D’custom Freak Vip Style: Bee Dragon Majesta

It seems we can’t go more than a few months without indulging in some impossibly-Japanese VIP style. And once again it’s Bee Dragon that captivates our minds – a shop that has really made a pretty firm statement when it comes to defining its own take on things. Imamura-san has stepped as far away from the old way of doing things as he possibly could, each time pushing his vision of what the perfect modern day interpretation of bippu style should be all about.

Presence is pretty much one of the most sought after qualities that people strive to achieve with these cars. As Imamura tells us, Bee Dragon has to take seemingly boring domestic sedans and make them look imposing, almost intimidating to other road users. That is the essence of VIP: getting a reaction from onlookers; making them ask themself who on earth could possibly be driving this car. At the same time it’s also a friendly in-your-face statement to the authorities – pushing the limits of what is, and isn’t legal.

So for the simple reason of what these cars stand for, it’s almost impossible not to like them, or at least appreciate them. They are a colorful spin-off to car culture in general, and this Toyota Crown Majesta – much like the other Bee Dragon rides we have seen in the past – is a perfect example.

This is owned by one of Imamura’s youngest customers…

… a local carpenter and member of the D’Custom Freak club that for years has wanted to give his S170 the full treatment.

Like all of Bee Dragon’s creations the car spent quite a bit of time in the workshop where the body was slowly put together.

The front K-Break bumper was the first part to be fitted – a piece that would serve as reference…

… for the custom widening that was going to be inflicted on the fenders. A VIP sedan’s most important quality is its stance, and it’s always the key element in Imamura’s creations. Here the stock fenders are 4cm wider on each side thanks to hand-shaped flarings that have been welded onto – and beautifully moulded around – the wheel arch.

Of course wheel and offset choice is critical so that was one detail that was thought about before the work even began. The shaping is done with the wheels fitted so that the tayazuri look can be easily achieved. This is when the fender sits flush with the tire’s stretched sidewall…

… something that is usually much more evident at the rear of the car. Here the fenders have been extended by 8cm on each side, with the blistering carried over onto the rear doors for a more flowing effect.

Altstadt Type 1 two-piece wheels where deemed the best fit, measuring 18x10J at the front with wider 18×11.5J filling out those guards at the rear. 215/40 Toyo Proxes have been tightly stretched on the front rims with 255/35s barely managing to bead on the rears.

As you can probably imagine, riding around in a VIP sedan with such an aggressive stance is a pretty bouncy experience. Joining the custom adjustable Bee Dragon arms that help dial in the necessary amount of negative camber are a set of Blade coilovers that are pretty much adjusted all the way down to their lowest ride height setting.

With the car sitting so low, suspension travel has to be limited to, well, almost nothing! That’s why the spring rates are on par with a piece of granite – 28 kg/mm front and 50 kg/mm rear.

The exterior was completed with the addition of K-Break side skirts and rear bumper…

… as well as one of Bee Dragon’s trademarks: a subtle integrated lip spoiler extending the Majesta’s already present outward flaring.

While old school VIP sedans have always typically been black, these days you can go as wild as you want on the color side of things – which explains the choice to go with metallic orange.

Like with most bippu cars not much attention, if any, has been paid to the engine. The stock 1UZ V8 has simply been made more vocal thanks to a quad-exit K-Break exhaust system. Performance usually takes a second seat to style, but we already knew that right?

Other subtle touches include slightly smoked front headlight covers…

… as well as tail lights – finishing touches to what has to be one of the most widely recognized VIP sedans in Japan.

The plush leather-clad interior has been left in its stock form – the owner happy with it for the time being and probably enjoying the softness of the seats seeing the somewhat harsh ride he has to put up with.

This Majesta is the automotive equivalent of a pretty strong statement which is precisely the intention of every one of Imamura’s cars.

Whether people like it or not is besides the point, taking us right back to the form over function debate. The idea here was not to please, but rather give a modern-day, and very aggressive, take on the whole VIP style.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
Instagram: speedhunters_dino

Bee Dragon VIP Crown Majesta

Engine
Factory 1UZ-FE V8, K-break exhaust system

Driveline
Factory automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive

Suspension
Blade adjustable suspension, 28 kg/mm springs (front), 50 kg/mm (rear), Bee Dragon camber arms

Wheels/Tyres
Altstadt Type 1 18x10J (front), 18×11.5J (rear), Toyo Proxes T1R 215/40R18 (front), 255/35R18 (rear)

Exterior
K-Break front bumper, Bee Dragon custom flared front fenders (+4cm), K-Break side skirts, Bee Dragon custom flared rear fenders (+8 cm), K-Break rear bumper, Bee Dragon lip spoiler, Bee Dragon custom orange paint, Bee Dragon headlights & taillights tint, Bee Dragon LED taillights, chrome pillar garnish

Interior
Factory leather trim

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71 comments
otar
otar

I don't have much of a problem with the camber, the dirty engine bay, or the stock interior. The only thing I don't like is that gross chrome everywhere and the ugly stickers/pinstripes. I reminds me too much of the stupid ghetto-mobiles I see too often in the city. But like I said, that's the only thing I don't really like. Everything else is awesome. 

kepet15
kepet15

if i want a VIP ride, i want it to look exactly like this! 

Andrew J
Andrew J

The more I look at this the more I love it

TheDude69
TheDude69

I love how the tires have the white letters, give is a sort of track look to it.

Taryn Croucher
Taryn Croucher

Such a cool shoot location, photos look amazing! 

azmedaj
azmedaj

awesome location for a shoot Dino!

koko san
koko san

It may look aggressive, but it's just a poser. To me the rear camber indicates that the whole Flush World has hit bottom and doesn't know what else to do anymore. I can't imagine what a torture it must be to drive around like that. I don't think the owner likes driving at all, but hey it's his car. I personally like VIP style but this car isn't worthy of a feature.

K's
K's

i don't understand people complaining about the engine bay?

Fearedisx
Fearedisx

If the engine bay isn't in good condition, what was the point of even showing it? It makes everyone look at this and think its sloppy.

ComJive
ComJive

that shot of the profile weirds me out. the back wheel looks like they moved it forward by a foot like some AWB drag car

Coca Scola
Coca Scola

You should stop by Outerplus / TiRacing and Bodyshop Kobayashi...

japanophile25
japanophile25

I think it would be cool to see more JDM sedans built with motor and actual suspension work instead of just slamming it. VIP, while cool enough to look at, is getting kind of boring.

SkippyTaylor
SkippyTaylor

"Youngest customers" - good lord, what's he going to do when he gets older and starts earning real money?! Not my personal taste but then, not everything can be. Never really understood the bride seat/VIP look so the stock interior gets a thumbs up from me.

240z lover
240z lover

Really love the overall exterior appearance, but what bothers me is the interior, when you look at this car as a whole, the stock interior really doesn't match the extreme style of the exterior, i feels like i'm looking at an unfinished car, sort of disappoint, really.

dadecode
dadecode

I'm on the Fence with this one. I like a real "street fighter/daily driver" as much as the next guy, but except for the flares, there's nothing really remarkable about this car. The paint is full of orange peel and the interior and engine bay reveal what is in fact; just a well used Majesta slammed on some nice rims with stretched tires.

 

I like it, but not as a feature car...

SkippyTaylor
SkippyTaylor

@otar "stupid ghetto-mobile" Ladies and gentlemen! Let me present to you, my next cars number plate footnote. Brilliant.

speedhunters_dino
speedhunters_dino

 @koko san Well you've said it there, it's all done to show off.  They don't try to hind this and openly complain how harsh the ride is, almost in a "mine is harder than yours sort of way," hinting that you get more kudos for having an even harder-to-live-with-car than the next guy.  Each to their own as they say, as long as everyone is happy what's the problem? It all makes for a more colorful carscape ;)

Daode
Daode

 @Alex Rios I think it was just the way the editor decided to prove this statement "Like with most bippu cars not much attention, if any, has been paid to the engine." by using a photo. Yeah I agree with you if your going to that much effort to make your car look good at least clean the engine bay too.

Daode
Daode

 @ComJive I get what your saying haha. I think it could just be the way the way the camera is positioned, because I can see the wind mirror on the right but not the left, so I guess the camera is more to the right and not perfectly centered, making the right tire look more exposed than the left. When you have camber like that who cares about alignment hahaha.

 

 

 

speedhunters_dino
speedhunters_dino

 @SkippyTaylor Young people in Japan do blow a lot of cash on cars, well they used to at least. Now a lot of them have other hobbies 

Daode
Daode

 @240z lover I agree I love the overall exterior appearance too but maybe it is an unfinished car? "a local carpenter and member of the D’Custom Freak club that for years has wanted to give his S170 the full treatment" If so then this might be the first stage of the customization, he may also not have the money or time yet to complete it. These are questions we do not have the answers to but does it really matter? Cars that are projects and unfinished works get showed on speed hunters sometimes too.

japanophile25
japanophile25

@KennyBoBenny As someone who has fitted a few tires in his life, I can tell you that it CAN be an easy mistake to make. Especially if one is tired.

Adam
Adam

 @KennyBoBenny Just following a theme of horrible craftsmanship and little attention to detail. The body work and paint is really amature and there are all kind of half-assed things that we can see in pictures...I can't imagine what is hidden from sight.  Why feature junk like this along side some of the best cars in the world? Also, hire a proof reader for these articles. There are glaring errors all over the place. Keep the standards up please!

koko san
koko san

 @speedhunters_dino no problem at all. everybody does what they want. but if I find something pointless and almost boring I say it. My suggestion is to fit motorbike tires for more camber or to turn the car in to a hovercraft. cheers

Chris 'Haffy' Hafner
Chris 'Haffy' Hafner

@Daode @Alex Rios A bit of paint on the engine cover and a bit of polish on some metal bits would do that engine bay a world of good and it won't cost the world!

japanophile25
japanophile25

@speedhunters_dino And thats totally cool, Im all for people doojg exactly whatever the hell makes them happy, no matter my feelings on the matter.

240z lover
240z lover

 @Daode I understood, it's just that the great contrast between the perfectly executed, completed exterior and the stock interior that sort of strike me, you know, often when we're talking about an ongoing project, the "inside" of the car is almost always the first thing to be done in a car. Now, quite honestly, there is nothing wrong in this project at all, the projects i mentioned that always start from the "inside" first are the performance-focused one, this one is the opposite, so it all makes sense, and everyone got their own method on working. More importantly, I want to see more of these types of cars, damn, they are simply ART! They made the boring street that filled with lifeless cars much more interesting!

Daode
Daode

 @Alex Rios  @KennyBoBenny I only realized it when I read that comment, and was like oh yeah the tread goes the wrong way haha. It just shows how much of an ''amature'' I am and how little experience I have with cars, I promise to improve and gain more.

EatingTrolls4Breakfast
EatingTrolls4Breakfast

@ Adam

''amature''  >_<  You have to spell amateur correctly first.

 

 

Come on JDMized you are reaching a new low.

speedhunters_dino
speedhunters_dino

 @Driveitlikeyoustoleit  @Daode  @Alex Well that's what most engine bays look like on VIP cars. I've seen some far worse, others at shows have even said "no" to me when I asked to shoot their engines - "nothing to see, it's dirty" being the usual reply. This is almost a defining factor of VIP, interesting and puzzling at the same time and the reason I showed it :)

japanophile25
japanophile25

@speedhunters_dino Growing up being the weird kid gives one a lot of perspective on tolerance.

japanophile25
japanophile25

@KennyBoBenny After I left that comment the thought poppped into my head that maybe it was on purpose. The Japanese are weird, and I mean that lovingly.

Corbin
Corbin

do you need a hug, bud.... please excuse my grammer

Daode
Daode

I understand your point and it is also okay to have an opinion, but would you please back up your statement "and there are all kind of half-assed things that we can see in pictures" and tell us what the other things are which are half-assed because I'm just interested.

Adam
Adam

So are you saying poor grammar and spelling take credibility away from what I write? I hope so, because that would be a pretty ironic way to illustrate the point I was trying to make. Almost like correcting spelling and using an emoticon in the same sentence. Semantics, yes...but if you are publishing writing professionally I think it should be carefully edited. Who knows, it might even make the hacked feature car appear nicer than it really is.


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