As associate editor for Modified, I get to do a lot of cool stuff: get into events, write about interesting cars, meet great people in the industry and (most importantly) photograph some of the nicest vehicles in the tuner scene. At times, though, the hectic schedule can become numbing and makes it difficult to get hyped about every single thing. But every now and then, an opportunity for a story so unique comes along and my problem changes. I no longer have writer’s block, and instead find myself struggling to fit all the words in the magazine’s limited space. This is one of those instances.
Let me warn you that this isn’t the complete story. To jam an entire detailed account of two cars built to the extreme that these twin Odyvia S13 coupes are into a mere six pages isn’t only impossible, it would be shameful to even attempt it. Instead of discussing what parts were chosen for what reasons, I’ll leave that to the spec sheets and do my best to tell you about the real reason why these apparent show cars grace the pages of Modified.
When I first met Rajeet Dalal and Tony Borriboonratana of Mastermind NA, I was pleasantly surprised by how excited these guys are about cars. Not only do Rajeet and Tony spend their days importing rare car parts and wheels from Japan, they’re constantly working on ways to bring the ideas and style of JDM tuners to enthusiasts here in North America. If you’re ever looking for a hard-to-find JDM part or something that you’ve never seen stateside, look no further — Rajeet and Tony can get it for you. Rajeet and I were chatting one day about a few upcoming projects he had in the works, and he slyly mentioned the Odyvia build almost in passing. It took me a minute to figure out what he meant by the word Odyvia, but as soon as it clicked (I remembered a feature article from the May ’10 issue of Super Street) I knew I had to shoot this car. As the build progressed and the vision slowly began to materialize into a reality, I decided to check out the Mastermind car fresh out of the paint booth. To say this car has a “nice paintjob” would be a gross understatement — you can see for days and days into the custom Candy Metallic Root Beer Brown ocean of paint that engulfs this car. It looked awesome as a simple shell. The Odyvia body wasn’t even on it, and I began imagining the photoshoot, which would be months away. All of a sudden, my daydreams were interrupted as Rajeet and Tony dropped a bombshell I would have never expected: there was another Odyvia, and it was coming here.
How do I start on about the Spirit Rei car? On a core level, this is a car that was created as a joint effort between Restored Japan (a well-known shop that specializes in high-end restoration and customization of older Japanese vehicles) and Spirit Rei as a way to showcase their own unique tuning style to the world at SEMA. But the story goes much deeper than a simple shop car built to showcase a range of products. The relationship between Restored Japan and Spirit Rei is interesting and admittedly difficult for an outsider to fully grasp.
Mr. Motohiro Taniguchi of Spirit Rei is the designer of the Odyvia widebody kit. After coming up with the concept for the Odyvia, Taniguchi-San approached Mr. Seiji Inata, owner of Restored Japan, for help with the creation of the actual molds needed to handcraft each of these extremely rare widebody kits. Inata-San, in his infinite passion for his craftsmanship, took Taniguchi-San into his home for a period of roughly 6 months while the they produced the first Odyvia prototype car. Shortly thereafter, Inata-San took it upon himself to build the Restored Japan/Spirit Rei collaboration car you see before you, but not without the assistance of his loyal and skilled apprentice, Toshiki Fujii. The two men painstakingly pieced together their own Odyvia over the course of many months in preparation for SEMA 2010, choosing to go with a refreshing combination of classic ’70s Japanese flavor and modern JDM tuning style. Tragically, Fujii-San passed away shortly after seeing his dream become a reality; he died November 29, 2010, due to complications involving a medical condition he had been hiding from his friends and family for months, as he had devoted his undivided attention to the Odyvia build in his final days.
Fujii-San’s survived friends and family have dedicated the Odyvia to his memory; this car will never see action on the track, nor will it change over time. The Japanese take things like this very seriously, and it’s this commitment that reaffirms Rajeet and his crew’s decision to build their own USDM counterpart to showcase alongside the JDM Restored/Spirit Rei car at the 2010 SEMA show for all to see. Side by side, the Odyvias both grab your attention for their own reasons — they’re so different, yet so similar. The two cars are crafted to an impeccable standard and they’re simply a marvelous spectacle, which must be seen in person to truly appreciate.
And what a pair they make! With only a handful of Odyvia-equipped cars existing worldwide, they have changed the way we look at modified S13s forever. The JDM car is currently in Japan making the rounds at as many car shows as the guys can accommodate, and the Mastermind car is here stateside doing the same. Although these cars may not appear to fit the mold of what you’ve come to expect from the content of Modified, this writer believes that everyone can appreciate the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into creating these two amazing cars.
Specs & Details
'91 Nissan 240SX (USDM)
Engine Chevrolet LS6 V-8
Engine Mods Custom Mastermind NA wiring harness, tubular headers; BBK 85mm throttle body; custom V-mounted Koyo radiator; McKinney Motorsports engine mounts; Volant dual filter intake
Drivetrain T56 transmission; custom driveshaft; Infiniti Q45 3.90 limited slip differential; Wilwood clutch master cylinder; RPS clutch; Hurst short shifter
Engine Management Custom Mastermind NA–tuned ECU
Wheels, Tires, & Brakes Custom re-barreled Leonhardritt Orden wheels 18x10.5" -25mm (f) & 18x12" -32mm (r); Toyo Proxes R1R tires 235/40R18 (f) & 275/35R18 (r); R32 Skyline 5-lug brake & hub conversion; Project Mu brake pads; Earl’s braided stainless lines
Suspension Buddy Club D1 Spec Dampers; Megan Racing rear upper control arms
Interior Recaro SR3 seats; custom suede interior re-upholstery (front & rear seats, dash, A-pillar trim, B-pillar trim, headliner, door panels, custom black interior carpet); Impul 913 Special steering wheel; Momo hub; Corvette 6-speed shift knob; all-new OEM weather stripping & mouldings
Exterior Complete Spirit Rei Japan widebody kit: front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper, front fenders (55mm) rear quarter panels (85mm) & hood; JDM Honda Odyssey headlights; Redtail LED taillights (tinted); Custom PPG Radiance II Candy Brown paint by Auto Explosion of Gardena, CA
Thanks To Restored Japan, Spirit Rei Japan, PPG, Sean Smith Designs, Auto Explosion, Buddy Club, Vinyl Lab, Single Source, Toyo Tires, Volant Intakes, Arqray Japan
Specs & Details
'91 Nissan Silvia (JDM)
Engine Nissan CA18 carbureted inline-6
Engine Modifications L28 big port export cam; Kameari slide cam sprockets, Solex 44HH; custom stainless steel header; S13 modified muffler; Kameari distributor kit, twin idler gear; MSD 6AL, blaster SS coil; HPI aluminum radiator; Wako jet block
Drivetrain KaaZ limited slip differential
Engine Management Unknown
Wheels, Tires & Brakes 18x10.5" Kranze Cerberus II wheels; Toyo Proxes R1R tires 235/40R18; S14 calipers & rotors (f); R32 calipers & rotors (r)
Suspension Universal Air full air suspension
Interior Kenmeri Skyline dashboard swap, front seats; Oomori oil temp, water temp, oil pressure, fuel gauges; Auto Meter tachometer; Carrozzeria high-end audio & speakers; Vertex deep-dish steering wheel
Exterior Complete Spirit Rei Japan widebody kit: front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper, front fenders (55mm) rear quarter panels (85mm) & hood; JDM Honda Odyssey headlights; Redtail LED taillights; custom airbrushed hood; “Shark Style” silver & purple paint w/ metallic blue custom fat flake; Ganador mirrors