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JDM culture Initial D

JDM Japanese Classic Modified Car

What's JDM?

All friends who love car modification should be familiar with this word. But there are also many friends who mention JDM, and their first impression is only the classic model in “Initial D”. So, what exactly is JDM?

JDM is the Japanese domestic market, which refers to vehicles and their spare parts produced for the Japanese domestic market. The requirements for vehicles in the Japanese domestic market have given rise to corresponding management regulations, and under this management mode, unique vehicle demand has gradually formed.

To sum up, we can call JDM products with labels such as domestic production, vehicles, or accessories in Japan. Today’s JDM is more understood as a modified style, Japanese modified car style.

Japanese modified car style

Japanese Modified Car Style

JDM is a mainstream fashion in Japanese modified car culture, referring to modified vehicles and their spare parts produced for the Japanese domestic market. The appearance of the vehicle is made more Japanese by modifying the Japanese-style surrounds, tail fins, and wheels.

Due to Japan’s geographical environment, the vehicle has to be designed with a sense of control to adapt to the rugged mountain road. The performance of the vehicle is relatively excellent, so Japanese automakers spare no effort to develop various performance vehicles.

Soon, the word “athletic” became synonymous with JDM.

The impact of economic factors has led most car companies to begin to control vehicle emissions. Original vehicles are strictly restricted. After refitting, the power and performance of many vehicles can be greatly improved.

Over time, the JDM modification culture began to develop towards a specific route. The low-slung body, hard suspension, huge rear wing and large surround have made performance cars one after another.

After the release of “Initial D”, it quickly spread, and countless young people ignited the desire for modification and also began to recognize the Japanese modification culture.

JDM culture Initial D

Models Modified in JDM Style

Mazda RX7

Mazda RX7

This car is called the king of rotors, which is the FC of Ryosuke Takahashi in “Initial D”.

Keisuke Takahashi’s FD is the most powerful Mazda RX7 Type-R among the third-generation Mazda RX7 FD3S, and its power has been increased from 255 in the 1991 model to 280.

Nissan GTR

nissan GTR

GT-R is equipped with an in-line 6-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine. In order to effectively transmit such powerful power to the ground, it has Nissan’s unique four-wheel drive system, which is monitored and controlled by a computer to distribute the engine torque at an optimal ratio.

Toyoto Supra

toyota supra

The body design of the Toyota Supra is inspired by formula racing, with exaggerated visual effects & strong power.

In fact, JDM also has many brilliant models, such as Mazda MX-5, Nissan Silvia, Mitsubishi 3000GT, Nissan Fairlady and so on. Today, some have even withdrawn from the stage of history, but they will always live in the memory of car fans.

They are not only representatives of an era, but also memories of the youth of a generation. Therefore, today we will miss JDM and pursue JDM. Because what we are chasing is not only a car, but also our young self.

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