Brand new aftermarket parts - some of which will not make American shores - have always been the lifeblood behind the annual TAS. This year saw a range of new parts focused on improved styling, performance or comfort. A plethora of new wheel releases such as the Work MCO Racing Type CS, Enkei PF07, BBS S RS and Volk Racing ZE40 grabbed attention. Brands like Cusco, Tein and Blitz hit us with aggressive street suspension components that offer electronic damping control and track day potential.
Many bucket seat options such as the Bride Digo II, Recaro Hans-ready Ultima 1.0 and Sparco baby booster seat saw the backsides of passersby interested in a feel test. Endless, Top Secret, Varis and Exedy showcased beautifully crafted race-ready parts designed to drastically increase stopping power, cornering and putting power to the ground. The famous Kei Miura of TRA Kyoto even hinted at the next Rocket Bunny V3 widebody kit being ready by summer.
A full recap of the hottest new parts of Tokyo Auto Salon 2014 can be found within the Events tab.
Sunday wrapped up a three-day event that highlighted the latest tuner trends, parts and builds of Japan. For those interested in getting the best taste of local flavor be sure to hit the parking lot on the final Sunday. This year the final day saw the largest amount of non-media attendees because of the coming of age no-work celebration loosely known as, “20 Year Old People Holiday” that fell on the following Monday.
Surmising TAS 2014 in a couple of sentences is tough because the show holds such variety. 600cc Kei cars all the way up to GT500 champions are shown off. This year though it was clear that widebody kits, aggressive street parts for weekend warriors and focus on 86/BRZ and R35 platforms were the most popular brand trends. See you next year!
See our adventure to Fuji Speedway after TAS: HKS Premium Day 2014