Satomi Nakawatase’s S14 is unlike any Silvia you have ever seen before. The car has evolved over the last couple of years from an interesting military themed project into something that words can literally not describe. The last time I saw it, Satomi had replaced the side glass with metal sheets and made a removable tank-like cover for the windscreen. What really makes this ichi-yon special however is that it’s driven and drifted on a regular basis, not just a bizarre creation to wow people at shows. To find out more hit play and watch this film put together by Luke Huxham…

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Oh God my sides.

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This is just ridiculous.

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This is just ridiculous.

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Last time I saw the pictures of this car I asked and wondered what the mentality was behind it and I'm glad he simply said it. He wanted to build a robot car he can drive. The guy likes model planes and stuff, and that's perfectly fine. My uncle likes trains and puts just as much time and detail into his trainsets so I honestly get it. He has no aspirations to win a race or drift competition and that's ok with me. Instead of building model trains and taking them to hobby shows he built a life size model car and drives it around, takes it to car shows, and has a little bit of fun with it.

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Last time I saw the pictures of this car I asked and wondered what the mentality was behind it and I'm glad he simply said it. He wanted to build a robot car he can drive. The guy likes model planes and stuff, and that's perfectly fine. My uncle likes trains and puts just as much time and detail into his trainsets so I honestly get it. He has no aspirations to win a race or drift competition and that's ok with me. Instead of building model trains and taking them to hobby shows he built a life size model car and drives it around, takes it to car shows, and has a little bit of fun with it.

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Love it!
 
Build what YOU want to build, and this gut went and made something so badass!

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Love it!
 
Build what YOU want to build, and this gut went and made something so badass!

8

What the fuck please

9

What the fuck please

10

This car is so crazy, love it.
all though you probably wouldn't catch me owning something like this aha

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This car is so crazy, love it.
all though you probably wouldn't catch me owning something like this aha

12

This car is so crazy, love it. its like buildeng a dream

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This car is so crazy, love it. its like buildeng a dream

14

what happened to the nazi stuff on it?

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what happened to the nazi stuff on it?

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@777 You mean the traditional symbols used for Japanese temples? Those are what you're talking about yes? The symbol that has been used in Japan for hundreds of years which you will also find today on common things such as Japanese maps. These symbols are still on the car. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Japanese_Map_symbol_(Temple).svg

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@777 You mean the traditional symbols used for Japanese temples? Those are what you're talking about yes? The symbol that has been used in Japan for hundreds of years which you will also find today on common things such as Japanese maps. These symbols are still on the car. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Japanese_Map_symbol_(Temple).svg

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@BenjaminSaucier This is actually one of his drift cars which he drift regularly, thou not out to win he does enjoy drifting with style!

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@BenjaminSaucier This is actually one of his drift cars which he drift regularly, thou not out to win he does enjoy drifting with style!

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@777 You mean the traditional symbols used for Japanese temples and shrines? That symbol that has been used in Japan for hundreds of years which you will also find today on common things such as Japanese maps. These symbols are still on the car. http://www.japanese-buddhism.com/swastika.html

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@777 You mean the traditional symbols used for Japanese temples and shrines? That symbol that has been used in Japan for hundreds of years which you will also find today on common things such as Japanese maps. These symbols are still on the car. http://www.japanese-buddhism.com/swastika.html

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as much as i should hate this....I LOVE IT!
I dont know what it is, but as he explained it I liked it more and more

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as much as i should hate this....I LOVE IT!
I dont know what it is, but as he explained it I liked it more and more

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After rendering the vehicle unsafe to drive, as the tops of the tires drag across the insides of the steel fenders, and the absurd camber setting prevents anything approaching adequate tread from ever making contact with the pavement, the next completely predictable modification is to make the windshield and side windows totally opaque, so that the driver can not see where he is going.
Another static model is born.

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After rendering the vehicle unsafe to drive, as the tops of the tires drag across the insides of the steel fenders, and the absurd camber setting prevents anything approaching adequate tread from ever making contact with the pavement, the next completely predictable modification is to make the windshield and side windows totally opaque, so that the driver can not see where he is going.
Another static model is born.

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@LukeHuxham i understand the difference between the two luke, though this car used to have some actual nazi logos on it, an outstretched eagle on top of a reversed swastika used to reside on the right rear quarter panel, with various other references spread across the car, though it seems after getting a bit of recognition most have been removed, i'm not saying that it was a good thing to have on the car in the first place, as i had seen some criticism of it, but i feel it's a bit against the "build a car the way i want it" approach he has had, either way, top vid, looking forward to more as always

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@LukeHuxham i understand the difference between the two luke, though this car used to have some actual nazi logos on it, an outstretched eagle on top of a reversed swastika used to reside on the right rear quarter panel, with various other references spread across the car, though it seems after getting a bit of recognition most have been removed, i'm not saying that it was a good thing to have on the car in the first place, as i had seen some criticism of it, but i feel it's a bit against the "build a car the way i want it" approach he has had, either way, top vid, looking forward to more as always

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It drives on the road and drifts on the circuit. The tops of tyres also don't drag on the tops of the fenders he would not be possible to drift the car on circuit if that was the case. There is usually one big key difference compared to a lot of other countries that a lot of people may seem to forget when it comes to Japanese car modifying and that is 90% of the time these insanely modified cars still get used; If not on a daily basis than on the circuit. A static model was far from born, this car is still just much of a workhorse as it ever was. ホント!

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It drives on the road and drifts on the circuit. The tops of tyres also don't drag on the tops of the fenders he would not be possible to drift the car on circuit if that was the case. There is usually one big key difference compared to a lot of other countries that a lot of people may seem to forget when it comes to Japanese car modifying and that is 90% of the time these insanely modified cars still get used; If not on a daily basis than on the circuit. A static model was far from born, this car is still just much of a workhorse as it ever was. ホント!

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The entire video I was thinking:  "oh, cool!  What does the other side look like?"  I never found out.  There's a tiny glimpse as the camera's panning at about 2:22.  There was more footage of a can of paint, and some random children than an entire side of the car.

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@777  @LukeHuxham Since I'm the one that raised the stink about the symbol in the first place, I'll reiterate what I pointed out before. The symbol on the LR of the car is the Parteiadler. Google that yourself and find out what it is. I made no stink and brought up no mention of a Swastika since I was already fully-aware of that symbol's several thousand-year-old history.

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@FunctionFirst  @777  @LukeHuxham I wish he removed that Parteiadler emblem... Otherwise love it...

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@LukeHuxham Oh boy it can drift and move under its own power. What an incredible machine.

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@FunctionFirst Although I don't think anyone would call Satomi-san evil I would just like to say he is a very friendly guy who loves cars, army tanks, planes and anything military vehicle related . His cars represents his passion for military vehicles and styles nothing more nothing less. I don't see these logos in this video so I really feel there is no need to mention them.

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speedhunters_dino

Seriously why all the hate? If someone makes a style-oriented car it's hated because it's style driven and lacks functionality. This one however is not only built around the unique vision the owner had but he drives/drifts the hell out of it at the track.  Yes it's no longer road legal (the side glass is actually replaced with metal, so not opaque, the windscreen cover is a cover) but he drives it on slash plates when he pleases so what is wrong with that?  It's not a show car by the true sense of the word,right?  Plus if you think this is extreme wait until you see his next project lol

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@FunctionFirst Although I don't think anyone would call Satomi-san evil I would just like to say he is a very friendly guy who loves cars, army tanks, planes and anything military vehicle related . His cars represents his passion for military vehicles and styles nothing more nothing less. I don't see these logos in this video so I don't think the conversation needs to steer that way.

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speedhunters_dino

Same here. Everyone is free to do whatever they want with their own car!

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@LukeHuxham I see one, and I never once passed judgement on the man or the car.

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Good for him. We need more builders out there that are brave enough to express themselves, and less of the builders that are simply following trends. Great looking car, Satomi! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

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Only in Japan can you find a car with a quarter panel made out of U.S. license plates.

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@speedhunters_dino 
 
Because this is the land of the internet and anything you say or do will be ridiculed by hundreds of shitty immature people that cut other people down to make themselves feel important.
 
Don't feed the trolls. Not even once.
 
Cool vid anyway. I can see Huxham's filming has improved quite a bit since RWB was coming out of the woodwork. Though some footage of it being drifted would have been nice I reckon.

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That may sound like a stupid question to you guys but i've always wanted to know what this crossed out - japanese licenseplate means. You know, the red stripe across the numberplate. is that for a time-limited registration or something?

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@speedhunters_dino Here is my worthless .02!
I could care less about how people modify their cars.
What ticks me off though is the careless approach those people have in terms of safety!
If any of this ppl try something "innovative" and push the boundaries so far that they compromise the safety of their car, THEN I have a problem!
I don't wanna drive behind one of these idiots worry if they car is gonna pop a tire or something just because they want to look cool!

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@speedhunters_dino And there lays the problem! If you make your car very unsafe, you put at danger other drivers!
Cars too low that drag their exhaust, I've seen exhausts ripping apart on the freeway and hit cars behind!
I hope next time it will happen to your clean R34! Then what? Shouganai ne :)

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@LukeHuxham Cars in stock form can drift, race, and drive on the road. They won't be doing it to win and in most cases won't. Being able to drift is not some hard to attain ability, being able to win is another thing.

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I think it's awesome, I give him bug props for building what he wanted even though most reactions are WTF.

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I think it's awesome, I give him bug props for building what he wanted even though most reactions are WTF.

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@LukeHuxham 
Note that the video, produced by LukeHuxham, defended by LukeHuxham, LACKS ANY DOCUMENTATION OF THE VEHICLE BEING USED ON A CIRCUIT, DRIFTING, OR DOING ANYTHING OTHER THAN ROLLING IN A STRAIGHT LINE.  Mr. Huxham's comments might not be laughable, had the video contained any of the activities he claims the vehicle excels at.

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The only question I have is, is it safe to have all those adaptors for the steering wheel? It seems like it might be sturdy enough to handle rough driving like drifting. I understand he probably used them for a better driving position, but it just seems like it might not be the best way.
 
Other than that, I love it. It's so different and unique, it's what makes the automotive culture going.

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The only question I have is, is it safe to have all those adaptors for the steering wheel? It seems like it might be sturdy enough to handle rough driving like drifting. I understand he probably used them for a better driving position, but it just seems like it might not be the best way.
 
Other than that, I love it. It's so different and unique, it's what makes the automotive culture going.

51

What a champ

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@JDMized  @speedhunters_dino  I think your giving the car too much credit by suggesting it's innovative. It's a giant toy model car just like the apocalyptic cars in any hollywood motion pictures are. Those make enough power to drift and jump off ramps and usually end up getting shown around film premieres and such for years to come. This car is just a privately owned example of whats been done for years and years. That nice old guy just seems like a hobbyist who works on a bigger scale.

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@EricSeanDelaney nope not safe at all, but it gets him cool points in some circles.

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when I look at a car, I see a canvas. a medium of creativity. this car may not drive around a track or even make it over a speed bump, but that doesn't mean its not a work of art. when you look at a car as art, it doesn't need to make sense or have a reason. the hours and days and weeks and months and years of blood, sweat and tears that go into someones project should never be overlooked, but instead, admired and appreciated. this is one of the wildest cars I've ever seen. a huge thank you to Speed Hunters for being unbiased, informative, and at the forefront of this industry and culture.

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lol, if this was built by an American tuner, everyone would say its rice as f*ck. the jdm status just immortalized this thing instantly.

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Fuck me reading the comments on Speedhunters stresses me out so much, i think i'm gonna have a nervous breakdown. Theses issues are so important, the rights and wrongs of it all... one dude makes a great point on one side and i'm like, yea, that's it... then another dude makes an awesome point from the other side and i'm like, no, YOU'RE right, SPOT ON,and so it goes, until i'm all in a muddle and have to have another cup of coffee. THESE ARE JUST SUCH PIVOTAL ISSUES AND I CAN'T MAKE UP MY MIND WHICH WAY TO GO OH MY FUCK!!!

57

The vehicle can be so crazy, love it. it is such as buildeng a dream

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this is not ricer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is just art. where are the neons lights?? the big bumpers and all the stereo that you can put inside the car??? thats ricer!!! this is just art.

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