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Customized Honda ‘Beat’ In SUPER GT ‘GT300’ Style

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TEXT: 青木邦敏(AOKI Kunitoshi)  PHOTO: 青木邦敏(AOKI Kunitoshi)

  • Honda Beat customized for SUPER GT's 'GT300' style
  • Honda Beat customized for SUPER GT's 'GT300' style
  • Honda Beat customized for SUPER GT's 'GT300' style
  • Honda Beat customized for SUPER GT's 'GT300' style
  • Honda Beat customized for SUPER GT's 'GT300' style
  • Honda Beat customized for SUPER GT's 'GT300' style
  • Honda Beat customized for SUPER GT's 'GT300' style
  • Honda Beat customized for SUPER GT's 'GT300' style
  • Honda Beat customized for SUPER GT's 'GT300' style
  • Honda Beat customized for SUPER GT's 'GT300' style
  • Honda Beat customized for SUPER GT's 'GT300' style

The Beat’s custom concept is GT300 style

MURAKI bought a Honda Beat when he was 19 years old because he liked compact sports cars that ran briskly. He had been tinkering with that car quite a bit, but switched boxes to make a new car, and this Beat is his second car. He decided on a GT300-style body remake to achieve a look reminiscent of a racing car.

The key is the vertical-mounted GT wing

MURAKI has always loved cars and was a member of the car club at university. As a vehicle enthusiast who loves to ride, he has experienced the ride quality of many different cars, including the cars of his club members, but he says that the Honda Beat was the one that suited his skin best.

MURAKI, now 28, likes compact sports cars that run briskly and bought a Beat when he was 19. He had been tinkering with that car quite a bit, but switched boxes to build a new car. This Beat was his second car.

MURAKI’s customization direction for his car is to dress up the Beat to give it a sportier and more attractive impression. For this second car, he decided to go for a more extreme style than the first, with a GT300-style body remake to achieve a look reminiscent of a racing car! The key points are the vertical-mounted GT wing on the rear and the one-off muffler with six exhaust pipes despite being a three-cylinder.

As a one-off, he sticks to his style

The front bumper was modified based on the factory one, and the yellow headlights were fitted with illuminated rings. The side steps are made by Studio Liberta and the rear bumper has been boldly modified to match the one-off muffler.

When opened up, the roll cage with thick diagonal bars is revealed, giving the car an even more racy appearance. The seats are also fitted with bright red Brid Jita 4 seats, making it obvious that the driver is a sports car enthusiast.

With looks like this, of course, the engine can’t just be standard. We spoke to the owner, who told us that the displacement is still 660cc, but the pistons have been changed and the engine is stock size, but with the high-compression specification that is the royal road to NA tuning. The air cleaner was replaced with a power chamber and an oil cooler was added. The V-mount specification has been used in combination with a radiator for better cooling, so the tune-up has been carried out from a keen perspective. The actual effect is also excellent and cools the car efficiently.

The bright red exterior body color is Valencia Red Pearl, a custom-made color that is the owner’s specialty. The bonnet, boot, wings, and wheels are black for a coordinated sporty look.

The interior panels are coordinated in black and red to match the body color. The car was originally intended to be left stock and enjoy the gap between the two, but the panels, including the dashboard, were in poor condition and the color had been stripped and battered by age and sun damage, so red leather was DIY-applied to repair the damage.

The plan for the future is to give it a sporty style befitting its power unit, while making more progress with engine tuning. They will try to enhance their originality by not using any normal-spec exterior part, but sticking to one-off parts.

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