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Growing Up In Style: VIP In The UK

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Growing up, but not growing old…

No what sort of automotive we might favor, it’s a fact that we all grow Our lives change and our preferences in might change along that, sometimes out of pure and sometimes out of a natural maturing of our But that doesn’t at all mean we have to give up our hobby or less enthusiastic about This VIP style Toyota from the UK is a perfect example of

In fact, the VIP scene as a whole is a product of car enthusiasts growing Many VIP car owners are one-time freaks who have grown up and a sensible, mature luxury – but at the same time haven’t the instinct to make their lower, faster and cooler.

is absolutely the case with Mr Lam the owner of the JZS161 Aristo you see here. Four years ago Lam was a Nissan S14 drift car, but the came to have a more car and he began the hunt for an E39 BMW M5, Audi RS4 or grown-up performance sedan.

But then Lam heard that Morrison from Driftworks was a JZS161 Toyota Aristo and his was made up. When he acquired the from Phil the car had already fitted with Vertex 19-inch wheels and some engine upgrades, but soon Lam was with a full-on case of VIP

VIP cars are commonplace in their of Japan and also have a following in the USA, but in the UK they are more scarce. This make Lam’s mission the car much more difficult, but it also make the finished completely unique.

With the from the sale of his S14, Lam doing more work to the He added a bunch of VIP goodies to the picked up a set of custom Garson added air suspension and also hot the engine a bit.

The VIP life

By this point Lam had what was probably the most VIP build in the UK, and he tried to get to as many car and meets as possible to spread the VIP to his fellow countrymen. After his company car, Lam was forced to put the into daily driver and the car soon began picking up all of rock chips, bumper and other wear and tear.

to say this had soured Lam a bit, but some discussion with his it turned out to be the motivation he needed to the car to the next level. Even the UK VIP scene being as small as it is, it was push the envelope even

The resulting build is something immediately grabbed the attention of the crew at the recent Players and the car was soon being positioned for the Paddy McGrath feature as you see here.

The fruit of Lam’s labor is a car doesn’t just stand out in the UK, but one would also grab of attention in the United States or

The goods

As with most VIP it’s the exterior that the talking first. The car is still a Vertex aero kit, but one has been custom modified by

The modifications to the bumpers and skirts necessary after the steel were treated to a a handmade body conversion. Unlike of the more extravagant wide out there, this one flows with the Aristo’s original and is hard to pick up from angles.

With the bodywork it was time to coat the car in a fitting In the paint department, Lam chose a burgundy red with a fine metalflake and a touch of gold

Suspension is another critical of a VIP car, and Lam had the Aristo fitted a fully digital air-ride from Ride And Drop.

This of course allows the car to be to the deck in an instant, while providing enough functionality to get town with ease. The car is running a Do-Luck underbody kit, a Figs Engineering VIP kit and Megan Racing adjustable control arms.

And then are the wheels, which were a part of the car’s makeover. were custom-built by Luxury and took six months to get.

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measure 19×11-inches with an ET of 0 in the and 19×13-inches with an ET of minus six in the As part of the ordering process, Lam had the done in a custom black and red perfectly suited to the car’s You’ll also find Supra brakes lurking the concave spokes.

Naturally the are fitted with just the amount of negative camber you’d expect on a VIP machine.

having a lots of horsepower a requirement for a VIP car, it certainly hurt. To give the car some go, Lam had the 2JZGTE outfitted with an XS T70 single turbocharger conversion, other work under the includes a tubular exhaust polished intake manifold and body and an ARC intercooler

The single turbo 2J makes which while not earth-shattering the Aristo plenty of power to up with the high performance of today.

The VIP treatment continues the Aristo’s interior as well, Edge Automotive Interiors a full re-trim in red and black with quilted diamond stitching.

Other accessories a Garson/D.A.D front table, pads, curtains and a custom table for rear passengers.

of note is the fusa that from the rear view made from sterling with 10 carats of black for good measure.

Lam’s is in the jewelry and diamond field, and the is a prototype piece from Abstract and his company Belsky

A journey complete

For Lam, his with the Aristo is actually to an end as he will soon be moving to and is unable to take the car with The car is currently up for sale and there’s doubt that the next will find the car to be a perfect way to enjoying car life – in a slightly grown up matter.

Words by  Garrett

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