Tag Archive: Takurou Watanabe

WEEKEND EDITION: World’s weirdest drift car…to be

By in 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.