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Toyota started the SEMA 2018 Show with a few surprises. On the first day, one hour into the event, Toyota unveiled a few cars and trucks that are sure to keep spectators hanging around their booth. The highlight of the Toyota booth, however, was the new Toyota Corolla Hatchback, debuting a few versions of the hot-hatch. On display was the Hoonigan-built Corolla Hatchback built specifically for Larry Chen as a film-pursuit vehicle. On the floor was also Papadakis Racing’s Corolla drift car. The new hatch can be seen at the Toyota booth in all shapes and forms, including wider fenders…

Aside from being an active volcano, standing 12,380 feet high as Japan’s tallest mountain, and being visible from all around Tokyo on a clear day; Mount Fuji is also the backdrop to one of the world’s most popular race-tracks: Fuji Speedway. HKS took over Fuji Speedway for their yearly HKS Premium Day event. Make no mistake about it, this event wasn’t about displaying products and trying to make some sales. The 2018 HKS Premium Day was a pure day of racing for the absolute enthusiasts, breaking-records, and giving the fans more than they can imagine. Text by Bassem Girgis //…

In celebration of IDRC’s 20th anniversary, DSPORT Magazine’s own R33 GT-R is currently being prepared for some personal record-breaking runs. Project RH8 needs no introduction to the avid DSPORT Magazine readers. Staff Report 2018 Upgrades and Facts: • Bringing back the 2.8-liter instead of the 2.6-liter • 80whp gain from tuning alone • Upgraded electronics that allow for RWD burnouts • 1,270whp on the dyno without nitrous • Testing push nitrous system (100-130whp anticipated gain) • Expected to deliver 1,400whp before Sunday The previous personal best time for Project RH8 was 8.93 seconds in Las Vegas. For this IDRC West…

The Petersen Automotive Museum’s latest exhibit, celebrating 70 years of Ferrari, had me reflecting back on my childhood. As a child, I fell immediately in love with cars. As I grew up I drew pictures of cars all the time (apparently on the walls too, as my mother told me on many occasions). One thing was a given, I always reached for my red crayon when I started drawing. Even at five years old, red seemed like the correct color to render an automobile with. Red looked fast! My red crayon was always the first crayon to get completely worn…

On February 25th, the 2017 time-attack season officially kicked off in Japan at the Attack Maximum Challenge. Held at Japan’s most famous time-attack venue, Tsukuba Circuit, the event attracted over 80 entries in four hotly-contested classes. Garage G-Force, ESCORT Racing, AutoBahn, RE Amemiya and Sakamoto Engineering were among the 40-plus shops supporting entries. Great weather and good track conditions allowed many car-and-driver combinations to set personal bests. Staff Report // Photos by Gavin Oliva The Classes Nearly 30 entries filled the turbo class which requires that all entries be able to run a 59.500-second lap or quicker. This class featured…

While NISMO Festival at the end of the year usually kicks off a season of events to usher in the new year, it’s HKS Premium Day that brings together the most well-respected tuners and quickest cars in Japan. This event, sandwiched between Tokyo Auto Salon and Osaka Auto Messe, features a plethora of activities including time attack challenges, a dyno shootout, as well as a showcase of HKS’ latest products and more. Text by Jun Chen / Photos by Gavin Oliva and Motosuke Fujii Between the blistering laps of time attack battle, the event also hosted the D1 Ultimate 4…

On February 25th. 2017 the DSPORT crew headed out to Boost Festival 2017 presented by Honeywell Garrett which took place at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, CA.  The three tier event held a Global Time Attack event on Streets of Willow, an open drift track day on Horse Thief Mile and Drift 101 personal lessons on the Balcony. A post shared by David Haagsma (@dh422) on Feb 25, 2017 at 6:08pm PST David Haagsma and the Sp Engineering R35 put down the fastest overall time of the day with a 01:18.717. Had a blast drifting and gripping at #boostfest yesterday.…

The 2017 Boost Festival by Honeywell Garrett. Join us as we celebrate the best of all things Boost! This year’s event will take place at the famous Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, CA. Global Time Attack will be coordinating a Pro Am event on Streets of Willow, JustDrift will host the open drift track day on Horse Thief Mile, and Drift 101 will be selling 1 hour drift lessons to spectators that want to learn to drift. Our vendor midway is great if you are looking to check out local performance product manufacturers and race shops, and to check…

You’d think that the winter season would serve as the time for racing teams and drivers to hang up their gear and take a break, but there’s one race in December that no one in motorsports wants to miss. The 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance returned in 2016 for its 14th running as the longest closed road course race in the United States. Nowhere else will you find a wider variety of cars on track at the same time, as more than 50 teams battle through day and night, rain or shine, for a full 25 hours.…

The end of each year is celebrated across the world by many traditional ceremonies and festivities. From holiday get-togethers in hometowns to the giant ball drop in Times Square, you can depend on a series of celebrations occurring as the year comes to an end. Now, just as other year-end traditions, the annual NISMO Festival has concretely remained a motorsports custom and once again attracted tens of thousands of enthusiasts to the famous Fuji Speedway in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Used as a way to honor the company’s current and past successes, NISMO Festival organizes racing, product demonstrations, presentations, speeches and…

Autumn marks the end of the racing season in many parts of the USA as racers begin their winter rebuilds. But in Southern California, IDRC racers and InstaFame Car Show entrants formed lines before dawn to gain entrance to the BorgWarner IDRC International Finals presented by ARP. Moderate temperatures greeted attendees on Sunday October 23, 2016, offering ideal racing conditions as the masses made their way into the venue at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California. The racers set up in their pits while the InstaFame contestants filed to the end of the track to coordinate and get staged into…

Why should anyone care about time attack? Motorsports around the world already deliver wheel-to-wheel, on-road and off-road action with nearly every style racecar imaginable, so why bother with a motorsport that appears to many as a large-scale autocross? Although time attack competition prioritizes a single best lap time above all else, there’s much more to it than throwing parts at a car and laying down a few fun laps. At the level of the Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge, this form of racing brings out some of the world’s most skilled drivers, piloting insane builds put together by the most…

LC 500 by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing Display Location: Lexus, 21601, Central Hall Description: When the Lexus LC 500 made its global debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, its alluring styling, exciting performance capability, and exquisite craftsmanship clearly marked the start of a new era for the luxury brand. The LC 500 by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing offers a different approach to the brand’s flagship coupe, featuring an aggressive look and tuned engine for a racing-inspired build. Highlights: Body work by Signature Autobody Artisan Spirit Custom Lexus LC  Aero Kit featuring fender flares, front diffuser, side skirts,…

The last IDRC / InstaFame event of the year takes place October 23rd at Fontana Dragway.  Join the DSPORT crew for a day of fun featuring drag racing, a car show, food trucks, vendor row, raffles, a model lounge & more.  Bring out your car and show us what you got. Use the coupon code “DSPORT” and save $5 on racer / car show tickets ($2 off for spectators).  The weather is looking good and we’re excited to see you out there. What: IDRC Drag Racing Series / INSTAFAME Car Show When: October 23rd, 2016 Where: Auto Club Dragway (9300…

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