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For true automotive enthusiasts, the right tool can be the difference between a job well done and complete failure. At Club DSPORT, we use the best machines and tools to build high horsepower engines. Being tremendously picky when it comes to tools resulted in a 100-percent success rate for every single engine that came out of our machine shop. Milwaukee Tool invited us to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for their NPS18, where they displayed hundreds of new groundbreaking products. If you’re a tuner, a DIYer, racer, or you just appreciate quality tools, Milwaukee Tool is out to impress you. Text by Bassem…

Manufacturers may label their performance vehicles as “sports cars,” but 99-percent of the time these cars are hardly ready for a performance driving environment. What does everyone tell you to do before you take any car to the track? They give you a checklist, usually suggesting at minimum to replace the brake fluid and brake pads, then swap out wheels and tires, then suspension, and the list goes on. When the receipts start adding up, no one can blame you for feeling cheated that your sports car required so much money and effort to just survive a track day. Very…

If you decide to do it, do it right! When it comes to demo-cars, companies cannot afford to cut any corners. Such builds are made to be the cutting-edge of what can be done with that platform. There are no limits. Every part for that car is intended to be the best one possible, showing that the company is only in it to outdo everyone else’s build. To display the essence of its business, LA Sleeve asked DSPORT to build a demo-car that will represent them properly. LA Sleeve has been in the business of sleeving engines for both performance…

Subaru Rally Team USA Welcomes Idemitsu Lubricants America  as Technical Partner and Sponsor for 2018 Cherry Hill, N.J., May 11, 2018 – Subaru of America Inc., together with Subaru Rally Team USA technical partner Vermont SportsCar are pleased to announce Idemitsu Lubricants America will be joining the Subaru Rally Team USA as a Technical Partner and sponsor for the 2018 race season.  Idemitsu Lubricants America will be represented by both the stage rally and rallycross programs of Subaru Rally Team USA in 2018 and the team will reveal a special Idemitsu livery on one of their competition cars this summer as…

One of Subaru’s latest just made one of the Nürburgring’s fastest cars list. “Fastest” in this case refers to the quickest lap made around the Nürburgring by a four-door sedan. It’s way off of any Formula One record, but even in the world of performance sedans, this is still no small feat. This accomplishment was made with Subaru and Prodrive’s latest project, the 600 horsepower WRX STI Type RA NBR. While this race car may not be fit for daily driving, Subaru developed an inspired version of the STI that is the WRX STI Type RA. In the development…

You can’t think JDM without the Supra popping in your head. The Japanese performance market introduced a great deal of legendary cars over the years, and the Toyota Supra is amongst the top of the list. The Supra quickly stole the show in its debut in 1979 with its 2.6-liter inline-6 engine; the first Toyota production motor with electronic fuel injection. In 1993, the Supra took a fast turn to compete with other supercars, like the R32 GT-R, when performance became Toyota’s main focus for their Supra, and the style we all know and love was born. We can talk…

What started as Honda’s 50th year anniversary celebration quickly became an undeniable force to be reckoned with. The Honda S2000 was introduced in 2000, and while many think it was Honda’s attempt to compete with other roadsters, the S2K stood on a special stage of its own. Debuted as the successor of Honda’s S500, S600, and S800 roadsters, the S2000 exceeded all expectations. With the first generation rear-wheel drive F-Series 2.0-liter engine, the S2000’s pistons’ speed were able to move faster than almost any other production car in the world. Son Vo was no stranger to the legendary S2K, and…

Imagine a world where you couldn’t simply add more power to improve performance. You were stuck with what you have. What could you do to make your vehicle quicker? Higher grip tires and a suspension that keeps your tire planted to the ground will help, but the addition of the right aftermarket LSD will make your car quicker in both a straight line and around the corners without the cost and maintenance required with the former options. In fact, you may get down the quarter-mile a half-second quicker or around your local road course two-seconds quicker by simply upgrading the…

In celebration of IDRC’s 20th anniversary, DSPORT Magazine’s own R33 GT-R is currently being prepared for some personal record-breaking runs. Project RH8 needs no introduction to the avid DSPORT Magazine readers. Staff Report 2018 Upgrades and Facts: • Bringing back the 2.8-liter instead of the 2.6-liter • 80whp gain from tuning alone • Upgraded electronics that allow for RWD burnouts • 1,270whp on the dyno without nitrous • Testing push nitrous system (100-130whp anticipated gain) • Expected to deliver 1,400whp before Sunday The previous personal best time for Project RH8 was 8.93 seconds in Las Vegas. For this IDRC West…

Japan has introduced some impressive machineries over the years, but none more impressive than the GT-R. Sharing the same platform as the R32 and R33, the R34 GT-R is considered by many to be the last of the legendary line of GT-Rs. The R34 era was over five years before the debut of the fancier R35, and although the R35 offers the best of all worlds, the R34 GT-R is one of the iconic Nissan Skylines. In November of 2016, Charles Wong picked up a 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R, and the rest, as they say, is history. Text by Bassem…

John Morton may not be a household name, but Nissan’s motorsports heritage is forever linked to him. For decades, the early years of motor racing were dominated by the American and European manufacturers. In the 1960s, Japanese automakers were just getting started and by the end of the decade were permanent fixtures on the grid. In the early ‘70s, race driver John Morton’s efforts with a small team called BRE (Brock Racing Enterprises) and Datsun (Nissan) had the perfect combination it needed to win. Japan now had a foundation to build its motorsports legacy. DSPORT Magazine got a chance to…

POSERS AND WANNA-BES, STEP OFF. IF A CAR LOOKS fast, it should drive fast and had better pack the punch to back up its aggressive looks. Mike Rubino, self-proclaimed all-wheel-drive turbocharged platform fanatic, sold his WRX to pay for school. The only condition he imposed on himself was to replace the car with something better upon graduation. With diploma in hand, Rubino searched for a viable Subaru replacement but couldn’t see himself being cool behind the wheel of a wagon, even if it wore the STI nameplate. It simply didn’t look the part. Without a fifth door in sight, Rubino…

In 2017, charity organization Lemons of Love gave away a complete, ready-to-race Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car as part of one of their fundraisers. The generous organization is back on it again for 2018, following the same rules of $100 per entry, with proceeds going toward Lemons of Love’s charitable efforts. The non-profit organization provides care packages for cancer patients, complete with gifts and personal care items to bring them comfort. Win a Turn-Key Race Car Would you like to donate to the cause, with the added benefit of being eligible to win one of the most raced platforms in the world? There are less than ten days…

Bad grounds, voltage drops, ground offsets, open circuits, dirty power and electrical noise are all terms that you are likely to come across when dealing with automotive electrical systems. Today’s production vehicles have more electrical connections and wiring than ever before. Even full race cars are challenged by more wiring and connections to accommodate an ever growing list of “essential” sensors to deliver data. To compound this issue, the number of low-current circuits which are more sensitive to issues has also increased. To avoid and remedy these issues, a thorough understanding of the causes, symptoms, diagnostics and treatments are a…

After spending years admiring the Nissan cars’ styling, Richard McMickens decided it was time he acquired one of his own. Richard researched the market for quite some time and he felt that Nissan has got it right with the 350Z and the 370Z; however, he was intrigued with the improved drivability of the 370Z over the 350Z. McMickens made his way to CarSmith Motors in Northern California in the fall of 2014, and he quickly left as the owner of a 2009 Nissan 370Z with 20,000 miles on its odometer. Text by Bassem Girgis // Photos by Thomas Seabury At…

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