Car Builder>> The Cars Of Hks Garage R

Corrupt CF cards. They're the bane of our lives here at Speedhunters. Unfortunately with the high volume of photos we take (over 10,000 a week), we tend to encounter this problem more often than most. The dreaded error happened to one of the cards I used during my Singapore trip, but thankfully I was able to recover them. It certainly would've been a damn shame not to share the jaw-dropping array of cars I witnessed at Singapore's HKS Garage R. 

Singapore is a tiny island in South-East Asia with a disproportionate number of diehard car nuts. Despite draconian regulations and ridiculously expensive car ownership, the Singaporeans have a penchant for building tough street cars. At the forefront of Singapore's car scene is HKS Garage R, a tuning house that specialises in building street and race cars.

HKS Garage R is housed in a custom built, 25,000 sq ft facility. Not long ago I took you on a tour of their parts showroom, which looked more like a supermarket than a tuning shop. However what was really impressive was the shop floor where the mechanical work is done.

Now I've been to many garages around the world, but only a select few can compare to the magnitude of this Singapore-based HKS Technical Factory. Every inch of their facility was, quite literally, crammed full of Japanese performance cars. Let's take a look around shall we?

Garage R run their hoists in tandem allowing for eight individual stations. There's space for an additional dozen cars in front of the hoists. 

This S2000 is one of their customer cars.

It was probably the most attention-grabbing car in the garage thanks to its colour choice and complete J's Racing Type-GT wide-body kit.

Under the hood, the F20C has been tweaked with a host of modifications including an HKS turbo setup. 

Nearby mechanics were working on a VR38DETT kitted out with HKS' finest bells and whistles. I spotted over ten R35 GT-Rs at Garage R, all built to different spec levels. 

In amongst their customers' cars were some of Garage R's own vehicles.

This is their drift car which they've been campaigning for a few years. 

In the back corner was their red S15, which is used in time attack. The chassis has been seam welded and front half-tubs have been fitted. 

It was certainly an impressive ground-up build. 

Although this is a dedicated race car, there were some neat little touches. The passenger SRS airbag is replaced with a carbon lid. Turn the knob…

…And it unlatches, revealing the relocated fuse box. The F-Con V Pro and other electronics are mounted below, where the glovebox used to be. 

HKS Garage R regularly make the short trip to neighbouring Malaysia, where they embark on endurance racing at Sepang.

One of the vehicles they race is this DC5 Type R. It produces 265ps and weighs 1020kg.

Looking like it had been plucked from an aisle in Tokyo Auto Salon was this customer CR-Z.

Apparently this is Singapore's first supercharged CR-Z and is fitted with the HKS GT kit and F-CON iS.  

On the hoists I spotted a couple of small cars like this Colt Ralliart Version-R…

…And an old Kei favourite, the Suzuki Cappuccino.

The little Cap' was about to have its tiny 3 cylinder motor put back in.

Off to one side was an Ariel Atom. Its tyres were evidence of a hard, punishing life. 

Although Garage R have an enormous parts showroom, they also fabricate many components in-house. Engine assembly is done on the second floor in a temperature-controlled room. 

There were over 20 cars being worked on inside the garage, but there were even more in the outdoor parking area.

As I stepped out into the stifling humidity I spotted an FD2 CTR getting a wash before being returned to a customer. 

I really did lose count of how many R35s and EVOs were in the compound. At the front of the driveway they had a 2012-spec GT-R rubbing shoulders with their candy red demo car.  

The candy red R35 pretty much features the entire HKS catalogue, including the GT800 setup. I wonder if the Garage R guys will be thinking of fitting the new GT1000 kit…

EVOs were ubiquitous, ranging from VIIs to Xs.

Nearly all of them had serious engine work…

…With comprehensive modifications done to the other departments too. 

Many of the EVOs had been coverted to wide-body to allow for a wider track, such as this APR-kitted example.

Tucked away behind the rows of EVOs was another Civic Type R…

…Along with some soon to be classics. If you've ever been to Singapore, you would have noticed that most cars on the road are late-model examples. This is because of the COE system which makes older cars very expensive to own. Vehicles like this 180SX…

…And this AE86 are often three times more expensive to own than in other countries. 

Their customer cars spilled out onto the street too. Here's a white R35 which had carbon bumpers, hood and trunk-lid…

…Along with a black counterpart. 

Factoring in Singapore's COE, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the cars I saw that day had a collective value well into the millions.

I can't wait to head back to South East Asia to dig deeper into the car scene. If this is what's at the surface, then I think we'd be in for a treat. 

- Charles Kha

HKS Garage R website

Speedhunters feature on Garage R



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Great feature I thought you guys forget to post it


JDM heaven.


Damn that's just sick. Awesome!


Fantastic builds.. pure quality. :D

But more so - wow. just read about Singapore's COE system - had never heard of it before. sounds brutal for a car-enthusiast...


As a Singaporean, the COE system is the ultimate limiting factor of car ownership, especially at times like these when they are sky high. Suffice to say, you have to be pretty loaded to simply buy a ordinary car, let alone machinery like this.


Very awesome post. When I went to Thailand I realized how naive it was to think Japan had all the great cars in Asia.


Man, the next time I go to Singapore again, I'm going to have to check this place out!!


nice facility! I'll gladly read all day about this place.


i love singapore..


This is the job of dreams.


What are the wheels on that green S2000?! They're awesome! They don't quite look like TE37s, just that little bit cooler - can somebody please enlighten me? haha


COE system is the reason you seldom see classics on the streets of singapore. Having to pay $40,000USD ++ (It's an auction system) just to have the right to OWN a car for 10 years, it is easy to see why buyers would rather purchase newer models than to keep older ones.


Go to'll see even more crazy JDM machines


wow..damn cool paradise for racing enthusiast, price in singapore is very expensive, just like in indonesia


The rims on s2k are te37sl. In singapore at this point of time to get a evo 9 04 model will set you back 70grand, COE system really sucks when you're living here.


Were no features done on any of their demo vehicles? This place is down right RIDICULOUS!!!!!


Yup, singapore/malaysia car scene is so much better compared to stupid aussie scene. Labour is cheap, service is awesome and no X-force!.


Great design. Looking forward to drive one!

- car logos


Insane. These guys know how to make some interesting cars!


come to malaysia


Those are actually all FD2's. FN2 is the Euro hatch. Great feature!


@Wahooski they are Volk TE37's just a special edition version.


I love that S2000! Its tempting me to paint my FC green.


come to malaysia ,theres a whole area FULL of performance shops from a to z,name it u almost get it!

and labour charge are average,u still see lots of vintage,rare,oldskool ride drive around..


come to malaysia ,charles....where we've got quite big scene in any discipline...We are being sandwich by Thailand scene and Singapore scene so go figure!...



Never thought I'd see a Wira or Viva on Speedhunters even if it is in the background lol

Malaysia has lots of ricers and I know because I'm Malaysian.

But if SH wants to come, I'd really appreciate it.


that is the most awesome place in singapore. every car in this post i want and the civic and the DC5 are to die for.


Nice photos! Good thing you were able to recover them! I wish Canon would come up with a camera with a dual card slot much like the Nikon D7000 to prevent that "corrupted card syndrome".

Also, I wonder how long the waiting time is to get customer's cars done here, if they spill until the outside!


The falken drift car... What is it?? Kinda lost


Cappacino looks like a lot of fun!


That is the sorta workshop I'd wanna be working in.

I would have the time of my life test driving these bad boys after hours of 'hard' labour!


Ask car enthusiasts about Garage R and you'll get different views. Some feel this is the place for rich, indiscriminating car owners who want HKS-everything. Erratic pricing, fast talking salesmen, dodgy worksmanship (with accompanied excuses) are common complaints.


Car prices in SG are about 3 times that of those in the USA/UK..


Totally agreed with Gvk LOL. What is that Proton Wira and Perodua Viva (our Malaysian "pride") doing there? And it's Johore plated. So where exactly is this garage? Singapore or Johore?

Anyway, if you want to see more diversity and old school horses, come to Malaysia. :)

Owning cars here is relatively cheaper but i think most car enthusiasts here hate our national car maker anyway. :P


love this place!!!! truely heaven for me...


@Comment  tat is the mechanic's car