Two NATS Standouts From Tokyo Auto Salon 2023


Yearly, the scholars at Nihon Automotive Faculty (NATS) create some wild initiatives for the Tokyo Auto Salon as a part of their customization curriculum.

Working in groups, the scholars are tasked with constructing really distinctive automobiles in simply six months, and the outcomes are at all times value a more in-depth look.


The NATS sales space at TAS at all times has all kinds of initiatives on show together with full restorations and System SAE race vehicles, nevertheless it’s their customized builds that steal the present.

This yr was no exception, with the ‘Alphard Tremendous Dually’ and ‘GR Stance’ headlining the NATS show. Let’s try these two loopy builds…


The Alphard Tremendous Dually was born from a easy query: What would an American customized/scorching rod builder create in the event that they bought their arms on a typical Japanese household hauler.

The NATS college students tasked with this construct answered the query by combining a Toyota Alphard and the mattress from a Toyota Hilux with a complete lot of customized fabrication.


However after all, it couldn’t be a dually if it didn’t have some additional width out again. That stated, it doesn’t even have two wheels per aspect on the rear, however the dually phantasm is created by huge 20×14-inch Work Equip E10s tucked below customized rear fenders.


You’ll be able to think about this factor rolling down the Chuo Expressway and taking pictures sparks, whereas the children sit back within the captain chairs.


In the event you have been to strategy this subsequent automobile from the entrance and didn’t know its identify, you may battle to determine it.


The ‘GR Stance’ is a Toyota 86-based mashup between GT race automobile and stance automobile.


To assist create the GT race automobile look, the scholars went all-out on the outside. One-off overfenders, an enormous rear diffuser, box-like aspect skirts and a rear window louver are simply among the particulars. After all, it wanted to be low to the bottom too, and a T-Demand air trip system takes care of that side.


The FA20 engine up entrance has been calmly breathed on, with a GReddy T518Z turbocharger bumping energy output to 275hp.


The inside is race-themed with the set up of a roll cage, Recaro RRMS2700G seat, Sparco P300 steering wheel and some gauges.


The NATS college students actually outdid themselves at this yr’s Tokyo Auto Salon, so a visit as much as the Nihon Automotive Faculty for a correct have a look at all of the creations is certainly on the playing cards.

Ron Celestine
Instagram: celestinephotography


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