08-01-2015 6:24 pm
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.
31-10-2010 2:10 am
Not too many posts here recently, eh? It seems like I’m covering and shooting more stuff than ever, but a lot of my best one-shot pics are going to Drift Tengoku’s two-page Noriyaro spread, and most of the stuff I’m doing with the Mark II is going to the UK’s Banzai magazine in the “Our Cars” section.
Regarding my recent debut in the D1 Street Legal Inter series; 37th out of 60 cars. You can see the results by clicking this link. Not great, not bad. Next year then.
I do have a backlog of stuff to put up though, like the remainder of the pics from the AE86-only event I attended. Also, when the producer of Phat Sliggity, Mark Boxer, was in Japan recently, he came out to the 1JZ Meeting and did some extensive video shooting with his Canon and GoPro cameras. As soon as that’s edited up, I’ll stick it up here too.
I suppose you’re wondering about the picture? That’s Takurou Watanabe from Caroline Racing up in Tochigi.
Takurou, an extremely imaginative mechanic, has featured here before with his Kinjitou extreme-angle knuckle 180SX. He started his workshop on a converted dairy farm way out in the countryside and builds things like a 2JZ-powered S14 with the biggest rear wing you’ve ever seen, and a short-wheelbase four-door R33 Skyline. He’s also constantly coming up with interesting modifications, like using the electric power-steering pump from a Honda NSX in FR drift cars as a power-saver. This particular conversion, he did to the GT-R belonging to the editor of Drift Tengoku magazine.
You’re still wondering about the car? It’s not actually an F40. It’s a Pontiac Fiero with a complete fibreglass bodykit that Takurou picked up cheaply at the auctions a while ago with a dodgy engine.
He intends to convert it to a nitroused 600hp RB26 and drift it.
Japan can be fun at times.
08-06-2009 7:05 pm
So, I managed to get into the final six in beginner class at MSC Challenge, Round 3 at Nikko Circuit.
Not a bad result, I’d say!
09-01-2009 12:30 am
This is CLR’s Takurou Watanabe, and he is getting ridiculous angle.