The VeilSide body kit for the new Supra, which we brought you from the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon, might not seem like a big deal. After all, there are far better ways to ruin a Toyota. However, if you grew up on Fast & Furious movies you’ll no doubt still be in love with the VeilSide Mazda RX-7.
In short, Tokyo Drift is a crap movie. It doesn’t have any of the original cast, the writing and the acting are pretty bad. However, it’s also very memorable, mostly due to the custom cars and the way they introduce you to the JDM drift scene.
Famous YouTuber Tj Hunt is also in love with the 2006 FF movie, and he’s already proven that by RB26-swapping a 1965 Ford Mustang. However, his latest custom project is almost unprecedented and will leave a fresh mark on the JDM-loving scene.
You see, there are lots of custom RX-7 projects on YouTube, but none of them cover what it’s like to turn your Wankel wonder into a Tokyo Drift car using the VeilSide kit. And there are plenty of good reasons for that, as you’re about to find out from Tj himself.
In the first episode of this miniseries, we learn that Tj has spoken to the man, the myth, the legend. In Tokyo Drift, the character Han is killed when the RX-7 is rammed, flipped, and burst into flames. “Justice for Han” became a big thing on the internet. And although actor Sung Kang stayed connected to the custom car scene, almost none of it has to do with the VeilSide RX-7.
One of the reasons the VeilSide kit is rare is that it cost over $20,000 to buy, which seems pretty expensive even by today’s standards. Tj says that it’s almost as expensive as the car, though he probably means a used RX-7 at one point in the past. Nowadays, these things cost three times that in half-decent condition.
Another problem is the complexity, as every freaking panel on the car gets replaced or upgraded. You’ve got new fenders, new bumpers, and even a new look for the doors. That’s probably the most iconic feature. Also, you can’t really buy it. VeilSide tells you to wait about six months for delivery and shipping is expensive as heck. Tj solved this problem by finding a guy who bought the whole package but never fitted it to his car.