Car Feature>> Weld Markii

If there is one tuning shop in Japan that is well worth a look during this month's Misfits & Mavericks theme it has to be Weld. A lot of people make the mistake of classifying it as just a regular tuner, but I've always thought Johnny at Weld does things differently. He has vision and he's never afraid to push boundaries when it comes to building cars. I shot his JZX100 demonstration car before it got its updated 2009 D1 graphics so that is why it may look different in these pictures. This MarkII perfectly embodies Weld's school of thought with its clean yet aggressive lines coupled with true mechanical insight creating one, if not the best, JZX100 I have ever shot.

Koichi Yamashita managed to come 15th in the 2009 D1-GP championship with this car, which is not bad considering the well-established teams Weld/HPI were up against.

One look under the lightweight carbon hood and it's easy to understand why people refer to this as the cleanest car in D1. Just check out the attention to detail and the work that has gone into prepping the chassis for drift, not to mention shifting the 2JZ way back into the rebuilt firewall for better weight distribution.

Here is Yamashita in action at the first Round of D1 up in Ebisu last year. 

Weld is only up the road from Ueno-san at T&E so it's not surprising that Johnny decided to use the full T&E Vertex Ridge body kit for his car.  The kit also includes wider front and rear fenders that really pump up the stance. FRP doors were fitted along with acrylic glass for a substantial weight loss.

The front Work XSA02C are 9.5JX18" in size and shod in 255/35/ZR18 Bridgestone RE-11 rubber while the rears get bigger 10.5Jx19" rims and massive 275/35/ZR19 tires, pretty wild sizes for a drift car. Braking is taken care of by the Sessions 4-pot calipers front and rear, the same company that built the crazy widebody Celsior we saw back in November. Yamada-san at Sessions is about a five minute drive from Weld!

The rear silver carbon trunk lid is by Xanthic, located in the same premises as Weld and Garage HRS. 

More carbon in the form of the obligatory Craft Square mirrors.

The rear 19-inch Works sport a red finish for a bit of a show-car feel.

The interior is nothing short of a masterpiece. This is where you can really appreciate all the work that has gone into the car. If you look carefully the area around the transmission tunnel and floor has been rebuilt to accommodate the new position of the 2JZ, shifted back as we saw in the engine bay.  Johnny had to make space for the 6-speed Hollinger sequential transmission and as you can see the whole floor is stiffened up with an additional tubular structure which joins the custom roll-cage. The whole chassis is thoroughly stiffened in all high-stress areas.  The comes the dashboard…

…which is a one-piece dry carbon affair of the highest quality. Notice the care that was taken to carefully fit all of the instrumentation and switchgear.

The MVI MXL is used as a main dash unit and logger system…

…while other modules from Trust are used to control the boost and the nitrous oxide system.

Here is a shot of the driver-side footwell. 

Of course moving the motor rearward freed up some space up front and Johnny made sure he used it up wisely by creating a V-mount configuration between the radiator and the almost horizontally positioned custom intercooler. This means very short piping…

…which is a good thing to have when you are using a big Trust T88H-34D turbine. The 3.1 L 2JZ is fully built with Trust forged pistons and H-beam conrods, allowing it to take the savage boost the T88 supplies. The nitrous oxide system helps boost low and mid-rpm power and response giving a max of 900 HP at 7,200 rpm and a healthy 600 lb/ft of torque at 6,300 rpm. The Exedy triple plate carbon clutch is used to dose the drive to the Hollinger while the TRD LSD takes care of the rest. 

Johnny is currently working on another of his crazy creations in collaboration with Sessions, based around a Celsior. You can expect it, like the D1 MarkII, to fuse many styles together for a unique look and feel. Weld is one shop that never fails to amaze for its attention to detail and innovative ideas!

Here are the full specs of the car:

Engine:

- Weld custom engine mounts 

- 1mm bored out 2JZ block

- Trust forged pistons (for 3.1L)

- Trust H-section connecting rods

- Balanced stock crankshaft

- Fully ported and polished head

- HKS camshafts 264º IN, 272º EX

- GReddy EX slide cam pulley

- ARP head bolts

- GReddy lightweight pulley kit

- Trust stainless steel exhaust manifold

- Trust T88H-34D single turbo kit

- Trust external wastegate

- Weld custom dump pipe and titanium exhaust system

- Weld custom intercooler piping kit

- Weld custom V-mounted intercooler 

- GReddy polished intake manifold

- Infiniti Q45 large diameter mechanical throttle body

- Tabata custom V-mounted radiator

- Twin Flex-a-lite extractor fans

- Custom air separator tank and piping

- Twin Trust oil coolers

- Custom power-steering tank

- GReddy oil catch tank with filtered breather

- Racing fuel tank

- Bosh Motorsport fuel pump x2

- Collector tank

- Earls braided fuel lines all round

- Sard adjustable FPR

- Sard billet fuel rail

- Sard 1000 cc/min injectors

- GReddy direct port nitrous system x6 foggers

- Weld custom cam & cam/pulley cover

- HKS F Con V Pro ECU

Transmission:

- Exedy triple plate carbon clutch

- Getrag 6-speed transmission 

- TRD Giken LSD

Suspension & Brakes:

- Tein fully adjustable Mono Flex suspension kit

- Tein EDFC controller 

- Ikeya Formula fully adjustable suspension arms (front & rear)

- Stiffer anti-roll bars

- Weld D1 spec custom front strut tower bar

- Weld custom master cylinder stopper

- Sessions 4-pot calipers front & rear with 2-piece slotted rotors

- Weld mesh brake lines

- Weld brake pads

Wheels & Tires:

- Work XSA02C 9.5JJx18” +3 (front), 10.5JJx19” -10 (rear)

- Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 255/35/18 (front), 275/35/19 (rear)

Exterior:

T&E Vertex Ridge wide body kit:

- Front bumper

- Front wider fenders (+50 mm)

- Side skirts

- Rear wider fenders

- Rear door wide inserts

- Rear bumper

- FRP doors

- Xantic Design carbon trunk lid

- Craft Square carbon side mirrors

- AeroCatch bonnet pins 

- Weld/Xanthic front hinged silver carbon hood & grille

- Xanthic silver carbon trunk lid

- Xanthic silver carbon pillar panel

- Voltex carbon GT wing

- Acrylic windows (rear & sides)

- Red front & rear toe hooks

- Art Factory body graphics

- Weld Candy Blue paint

Interior:

- Fully stripped out and spot welded chassis

- Custom full racing roll-cage

- Custom front engine section with tubular frame

- Custom inner fenders and wheel arches to accommodate increased steering lock

- Custom transmission tunnel with tubular frame

- Custom driver and passenger foot wells with tubular frame

- Custom floor & trunk area

- Custom reinforced and plated off high-stress areas

- Custom dry carbon door panels

- Custom one-off dry carbon main dashboard

- Sparco Corsa bucket seats

- Sparco racing harnesses

- Custom elongated steering column

- Vertex racing steering wheel

- Vertex gear knob

- Custom hydraulic hand brake

- Custom pedals (AT to MT coversion)

- MVI MXL main LCD dash unit/data logger

- Nitrous Oxide gauge

- Nitrous Oxide tank

- GReddy dials (Oil Press., Oil Temp., Water Temp., Ex Temp., turbo boost, fuel press.)

- GReddy Profec B boost controller

- GReddy Multi Switching System

- Tein EDFC

- HKS F Con V Pro in-dash 

- Custom switch gear and kill switch for electrics

 Weld 

-Dino Dalle Carbonare

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1

that what i call it wild ass job thanks man

2

digging it! i love the carbon fiber dashboard!

3

For the guys that may be confused, it's a JZX100 Mark II and not a Chaser. Thanks for the Pics Dino, that car was always lovely.

5

dang, that engine bay is just packed with goody's.

nos?!

6

Bigjoe...you are quite right, my bad. Corrections made :)

7

JZX'S ALL OF THEM ARE MY FAVORITE! BUT DAMMIT THIS CAR TAKES THE CAKE ITS JUST UTTERLY RIDICULOUS! CANT IMAGINE WHAT IT COST TO REPLICATE IT. IT SUCKS WE NEVER GOT THIS CAR IN THE USA EXPECT THE MX83. SPECTACULAR BUILD!

8

I'm a chaser/mark II fanatic so anytime i see these things it's orgasmic LOL

9

I WANT I WANT I WANT!!!

10

Would a wallpaper with a nice background be possible??

11

Holy Moly,

Are those the original strut positions? If they are they must have cut and tubbed everything around it. Impressive..

12

FOUR DOORS OF FURY I LOVE IT ... DAMMM MY MAN SAID I GOT A SPARKLE FLOOR IN A DRIFT CAR, I THINK I JUST SHIT MY PANTS

14

Everything Weld does is art hands down. I cant wait to see a Weld Celsior.

15

Dino, your 'Car Spotlights' are simply awesome.

16

Oooh I feel the four door lovin' !

17

loving this car. those wheels are Work XSA 03C's though, not the 02C.

18

Awesome spotlight, Weld deserves more attention than they get! Whatever happened to their crazy S14?

And I can't wait for updates on their Celsior project, I remember seeing some progress pictures of just a shell a long time ago.

19

I need a dashboard like that. I have a ridiculous amount of love for toggle switches.

20

ridiculous and badass

21

Don't get me wrong, i love the way this thing has been put together, but am i really to expect that the reason this is a misfit and/or maverick is that the build quality and attention to detail are incredibly high? because beyond that it just looks like every other pro drift car (red and yellow rims: HKS S15, everything else is fairly run-of-the-mill). maybe there's something i'm not getting here.

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Either way, the CF work is beautiful, and i very much approve of the new graphics. Mark II's are in my top three of japanese cars without a doubt

22

"silver carbon" is actually glass fiber that has a thin coating of aluminium on the surface of every fiber. The fabric is called Alutex and is way heavier than carbon fiber.

23

AIM MXL, not MVI.... you guys are slipping, need an editor?

24

@Sam....no they're not slipping. They're just photographers, that's all. If they were true car enthusiasts, they would know that a AIM MVI doesn't exit. He simply read (or try to read) what was written on the gauge....and copy it. Expect this from SP......

26

A nice list of hardware under the hood and outside of the car.



The graphics are a bit 'showy' for me and prefer it clean.



Wheels look cool with the coloured spokes.

28

The nicest car in D1 bar none.

29

Too much graphics... very hard too figure out the theme of the car... if it even has one.

30

you're a yank right?



if so, that makes sense

31

BlueSlug, you're a yank right?



if so, that makes sense, what you said heh

32

BlueSlug, is there something wrong with you?



is this the only feature on a pro drift car you've read on here?



any other pro drift car? red and yellow wheels?



please, stop being so shallow and living in past ala 2000 D1. i think you should go back to driving your crappy USDM car

33

Always been a cut above.

34

CMON... I need this on my desktop!!

35

PURE CAR PORN. NUFF SAID.

36

Wow FRP... Him having an opinion doesn't mean you have to bash him... I'm not taking sides but I see where he is coming from. I'm not a big fan of this car either but I respect it and its artist's.

37

My favourite 100. Love everything about the car.

Awesome work Weld.

Thanks for posting this :)

38

I liked this car more before it got all riced out. Still badass though.

39

This dude constantly gets his facts wrong - he can't even spot the difference between a Chaser and a Mark II.

40

That dash is sweeeeet.

41

Hey Speedhunters whats the white car (evo 8/9?) in the third picture next to the 2JZ?

42

One of my absolute favorite drift machines. I don't care how "blingy" or "ricey" some people think this car is. I think it's an awesome build. *thumbs up*

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