Takashi-San is absolutely bat s**t insane for wanting to drift his Nissan Skyline ER34 GTT. I mean look at it! This is one of the most stunning looking Skyline I have ever seen and the thought of drifting it around a race track and risking all that hard work and money is terrifying. All of this is what I wanted to say. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I was missing the whole point behind it. Let me explain in the form of a story:
Knowing that I was going to be spending most of the day with Takashi-San, I decided to take a different approach with the feature and spend more time getting to know him and his beautiful drift machine. We met Takashi-San around 6:30 am and immediately started heading toward Fuji Speedway in his ER34.
We pulled into Ebina Service Area for breakfast which gave me some time to get a closer look at the ER34 before we would arrive at Fuji Speedway. If the worst was to happen, I wanted to try and have some ‘before’ images.
Takashi-San has been working on his project car off and on for around 7 years. Like most enthusiasts, once the modified bug bites, it’s nearly impossible to stop. Even his wife couldn’t stop his desire to turn his dreams into a reality.
It’s truly impossible to tell just how much work went into the engine bay by simply glancing at it but you can get a pretty good idea by the fact the stock engine has been replaced with rb25det straight 6.
With the aims of destroying tires as effectively as possible, a larger kkk turbocharger was matted with the rb25 pushing the power output to approximately 450 WHP. Now THAT is a lot of power to send to only the rear tires.
Back on the road again, I found myself crammed in the back seat with our equipment, some of Takashi-San’s drifting equipment, and a roll cage. Cory, who takes lead when we work on our filming projects, is larger than me which meant logically, I had to sit in the back. This lead to some great times of me crawling in and out of the car on all fours, and my skull becoming great friends with the roll cage as I tried to hold a conversation with Cory and Takashi-San.
We arrived at Fuji Speedway slightly before 9 am which gave Takashi-San plently of time to get all of his equipment out and prepare for the drifting sessions.
For the aggressive stance look, Takashi-San decided to go with HRE Classic Series 303 wheels. Those are rather expensive wheels and the tires to fit the specs are also quite expensive. Thus, when it’s time to wreck tires, he swaps the rears out for a pair of Rays Gramlight 57s wrapped in less expensive rubber. Smart!
Armed with a racing helmet, long sleeved shirt, and video camera, Takashi-San hit the small drift track at Fuji Speedway. Just moments before, he mentioned to me that it was his first time on the track and was slightly nervous. This made me quite nervous since this was the same car that got us all the way here in the first place. Never the less, I expected to watch him warm-up and build his confidence up before attempting to drift. That would make the most logical sense right?
He wasn’t on the track longer than 10 seconds before throwing up a cloud of white smoke and attempting to slide it from one turn to the next.
It was truly hard to believe that he had never drifted on this track before and how quickly he became adjusted to the track. Ok yes, there was a few spin outs here and there (Sorry Takashi-San) but overall it was a stunning performance!
After his first session was over, everyone came to get a closer look at this drifting godzilla. Compared with all the other cars that were there that day, Takashi-San’s ER34 was definitively the unique one.
There was about an hour before his group would be allowed back on the track thus gave me plenty of time to once again take more pictures.
The interior is quite the comfortable place to be in and the roll cage really doesn’t get in the way of comfort…unless your 185cm tall and in the backseat. ANYWAYS, the stock steering wheel has been replaced by a beautiful hand made Renown steering wheel and an assortment of gauges have been installed.
I absolutely love the way Takashi-San decided to install his Defi gauges. Normally, you would find the gauges either installed on the A pillars or mounted in the dash. Because of the roll cage, the A pillars wasn’t really an option and he really did not want to ruin the dash with gauges. So this was the next best thing.
Doing a little light reading while waiting for his next chance to get back on the track.
Once again, Takashi-San attacked the track with such aggression and confidence that it would cause me to just sit back and watch the show.
The fact that Fuji Speedway was basally empty, there was no way I was going to let this opportunity pass up. I have been wanting to do a photo shoot in front of the Bridgestone Arch for a long time and now I had the perfect subject as well.
Starting with the front, the Nismo inspired Euro front bumper. Since the main idea behind his ER34 was always to be a drift car, running an expensive Nismo bumper really didn’t seem practical to Takashi-San.
The New Type Front Carbon Fiber Diffuser adds a great extra dimension to the front helping transform the front of the ER34.
Due to spacial confinement in the engine bay, Takashi-San decided to run the waste gate exhaust pipes right out the side of the car. It also looks incredibly bad ass if I do say so myself.
Back into stance mode, all four HRE Classic Series 303 wheels were back on. 18x10J and 11.5J is rather aggressive specs for the ER34 and there was no way they were going to fit without a little modification to the fenders.
Ok.. maybe a little modification isn’t quite the right word choice in this matter. To create the necessary space for the wheels, Takashi-San had someone widen the fenders by means of a hacksaw. After the carnage, it was cleaned up and a Cross Factor Rear Fender was installed. When it was all said and done, an extra 60mm of space was added.
In the rear, a GT-R bumper compliments from a BRN34, and Uras rear diffuser are the center of attention.
For some unknown reason I have always love rear spoilers. When I was in the market for a G35 back in the States, I refused to buy one because I thought it looked horrible without it. However, the de-spoilered trunk lid looks absolutely perfect on this ER34.
As I said in the very beginning, I learned I was missing the whole point behind Takashi-San and his ER34. We get so wrapped up now and days about how much things cost, or wanting to please everyone online that we tend to forget to do exactly what we wanted to do in the first place. In regards of Takashi-San, he has always wanted to drift. He knows the risks involved with that and has accepted those risks.
Therefore, he is able to truly push himself and his car without having any regrets and can enjoy his car in ways most of us only dream of. Sure, his car has been featured on countless sites and has won many awards which is great, but that was really never the end game for him. As long as he can find track time to drift his monster around, he is happy. Plus, how many of us would have the stones to do what he is doing? Takashi-San is enjoying his car the way he wants to and I respect him for that. In fact, it’s quite inspiring if I am honest and we can all learn something from it.
Whatever it is you have in mind for your car, enjoy it the way YOU want to enjoy it. I can’t wait to watch Takashi-San evolve with his ER34 and I’m sure you will see more coverage of this amazing car in the future!