What do you get when you have two good mates with totally opposite lifestyles but the same car? You get two very unique and awesome 86s!
Meet Simon Smith. He’s your typical nice guy who embraces the pop culture side of town, regularly plays good old fashion board games, video games, and socialises with his small group of friends. He doesn’t mind having a quiet night in to watch Star Wars (his favourite sci-fi series), or being homebound on the weekend.
Sho Mai is on the other end the scale. You will never find him having a quiet night in grinding through four levels of Diablo 3, or spending hours playing Pokémon Monopoly. He would rather be out mingling with the crowd and making new friends. He is a social bug you can say.
Totally different ends of the spectrum yet for some strange reason they do share a few things in common…which are their competitiveness and addiction to speed!
Sure on pen and paper, these two 86 have nothing compared to a force inducted 86/brz, Evo, Sti, GTR..(I can go on and on but you get the picture). What these two cars do have however is countless hours of fine tuning spent on them as well as some quality functional parts installed onto them that work in harmony with one another under the hood. Out on the circuit – whether it’s at Eastern Creek, Marulan, or Wakefield, you see these boys overtaking many other cars that are sometimes twice or more of the power output that these two are producing (lap times don’t lie!). You may argue that in a straight line they won’t stand a chance and hey guess what? You’re absolutely right! But this doesn’t bother them one bit.
The ideology of building a car to call their own is strong with these two.
Neither Sho nor Simon are looking for the fastest quarter mile time or wanting to live a quarter mile at a time; they want a well-balanced car which will be rev happy with responsiveness as their goal. For both of them to achieve their goals, it’s like watching your siblings fight for dominance for which one is better. They always try to outdo one another anywhere possible, and it’s not a bad thing at all.
As a bit of friendly competition, these two boys have tried on and changed so many parts on their cars in order to beat one another in the race to see whose car is more superior. For the amount of parts and tunes that these guys have gone though over the short amount of time since the 86 was initially released, Simon could have walked away with a nice Cayman and Sho could have been rolling top down in another s2000 easily.
To some, it’s a waste of money splurging so much coin on parts but to others, it’s a lifestyle. It’s the same logic that I use to justify spending money on shoes. These two fine examples we see here don’t contain any el cheapo parts or even second-hand bits! Their parts had to be brand new! Talk about being picky.
“Note to self, need to buy Recaros as Simon has Brides”
Simon, being the shy guy, didn’t want his ride to stand out loud and colourful. Instead, he went for a subtle look with his 86.. that is, until he caved in due to the influences of the dark side and decided to add a bit of cosmetics to the car.
Genuine TRD front lip and side skirts were added along with the TRD side decals and some nice gunmetal TWS wheels a move no doubt makes Simon’s car stand out but not as noticeable as Sho’s car where his funky TRD decals and Red CE28RT’s are a little showier. Funny enough both guys didn’t rate the TRD rear bumper lip much and so Sho is running with the Aero kit rear pods while Simon is left stock.
The differences extend far more than just cosmetics. Going through their whole list of modifications, the brands are completely different besides the suspension they run which they both went with one of the finest that the automotive industry has to offer for a daily and weekend track car which are Öhlins.
Story has it that Sho was the first one on Öhlins out of the two (Sho made the move to Öhlins as he wasn’t happy with the zero 3s which he only had for a week before palming it off to another member) and after taking Simon for a happy lap around the block, Simon was on the phone to Troy @ Pro Speed Racing the very next day to get a set!
The Öhlins effect! Both run the original gold! Öhlins. One of the finest suspension you can buy!
We look forward to seeing what else Simon and Sho will be bringing to the table. They are already waiting on their “overnight parts from Japan” and they won’t even tell one another what they’re getting! Boys and their toys…
Enjoy the bonus images below and we will definitely revisit them down the track.
Photograhy: Brendan yu
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