SEMA’s Japanese Car Selection

SEMA is packed full of an insane variety of cars, but as is the case with any show I attend, it’s always the Japanese offerings that I pay most attention to.

It’s a natural thing for me; I grew up around Japanese cars, have covered the scene for well over a decade now, and of course I do reside in Japan. So I guess the JDM – as they call it – runs through my veins. But cheesy statements aside, I just find it really interesting to see the different approaches people in other countries take when it comes to modifying the cars that I see on a daily basis back home.


And one that instantly caught my eye was this rather striking yellow Scion FR-S. I remember thinking it was a nice contrast to all the stuck on over-fenders and body kits we regularly see fitted to this chassis; a nicely moulded wide-body conversion always brings a sense of quality that riveted-on flares just can’t achieve.


It’s nothing new obviously, the blistering of guards has been done forever, but it was refreshing to see no shortcuts being taken, if you know what I mean.


I also like how the rear fenders were finished off at the back end, bent on the upper section along the top swage lines, but with a joint line where they merge with the rear bumper. It looks more aggressive this way, and not overly smooth. After all, shapes have to be broken at times to stand out more.

The unmistakable top mounts of an Air Lift Performance system mean the car can handle the corners but also be laid out on the ground when the time comes for show-off duties. And making this a complete build, performance is taken care of with a Sprintex supercharger kit.


Dino goes to a show, finds an R34 and spotlights it – no one saw that coming, right? It’s true, I can’t help it, but at least with this particular car there is a very specific reason as to why I have selected it.


It all has to do with the curious BorgWarner twin turbo setup, as created by the guys at Full Race and available in a variety of turbo sizes to match engine configuration. This particular car belongs to Toshi Hayama; he’s owned it for 16 years and it has around 30,000km on the clock from new.


Back to the turbo setup; Full Race is pushing this setup as it’s able – with the bigger turbocharger option – to generate over 1000hp without sacrificing low-to-mid-range response. As you see it here, Toshi’s car is making around 750hp on E85. It’s not the prettiest of applications, but if having killer drivability from your tuned RB26/28/30 matters the most this is a no-brainer.


The Skyline is also running a few sexy bits and pieces from Radium Engineering, which has given me a few ideas for my own car.


It’s great to see that the S2000 still remains a popular chassis for enthusiasts in the US, very much as it is back home in Japan. But this car does things in a different way.


In fact, its approach is so different it may very well upset some Honda guys!

Then again, LS swaps are the most common thing ever in the US, so I was probably the only guy at SEMA finding this quite exciting. Still, I think it must make for a lively car; I bet it’s hilarious to throw around the corners and slide all over the place.


Right at the bottom of the Central Hall I found a nice display by the guys from Voodoo 13. I’m always one to nerd-out when it comes to cool products, and these guys make all sort of adjustable links for a variety of Japanese cars, including billet uprights and arms for the R35 GT-R.

It’s the car that Voodoo 13 used to showcase its suspension bits that grabbed my attention though, as it was showing off far more than just uprights and arms.


It’s great seeing VR38 engine bays looking nice and aggressive, something easily achieved once you add top-mounted turbos and custom welded titanium piping.


The stock body was also treated to an aggressive carbon ducktail that hints at the extra performance hidden under the hood.


A couple of days prior to heading out to SEMA, Larry and I stopped by RAD Industries where Chris Forsberg was on a race against time to put the finishing touches to his refreshed, RB25-powered G-nose 280Z.


Like a typical SEMA car, with less than a week to go it looked like they might not even make it, but by working around clock the guys were able to pull it off.


When I saw it, the RB25 didn’t have its OCD Works head covers on yet, most ancillaries were not present and the turbo was being bolted onto its manifold so that custom piping could be measured up and created. The finished bay is impressive to say the least with a carbon and billet aluminum intake manifold, billet head covers and triangulated strut tower bars to stiffen up the shell. No doubt we will be seeing Chris smoke some serious rubber with this car in the not to distant future.


A ton of detail went into the interior with custom made gauges, lots of suede and carbon covering pretty much every surface.


Vintage bucket seats and Takata Racing belts complete the ensemble in what is a sweet resto-modded Z. I truly cannot fault this approach in any way, right down to the oh-so-’70s metallic gold color.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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That G nose is delicious.


Now that the official reveal has taken place, you cannot possibly imagine the work that went into those billet valve, coil and timing covers for Chris's car. I originally sent my client's R34 pieces to Scott-san at OCD Works to have them recreated in full billet for the RB30 3.4 stroker build.
Chris caught wind of the project and inquired as to the feasibility of getting a set for his car. Of course, that was an opportunity not to be missed, but time was not on Scott's side. He spent countless hours running innumerable CNC operations late into the night to get the job done for Chris.
Needless to say, the results speak for themselves, though the fitment requires a bit of refining since these pieces were originally intended for an R34 RB26 and there are a few provisions that do not seamlessly integrate with the RB25. Not a big deal, Scott is almost finished with the necessary changes.
The more important point of the story is Scott's incredible selflessness, determination and will to succeed, the likes of which I have not encountered in a long time. Huge shout-out and vouch for OCD Works, I cannot speak highly enough of Scott's character, integrity and hard work.


As for Toshi's R34, it's pretty serious business, and that's on the smaller EFR turbos offered by Full-Race. We are doing the twin 7163s on David's car. ;)


I'm taken by surprise that someone can make $9506 

in 1 month on the computer ...............

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Wish I knew when you stopped by our booth with the S2000!


Nothing on the Evasive evo? Sigh


as Don replied I am amazed that a student can make $7195 in one month on the computer .

Gianluca FairladyZ

G Nose Z...


amazing jobs..............

my friend makes $82 hourly on the laptop


FR-S with the clean wide-body conversion looks dope, i think i would've went with a different color though


I get paid £85 every hour from online jobs. I never thought I’d be able to do it but my friend AT is earning £10k /monthly by doing this job and she showed me how. He was    (Copy And Open This)❥━━★━❥ᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵhttp://www.daily.jobs14.ℂℴℳᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵ


Hi Guys, are any of the wheel spotters out there able to tell me what the wheels on the FRS are?


I'm in shock that a mom can make $5437 

in a few weeks on the internet ....................

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Nik_Lee possibly the rotiform wgr??


Turbology wasn't Toshi's car a demo APEXi car at one time??


Magic happens when the desire to build and refine something unique is
str onger than the desire for outright victory in just another well-proven
chassis. I don’t know about you, but I’m glad for Paul’s philosophy and also
the results of his time


and effort. This 1971 Datsun 240Z ranks right up there as one most
impressive  cars I’ve ever encountered. Every angle is perfect and every
modification is This is one of those builds that’s almost impossible
to break eye contact with. It


commands attention and every addition  al minute you
spend in its presence is rewarded by the car revealing more small and subtle
details that need to be appreciated. Our shoot was on a relatively tight schedule
and I still


The 240Z is already an amazing platform but with
Paul’s care
fully thought out additions the final product was on a whole new
level, one that most of us don’t encounter in person very often. Did I mention
I really like this car? You will too by the end of
this piece


purposeful. Time
attack is all or nothing racing. It’s about chasing  that one perfect lap, and
in attempting to do so the format often pushes cars and drivers beyond breaking
point. To win, you need to throw yourself out past your limits of


The S30 is beautiful, really gorgeous car, except for the low back buckets. And I'm not sure "vintage" is the right word. Low back seats are 60's and the 70's was when head rests and the Z car came along.  Are the billet valve covers lighter than stock?


d_rav Thank you, I think you are right :-)


My Uncle Henry recently got an almost new gold Audi RS 5 Convertible 

just by some part time working online ..........


get paid £85 every hour from online jobs. 
I never thought I’d be able to do it but my friend AT is earning £10k /monthly 

by doing this job and she showed me how............


It would be awesome to see a dyno graph of Toshi Hayama's R34.. :)