Event>> Tas2011 – S-chassis & Skylines

With a relatively small S-chassis and Skylines presence at this year's Tokyo Auto Salon I've decided to address these favorites together in one post. It might be a sign that times are changing, or the fact that TAS attracts the flashier cars and tuners to attend, or even that this year's R35 GT-R special at the Option Magazine booth, a space usually reserved to help smaller shops attend, made it hard for most to enter the show without backing…but what ever it was at least there were some nice cars that did end up making a showing. Let's take a closer look…

The JUM Lightening S15 Silvia impressed everyone with its beautiful contoured wide-body conversion…

…resembling a GT-car. I bumped into Suzuki-san, the man behind the Scorch S15 Silvia, checking out the rear spoiler set-up, which is very similar to the one he created on his car. Under the engine is a 430HP SR20 running an HKS GT2835 turbine and mated to a Nismo 6-speed. A new time attack car? I certainly hope so!

You can always count on Nomuken and URAS to come up with something cool and original. I was expecting to see the V12 powered S13, but I guess that is old news as there was another equally interesting car on show, this ER34…

…running an Infiniti Q45 V8 conversion! Almost looks factory!

Next to it was this slammed, more simply tuned four-door. This would make such a nice daily driver!

You can never really go wrong with a 6666 Customs GT Rodeo kit…

…as fitted to this Real Cars RPS13. Not sure about the wheel choice but it's certainly original!

A few spaces down was the D-Max D1 car cars, now driverless! It will be interesting to see if someone else will take over, and if so who!

Final Konnexion always has one of the most interesting lineup of cars at TAS and this year was no different. Next to their two Z33s was this 501 Works 180SX they collaborated on.

One of the most interesting things for me at TAS is digging through the smaller tuner shop stands and checking out the cars displayed on the extremities of the halls to find something original. This time I didn't need to dig deep as one of the nicest looking cars at the show as right in the middle of the RH9 "Alley." 

I've never heard of Art Tech Hanatsuka, but this Tochigi-based RH9 shop churns out some pretty cool cars, like this Z-tune kitted BNR34 on 19" LM GT4s. I think a visit is in order!

I've already showed you guys a picture of Suzuki-san's S15 after the latest series of modifications…

…which includes these superbly designed front fenders, created in-house at Scorch. Lightness is the key here!

On top of that he has seamlessly added a carbon roof that helps lower the center of gravity of the Silvia. I've told him the car looks so good now I really have to re-shoot it, but I was told to wait as more cool stuff is coming! Dry-carbon rear fenders? Dry carbon dashboard? Uhmm…

I've got a spotlight coming on the Super Made S15 as soon as I'm done with all the TAS coverage posts, without a doubt one of the most memorable cars of the show.

Among all the evolving and new tuning styles that have developed over the years it is reassuring to see that good old-fashioned mechanical fettling is still very much alive and well. Back at the RH9 area I took a closer look at this Phoenix's Power BNR32, which has been built to be extremely subtle. Exterior wise it is almost stock aside for some aero front fenders and RE30s…

…but under the hood packs a 845 HP punch. To handle all the power and torque the 2.8L engine cranks out it has also been fitted with a Hollinger 6-speed sequential. Talk about a sleeper, but then can a GT-R even be considered a sleeper?

This is probably the only drag car I saw at the event, a true pity such a cool scene has died away so evidently in Japan but, hey at least there are still a few diehard shops and enthusiasts out there that enjoy themselves at the strip. This t-get built GT-R was getting a lot of attention, not only due to its unmistakable drag stance…

…but also because of the beautifully built RB sitting in the engine bay. 800 HP come courtesy of the HKS T51R blower.

The Drift Tengoku area had two itasha-ed cars and it took me a while to figure out that one of them was the old T&E Vertex zenki S14 demo car. Ueno still gets this car out at the odd grassroots event; I think the last time I saw it was back in 2009 at Nikko.

It looks like Kawasaki-san's Doriten R32 GT-R drifter has had a bit of a color change…

…from red to a nice shade of pink to match their old, and now defunct, Doriten JZX90. The BNR34 stock wheels, which look like have been painted the DIY way, are a great match.

Just like on the Chaser the lower part of the body has been painted white. Can't wait to see this out in action!

We recently saw the Street Special Garage Yawata BNR32 in action at the Rev Speed Super Battle…

…and at TAS it was having much of the same reactions as in Tsukuba, as show-goers were not only impressed by the in-your-face body widened body…

…but also its nitrous oxide assisted RB26.

To conclude, a picture of Kawabata's GP Sports RPS13 on display at the Toyo Tires booth. Stay tuned for more from TAS!

TAS 2011

-Dino Dalle Carbonare


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