DSPORT Kia Forte GT Targets Civic Type R Using ENEOS & More

When it comes to a good, old-fashioned drag race, DSPORT isn’t one to back down from a challenge. And when Harman Kardon proposed they build its Kia Forte GT as a project, the editors wanted to make things more interesting. Instead of a big budget (the easy way), they capped it off at $3,500, and to make it really fun, wanted to see if it could beat a Honda Civic Type R at the drag strip!

With minimal aftermarket support, the DSPORT team had its work cut out. And among the ground rules they enforced was to not use E85 or nitrous oxide.

To increase power, DSPORT added electronics to adjust boost pressure, modified the factory turbo housing to accept an upgraded rotating assembly, and fitted an intercooler to reduce air intake temps. They also used ENEOS RACING STREET 0W-50 fully synthetic motor oil for performance improvements while still providing great fuel economy and protection.

Using advanced technology, ENEOS is developed in partnership with the majority of Asia’s OEMs when creating factory-fill fluids for their cars. For boosted applications, like the Forte GT, it’s crucial to use a proper synthetic motor oil designed to handle extreme conditions. ENEOS lubricants unlock superior horsepower at higher temperatures while protecting critical engine components.

With a handful of performance upgrades that fell within the $3,500 budget, was DSPORT able to take down the Honda Civic Type R at the drag strip? You’d be surprised to see how competitive the Forte GT became after receiving its mods. Pick up the September 2021 issue (on newsstands now) to see the exciting final results!