Power. It can be a beautiful and scary thing, and whether you want to admit it or not, we all want it. When it comes to cars, I think it's safe to say that we all want more power, unless you own a GT-3, Gallardo or a GT-R, in which case, you probably shouldn't be or are not even reading this magazine at all. But for the rest of us who are stuck with the 240s, Civics, Evos and STIs, or whatever it is that you drive, we're lucky. We can always build our engines to find that extra bit of power so we can go up against that European exotic, even if it means we'll have our asses handed to us regardless.
This month we're exploring how we can give our low-displacing, gas-saving engines that little extra "boost," and what better way to pull that off than by boosting, or adding forced induction to the mix. Our FNG, Charles, got right down to business on a story that dissects a turbo kit, how each component works and how these parts help to increase your car's power. You'll also find plenty of new releases from some of the best turbo parts manufacturers in the world. For those who believe in supercharged motivation, we also have a cool how-to on HKS' GT supercharger for the 350Z, which is good for an instant kick of 50 hp.
Every car we've highlighted is a prime example of how turbocharging an engine can prove successful in that quest for more power. Whether they are street driven, built to test limitations on a drift, road racing circuit or drag strip, each was meticulously designed by their owners and mechanics to be as raw and unforgiving as possible. We even got some seat time behind a tuned Evo X MR, a surefire improvement over the standard GSR, especially with the right bolt-ons to make the 4B11T come to life.
We're also halfway done with the Castrol Syntec Top Shop Challenge and our F22A is coming along beautifully. Bisi has really stepped up with some very aggressive bolt-ons that are going to make our competitors and some adult starlets very unhappy. You can check out exclusive online footage of our engine assembly on www.SyntecTopShop.com, and be sure to vote for Super Street's engine as your favorite to win. We'd appreciate the support!