HKS is teasing its upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon booth with a look back at its 50-year history. Founded in 1973, the tuning house has a long history of building incredible street and race cars. One of its most iconic is the Group A R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R, arriving during the peak of the R32’s dominance of the Japan Touring Car Championships. It wasn’t a massively successful race car, but the memorable livery and its association with a prolific tuner made it a crowd favorite.
The two-part teaser video features Nob Taniguchi walking up mossy stone steps to a traditional Japanese shrine. Along the way he passes historic HKS engines, from carbureted motors to modern RBs. At the top of the stairs Taniguchi comes face to face with the next evolution of HKS engines — what appears to be a V12, likely created by merging two RBs together.
The second teaser continues from where the first left off. Same shrine, but now Taniguchi is beckoned by the sound of HKS’s Group A Skyline GT-R. What better way to get back to the bottom of the mountain than slinging a 600-horsepower race car down a touge road? It’s always thrilling to see a beloved retired race car in action, and the brief clips do not disappoint. We’re not sure what this means for HKS’s Tokyo Auto Salon presence, but the imagery of the sacred shrine linked with the engines and famous race car certainly gets the adrenaline pumping.