Tim Doolin’s ’97 Nissan 240SX
Go Fast Bits S15 SR20DET with the stock T28 ball-bearing turbo; HKS actuator; 555cc DeatschWerks Injectors; Z32 MAF sensor; GReddy VSPL FMIC; KYB adjustable shocks and Eibach Pro kit; Rays 57Pro 18x10-inch wheels (r) and 18x9-inch (f); full Origin bodykit; JDM S14 Silvia K’s spoiler; Blitz temp, oil pressure and EGT gauges in a custom dry-carbon gauge pod.
Why You Chose This Platform I bought my car in August 2009; at the time, I didn’t know that much about how to buy a car or about all the work that maintaining a modified car brings. When I bought the car, it looked like it does now, but I’ve replaced a couple parts so far: the brakes, a couple radiator hoses, an oil line, a clutch flywheel and the transmission. In all honesty, my car was a piece of junk when I got it. I bought it because I always wanted a 240SX, especially a Kouki S14. Now that I’ve learned more about cars, I know what I need to do to make it reliable.
Numbers 290 whp at 15 psi.
Kevin Ferguson’s ’97 Mitsubishi Eclipse
Go-Fast Bits 20G turbo; Punishment Racing FMIC; HKS SSQV and turbo timer; RC 550cc injectors; 255-lph fuel pump; Injen intake; A’PEXi N1 after-cat; SAFC and AVC-R; Megan downpipe; Tokico shocks; Eibach springs; Stillen strut bars (f/r); Exedy Stage 1 clutch; 18-inch Volk EVO 3s; pearl-white paint.
Why You Chose This Platform Someone who lived around the corner from me bought a red ’97 GSX brand new; since then, I always wanted one.
Worst Mods A cheap knock-off GReddy BOV that I only used for a week until I flanged the IC pipe for a HKS BOV.
Props/Thanks To My uncle for the awesome paint job; Fergusons Auto Center for any maintenance and performance work; Road Race Engineering for all the tuning; and my family for dealing with my car obsession.
Joseph Rocha’s ’06 Mitsubishi Evolution GSR IX
Go-Fast Bits AEM intake; Tanabe downpipe; GReddy after-cat; Cosworth 272 cams, 720 injectors; 18x9.5-inch Work CR-Kai; Goodridge SS brake lines; stock EVO struts with ROBI Spec springs and sway bar; APR mirrors; CF exhaust heatshield; Sparco steering wheel with NRG quick release; Ralliart shift knob; M1 harness bar with Sparco harness; Prosport gauges.
Why You Chose This Platform I wanted a Mitsubishi EVO for a long time since the EVO VII came out, and being a Honda/Acura owner (’98 DC2) for a long time, I wanted something bigger and faster. One day, I came back from vacation to the Dodge dealership I use to work at, and there it was — my dream car. Never modified and it was owned by an older lady who traded it in for a Jeep. I bought it in September 2008 with 18,000 miles, and I daily drive this car and it now has almost 116,000 miles. I love this car and I have plans for the motor in the future. I also hope to road race it soon.
Daniel Kirby’s ’90 Honda Civic DX
Go-Fast Bits B18A1 swap; tri-Y replica header; custom exhaust; custom Yamaha 600 bike intake box; JDM B16A transmission; semi wire tuck; custom DIY shaved and painted engine bay; P28 with Hondata S100; OEM VX wheels; eBay springs and adjustable perches; custom rear foglight; PPG Laguna Gold paint-matched USDM bumpers; DC4 paint-matched side skirts; Spoon-style mirrors; custom DA Integra rear lip; custom gauge cluster; Nardi/Vertex style deep-dish steering wheel with quick release; DC4 center console and armrest, front and rear seats.
Why You Chose This Platform Before this car, I used to have a VW Jetta MK3. It was a VR6, and I loved it. I enjoyed being in the VW scene, but with all my friends getting Hondas, I knew I would be getting one soon. My friend met a guy with this car and was looking to trade for a family car, and I’ve always wanted a Civic in this color ever since my grandma had one back in the day, so I offered to trade and he accepted! It had a LS/VTEC engine in it, which was pieced together with garbage-bin OEM parts by a shop, and surprisingly, I was running mid- to low-14s at the track! Unfortunately, it blew a head gasket, so I’m running a stock LS engine right now. However, I’m currently right in the middle of building another LS/VTEC engine for forced induction. I’m planning on keeping the horsepower level somewhat mild (around 300 whp) because I plan to track the car at Buttonwillow Raceway CW #13 as soon as my engine is broken-in and tuned.
Jake Meltzer’s ’02 Subaru WRX
Go-Fast Bits VF30 turbo; ECUTek flashed by Mike Warfield at GST Motorsports; Injen cold-air intake; APS 3-inch turbo-back exhaust (catted); Grimmspeed up-pipe; APS DR525 FMIC; STI 550 injectors; ’06 STI 6-speed transmission; ACT Stage 1 clutch; COBB Tuning double-adjustable short shifter; ’04 STI hubs (5x100), axles, bearings, etc.; Cusco rear LSD RS (1.5-way); Mann Engineering AST coilovers (6K front, 4K rear spring rates); Cusco sway bars; STI 15:1 steering rack; Rota Tarmac 2 17x7.5-inch with Dunlop Star Spec Z1 235/40R17; STI BBS wheels 17x7.5-inch with Dunlop Star Spec Z1 235/40R17; STI Gold Brembo brakes; STI version 7 UK seats; ECUTek dash display; Schroth Ralleye harnesses; EDM headlights; Cusco rear diffuser.
Why You Chose This Platform I was one of the Gran Turismo–generation kids who fell in love with GT-Rs, EVOs and STIs before Mustangs, Camaros and Cudas. When it came to U.S. shores, the bug-eye WRX quickly captured my imagination and plans were quickly made to sell my Civic and buy a Subaru. My WRX has been brought up to STI spec in all respects, except its engine. With 10 track days under my belt in the car, I’ve kept up with everything from GT3s, to Ferraris, to Ariel Atoms. I’m proud of the research and work I’ve put into my suspension, and it pays by being one of the most neutral and predictable cars I’ve ever driven. My love for my WRX grows stronger every time a shocked Porsche owner asks me how much power I have after a track session, especially since it’s only 250 hp.
Numbers 251.2 whp.
Dan Sakar’s ’97 Eagle Talon Tsi AWD
Go Fast Bits Mild port and polish on intake/exhaust; K&N FIPK; FP intake pipe; FP T-28 turbo; RRE Lower IC pipe; Hahn Racecraft SMIC; RRE UIC; 1G BOV; 3-inch downpipe; 3-inch free-flow cat; custom 3-inch after-cat exhaust; DSM chips ECU mod with 95 ECU; 750cc injectors; ACT 2100 clutch and StreetLite flywheel; Koni “yellow” shocks with Eibach Pro Kit springs; Powerslot rotors with Hawk pads; 17x8-inch König Villains with 225/45R17 Yokohama Avid S.4 tires; OEM Mitsubishi EVO IX Recaros with custom brackets.
Why You Chose This Platform It’s a modest car, to say the least — nothing pavement-wrinkling or record-breaking — but, hey, she’s my daily driver. I’ve had her for 11 years and I often think the reason why I still have her in my life (besides the obsessive love) is that I haven’t beaten her to death.
Numbers 248 awhp and 258 awtq at 18 psi on 93 pump gas.
Chadwick Ko’s ’03 Lexus IS300
Go-Fast Bits Koyorad V-Core radiator; Swift Racing Technologies custom GGP high-flow intake with R-ECU; HKS Twin Power DLI; JDM JUN exhaust cam gear; Unorthodox Racing lightened pulley set; W58 MkIV Supra flywheel; ACT HD street clutch; Blitz Nur-Spec S axle-back exhaust; JDM TRD TF2 18x8-inch aluminum wheels; 225/40R18 Yokohama S.drive tires; TRD mono-block aluminum high-performance brake kit; Bilstein HD shocks; L-Tuned springs; JDM Toyota Modellista Qualitat 4-piece aero kit; JDM Vertex Aero Fender set with Toyota Altezza side markers; JDM TRD carbon-fiber hood with custom GGP paint; JDM Toyota Altezza black carbon-fiber steering wheel; HKS CAMP2 monitoring system.
Why You Chose This Platform More than eight years ago, I moved back from Japan and needed a new car because my post-accident ’95 Acura Integra LS was requiring more and more maintenance than it was worth. After having owned a RWD Skyline GTS-T Type M (R32) overseas, I knew my next car would have to be RWD. My neighbor, incidentally, had a tricked-out Altezza, but my brother persuaded me to purchase an Audi A4 for its Quattro system and stylish interior. I drove the A4 for only a month and decided I needed something more edgy. It was narrowed down to a BMW 3 series or the Lexus IS300. The BMW dealer didn’t treat me very well, so my only option was the Lexus. I called every single Lexus dealer in Southern California looking for the rarest model in my favorite color (Graphite Gray Pearl), full options and manual transmission. It wasn’t until I called the last dealer that I found one in stock in the back lot. I drove it home that night, and to this day it drives as smoothly as Day 1, even after three accidents, several cross-country trips and five snowy/salty winters as my daily driver. Every aftermarket part has been handpicked from my annual trips to Japan and installed by myself whenever possible.
Michael Ngo’s ’90 Nissan Skyline GT-R
Go Fast Bits Blitz Sus Power Intakes; Nismo rad cap; Mines ECU; Fujitsubo exhaust; ARC radiator panel and twin blow-off valves; Nismo front strut bar; GReddy rear strut bar; Cusco ZERO2E coilovers (11K/9K); Nismo Chibi wing; 17x9-inch 22+ Volk TE37 wrapped in FK452 (245/45R17); Nardi Deep Corn 350mm; Nismo shifter, 320 km/h cluster and floor mats.
Why You Chose This Platform I’ve had this ’90 Nissan Skyline GT-R that I bought locally four or five years now. It serves as my daily driver and is slowly receiving minor modifications. The reason I drive this is simply because it has everything that I need — it handles and grips well, has tons of power, looks aggressive as hell and is basically a beast.