KYOTO’S FINEST ONEVIA

My time in Japan was coming to a close, I’d seen some spectacular machinery during my two months on adventure, however I had one last assignment for S-Chassis. That assignment was this very well known, internet famous Nissan Onevia owned by Toshiyuki-san from Kyoto.

Toshiyuki-san from N.R.FOUR “freestyle performer” travelled from Kyoto prefecture to the Minato bridge in the Osaka prefecture. With arrival time set for mid morning, we waited patiently. One, two, nearly three hours passed before the man himself finally arrives, apparently he was so dedicated to making the car look pristine that he was working on it all morning – we were more than okay with that!

I had been looking for a place to shoot Toshiyuki-san’s Onevia for a while, not being from Japan surely made location hunting hard. Even harder when your only tool is Google Maps. With the help of some locals we managed to pull up at this location for the day, the whole day in fact. We even made a que for the spot it was just that popular.

The Onevia had a very sexual rear end. A dual tip exhaust set-up sat nicely above the rear diffuser supplied by Rocket Bunny. If you somehow missed the massive piece of metal bolted on the rear end in the previous photo, it’s a TRA Kyoto 6666 gigantic, aggressive spoiler.

Situated on this side of the car is a set of Work Emotion CR “Kiwami” wheels that have been changed from the original gold color (which can been seen on the other side) to this vivid pink color. Toshiyuki-san has also followed on with this pattern by painting the sides of the rear Rocket Bunny diffuser to match the wheels.

Popping out of the freshly painted vivid pink Kiwami wheels is a set of blue 70mm collaboration lug nuts. Nothing has been untouched when talking about the looks of this car. It’s the dress-up style the Japanese are so well known for.

It’s a surreal feeling seeing cars in the flesh that you’d only ever seen on your laptop screen for so long. The presence that this Onevia gave off was unreal, it reminds me of Need for Speed Underground. When you’re driving the heavily modified car and all the traffic looks like the most boring hunks of metal ever.

It’s the little details that make this car pop. Like the extra diffuser attached to the Wonder side skirts. Straight from Spirit-rei and labelled as a Kamikaze diffuser.

The days didn’t last long in Japan, the sun would set at around 4-5pm each and every day which put shooting time at a minimum. However it did mean that the sun was nice and low at a reasonable hour in the day, providing some outstanding lighting.

Although it was considered winter the whole time I was in Japan, I only had one day of rain and one day of snow. For the rest of the time the weather mimicked today’s forecast. Blue skies with minimal clouds, and a piercing bright yellow sun. Unlike New Zealand’s sun, where you get burned to a blister in only a few minutes, the Japanese sun didn’t do anything to me, even while wearing no sunblock the whole day, how fabulous.

The famous bridge you can see in the background that’s being lit up by the sun was built in 1974. It’s entirely a bridge for trains and spans a massive 983 meters. A perfect backdrop for any automotive photography.

Let’s not get too distracted about the wonders of Japan though. Following the same styling as the sides, the factory front bumper has been swapped out for a Wonder front bumper. Toshiyuki-san has also added a Spirit-rei front diffuser to give the front the aggressive look that you can see here.

Located at all four corners of the car are a set of high quality Final Konnexion coilovers, plus Yura-mode control arms have been added to give the exact driving response that Toshiyuki-san requires.

As you may have noticed already, the car’s wheels stick out a little bit further than what they did from the factory. That’s thanks to Origin Labo supplying front fenders that stick out 20mm extra and rear over fenders that stick out a massive 50mm extra.

Personally I love the massive rear wing. Although, it will divide people, it may make you hate the car, or it may make you love it even more. What’s your opinion? Does it add style, or take it away?

It’s also apparent that the Japanese love stickers written in English. Just how we love stickers in Japanese even if we can’t read them. The top sticker is from an organisation that helps produce some of the biggest S-Chassis car meets in Japan. So if you’re ever in Japan, make sure to look them up online to see if there is an upcoming meet.

I love the extra little details that have been seen to on this build. For example all of the add-ons. The roof wing, the aero mirrors, the carbon side visor, all from Origin Labo, give the car that extra bit of pop.

I also found it rather common that their S-Chassis in Japan would have sunroofs. Which is not so common in most other parts of the world. When it’s tilted up, it does give it that little bit more flare that looks so nice for one reason or another.

The front of the car looks slick with an upgraded bonnet. Out with the original factory one and in with a D-max D1 spec carbon bonnet. This helps decrease the engine temperature by letting in more cold air and letting hot air escape, it also decreases the total weight of the car which is always something that should be looked at when modifying a car.

Being mainly a dress-up car. Toshiyuki has upgraded the front and rear calipers, he hasn’t gone crazy though as he didn’t need to. A nice set of newer S14 calipers now fill the spot of the old ones.

Nissan Silvia S13
ONEVIA 最終武装

  • Final Konnexion coilover suspension
  • YURA-MODE control arms
  • S14 front caliper
  • S14 rear caliper
  • WORK EMOTION
    CR ”Kiwami ”18inch
    vivid pink&Gold
    ORIGINAL COLOR wheels
  • farmofminds×N.R.FOUR Collaboration 70mm Lug Nuts
  • Spirit-rei Front & Side Diffuser ”Kamikaze ”
  • WONDER Front Bumper
  • WONDER Side Skirts
  • Origin labo +20mm Front Fenders
  • Origin labo +55mm Rear Fenders
  • Origin labo Roof Wing
  • Origin labo Carbon Side Visor
  • Origin labo Aero Mirror
  • D-MAX D1SPEC Carbon Bonnet
  • D-MAX LED Tail Lens
  • TRA KYOTO 6666 Customs Rear Wing
  • Rocket Bunny Rear Diffuser

After seeing the photos of this particular Onevia, what’s your verdict? Do you like the ‘stance’, do you like the big wing, or the show orientated body work? I can nearly guarantee it that if you don’t like it from the photos, you’d love it in person.

That’s it for our three part series of Japan content, however it’s not the end, we will be back to see more of what the Japanese love to do. A quick thank-you is required to Akifumi-san for helping organise the day, Kuriyama-san for letting me borrow your awesome gear and buying me lunch, to Maikeru-san for providing much need transport, and lastly to Toshiyuki-san for driving all the way from Kyoto Prefecture to let us feature your crazy ride!

Photos and words: Shaun Constable
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