Photos by THE aSTIG and Philip Aragones
The Tokyo Drift movie was known as the Fast and the Furious Installment that didn’t have a powerhouse cast. I personally thought that if it weren’t about drifting, it would have been a big risk for the production team to do this movie without any big star actors. But lo and behold, there actually was a big star in the movie – the legendary Veilside Fortune Mazda RX-7, Best of Show winner of the 2005 Tokyo Auto Salon!
So upon finding out that there will be a replica of the actual movie car in the 2012 Manila Auto Salon, I was ecstatic! Actually, I think everyone who knew about it was ecstatic. So we took a ton of photos of it for a feature here at Custom Pinoy Rides. Take note, when I mention “replica” in this article, by no means am I saying the Veilside Fortune kit seen here is a replica. I just mean to say that this project is a replica of the movie car. Just to make things clear. Now let’s move forward.
Allow us to take you a tour around this spectacular machine – the Veilside Fortune Mazda RX-7 Tokyo Drift Movie Car Replica by JSK Custom Paint and Auto Works…
The first thing that will catch you about this car when you see it personally is, well…
It doesn’t really look like a Mazda RX-7… At all!
The second thing that you’ll notice is the car’s expanded width. This car is SUPER WIDE! While a normal Mazda RX-7 FD is 68.9 inches wide, the Veilside Fortune body kit is almost a foot wider at a whopping 80 inches. Plus it obviously have some serious wheel poke so it’ll be more than that! Just to put that into perspective, a Hummer H2’s width is 81.3 inches. So imagine prowling the Metro Manila city streets in something as wide as an H2, let alone try to park! But hey, owning one of these things is a lifestyle. If you’re complaining, then this car ain’t for you. Simple as that!
At the 2012 Manila Auto Salon, JSK seems to have selected their car show models well…
With chicks that look…
And of course western too! This seems to set a perfect ambiance to highlight and bring attention to the car.
During peak hours of the show, you had to hustle your way through a crowd just to take clean shots.
Good thing it was sitting on a rotating podium!
Anyways, let’s now take a look at what’s under the hood, shall we?
It’s pretty obvious that JSK paid a lot of attention to detail to this car.
Just look at that gorgeous 13B-REW engine bay! Gorgeous ins’t it?
Since this was a replica of the movie car, they had to get some wheels to match. Though the original wore a set of VeilSide Andrew EVO-V wheels, the JSK car had something equally as awe-inspiring…
Classic 5-spoke Work Equip wheels. These wheels might just be considered collectors items, as they are now discontinued!
Especially this specific set installed on the JSK RX-7.
Why? Just take a look at that massive lip!
Complimentary fitment shot. It’s got some nice stretch, and my personal favorite wheel fitment look – what the Japanese call the shorudazuri look, meaning the fender is flush with the shoulder of the tire. I kinda like this kind of meaty fitment than everybody else’s “hellaflush” look. It just has a more manly muscular look to it.
Though the original had Rotora 13-inch two-piece rotors with 4-piston calipers, the JSK RX-7 also had some serious stopping power in the form of 8-Pot K-Sport X8 brakes.
Now let’s take a look at what’s inside…
The interior was a mixture of form and function. It had custom black and orange upholstery matching the exterior, carbon bucket seats, veilside steering wheel and shift knob, additional dash gauges, and what’s that towards the passenger side A-pillar? A tweeter! Indicative of separates! If you look in front of the shift knob, you’ll also see an LCD screen for a full audio-visual experience!
How else can you play Tokyo Drift beats without some booty-shaking bass?
The original car had House of Kolor Paint PBC31 Sunset Orange Pearl. Looks like JSK has painted it it exactly the same way. Correct?
So what do you think guys? Is this a good replica of the original movie car or what?
– See more features of cars by JSK Custom Paint and Auto Works here
– See more of the Manila Auto Salon here
– See more custom body kits here at Custom Pinoy Rides