HKS Toyota Altezza D1 Drifting Car

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Does the New HKS Altezza Have it Takes to be a Champ?

Black is and red is gone; HKS replaces the D1 S15 Silvia for a 473-whp Altezza

Let’s say you a high-ranking D1 Grand Prix in Japan (Don’t worry, we you’re not, this is believe. Just humor us and along with this for a second.) So you’re drifting is quite possibly the baddest S15 in existence for five out of the seven rounds during the 2004 With your sliding and the HKS race team backing you’ve managed to nudge out closest competitor by six points at the end of the round. You’re confident you can it all in the Finals if you just stick to winning formula. Then you get a from upper management you that your flagship S15 is and you’re going to be driving a Altezza for the last two rounds. How would you be? We’re guessing have the same reaction we had HKS Japan dropped this on its driver, Nobuteru Taniguchi, and team. Yes, HKS dropped the S15 in favor of a new widebody Altezza.

An Altezza in Japan is quite a performer. It’s considered more of a performance car than its US the Lexus IS300. In Japan, the is powered by the 2.0L inline 3S-GTE motor that can be in the second-generation MR-2, so locating parts is a breeze. We’ve tuners push that engine upwards of 500 hp. Nonetheless, a Altezza still doesn’t or handle like a stock ever will. Bottom it’s not a Silvia. To get the Altezza to be to a Silvia takes a lot of hours and and to build one that matches the of HKS’ S15 Silvia is plain That’s like asking girlfriend to pull some Nova moves in the sack. Or in case, his blowup doll. the HKS race team always has an of resources to back them up. It hurt that they’re a tad bit crazy as well.

The team was already working on this car way before its debut at 6 of the D1GP. From what told, the original plan was to the bare chassis Altezza as a beefed-up street car. plans changed quickly the competition got fiercer throughout the The HKS team realized it had to pull out the big It stuffed the bottom end full of HKS parts and bumped the displacement up to A new GT2835 ball-bearing turbo the stock unit and was held to 1.5 bar of via a strengthened actuator and EVC V boost To administer the fuel and timing, an V Pro D Jetro was paired up with a high-flow fuel pump, in a very satisfying 473 hp at the rear

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But as we know by now, drifting is than just making a lot of Suspension plays the major in a sliding machine. Slapping in the HKS D coilovers and TRD sway bars was the part, but calibrating them to preference was a much more task. Prior to the debut, and the team didn’t have track time with the new Even during Round 6 of D1, the still wasn’t dialed in Taniguchi-san had to use each practice just to feel the car out so he could the team exactly what to be changed before qualifying No time for breaks at this The team spent every between rounds trying to the ideal ride height and stiffness. We barely had time to this feature.

What stands out the most on Altezza, of course, is the exterior. You have an ugly drift Well, you can, but it won’t it onto the cover of Super as long as Nads maintains his If you can look past the flashy HKS splash graphics, you’ll see the car is still black. Yes, we put a car on our cover, but your eyes quickly move away that fact when you the full HKS aero kit with flares that tuck in the AVS Model 5 wheels. The kit was installed to downforce on the car when it hits speeds on the track. Each is fully functional for cooling or another, not to mention that the car now a lot meaner than your IS300.

All in all, the Altezza came out to be an impressive package with of potential. Unfortunately, with all the and money spent on this we still didn’t get to see the car perform to its capabilities. Taniguchi-san was still a car that had yet to be perfected on a drift so he didn’t make the top 16 during the rounds. By the time this comes out, the ’04 D1 will be over and we’ll exactly how the car did in the final two rounds. And if cares, we’d be glad to the S15 off of their hands anytime.

Toyota Altezza
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