There is no denying the fact that The Fast and Furious movies have had a huge impact on the import car scene since their origination. The first movie in the series hit theaters when I was a young teenager, and it completely changed my outlook on cars. I wanted to be just like the guys in that movie, well for the most part– I wasn’t too concerned with getting shot at and stealing high-end electronics. I imagined myself modifying my cars with my friends and my girlfriend, Jordana Brewster. I feel like I wasn’t alone.
After the debut of that movie, I was obsessed; I began picking up tuner magazines and eagerly awaited my first tuner car. Unfortunately it wasn’t a Supra that I could decimate all, my first tuner car was a Honda Prelude with blue underglow on drop springs and 18” Enkei wheels. I picked it up while living in Japan, and drove it to the debut of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. One car in Tokyo Drift stuck out to me—Han’s Mazda RX-7 F3DS.
The first time I saw it, I had no idea what it was. I simply assumed it was a Japanese super car I wasn’t aware of. I later found out that it was in fact an RX-7 and I was extremely impressed by the amount of work done to that car. Our friend Ken from Hiroshima City, Japan also took notice to this car.
After Ken watched the movie, it was his dream to build that RX-7. He always loved the RX-7 because it was the car that best represented Mazda, the car manufacturer based in his home town of Hiroshima. Above all, he wanted to build a car similar to that in one of the Fast and Furious movies as a tribute to the late Paul Walker.
Ken has owned the car for about two months now, and spent a majority of that time putting the car together and getting it all painted. His biggest challenge with the car was refining the Veilside wide-body kit without taking away from the balance of the design and also the work of applying the kit itself to the car.
Ken’s favorite thing about the car is the way the body lines transition from the rear wheels to the tail of the car. The over-fenders on the Veilside Fortune kit not only flow very well with the car, but can also accommodate some pretty massive wheels. Ken is running Abflug “Face II” wheels in an 18×11.5 square setup with a -7 front offset, and an astounding -135 rear offset. Yes, you read that correctly, 18×11.5-135.
Ken also loves the color he chose for the car. In addition to the Veilside Fortune wide-body kit, he added Ganador Aero mirrors and had the whole car painted a stunning metallic brown with copper tones.
To bring the car down a bit more, he added Cusco Zero-1 coilovers all around.
Ken also carried over the exterior styling of the car into the interior beautifully. The same metallic brown color accents the interior along with custom leather wrapped parts to match his Recaro SP-JC 350 limited seats. Ken also added a Nardi Kallista steering wheel to bring the whole interior together.
When we asked Ken if he had any future plans for the car, he replied, “I just finished, so I don’t have any now.” “Now” being the operative word in that sentence.
If this is the outcome after one month of work, we expect to see a lot more from Ken. I feel he has most definitely made the late Paul Walker proud, and we look forward to what he has for us in the future.
Abflug Face II – 18inch F: 11.5j -7 R: 11.5j -135
Cusco Zero-1 Coilovers
Veilside Fortune Wide-Body
Ganador Aero Mirrors
Nardi Kallista Steering Wheel
RECARO SP-JC 350 Limited Seats