A Comeback Unveiled – Veilside’s Supra 4509GTR
Veilside is back! Just as people were beginning to forget what has got to be the one of the most recognized names in the Japanese aftermarket scene, Yokomaku-san made his comeback earlier at the Tokyo Auto Salon. For over five years, the Tsukuba-based company has lain low, trying to survive the biggest crisis the tuning industry has ever been through. As Yokomaku told us, “it hasn’t been easy, but I hung in there, waiting for the right time to get back on top of things.” And we are extremely glad he did because, let’s face it, the whole JDM scene just wouldn’t be the same without Veilside.
Yokomaku is a man of great insight and passion. He looks at cars in a different way from most people; his mind is always thinking about how their designs could be improved, or in the case of the Toyota Supra you see here, completely reinvented. Since Veilside’s return, the company has been busy designing aero kits for new models like the R35 GT-R and 370Z, but when looking for a car that would help him make a statement that people wouldn’t forget anytime soon, Yokomaku chose the old but trusty JZA80 Supra. The result is the 4509GTR.
To say this Supra is imposing would be a great understatement. It creates the same sense of occasion a concept car would, except that it is legal and can be driven on public roads. The idea, like the Fortune models that came before it, is to offer a unique custom creation sporting the Veilside badge, with production being limited to 100 cars. Aside from the unmistakable roofline and glasshouse, every part of the body has been redesigned, sculpted and shaped by hand by Yokomaku. He wanted to combine the performance of a tuned JZA80 with the comfort and style of luxurious European GTs. And so he made the front end resemble that of the Bentley Continental GT, which helped get the theme of the whole car across.
Giving It The Works
The whole conversion is very time consuming as every body panel is removed and new fixing points created to mount the FRP replacements onto. This also goes for the headlights -very expensive LED items taken from the Audi R8. For added effect, the lenses are lightly tinted. The front bumper, peppered with copious intakes, sports an angular design with a very defined edge working its way onto the front fenders. The vented bonnet incorporates a big Bentley-like grille, an indication of the attention to detail that has gone into the 4509GTR. Chunky side skirts allow for the design to flow over the profile before fusing into the massively blistered rear fenders.
The rear view is as bespoke as the front. Again we find lights borrowed from the R8 along with the reshaped hatch and boot areas. The carbon fibre spoiler is there to hint at the performance of the car without looking over the top. More carbon fibre can be found on the diffuser section of the rear bumper, from which the four tail pipes of the Veilside exhaust exit. Finishing touches include custom side mirrors with integrated side indicators and Veilside emblems.
With a conversion as extreme as this, large sized wheels were a necessity to get the most out of the bespoke looks, so Yokomaku fitted matte black Veilside Premier PL-X wheels, 20-inch at the front and massive 22-inch at the rear, all shod in Bridgestone Potenza RE050 rubber. Obtaining the correct stance called for a set of adjustable Veilside dampers mated to Roberuta air cups, allowing the car to be lifted a few centimetres from its normal ride height. This is especially useful to avoid scrapping that custom front end on ramps or speed bumps.
Pumping Up the Power
Yokomaku knew that concentrating on styling alone wouldn’t generate enough interest, and since Veilside has always been known for its achievements in drag racing, high-speed runs and 0-300 km/h shootouts, power was something the 4509GTR was certainly not going to skimp on. The 2JZ’s stock twin-turbos were thrown out and replaced with shiny Trust stainless steel manifolds and a big T88-34GK turbo, externally gated though a Trust wastegate.
The Veilside exhaust is joined by a big bore Trust front pipe and a sports catalyst to keep the car legal on the emissions front. Trust also supplied their huge triple core intercooler as well as their polished intake manifold, while everything was plumbed together with GReddy hard piping. Fuelling is handled by six 700 cc/min injectors and a Sard in-tank pump all controlled by the HKS F-Con ECU. Boost is kept relatively low at 1.2 bar, but even that is enough for the car to produce just under 700 PS.
The reason more extreme modifications weren’t carried out to maximize the potential of the T-9934GK turbo was because Veilside wanted to keep the car as drivable as possible. Furthermore, they did not want to compromise the reliability of the automatic transmission. Speaking of the automatic transmission, the choice to go for an automatic demo car was a conscious one, as they wanted to emphasize the comfort and usability of the 4509GTR. Fortunately, for those who want even more power and the control of an old-school manual transmission, that is something that Veilside can easily arrange.
With 680 PS on tap from even the lightest squeeze of the throttle, this called for a more competent braking system that could also fulfil a secondary purpose of filling the massive Premier PL-X wheels. Veilside collaborated with Rotora on this, who supplied a set of their latest monobloc calipers, 6-pots at the front and smaller 4-pots at the rear. These lightweight calipers feature titanium piston rings just like race brakes and are mated to 2-piece slotted discs to help the 4509GTR shave speed off twice as fast as it can pile it on.
To complement the amount of work that went into the Veilside conversion, both aesthetically and mechanically, Yokomaku wanted to do something special with the interior. Comfort was the key, so the seats were trimmed in leather and quilted red alcantara for the centre parts. These were complemented by a leather-wrapped steering wheel displaying the stitched Veilside logo, a necessary touch in any Veilside car. The Veilside 320 km/h speedometer and GReddy Profec B boost controller are the only other additions, on top of the obligatory state of the art hard disk navigation system.
Understandably the 4509GTR might not appeal to everyone out there, but that’s what makes Veilside so special – it divides opinions. It is, however, an important car that marks the return of a hallowed name that everyone was beginning to think we weren’t going to see again. Happily though, if the 4509GTR is anything to go by, Veilside is indeed back in style!
Owner : Hiranao Yokomaku
Vehicle : Toyota Supra JZA80
Power : 680 PS @ 1.2 bar
Torque : 686 Nm
Workshop : Veilside Co. Ltd
Country : Japan
Trust Stainless Steel Manifold / Trust T88-38GK Turbine / Trust Front Pipe / Veilside Exhaust System / Veilside Intake Pipe / Trust Airinx Filter / Trust Piping Kit / Trust Triple Core Intercooler / Nissan Q45 Large Throttle / Sard Fuel Pump / Sard 700 cc/min Injectors x6 / GReddy Intake Plenum / Veilside Red & Black Powder Coated Engine Covers
Full Veilside 4509GT Conversion – Front Bumper / Front Vented Fenders / Bonnet / Side Skirt / Side Mirrors With Integrates Turn Signal / Door Panels / Rear Fenders / Rear Bumper / Under Diffuser / Rear Hatch / Rear Carbon Spoiler / Front Tinted Audi R8 Lights / Rear Audi R8 Lights / Custom Veilside Pearl White / Veilside Original Badging
Veilside Adjustable Dampers / Roberuta Air Lifter System / Cusco Master Cylinder Stopper / Rotora 6-pot Front Calipers and 380 mm Slotted Rotors / Rotora 4-pot Rear Calipers and 355 mm Slotted Rotors / Rorota Pads All Round / Veilside Premier 4509 PL-X Wheels 9Jx20” Front, 11Jx22” Rear / Bridgestone Potenza RE050 Tyres 255/30 R20 Front, 295/25 R22 Rear
Veilside 360 km/h Speedometer / Veilside Custom Leather Steering Wheel / Veilside Custom Leather Seats / Greddy Profec B Boost Controller / Kenwood HDV-990 Hard Disk Navigation System
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Text & Photos By HOTstuff magazine