I’ve simply returned from my tenth journey to Artwork Of Velocity and, as all the time, I got here away questioning if Japan actually does have one of the best automotive tradition on the earth. Staying away from comparisons of such nature, one factor is for sure – Malaysia is aware of how one can do it, and do it nicely.
Earlier than I put collectively my primary Artwork Of Velocity 2023 story, I wish to share my prime 5 picks from the occasion, beginning off with the automotive that Alec and I chosen because the ‘Speedhunters Selection’ award recipient.
The Hayashi86.com AE86 Toyota Sprinter Trueno is a really particular automotive with a narrative relationship again the higher a part of a decade.
How the automotive appears right now is testomony to the eagerness and dedication of its proprietor Lim, who set about constructing his good Hachiroku and didn’t surrender.
The defining side of the mission is the truth that Lim did a backdate, taking a kouki (facelift) Trueno and visually turning it right into a zenki (pre-facelift). Extra typically it’s the opposite approach round.
Your entire timeline of the 10-year mission was laid out on a board for all to see. That is what the Toyota seemed like eight years in the past, earlier than the restoration started.
On prime of the bumper and lights swap on the AE86’s exterior, Lim needed to purchase a lot of elements for the zenki inside makeover. That included the seats, the dashboard, the door playing cards and the plastic trims – all within the oh-so-early-’80s shades of brown and burnt orange. Even the pinnacle unit is an authentic merchandise.
Lim’s Trueno rides on basic RS Watanabe 8-spoke wheels shod in Yokohama Advan Neova rubber, and he’s swapped the inventory trip top for a barely decrease look.
The panda paint scheme paired with gunmetal Watanabes and yellow fog lights is a basic Preliminary D look, however there’s extra of a connection right here than simply that. Lim can also be a component proprietor of Fujiwara Tofu Shop Malaysia, a restaurant and hangout spot in Kuala Lumpur that has recreated the feel and appear of Bunta Fujiwara’s tofu store within the legendary manga.
I didn’t get to simply look at this construct; Lim threw me the keys to his Trueno after the present. Consider me once I say this factor drives as contemporary because it appears!
Subsequent up is a automotive that wasn’t even from Malaysia. Yip Feng’s Singapore-registered Mazda RX-7 was, nevertheless, inbuilt Malaysia, and he spends a whole lot of time within the nation having fun with the automotive.
The FC3S is filled with cool little particulars and tales, like the unique RE Amemiya vented hood Yip ordered straight from Ama-san. This was a particular order piece, because the hood had been discontinued.
The hood pairs very properly with the remainder of the RE Amemiya aero and glued headlight conversion, however that’s not all. The RX-7 additionally encompasses a Tamon Design GT wide-body, topped off with a rear diffuser and huge GT wing to assist hold the automotive planted at pace. Enkei NT03s are Yip’s wheel of alternative.
Up entrance is the Mazda’s authentic 13B twin-rotor engine. It nonetheless runs the manufacturing unit Hitachi turbocharger, however with the engine having been given a light-weight street-port and different supporting modifications, it’s now making round 300hp tuned by way of an A’PEXi Energy FC.
I can’t bear in mind the final time I noticed one in all these old-fashioned Belief/GReddy blow-off valves. It’s a cool contact.
Earlier than I flew again to Tokyo, Yip handed me the keys to his RX-7 and we took it on a fast blast up a pleasant stretch of newly-built freeway. I used to be impressed at simply how arduous the engine pulls, and the broad unfold of energy makes it nice on twisty roads too.
And that’s what it was constructed for; not solely to look good at exhibits with its 787B-inspired livery, however correct driving. Yip even drove it from Singapore over to Bangkok.
Subsequent up, it’s one thing Malaysian, however with a Japanese connection. The Proton Satria was initially constructed with principally Mitsubishi elements, making it straightforward to improve with Lancer Evolution elements.
This specific Satria from Fatboy Racing Malaysia has been closely modified for time assault, and it’s recoded a quickest official lap at Sepang Circuit of 2min15sec, which is Porsche GT3 Cup quick.
Beneath the hood is a Mitsubishi 4G63 lifted from a Lancer Evo III that’s been constructed round a fully-forged backside finish and force-fed by a Garrett turbo, which itself is fed through a 3D-printed Artec header.
A latest addition is a second turbo, however I couldn’t work out how this setup labored. I’m fairly certain I wasn’t the one one scratching my head on this one.
It’s a must to love Frankenstein creations that really work, and this one undoubtedly does that.
The rear maybe might be its least aggressive angle, which is saying one thing!
I simply couldn’t move up a better have a look at this KE70 Corolla wagon. As a result of except for the truth that I’m fairly keen on Toyotas from the ’70s and ’80s, this one has been extraordinarily nicely constructed. It’s as contemporary as they arrive too, having simply been completed the day earlier than the occasion.
It’s all the time good to see somebody going the additional mile, and on prime of shaving and wire tucking the engine bay, the proprietor has sourced what is well the best cam covers I’ve seen on a 4A-GE. Made in New Zealand by BSpeed, this specific set of forged covers brings some classic vibes by way of their black end and retro Toyota lettering – a nod to the 3M straight-six that powered the legendary 2000GT.
Whereas the Corolla appears easy and clear, there are such a lot of good touches across the automotive.
It’s a pity it wasn’t lifted up on the again to point out the work that went into the rear suspension, which has seen the unique leaf springs changed with a coil setup.
The rear bumper delete solely accentuates that quite lengthy, twin-pipe silencer setup.
The automotive was undoubtedly getting its justifiable share of appears all through the weekend, and I don’t assume it’s arduous to grasp why!
Lastly, it needed to be one thing European to stability out the choice. Though, being an RWB construct there’s undoubtedly some Japanese taste.
However consider me, this Porsche 964 was a straightforward alternative to incorporate right here.
The Nakai-san overfender remedy by no means fails so as to add aggression, however it’s the rear-view of this automotive that actually makes it.
As a result of, with regards to 911s, nothing beats a pair of turbos hanging out the again of the bumper. I don’t assume I’ve ever seen this carried out in Japan, which most likely explains why I couldn’t cease taking a look at it.
At one level over the weekend the engine cowl was lifted up so everybody might take a have a look at the flat-six in its entirety. Because of the large rear wing, there was loads of area for the intercooler to be positioned. It’s wild to see simply how quick piping will be stored too.
That is one automotive I’d actually like to pattern out on the highway.
I hope you’ve loved this fast have a look at a few of my favourite vehicles from Artwork Of Velocity 2023. Keep tuned for my primary occasion put up, which can hopefully relay the cool vibe of this annual get-together for Malaysian customized automotive and bike tradition.