Since my time on the 2022 Mooneyes Yokohama Sizzling Rod Customized Present was a bit extra restricted than in earlier years, I set my sights on one automotive to highlight. There have been numerous kustoms, muscle vehicles, sizzling rods and lowriders I might have chosen, however I used to be trying to find one thing a bit completely different.
It didn’t take me lengthy to seek out it.
After I first laid eyes on this Nissan March from the entrance finish, I assumed it was simply slammed on air and operating some severe onikyan for max visible affect. Because it seems although, the actual affect is what’s taking place inside the automotive, on the rear.
That is presumably the most effective instance of over-complication that I’ve seen in a really very long time. Fukushima’s Yuuki Suzuki has completely remodeled the K12’s rear finish by fully disposing of its beam axle in favor of a full customized – and completely loopy – suspension association. The structure now employs two adjustable bike coilovers on both sides, sporting built-in billet reservoirs.
The very first thing you would possibly assume is that the automotive was transformed to rear-wheel drive – as I did. Nevertheless, this March remains to be very a lot FWD. As you may see, all the rear seat space and trunk area is now dwelling to an entire lot of customized tube work that makes up each the roll cage and all the brand new subframe and suspension pick-up factors.
Identical to a professional drift automotive, the radiator has been relocated to the rear.
Suzuki-san is aware of a factor or two about customized physique work, and has handled his March to a bespoke metal wide-body conversion. The smoothly-shaped, built-in flares entrance and rear intently hug the aggressive wheel fitment.
How these tires bead onto the Kranze wheels and maintain air, I’m not truly certain!
The cabin is simply as wild with quite a few customized touches, together with an aluminum speedway-style bucket seat, bespoke door playing cards and a drilled steel steering wheel.
The place a passenger would as soon as sit is now dwelling to a racing gas cell and all of the elements and arduous traces that make up the gas system for a future engine construct.
That is clearly a enjoyable venture that showcases the fabrication and customized bodywork expertise of its builder greater than anything.
I simply love the actual fact that Suzuki-san selected the K12 chassis, because it jogs my memory of the March 12SR that Autech constructed within the mid-2000s. That got here with a high-revving 1.2-liter engine and a close-ratio guide gearbox making it a lot enjoyable on a technical mountain street.
I’m unsure how this construct would fare in a touge atmosphere, however it certain made an announcement on the Pacifico Yokohama present ground.
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