Tokyo, Japan - Its every car enthusiast’s wet dream, yes, we are talking about Tokyo Auto Salon (TAS)!
What better way to kick off every new year with the world’s biggest tuner festival that is loaded to the brim with show-cars, pretty race queens and a tonne of people!
Speaking of crowds, this year was exceptionally packed even with a day devoted to the media only, Makuhari Messe was swarmed with guests, VIPs and their friends, to top that off there were early access ticket holders who could enter from 2pm onwards.
The number of people really made coverage of the various booths extremely challenging as we had to constantly wait for an opportunity for a clean shot that took up even more time.
Another major unveil was the Super GT version of the Toyota Supra at the car maker’s booth, alongside the camouflaged prototype. Unfortunately a production version wasn’t showcased hence we would probably have to wait till 2020’s TAS to check out the various tuning options available for Toyota’s revival of its best sports car.
The hype generated by the new Supra has also led to a resurgence of previous generations at TAS, probably in anticipation of its successor.
We found this off-road Toyota Hi-Ace while trawling the aisles of TAS, the 4WD van gets a complete lift-kit, off-road tyres and roof racks turning it into a true all-terrain adventure vehicle.
At the RE Amemiya booth, it was business as usual with the tuning house showing off an impressive naturally-aspirated 3-rotor FD3S alongside other goodies.
One car we particularly loved was an Audi custom built for both drift and time attack. With its massive NA 7-litre LS V8, producing no less than 800hp (we were told that 1,500hp was the target after the engine gets turbocharged in about a year).
Two different rear sub frames were prepared to fullfill the two roles the Audi was built for as every detail has been taken into consideration judging by the path of the exhaust pipes going through the front suspension.
The builder of the Audi, a former Super GT Mechanic was kind enough to spend some time to explain the car’s purpose and work done on it to us. Its a proper race car through and through and we can’t wait to see this on track!