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Friday, May 27, 2022

Did You know this mysterious Japanese supercar of the 2000s?

~Almost Forgotten~ If We talking about a Japanese supercar, maybe what you have in mind is only the Nissan Skyline GT-R, Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7, Acura NSX, and many other 'mainstream' ones. Are they exotic? Not exactly, maybe because of they were produced in mass large number of productions. And how's about the Lexus LFA? It could be, in addition to having an exotic design, the automaker made it in limited number.
The Tommy Kaira ZZ-II was a promising Japanese supercar that never made into production. (Picture from: CarThrottle)
So, is the Lexus LFA, the only-one Japanese supercars? Apparently, there is also another Japanese-made supercar called the Tommy Kaira ZZ-II, which known also as one of the legendary JDM supercar, despite having an amazing design and capabilities, it unable to shine in the global's automotive market.

As an automotive company, originally Tommy Kaira founded as Tomita Yume Koujou is a Japanese automotive tuning and manufacturing company founded in 1986 and headquartered in Minami-ku, Kyoto, Japan. Meanwhile the company's name after its two founders, Yoshikazu Tomita and Kikuo Kaira.
The Tommy Kaira ZZ-II is designed by Tomita Yoshikazu and built by the Japanese automaker in 2 versions, namely the racing and street versions. (Picture from: AutoWeek.nl)
For those of you who often play racing simulator video games, surely know the cool cars made by this Japanese company. Well, the Tommy Kaira ZZ-II produced by the Japanese automaker in 2 versions, namely the racing and the street versions, and both of which are cool, unique and could be driven virtually in the famous racing simulation video games of Gran Turismo.

The Tommy Kaira ZZ-II is designed by Tomita Yoshikazu and intended to be the successor to the company's previous popular product, the Tommy Kaira ZZ. This supercar built based on the ZZ's lightweight aluminum chassis with an aggressive and charming design.
The Tommy Kaira ZZ-II's cabin is unique for the size of a Japanese-made left hand drive layout car with the position of the handbrake is really high. (Picture from: S2ki.com)
As it is known that since the ZZ sports car, Tommy Kaira has always used Nissan-made engines. So, for the ZZ-II, Tomita choose the mighty RB26DETT Skyline GT-R modified engine and mounted in the middle, to make it more powerful with a maximum power of 542 hp at 5,900 rpm.

Is that enough? We think those engine's power numbers are enough if combined with the the ZZ-II's weight which is 1 ton only! It is conceivable to accelerate from rest to 100 kph in just 3.3 seconds, as well as could reached a maximum speed of up to 210 mph. That's certainly an impressive performance figure considering the automaker  is not a big company!
The Tommy Kaira ZZ-II is powered by the mighty RB26DETT Nissan Skyline GT-R modified engine and mounted in the middle, to make it more powerful with a maximum power of 542 hp at 5,900 rpm. (Picture from: HotCars)
With such impressive performance numbers, normally good control is needed. So Tommy Kaira cleverly installed four-wheel drive taken from the Skyline GT-R as well as the ATTESA's state-of-the-art traction control technology. As for the car's braking system, as shown in the picture, it uses disc brakes with 6-piston calipers at the front and 4-piston calipers at the rear.

The Tommy Kaira ZZ-II's cabin is unique for the size of a Japanese-made left hand drive layout car with the position of the handbrake really high. The plan, Tommy Kaira designed the ZZ-II on the basis of the Lotus Elise, and was intended for the European market for around $90,000, it was a proper numbers for a supercar at the time.
The Tommy Kaira ZZ-II is built on the ZZ's lightweight aluminum chassis with an aggressive and charming design. (Picture from: CarThrottle)
Supposedly with an aggressive and charming design, the ZZ-II certainly attracts the attention of many parties. Unfortunately fate said otherwise!😓 Just because of a bad marketing strategy, it makes sales figures flat and can be said to be not sale well. Fortunately not everyone closes their eyes, apparently there are still some parties like Autobacs, the largest Japanese car accessories franchise whose still appreciated it.
Then the ZZ-II acquired by the ASL to be sold under its badge and used later as the basis for their new sportscar named the ASL RS-01 Garaiya. Nevertheless, from that We can took the lessons, at least it showed that there's an unfamous company was able also making great supercars, even without the support of major manufacturers. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOBACS | CARTHROTTLE | AUTOWEEK.NL | HOTCARS ]
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