TOMONORI IDEKAWA’S NIS­SAN SIL­VIA

THERE'S NO HOLD­ING BACK WHEN IT COMES TO TOMONORI IDEKAWA AND HIS ROCKET BUNNY BOSS NIS­SAN SILVA

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Five years ago, the tun­ing scene in Ja­pan started to trans­form as two events emerged. Wek­fest held its in­au­gu­ral car show out­side of the U.S. at Nagoya’s Port Messe Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, while Drift Dres­sup held its first drift and car show event at Bi­hoku High­land Cir­cuit. Coin­ci­den­tally, both events fall dur­ing Ja­pan’s long hol­i­day known as Golden Week, with Wek­fest held on Thurs­day and Drift Dres­sup tak­ing place af­ter­ward on Sun­day. What’s this mean? A lot of cars show­ing at Wek­fest can then be seen thrash­ing around the cir­cuit just a few days later—an in­cred­i­ble sight to see con­sid­er­ing many car show guys in the States rarely wit­ness the track or any­thing past 6,000 rpm…

This year, one of the last builds to roll into Wek­fest Ja­pan was Tomonori Idekawa and his Rocket Bunny Boss Nis­san Sil­via. Hav­ing just fin­ished the car the night be­fore, he had made the six-hour drive from Hiroshima along with his friend Eiji Daito just in time to get a spot in the show. Ini­tially, we were im­pressed by the over­all pre­sen­ta­tion, which was im­mac­u­late, thanks to the full retro-themed Boss con­ver­sion along with Enkei 6666 mesh wheels. How­ever, only when you get within inches of the car do you be­gin to fully ap­pre­ci­ate all its lit­tle de­tails.

The paint was ap­plied by Tomonori him­self. He paints cars in his spare time and has pro­vided paint jobs for sev­eral cars that have been pub­lished be­fore, such as Eiji’s AE86 Levin (fea­tured in ’17) and Shuichi Nak­a­gawa’s Bad Qual­ity 180SX (fea­tured in ’14). The two-tone fin­ish of Tomonori’s S14 is di­vided by a gold strip sep­a­rat­ing the blue side from the pur­ple side of the car, which is also con­tin­ued through the in­te­rior. The only vari­a­tion of the color scheme is in the en­gine bay, which was painted bright red to con­trast the blue of the en­gine cover and in­ter­cooler pip­ing.

The ex­te­rior is also dec­o­rated in plenty of brand lo­gos; how­ever, they aren’t de­cals. Tomonori went all in to show off his skills by care­fully paint­ing all of the lo­gos on the body, which took three months. The car’s fin­ish def­i­nitely at­tracts a lot of at­ten­tion as many peo­ple don’t be­lieve it un­til they see it in per­son.

Re­turn­ing to the en­gine bay, one might ex­pect to see an SR20DET, but that wouldn’t be enough to match the ex­trav­a­gant ex­te­rior. With the help of friend Eiji, Tomonori threw out the orig­i­nal four-banger for some­thing with a li’l more oomph—an RB25DET. Fit­ted with an HKS GT-RS tur­bine and Tomei cam, the en­gine puts out 370 hp.

OWNER TOMONORI IDEKAWA

HOME­TOWN HIROSHIMA, JA­PAN

OC­CU­PA­TION AUTO PARTS MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ING

IN­STA­GRAM @to­mo_re­view3014

POWER 370 hp

EN­GINE RB25DET; HKS GT-RS turbo; 550cc in­jec­tors; 256° Tomei cam; TRUST in­take man­i­fold, front pipe, oil cooler; OE Mit­subishi Lancer Evo in­ter­cooler; E.prime muf­fler; Cock­pit Tate­bayashi ex­haust man­i­fold, out­let pipe; OE R32 GT-R ra­di­a­tor

DRIV­E­TRAIN OS Giken twin-plate clutch, fly­wheel; R33 GT-R dif­fer­en­tial, drive­shaft; 4.1 fi­nal gear

EN­GINE MAN­AGE­MENT A’PEXI Power FC, turbo timer; HKS boost con­troller;

FOOT­WORK & CHAS­SIS Silk Road coilovers with 12K front and 10K rear spring rates, bush­ings; Me­gan Rac­ing front ten­sion rods, rear up­per arms, rear trac­tion rods, rear toe con­trol arms; Ikeya For­mula front tie rods; cus­tom knuck­les and sub­frame rigid col­lar; Saito rollcage and cross­bar

BRAKES OE R32 GT-R rear in­ner shoe

WHEELS & TIRES 17x9.5” Enkei 6666 wheels; 255/40R17 Zestino Gredge 07R tires

EX­TE­RIOR Rocket Bunny Boss con­ver­sion with front bumper, head­lights, hood, fend­ers and duck­tail rear wing; E.prime in­ner fend­ers; Show Up KRONOS paint

IN­TE­RIOR Bride Zeta III seats; Nardi steer­ing wheel; Razo shift knob; 326Power lux­ury mat

THANKS Eiji Daito for do­ing the en­tire en­gine swap; Keigo Igi for help­ing with ev­ery­thing; Shota Sasada, To­hei Sueda, Mark Kawaguchi, and Wara­day-san

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