WHAT’S INSIDE THE JANUARY 2019 ISSUE OF JAPANESE PERFORMANCE?

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From the Editor…

When it comes to tuning, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Even when you consider one specific make and model of car, the tuning route of one owner may not be the ideal path for another. And this means there are no right or wrong answers either, as everyone has their own unique view of what they want from their car, how they want it to perform and the sacrifices they are willing to make to achieve it. Whether that be to endure a harsh, noisy ride in return for the purity achieved through a stripped out, lightweight racecar, or the money that may need to be spent to tune a car’s engine and chassis to compete with supercars in terms of performance, yet still retain OEM levels of refinement – it’s a case of horses for courses.

And that’s the wonderful thing about tuning in that it can be whatever you want it to be.

Take our cover stars Mark Payne and Jeganaphan Savuntharam, for example. Both are the proud owners of one of Nissan’s flagship R35 GT-R hyper saloons, yet both have taken very different routes when it comes to reaching their own personal idea of GT-R nirvana. One is a carbon clad lightweight, whereas the other has invested in tuning the VR38 motor to well over four figures. 

Other examples of this individual ethos to performance perfection are found in the extreme engine swaps of both Kiran Halsey with his Toyota GT86 and Mitch Pellow with his Mazda RX-8. Both have swapped out their car’s original naturally aspirated engine for a big boost six-cylinder alternative, but one has embraced the styling side of the equation while the other remains hidden under the radar. See for yourself starting on page 48. But whatever route you choose, be it big power or light weight, wild styling or subtlety, you can be sure that there’ll always be a place for you within the diverse and uniquely different world that we call the tuning scene.

Dan Sherwood
Email: japaneseperformance@chpltd.com


 

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