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 you’d the same reaction we had when HKS dropped this … on its Nobuteru Taniguchi, and race Yes, HKS dropped the S15 Silvia in of a new widebody Altezza.

An Altezza in is quite a stout performer. considered much more of a car than its US counterpart, the Lexus In Japan, the Altezza is powered by the inline four 3S-GTE that can be found in the second-generation so locating aftermarket parts is a We’ve seen tuners that little engine of 500 hp.

Nonetheless, a stock Altezza doesn’t perform or handle a stock Silvia ever Bottom line, it’s not a To get the Altezza to be comparable to a Silvia a lot of hours and manpower, and to build one matches the excellence of HKS’ S15 is plain insane. That’s asking your girlfriend to some Nikki Nova in the sack. Or in Otis’ case, his doll.

Fortunately, the HKS race always has an abundance of resources to them up. It doesn’t hurt they’re just a tad bit crazy as

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

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 out the most on this Altezza, of is the exterior. You can’t have an drift car. Well, you but it won’t make it onto the of Super Street as long as maintains his sanity. If you can look the flashy signature HKS splash you’ll see that the car is still

Yes, we put a black car on our cover, but eyes will quickly away from that when you notice the full HKS kit with fender flares tuck in the meaty AVS Model 5 The kit was installed to increase downforce on the car it hits high speeds on the Each duct is fully for cooling something or another, not to that the car now looks a lot meaner your sister’s IS300.

All in the Altezza came out to be quite an package with tons of Unfortunately, with all the time and spent on this Altezza, we didn’t get to see the car perform to its full Taniguchi-san was still learning a car had yet to be perfected on a drift circuit, so he make the top 16 during the qualifying

By the time this story out, the ’04 D1 season be over and we’ll know how the car did in the final two rounds. And if anyone we’d be glad to take the S15 off of hands anytime.

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