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Turning Dreams Into Reality

Mar 11, 2006 SHARE
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Spanning for over a quarter-century, import enthusiasts have grown to love and respect the three-letter acronym known as HKS. In October 1973, two passionate engineers Hiroyuki Hasegawa, a former engineer for Yamaha Motor Company, and his partner Mr. Kitagawa, conceptualized an idea of building a company dedicated to designing and building high-performance engines and aftermarket components-products not offered by the major OE manufactures such as Datsun or Toyota. Obtaining financial funding and a partnership with Sigma Automotive Co., Ltd., the two man team, including their backers, better known as HKS (Hasegawa, Kitagawa, and Sigma), began their engine tuning within the confines of a dairy-farm shed at the base of Mount Fuji. History recorded that Mr. Hasegawa was the pioneer who designed and built the first aftermarket turbocharger for passenger cars, which propelled this small startup company to stardom within the high-performance market.

Thirty-two years have passed since the first tool was turned in that tiny dairy farm shed. Today, HKS headquarters resides in a 100,000 square foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing and R&D facility at the foot of Mount Fuji as their team of engineers put their products to the ultimate test in drag racing, road racing, rallying and top speed trials. Covering all aspects of motorsports takes a demanding toll on even a large powerhouse such as HKS. Rather than limiting themselves with only the corporate building in the Tokyo area, HKS addressed this dilemma by slowly branching out its locations to supply race dealerships and consumers with quality components.

HKS Technical Factory, a subdivision of HKS, opened their doors on January 24, 2003 to service customer's needs with professional tuning based around HKS performance parts. Located in Saitama, Japan, TF is integrated with HKS's Tokyo sales office, employing five mechanics/ engineers and nine sales staffers. Technical Factory offers a wide range of services for the auto enthusiast; from simple oil and filter changes to full chassis reinforcing, they can provide anything the customer needs. With a complete facility, the mechanics also have the ability to overhaul suspension as well as provide four-wheel alignment and corner balance any vehicle.

For customers who demand high performance engine upgrades they can go to TF knowing that the staff has the ability to dynotune and install superchargers and aftermarket turbo kits offered "off the shelf" by HKS. Using an in-house selection of AF640 or 700 meters, the Dynapack 5000 series four-wheel dyno ensures a vehicle can be fully tuned whether the upgrade is a GT3037 turbine or FCon V-Pro fuel computer. Walk-in customers who decide on purchasing an HKS exhaust have the comforts of knowing TF can perform a 95 dB sound check while monitoring for carbon monoxides and hydrocarbons, using their state-of-the-art test machine. During our photo shoot, we caught a glimpse of a Nissan Fuga (Infinity M45) in the building stages of receiving an HKS supercharger. Using a VQ35DE power plant, similar to the Nissan 350Z, the Fuga was set to use a F-CON SZ fuel management computer while boosting up power figures to 340ps at 6500rpm (.6kg of boost). Not too shabby for a luxury car.

Future plans for HKS Technical Factory include sales of complete vehicles packed with HKS goodies and professional installation. With the growing popularity of the import aftermarket scene, HKS TF aims to become a brand name product like AC Schnitzer, Lorinser, and Carlsson. Until that day finally arrives, customers can expect the finest in HKS quality parts sold, tested and installed under one roof.


HKS 350Z
HKS Rotrex Supercharger Kit
HKS Oil Cooler Kit
HKS Legamax Muffler
HKS SLD
HKS DB Chrono Meters (Boost)
HKS Hipermax LS+Advan Model T6 (wheel)
Advan Neova AD07
Endless 6 pot brake kit (front)


HKS 180SX
HKS Super Mega Flow
HKS S-TYPE Intercooler Kit AL
HKS GT2835 Turbine
HKS Reinforced Actuator
HKS Extension Kit
HKS Stock Replacement S/S Exhaust
Manifold
HKS Oil Cooler Kit
HKS Forged Piston Kit
HKS Step2 Camshaft IN: 256 EX: 264
HKS Reinforced Valve Springs
HKS Aluminum Slide Cam Pulley
HKS Rocker Arm Stopper
HKS 1.2mm Stopper Type Head Gasket
HKS Super Fire Racing Plugs S45i
HKS 550cc Injectors
HKS Fuel Pump
T-GET Radiator Air Guide
Kazama Auto Oil Catch Tank
HKT Low Temp Thermostat
Yashio Factory Super Light Radiator
HKS Electronics Console
HKS 60mm Oil Pressure Meter
HKS 60mm EGT
HKS EVC
HKS A/F Knock Amp
HKS F-Con V Pro
HKS Twin Power DLI
HKS CAMP
HKS CAMP Junction Box
HKS Turbo Timer
HKS Circle Earth
HKS Hipermax Damper PRO
Kazama Auto Rear Member Collar
Cusco Front Strut Tower Bar
Z33 Front Brembo Brakes
Project Mu Front/Rear Rotors and Pads
HCR32 Rear Caliper
Earls Stainless Brake Hose
HKS Prototype Exhaust
HKS Down Pipe
HKS Metal Catalyzer
HKS Original Steering Wheel
Willans Seat Harness
Sharp 6.4in Monitor
Bride BRIX Seats
HKS GD Clutch Max
HKS 6MT Transmission
Advan Neova tires F: 235-40-17?R: 245-40-18
AVS MODEL T6 F: 9.0J-17 +22?R:
9.0J-18 +22
Power: 410PS/6350rpm
Torque: 49.4kg-m/5610rpm


HKS Zero-R Skyline GT-R BNR32 KAI
RB28DETT KAI
Nismo GT Block
HKS TA45S Single Turbo
HKS Forged Pistons
HKS Connecting Rods
HKS Camshaft
HKS Valve Spring
HKS Oil Pump
ECCS HKS VPC + HKS F-CON
HKS-Tilton Clutch
HKS Hollinger 6SP Transmission
HKS Hyper MAX AU Damper
HKS ETC
HKS Magnesium 18x9 one-piece rims
HKS Pipe Stabilizer
HKS FLC + HKS OLC
Total cubic displacement: 2688cc
Power: 450ps/7500rpm
Torque: 50kgm/6000rpm

Proudly displayed on the showroom floor is the Tsukuba Super Lap record holder TRB-02 Lancer Evolution. Laced in complete dry carbon, the EVO, piloted by Nobuteru Taniguchi, tracked its way into the record books with an impressive 54.739 seconds.

Sitting among a flood of HKS project cars sat the infamous HKS S15. Upon further inspection we found out this vehicle wasn't the authentic D1 Grand Prix drift vehicle campaigned by Nobuteru Taniguchi, rather this red clad monster was a exact replica of the real thing.

We captured one of the five HKS engineers/mechanics in the process of researching and developing the new HKS Rotrex Supercharger for the Nissan Fuga. This kit is labeled as producing 340ps at a mere .6 bar of boost pressure.

Customers are offered a unique opportunity to get hands on approach to each of the products.


HKS Technical Factory
www.HKS-TF.co.jp
Tel: 048-421-0508

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