4 Should-See Automobiles From Tokyo Auto Salon 2024

4 Should-See Automobiles From Tokyo Auto Salon 2024
4 Should-See Automobiles From Tokyo Auto Salon 2024

If there’s one takeaway from the primary day of Tokyo Auto Salon 2024, it’s sheer craziness. The loopy builds are again, and so are the loopy crowds. The truth is, if the variety of attendees we encountered on simply the primary day of this three-day mega occasion retains up over all the weekend, there’d have to be a brand new TAS attendance document set.

Throughout the eleven big halls of the Makuhari Messe, we’ve come throughout so many wonderful builds, and we’re planning to indicate you as a lot of them as we will over the course of the approaching days’ protection. Right this moment, although, we needed to share just a few of the early standouts – the automobiles you should see should you’re braving the Tokyo Auto Salon this weekend.

Kazuki Ohashi’s Madlane 935ML Masterpiece

Let’s begin with Kazuki Ohashi‘s Madlane 935ML Masterpiece. And ‘Masterpiece’ is a becoming title, as a result of what this 29-year-old builder has created is nothing in need of phenomenal. If you happen to forged your minds again to 2021, you may bear in mind our go to to Madlane, the place Kazuki-san talked us over the 964 Carrera 2-based creation he was engaged on. You may try that characteristic right here.


Kazuki-san’s inspiration for the mission was the Kremer 935 K4, however as you possibly can see from the 99.9% completed mission (solely tuning of the MoTeC engine administration system is required earlier than the automotive’s shakedown) he’s taken it to a complete new degree – and it’s superior.


Don’t for a minute suppose this can be a only a show-style construct, like a few of Madlane’s different creations, although. It’s been engineered with motorsport underpinnings, from {custom} tube chassis and suspension work to a constructed 3.8L engine operating twin KKK turbos with 935 wastegates. And take a look at these rear slicks!


We’re so glad to see Kazuki-san deliver this imaginative and prescient to life, and you may wager we’ll be heading again right down to Madlane HQ as quickly as doable to shoot the automotive for a full characteristic.

Mad Mike Whiddett’s Mazda 808/RX-3 Wagon


Earlier than Mad Mike Whiddett began drifting rotary-powered Mazdas in New Zealand he skidded them up, and of all his early builds none are extra well-known than FURSTY – his peripheral port 13B-powered 808 station wagon. After successful NZ’s 2004 Skidfest occasion, Mike discovered drifting and the RX-3-facelifted wagon was offered to assist fund the acquisition of his FD3S RX-7 – the automotive we now all know as MADBUL.


After a very long time away, in October final 12 months Mike was in a position to buy the 808/RX-3 again, and reunite the wagon with its authentic FURSTY plates. However there have been extra plans that simply that, and over the previous three months the 808/RX-3 has been reworked from a avenue automotive to a fully-fledged pro-spec drift machine that can compete within the 2024 D1 Grand Prix championship right here in Japan.

There’s an enormous spec to FURSTY, from the TCP-Magic-built 26B four-rotor NA engine backed up by an HGT sequential transmission and Winters Efficiency quick-change rear finish, to the one-off Rocket Bunny Pandem wide-body package and {custom} Rotiform wheels, and we’ll uncover all that and extra with a full characteristic very quickly. What we’re actually wanting ahead to although is seeing the automotive in motion in D1GP!

Hikaru Taguchi’s Moontech x LTO BMW M3


In Dino’s 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon preview submit, he named Moontech’s E36 M3 as one in all his early standouts of the present, and now having gone in for a better look, it’s solely gotten higher. We already knew that Hikaru Taguchi might construct a tricky E36, however this one goes even additional than he’s gone earlier than by means of a particular collaboration with Khyzyl Saleem and tuning powerhouse Belief/GReddy.

Moontech’s ‘Venture LTO E36′ options Khyzyl’s LTO (Dwell To Offend) wide-body package, paired with Air Raise Efficiency air suspension and SCD EXT wheels from Neutrale in 18×10-inch and 18×13.5-inch fitments.


Inside, in true Moontech trend you’ll discover a full custom-trimmed cabin, whereas turbocharging of the M3’s S50 gives a stable efficiency bump. Belief/Greddy got here on board for all of the engine work.

Kei Miura’s Rocket Bunny Pandem Toyota Hilux 


Rocket Bunny and Tokyo Auto Salon have gone hand in hand for longer than we will bear in mind, however Kei Miura has introduced one thing very completely different from the norm to the TAS social gathering this 12 months, and we will’t get sufficient of it.


It’s arduous to know learn how to classify this 1989 Toyota Hilux as there’s a complete lot occurring. At first look it’s a mini truck with a Pandem package and sparkly lowrider-style paint work – a wild combine in its personal proper – however you then see the drift stance and the fully uncovered rear finish. However that’s not all…


Up entrance, the Hilux has been 2JZ-converted and stacked with mods that embrace a really serious-looking single turbo conversion. There’s lots to unpack right here, so keep tuned for a full characteristic within the very close to future.


Additionally of be aware was this practice TRA Kyoto chassis parked alongside.

Mad Mike Whiddett not too long ago pulled the wraps of his 5-rotor-powered ‘787D’ – a construct impressed by the ’91 Le Mans-winning Mazda 787B, however destined for drift demos – nevertheless, it looks as if there’s one other one of many {custom} chrome steel chassis in existence too. That’s not fully sudden on condition that Miura-san constructed 787D’s chassis and bodywork, however we’re actually wanting ahead to seeing the place this construct goes.


As you possibly can see above, we’ve much more to share with you from Tokyo Auto Salon 2024 – together with a full characteristic on Wataru Kato‘s Liberty Stroll Lamborghini Countach, which Dino is taking pictures straight after the occasion.

Keep tuned for our subsequent replace from the Makuhari Messe!

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