Let me ask you a question: what comes to mind when you hear the Lil Jon song “Get Low”? If you said “Need for Speed: Underground”, then you probably had a lot of fun with that game. It came out about twelve years ago (that made me feel old, typing that), and the modified car world has progressed a long way since then.
Underground was a great game, but unfortunately, the Need for Speed games that came out in the past few years didn’t really follow along with the trends. Driving unobtainable supercars in police chases through the countryside should have been fun, but it wasn’t. That’s what made the first NFS game great, but something about that just didn’t work.
Now watch this.
If you’re not already aware, Need for Speed is back, and it’s finally what we always wanted. No extra names, no “Underground 3″, a complete reboot.
Also, Noriyaro has a (very small) part in the development of this game, believe it or not! Read on…
Most people who own a modified car have thought at one point that it would be nice to build two of them, one for the street and one purely for the circuit. Takuya Takahashi has done just that. Let’s have a look at his matching-opposite pair of AE86s.
Well, despite the reaction to that endlessly reposted photo on Instagram, this car isn’t fake. You can’t blame people who thought that though, as the first time I saw this car on a poster stuck to the wall of a workshop office for a Caroline Racing event at Nikko Circuit, I thought it was just a joke. There was a cartoonish drawing of an S14 Silvia with four turbos sticking out of the engine bay on it, and an equally cartoonish character that looked like Captain Harlock, a space-pirate character from an old comic book series, albeit wearing a baseball cap.
“What’s this meant to be?” I asked the workshop’s owner, pointing at the poster.
“It’s real, apparently. He said he’s building a car with four turbos on it. That character is meant to be Takuro.” was the response.
It made sense. I had no reason to doubt this, as this was the same Takuro who was making ridiculously big angle knuckles long before it became common, and has been known to do things like cut and shorten a sedan to make a 1.5 door, and hack apart a 180SX drifter to make it into something like a tube-frame dragster with an entire fibreglass body over it. He’s also the same guy who intended to turn a Pontiac Fiero-based Ferrari F40 replica into an RB26-powered drift car.
While that level of craziness might be a bit too much for the world to handle just yet, I think this quad-turbo S14 Silvia might just be insane enough for the time being.
I’ve done a lot of tours for modified car fans in Japan over the past few years, from guiding an entire tour-bus load around Tokyo, all the way down to one person riding along to a track day. I recently met up with a group of nine Australians who wanted to do a whirlwind tour of some of the more famous and interesting shops in Tokyo, so I thought I’d take a few pics along the way.
The first stop on the tour was one of the basic requirements of a workshop tour, Top Secret’s headquarters in Chiba.