In a bit over a month’s time, a minimum of a few hundred thousand persons are anticipated to make their option to Makuhari Messe for the 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon. The most important modified automobile present on this planet is a bucket record occasion for a lot of, and since Speedhunters acquired its begin in 2008, we’ve attended religiously. It’ll be no completely different this coming January, with an enormous staff on the bottom in Japan’s capital metropolis to seize the most recent and biggest tuning developments from the JDM motherland.
With this in thoughts, we thought we’d revisit TAS from 10 years in the past for this week’s Throwback Thursday submit. How far have issues developed during the last decade? You could be stunned… When you’ve completed up with this submit, you may as well try Dino’s high 5 automobile picks from Tokyo Auto Salon 2014 right here.
It’s 9.00am Friday morning in Japan and the doorways have simply swung open on the Makuhari Messe, permitting a monstrous crowd of media to spill into the halls of the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon. Since I figured you wouldn’t need to wait a complete day for a style of what this yr’s present has to supply, yesterday I paid my normal pre-show go to to TAS whereas the tuners, producers and elements makers have been busy establishing their cubicles.
My first port of name was a fast cease on the huge 13-car-strong Liberty Stroll show. After seeing the success its US demo automobile loved on the SEMA Present in Las Vegas a few months again, I simply had to see an LB Works kit-equipped Ferrari 458 up shut. After weeks of trying out Kato-san’s Instagram feed I knew precisely what a few of the vehicles appeared like, however regardless of what number of photos I’ve seen, nothing fairly ready me for the visible influence his wild kits had on each the Italia and the sweet blue R35 parked subsequent to it.
I’m glad the entire crimson wheel factor is catching on too… With the roof down, the Ferrari’s rear three-quarter view is just mouthwatering; these fender flares simply containing the aggressive offset of the wheels.
If the Spider isn’t for you, the black 458 hardtop Kato additionally introduced alongside to the present is certain to fulfill. I simply can’t stress how rattling low these vehicles sit! As soon as the rear diffuser is fitted (it was but to be put in on black automobile on the time I grabbed this image) there may be lower than one centimeter of floor clearance…
What was I saying about journey peak? Liberty Stroll is on a real roll. It had probably the most talked about vehicles of SEMA and now it’s effectively on its option to being a stand-out exhibitor at this yr’s Auto Salon. Whereas this pink Murciélago was nice and all, it was Kato’s two Kenmeris that I used to be actually itching to see. Nonetheless, resulting from some delays they weren’t going to be dropped off till later within the night time, so that you’ll want to attend for my subsequent submit from the present to see them intimately.
And sure, should you’re one of many lucky individuals heading to the present over the weekend, you’ll get to see a couple of of LB Works’ GT-Rs too!
It’s not straightforward to face out amongst a sea of prohibitively costly exotica, however the second I noticed the S & Firm Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale I simply needed to go in for a better look. The automobile sports activities S & C’s newest satin wrap, which seems and feels remarkably like actual paint.
The KM4SH 86
It looks as if a very long time in the past since we started chatting to Miura-san of TRA Kyoto about collaborating on a novel collection of aero elements. After a lot discussions, translation, and quite a few 3D renders, I used to be blown away by how good the KM4SH 86 turned out. I really like how aggressive it manages to be, with out being excessive, and that entrance lip spoiler seems even higher than it did in digital idea kind. The soon-to-be-released 6666mesh wheels from Enkei are simply what the physician ordered for a package of this nature – you simply can’t argue with copious quantity of lip mated to a traditional heart.
The fellows at S & Firm have been ensuring the black physique shined like a mirror because of a number of Kleers detailing merchandise. You possibly can learn extra in regards to the KM4SH mission right here.
I must ask Miura-san what number of vehicles at this yr’s present are fitted together with his aero elements.
It’s not a lot the 86 kits that I’m speaking about – there have been loads of these together with the Rocket Bunny V2 on the Belief sales space – however his fashion has actually influenced a big slice of the JDM aftermarket.
That features unique imports, time assault machines and excessive velocity vehicles.
However after all, there’s much more to TAS. It’s such a mishmash of kinds and ideologies, with a definite have to shock.
It’s at all times attention-grabbing to see how rapidly developments arrive and are utilized to the very newest crop of vehicles.
In The Combine
Historical past is rarely forgotten – which is an excellent factor – however to this point I haven’t seen fairly as many old-fashioned rides as I’d have favored to.
That stated, I’ll undoubtedly be on the hunt for extra as we speak!
As you possibly can think about, the new-gen child Lexus sedan has rapidly develop into a preferred platform for aesthetic modifications. That is Tommykaira’s takes on the refreshed IS.
Lexus’s spindle grille meets the Works overfender look on the Aimgain ZN6. May this be thought-about a luxurious drift automobile?
Over the course of the weekend I’ll be spending quite a lot of time within the adjoining halls that have been added to TAS final yr. That is the place the large Choice show is located, in addition to the RH9 guys with their crazy-powerful vehicles. It’s these machines that add a extra ‘purposeful’ side to the present, the place energy nonetheless guidelines above fashion and the place the vehicles are engineered for function. Oh yeah, that’s a twin turbo, four-rotor rotary engine that Kawato-san at Whole Automobile Produce Magic shall be becoming in a brand new FD3S RX-7 drift automobile. Mad Mike Whiddett ought to be joyful as he will get to drive it!
Who stated hybrids need to be boring? It could be an over-the-top present automobile, however the Kuhl Racing Prius sports activities probably the most distinctive roll cage I’ve ever seen – one thing to do with it being fabricated out of exhaust piping. Okay, so it’s not purposeful, however it’s cool and that’s all a majority of these vehicles are attempting to perform.
The 2014 Tremendous GT season is simply a few months away and there are many GT500 and GT300 vehicles to take a look at on the present. That features the Nismo GT-R which we first noticed final month in Fuji on the Nismo Pageant. It’ll be thrilling to see how this 1000kg, 2.0L turbo, DTM-rule-based racer does agains the Honda NSX and the Lexus RC.
I actually can’t get sufficient of the Ferrari F12. I can’t recall a automobile that has performed ‘it’ for me as a lot because the R34 GT-R, as this one.
And speaking of GT-Rs, High Secret, together with a bunch of Japanese tuners together with Phoenix’s Energy, Display screen and JUN, had sufficient R35s between them to carry a single-make race collection!
Each time I take a look at a Varis automobile I can’t assist however shed a tear. Its vehicles are a few of the best-looking in the entire Japanese tuning scene and it simply makes me unhappy that they by no means did something for the R34. Guys, severely, please give you one thing good and purposeful made out of carbon for us forgotten san-yon homeowners. Onegaishimasu!
The Varis identify was being repped within the RAYS sales space too with the Bulletproof Scion FR-S all the best way from California. Initially unveiled at SEMA, the ZN6 was sitting fairly on Volk Racing G25s.
Modelling a set of brightly-colored 20-inch TE37s was the all-dry-carbon Overtake GT-R – a machine that completely balances perform with kind. Weight discount and some chosen engine upgrades are all that’s wanted to make this factor carry out.
I’ll end up this preview from TAS with one final shock – the BenSopra Z33 inbuilt collaboration with RYO in Hiroshima. The automobile was nonetheless being assembled as I grabbed this shot, so you’ll have to look ahead to the total protection to see extra. Its flat-white sister automobile shall be on show on the Belief sales space from as we speak, together with what might be the spotlight of the present. I may need to deal with you guys to a highlight in a while that exact automobile tonight as I know you’ll need to see it!
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