Exclusive Content…More Tactical Art Goodness…

Mr. Yasutaka Shimomukai sent me these awhile back when we first started communicating through email, but like I said last week, I’ve had a back log of stuff that I need to get posted. SEMA 2011 coverage really pushed us a couple weeks back, but luckily there are a few free weeks here and there between the upcoming events in December that allow me to get this stuff up before it’s too late. Youtube is being a real cow today so hopefully the videos I uploaded from them get up in time, otherwise this update would just be incomplete. For the photos, they are just random images that he sent me of his car and of Atuki’s EG6, which is the one with the crazy front diffuser set-up. I have full specs of the two cars that I’m posting up today, and Atuki’s should be the one you are familiar with. The other EG is Yasutaka’s but I didn’t post any last time because I didn’t know it was his car, and also because I was hesitant to post up shots of his car because he’s rolling on some Sportmax/XXR wheels. I haven’t figured out an appropriate way to tell him in English that I believe that XXR wheels are utter garbage because I think it would get lost in translation. I’m not particularly mad that he’s on these wheels, they are afterall, Honda enthusiasts like us with a special taste for American Honda-styling, which results in him being exposed to XXR wheels. We like what they have and they like what we have. Unfortunately, what we have is an over abundance of replica/knock-off wheels and it’s also unfortuante that it’s become attached to the image of what people outside of the U.S. see as “USDM style”. Sad right? In any case, I like Yasutaka and the Tactical Art crew and I really appreciate the fact that they made the effort to meet me and the other homies when they made the trip out to America for SEMA. I can’t hate on the fact that he has XXR wheels because I don’t expect him to know what we all know about XXR. I am happy however, to see that he beats on his car at track events and those wheels haven’t exploded into a thousand pieces yet…

Big up’s to the Tactical Art guys for being pure Honda guys that are willing to share their videos and photos with us… They recently attended a track event as well and I am hoping that he sends more videos and photos my way. Today, enjoy these random shots and the videos posted below…

Here are the specs for Atuki’s EG6, I don’t recall if I posted up the specs on this car last time so here they are again (if I posted them last time)…

B18C block
B16A head
0.25 overbore
Baffled oil pan
Ported cylinder head
Knife-edged processing
TODA Racing Spec B cams
TODA Racing timing belt
Nagai Electron twin-fire ignition system
Adjustable fuel pressure regulator
Larger throttle body
J’s Racing Tsuchinoko intake
Mugen 4-1 header
Tactical Art original exhaust system
Koyo radiator
Tuned on APEX’i Power FC
Exedy Hyper single clutch
ATS mechanical limited-slip differential
ATS 3, 4, 5 Cross Gear
ATS 4.929 Final Drive
CRUX suspension
Swift 22K front/18K rear springs
16×9 +13 SSR SP3R (front)
16×8 +42 Volk Racing TE37

Atuki welding-up his cage…

Atuki’s EG6 before the wild front canard and splitter set-up…

Note the cut-out headlight on the driver side that helps direct airflow into the engine bay…mesh insert installed on the headlight casing also…

His front diffuser set-up, front lip, and canards, all made of carbon fiber…

Chopped rear bumper…

A shot of his custom fiberglass dashboard…

Here’s a quick video of Atuki’s EG6 at Nakayama Circuit…

This next EG is the one that I was talking about earlier on XXR wheels. I wish I had the full specs on it like the EG above, but this one belongs to Yasutaka, who is the shop manager over at Tactical Art. He has been my main contact over there and has sent me some photos of his car even before it was painted. In all honesty, the car doesn’t even look bad on those crappy XXR wheels, but that’s probably due to the meaty Advan tires on them. I’m done talking about the wheels, haha, I’m just saying, it would look better on some other wheels because I love everything else about it…I just don’t want anything  happening to his car because of the wheels…Anyways…

Here’s how the EG looked before it was repainted to it’s current olive tone…The car was already caged but everything on the outside looked basically stock. Shimomukai was also on some SSR Type-Xs back then…

You can see here how hard he drove his Civic. The bumpers are gone and even the front support has been bent a little, probably from seeing some off-road action…I believe the damage is what ultimately lead him to repair and repaint everything…

Another shot of it before it was bashed-up from track action…

Fresh out of paint here with new carbon fiber hood…These Tactical Art guys must have all kinds of wheels laying around. The front set here looks to be some old Volk GR-Ns…

You can tell that he’s a big fan of the U.S. “Hellaflush” movement…

Function7 subframe brace and rear lower control arms….

Unlike the U.S., owning a Civic can still get you girls in Japan…haha…

A couple of recent exterior shots from the Hellaflush Japan event…I like the overall ride height of the EG as well as the canards, hood, and safety net on the window…

A couple rolling shots of Yasutaka’s EG6 on the expressway…

Interior shots…Note the gauge set-up, roll cage, and how the interior has been re-sprayed a grey tone, while the entire interior of Atuki’s EG6 is white…

I wish I had more details on the motor set-up, but I believe it has a very similar B18C set-up like Atuki’s. We can all say what we want about his wheel choice, and the fact that it’s “hellaflush” but what it comes down to is that this Civic is still functional and is tracked quite often. I couldn’t really tell you if he was fast or not but I don’t think they’re out to set and record-breaking lap times. They just do it for fun and from watching the videos, they’re pretty good at what they do…It’s Honda guys enjoying their Hondas, that transcends any borders and any language barrier…

Tactical Art headquarters…

…and the inside, back wall of Tactical Art…It’s filled with Hondas even though they are a high-end car audio install and fabrication shop…

Here is an 11-minute long video of Yasutaka Shimomukai on the track… In this video you’ll see him chasing down an EK9 Type R as well as almost hitting an FD3s RX-7 that had just spun out…

This one is a quick drive-by video of his Civic on the way to the Hellaflush Japan event…

Here is a bonus video that they sent me as well. This is Taku Kusugami, having some fun on the highway. If you guys aren’t familiar with Taku’s EK, please look at my previous Tactical Art post….

That’s pretty much it. I’m hoping I hear from them soon regarding their most recent track event. For now, I hope you guys enjoyed another look into Tactical Art and their Hondas…

8 thoughts

  1. @ Aaron G: Puzzling because he used eye bolts instead of a harness bar? I’m also curious to know why he went through the trouble to make a cage with out a harness bar.

    Thanks for sharing the pics and vids Joe. I agree with you about the wheels, his eg looks awesome already but IMO it would look better with a different set of wheels and maybe if the tires were flush instead of the wheels.

  2. at least the tires look to be a decent size…i’d just tell him straight up that xxr wheels are considered shit/ garbage (gomi in japanese). i doubt he’d get all butt hurt. i’ve yet to offend any car guys out here (i live in japan) haha. most of them know the brand isn’t that great, but just go for the “usdm” look…anyway, thanx for the pix. def a cool group of guys

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