Text by : Randy F, Photos by : Randy F
Weld Techniques Factory have come a long way from their big 4 door Toyota sedans that competed in Japanese D1 Grand Prix series and their latest creation has been making rounds on the internet. A Scion FR-S with an all metal wide body made by the guys at Hoshino Racing with the vision from Atsushi Ito who is the founder of Weld.
Tokyo Auto Salon brought me close to this very creation and allowed me to briefly go through some of the details of car. However, only it would require a full and uninterrupted day to fully realize all the details that has been painstakingly put into it. An appointment was made with Ito san and we drove through Tokyo city to the shop located in the Yokohama prefecture to have a tour of the shop as well as shoot some photos of it.
The paintwork of the vehicle is an absolute master piece and no amount of photos will be able to do it justice. What seems like a candy apple red is actually highlighted with a lighter tone on all the lines of the car to give the illusion that there is a constant light source being shined on the car.
A short interview was also made by Brendan from local magazine AFTMKT. The car is direct from USA thus the FR-S and all puzzled us why not the JDM variant of a GT86. He just wanted to be different as Ito explained to us.
Ito san gave me an impression of the he couldn’t care less about what others think about his styles felt as though he lived without a worry in the world. We also understood later why some of his American friends gave him the nickname Johnny, they felt that the name suited him because of his carefree personality.
The exterior is completed with a set of trick Voltex swan neck wing stands that has yet to go into production. It seems to be quite in trend as seen on many cars at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the Liberty Walk R35 had their own custom set too.
When I thought that the immaculate paint work was only done on the exterior, hell I was wrong. High gloss fender arches topped with some gradient work made it as though this car was trying to compete for some Ridler Awards or so.
That was all the details I was able to capture about the car. I am certain there are much more subtle little details throughout the car that I did not manage to catch within such a short period of time.
We decided to end the tour with a walk upstairs where most of the 1/10 magic starts. Ok, its more of me that wanted to go there. 😀
With that we end our tour at Weld Techniques Factory and headed for some Japanese food. I will be back in Japan in summer, do let us know if there’s anything interesting happening over in Tokyo and I would love to meet some of our readers and chat about cars.