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Rocky Auto VQ-powered S30 at Tokyo Auto Salon 2016

Vintage car builder Rocky Auto does it again with this carbon-fiber clad, VQ-powered S30

Jan 19, 2016

Junya Watanabe of Rocky Auto is a living legend, simply put. He's the benchmark when it comes to classic Japanese car builds and his resume numbers into the hundreds. Just take a look at past examples featured in Super Street:

October '10. 581hp Fairlady Z with an RB26 heart, custom fenders and more.
November '10. A carbon classic, Fairlady Z with a naturally-aspirated RB30 under the hood.
December '11. Imported from the States, here's a beefed up US-spec, left-hand-drive 240Z with Rocky Auto carbon goodies.
January '12. SR20-powered 510. So clean!
February '13. 5.7-liter, LT1-powered 240Z on Panasport wheels.

Rocky auto s30 fairlady z carbon fiber fender Photo 2/12   |   Rocky Auto S30 Fairlady Z Carbon Fiber Fender

These are just an inkling of what Watanabe-san has built in his career. To be honest, we wish we could feature everything that comes out of his shop because every car is pure fire! However, it's not the easiest task getting to his garage in Okazaki City (southeast of Nagoya). So when we come across his builds at Tokyo Auto Salon, we make sure to take our time and soak in all of Rocky Auto's awesomeness, such as when we stumbled upon this wicked S30 at the '16 show.

On the outside, the Z features some modifications we recognize from past Rocky Auto builds before, for example the carbon-fiber bumpers, fenders, rear wing and hood. What stopped us in our track laid in the engine bay - Nissan's 3.5-liter, 300hp V6 known as the VQ35. A common motor we typically see in the 350Z and Infiniti G35; however, what's even cooler about this car is the interior of a 350Z has also been retrofitted into the old school S30. Beefier powertrain, matched with modern comfort and technology in a classic body? It's the formula Watanabe-san at Rocky Auto has followed with all of his builds and we can't deny, it's a formula works!

Rocky auto s30 fairlady z vq35 engine Photo 9/12   |   Rocky Auto S30 Fairlady Z Vq35 Engine
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