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There’s Large, Then There’s Neo Venture Large


Deep within the mountains (I appear to open with that line very often, nevertheless it’s completely my favorite place to be) of Fukuoka, in Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, I met up with Tatsuya and Seiya Mouri at Neo Venture to take a look at their 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon demo automobiles and learn how they get their Z33 Nissan Fairlady Zs so rattling extensive.

The boys have been increasing the width of Z automobiles for the previous few years, and can be bringing two builds all the way in which as much as the Makuhari Messe in Chiba this weekend – one purple and the opposite blue, which coincidently ties in properly with the discharge of the brand new Matrix movie.


Neo Venture was initially arrange by the brothers’ father, an old-fashioned Silvia drifter from the heady touge days of ’90s Japan. Whereas Mouri-san nonetheless retains a detailed eye on proceedings on the workshop, the boys have taken over the day-to-day working of Neo Venture, and are collectively answerable for the BellusMare bodykit line that adorns these two Z automobiles.


Youthful brother Seiya-san is following in his father’s footsteps and can be competing in drift occasions beginning this 12 months. Tatsuya-san, nevertheless, is following his childhood dream to create the baddest, widest Z automobiles on the market, with inspiration from the IMSA 240Zs that raced stateside within the ’70s.

And provoking they’re certainly: Vivid colors, super-wide physique flares and wheel/tyre combos, and double their manufacturing energy.


Despite the fact that the 350Z that Tatsuya has chosen to work with is fashionable, clear and thoroughly contoured, strolling across the yard it’s straightforward to see the place the boys’ roots lie. There’s a particular old-fashioned drift vibe happening.

Enjoyable truth: the BellusMare title is definitely the paint color code of Tatsuya-san’s first S15 Silvia.


For me, hanging out in random garages in the course of nowhere surrounded by mountains and the sound of canine barking is absolute bliss. Positive, I’m trying ahead to Tokyo Auto Salon, however I’m additionally sort of dreading it. I’m not one for giant crowds or sensory overload. I additionally would a lot fairly see the automobiles out of their pure habitat, like right here at Neo Venture.

In fact, I’m certain I’ll change my tune as soon as I’m at TAS – it’s my first time there in spite of everything – and the follow-up tales can be filled with mind-blowing recollections.


Earlier than arriving on the workshop, all I knew was that Neo Venture builds super-wide Z automobiles. I had no concept what can be ready for me, or if there’d even be something able to shoot. Fortunately, Tatsuya and Seiya are a few moderately organized younger males, so issues had been trying good.


A number of the automobiles within the Neo Venture yard are customer-owned, whereas others are check mules for numerous BellusMare physique components. Tatsuya-san tells me that they may match and widen any Z automotive, however they don’t simply promote the equipment; it’s a must to deliver your automotive to the store, and they’ll deal with the remaining, proper all the way down to the paint.


So how do the brothers get their Z automobiles trying so fats? Effectively, because it seems, it’s truly quite simple – all you want is a pack of Hello-Lite cigarettes and some bottles of Coke. After inspiration and imaginative and prescient have been attained, the arduous work begins. Tetsuya-san tells me that he spent one of the best a part of a 12 months shaping and contouring urethane foam to get his splendid form excellent.


How extensive are we speaking? Effectively, the very effectively chosen Work Meisters measure 12-inches extensive up entrance and 13-inches extensive on the rear, with big dish. The rears are very practically double the width of Venture GC8‘s wheels, on a automotive that’s nearly half as tall.


Whereas the Zs undoubtedly look good at relaxation, sitting low and extensive, trying good is most definitely not the objective right here. Tatsuya-san informed me that the main focus is velocity and agility on the observe. The broader you’re, the tighter you grip.


As the colorful bunch of Nissans glistened within the morning dew, I noticed the 350Z in a special mild. For me, it’s at all times been a bit daft trying, like a black Labrador in a enterprise swimsuit. However on this specific morning, out on the highway, I noticed the Z33 as a correct driving machine.


Time wasn’t actually on my facet at Neo Venture (I’ve heaps extra coming from my whirlwind go to to Fukuoka…), so I’ll be checking out all the main points of the purple Z at TAS for an upcoming highlight function.

Toby Thyer
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