Like all serious Supra builds, the focus started under the hood. The 2JZ-GTE motor was extracted and torn down in anticipation of new parts. The block was full machined, balanced and blueprinted before the cylinders were bored and plugged with JE Pistons forged pistons and H-beam connecting rods by Carrillo.

When it comes to bold moves from the Japanese automakers in the sports car arena, you don’t have to look much further than the Toyota Supra. Sure, the Skyline GT-R was causing the most damage on touring car circuits around the world, but the Toyota [ … ]

Generation Nine: Charleston Penesa's 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX

Want to see where the trend in car modifications is going? Well, look no further than this Team Hybrid EVO 9. The mission statement behind this build was simple: make a sick looking Evo that could hold its own at shows and still be a street car. Th [ … ]

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I’m not sure who said it first, but I’ve always stuck with the philosophy that you are only as good as your last project car. It doesn’t matter what you did “back in tha day” but rather what have you done lately. With [ … ]

Owner Lyle Engleson of San Diego is obsessed with these cars and has built one every bit as modified as the highly successful Ireson bi-moto Mini, but with more functionality in mind. Engleson has converted this mini to a rear engine, rear wheel drive car for the improvement in handling.

We talk a lot about the origins of the Sport Compact craze, and the discussion usually ends up with a reference or two to 1990s-era Honda Civics. Then when it comes to high tech JDM super cars, which were also debuting around the same time, it is a [ … ]

“I have always loved modified cars,” said owner Mike Foxwell. “When I first saw the 350Z I know I had to get one. It took a while for me to get it, but finally pulled the trigger in 2006. It started off slowly and then to mod bug bit, and bit hard. I was only going to do wheels and a spoiler, but then you find it hard to stop. I wanted something that I liked and that was different from everyone else's 350Zs with a blend of sound and style.”

Yes, you have seen this particular hue before. It isn’t coincidence that you are thinking, hey isn’t that the lime paint from the…uh…what’s it called? For those of you on the ball, it’s the lime green from the Dodge Charger applied to one best s [ … ]

“Our goal was to create a project where personalization, was the most important aspect while being budget conscious,” says Masuda “That really spans all generations and sub-cultures, so the CUBE fell right into place. Nissan calls the CUBE the “Mobile Device”, so we decided to title the ATI CUBE Mobile U.

Although it might be considered a controversial notion, Japan built an empire on emulating the inventions of others. Post WWII, they vowed to learn from their opponents and ramped up manufacturing to record levels. While in the beginning, the [ … ]

PASMAG Sherill Roberts Nissan GTR R35 Focal Audio rear audio


Written by Dave Pankew / Photography by John Jackson

Never mind the fact that the R35 GT-R can embarrass cars costing five times as much, Nissan has done the impossible by creating an everyday supercar. It’s quiet, well mannered and has the DNA of l [ … ]

Hidden Gem: Ary Minassian's 1988 BMW 325iS


Written by Dave Pankew | Photos by Brian Fross

We all look for deals when it comes to cars and parts to make them go fast. I highly doubt anyone would bring a $500 car to SEMA, but that is just what this car’s builder did. Owner Ary Minassian [ … ]

Sky Lizard: Rick Rosales' 1974 Datsun Skyline GT-R


Written by Dave Pankew | Photos By Jacob Leveton

When domestics ruled the landscape, automakers from other countries were quietly developing their strategies for the future. The Europeans were pushing for more power and the Japanese were develo [ … ]

Kingpin: Chris Bergemann's HPF BMW M3

Written by Dave Pankew | Photos by RCH Designs and Derek Tall

When a type-A personality sets out to accomplish something, they don’t let up until it’s done. Case in point is Chris Bergemann, the owner of HorsepowerFreaks (HPF) who [ … ]

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