its cooling and handling, exceeding expectations of what the car could really do on a racetrack. Text and Photos by Cameron Parsons…

Anyone familiar with drag racing would recognize wheelie bars and their use primarily on high-powered muscle and drag cars. They helped to keep the torquey V8-powered, wheelie-prone, rear-wheel drive machines from losing traction, control and sight of the track. In the 1990s, no one thought it would be an effective traction and safety device for a front-wheel drive drag car, until the Bergenholtz Racing team did. Started on the Street Ed Bergenholtz and his brother Ron got into cars in the late 1980s during the infancy of import performance. At the time, their friend Ryuji Hora took them to the…

Racing runs in the blood, and for some families it runs deep and to the core. In the case of the late rally driver Roger Clark, it started when he passed his driving test at age 17 and joined the Leicester Car Club. Clark competed in a variety of platforms including Ford Escorts, Porsches, Mini Coopers and Triumphs, to name a few. He focused on rally, competing for over 20 years in his native England. He and his co-driver Jim Porter campaigned successfully in the 1970s, capturing three British Rally Championships and two wins in the UK’s biggest rally race,…

We’ve all seen videos of race leaders stumbling over the last drops of fuel in their tanks, their engines sputtering and misfiring as fuel flow sporadically cuts out. Sometimes they are lucky enough to coast past the checkered flag in first place, other times the competition catches up and blows past them at full tilt, watching their victory get snatched away at the last possible second. Text by Stanley Yee // Photos by Joe Singleton and Courtesy of Holley In racing, fractions of a second in lap times can make the difference between winning and losing. Teams don’t waste any…

As I’m packing my bags for Seville, Spain to test drive the new Lexus LC 500, it’s hard to hide my excitement for this new Grand Tourer. Unlike the LFA which was prohibitively expensive due to its limited production run and extremely high engineering costs, the LC serves as a platform that can compete with other GT cars in the same $100,000 price bracket. The LC’s stylish design is uniquely Lexus both inside and out with an interior swathed in leather and an exterior that screams next-generation LFA. For the 2016 SEMA show, Lexus worked with some of its industry…

Mitsubishi’s EVO-VIII is arguably the hottest-performance car on the planet priced around $30,000. All-wheel-drive combines with the classic 4G63 turbocharged power plant to deliver the ultimate tag team. In stock form, the EVO performs well. However, the EVO truly shines in the hands of a capable tuner. Text and Photos by Michael Ferrara // Published on 6/28/04 in DSPORT Turbotrix: DSM Tuning Turbotrix has proven itself once again as an extremely capable tuner thanks to the company flagship which graces this month’s cover. This metallic-orange EVO not only became the first EVO into the 10s on U.S. soil, it also…

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the ultimate example of the saying “don’t knock it ‘til you try it.” Many car snobs look at a vehicle’s list of specifications, skimming past items like suspension design and curb weight, only in search of power output, interior amenities and its ability to make them feel manly. With the MX-5, Mazda treats automotive enthusiasts with a return to the fundamentals of performance – a lightweight platform on a well-balanced chassis that delivers a ton of fun on-track. For our 2016 ND MX-5 project, we chose to exploit its strengths for track use and eventually…

Many racing sanctioning bodies require drivers to be able to exit a stopped car in only seven seconds in the case of an emergency. This may not sound like a long time, but it can feel like forever when flames fill the vehicle cabin. All the while, the driver must shut off the car, cut the power, engage the fire suppression system, release the six-point harness, remove the steering wheel, unhook the window net and open the door to get out. Each of these items play a key role in keeping a driver safe in different ways, while allowing them…

The import scene of the early 1990s not only kicked off the import performance revolution but also fostered the inception and growth of the import drag racing scene. For some, like Stephan Papadakis, it started on the street and became a passion that he took to the next level. By Richard Fong Stephan got his start in 1993 at the age of 16. He raced his Honda Civic Si at the street races in Southern California and at the local drag strips in Long Beach (Terminal Island) and Palmdale (Los Angeles County Raceway). His competitive instinct and ambitions to be…

REGARDLESS OF WHETHER you’re talking about an athlete or a vehicle with a combustion engine, improving aspiration can make a tremendous difference to performance. Just as a runner trains at elevation to make breathing easier at sea level, helping a turbocharged vehicle breath easier will net horsepower gains. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Jun Chen and Richard Fong // Testing by Jeren Walker In the last Test & Tune installment, our 2011 WRX realized a peak gain of 18.48 horsepower with just an intake, exhaust and a reflash. In this segment, we continue to search for power and…

Honda today took the wraps off one of the most anticipated models in its history with the unveiling of the production 2017 Civic Type R at the Geneva Motor Show. The long-awaited Civic Type R, slated to go on sale in the U.S. in late spring with an MSRP in the mid-$30k range, is the first ever Type R-badged Honda to be sold on American soil. The Type R will feature a high performance 2.0-liter turbocharged powertrain, substantially upgraded body and chassis, and other track-ready, Nürburgring-tuned and tested performance components. The 2017 Civic Type R will make its U.S. debut…

SUBARU’S GVB WRX COULD BE ONE OF THE the best values in the segment, when measuring performance versus value. It’s less expensive than similar all-wheel drive sedans yet the WRX benefits from its torquey, turbocharged 2.5- liter EJ255 engine. When Subaru released this sedan, its bold lines and flared fenders made its silhouette difficult to discern from its big brother, the STI sedan (with exception of the rally-inspired wing). Our test platform had 35,000 miles on the odometer and enjoyed those miles in completely stock form. Baseline pulls revealed that the WRX comes underrated from the factory. Subaru advertised that the…

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