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Your Chance to WIN Enter our raffle to during the month of February* to be eligible to win a Milwaukee M18 FUEL™ High Torque ½” Impact Wrench from our friends at Mikwaukee. How to Win* Subscribe to any DSPORT Magazine bundle between February 1st and 28th You will be automatically entered in the raffle The winner will be announced on Friday, March 2nd, 2018 Click HERE for USA Subscriptions >> Click HERE for Canadian / International Subscriptions >> OR Click HERE to download and print the raffle form for free entry Fill out the raffle form Mail the form to…

In a world where where fake news and alternative realities are daily headlines, it can be a struggle to get past all the misleading advice, exaggerated claims, and flat-out hoaxes. While it is important to remain vigilant in the campaign against misinformation, the old saying  “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” is not always correct. The pessimistic belief that all claims are false can discourage an enthusiast from realizing his or her full potential. As always, our mission is to educate, entertain and inform our readers. So, let’s take a look at ten common automotive…

You can learn the personality of any car from the very moment you step on the gas pedal. How is the power delivered? Does the engine run rough or smooth? Is it comfortably drivable for the street or does it only feel at home on a race track? Many components contribute to the car’s driving personality, from ECU tunes to turbocharger upgrades, among countless other items in the engine bay. However, the valves act as the final gatekeepers for intake air and exhaust gases to enter and exit the cylinders. Ultimately, these valves and the camshafts that manage them establish…

The Tokyo Auto Salon is the mecca for the best and latest Japanese performance vehicles.  The aisles are filled with thousands of modified car enthusiasts along with the most iconic tuning shops in the world. With another DSPORT TAS tour in the books, let’s take a look at some of the best cars at this years Tokyo Auto Salon. Text by Tyler Hirashima // Photos by Tyler Hirashima, Michael Ferrara, Bassem Girgis  and Henry Hoang

Most enthusiasts can relate to the drug that is modifying cars. Once you start, it only gets harder to stop. Coming from a background of drag racing his turbo Supra and daily driving large displacement monsters like the C6 Corvette and Dodge Viper, Al Rhee knows the horsepower addiction all too well. When he acquired his latest daily driver, a 2017 Subaru WRX STI, he knew early on that he’d have to tread carefully when starting this project. Since its introduction to the D’Garage, we’ve tested 13 exhaust systems, upgraded the intake and intercooler, added flex-fuel capabilities, and opened the…

There used to be a time where impact wrenches were only used by professionals, simply because they required an air compressor. Most DIYers didn’t have the space to store a giant tank in their garages, but this changed when battery-operated impact wrenches were introduced. However, performance has always been an issue with the cordless impact wrenches that use batteries. With the technology of the compact impact wrenches evolving, we chose one of Milwaukee’s newest products, the M18 FUEL High Torque ½” Impact Wrench, to test out in our Club DSPORT. Text by Bassem Girgis // Photos by Joe Singleton Milwaukee…

Everyone needs a good getaway car. What you’re getting away from is up to you. For some, it’s the need to eliminate a vehicle’s shortcomings; for others, it’s to escape the fleet of also-rans in a saturated playing field. In still others, it’s simply an escape from the banality of showroom-stock cars. For Filippo Meli, however, it was a case of “all of the above” that prompted him to suit up and step up with his 2016 Subaru STI. Text by Arnold Eugenio // Photos by Daean Chase and Michal Kubik THE PLAN COMES TOGETHER After joining the regional Subaru enthusiast…

Maximizing performance is all about timing. Launches, gear changes, braking points, you name it, a few milliseconds difference is all it takes to either set a record or blow a corner. Under the hood is no different, as every engine component must work harmoniously to not only deliver the highest performance but also to prevent a catastrophic breakdown. This starts with the engine’s camshafts, managing the opening and closing of the valves that feed air into the cylinders and allow exhaust gases to exit. The exact specifications and characteristics of the camshafts ultimately determine an engine’s performance potential. With a…

TOMEI POWERED introduces its Turbo Suction Hoses for the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 7, 8, 9, and 10 models. One variant fits 7, 8, and 9 models, while the other variant fits only the EVO 10. TOMEI’s enlarged turbo suction hoses offer up to 140 percent greater capacity than the factory equipment for better air flow efficiency and more power. The hoses are made using heat resistant, fiber-reinforced four-ply silicon infused with steel wires for extra durability. They also include a blind plug that can be used in place of the boost solenoid return nipple if using an aftermarket boost controller/solenoid.…

Trying to fill the shoes of what many believe to be the best four-cylinder production engine of all time is no easy task. Yet, this is exactly what the 4B11 was asked to do. More modern by design, the 4B11 has its advantages and disadvantages compared to the 4G63. We decided to see just how good a 4B11 could be by engineering a Club DSPORT Reference Series edition. Our goal is to produce a 4B11 engine combination capable of delivering exceptional power output, efficiency and reliability. Once completed, we’ll put it to the test. If we are happy with the…

Seats are one of the most important upgrades for when you start tracking your car. Not only do they serve as a safety upgrade, they can also vastly improve your driving. A racing seat holds the driver securely in place, providing a much better sense of the car’s capabilities and limits. Bride introduces the ZETA III, a fixed bucket seat designed not only for racing but also for comfort. It features a narrowed-down waist line, a lower seat position, and FIA safety compliance. The ZETA III is available with carbon aramid, super aramid black, or FRP silver material with a variety…

Insane Speed builds insane cars. It has produced numerous high-powered vehicles from 1,000+ horsepower EVOs and Supras to twin-turbocharged Lamborghinis. Building insane horsepower is the company mantra, and the challenge of doing so just to prove that it’s possible motivates shop owner Todd Allen. This “can-do” attitude prompted Allen to go to the trouble of building a high-horsepower single cam D16. It makes less than normal financial sense to the typical enthusiast but was just the sort of challenge that Allen thrives on. He acquired this Civic Coupe EX as partial payment from a customer who didn’t need it anymore.…

Considering what tuners across the world have accomplished, the Nissan R35 GT-R may be the greatest mass-production sports car of all time. In stock form, you would need to spend double to find a competitor that could go toe to toe. With the right mix of bolt-on performance parts and a proper tune, 150 or more additional horsepower can be brought online at a price that would fit in every R35 owner’s budget. At the 600-650whp level, the factory turbochargers, engine and transmission are all at the limit in terms of power potential and power handling. For more power, it’s…

Too many enthusiasts choose to spend money and throw parts at their car until something good comes out of it, without doing their research and without a goal in mind. The ones who do it right, however, know where they want the car to end up and can therefore map out the plan to get there. Yoshihiro Kikkawa and the highly-acclaimed shop Advance laid out the objectives for Kikkawa’s BNR34 Nissan GT-R early on, aiming to race the clock at Fuji Speedway. With this end goal in mind, the team analyzed the R34’s strengths and weaknesses, and set out to…

Formula DRIFT Announces 2-Year Title Sponsorship with Link Engine Management for the PRO2 Championship Text By Formula D // Photo By Joe Singleton Long Beach, Calif. – December 13, 2017 – Formula DRIFT has announced a 2-year sponsorship agreement with Link Engine Management for the Formula Drift PRO2 Championship. Link Engine Management provides drivers from around the globe with world-class engine management technology. With a race proven range of WireIn ECUs, PlugIn ECUs, and more, Link has provided a winning formula for champions from various series. Link’s ECUs are sold in 65 countries by over 1,500 dealers. “We’re excited to…

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