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.
Time flies. It has been over a month since the conclusion of the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon. Owing to a mad work schedule, thrilling personal hobby and editing of a massive amount of photographs from this recent trip to Japan, this article came a wee bit later than expected. Nonetheless, I hope it still tickles your fancy!
After a short haul flight from Singapore, my plane touched down at Narita Airport. On a side note if any you decide to travel there, do book a flight that lands directly at Haneda Airport. It is unquestionably closer to the city center and you would not have to deal with the sheer horror of missing a connecting flight from Narita to Haneda! Fortunately for me, I flew in an entire day before the event opening. After sorting out my transit mishap, I still made it to the Tokyo Auto Salon Media Day in good time, attended the annual RWB New Year meet up at Roppongi Hills, and even went around to a handful of Japanese tuners.
For the first portion of this post, I have decided to showcase what the Japanese tuners have brought to the show and what may be fast catching on as the trends of 2014.
The clock ticked past 11pm on the 18th of May. A miniscule gathering of friends gathered to embark on a 300+ KM drive up to Sepang International Circuit, to act as a support and pit crew for a friend who was participating in the Time To Attack, organized by ZerotoHundred.com.
“All that glitters is gold”. Ever heard of that phrase being used in modern times? Probably not unless you live in Dubai where people actually gold plate their entire cars in 24k gold. So what does a modern more realistic country like Singapore have?
“All that’s black is carbon fiber”.
It is a much more modern phrase and something that a lot of tuner cars can use, much like the 50 shades of grey GTR featured previously. On TheRightWrong, we feature the very best of Singapore’s automotive scene as long as we have access to them. Some are street rollers, some are fully build off-road registered track cars but mostly are maniac level modded street cars. This time however……
Text by : Ben Wong, Photos by : Neo & JieYong
I actually chanced upon this car on my way home one weekend with my music turned up loud, listening to a state of trance with Armin Van Buuren when I heard the screaming of a loud exhaust note over the music. A loud exhaust will always catch my attention and I checked my mirrors trying to make out what car was emitting that heavenly noise. The only hint were a pair of bright HIDs in my driver side mirror.
The only other thing I remember was letting out a “WOW” before turning my music down and winding down the window to fully appreciate this low sitting S2000 that shot by me. It was dimly lit and late in the night on the expressway when I first spotted this car and yet, something about the car appealed to me greatly. I immediately set out on a mission in hunting the owner down, making phone calls to friends in hope that somebody might be able to introduce me to an S2000 owner that could point me in the right direction of finding this car.
Guess who was the very first S2000 owner I happened to be introduced to?
This is the final installment of Evolution features and we have saved the best for last. The Singapore motoring system does not allow for the preservation of old cars very well. This is one of those old cars that should be preserved because what you are looking at is Singapore’s last and only road registered Evo 6. There are certainly several look alike Evo 6s roaming the streets which have been converted from Evo 4s and Evo 5s., but none of them even come close to rivaling the aggression of this true and legitimate Evo 6 RS2.
The Japanese, some call that place the Land of the rising sun, Nippon, Nihon, JDM land and countless other names with too many to list down here. There are many names to call that country but the its the only place that seems like automotive heaven if you love cars. I’m not talking about the mid-Tokyo jams that is so famously shown in Tokyo Drift. I’m talking about everything else in between. The wangan, the Daikoku gatherings and even Tsukuba, one of the first places that is most likely to pop to mind at the mention of “Time attack” before World Time Attack started. It is no secret that the Japanese probably have the coolest car culture and the most lenient rules with regards to vehicle modification and racing / drifting. Even if it is strict, that’s definitely not what is portrayed to us.
Just simply use Google and you will see the abundance of car content you can always find about Japan, be it the wangan or just plain drifting. Its almost as if once you slap on a Japanese plate on to any car regardless how “rice”, it automatically becomes cool. Look at the Bosozoku and those large trucks with enough neons to allow a blind man to see. Any where else in the world, that would be branded as “Rice”. In Japan however, its simply the Japanese culture and its cool! It’s no wonder why so many aspire to have a JDM badge on their car, that green and yellow arrow shaped thing that actually means “P plate” in Japan. Some how that became the Japanese symbol of JDM. Even the US companies name their companies after JDM, Password : JDM. It is simply proof that people worldwide continue to draw inspiration from this amazing country.
Sebastian here is no different. Back track a several months and you might remember that Sebastian was the person who got us pit access in our coverage of last year’s MME. He is also a good frriend of mine and the purchase of this Evo was partially due to my constant brainwashing to get him to switch from a WRX. What sealed the deal was when he took a ride in my own personal Evo on the track. Long story short, we decided his car was to be featured and it “happened” to be arranged on a weekend where he was out of town for holiday. This meant the car had to be left with me…. for a week.
Words by : Ben Wong, Photos by : Neo, Jieyong & E3lipse
Here at TheRightWrong.net, we’re extremely fond of threesomes. This time is no exception. More importantly, this threesome shows the evolution of the Evolution. From the CP9A platform, to the CT9A and ultimately the current CZ4A. We were unable to get hold of an Evo 3 for this shoot because the last and only remaining Evo 3 in Singapore is currently on sale at some car dealer’s shop. Sad to say, the lack of Evo 3s on local streets is the result of the motoring system in Singapore.
Its a system that tries to make every car owner change their cars every 10 years; in addition to being indebted to the bank for another 10 years. It’s as though it is done on purpose to make us enthusiast serve our lives in slavery to the cars we love. Of course this is only applicable if you are not one of the fortunate people that can afford to pay $200,000SGD in cash for a car.
We were contemplating the thought of including an “Evo 3” by using a Lancer to Evolution convert but ultimately decided against it.
If this was going to be an Evolution shoot, it was going to be a legitimate Evolution shoot.
We also specifically picked these 3 cars because we wanted to showcase how the overseas styles and cultures have influenced the local car culture.
Words by : Ben Wong, Photos by : Neo, Cyber Imp & Sam, Stuntman : Neo
If you have read the teaser, you would understand why I deemed this the “Sun Evolution”. For the benefit of those who didn’t, I’ll explain it again and this time with pictures instead. Also, if you noticed the addition to the credits at the top, its explained further down the post.
This is our second night shoot for TheRightWrong crew. You might be wondering why the sudden change in concepts when most of our previous shoots were mostly in the day and in open spaces with sufficient lighting. Simply put, we chose the night shoot particularly for this car.
It's colour code is "Brighter then the sun PINK!"
With a colour code like that, we did not really need sufficient lighting when the car is it’s own light source.
I also chose these locations because I meant to emphasize how this car can brighten up a dull area…
such as Shenton Way...
and some of you might be sitting in your offices right now reading this feature to relieve your work blues. (Hope we helped!)
You must be wondering why would I use such a controversial name – Sun Evolution. After-all the famed Cyber Evo used to be sponsored by Sun Auto.
I am not in any way suggesting our next Evo feature is related or sponsored by Sun Auto. No doubt I am sure that car probably might have the power to go head to head with the Cyber Evo. What I am suggesting is this car’s unique colour. Its a colour that will probably get you the same amount of attention as driving the Cyber Evo down Orchard Road. You might guess it to be yellow or orange. Well, I’m sorry you got it wrong.
This car’s colour code is…. Brighter then the Sun Pink.
Here’s a little Sneak preview to brighten your Monday (Pun intended).