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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…

PERFORMANCE OR LOOKS. IS ONE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE OTHER? Do you buy an exhaust and intake or a new set of wheels first? Every tuner has a different list of priorities when it comes to a vehicle buildup. While the original plan for a buildup may not include addressing both performance and looks, nearly all projects reach a point where a car performs too well to look stock or looks too good to run like a stocker. Such was the case with this Nissan Silvia S15. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Judged by Ito Tomoya Ito was drawn…

LOYALTY TO THE LABEL. Many die-hard fans of specific brands will stick with them to the bitter end. Like many sport compact veterans, brothers Robert and Richard Wong have their roots in Hondas. Hondas were affordable, powerful and widely supported. Building serious Honda platforms was a hobby that delivered results. When they were faced with the dilemma of building a new project, the brothers wanted to venture into the world of the rear-wheel drive. The Honda S2000 featured everything they desired: rear-wheel drive, balanced chassis, sleek body lines and the “H” badge on the front bumper. Text and Photos by…

WHY? IT’S A QUESTION OFTEN ASKED, BUT sometimes not asked enough. When our intern Mikiko Akaogi told us she wanted to build a project vehicle, we wanted to know more. What car? What goal? Had the answers to those two questions revolved around the performance tuning of a popular platform, we probably wouldn’t have even asked “Why?” Still, answering a VIP style build was not a big surprise. But when Mikiko told us she desired to use a first- or early-second-generation Lexus LS400 as the platform, we had to ask “Why?” When no amount of suggestion could sway her to…

There comes a point in many children’s lives where they put prized possessions into a time capsule, bury it in the yard and forget about it as time passes. When it’s time to unearth the capsule, the contents seem to gain more value and appreciation. Such is the case with Project Time Capsule, a 2000 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) which sat in storage for the last decade, waiting for its time to return to the spotlight. That time has finally come, as the D’Garage R34 GT-R will soon be pulled apart and rebuilt with some of the newest components on…

Insanity is to try something over and over again, expecting a different result. Matt Smith knows a thing or two about insanity, having spent five years trying to run a nine-second quarter mile pass in his EVO VIII. Over the years he invested valuable time, effort and money into the project, and in turn gained unforgettable experiences, lifelong friends and family. Text by Stanley Yee // Photos by Aaron Eusebi, Richard Fong and Wes Taylor Sky’s the Limit For his latest build, Smith chose Buschur Racing’s top-of-the-line 2.4-liter engine kit. Forged connecting rods, pistons and a crankshaft from Manley Performance…

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU LOSE A STREET BATTLE? If you can’t beat them, do you join them? About 12 years ago, Dusty Womack was on the prowl in his modified 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX. Tuned to deliver 400 all-wheel horsepower, the GSX broke off Corvettes and Mustangs at will. There were no cars on the streets that could challenge the 4G63 rocket. It was the ultimate street predator. At least that’s what Dusty believed until he attempted to pounce upon a large-winged import on the highway. Positioned broadside to the vehicle, Dusty downshifted and mashed the gas. The…

ARP’s product line contains thousands of part numbers, and has expanded to include virtually every fastener found in an engine and driveline. These range from quality high performance OEM replacement parts to exotic specialty hardware for Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR and NHRA drag racing and marine applications.

Callies Performance Products began manufacturing high performance crankshafts in 1989. With many years of engineering and employee experience, Callies has grown to be the industry leader for innovative product design. We take pride in staying ahead of the competition with the latest high tech design and manufacturing advantages. By utilizing the latest in computer aided solid modeling and CNC machining centers, Callies is able to offer the best designed, highest quality crankshafts, connecting rods, and camshaft cores available on the market today.

Even though today’s vehicles require less maintenance than ever before, there are still a number of items that need regular attention to keep them running just right. In this Tune-up Basics guide, we’ll cover the fundamentals that every car enthusiast should know from changing oil to setting tire pressure. Follow the steps in the individual sections and your car will be running strong for years to come. Ignition There’s No Fire Without a Spark Fluids Happy Engines are Lubed and Cooled Filters Capturing Contaminants Brakes Solid Stopping Power Electrical Voltage to Drive Settings Important Factors for Everyday Driving Car Paint…

It only takes a spark to light a fire. But if the fire needs to be lit in a turbulent environment, as is the case with a combustion chamber, you’ll need the right equipment to reliably convert ignition voltage into a spark. During the power stroke of an internal combustion engine, cylinder pressures can range anywhere from 300 psi at a light load up to 1,500 psi in some racing applications. To ignite this compressed mixture of air and fuel reliably, you need to have the right ignition components for the job. By Richard Fong What’s in a Spark? A…

Powertrains are complex systems of metal components put under the stresses of heat and rotational forces to put a vehicle into motion. Healthy fluids play a key role in keeping everything working as intended. While different fluids have different applications, their end goal is to minimize friction, reduce heat and extend service life. Fluids operate in inherently challenging environments, with contaminants and heat exposure necessitating regular changes. A properly maintained vehicle should have correct volumes of clean fluids flowing at intended operating pressures. Without fluids, a car would be doomed to imminent and catastrophic failure. Text by Stanley Yee //…

Impurities are constantly trying to find their way into your engine, undermining reliability and causing harm. Filters are the primary line of defense protecting a car from harmful contaminants. Modern vehicles utilize an array of filters, each separating foreign objects from entering vulnerable areas of the powertrain. Filters eventually reach limits of effectiveness, and need to be cleaned or replaced. Often scheduled alongside other frequent maintenance items, filter replacements are an essential part of caring for your car. Text and Photos by Stanley Yee Oil Filters As engine oil circulates through an engine and collects contaminants, it falls on the…

Proper vehicle maintenance can save you a lot of time and money, though proper brake maintenance in particular could very well save your life. This appears to be common sense, yet why do so many vehicle owners put it off? To anyone who has never done it before, brake servicing might appear too complicated or time consuming. Staying on top of the maintenance of your brakes and understanding the details of your brake system is easier than you might think, and can save you from potential future repairs. Text and Photos by Cameron Parsons What’s the Problem? Nearly every maintenance…

Nothing can ruin a day of plans quicker than getting into a car that fails to start. Then again, it can be even more frustrating and dangerous when driving a vehicle that slowly begins to lose power and then goes “dead” while driving. While there is no way to avoid 100-percent of these incidents, over 90-percent can be avoided with proper maintenance and setup of a vehicle’s primary electrical system. Have you ever wondered why some vehicles are constantly burning through replacement batteries and alternators, while other vehicles get more than 10 years of service from a “5-year” battery? Understanding…

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