Here in Malaysia, the craze with carbon fibre has started back in the early 2000 as those with huge pockets have the access to it and some went all out using it to enhance the looks of their ride as well as shedding a few kilos in the process. One of those Ferio Civic owner went all out and CF’ed his ride except for the rooftop and we managed to have the opportunity to feature his ride back then.
Nowadays it has become a norm in Malaysia as we get to see a whole lotta makes having a wee bit of CF especially the hood or a teeny weeny bits such as the side mirrors or even the panels of the interior.
Our trip to Nagoya had us witnessed the use of CF being taken to a higher level. For those who’ve heard of Rocky Auto would not be surprise as they have always been known as a respected tuners of vintage rides and restoring it to a level of greatness. Purists surely would hate Watanabe-san for what he has done to a Hakosuka as he got it all CF’ed out using both wet and dry carbon fibre with a bit of touch of CF vinyl as well. The result was simply mesmerizing.
Known as a perfectionist, Watanabe-san didn’t spare any qualms to built the one and only fully CF bodyworks’ Hakosuka as Rocky Auto’s feature car for the Autolegend 2013. Not even one tiny bits was left untouched. Front-end of the Hakosuka was bumper-less but the CF headlight covers and the oil coolers gave it a menacing yet subtle looks as if it came stock standard instead of being fiddle with to an ultimatum.
It was a perfect combination of both wet and dry CF applied to complete the overall looks of the CF’ed Hakosuka. All this carbon madness sits on a low-down suspension set-ups to complement a set of 15″ Work Meister CR01s wrapped in stretched tires as it’s 9.5″ wide at the front and 11″ at the rear.
As for the workhorse, it features an RB26 that came out from an R32 Autech instead of the torquey RB30 but then it’s more than enough on an extremely lightened chassis. Tomei camshafts and HKS adjustable cams ensure a ‘lil lift in ponies as well as a more menacing growl from the engine.
One would never dream of a Hakosuka being modded to this extend but then it’s Rocky Auto and who else but Watanabe-san would go this extreme of prepping a Hakosuka to be different than the others?
words: hage’ pix: Hazwan Najims, Jeo & hage’
Autech S/S Plasma-RB26DE engine swap, Autech forged 87 mm pistons (2,627 cc), 11.5:1 compression ratio, Autech balanced connecting rods and crank, Tomei Powered 260-degree camshafts (IN & EX), HKS cam pulleys, Autech ported head, Trust air filter, Rocky Auto exhaust manifold, Rocky Auto exhaust system, externally mounted oil cooler
Toda Racing lightweight flywheel, R32 five-speed transmission
Rocky Auto height-adjustable coilovers
Work Meister CR01, 9.5Jx15 (front), 11Jx18″ (rear), Pirelli P7 Cinturato 225/50VR15 (front), Pirelli P7000 255/45VR15 (rear)
Rocky Auto carbon front bumper/structure, Rocky Auto carbon bucktooth lip spoiler, Rocky Auto carbon headlight covers, Rocky Auto carbon hood, 09 Racing dry carbon fender mirrors, Rocky Auto front and rear carbon fender flares, Rocky Auto carbon rear bumper/structure, Rocky Auto carbon trunk lid, Rocky Auto carbon rear spoiler, carbon vinyl wrap
Spot welded and reinforced chassis, Recaro seats, custom dashboard, AutoMeter gauges, Datsun Z steering wheel, automatic A/C