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In the world of time attack in Japan, one of the most venerable tracks and benchmarked venues is Tsukuba Circuit. This famous racetrack could arguably be the birthplace of time attack competition. Although Tsukuba opened in the late 1960s, tuning shops didn’t start to actively compete in time attack-style venues until the Rev Speed Tsukuba Super Battles of the early 1990s. The Super Battles pitted together shop project cars and high-profile customer vehicles in competition for the quickest lap. At the first event, Tarzan Yamada piloted the Mine’s R32 GT-R to victory with a lap time of 1:00.85. While there…

Where one is good, wouldn’t two be better? This is sometimes true, and for Takayuki Maezuka, operator of a tuning shop in Chiba, Japan, called Car Making Revyou, it was an option to explore. Maezuka got his start in the industry, working at JUN AUTO for two years and at Top Secret for one year, before venturing off to start Car Making Revyou 15 years ago. His shop is a member of the RH9 Tuned Pro Shop group, which includes famed tuners like Top Secret, JUN Auto, Top Fuel and Phoenix Power. When just about every tuning shop jumped on…

The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ represent the best entry-level, rear-wheel-drive sport compacts on the market. While capable of turning on a dime, most enthusiasts agree the FR-S needs more power. CARB-legal intake and exhaust upgrades can add up to 15 more wheel horsepower, raising the FA20’s output to 180- to 185-peak wheel horsepower. For serious improvements, forced induction is the only real solution. Worried about smog? Innovate recently completed the CARB compliance of its intercooled, supercharger system for the 2013-2014 FR-S and BRZ. Text by Aidan Spraic // Photos by Jun Chen THE MULE What is knock? Engine knock…

Like cayenne pepper on a mushroom risotto, boost pressure is the seasoning in a serving of turbocharged performance. Too little boost hampers performance and produces a bland dish, while too much boost, like too much seasoning, kills your engine and puts you back in the kitchen to start all over. As many owners of turbo vehicles have discovered, the most important component control system on a turbocharged engine is the boost control system; optimization of the engine’s boost control system delivers peak performance and reliability. Ideally, boost response is maximized while power output is optimized, while at the same time,…

To reach a goal, you’ve got to have a proper game plan. To achieve Record Holder 9 (RH9) status, that plan involves producing enough power to run a nine-second quarter-mile time on street-legal tires. As simple as it sounds, joining the RH9 club is no easy feat; however, with the right knowledge, achieving this goal is not only possible, but also very rewarding. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Scott Nelson of TPR Media FROM ROTARY TO RB Tessa Whyte has been a performance fanatic since she first learned to drive. Her first ride was a Mazda RX2 sedan…

The Japanese waste little time kicking off the New Year with events and celebrations. In addition to the Tokyo Auto Salon, the “Seijin No Hai” celebration and the first Sumo Tournament of the year, HKS puts together the first major motorsports festival for the season, known as the HKS Premium Day. Despite early morning rains, over 5,300 attendees made the trek to the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji on January 26, passing through the gates of the world famous Fuji Speedway. The track went hot with several racing events conducted throughout the day, while a car show, dyno challenge and…

“That’s a crazy idea. Nobody would do that. Why would you do that?” Despite the latest trend, car modification will always yield some unique results. From swapping domestic engines into imports to grafting Supra taillights onto a CRX, the automotive lifestyle embodies personalization. The choice of customization is an extension of the enthusiast. When enjoyed by the enthusiast, these modifications become a worthwhile effort. Text and Photos by Richard Fong MONEY MATTERS As a 19-year-old working a parttime job at $6.75 an hour, Jon Oregon had limited resources to work with when he started looking for a new car. Although…

An aircraft skidding off the runway is all it takes to ruin anyone’s vacation plans. Unless you’re living in California or Florida, just about everywhere north of the equator feels the bite of winter in January. That chill caused an aircraft to skid off the runway at JFK International Airport, prompting the cancellation of numerous flights out of America’s northeast just days before the 2014 DSPORT Tokyo Auto Salon (TAS) Tour was due to take off from Los Angeles. Text by Richard Fong and Jun Chen // Photos by Jun Chen, Richard Fong, Rafa Herrera and Marcell Levi At least…

Toyota’s JZA80 Supra Turbo was only available in the United States from 1993 through 1998, but to this day, it continues to be one of the most desired Japanese sportscars. Some fanatics waited for years to finally acquire one, while some waited even longer to get a second one. Unfortunately, some never get the chance. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Victor Benyi Photography LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE When owners let their cars go, their motivations for selling can be anything from financial hardship to getting a good market value to fund a new project. Some have to make hard…

The famous slogan, “In a world of compromise, some men don’t” is an apt maxim to describe the perseverance needed to attain one’s ambitions. Far too often, compromises and concessions force people off track from their ultimate goal. Whether it’s career aspirations or a car build, issues such as availability, money and opinsions get in the way for many people, preventing them from achieving their objectives. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Michael Ferrara STICKLER FOR SPECIFICS Ashton Makenzie agrees with the motto above. “I always set my goals high for my project car builds,” he said. “For my…

Once a year, Fuji Speedway becomes the gathering grounds for nearly every Nissan motorsports enthusiast in Japan. After a hiatus in 2012, due to NISMO’s relocation to Yokohama, Nissan enthusuiasts and their vehicles gathered at Fuji Speedway at the base of Mount Fuji on December 1st for the long-awaited NISMO Festival 2013. From the iconic Nissan race cars that some only know about through Gran Turismo, like the R390 GT1 and the JGTC NISMO R34s, to the 1970’s era KPGC10 Skylines and late 1990s NISMO 400Rs, Nissan and its enthusiasts filled the festival with passion for motorsports. Text by Jun Chen…

Pony cars have been the benchmark to beat since the birth of the import performance industry nearly 30 years ago, and the Mustang continues to be a solid contender for domestic-car fans and a favrotire to side with whenever the domestic-versus-import argument arises. This battle between imports and domestics still rages to this day, especially amoung many American servicemen deployed on bases all over the world. Fortunately for import fans, there are always plenty of new challengers to give the Mustang a run for its money. Text and Photos by Richard Fong ZOOMING Z The argument for imports is compelling…

To be the star at one auto show is commendable. To be the star at two in one year is a feat. For Subaru, the 2013 auto show season kicked off in late March with the unveiling of the WRX concept at the New York Auto Show. For the rest of the year, Subaru fans and enthusiasts were abuzz in anticipation of the new WRX. Rumors circulated about a two-liter turbocharged engine, along with a number of improvements, to go with the all-new design, and as the Los Angeles Auto Show approached, the buzz got louder when Subaru announced it…

Missed opportunities can often be hard to forget, especially when shopping for a unique item. If a second opportunity were to come up, it would almost feel like hitting the jackpot. Just don’t fail to pull the trigger, lest you will discover the definition of “great disappointment.” Text and Photos by Richard Fong Lurking and Trolling While surfing the web and forums, Mark P. stumbled upon a build thread that captured his attention. The vehicle, a Datsun 510 with an SR20DET engine swap, ounded like a perfect streetcar. In his words, Mark felt that it was “the ultimate ‘not designed…

Racing is a rush for everyone, from the spectator in the stands to the driver and the team of technicians who feverishly prepare their vehicle for competition. For Ricky Silva, participation in drag racing started in the pits. He stated, “I worked for Bryan Jimenez and Marty Ladwig on the GM Racing Sport Compact teams from 2006-2008. In 2011, I worked on the Gardella Racing Formula Drift team. In my spare time, I help Fernando Cunha at CLM Motorsports.” Working with quick and competitive racing teams taught Silva valuable lessons that he would later on employ in his decision to…

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