Ask the majority of journalists, enthusiasts and tuners at the show. Most will agree, this “Nardo Special” 380SX was the star of TAS. Using the great minds and workmanship of BenSopra and TRA Kyoto, the ultimate goal for the former Nissan 180SX is to take it to Italy in hopes of breaking the 400km/h mark (248.5mph) at the world-famous Nardo ring. In the bay rests the engine out of the Blitz R35 GT-R. It’s been refreshed to a 4.0-liter and given all the necessary parts such as a custom fuel system and twin TD06-25G turbos for its 1100hp target. The rest of the S13 is equally bananas featuring a one-off widebody, Hollinger sequential tranny, full carbon dash, custom coilovers with Roberuta air suspension and 18x11" Enkei RS05RR all-around. Yep, pretty bad-ass and we hope to bring you more updates of the 380SX when it’s finished.
J’s doesn’t need too much introduction if you’re a Honda enthusiast. The tuner is one of the biggest leaders in anything Honda tuning and this S2000 followed suit. The AP1 stands out most with its custom GT widebody conversion—all in carbon! The time attack S2K also features a 2.4-liter capable of 320hp, 18.9.5/10.5" TE37SL wheels and Showa/Swift suspension components.
09 racing Hako-Sunny Pickup
We aren’t used to seeing old school Nissan pickup trucks around our parts too often, let alone one equipped with a Hakosuka Skyline-styled front end. This particular Sunny truck comes to us courtesy of 09 Racing, and boy is this thing a sweet little number. The body of this truck has undergone a significant makeover, including a custom hood, front fenders, bumper, apron and chin spoiler, headlight housing kit, center grill and rear custom over fenders. The interior is immaculate, also featuring a custom dashboard, center console and rear view mirrors, as well as old school Skyline seats. It’s official—we want a Sunny truck project!
The Honda S2000 is a car with a long bloodline and heritage for racing, and this example from Top Fuel is an excellent benchmark of how extreme you can go in the pursuit of speed. Built with the intention of competing in the World Time Attack Challenge in Australia, this insane monster, dubbed the “Top Fuel Type RR,” is equipped with a highly-strung turbocharged motor, customized Voltex aero package, and race suspension and brakes. This thing ain’t no show car folks, this here is the real deal. Top Fuel has plans to continue development of this car in hopes of setting new class records in various time attack events. If they keep it up and continue to build at this level, we can certainly see that happening!
Bling blang! 86/BRZ world was in full effect and one of the most impressive cars came from Blitz. Just a month before TAS, this BRZ ran in the Tsukuba Super Battle and was crowned “Fastest BRZ”. The FA20 was built for boost featuring lowered compression using Legacy parts. A Blitz turbo kit which include larger injectors and fuel pump increases power to 400+hp. The rest of the BRZ doesn’t disappoint with a six-point rollcage, 18x9/10" Blitz BRW wheels, prototype widebody kit and of course, the blingin’ wrap.
This NSX was one of the coolest time attack cars of the show, which is saying a lot considering the competition it was up against. Sporting a Kakimoto Racing proprietary body kit on the outside, this whip has been rebuilt with a tube framed front, customized strut suspension and a complete race-ready caged interior. Power comes from a set of forged pistons, fully-balanced rotating assembly, aggressive cam shafts, and ported and polished heads. Good for 345 PS (roughly 340 horsepower) this thing sounds like an absolute beast, and actually is quite quick around a circuit as well.
If you can recall the name Spirit Rei, then you’ll know that the name goes hand-in-hand with earlier model Nissan Silvias and 180SX. Flip back to our May 2010/Japan issue and you’ll spot the wildly-popular Odyvia, a red S13 coupe that was retrofitted with a wide-body kit and a front end housing Honda Odyssey headlights, thus creating the name used to describe the car. This year, Spirit Rei came back in simpler form at the Drift Tengoku booth with this 180SX; no fancy conversion but body-accentuating aero and deep-dished Work wheels to compliment it. One of the few and best looking S-cars at TAS 2013.