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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…

You guys are probably the only ones to have ever measured and discovered that issue. This is a statement that we are hearing more and more as we delve into the uncharted territory of extreme Honda performance. While people have been racing boosted B-series Honda engines for nearly 20 years, the engineering level of the development has been predominantly “grassroots”. The issues that we are uncovering while attempting to extend the life of a 1,000whp boosted B-series won’t be found under a forum thread. Instead, DSPORT is finding the limits and solutions using engineering, accurate measuring, precision machining and scientific…

Man and machine versus the clock; this is the essence of time attack. Conducted like a qualifying session for traditional motorsports, time attack started as a competition for tuning shops to compete using their streetcar builds. It has since evolved into a professional-level competition, only with few performance restrictions, save for the requisite safety mandates. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Pole Position Images and David Lynsien/WTAC Australians take just about anything they do to the extreme, which makes Australia the likely host country for the World Time Attack Challenge. Started in 2010, the WTAC invited the quickest machines…

There is nothing as unnerving as blasting through the traps at triple-digit speeds only to find that the brake pedal has turned into a cinderblock. If you have ever been in a car that’s lost the assistance of the power brake booster, you know how “rock hard” and uncooperative the brake pedal becomes when the vacuum source is lost to the booster. Vacuum assist is also used on some vehicles to reduce clutch pedal effort too. Unfortunately, installing a set of “big” camshafts in an engine will significantly reduce the strength of the vacuum produced by the engine. The result…

Dead or dying batteries suck. Did you leave the lights on? Is your alternator going bad? Does that high tech alarm that can start the car and communicate with you from two miles away leave your battery drained after you go away for a week? Or has your once-great battery been sitting on a shelf waiting for you to finally get your project car back on the road? Regardless of the circumstance, batteries have a limited life. However, properly caring for your battery is the best way to extend its service life. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Jun…

You must walk before you run. Despite what commericals say, unless you have perfect running technique and form, the latest and greatest from Nike isn’t going to help you win a marathon any more than a good kick in the ass would. Like running, racing a car requires maintaining a balance between upgrading equipment and developing proper driving technique. Getting caught up purchasing the latest equipment can blind people to the fact that they need to invest more time learning how to drive. To compete in wheel-to-wheel racing, two criteria have to be met; first, the vehicle needs adequate preparation,…

The hottest sport compacts to fly off the showroom floor have been Subaru’s BRZ and Scion’s FR-S. These fraternal siblings, born of a joint venture between Subaru and Toyota, have received innumerable praise from the media and consumers for its styling, performance and value. With a low roll center that rivals that of supercars, the BRZ and FR-S have tremendous handling capabilities. Coupled with the new FA20/4U-GSE boxer engine that features both direct and port injection, tuners have really taken notice of this platform. Text and Photos by Richard Fong DEVELOPMENT DARLING For Subaru specialist Quirt Crawford at Crawford Performance,…

They said it couldn’t be done, so we did it. Had we been among the flock of misguided sheep looking to forums religiously, chances are that our engine combination would be very different. Following BAD forum advice would have likely resulted in missing the targeted horsepower goal while experiencing engine failures along the way. Taking a better path, we relied upon the engineering, engine building and engine development knowledge and experience that we have here at DSPORT. Text by Michael Ferrara // Photos by Jun Chen Since there is not another automotive publication in the world that has a staff…

“Impressive” is a massive understatement when referring to the capabilities of Nissan’s R35 GT-R. With highly-tuned factory-engine/factory-turbo R35s breaking into the 9s and highly-modified, big-turbo/built-engine variants in the high 7s and low 8s, the performance potential is simply unbelievable. Today, trap speeds indicate that some of these GT-Rs are putting out over 1,800 horsepower to the ground. The vehicle that was touted at its launch as being “un-tunable” is now the recipient of some of the best-engineered aftermarket products in the world. While not a platform that can fit into everyone’s budget, those that do purchase the GT-R seem intent…

Racers, their tuners, and like-minded enthusiasts have propelled the tuning industry to once unimaginable new heights. Tuners and consumers alike have gained volumes of knowledge. Thanks to reflash tuning solutions for factory ECUs and greater availability of plug-and-play stand-alone engine management systems, vehicle performance has taken great strides. But with strides come greater risks, and the precision of engine tuning can make the difference between big power or big problems. Text and Photos by Richard Fong IDEAL RATIOS For a combustion engine, proper function hinges on the delivery of a proper air-to-fuel ratio. But what is the ideal ratio? With…

Thirteen thousand square feet. Fully-equipped precision engine machine shop. A 2,000-wheel-horsepower, all-wheel-drive dynamometer. A dedicated fabrication area and garage. We put just about everything that any import performance enthusiast would dream of under one roof. And here’s why we did it. Text by Jun Chen // Photos by Jun Chen and Richard Fong A Look Behind the DSPORT Logo Having worked out of a small shack in the back corner of a strip mall for over nine years, we realized that our expansion needed to include more than just office space. We needed to build a facility that enabled us…

Knock knock. Who’s there? Your blown engine. The four-cycle combustion engine has come quite a long way in its evolution and thanks to technology; it has risen to a precise science. Although precision is great, it also leaves little margin for error, especially at extreme boost pressures and high engine speeds. There are any number of events that could occur which have the potential to cause damage to an engine. One of the worst events is engine knock, the not so silent killer of engines. Like high blood pressure and some forms of cancer, early detection of knock can be…

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