It’s all about the machines and a whole load of ways to modify them. Race cars, tuner cars, over the top customs and VIP style cars dominated the Tokyo Auto Salon. There were quite a number of rides prepped up to perfection by the tuners and exhibitors during the three-day event.
This time around, the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ had quite a territorial hold on the Tokyo Auto Salon 2013 as a number of tuners and exhibitors used these models to feature their array of aftermarket products. There were so many of this models, it got on to my nerves as I felt like watching a movie repeatedly as we strolled along the booths in Makuhari Messe.
Modded rides of Tokyo Auto Salon 2013 revolved more on performance-based modifications instead of the VIP styling. Nevertheless, there were quite a number of eye-pleasing stance’d and hipari discipline cars since the following has grown and crept to even in Malaysia nowadays. Huge-arse wheels, stretched tyres and a stance that would kill even the smallest ant when it’s on the move… it’s a wonder how they drive these rides on a daily basis.
Big names such as Bride, JUN Racing, Recaro, DAD Automotive, Forgiato Wheels, Veilside, Yokohama Wheels, RE Amemiya, GReddy, Wald, Amuse, Endless, JLug, Liberty Walk and a whole lot of others came in full force featuring a number of rides and had quite huge crowd at their booths.
Liberty Walk’s Aventador took the cake of the luxury lines in my opinion. The bodykit and the usage of wheels complemented the lines and aerodynamics of the Aventador. It looked more like a battle car instead of a luxury make.
It might not be much but a 1957 Porsche Speedster fully restored with an electric engine had me awe-struck at its perfection. According to Jiro Samurai, EV Specialist from Delta Force Inc, his creation can reach a top speed of 220km/h. For an EV (Electric Vehicle), it was quite a surprise.
Another EV, a chopped top VW Beetle Type 1 in matte brown caught our attention and it won the EV category at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2013. The overall customization was done by WIZ Custom Builder and it was a great combination of classic with a touch of new technology. 280Z was another eye-candy for me especially Star Road’s yellow 280z fully restored and modified to utter perfection.
Ol’skool rides were also one of the best customised rides here as quite a number of tuners used them as a platform to feature their services and products. VIP styling took a back-bench as the trend now is focused on performance and custom build. It’s the same scenario here in Malaysia nowadays and most probably it’s a trend that will stay alive and remain hot for ages to come.