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1991 Nissan R32 Skyline 4-Door Sedan Built to Drift

Hiroshima's Drifting Heroine

Steve Enomoto
Sep 14, 2015
Photographer: Colin Waki

Back in its heyday, we would often hear stories of how packed the infamous Daikoku Futo car meets were in Yokohama, Japan. From Nissan Skylines to Honda Civics, people would wait up to three hours just to get in. However, in recent years, the meets haven't drawn as big of a crowd as before and the new and younger generation of car buyers isn't interested in the tuning scene like before. This is even truer for female car enthusiasts, which were already low in numbers to begin with. Today, finding a car girl in Japan is as rare as smelling a fart in a sandstorm—highly doubtful but...not completely impossible. This is why the story of Tomiko and her four-door Nissan Skyline is so phenomenal.

1991 nissan r32 skyline 4 door sedan work meister wheel Photo 2/22   |   Lavender never looked so good on these Work Meister S1Rs.

Tomiko is simply bad—and we're talking bad meaning good! Not only did she build this wild-looking '91 Skyline sedan, but she drifts it on the regular. She claims the pseudonym "1035," where in Japanese, the numerical value 10-3-5 can be creatively pronounced "To-Mi-Go." This Skyline sedan is Ms. Tomiko's latest toy in which she acquired the vehicle "on the cheap" solely to practice her drifting skills.

What caught our attention first about her R32 are the stickers. They're not just slapped on, but deeply thought out and carefully placed. In some cases, a measly sticker will actually make or break the entire execution of a vehicle build, so it should never be scoffed at. The Japanese actually call this approach "Sticker Tune," which is similar to an unappreciated urban art, where it is expressed on an unconventional canvas. In Tomiko's case, the focal point is the U.S. Air Force livery across the front fenders combined with the gray undercoat, indicating the fighter jet-esque theme. We think you'll agree that this type of modification can be pulled off only in Japan without even remotely looking like a ricer. Oh, and the fact that she's a female drifter with an R32 Skyline helps with the cool factor, too!

1991 nissan r32 skyline 4 door sedan rb25det engine Photo 6/22   |   Not the prettiest bay, but this 400hp RB25DET is put to good use on the track.

The seemingly unmodified inline-six RB25DET engine provides powerful torque as is, where simply a GReddy boost controller can be a night-and-day driving experience. Other notable power mods are the larger Zenki R33 turbo, HPI manifold, and the Go-Welding stainless steel air suction system. Although it is not disclosed, it is speculated that the vehicle is pushing roughly 400 hp.

1991 nissan r32 skyline 4 door sedan uras front bumper Photo 7/22   |   1991 Nissan R32 Skyline 4 Door Sedan Uras Front Bumper

JDM-ness is plentiful on the exterior of the car starting with the Blade suspension that's been tuned with stiffer spring rates for drifting. The URAS aero kit gives the R32 all the aggression it needs, plus the lavender-painted centers of the Work Meister S1R wheels give the Skyline a look you won't find anywhere else in the world.

The only other lavender color on the vehicle is the six-point Saito rollcage, which intertwines perfectly with the interior contours of the cockpit. The traditional drifter bubble shift knob, Recaro SR3 seats, and a Grip Royal steering wheel serve as the proper tools of the trade.

1991 nissan r32 skyline 4 door sedan grip royal steering wheel Photo 8/22   |   The lavender theme is continued to the six-point 'cage, Grip Royal wheel, and shift knob.

Tomiko is part of the car club Bad Quality and REVIEW. It is centralized in the Southwestern region of Japan and currently gaining massive popularity. Evidently, the Japanese tuning magazines still feature these crews as well as female racers purely because they are, in fact, an uncommon species. Perhaps one day, masses of Japanese women will start taking interest in cars and, of course, where there are females, the males will follow. With this theory, women have the potential to be the savior of a declining culture, especially if one is an influential heroine like Tomiko.

1991 nissan r32 skyline 4 door sedan suit case Photo 12/22   |   "Sticker tuned" suitcase to match!
1991 nissan r32 skyline 4 door sedan uras rear bumper Photo 13/22   |   1991 Nissan R32 Skyline 4 Door Sedan Uras Rear Bumper
1991 nissan r32 skyline 4 door sedan uras rear bumper Photo 17/22   |   1991 Nissan R32 Skyline 4 Door Sedan Uras Rear Bumper
1991 nissan r32 skyline 4 door sedan bubble shift knob Photo 21/22   |   1991 Nissan R32 Skyline 4 Door Sedan Bubble Shift Knob
1991 nissan r32 skyline 4 door sedan uras side skirts Photo 22/22   |   She's as rare as they come. Tomiko lives her life sideways!
By Steve Enomoto
24 Articles
1991 Nissan R32 Skyline 4-Door Sedan Built to Drift
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Owner: Tomiko
Hometown: Hiroshima, Japan
Occupation: drift junkie
Engine: RB25DET engine; R33 Zenki turbocharger; R32 GT-R fuel pump; HPI exhaust manifold, spark plugs; HKS Power Flow air filter; Go-Welding original suction pipe, exhaust
Driveline: NISMO clutch
Suspension & Chassis: Blade coilovers with 24k front, 16k rear MAQS springs; Saito six-point rollcage Brakes Project Mu pads
Wheels & Tires: 17x9" +5 front, 17x9.5" -6 rear Work Meister S1R wheels finished in 1035 Lavender; 215/40R17 front Dunlop DZ102, 215/45R17 rear Nankang NS2 tires
Exterior: URAS aero kit; Air Force gray paint
Interior: Recaro SR3 seat; R32 GT-R seat; Grip Royal steering wheel; Bubble shift knob; GReddy Profec boost controller; Auto Meter tachometer and gauges; Kenwood head unit
0-60 MPH: 3.7 seconds
Thanks You: Go-Welding, Inoue Jidousha, Sign Harrows

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