A Second Spotlight-o-rama From Excite King

The popularity of Kei cars in the VIP world is definitely growing, so I thought I’d start off this second spotlight post from the Excite King meet with one that certainly couldn’t be more aggressive. This Daihatsu Mira from team “Vintage” sported serious amounts of negative camber all round…

…its deeply offset 14-inch wheels barely contained…

…by the custom vented front wheel arches.

Seeing the lack of “meat” on the rear fenders there wasn’t much there to actually blister so the owner went for an even more extreme angle with the rear wheels. I’ll let you judge the result yourselves but there is no denying this Mira had a presence far bigger than its compact size would ever suggest.

Carbon-clad, peashooter center exit exhausts are a nice touch!

Black menacing sedans sitting low on polished rims is what VIP has been all about since the beginning, but what Goma Garage have done with this customer GRS204 Crown Athlete is fuse that authentic look with a few modern touches.

The lower section of the bumper has been given an all new feel with a larger louvered air dam and twin HID projectors, recessed into each corner. Working directly on the stock bumpers, something that is often done in VIP circles…

…allows to keep a tight fit and small panel gaps that an aftermarket FRP replacement would struggle to do.

20-inch SSR Professor MS3 are a great choice for this sportier version of the Crown, and sit beautifully flush with the gently blistered and vented frond fenders.

The same flushness is obtained at the rear, where a lot of work was needed to increase the girth of the arches…and of course the doors!

And if you appreciate custom work done well, then you will enjoy taking a closer look at this bronze Toyota Estima from Truth Racing.

Much like the sedans at these meets, there are various schools of thought when it comes to approaching vans, but it’s hard not to fall pray to the look of simple yet aggressive builds that put looks in front of too much complexity.

Subtle mods to make your wheel choice pop and sit just right is what it’s all about and something this Estima does rather well. The side intakes built in to the rear sliding doors have been integrated so well into the overall design, they succeed at giving an extra touch of aggression.

The front fenders have been extended with a similar flaring as to the rears and of course feature the unmissable venting.

Quad oval tailpipes and an integrated diffuser are the finishing touches to one well put together van.

We are very familiar with the work N-Style does here at Speedhunters; we have been seeing their creations at the Nagoya Exciting Car Showdown and other events for years now and I still kick myself for not having found the time to pay a visit to their shop yet. But it will happen this year, I promise, because these guys build some of the cleanest cars in Japan, no matter if it’s a street car, drift car or in the case of this S170 Crown Royal Saloon, a VIP ride.

The owner wanted plenty of onykyan, the deep-dished Weds Kranze LXZ pushed out of the body in the same way Imamura-san at Bee Dragon likes to do things.

The result is an in your face look, and judging from those big titanium pipes sticking out of the back – a look backed up by an equally in your face sound!

Along with the metal fender flaring worked into the bodywork I also spotted this nice blended-in rear trunk spoiler. Nice touch.

If you positively and absolutely need to stand out and show the middle finger to an otherwise calm and tranquil society, you might as well go the whole way. How’s that for a theme to build a car to?

And so we move into our final car of this spotlight-o-rama, yet another JDM Toyota but known to most of you as the Lexus LS.

This Celsior would probably be classified more towards a show-car type build, so while it sports all the requisites of any VIP ride with chassis on the ground looks…

…wider front and rear fenders stretched to contain oversized wheels, in this case a set of 20-inch Aimgain GIIMs…

…it also incorporates a few over the top details like copious amounts of venting, louvers and other such aesthetic additions.

Oh and the Ferrari F40/458 style triple center exit exhausts – one of which is a fake of course. Have you had enough of VIP rides or would you like to see more? Is form over function too much to bear or are you not offended by those that put looks above performance? These posts always do get a variety of interesting comments so let’s keep the discussions going!

Excite King 2013 coverage on Speedhunters 

-Dino Dalle Carbonare


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30 comments
ryukyustriker
ryukyustriker

Big unspoken reality of the car culture in japan. HUGE  DEBTS AND IRRESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL DECISIONS! You see alot of nice cars right. What they don't tell you is these young folks take out retarded loans with incredible interest rates. Japanese banks don't joke around. If you take out a loan they expect the full interest of your contract no matter how fast you can pay it back.  These kids get a loan for the car and all the mods they want done. Then the loan is like 10,20 even 30 year loans?!?! They have the cars for a couple of years and then have to sell it cause they can't pay back the loans and are indebt until they or if they can.  Alot of people on Speedhunter never lived in Japan so you probably don't know other things. One getting a license in japan you HAVE to go through driving school. Its like $3000. That is if you don't fail. Some people go through it a couple of times! You want to drive a automatic you get a automatic license and can ONLY operate a automatic car. If you take a manual license then you can drive both. If you want a manual license and only have a automatic you have to go through the school again. That is how strict they are. Next you can't get a car if you don't have a place to park it. You measure out your parking place and submit it to the local police station. They come out and check it and give you a sticker. Now the car part. They have car inspections you have to get every 2 years. The government deems if your car is safe and road worthy. It is strict!! Torn tie rod boot FAIL! You have headlights not straight FAIL!. Hell if you have a manual car you have to have a shifter with the shifter pattern on it or FAIL!. Here you go that contradicts what you see above. Rims past the fender FAIL! Also they have flared fenders on the cars right? If you don't have your title changed its a Fail. And yes they have have a ride height thing too. So you pay for this inspection called the GOJ (Government of Japan ) JCI (Japanese Car Inspection) I thing for the average car above is $1200. Not to include the required onetime recycling fee. $80. Now every year they have Road tax. So you pay this tax to maintain roads in japan. that is why roads look awesome and well maintained there. I think the cars above pay $400 a year. Money is adding up fast right? Gas is average about $6.40. Add all that up. Even before the bank loan and car maintenance(gas,Tires since they have retarded camber driving on the sides) they are paying $3000 a year in taxes alone. Call it the darkside of the japanese car culture.

japanophile25
japanophile25

I think the drop on these VIP cars looks pretty ill but I will never get into the sideways wheel look, or the stretched to fit rubber. If I ever build a VIP-style Lexus expect some heretical ride height and a usage of all the rubber instead of just the edges. Not to mention a 2JZ swap.

guReMcO
guReMcO

I'm not much of a VIP fan but I love that Crown with the twin projectors. Brabus also did  this on a few cars and I just love the look it gives.

koko san
koko san

well the cars are nice to look at and they are preserved for future generations since they can barely drive. I just like driving too much to even think about doing this things to a car.  :-)

tenpennyjimmy
tenpennyjimmy

Yup, you more or less proved me wrong Mr D C... thank you. I guess that last Celsior would be an argument in favour of what i was saying before, but all the rest in this post i dig (for what it's worth) especially the restrained, not-quite-onykyan on the GRS204 Crown Athlete. Also i'd like to see more on the grey Y32 Cedric (or is it a President? surely not) parked next to the S170 Crown Royal Saloon - looks very cool. Also "if you positively and absolutely need to stand out and show the middle finger to an otherwise calm and tranquil society" ha ha :)

Kim Sang
Kim Sang

That Mira is literally the stupidest thing I have ever seen someone spend money on. Absolutely incredible to think people actually fork over their hard earned currency to make a car function worse than it originally did. I'll never cease to be amazed by trends that are borderline retarded. 

otar
otar

Definitely keep the VIP! Sure, not everybody likes it, but isn't speedhunters all about bring all the different car scenes together? Plus, functional or not, camber this negative is just bonkers, and awesome to look at

ComJive
ComJive

this post has what i think of as the best and worst examples of VIP style, in order no less. That crown royal is exactly what i like in a VIP car, while the celsior has all the things I wish VIP guys would quit, like 9001 vents, weird wish-it-was-an-amg bodykits, and then more vents

Gvk
Gvk

A little too much onikyan for me but besides that everything else is very nice. Only Japan.

Corey K
Corey K

That Daihatsu has gone full retard. Never go full retard, man.

supra_chris
supra_chris

All these cars look like they have been squashed into the ground lol

hanablemoore
hanablemoore

the knock knees camber look must not be a issue with the cops in japan but i wonder if you could get away with it in the states without harassment by the cops. i ve always wanted to see that particular style rocked on the streets. im in california and i would love to see knock knees camber on the 170. but i think the cops would have a field day harassing who ever tried it.

TheDude69
TheDude69

not too big a fan of new VIP but i'd love to see more bozo builds

jzx81
jzx81

Awesome more please...lets see some "traditional" Bippu.

 That light colored Cima looks cool too.

(By the Royal Saloon).

Thanks Dino great pics.

Sam
Sam

The athlete is the smoothest VIP car ive ever seen. It sits on its haunches beautifully.

 

Are we going to get any pics of the orange estima? next to the brown one?

psikyo
psikyo

WIll like to see more!

Addymk2
Addymk2

Not my bag really, but quality workmanship.

James1010
James1010

Loving the Crown Athlete.

Can't say I get the idea behind the wheels on the Mira though. Massive spacers, high offset and fake dish? surely low offset/deep dish would have looked better.

SaudQureshi
SaudQureshi

Love the Estima and the Mira! Absolutely awesome!

Everybodys_critic
Everybodys_critic

I love the spread of content Speedhunters provides, but my favorite articles are always car spotlights from foreign countries. VIP stuff isn't what I'm personally into, but it's awesome to see what other people are up to and what's popular around the world. Even though I would never have a car like any of these, I'd love to integrate some of these styling cues into my own ride.

BasedHero
BasedHero

I really like the wing on that Crown Royal

K's
K's

More ! mira and celsior are beautiful 

Censport
Censport

More please! That Estima is quite impressive.

Corey K
Corey K

The Crown and the Celsior however, are pure sex.

otar
otar

 @hanablemoore There's a guy around me (pa) that has some crazy camber on a lexus. I've only seen him once or twice on the streets though. The look is awesome, especially sticking out in a crowd of boring commuter vehicles. 

ryukyustriker
ryukyustriker

@TomKimmell @ryukyustriker First live in Japan then get a brand new car dump another $30,000 into it and then tell me how it is. Until then you have no say in it.  You look back and say dam I made some stupid financial moves. Your right you only live once and then pay for the rest of your life. I know alot of people who did just that 20 years ago and are still paying those debts off in Japan.


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