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samoht
January 13th, 2015, 11:59 AM
Well, that was fun :-)

It was great to meet up with harper and see the show together, really cool. I sadly had to leave at lunchtime, so I hope that harper can post some more pics later, as I didn't get that many.

You can look through more pics and see larger resolutions here - https://plus.google.com/photos/110971171497128646652/albums/6103730890111443297?authkey=CPfPpoyA-sfC-wE

The first theme, predictably, was the Toyobaru twins.

This is the most awesome thing I saw - the JUN / Synergy V8 swap. Not just any V8, no, but a custom 2.4L piece that's lighter than the stock engine, pairs two motorbike heads with a custom block, and puts out 367hp at 10,680rpm:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-nkewgeFU_X4/VLTPFARX16I/AAAAAAAAOAs/35EOegc2C18/w701-h468-no/DSC_0427.JPG
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Zxd0aDDKdug/VLTPF1kZi_I/AAAAAAAAOA0/IWj_MgkxH8I/w634-h866-no/DSC_0428.JPG

http://youtu.be/XCwMX-cFKdk?t=3m25s

According to the (english speaking) rep on the stand, apparently it's a two-day job to fit, it just bolts in without any cutting and hooks up to the OEM gearbox. The guy reckoned on 3,000 mile oil changes, maybe 30-60k miles before an 'inspection' (presume possibly overhaul). I didn't ask the price, but it does sound like a truly awesome trackday car!

On the official Toyota stand, we found a rally car - not sure what class this is prepared for but the idea is very cool, as are the wheels:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-uE9hkImdYcE/VLTPIPuApxI/AAAAAAAAOBE/b_N4_Vq5sNU/w775-h517-no/DSC_0437.JPG
Ita-sha (car covered in anime characters)
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/XKAjoCR8exPozyx3FYnIsl7qvtcyTZiUUEeojefSyE0=w775-h517-no

Widebody car that's been on Speedhunters, pretty awesome to see in the metal:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-h-jfGfRHyIE/VLTPLbavdhI/AAAAAAAAOBc/0Ueof5vq_PQ/w577-h866-no/DSC_0442.JPG

HKS demo car, love the wheels/fitment on this:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-4vcOlm8zQBg/VLTPZXFY3tI/AAAAAAAAOC8/lHwM8mbzJQw/w775-h517-no/DSC_0471.JPG
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-9ycTMsE2QlQ/VLTPYaFPD2I/AAAAAAAAOC0/4DL7NxXOAtg/w775-h517-no/DSC_0469.JPG
^ HKS Supercharger kit giving 35% more power, 45% more torque

samoht
January 13th, 2015, 12:04 PM
The next theme, predictably enough, is rotaries :D
.. starting with a truly awesome 326Power kit
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-5WN9wlmtKPU/VLTO67aBbGI/AAAAAAAAN_c/DMgfI-P9ucw/w775-h517-no/DSC_0403.JPG
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-elrcrd4iie8/VLTO8Ax8o_I/AAAAAAAAN_k/LaqRSzCaP7I/w775-h517-no/DSC_0404.JPG
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-xc-CFEbqSrI/VLTO9P8gzDI/AAAAAAAAN_s/2qHwPUkz-VY/w775-h517-no/DSC_0405.JPG
I don't normally care for bodykits on FDs, but this looked amazing in the flesh, so characterful and exciting to look at.

Drift FD:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-HCCSujH6oRw/VLTPUla1uEI/AAAAAAAAOCc/Gxw8chKTmvA/w775-h517-no/DSC_0460.JPG

RE Amemiya car with beautifully fitted 20B:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-j8XihGjB6Z8/VLTPWNNZ04I/AAAAAAAAOCk/yMKI4ug9E84/w775-h517-no/DSC_0462.JPG

and an NB MX-5/Miata/Eunos Roadster with Renesis:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-i1iplsB41Jg/VLTPXOsKX6I/AAAAAAAAOCs/_Xpl8bA041g/w775-h517-no/DSC_0467.JPG

samoht
January 13th, 2015, 12:10 PM
Next theme, totally cool / wacky custom cars:
Very cool Ken Okuyama version of the Alfa 4C:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-FDolly7hp4c/VLTPCg43U8I/AAAAAAAAOAU/tP_PgZCYZsg/w775-h517-no/DSC_0420.JPG
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-qnZL34lQFng/VLTPEMwHUgI/AAAAAAAAOAk/5lPph4o52aI/w577-h866-no/DSC_0422.JPG

Toyota (Gazoo Racing) TES-Cross pickup
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Q9j1NH_-Pb0/VLTPKamVZoI/AAAAAAAAOBU/S1VH8nfg7MY/w775-h517-no/DSC_0440.JPG

This is a Merc SL underneath:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-am6CIn0VtaA/VLTO_ezX6lI/AAAAAAAAN_8/xCQYmVEdNK8/w775-h517-no/DSC_0411.JPG

Sunny Truck with extended-cab featuring reverse-raked rear window, perhaps taken from a Mazda Carol?
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-lWngzefFT0c/VLTPP4r5c1I/AAAAAAAAOB8/B-zuQBXr8JQ/w775-h517-no/DSC_0452.JPG
(sorry for the bad pic. This was a university project ;-) )

Maserati Quattroporte Shooting Brake:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-f6YtNglS8X0/VLTPBeoTC2I/AAAAAAAAOAM/MA56k_DIH68/w775-h517-no/DSC_0414.JPG

Daihatsu Copen Shooting Brake:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/1xevdH2mmUdmON3HDTAzyV25qICJ0hTI-srftC9Qo6g=w865-h692

samoht
January 13th, 2015, 12:14 PM
And finally:

R31House do a pretty comprehensive job of supporting this lesser-spotted Skyline variant:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Fyt-T3Whxz8/VLTO-UVTnUI/AAAAAAAAN_0/7rclKKuYe-M/w775-h517-no/DSC_0409.JPG

Liberty Walk Aventador was impressive in the carbon:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/UHNh_DYD7TXAfEddMWM8P_EXcb6irY7pKudQCKfaA6o=w775-h447-no

and the Alanis Morissette prize for TAS 2015 goes to the students behind this, a Pious with the 1.8L Atkinson-cycle four & hybrid drivetrain entirely replaced by a small block Chevy V8
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-kpMAhnG54uM/VLTPRHcS2aI/AAAAAAAAOCE/URx-tL76hFM/w775-h517-no/DSC_0453.JPG

FaultyMario
January 13th, 2015, 12:41 PM
Is that a custom bodied Challenger behind the Quatroporte?

thesameguy
January 13th, 2015, 12:47 PM
1. It is awesome that FDs are still awesome.
2. Ken Okuyama 4C looks like Mach V II

speedpimp
January 13th, 2015, 02:06 PM
Sweet pics. I really like the two shooting brakes.

The359
January 13th, 2015, 02:27 PM
Is that a custom bodied Challenger behind the Quatroporte?

Looks like an Audi A7 with a bodykit meant to look like a Lamborghini Evoque.

Yw-slayer
January 13th, 2015, 07:39 PM
All so hot. Thanks mate.

MR2 Fan
January 13th, 2015, 08:39 PM
I love the Sunny truck.....that lamborghini though....so hot

IMOA
January 14th, 2015, 12:07 AM
Starting investigation of whether I could legally street register my 86 with that Synergy V8 in australia. Do want very very badly.

LHutton
January 14th, 2015, 08:29 AM
This is the most awesome thing I saw - the JUN / Synergy V8 swap. Not just any V8, no, but a custom 2.4L piece that's lighter than the stock engine, pairs two motorbike heads with a custom block, and puts out 367hp at 10,680rpm:
RST motorcycle engine derived V8?

http://mp.kwiboo.com/Engines/RST-V8

EDIT: Guess not.

http://www.synergypower.co.nz/

harper
January 16th, 2015, 08:21 PM
I'm pulling my photos in now. It was great to meet up, chat about cars and Japan, and see the enormous show floor. Speedhunters' write-up said that 310,000 people went through the Makuhari Messe show floors during the weekend (I'm jealous that it looks like their photographer was there on Friday when it was empty -- it was PACKED by noon on Saturday!). After going to Makuhari for Tokyo Game Show back in September (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougbonham/sets/72157647528487648/) I thought I knew what to expect, but my god, they fill the place up so much more. Plus, they used more space than TGS did too -- and all space taken up by cars!

The one thing that Tom really missed out: I wandered out to part of the parking lot, where they'd roped off a small closed course for a suite of demonstration runs. A couple of the Option TV/D1GP hosts were showing off luxury sports cars, there was a D1GP drift exhibition too, but what I saw was really cool: demo runs by a Super Formula car and Toshi Arai in his Group N Subaru rally car. Having those rip by our faces even at a low clip was thrilling, and Arai really wrung the Subaru out. (He also had the Super Formula driver riding shotgun, and the host was worried he was alright!)

Yw-slayer
January 23rd, 2015, 06:33 PM
Sounds like you both had a great time. The only show I've ever been to was London's, and as I was with some non-car people I didn't get to spend the time that I'd wanted to there. Tokyo would always be more up my street anyway.

novicius
March 11th, 2015, 11:11 AM
And finally:

Liberty Walk Aventador was impressive in the carbon:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/UHNh_DYD7TXAfEddMWM8P_EXcb6irY7pKudQCKfaA6o=w775-h447-no
Liberty Walk also had a killer Dodge Challenger (http://news.boldride.com/2015/01/liberty-walk-widebody-dodge-challenger-is-pure-muscle/67802/) at this years TAS:

http://www.autoguide.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/dodge-challenger-liberty-walk.jpg

http://www.autoguide.com/gallery/d/1130057-2/dodge-challenger-liberty-walk-04.JPG

Better pics at the Liberty Walk US site. (http://www.libertywalk-usa.com/archives/product-item/dodge-challenger-body-kit)