Additional Photography by HKS Japan
Celebrating over 40 years of motorsports performance, Japan's premier car tuning parts manufacturer, HKS Japan, treated their Pro Dealers and die-hard fans to a day filled with every conceivable motorsports imaginable once again. This year's HKS Premium Day was held at Fuji International Speedway in Shizuoka, Japan. From Time-Attack to drifting seminars, the event offered spectators plenty of things to do and see. While the event showcases a plethora of tarmac racing, its main purpose is to celebrate HKS and offer a glimpse into their latest and greatest products as well as soon-to-be-released prototype technology.
Even before the HKS Premium Day opening ceremony kicked off, sweet sounds of engines roaring to life echoed throughout the main Fuji course as the Hiper Challenge event began bright and early at 9. The Hiper Challenge event offered HKS customers an opportunity to time-attack the famous Fuji Speedway in their personal vehicles in an attempt to log the fastest time of the day. Over 80 cars took to the track in three driver run groups, split up into two groups for a total of four run sessions. The Skyline GT-Rs dominated in all three divisions with Auto Select taking both Group B and C, while Naoto Ito in the Piste BNR32 ran the fastest with a lap time of 1:48.945 in Group A.
Option Fuji Super Lap
Among the participants running in the Option Fuji Super Lap Time-Attack event was a large number of GT-Rs, ranging from the older Skyline R32s to the newer R35s. The host of the event, HKS unveiled their R35 GT1000+ to attack the Fuji track under the professional driving of Taniguchi "NOB" Nobuteru. Developed to deliver over 1,000 whp, the GT1000+ was able to smash the official Fuji Time-Attack course record that coincidently Taniguchi and HKS held the previous year.
Japan's top tuners brought their street/race-prepped cars to try and clock their best times in front of the Option magazine camera crew. Entrants included HKS Technical Factory, Top Fuel, Auto Select, Top Secret, Garage G-Force, Ito Garage, Esprit, and Screen Racing, to name a few. The Top 10 fastest times were all within seconds of each other, but it was the Top Fuel Honda S2000, driven by Nobuteru Taniguchi, clocking in a blistering time of 1:40.195-a full 6 seconds faster than its previous best lap time recorded in 2013. Eiji "Tarzan" Yamada is no stranger to the Time-Attack scene; he took First Place in the 86/BRZ competition with the Esprit machine and a 1:51.885-second lap time. The 86/BRZ Challenge was another competitive race that was jam-packed with modified tuner cars and shops from across Japan.
Option Fuji Super Lap Time-Attack Results
||Best Time (2013)
||Best Time (2014)
|HKS Technical Factory
|Power House Amuse
86/BRZ Challenge Results
|Original run Deuce
HKS Premium Salon
HKS set up a pavilion showcasing their full lineup of new products and technology. Among the newest and hottest items were a number of FR-S, S2000, and GT-R R35 products. From the GT1000 turbo kit, Max IV SP suspension, to a 4.1L stroker kit for the VR38DETT platform, we can look forward to seeing plenty of new and exciting items making their way to the mainland within a short period of time.
A short walk though the Fuji tunnel takes you to the Customized Car Carnival, HKS's newest event to this year's festival. The HCC car show delivered a variety of show-worthy rides from across Japan, ranging from the mild to wild. A mind-boggling Honda CR-V with R34 frontend conversion was the talk of the day. We overhead the owner say, "I've always wanted a R34 but could never afford one. That's when I decided to build my own dream car." Hate it or love it, this Honda B20 turbocharged machine delivers 550 hp and will smoke a majority of cars on the road.
Drift Exhibition and GT Supercharger Max Power!
Throughout the day sounds of tire screeching were heard echoing from the paddocks as a drift challenge was taking place on the west course track. The drift event showcased both pro and amateur drift drivers smoking their tires around the tightly designed course. On the opposite side a dyno was setup to check the power levels of pro shop demo cars. The highest horsepower recorded vehicle of the day wasn't a car, but rather a twin-turbo Toyota Tundra truck that delivered an impressive 590 whp at low boost setting.
HKS Demo Car Exhibition and Ride-Along
A few select fans were treated to a hair-raising ride around the Fuji track with notable drivers, including Nobuteru "NOB" Taniguchi and Orido "Max" Manabu. I was also fortunate enough to ride shotgun with Taniguchi in the HKS-prepped 86 as he smoked the tires.
Demo Car Specs:
HKS Racing Performer 86 RS-1 (ZN6)
Output: 493 hp/405 lb-ft of torque
Displacement: 2,100 cc
Engine: FA20 (KAI)
Mods: HKS GT Supercharger, Super Power Flow-R, custom exhaust manifold, custom front pipe, custom center pipe, custom muffler, custom racing intercooler/piping, oil cooler, radiator
Electronics: HKS F-Con V Pro Ver. 4.0, AFK knock amp, OB-Link, EVC 6 boost controller, restrictor, high-capacity fuel pump, 1,000cc injectors, and HKS SQV IV D blow-off valve
Transmission: HKS sequential dog box five-speed, Prototype GD Pro clutch; TRD differential
HKS Racing Performer IS340-Z (SXE10)
Output: 592 hp/579 lb-ft of torque
Displacement: 3,400 cc
Engine: 2JZ-GE 3.4L
Mods: HKS GT3240, V camshaft, custom head gasket, custom surge tank, Super Power Flow-R, exhaust manifold, front pipe, center pipe, racing muffler, intercooler/piping, radiator
Electronics: HKS F-Con V Pro, AFK knock amp, EVC 6 boost controller, DMR, injectors; Bosch high-capacity fuel pump
Transmission: HKS GD Pro Twin clutch, sequential dog box five-speed; TRD differential
HKS GT-R R35 (GT1000 Spec)
Output: 986 hp/940 lb-ft of torque
Engine: VR38DETT (KAI)
Mods: HKS GT1000 Turbocharger, Super Power Flow-R, exhaust manifold, front pipe, center pipe, racing muffler, intercooler/piping, radiator, 270 in/280 ex camshafts, GTII wastegate, high-flow surge tank
Electronics: HKS F-Con V Pro Ver. 4.0, AFK knock amp, EVC 6 boost controller, fuel regulator, high-capacity fuel pump, and 575cc x12 injectors
Transmission: DTC; HKS clutch pack, transmission gears, DTC oil cooler/diff cooler
HKS CZ200S SST (CZ4A)
Output: 345 hp/349 lb-ft of torque
Displacement: 2,000 cc
Mods: HKS Racing Suction Kit, GT extension, Hi-power Spec L center pipe/muffler, metal catalyzer, R-Type intercooler kit 70mm spec, oil cooler
Electronics: HKS Flash Editor
Transmission: SST cooler kit
HKS GT1000+ Time-Attack
As the fun-filled day was quickly winding down to its end, the track was prepped for an exclusive time-attack session dedicated to the HKS 1000+ GT-R R35. This special machine is equipped with a custom-built 4.1L VR38DETT engine delivering over 1,200 hp and outfitted with a full aero package reminiscent of a GT racing car. Outfitted with a set of racing slicks, the 1000+ driven by Taniguchi Nobuteru hit the course but was only able to muster a 1:41; problems plagued the vehicle and it was forced to pit for repairs. With a flurry of repairs made on the car and a last ditch effort to improve its previous lap times, Taniguchi wheeled the car across the start/finish line just as strong head winds and snow began falling on the back side of the track with a new a new tuner car record of 1:39.853 seconds.