Hot Version International: JDM Racers

Hot Version International:  JDM Racers DVD CoverBest Motoring Hot Version International: JDM Racers is a cool drifting DVD that starts off by covering Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya’s final race and retirement ceremony held at the Tsukuba Circuit in Japan. Next is Round 2 of the Touge Showdown Challenge where pro drifters Keiichi Tsuchiya, Nobuteru Taniguchi, and Manabu Orido test drive and analyze which drift car is best suited to touge racing. Then the Honda S2000 and Nissan Z33 face off in the Ultimate FR Challenge. Finally, Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya and pro driver Juichi Wakisaka coach the 2003 D1 Grand Prix Champion Yoichi Imamura in his pursuit to grip racing excellence - “Don’t think too much about grip or drift. Just think of a way to go through the corner faster,” says Wakisaka.

Hot Version International: JDM Racers DVD Chapters:

  • JDM Racers
  • Touge Showdown Max Round 2
  • Ultimate FR Challenge
  • Drift to Grip

JDM Racers covers Drift King Tsuchiya’s retirement ceremony held at the Tsukuba Circuit, Japan 2004. Even though it is freezing in Japan many of Drift King’s fans fill the stadium as he drives the cars that made him famous. First Drift King races in the Toyota AE86 Hot Version Cup. This race is AE86 only and there are some awesome Hachi-Roku Toyota Corollas! Then Drift King takes a restored Group A Taisan Skyline GT-R for a demo run. On the last lap, Drift King is forced to brake suddenly as a gang of retro styled Group A Skylines take the track, perfectly recreating a race from Tsuchiya’s past. The sight of the Skylines in Group A paint literally blows Drift King’s mind. Next, 3 tuned Nissan Skylines and 3 modified Silvias race. The Skylines quickly outrun the Silvias but you’ve never seen a sexier race. Next, Drift King drives the ARTA sponsored NSX in a Time Attack and breaks the Tsukuba Circuit fastest lap record.

Drift King Keiichi TsuchiyaToyota AE86 Hot Version CupGroup A Taisan Skyline GT-R

Touge Showdown Max Round 2 features Japanese drifters Keiichi Tsuchiya, Nobuteru Taniguchi, and Manabu Orido as they test drive six tuned JDM cars and analyze which one is best to race in the Initial D style touge battle. All three drifters drive one lap and points are given based on driving feel rather than speed. First car tested is Kazuyoshi Okamura’s Yashio Factory S15 Silvia. Next car tested is the Fujita Engineering Mazda RX-7 FD3S and then Manabu Orido’s 550 horsepower daily driver Ridox modified Toyota Supra is put to the test. After they drive Orido’s Supra, there are noticeably more tire marks on the track and Drift King really pushes the Supra and makes racing the touge seem very dangerous with extreme speed on the narrow track – Drift King is a touge master. Next, the KSP NSX makes an impressive run followed by the Auto Produce Boss WRX STi and finally MCR’s 600 horsepower R34 Skyline GT-R. A standout feature of the Skyline GT-R is the “turbo boost scramble button,” that when pushed, ups turbo boost and increases horsepower to 650!

After test driving the six cars, Tsuchiya, Taniguchi, and Orido discuss which three will race head to head in the Initial D style Touge Showdown. The cars selected to race are the MCR R34 GT-R, Fujita RX-7 FD3S, and Yashio S15 Silvia. After three sprints to the finish, the MCR R34 Skyline GT-R is crowned King of the Touge.

MCR R34 Skyline GT-RFujita Mazda RX-7 FD3SYashio S15 Silvia

In Ultimate FR Challenge, Keiichi Tsuchiya, Nobuteru Taniguchi, and Manabu Orido test drive the Honda S2000 and two Nissan Z33s. All three cars are balanced well but Drift King wins the final race in a Z33.

Honda S2000 Nissan Z33 (350Z)

Drift to Grip follows the 2003 D1 Grand Prix Champion Yoichi Imamura as he makes the transition from drifting to grip racing. Lucky for Imamura, Keiichi Tsuchiya and pro driver Juichi Wakisaka take the time to offer some helpful advice. “One corner might be faster if you grip through it, but the next corner might be faster if you slide the car. Don’t think too much about grip or drift. Just think of a way to go through the corner faster,” says Wakisaka.

Keiichi Tsuchiya and Juichi Wakisaka 2003 D1 Grand Prix Champion Yoichi Imamura Yoichi Imamura’s APEXi Mazda RX-7 FD3S

Overall, I would highly recommend viewing Hot Version International: JDM Racers.

Running Time:
84 Minutes. English Narration and Subtitles.

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