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Tommy Kaira High Performance Titan Big Throttle Bodies for Nissan GT-R

September 15th, 2010

Tommy Kaira has quietly launched their latest performance product, a set of upgraded throttle bodies for the Nissan GT-R. The Tommy Kaira units offer upgraded airflow by improving the OEM throttle bodies in several ways.

Firstly they have honed and polished the throttle body interior. The net result is a 1.5mm enlarged opening with a smooth surface to reduce turbulence around the interior.

Secondly they’ve redesigned the butterfly from scratch. This titanium replacement butterfly reduces the need for the clunky OEM pivot so air flows more smoothly again through the throttle.

All up Tommy Kaira claim more than 20% improved airflow through these with of course improvements to engine response that come along with it.

Pricing begins around the 117,600 yen mark per set provided you send your OEM throttles in. Without the exchange, expect to part with 243,600 yen for a set.

Link: Tommy Kaira Website

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TommyKaira Sunshades for Nissan GT-R

August 5th, 2010

If you’re a guy that needs to have JDM everything these sunshades might be for you. Featuring the proper R35 “R” logo and the Tommy Kaira logo as well, these can be had for 12,000 yen in Japan.

The fold away for storage as you can see in this video.

Link: Tommy Kaira website

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Tommy Kaira LEDs Selection for the Nissan GT-R

June 4th, 2010

Tommy Kaira has been known to focus on the small details that make their complete cars extra special and for the GT-R they’ve certainly not strayed from this path. The LED light up GT-R front emblem was actually on display at Tokyo Autosalon in January but since then they’ve been working on a more finished looking production version as well as LED rear side markers, LED door kick plates and LED front winkers.

These units are OEM finish and made in Japan, pricing isn’t 100% official yet so I won’t post it up here, head over to your local Tommy Kaira dealer’s website to get more info. I’m really liking those door sill plates though….

Link: Tommy Kaira Website
Link: Tommy Kaira Parts Lineup @ GT-RR.com

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Tommy Kaira Ebbrezza-R Aero Kit Version 2 Now Available

March 10th, 2010

More updates from Tommy Kaira this week, hot on the heels of their Ebbrezza-R global product launch they’ve released pricing on the version 2 kit. This kit will feature the exact same aggressive design as the original Ebbrezza-R GT-R we got our first look at earlier in the year but will be feature key pieces fabricated in FRP to drive down the overall cost.

You may recall that Tommy Kaira have recently switched their marketing strategy up so that customers can purchase any individual piece of the kit they desire, but they also make available groups of parts in sub-kits on top of the traditional full kit.

For the Ebbrezza-R GT-R Version 2, customers will notice that the following pieces are now made from FRP:

Part Ebbrezza-R Version 1 Ebbrezza-R Version 2
Front Under Diffuser Wet Carbon FRP
Side Step Kit FRP+Wet Carbon FRP
Rear Underspoiler Wet Carbon FRP
Rear Fender Arch Extension Wet Carbon FRP
* Full parts list in our previous post or at GT-RR.com

This brings the prices for the kit down overall a healthy amount, for example, for the Front Style Kit which includes the Front Bumper, Front Under Diffuser, Front Lip Spoiler, Front Grille Cover, and Side Ducts you’ll pay just 525,000 yen. Thats down over 100,000 yen versus the version 1 kit.

The price savings grow when you look at the Full Ebbrezza-R Aero Kit though which is down to just 1,260,000 yen in Japan ($13,950 in the US). A saving of 420,000 yen versus version 1!

Combine this with the new global distribution partners and I think we’ll see a few more Tommy Kaira Ebbrezza-R GT-Rs globally shortly!

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Tommy Kaira GT-R Aero Now Available Globally

March 4th, 2010

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You probably remember that Tommy Kaira debuted one of the most impressive R35 complete cars ever recently at the Tokyo AutoSalon 2010. We got to check it out in the flesh and speak with Hiei Takayoshi-san, President of Tommy Kaira and found that the kit really was all it was cracked up to be and more. In person the parts easily lived up to the good reputation for quality Tommy Kaira has worked hard for all these years.

The good news is that now the whole world can enjoy these parts as the lineup has now gone on sale at a handful of select premium dealerships. Owners in the US and Middle East will be able to deal direct and exclusively with GTRBlog partners GT-RR.com for the kit.

Hit up their site for all the local pricing and more information, link is below. I’ll leave you with their press release and one of my favorite photos from TAS2010…

Link: Tommy Kaira Lineup @ GT-RR.com

GT-RR is proud to announce that Tommy Kaira has selected us as their exclusive distributor for North America and the Middle East.

Tommy Kaira last month debuted one of the most widely anticipated complete aerodynamic conversion kits for the GT-R. The car’s debut at Tokyo Auto Salon was regarded as a major success as reported by our friends at gtrblog.com and all over the internet as well.

This hot new kit is fully produced in Japan and is now finally available for purchase internationally!

Although we are exclusive for North America and the Middle East, we are also able to supply to all international regions except for Hong Kong (GP Motor) and Singapore (MB Motors).

We have worked closely with Tommy Kaira to ensure the most competitive possible pricing for these new products. All of our prices include all ends of the importation expenses which are often charged after the fact to unsuspecting buyers. In our pricing, all prices are “landed” (as always for us). Landed price means that they include: domestic freight in Japan, customs clearance fees, ocean freight to our US warehouse, customs clearance US side, import duties and taxes and final transportation to our warehouse in Los Angeles. The only additional expense is shipping from our warehouse to our clients.

The complete aero kit is of course available, but also we have offered everyone the possibility to buy any individual parts regardless of however big or small. This allows infinite customization possibilities.

Tommy Kaira’s aero parts are all very high quality and produced by their aero parts factory, whereas they have employed outside specialists for other items such as:

  • Brakes by Endless (a special Tommy Kaira version of the Racing Endless Mono-6 kit)
  • Exhaust by the same factory who produces for Amuse
  • Suspension by Quantum (a F1 parts supplier)
  • And small dry carbon protect parts by Carbon Dry Japan

As always we also offer international price matching to ensure that we are not only the safest and most reliable source, but also the best priced source for everyone worldwide.

We welcome your inquires and look forward to assisting Tommy Kaira to distribute these great new products.

Sincerely,
The GT-RR and Bulletproof AutomotiveTeam

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Tokyo AutoSalon 2010: TommyKaira Silver Wolf Edition Nissan GT-R Debut

January 16th, 2010

Well as you are well aware by now, TommyKaira completed the initial phase of their Nissan GT-R project recently for launch at the 2010 Tokyo AutoSalon. We wen’t along to the show and got the opportunity to sit down with and chat with TommyKaira President, Hiei Takayoshi-san, about the latest range of TommyKaira products and the plans for the future.

Takayoshi-san, as it turns out, is not someone to jump into improving on and already great car without first discovering if he can be passionate about it. Personally he is a Honda NSX-R owner from way back so at first he wasn’t sure if the new Nissan could live up to the hype. You may well know of the NSX-R’s legendary status in Japan so it had quite big shoes to fill.

With an adventurous spirit he jumped in with both feet and tried the GT-R for himself. Immediately he was let taken aback by the GT-R’s sheer ability that we have grown to love ourselves, the whole package of performance and quality which is peerless today. After trying it for himself, he quickly formed the opinion that the sheer value of the GT-R far outweighs it’s pricetag and is easily the match for supercars in the 25million yen range. Obviously, this would be an easy decision to have TommyKaira stamp their own mark on the car.

With Tokyo AutoSalon set as their launch target they had a very short time to complete a very large amount of work. They set to it with a guiding principle to not sacrifice workmanship to meet the end goal. The result shows that they are both willing and able to live up to this.

The concept, and second name for the project Ebbrezza-R, comes from the Italian word Ebbrezza. Translated it means intoxication – that is the vibe Takayoshi-san says he gets when driving the GT-R. The final product is also known as the Silver Wolf Edition and Takayoshi-san comissioned the Silver Wolf artwork from his favourite artist Kazuyuki Takishita-san to capture the essence of the project. That is the artwork you can see across the ceiling of the booth.

Let’s get down to brass tacks though. You’ve probably become familiar with the pricing of the kit as we covered it earlier. You might be wondering about the process of buying TommyKaira parts, especially if you’re familiar with the TommyKaira of days-gone-by. To fill those who aren’t in on the history, TommyKaira was known to sell complete cars at fixed prices. Small options were available but by and large each car was sold complete to end customers.

This practice has changed for the company’s latest products, times have changed and their customer’s have too so now they are far more flexible on what you can buy and how. Smaller subsets of the full aero kit are for sale for example and TommyKaira will also be working with global distributors to get the parts out to the wider world.

For now, the dry carbon version of the aero kit are still in development. That is:

  • Dry Carbon Front Lip Spoiler
  • Dry Carbon Frony Under Diffuser
  • Dry Carbon Rear Underspoiler
  • Dry Carbon Rear Racing Diffuser
  • Dry Carbon Rear Wing

Right now, there is no plan to develop dry carbon versions of the larger parts such as the front bumper and the side skirts however. We asked why that was and Takayoshi-san believes that it’s most likely the clients would want to leave their dry carbon parts unpainted/clear coated only and he felt that would detract from the overall look of the car. TommyKaira recommend for each front bumper and side skirt set to be painted the car’s body colour following their example for best effect. I tend to agree that this does look best really.

While we were there we also got to sit in the drivers seat to get a feel for the TommyKaira interior treatment. The quality of the materials used is top shelf and the final result is, in a word, luxurious. Carbon and red leather is everywhere but it never feels overdone from the perspective of the driver. The red carpeting is bright in the photos but its not overbearing in the flesh. The attention to detail is refreshing with even the interior lock surrounds being remade in carbon fibre. The TommyKaira special edition Recaro seats are tight and hold you well which is to be expected from the masters at Recaro, but larger guys might need to opt for different seating options.

The optional extras like the TommyKaira brakes are all based on proven technology. The brakes are Endless Calipers (Mono 6 & 6R Caliper kit) front and rear and the TommyKaira Titanium exhaust is made by the same people who manufacture the Nissan SpecV exhaust system and is even made from the same Super Tough Titanium (STTI) material.

So pretty much the remainder of this story should be devoted to how it performs right? Well we can’t say right now. TommyKaira aren’t giving any results yet either as they are still tuning the Quantum suspension. What they will say is that the TommyKaira package does not include any engine / ECU tuning packages or options. This demo car for example is completely stock under the hood and the Japanese ECU 180km/h speed limiter is still in place.

Once the suspension is done however, they do plan to take the car to Fuji Speedway to see what sort of improvements the aero, suspension and brakes add up to on the track.

Please enjoy the photo gallery taken at the show and let us know if you have any questions in the comments!

Link: TommyKaira R35 GT-R Silver Wolf Edition Website
Images: (C) Copyright GTRBlog.com

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TommyKaira R35 GT-R: Final Images and Pricing Revealed

January 12th, 2010

TommyKaira have put the finishing touches on their Tommy Kaira R35 GT-R project just in time for the opening of Tokyo AutoSalon this week. The complete car project looks to have been quite a mammoth undertaking but they’ve pulled it off with days to spare. The final product looks great in these photos but the real test will be to see it in the flesh on Friday this week at the show. The wheels you see it pictured here with are AVS Model F15 in Platinum black, sizes 20×9.5 +45 in the front and 20×10.5 +25 in the rear. They’re wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero 255/40R20 285/35R20 tires.

As for pricing, if you’re sitting down let’s begin. For the full kit, in “Wet Carbon”, including tax, look to spend 1,680,000 yen in Japan. It includes the following gear:

  • Wet Carbon/FRP Front Bumper
  • Wet Carbon Front Grill Cover
  • Wet Carbon Front Lip Spoiler
  • Wet Carbon Front Under Diffuser
  • Wet Carbon Side Ducts
  • Wet Carbon/FRP Side Skits
  • Wet Carbon Rear Underspoiler
  • Wet Carbon Rear Racing Diffuser
  • Wet Carbon Rear Wing
  • Wet Carbon Rear Fender Extensions (20mm extension)

On top of this you can choose the following options at extra cost:

  • Dry Carbon Front fender finishers 67,200 yen
  • Dry Carbon Front Fender Ducts 61,950 yen
  • Dry Carbon Door Handles 47,250 yen

If the full kit is too rich for you, then you’re not completely out of luck. TommyKaira are selling a sub-kit known as the Front Style Kit. This retails at the 630,000 yen mark and includes the following:

  • Wet Carbon/FRP Front Bumper
  • Wet Carbon Front Grill Cover
  • Wet Carbon Front Lip Spoiler
  • Wet Carbon Front Under Diffuser
  • Wet Carbon Side Ducts

Dry carbon versions of many of these parts are on their way soon but are not priced as yet. There’s is also a complete red leather interior package on it’s way. You can sneak a peak in these photos but we’ll have more for you soon. It’s also not priced just yet.

To go along with the exterior body components, TommyKaira have also developed a range of tuning parts like an exhaust system, brake kit and suspension kit. These are priced as follows:

  • High Performance Exhaust, Titanium (STTI): 348,600 yen
  • Endless MONO6 & 6R Caliper Kit with 390mm rotors: 1,837,000 yen
  • Quantum Super Sports Suspension Kit: 630,000 yen

So, like we said, looking good but check back Friday for a more in-depth look at the new TommyKaira R35 GT-R.

Link: TommyKaira Website

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Tokyo AutoSalon 2010: TommyKaira GT-R Buildup Continues

January 4th, 2010

The tension builds as we get nearer and nearer to Tokyo AutoSalon 2010. I leave for Tokyo this weekend so personally I’m pretty damn excited too. About the show, seeing old friends but also about checking out what TommyKaira have been up to with their GT-R.

On the news front, you can see a little more work has been done getting the parts on the car. A full custom TommyKaira brake kit has also been developed along with a suspension setup from Quantum.

We know that the guys at TommyKaira also plan to splash red leather liberally around the interior, including on the seats which will be replaced with some SpecV-esque Recaros.

Stay tuned for a full spread of photos from the mornings press preview at Tokyo AutoSalon on the 15th of January…

Link: TommyKaira Official Website

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TommyKaira Nissan GT-R to Debut at Tokyo AutoSalon 2010

November 17th, 2009

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Tokyo AutoSalon 2010 is coming up fast, if you plan on attending it’s about time to book your airfares and get your accomodation in order. One of the big unveils we’re looking forward to this year is the Tommy Kaira Nissan GT-R.

Much anticipated since we followed the production of the kit via the Tommy Kaira development blog we have yet to see the fully completed car.

What we have learned since the last update we made on the aero design is that Tommy Kaira will be upgrading the interior and suspension of the car as part of the complete package. The interior will be swathed in hand stitched red leather trim.

Tokyo AutoSalon will be held on the 15th, 16th and 17th of January 2010 at Makuhari Messe near Tokyo Japan. Until that time, these sketches in the gallery will have to tide you over.

Link: Tommy Kaira Website

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Tommy Kaira GT-R Aero Development Update: Part Two

September 8th, 2009

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The Tommy Kaira aero kit development is coming along and for this latest update quite a lot of tweaking has been done to reign in the look somewhat. The front air intakes are starting to open up which softens the sharp edges of the front end. At the rear, the wing is being fleshed out to give a better idea of the final version. The rear diffuser / underspoiler is also taking shape and improving.

While initially the Tommy Kaira aero kit looked too much like a leaf out of WALD’s recipe book, I think they’re slowly managing to make the kit unique and more importantly, more attractive.

We’ll keep following their progress and keep you posted…

Link: TommmyKaira Official Website

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