Japan is the mecca of the world’s automotive development. All kinds of technological innovations both in terms of features and performance are all in Japan. The industry is not only about mass production cars for daily mobility needs. But it also touches the realm of modification. So no wonder, many after market products and a myriad of reliable modifiers were born here.
Their big names have gone global thanks to their tenacity, skill and quality of their work. Modifiers or tuners have long been playing with four-wheeled engines. Very experienced until he was ordained as a legend by car enthusiasts in Japan and even the world. The existence of the modifier has also been immortalized in the film series. Like the most famous is the Initial D with Takumi’s Toyota Corolla AE86 builder car.
According to the story, the introductory story of the tofu who became known as the king of the Akina Mountains was taken from a real figure. It was Keiichi Tsuchiya who inspired this story. The Drift King is indeed here to be a figure that astonishes Japanese car enthusiasts with puffs of smoke at every turn of the road when he is stuck with his ride known as Hachiroku.
Well, the next question is; did Tsuchiya build his own car? Hmm .. apparently not, Mas Bro. The following is a little profile of the home modifications from Tec-Art’s, the Hachiroku specialist.
Tec-Art’s is a specialist car modifier for the Toyota Corolla AE86 aka Hachiroku. Of course, you already know, the legendary car of the Drifting King in the Akina Mountains in the Initial D series? Well, in the real world, this modification house really exists. More details, Tec-Art’s is located in Saitama, Tokyo. It’s so cool, this workshop has long been known by many car enthusiasts in Japan as a specialist tuner who has a lot of salt in building various Hachiroku.
It’s even crazier bro, the Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya’s car was also built at Tec-Art’s, you know!
The legendary car, the drift legend, which was the inspiration for the Initial D story itself, was born in this modified Tec-Art’s house. Please note that Tsuchiya’s Hachiroku is packed with 7AGE machines. This engine is a combination of the 7AFE and 4AGE engine block on the head. With the full Tec-Art’s high compression piston and other modifications, this engine is capable of producing 200 hp of power. But it didn’t end there, Bro. Reportedly, this power can still be added. But Tec-Art’s discouraged it. This takes into account the reliability and stability of the engine. Besides that, the Hachiroku is now Tsuchiya’s legal road car.
Maybe at every opportunity to manasin his car, he silently drifted to continue the episode Initial D without being caught by the camera.
Even though it has been composed under the hood, the true soul of Hachiroku resides in the iconic 4AGE engine, Bro. Tec-Art’s is considered by many to be very smart and cool when it comes to this iconic Corolla engine. Whether it’s 16 valves or 20 valves, everything can be handled by heart by Tec-Art’s. But when it comes to taste, the owner of Tec-Art’s modification house, Kamata-san once said that he prefers the 4AGE 16 valve engine. He felt that this was the machine which was the true soul of Hachiroku. The reason is, Kamata-san and his workshop crew are claimed to be able to unleash the full potential of this 4AGE 16V engine.
One of their works on the 4AGE engine is said to be capable of spraying up to 240 Hp of power! For information, this machine is still NA aka without forced induction. In addition, 4AGE is capable of achieving high revving 10 thousand RPM. Great, Bro!
Not Only Handling Racing Needs
It is also known that Tec-Art’s does not only handle racing needs or performance issues. This modified house also often serves various requests from customers who come. Including, for example, the ECO version of Hachiroku, aka made to be super economical. This is definitely interesting, Bro!
This petrol-efficient version of the Hachiroku car can run with an average fuel consumption of 14.2 km per liter. Not bad, right? Hmm .. this is not bad anymore, though. But tokcers have! Make no mistake, even though it is tuned with various touches to save fuel consumption, this car still has nimble and nimble acceleration. In addition, handling remains a concern in order to provide daily driving comfort in style. Really fun to drive.
This Hachiroku ECO engine setting is achieved through engine rebuilds, modifications and of course the magical touch of the master Kamata-san in ECU mapping.
For its existence and work in the Japanese automotive world, Tec-Art’s together with its various experiences are highly respected in the world of JDM. Who is respected? Apart from Kamata-san, the product and its support crew are highly respected by various automotive circles there, especially Hachiroku enthusiasts. The name Tec-Art’s is then often juxtaposed with other home modifications which also come from Japan. For example Rocky Auto, Spoon Sport, Top Secret, and master rotary engine RE Amemiya.