326power. That infamous name that echoes around the global drift scene. I’m sure some of you know about the owner and what he used to drive, but what is the company doing in the year 2020? How have they grown? And are 326power products still something to yearn about?
Let’s rewind a bit to 2016. I’d just moved to Japan and bought a Nissan Silvia S14. It had a set of non-height adjustable Tein coilovers installed, why? I do not know. This gave me a chance to buy something new as I wanted to set the ride height lower in preparation for drifting.
Without much research, and knowing that 326Power was from Japan, I decided to go down that route. Fully customisable coilover options, colours, extra nuts, helper springs, spring rate. Everything was customisable. I choose red and pink with a 6/8k rate.
Everything went smoothly, I was impressed with the quality and how nice they looked. Ride height went impossibly low. The interesting thing was how many comments I got when people had a look and saw what coilovers I had installed. I would hear whispers of “ohh Chakuriki (the kind of coilovers), orr ohhh, mitsuru.” It was at this point that I started to realise 326Power had a very big market share in Japan, as everybody knew the coilovers.
Where I lived in Japan, was actually only a few hours drive from 326Power headquarters, though I never made the trip as they don’t really have a showroom or brick and mortar shop. From living so close I came across some of either their staff or very good friends of the company at local race tracks. Then I started to recognise these people, and go to the same events as them. As I did this, more and more 326Power products started to appear on cars.
And then, a couple of years later. 326Power seemed to be supplying a large majority of body kits, wheels, and whatever else you can think of to show spec drift cars. Don’t think it’s cheap though. The little MDF looking aero extenders can set you back a cool $1000 or so.
Fast forward back to 2020. 326Power has made a ‘racing team’ called Tochiku Racing. Whether it’s a racing team or a very good way to market their products, I’ll never know. But leading up to my point, I was scheduled to leave Japan and return to NZ in a month. This event at Sports Land Tamada popped up, held by Tochiku Racing and 326Power, how could I not go?
I knew it was going to be the best last event for my time in Japan. I went. And it was. Let’s have a look at what kind of show spec drift cars were entertaining the somewhat massive crowd for COVID-19 times.
How about a set of slammed S-Chassis all following the same theme of black with wide, chrome, dished wheels? You’d think that none of them should be able to drift, actually, NONE of the cars should have been able to drift with how low they all are. But they can, and they did.
Or an older twin-turbo Toyota Soarer. Equipped with 326Power wheels.
If I were to ever think what perfect fitment on a drift car looked like, this would be it. The springs must have been super stiff otherwise the guard would grind into the wheel. You can see in the photo of it drifting that the guard doesn’t consume, it sits on the wheel.
How many times can you punch someone? Yellow car heaven right here. Each car seems to have the whole 326Power catalogue fitted up. Wonder how much that would cost… Probably a few grand, times 3.
If yellow isn’t your thing, how about a rainbow? I photographed this set of cars a few years back, so it was good to see them all out together again before ditching the country.
And here we have it. The best looking car at the event. How does a 30-year-old car look so good still? Those rear guards really gobble up the massive 326Power wheels. Notice a trend here? Every car has something from this company.
A couple of S15 silvias to keep you happy. They nearly look like brand new cars.
In my opinion, this is a little too much. Not a fan of the black on the body kit or the purple windows. But then it’s not my car is it. Still drove well!
Lastly, we have all the cars that didn’t seem to have any 326Power parts installed. Each one had their own unique look. Which is good, because you can nearly copy and paste all the previous cars and throw on a different coat of paint.
A nice surprise while heading back to the car park was a D1GP car sitting in the parking area. Don’t see many competitive level cars looking quite like this these days do you.
That’s it. The last event in Japan done and dusted. Don’t worry though, I’m back in New Zealand and have already shot my first event, meaning the content won’t stop coming! Check back later for some awesome NZ drift cars. Until then I hope you all enjoyed the four odd years of adventures from Japan, I know I did!
Photos: Shaun Constable | Words: Shaun Constable
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