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Behind the wide fenders and glossy paint is more than your average show car. Andrew Dryden of Orange County, California, has inadvertently constructed a powerful and eye-catching 1993 Toyota MR2 Turbo and this project is proof that dreams do come true. You see, Andrew is only 19 years old, juggling school and work. However, his passion for road racing and Toyotas drove him to build an MR2 that could crush the competition not only on the racetrack but in the aesthetics department as well. Andrew is well aware of the quality products available for imports in the states and wasted…

The right air and fuel ratios are essential to making power and saving your engine. If you start pushing your car’s limits, you want to keep a close eye on this vital information. Innovate Motorsports introduces its MTX-L PLUS wideband gauge, featuring the company’s patented DirectDigital technology and Advanced Sensor Control design. The gauge comes with a large digital readout with a programmable digital needle in a 52mm body. It offers the ability to calibrate the Bosch LSU 4.9 wideband O2 sensor for better accuracy, and displays the data in AFR or Lambda. MSRP starts at $219.00. Innovate Motorsports 714.372.5910

Once upon a time, Honda built serious performance automobiles. Although drag-racing enthusiasts didn’t embrace the Acura NSX or Honda S2000 in great numbers, both machines provided worry-free driving enjoyment and possessed the DNA to serve as weekend racers. Hong Kong native and owner of PFabrications, Pang Cheung, knew from the beginning of his project that he wanted to build a badass rear-wheel-drive Honda. Since Honda has dedicated itself to pandering solely to suburban mothers and commute warriors, Pang was left with few options. He settled on an AP1 S2000 and set his mind on creating the “cleanest S2000 with the…

Roll racing isn’t real racing. It’s a glorified street race that lacks the sophistication of a race with proper start/finish equipment. In 2003, the Texas Mile event showed us an alternative to traditional 1/8th mile and 1/4-mile acceleration contests. The standing mile was created to give vehicles a competitive venue where there was enough pavement to safely measure top speeds. But for organizers, finding an accessible strip of pavement over a mile long proved to be a challenge. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Larry Chen From Rolling to Standing Traction had always been a challenge for streetcars, which…

Quick Test: GoPro Hero5 Black and Karma Grip Over the course of a decade, GoPro went from being the single dominating action video camera in the industry to a drop in a pond filled with countless other options. The world-famous company has since steadily introduced updated models on a regular basis, a must-do in order to stay ahead of the many competitors entering the market. Now, we find ourselves with GoPro’s latest iteration, the Hero5. The new model sports updated hardware and interface, rolled into market alongside the Karma Grip gimbal in an attempt to lasso users into the GoPro…

The current Ford Focus RS only recently made it Stateside, yet tuners and enthusiasts are already finding ways to make this hot hatch even quicker. Pedders aims to cover handling improvements on the Focus RS with its eXtreme XA Adjustable Coilover kit. This kit is tailored for street tuners and weekend racers alike, providing the ability to change ride height and 30 positions of valving adjustment. The coilovers are gas-pressurized, and utilize a monotube body and alloy steel coils. The hardware goes through intensive quality assurance processes, including stress testing, load height testing and more. Pedders’ eXtreme XA Adjustable Coilover…

IRVINE, Calif. (August 9, 2017) – Mazda Motorsports today announced open registration for the 2017 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Challenge featuring a $110,000 prize pool, with $75,000 going to the overall winner. The two-race, total points event will be hosted at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on October 12-15. Registration is now open at MazdaMotorsports.com to all racecar drivers around the world, excluding Mazda Motorsports’ factory drivers. – Second Annual Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Post-Season Event Offers $75,000 to Win, $110,000 Total Prize Pool – Text  and Photos by: Mazda North American Operations 2017 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Challenge Announced Previously…

FOUR CYLINDERS, IRON BLOCK AND READY TO ROCK. NISSAN’S KA24DE engine sports a 2.4-liter displacement, dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and a compression ratio of 9.5:1. In many ways, the design of the KA24DE makes it the perfect candidate for a high-horsepower, turbocharged setup. For that very reason, we’ve been beefing up our Project KA to become the solid foundation for an extreme test of turbocharger technology. Text and Photos by Jun Chen The Goal For every person that understands how a turbocharger works, there are likely hundreds of others who don’t. Even owners of turbocharged vehicles may…

NRG Innovations offers its RST-022S-Y reinforced steering wheel.  The race-type, two-spoke wheel features thick materials and additional welding on an alloyed halo that spans the entire steering wheel, ensuring strong and reliable hardware. The wheel is wrapped in suede for extra grip and accurate feedback, shaped with a 3-inch deep dish. The diameter measures at 350mm (13.78 inches) with a 5mm spoke. The yellow stripe on top helps drivers keep track of the straightened position, while the NRG arrow cutouts in the spoke add to its aesthetic. MSRP is $159.99. NRG Innovations 626.369.2668

In the automotive world, heat creates a ticking time bomb. Different vehicle components demand target temperatures for ideal performance, but you’ll run into trouble quick if things get too hot. In the search for performance, items like cooling components and tires must be closely monitored to create an ideal setup. Although tools like infrared temperature guns provide vital information, they only deliver tiny snippets of a bigger picture. This is where infrared cameras and thermal imagers come in, offering users the ability to view temperature differences of an entire area on a digital screen. We received Milwaukee’s M12 102 x…

Vibrant Performance offers its Adjustable AN Wrench, designed to provide a convenient and secure solution for working with a wide range of AN fittings. The wrench features V-Grip jaws with excellent surface area contact, ensuring a strong grip without damaging fittings. It offers adjustability from -4AN to -16AN to cover most popular sizes without having to use multiple wrenches. The wrench is made from aluminum and comes with an anodized black finish. MSRP is $79.95. Vibrant Performance 905.564.2808

It is 3:00AM. There is no one in sight and the roads are completely empty. Far in the distance there is a faint flicker of white light coming towards you. It is hard to make out what the light is, but the sound waves from an angry exhaust system pierce the night’s sky. Text by Robert Choo // Photos by Michael Ferrara The gold car blows by and the sound waves push you back and within a few moments the car is already too small to see in the far off distance. Piloting any car at over 200 MPH takes…

Flex-a-Lite introduces the Flex-a-Lite 1000 Airmover, a tool for the track or in your garage. The unit is designed to be lightweight and compact, with only a 2A power draw that enables it to run off of most generators. Its exterior design allows it to lay flat or stand on its side, so that you can position it to properly cool a race car between runs. It is capable of 900 CFM of airflow, providing the ability to cool your car or garage effectively, or for clearing fumes out of an enclosed area. The Flex-a-Lite 1000 carries an electrical outlet…

There’s no greater sense of nostalgia than to recapture a moment from a fond memory. For Kazumasa Hirota, it was an opportunity to relive the experience of owning his first car, a 1970 Datsun Sunny B110 GX. He purchased this Sunny in 1996 for only 150,000 Yen (approximately US$1400 at the time). Admittedly, it was in poor condition and in need of restoration. Hirota reminisced, “I chose the Sunny not only because it was my first car, but I also remember seeing them at Fuji Speedway in the minor touring car racing series. They were really fast and an inspiration…

Milwaukee’s M12 102×77 Infrared Camera enables users to monitor heat in great detail. The camera features a 7,800+ pixel image that delivers real-time measurements, which can be measured from a distance thanks to its 83:1 distance-to-spot ratio performance. The 2.4-inch color LCD display utilizes dual sense pixels that adjust individually to eliminate blurring of hot and cold details. Its two-stage trigger activates lasers for quick scanning or to capture images onto an SD card. The infrared camera measures surface temperatures from 14-degrees to 626-degrees Fahrenheit, and has a run time of more than 10 hours on battery power. MSRP is…

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