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At 91 years old, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is showing no signs of slowing down. Instead, the course and the cars keep getting faster and quicker. As America’s second-oldest racing event (Indy 500 is oldest), this year’s Race to the Clouds witnessed its largest group of competitors ever. A total of 130 individuals attacked the 12.42 miles of pavement that climbs over 4,700 feet of elevation change during the 156-turn course. Considering that the race starts at 9,390 feet, terminates at 14,110 feet and in some sections offers no guard rail protection, both cars and drivers must leave…

Was she myopic, an airhead or just plain stupid? Whatever the case, Little Red Riding Hood was fooled by a wolf in sheep’s clothing. From any angle, this relatively-stock-appearing R35 GT-R could easily be mistaken for just another sheep in the flock. In fact, this GT-R is “the Wolf in Shep’s clothing” that had previously defied physics when it ran into the 9.40s on a pair of T28-based, AMS Alpha 9-spec turbos. That sensational performance on E85, DOT tires and a full exhaust system was enough to earn the vehicle its cover spot on our December 2012 edition (#122). Fast…

The world exposes the globetrotting to a variety of experiences that can often leave a lasting impression. In the case of Michael Treadway, serving America in the U.S. Army enabled him to visit a number of destinations throughout the world. This worldly experience opened his eyes to places that many can only read or learn about second hand. It was during these deployments that he found a passion for automotive performance. Text and Photos by Richard Fong EASY SELL Treadway first fell in love with the Mitsubishi Evolution while in Japan. He recalled, “I chose the EVO after being stationed…

While DSPORT may have shifted focus away from Honda performance over the past few years, we recently had a great opportunity to get back into it. Along the way, we’ll break down the proper way to build a 1,000+ horsepower B-series engine and 8-second capable Civic. Text by Michael Ferrara // Photos by Jun Chen Combat Veteran Five years ago, our former employee Shannon Stanciel joined the U.S. Army and took off to Afghanistan to fight terrorism. His main priority was to come home alive and intact from his tour of duty. If he was able to do that, his…

Patience is an uncharacteristic virtue among automotive enthusiasts. Whether it’s waiting for an engine build, waiting for parts to arrive in the mail, waiting for special order parts to be shipped from Japan, or waiting for the machine shop to finish working on an engine, waiting is a painful ordeal for those anxious to make upgrades or just et their ride back on the road. Track days, events and car meets wait for no one, and missing out can cause undue anxiety for some. What’s worse? Waiting for parts that may or may not ever be developed for your car.…

Race fuel is for racing? Of course it is. Anyone who’s heavily involved in motorsports is likely to have a collection of cars and parts along with a supply of five and 55-gallon fuel containers. But, why does racing require race fuel? Does higher quality race fuel make more power? Absolutely. In fact, race fuels can produce more power and reliability when combined with the proper engine calibration. The tune for the engine must be optimized to match the burn rate, specific gravity, and stoichiometry of each fuel. The ideal ignition timing, air-fuel mixture, and boost levels depend heavily on…

Purchasing an ECU reflash solution is not an option for FR-S/BRZ owners. Instead, it should be considered a requirement. In fact, it should be the first performance part purchased for the vehicle. The reason is simple. No significant power gains can be realized on the FR-S/BRZ platform with the factory ECU programming in place. We found out the hard way. The world’s best intake and exhaust systems will only deliver small improvements since the factory program uses torque limiting tables. Fortunately, there is a solution. ECUTEK’s ProECU and RaceROM packages not only remove the performance shackles, but also provide an…

When Nissan released the R35 GT-R in Japan, the tuning community was abuzz about its capabilities and potential. Few imagined that tuning solutions for a car of relatively limited production would be developed in such a short window of time. But the global embrace of Japan’s world-class supercar drove an unprecedented demand for greater performance that pushed tuners to develop solutions quickly, or get left behind. Text and Photos by Richard Fong HKS Japan, whose humble beginnings in a small work shed at the base of Mount Fuji evolved into a tuning powerhouse of corporate proportion. It’s close relationship with…

Do you believe in miracles? What about a performance fuel that delivers race gas performance at a price below four-dollars per gallon? If you look at performance shops around the country, you’ll find more and more enthusiasts making the shuffle to E85. E85 is a blend of 85-percent ethanol and 15-percent gasoline that delivers racing gas performance at under four-dollars per gallon. While the popularity of E85 was previously restricted to regions offering widespread availability, the increasing support of FLEX fuel strategies by aftermarket engine management systems has made the E85 craze a national phenomenon. While the performance potential and…

In our last STI GVB Test & Tune, we increased the EJ257’s operating efficiency with a bolt-on intake system, a high-flow downpipe, and an exhaust system. These bolt-ons netted a peak horsepower gain of just over 31 horsepower but revealed the limitations of the factory intercooler system as the power curves showed signs of detonation. In this segment we’ll explore solutions that allow us to safely increase the EJ’s power output while eliminating harmful detonation. Text and Photos by Arnold Eugenio // Dyno Testing and Tuning by Bill Knose/HG Motorsports The Parts The STI’s top-mounted intercooler sits above the engine,…

A split second can make the difference between winning and losing a race. A loss of traction is often the cause of those split second differences in performance. Hondata Inc. has studied traction issues experienced by drag racers, road racers, land speed racers and even the daily driver in their quest to put more Hondata-equipped cars in the winner’s circle. What started as a pet project developed into a new product solution thanks to a four-year development effort. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Interference Factory stability control and traction control systems employ the ABS sensors among other factory-installed sensors…

No guard rails, no run offs, rock walls and 1,000-foot drop offs. These factors make the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb a global draw. With their sights set on the 2013 “Race to the Clouds” Pikes Peak event, the road-racing specialists at Evasive Motorsports put together a proposal to Scion Racing. According to Evasive Motorsports’ Tony Kwan, “Our ten years in business have revolved around road racing and street performance. We wanted to build a hill climb car and Scion’s FR-S looked like the perfect platform to attack the mountain.” Scion Racing approved the project and Evasive Motorsports received its FR-S just eight weeks before the…

The last time we checked in on our Subaru STI sedan Test & Tune project, we extracted an additional 34.5 WHP by simply changing engine oil, installing new spark plugs, fine-tuning the engine calibration and increasing peak boost pressure by only 1.5psi. This time around, we enlisted the services of several bolt-on parts that are common to the upgrade path for EJ257 owners. In this process, we discovered a few more limitations of the factory system. Understanding these limits allows enthusiasts to make the right choices to safely increase power. Text by Arnold Eugenio // Photos by Richard Fong //…

Subaru’s third-generation STI platform was released in the model year 2008 but was initially available only in the 5-door wagon configuration. This lack of choices had many Subaru enthusiasts holding off on purchases until the release of the GVB-coded sedan in 2011. With a few minor facelift and aero enhancements, the 2011-and-up STI models retained the same 2.5-liter EJ257 turbocharged boxer engine with its factory-rated 305 HP power output. The only notable difference between Gen 3A and Gen 3B STIs, outside of the availability of both the sedan and wagon platforms, was Subaru’s switch to a full-synthetic engine oil straight…

In this day and age of “there’s an app for that,” it is sometimes hard to “wow” someone with new technology. Instead of an “oh my God” reaction, a “that’s pretty cool” response is usually an indicator of something quite innovative. AEM Electronics is hoping for an “oh my God” reaction to its latest engine management system. The AEM Infinity-10 EMS puts leading-edge motorsports-technology engine management into a new platform for PnP high-performance enthusiasts. Text by Michael Ferrara // Photos by Arnold Eugenio The Legacy While AEM may not have technically made the first plug-and-play (PnP) engine management systems, it…

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