In these trying times, we cherish our memories of those last events we attended pre lockdown. The 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon in January was probably the final big affair we hit up internationally, and even though we're still more than a half year out from the next one, the fact we have done or seen little beyond the confines of the house has really made our recollections bittersweet and maybe even a little sad. Luckily, we have friends like Toyo Tires, who recently dropped a trio of video edits showcasing Pandem widebody cars from the show that somewhat help to take the edge off and put a smile on our collective faces.
Hikaru Taguchi's Moontech Nissan Silvia (S13), Daisuke Miyazaki's Todoroki Automotive Toyota Trueno (AE86), and the man himself, TRA Kyoto's Kei Miura's own Mazda RX-7 (FC3S) are each given a few minutes to flex their cars in front of the camera, every one sporting Pandem aero and also by no small coincidence seat harnesses (two also had Pandem bucket seats). Toyo caught up with their sponsored rides shortly after the end of TAS and each production is a tiny slice of pure JDM heaven.
In addition to its version 3 Pandem kit, Hikaru's Silvia also has a custom Pandem exhaust and front mount intercooler from Trust/GReddy. The S13's cabin sports a Trust steering wheel and Bride Zeta III seats, while the look outside is further established via 326 Power coilover suspension and re-barreled OZ Racing Futura 17s wrapped in Toyo Proxes R888R tires.
Daisuke's AE86 may have started as a Trueno but he has since converted it to a Levin nose and gone Nissan power for those touge uphill sections with a Tomei-stroked 2.2L SR20. Running an HKS gearbox and with the car at just 2,100 pounds, you'd be right if you guessed this hatchback used to drift, but it's not used for that anymore (he says); still, it looks the part with Pandem overfenders, bright green color, and one-off Work Equip 40 wheels at the corners.
Kei built his FC RX-7 expressly for Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 and its version 1.5 Pandem kit was designed for drifting, which is why he says the rear wing is so big. The classic Mazda rides on a KW coilover setup and features re-barreled BBS LM wheels forward and rear.
In addition to the sizzle reel the guys from Toyo sent over for this story, they also included dozens of photos of the cars featured in the videos and other Pandem-kitted machines, including some behind-the-scenes photos from the house of Rocket Bunny. We're missing all these good times from the past but certainly have our eyes trained on the good times to come in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, we have these Tokyo Auto Salon memories committed to video to keep us all warm and fuzzy inside, thanks to Toyo Tires and TRA Kyoto.
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