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Tuning Evolution: Inside Limitless Works

Tuning Evolution: Inside Limitless Works


Late final yr, I paid a protracted overdue go to to Limitless Works in Yokohama.

I had really contacted the store’s proprietor Kazuhiro Sato – Kaz to his mates and acquaintances – nearly two years prior, within the hope that he might do some work on my Impreza. However alas, the calendar was absolutely booked with buyer automobiles – principally Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions – with the following accessible opening just a few months forward. So, sadly, I needed to look elsewhere.

Limitless Works is a Japanese tuning store in very excessive demand, and maybe one of many final of its variety.

Kaz started tuning Evos within the late Nineties. He arrange Limitless Works by himself 17 years in the past, hiring a tight-knit crew of mechanics who’re nonetheless working with him in the present day. Speak about job satisfaction.


It’s no shock actually, as there’s all the time one thing thrilling to work on. Most notably, Limitless Works helped develop one of many world’s most iconic and influential Lancer Evolutions – the two-time World Time Assault Problem-winning and Tsukuba legend, Cyber Evo.


For those who chat with Kaz for greater than 54.642 seconds (that’s the Cyber Evo’s quickest Tsukuba lap time), there’s one phrase which is able to pop up greater than as soon as: Ardour. 


Whereas tuning Evos to set blisteringly-fast lap occasions is a certain solution to turn into well-known, the issues that preserve you in favour with the lots are drivebility and reliability. The Limitless Works crew delight themselves on constructing quick highway automobiles which keep a sure diploma of civility. Which means air-conditioning and electrical home windows can all be present in Kaz’s buyer builds. Even a few of the sub-60 second Tsukuba automobiles that Limitless Works have constructed nonetheless retain their manufacturing unit creature comforts.


These automobiles are constructed for efficiency although, and as you’d anticipate, some neat aftermarket elements are made in home. Limitless Works’ stainless cat-back exhaust methods are fairly fashionable, and can be found in two specs: preserve it civilised or wake the lifeless.


Speaking with Kaz about his store and the aftermarket business on the whole revealed two factors of concern for the veteran tuner. Firstly, he sees a much bigger divide than there’s ever been between the variety of outlets who deliver many years of experience to their clients and produce work which displays this, and fly-by-night outlets producing sub-par work. His different concern is a common fear for tuning outlets and customers alike – elements, or lack thereof. I’m certain lots of you too have been hit with the dreaded ‘this half has been discontinued’ error on the checkout. So how is the business surviving? Properly, fortunately many elements are nonetheless accessible. However typically elements like trim, bumpers and different physique panels aren’t. The one possibility is to refurbish, recycle, or in some instances, recreate them your self.


The recommendation from Limitless Works? Take care of your trip and take preventative measure in opposition to in poor health destiny. Carry on prime of upkeep, drive sensibly – inside purpose – and take a look at to not hit something alongside the best way. For those who take care of your stuff correctly, then it would final a number of automobile lifetimes.


When the Cyber Evo ran its WTAC victory lap in 2011 it was a 10-year-old automobile. It might be a 23-year-old automobile this yr, and I’m certain it might nonetheless run rings round a inventory 991 Porsche 911 GT3. Kaz doesn’t know the place the enduring Evo is now, however on the day I visited Limitless Works, there was a buyer Lancer that laps Tsukuba nearly as fast because the Cyber Evo did, in for a routine check-up. I made certain to test it out, so keep tuned for that function very quickly.

Toby Thyer
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