RECENT POSTS

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…

When it comes to the R34 GT-R’s RB26 engine, its personality is established by the choice of turbo system. For two decades, turbo upgrades for the RB26 provided either a solid mid-RPM performer for street and track use or a top-end screamer for drag racing. If you were content with 500-600 horsepower, there could be some semblance of response. If you wanted more power, the laggy boost response of a larger turbo would mean that low and mid-RPM performance would be sacrificed. Fortunately, technology has provided a solution. Text by Michael Ferrara // Photos by Joe Singleton and Staff The…

Innovators of any field earn their place not only by perfecting current designs and technologies, but also by being willing to try something new and different. This inclination for experimenting with ideas that no else has thought of before is a major factor in moving an industry forward. In 1994, Adam Saruwatari of Arroyo Grande, CA brought his creative and inventive personality to the automotive performance world. Growing up working on his family’s farm, Adam’s mechanical experience drove him to put together builds that earned him championships and wins in IDRC, Battle of the Imports, NIRA, CMI, Imports vs Domestics,…

Excitement followed by immediate disappointment is what we experienced when we initially learned about the new Civic. We were ecstatic to hear that it would be turbocharged but those happy feelings were quickly deflated when we realized that it was only offered with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). After enough backlash (or perhaps as a result of Honda’s marketing strategy), Honda announced that the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine could be had with an optional 6-speed manual transmission. Our faith in humanity was restored as we planned to get a Civic on our dyno and begin testing the car’s response to modification.…

BUILDING PROJECT CARS IS RARELY A SMOOTH PROCESS, AS THERE ARE INEVITABLE BUMPS IN THE ROAD, unexpected errors and stages of the build that simply don’t go according to plan. Even well-thought-out builds can encounter hardships and adversity. But the reward for perseverance can make it all worth while. Mike Sullivan, the president of Mishimoto Automotive, wanted to build a “show stopper” for the 2008 SEMA Show. In his search for a suitable booth car, he found a JDM Nissan Silvia S13. Mike’s original plan was to build the car simply for show. This plan took a radical turn when…

On February 25th. 2017 the DSPORT crew headed out to Boost Festival 2017 presented by Honeywell Garrett which took place at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, CA.  The three tier event held a Global Time Attack event on Streets of Willow, an open drift track day on Horse Thief Mile and Drift 101 personal lessons on the Balcony. A post shared by David Haagsma (@dh422) on Feb 25, 2017 at 6:08pm PST David Haagsma and the Sp Engineering R35 put down the fastest overall time of the day with a 01:18.717. Had a blast drifting and gripping at #boostfest yesterday.…

AS A MASS OF COLD AIR COLLIDES WITH AN AREA OF WARM AIR, the difference in air volumes creates instability. This atmospheric volatility sets off a chain reaction so immense that energy rips through the sky igniting the very air it passes through. So much happens in such an instant that the only evidence of this reaction is a flash of lightning followed by a bone-shaking rumble of thunder. A built engine, massive air and fuel delivery along with precise tuning can produce thunderous performance from a vehicle. Ivan Vallejo’s 2004 Mitsubishi EVO VIII is one example of the Tropic…

SEEKING ADVENTURE AND TRAILBLAZING INTO the unknown is embedded in Norwegian DNA. The Vikings of yore had no problem sailing uncharted territory. Perhaps this explains Fredric “The Norwegian Hammer” Aasbo’s interest in the new Toyota GT86 (sister platform to the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ). While the GT86, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ have been the hot topic for the better part of the last year, it’s too new to have comprehensive aftermarket support. In fact, the first FR-S wasn’t delivered stateside until May 2012 and Norway wasn’t expecting its first production unit until June 2012. Text by Richard Fong…

Whether it’s computers, phones, tablets, operating systems or music applications, Apple excels in treating its users like idiots but gets away with it by way of clever marketing. It removes control and functionality from its products while branding the changes as features. Thankfully, there are still people wiser than this on both a business and consumer level. In a world where tech companies remove features and jack up prices, AEM Performance Electronics proves that there is still hope. AEM’s CD-7 Digital Racing Dash Display give control back to the users, offering one of the most comprehensive feature-sets in the dash…

IT’S NO SECRET THAT THE LAST FEW YEARS HAVE seen a sharp increase of V8 swaps among Formula Drift competitors. Sure, these drivers offer compelling reasons like a broad power band, reliability and more horsepower. However, to the legions of JDM purists, putting an American V8 engine into a Japanese chassis is just blasphemy. Interestingly, some of Formula D’s other drivers also share this sentiment. For Formula Drift and DMCC competitor David Briggs he choose a S14 with a built SR23VET. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Go With What You Know David’s decision was simply to stick with what…

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE MANUFACTURERS and the tuners has evolved with the incredible growth seen in the aftermarket tuning segment. In years past, enthusiasts and tuners would anxiously wait for secretive new platforms to be released, and then begin prototyping and testing once they were able to acquire one. Fast forward to today, and one will notice that marketing strategies have radically changed. While the launching of new platforms still warrants a veil of secrecy, Mitsubishi has stepped up with outside-the-box planning. Prior to the release of the Lancer Evolution X, details and specifications remained vague. But Mitsubishi strategically provided…

The 2017 Boost Festival by Honeywell Garrett. Join us as we celebrate the best of all things Boost! This year’s event will take place at the famous Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, CA. Global Time Attack will be coordinating a Pro Am event on Streets of Willow, JustDrift will host the open drift track day on Horse Thief Mile, and Drift 101 will be selling 1 hour drift lessons to spectators that want to learn to drift. Our vendor midway is great if you are looking to check out local performance product manufacturers and race shops, and to check…

COMPETITION IS A DRIVING FORCE FOR EXCELLENCE. Excellence means achieving nothing less than the best. When challenged by competition, the true competitor finds that extra motivation to push his limits to exceed expectations. It is when aiming for excellence that records are broken and true competitors rise to the top. Quirt Crawford, the owner and engineer at Crawford Performance in Oceanside, California has tuned competition vehicles for just such a purpose, to set records and win races. Involved with Subaru engines since the late 90’s, Quirt has worked hard to extract the best from Subaru platforms for high- performance street…

Die-hard fanatics boast the strongest faith and resolve when it comes to being loyal, for better or for worse. That is, of course, until that subject of loyalty gets crushed by a mind-blowing revelation. This happens with regularity when hardcore domestic fans get beaten by imports with smaller displacement, turbocharged engines. Text and Photos by Richard Fong John Firth grew up a domestic fan, thanks to his father’s influence. His social circle didn’t broaden his interest in anything other than American iron either, especially since his friends all drove Camaros, Mustangs or Trans Ams. Even though Firth graduated high school…

IT IS OFTEN THE CASE THAT NEW COMPETITORS WILL ARRIVE AT A CONTEST, start at the bottom and progressively inch their way toward the top with each successive event. On the other hand, there are also competitors that will set their initial sights on the top. Of course, reaching the top on a first attempt requires the knowledge and experience that can be found only at the top tuning shops in the world. Invision Performance in City of Industry, California, had aspirations to reach the top in the Redline Time Attack series. They contracted some of Japan’s top chassis and…

1 2 3 4 5 49