4 Customized Creations From Motorama 2024


Toronto’s Motorama Customized Automobile & Motorsports Expo is an occasion that spans a number of halls. Between the vehicles, celebrities, and exhibitor cubicles it’s straightforward to overlook one thing, particularly when you’re the kind of particular person to be distracted.

Whereas I’m most definitely distractible, at this 12 months’s present I did handle to rapidly determine 4 builds that I believed the Speedhunters viewers at massive can be interested by seeing. As a bonus they’re all fairly totally different from each other; we are likely to get fairly artistic through the lengthy winters right here in Canada…

A 2JZ-Swapped KE70 Corolla


Khurram Awan is an area drag racer with an affinity for the Toyota badge.


His present storage consists of two 1993 Supras – a naturally aspirated street-going automotive and one other turbo automotive that has run a quarter-mile better of 8.91 seconds at 164mph (264km/h).


Motorama 2024 served because the reveal for Khurram’s newest construct – a 2JZ-powered KE70 Corolla. He has been constructing this drag machine with an area fabrication store often called Chassis Cease.

Chassis Cease doesn’t idiot round and their handiwork is behind all the vehicles above. They’re fairly good at mixing race automotive with avenue automotive and vice versa.

This challenge is a purpose-built (stick shift) drag automotive with an consideration to element that rivals a present construct. The automotive has been caged all through and options carbon fiber flooring and wheel tubs. The Precision Turbo-equipped 2JZ is backed by a Tremec T56 transmission.


Merely calling the automotive a ‘crowd favourite’ can be promoting it brief; I discovered it surrounded by show-goers each time I needed to go in for a more in-depth look. Intriguing builds at all times have a method of drawing individuals in.

Holy Gasser, Batman


On this planet of automotive present bingo, I’m keen to wager there isn’t a single card with an aluminium-bodied Batmobile gasser on it.

The unique Adam West-era Batmobile – which George Barris custom-built for the 1966 Batman TV collection – was based mostly on the Lincoln Futura idea automotive constructed by Ford in 1955. Naturally, Batman’s automotive was painted black and stuffed with devices. The model at Motorama wasn’t black, however it was stacked with gismos all the identical.


The dearth of black paint could be forgiven as a result of it could have hidden the meticulously hand-crafted aluminum bodywork.

Recreating the Batmobile physique has been an ongoing challenge for Fugitive Customs Vehicles. At one time limit, the automotive sat on a extra conventional chassis, however it now has correct period-correct drag automotive underpinnings.


Go go Bat Parachute! And sure, they’re Batman-themed.

Actual Carbon, Actual Cool


In 2023, Harse Autocraft impressed at Motorama with their gorgeous Alfa Romeo completed in a wonderful inexperienced hue. This 12 months, they introduced alongside that automotive’s carbon copy.


Harse has known as this the Ampia GTA-00, and it contains a full carbon fiber physique with Home of Kolor Kandy paint graphics. The automotive builds on what Harse achieved final 12 months, and below the pores and skin is an analogous twin-cam 2.0L Nord engine with side-draught Weber carbs, and a 5-speed handbook transmission.


These our bodies are going into manufacturing in 2024 and past, making the functions limitless.


The second manufacturing physique Harse had on show confirmed simply how far issues might go given sufficient time, creativity and capital.


The LS2-based challenge was sitting on a Schwartz Welding-built chassis. Grant Schwartz was beforehand employed by Vegas Rat Rods, so he’s no stranger to distinctive requests.


The entire carbon copy our bodies are based mostly on Alfa Romeo GTA-M vehicles. These had bolt-on flares, however Harse has emulated them in a single piece for a extra refined look.


As a well-documented non-purist, I really feel the Harse Alfa Romeos look gorgeous in both metallic or carbon fiber.

Merkur RS4Ti


The ultimate automotive I selected to highlight is JH Restorations’ tackle a Merkur X4Ti – the RS4Ti.

No, this isn’t a Ford Sierra, however I can’t fault you for pondering it’s.


The X4ti is the North American model of the Ford Sierra. There are visible variations between the 2 fashions, however JH has gone to nice lengths to take away most of them. This consists of putting in bigger, single-piece rear facet glass.


Sadly, the Merkur X4Ti didn’t promote nicely right here in North America. Worse nonetheless, the salt we placed on the roads despatched a few of the vehicles to early graves, whereas others fell sufferer to the identical issues many mid-’80s turbo vehicles suffered from – neglect.

Seeing a Merkur right this moment is kind of uncommon. Catching one at a present is just like recognizing a leprechaun.


Jesse Henke and the crew at JH constructed this automotive over three years for the SEMA Present, and Motorama 2024 served as its Canadian debut.

Beneath the hood is a Ford 2.3L Ecobeast crate motor from Ford Efficiency. The ‘Ecobeast’ differs from the usual Ecoboost with upgraded camshafts, rods, pistons, a bigger throttle physique and a much bigger turbo. A Blower TKX 5-speed transmission and Ford 8.8 rear finish again it up.

The Ecoboost motors are fairly tall and getting the hood to shut with the motor in place necessitated a cowl.


With the physique modification bandage eliminated the JH group crafted their imaginative and prescient for the X4Ti’s exterior. The automotive was 3D-scanned and wider fenders and quarters had been designed nearly earlier than being constructed. The JH Restorations physique bundle features a taller wing and a extra aggressive chin spoiler.


The ’80s are embraced with the Merkur’s inside. To me, it’s way more welcoming than the unique design however retains all of the appeal.


Dakota Digital offered the {custom} gauges, with a Blaupunkt head unit and digital equalizer mounted beneath. That is all put in inside a blue leather-wrapped sprint and middle console combo.


This may be the all-time instance of a resto-moded Merkur, so the RS4Ti deserves way more than only a parting look. I hope to journey west of the town to spend time with the blokes at JH someday this 12 months, so keep tuned for a more in-depth look.

Dave Thomas
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