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4 Should-See Vehicles From Tokyo Auto Salon 2024

4 Should-See Vehicles From Tokyo Auto Salon 2024


If there’s one takeaway from the primary day of Tokyo Auto Salon 2024, it’s sheer craziness. The loopy builds are again, and so are the loopy crowds. In truth, if the variety of attendees we encountered on simply the primary day of this three-day mega occasion retains up over all the weekend, there’d have to be a brand new TAS attendance document set.

Inside the eleven big halls of the Makuhari Messe, we’ve come throughout so many wonderful builds, and we’re planning to point out you as lots of them as we are able to over the course of the approaching days’ protection. At this time, although, we needed to share just a few of the early standouts – the automobiles you should see in the event you’re braving the Tokyo Auto Salon this weekend.

Kazuki Ohashi’s Madlane 935ML Masterpiece

Let’s begin with Kazuki Ohashi‘s Madlane 935ML Masterpiece. And ‘Masterpiece’ is a becoming title, as a result of what this 29-year-old builder has created is nothing wanting phenomenal. If you happen to forged your minds again to 2021, you would possibly bear in mind our go to to Madlane, the place Kazuki-san talked us over the 964 Carrera 2-based creation he was engaged on. You may try that function right here.


Kazuki-san’s inspiration for the venture was the Kremer 935 K4, however as you may see from the 99.9% completed venture (solely tuning of the MoTeC engine administration system is required earlier than the automobile’s shakedown) he’s taken it to a complete new stage – and it’s superior.


Don’t for a minute assume this can be a only a show-style construct, like a few of Madlane’s different creations, although. It’s been engineered with motorsport underpinnings, from {custom} tube chassis and suspension work to a constructed 3.8L engine working twin KKK turbos with 935 wastegates. And take a look at these rear slicks!


We’re so blissful to see Kazuki-san convey this imaginative and prescient to life, and you’ll guess we’ll be heading again right down to Madlane HQ as quickly as doable to shoot the automobile for a full function.

Mad Mike Whiddett’s Mazda 808/RX-3 Wagon


Earlier than Mad Mike Whiddett began drifting rotary-powered Mazdas in New Zealand he skidded them up, and of all his early builds none are extra well-known than FURSTY – his peripheral port 13B-powered 808 station wagon. After profitable NZ’s 2004 Skidfest occasion, Mike discovered drifting and the RX-3-facelifted wagon was bought to assist fund the acquisition of his FD3S RX-7 – the automobile we now all know as MADBUL.


After a very long time away, in October final yr Mike was in a position to buy the 808/RX-3 again, and reunite the wagon with its unique FURSTY plates. However there have been extra plans that simply that, and over the previous three months the 808/RX-3 has been reworked from a road automobile to a fully-fledged pro-spec drift machine that may compete within the 2024 D1 Grand Prix championship right here in Japan.

There’s an enormous spec to FURSTY, from the TCP-Magic-built 26B four-rotor NA engine backed up by an HGT sequential transmission and Winters Efficiency quick-change rear finish, to the one-off Rocket Bunny Pandem wide-body equipment and {custom} Rotiform wheels, and we’ll uncover all that and extra with a full function very quickly. What we’re actually wanting ahead to although is seeing the automobile in motion in D1GP!

Hikaru Taguchi’s Moontech x LTO BMW M3


In Dino’s 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon preview submit, he named Moontech’s E36 M3 as one among his early standouts of the present, and now having gone in for a more in-depth look, it’s solely gotten higher. We already knew that Hikaru Taguchi may construct a troublesome E36, however this one goes even additional than he’s gone earlier than via a particular collaboration with Khyzyl Saleem and tuning powerhouse Belief/GReddy.

Moontech’s ‘Challenge LTO E36′ options Khyzyl’s LTO (Stay To Offend) wide-body equipment, paired with Air Elevate Efficiency air suspension and SCD EXT wheels from Neutrale in 18×10-inch and 18×13.5-inch fitments.


Inside, in true Moontech trend you’ll discover a full custom-trimmed cabin, whereas turbocharging of the M3’s S50 offers a stable efficiency bump. Belief/Greddy got here on board for all of the engine work.

Kei Miura’s Rocket Bunny Pandem Toyota Hilux 


Rocket Bunny and Tokyo Auto Salon have gone hand in hand for longer than we are able to bear in mind, however Kei Miura has introduced one thing very totally different from the norm to the TAS celebration this yr, and we are able to’t get sufficient of it.


It’s exhausting to know how one can classify this 1989 Toyota Hilux as there’s a complete lot happening. At first look it’s a mini truck with a Pandem equipment and sparkly lowrider-style paint work – a wild combine in its personal proper – however then you definately see the drift stance and the utterly uncovered rear finish. However that’s not all…


Up entrance, the Hilux has been 2JZ-converted and stacked with mods that embody a really serious-looking single turbo conversion. There’s lots to unpack right here, so keep tuned for a full function within the very close to future.


Additionally of word was this practice TRA Kyoto chassis parked alongside.

Mad Mike Whiddett lately pulled the wraps of his 5-rotor-powered ‘787D’ – a construct impressed by the ’91 Le Mans-winning Mazda 787B, however destined for drift demos – nonetheless, it looks as if there’s one other one of many {custom} stainless-steel chassis in existence too. That’s not solely sudden provided that Miura-san constructed 787D’s chassis and bodywork, however we’re actually wanting ahead to seeing the place this construct goes.


As you may see above, now we have much more to share with you from Tokyo Auto Salon 2024 – together with a full function on Wataru Kato‘s Liberty Stroll Lamborghini Countach, which Dino is capturing straight after the occasion.

Keep tuned for our subsequent replace from the Makuhari Messe!

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