URAS Reinvents The S15 Silvia

Tokyo Auto Salon comes and goes in what seems like a flash. There are so many cars, so many people and so many experiences, but before you know it, it’s all over for another year.

The week following TAS is always a scramble getting important show cars photographed before they disappear back to their respective shops around Japan. With six machines shot in the last four days I’ll have no shortage of awesomeness to share with you in the weeks to come, but only now am I able to sit down and sort through the thousands of images that I grabbed at the Makuhari Messe last weekend.

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And I’d like to kick this more in-depth look at TAS 2018 off with a quick spotlight on a car that truly made me reflect. In the grand scheme of things the URAS S15 is nothing crazy; it’s just another modified Nissan Silvia sporting a bespoke aero package. But it’s the unique aesthetic mods that made it stand out more to me than any other S15 at this year’s event.

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Because seriously, how many flavors have we seen Silvias of this generation presented in?! Everyone has a kit for the S15, from the more simple bolt-on additions to the wilder overfendered examples. But Ken ‘Nomuken’ Nomura at URAS has always had a very unique and recognizable style.

While we are more used to seeing it applied to the various drift-spec ER34 Nissan Skyline ER34s Nomuken has built and competed in, seeing his design language sculpting an ichi-go ‘Type-GT’ as it’s been named, really made me take notice.

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There is nothing subtle about it; the aggression and flair of this kit really helps transform the S15 into something fresh. It’s like nothing we’ve really seen before either; not even from URAS, who are no strangers to working with the Silvia.

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If the +75mm widened fenders aren’t enough, there’s an additional series of carbon fiber canards and under skirts that add even more contrast to the S15’s overall profile.

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The smaller diameter Enkei wheels mated to chunkier rubber helps add a nostalgic feel to the car, almost like something you would have seen on an S13 back in the day. As you might have noticed though, the wheel offset has come at the expense of brake calipers – you gotta love show cars!

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It might not be for everyone, but it’s hard not to appreciate the freshness of it all. It’s URAS all the way, instantly recognizable and as in-your-face as you can possibly get.

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1

Nice, but a bit wild kit in my taste.

2

haha no thanks
uras type 1 was the best kit for the s15

3

TIL Enkei makes a classic mag-type wheel!! Dope!!

4

Since when is putting horrid wheels on a S15 that looks like any other drift or time attack car "reinventing?"

5

Those "horrid wheels" have a lot of history to them. They are a recreation of slot mags which were the ideal muscle car wheel around the 70s muscle craze. It's a mixing of worlds, taking a wheel that is heavily associated with the hot-rod muscle scene and slapping it on a tuner.

I've thought for awhile now that it would be cool to have American-made "tuner" cars (think hot-hatches and more economy sized cars) start blending American hot-rod muscle modifications and visual aesthetics with Japanese influenced tuner builds.

6

I know what they are, but in my opinion they don't work. The chunky and undersized look of them doesn't mix with the other styling of the car.

7

Honest question, no sarcasm intended: How would you go about making slot mags look good on an S15? Do you think it could be done?

8

Love the front half of the kit but the wheels aren't quite to my taste and the bespoke styling looks like it kinda tails off towards the rear. All about that colour though!!

9

PERFEITO.. É O TAXI DE NY MAIS TOP QUE JÁ VI...

10

Lol it has no brakes. Looks cool though!

11

They only slow you down anyways.

12

I like the kit a lot! but not the wheels lool!

13

Wheels are ok, but we can all agree those tires are THICC! lol

14

I was strangely drawn to this a lot at TAS, glad to have another look at it.

15

i like the doors, roof, boot lid and top half of the rear bumper

16

are those 15`s??

17

I feel like there are 2 seperate kits on the car. The rear bumper and side skirts don't flow with the fenders to me. I like them seperate, but not feeling it all together. Front bumper works for both though.

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Dino Dalle Carbonare

It's the URAS way lol

19

Nope.

20

I always thought zero pot calipers were the way to go.

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Dino Dalle Carbonare

Hahaha when I noticed I was like WTF #becauseshowcar

22

how to fuck up the mona lisa #fugly

23
Jay Soh Tsu Chung

The kit is nice, but the wheels... not so much. It just doesn't work with the S15 body.

24
Rich E Wavy Kariuki

Noice! Kinda wish the arches were a bit bigger tho

25

Damn. That's ugly.

26

This would be so sick if it didn't have nascar wheels lmao a nice pair of mesh Works or any Volk Racing wheel would look so much better

27

hmmm, nnnnaaah... Sorry, I just can't appreciate it even for freshness sake... it just doesn't cut it for me.

28

It's not for me. The lines just don't make sense – the organic-looking sweeps up to the fender lines just contrast with the blocky edges of the bumpers. What's with the kink on the front fenders in front of the mirrors too?
It's like the kit was designed by several people, none of which got to see what the other guys were doing.

29

I just don't understand why it doesn't have breaks. It makes no sense. HOW WILL YOU STOP IF SOMEONE AT THE SHOW PUSHES YOUR CAR.

30

Wait never mind they probably have blocks on the wheels.

31

I honestly think that beefier tires are coming back in terms of style, we've seen too much stretched and low profile tire set up in the past 20 years

32

WHAT ARE THOSE WHEELS?!? They're exactly what I am looking for to finish my S13

33

Personally I love the look of the smaller wheel

34
Blake Warren Stacey

Could you please try to post wheel and tyre specs. "Chunky tyres" and "small diameter wheels",is just pointing out the obvious.

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