At the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon, Liberty Walk captured the world’s attention by releasing a new bodykit for the Nissan Skyline ER34 coupé. Uniquely, the bodykit style it creates reminds us of the Super Silhouette racing unit that was popular in the 1980s. By hearing it, we guarantee it, Bro, you will definitely understand why this modification is so cool.
At the end of 2019 yesterday, Kato-san as the founder of Liberty Walk released the latest work of a Nissan Skyline ER34 body kit. This edition’s body kit is full of nostalgia. The reason is, Kato-san carries the concept of the Super Silhoute racing event which was popular in the 80s. For the first time seeing this body kit, many parties who are not fans of stance modification, especially the current ones, will think again. In fact, it seems that not a few people finally want to linger at every corner of the Nissan Skyline ER34 coupe, or even to the point of being carried away with dreams of driving it.
What makes it interesting to look at and discuss?
The Skyline ER34 resembles the DR30 Nissan Skyline RS Turbo used by Hasemi Motorsport. Not only in shape, but also in very similar color. Hasemi’s car often grabs the attention of many racing car lovers, especially with its aggressive body kit embedding. In addition, at the rear there are also wings that resemble aircraft ailerons and extra-wide fenders.
Kato-san has used the Nissan Skyline ER34 coupe 2-door variant as the basis for this project. The ER34 code itself is specifically for Skyline which uses a turbo or non-turbo RB25 engine. Meanwhile, the HR34 for the Skyline has an RB20 engine.
The modification of the body kit by Liberty Walk should be admittedly very cool. Apart from the body kit, this car also gets a large front splitter and a wide rear wing. Again, not much different from the Skyline DR30. However, it seems that with this modification it is closer to the illegal road car, aka it cannot be used for public roads. So, it’s not just the shape that has changed, it seems that the designation of the Skyline ER34 is getting thicker for the race on the race track.
Like most cars made by Liberty Walk, the Skyline ER34 is also equipped with air suspension. Its use is fine, right?
Not only a matter of external appearance, the kitchen runway alias engine has also been replaced. The Skyline ER34 standard RB25DET NEO engine has been replaced with an L28 engine which has been further modified to 3,100 cc. In addition, the modified Muffler Side Exit Exhausts on this car are claimed to have a really cool roar.
Not only the outside, the interior of this car is also known to have been completely changed. In order to strengthen its racing character, the Skyline ER34 uses bucket seats made by Bride along with a Cusco roll cage. Uniquely, this ER34 uses 18×11 Yokohama Advan Racing GT rims.
Unfortunately, the Liberty Walk Kit isn’t for sale, Bro. But this kit will be available to every Liberty Walk authorized dealer worldwide. These kits will be given to authorized dealers for display purposes only.
Liberty Walk at a Glance
Liberty Walk is a Japanese modification brand founded by Wataru Kato. Thanks to his hard work, Wataru Kato has succeeded in making Liberty Walk an international brand that is already very well known in terms of car modification today. Liberty Walk has a bodykit modification workshop in Japan that has been established since 1993. When founding Liberty Walk, Wataru Kato was only 26 years old. When it was first established, this bodykit workshop was a very small workshop, only able to accommodate a maximum of up to three cars. You can imagine how small the workshop is.
But Wataru Kato certainly has never been complacent just with his situation. Thanks to the tenacity of himself and his team, Liberty Walk slowly crawled into a modification workshop that is quite popular in Japan. The peak of its popularity was when Liberty Walk participated in the SEMA Show and the Tokyo Auto Salon. At the 2013 SEMA Show, the Nissan GT-R and Ferrari 458 Italy modified Liberty Walk managed to get the public’s attention and get a very good response. Positive appreciation from well-known automotive journalists flooded them. This is what then makes the name Liberty Walk increasingly known in the international arena. Liberty Walk then developed into a world-class bodykit company that has several international branches and distributors.
Even though they are well known in the world of international car modification, Liberty Walk does not necessarily change the character of their bodykit to suit the international market. They still maintain the style of Japanese bodykit products that are already famous for their uniqueness and character. The creative freedom that Wataru Kato always applies is clearly visible in his bodykit products which at first glance look strange but still interesting.
In the previous era, to be precise in the Showa era, car bodykit modifications were commonly done by replacing or removing car bumpers, then transplanting the headlamp from another car and using an overfender. Modifications to this style are a classic Japanese car culture modification style. This style is very unique and easy to recognize because just one look, you will be able to feel the aura of a bold car modification. Wataru Kato also wants to apply such a modification style to high-end cars. This is also what prompted him to create Liberty Walk.