Tokkōfuku

Special Attack Uniform. The clothing that many Bosozoku wear.

Some folks are Bosozoku “enthusiast”. I say enthusiast because they aren’t full fledge Bosozoku, but a hooligan one way or another. The ones who are like that may not rock a complete Tokkōfuku with phrases and symbols, but may wear a coverall to represent what they are about (kanjozoku’s & Kei Miura for example). I fall into that category as well. Over the past 12 years I have accumulated quite a few coveralls along with vintage ones from the military. Whenever I go on a PVT run I wear one; an act to bomb the night.

One thing is many Bosozoku drive cars. It’s quite uncomfortable (I can drive with them on but don’t prefer it) to drive in boots, especially a manual car (Nike SB Dunks is my choice of shoes for my Tokkōfuku). From my research I found out which boots, particularly with Kei Miura, wears. They are Red Wing Engineer boots. And from reviews they are quite comfortable and easy to drive in!

Time for some custom work on the coveralls so they can be certified Tokkōfuku… Stay tuned!

N1 Magic

For me, watching old skool N1 Civic races is like channeling ancient Gods and deities. Summon them correctly and they will return… the cars of those races didn’t have large amounts of horsepower, but they can still give a modern high performance street car a good run for their money, so don’t get it twisted.

What exactly is N1 specifications?

Engine and Transmission: the engine and transmission internals must remain OE spec. No dog box and sequential shifters. Baffles are allowed to be installed in the oil pan.

ECU: a lot of teams used various aftermarket/custom ECU’s. They are inspected by the FIA and then sealed with a tamper proof label. Some used the Mugen ECU. Injectors may not be changed. *Thought: I feel the “Mugen chips” floating around stateside aren’t real Mugen specs. Only a few shops in Japan have the exact copy (and legit Mugen ECU’s which they hold on to) of the maps and sell them.

Description of a legit Mugen copy that’s allowed in the Honda One Make and other races that follow N1 rules. Translation: “Based on the now discontinued Mugen Racing ECU, the fuel adjustment and ignition map are optimized on the premise of racing driving to improve the lack of torque feeling at low rotation and improve the response at high rotation.”
[Specifications]

・Fuel adjustment
・Ignition map
optimization
・Speed limiter release
・ VTEC point: 5200RPM
・ REV point: 9200RPM
・ Idle up of air-conditioned vehicle OK

[Conditions for installed vehicles]

-Specifications for vehicles equipped with an intake system on the funnel, such as a bare type air cleaner or 4-throttle, may have some torque valleys.
Please use it after changing to a genuine shape (OEM air box) or a Mugen intake system as much as possible.

・ Install the exhaust system on vehicles that use intermediate pipes of 50mm ⌀ or more and less than 72mm ⌀.
Since it is suitable for circuit-only vehicles, it is preferable to have a straight shape as much as possible.
・ Never use with a VTEC controller.

Exhaust: teams are not allowed to change the exhaust manifold. Since the B series came out with a 2-piece header, teams are allowed to change the lower part of the manifold and back. Thus having a exhaust pipe as straight as possible with minimal bends.

Intake and Cooling: teams are not allowed to change the intake manifold, throttle body size nor the filter style. Some rumors say teams developed a higher flow drop in filter or ran with no filter, but don’t quote me on that. Cooling: a full size radiator is allowed.

Suspension and Brakes: the race car cannot change the suspension geometry. Teams are allowed to use coil-overs with any spring rates they want. If the car came equipped with front and rear sway bars from factory, then they are allowed to use them on the car. Brakes: must retain OEM brake calipers. Upgraded pads, heavy duty rotors and braided lines are allowed along with brake ducts. *Fun Fact: A lot of engineers used data from all the races to develop suspension set ups and other parts to specific tracks. Example; Eikoh! Didn’t just make mufflers, but also coilovers that were designed for Nakayama and Suzuka circuit.

Exterior: no aero is allowed in N1. Depending on the rules in an event, light weight hoods are free to use. In the Honda One Make race, light weight parts are allowed.

Applied to Gr.A and N1

Interior: Dashboard and front door OE panels must remain intact. Roll cage required.

N1 spec example:

The kanjozokus pretty much run the same set ups at the N1 cars, more or less. However not all have aftermarket ECU’s. The veterans (& ones who know they can get away) use performance ECU’s or a stand alone and even aftermarket camshafts. While the younger generation might only be using the OEM ones.

The spirit is still there. The deities are floating around it. Can you see it? Summoned from tantric mantras and Ngakpa’s, I bring you N1 Magic. This is the brand name of all my one-off parts I have made and designed for my chassis(s) and much more. Just like the Private Runners stickers, they won’t be sold to the public. Personal use only. They are sat with sage and blessed using Ancient rituals and chants. Long live N1!

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Two Loops

There is this dream, a fantasy of mine. It’s to drive a few laps in a N1 spec EF9 and N1 EG6 on both of these Loops. It would have to take place at that time and era of course; late 80’s-mid 90’s.

Loop 1 is highlighted in Yellow.

Macau Guia Circuit; if Loop 1 was converted into a professional circuit, this would be it! Just a thought, who’s to say that they have to stay on the highway loop if it was converted into a street circuit??

Such a crazy race! And to think, majority of the races held at Guia are like that!

Interesting find: Sheep Dog. An old school brand!

Now let’s enter The Loop

Views: 1) “grand stands” 2) cockpit 3) “flagger” 4) “VIP” LOL

Back in the days the k-zoku’s would cause mischief on the local streets, just before entering the highway for some havoc. Kanjozoku cars are nearly the same as N1 cars, more or less. Just with a big dose of ghetto-ness from the street! Even though the two loops are different, the driving style is still the same. ✌️