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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Seeing Ken Okuyama's Kode 9

When on the streets, we certainly often see a variety of cool cars (sports cars or supercars) with a variety of sophistication they have and the speed that they can produce. These cool cars are of course the dream of all automotive lovers in the world to be able to test their adrenaline when on driving at their desired speed on the streets or even racing circuits anywhere.
Booth of Ken Okuyama Design at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/31L3kU5)
And the figure of sports cars or supercars that exist today can not be separated with the automotive designers who have made enormous contributions through their creative design ideas which are then manifested into the real form of a sports car or supercar.
Ken Okuyama's Kode 9 or k.o 9 sports coupe version shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2H9M2Ia)
One of them is Ken Okuyama. He is a world-famous car designer, who worked for Pininfarina until 2006 and was involved in many famous supercar projects such as the Ferrari Rossa concept, Ferrari Enzo, Maserati Quattroporte and many others.
Interior and dashboard view of Ken Okuyama's Kode9 sports coupe version shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33E4ClF)
Now through his own automotive design company called 'Ken Okuyama Design,' looks actively giving birth to many unique concept cars. He has built many supercars through his company, such as Kode 0, Kode 57 and this time we will discuss one of the other automotive works that was born by Ken Okuyama named Kode 9 or k.o 9.
Rear side view of Ken Okuyama's Kode9 sports coupe version shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33E4ClF)
When first wanted to build it, Ken Okuyama intended to make a car inspired by a number of retro concepts and Vintage car models such as the Jaguar D-Type, Alfa Romeo Disco Volante, Lotus Elise, Mach 5 (a racing car on the TV anime series titled 'Speed ​​Racer'), etc. The car managed its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
Ken Okuyama's Kode 9 spyder version shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TE9H8U)
He said that this car was a combination of a racing car and a sports car. The appearance of this car has amazing proportions but looks simple. According to him as well this car will be able to compete with other sports cars. Beside that the car was described as "a message for the currently car industry that seems to be trapped in a line and an overly complex structure (rigid) based on the lowest common denominator."
Interior and racing seats view of Ken Okuyama's Kode 9 spyder version shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33E4ClF)
Besides being made in the coupe version, this car is made in a spyder version as well. The Kode9 has the latest innovation where the race car comes with the tuned 1,798 cc four-cylinder Honda engine with the HKS turbocharges so that it can produce power of 316 hp.
Rear side view of Ken Okuyama's Kode 9 spyder version shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33E4ClF)
Overall this car weighs only 890 kg and it is not surprising due to this car uses the 3D printed aluminum chassis and as well as for a series of carbon elements applied on the body. This clearly shows that the Kode 9 is a super lightweight vehicle.
Ken Okuyama's Kode 7 or k.o 7, a lightweight roadster shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33E4ClF)
At the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, the sports coupe version of the k.o 9 (with a Blue Sparked color with two White lines in the middle) and spyder ones (in two color combinations of Orange and Light Blue plus 'Gulf' racing livery design). 
Those two Kode 9 models are together performed with another Ken Okuyama's works named k.o 7 Clubman Series II, a 'roadster' weighing 740 kilograms that uses a normally aspirated 1,598 cc engine which is capable of spraying peak power up to 250 hp. Besides those, also shown two modified Yanmar's farming tractors on the booth.
It was reported, if anyone was interested to be the owner of those unique cars, in the time the Kode 9 cars would be sold at prices starting from JPN. ¥‎25 million. Did you interested to have it? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | KEN OKUYAMA DESIGN | HYPERBEAST | CLASSIC DRIVER]
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