March 11, 2009
Illtech Auto Salon: Pushing the Nissan GT-R Envelope
I had the chance to head down to my old stomping grounds yesterday to meet with some of the innovators in the GT-R world, but this story starts a little before yesterday.
A few months back, Ryan and I went to a big GTG up here in Seattle put on as a collaboration between several forums. It was a booming success with several hundred cars. You can read the whole story here if you like, but what took the cake for us were the twin GT-R’s that rolled in sporting Illtech Auto Salon decals and lookin fresh as hell. For the life of me, I couldn’t remember who Illtech was, but knew that I had heard the name before–it turns out that these guys are leading the industry in GT-R tuning. With 3 GT-R’s in their stable and a boatload of connections, these fellas are pushing the envelope in tuning the GT-R and other supercars to boot. Read on…
Illtech has been around since Feb 2002 and have maintained a prestigious brand image, catering to the highest-end cars in the tuning industry. With roots in the Toyota Supra MKIV, Honda S2000, WRX STi, Acura NSX and Mitsubishi Evolution markets , Illtech quickly grew into bigger and more prestigious brands. Porsches began to grace their garage and Illtech quickly established themselves as the leader for high-end car customization in Washington State. Illtech has kept true to their tuning roots with a dedicated and very speed-shop-esque waiting room. Don’t be fooled by the pictures as most every part in this area caters to a very distinguished taste.
Talking with the guys and taking a tour around the shop, it was clear that these guys know what they’re doing around high-end cars. Three GT-R’s call this garage home, including the gutted one below, along with a 1000-hp Supra, a time-attack ready EVO, a few M3′s (one of which is for sale at a very nice price) and a stripped-down Porsche. Some are customer cars, some are employee cars and some are just ballin’ rides chillin’ til the next sunny day to attack the streets with Illtech style.
Cody, Shawn and Andrew are the dynamic trio who work the people side of the business (or as I like to call it, the “make your dream a reality” side of the business) are great guys. Rob and Elijah are the techs that make the dream happen. All tuners at heart with a true auto-aficionado head on their shoulders, these guys explain to me that they won’t steer a customer in the wrong direction.
“Illtech is a place for people who don’t appreciate cutting corners to save cost because they love their cars.” said Cody as he explained to me that Illtech is setting its sights on the higher-end car connoisseur.
The guys walked me around the shop emphasizing the “not cutting corners” attitude until I saw my old friend–the black on black on black again GT-R.
These guys are playing around with suspension and toys that aren’t even readily available in the US, and were currently installing the first-ever KW Variant 3 Coilover kit on a GT-R. Not to mention a $20,000 exhaust system. They explained that its all possible because they continue to push the envelope with high-end Japanese supercar tuning and have become well-acquainted with important people in the land of the rising sun. Basically if there is a part being developed for the GT-R, these guys are already in works to be the first to have it. The list of mods looks like this:
IForged Sprint custom powdercoated 22″ 3 piece forged wheels
Nitto Invo Tires
HKS GT570 kit (wastegate actuators, downpipes, y-pipe, BOV’s. intercooler piping, Electronic Boost controller, racing spark plugs)
COBB Accessport Compustar Remote start/alarm/turbo timer (first in the US)
Redline 0w40 engine oil and K&N Gold Series filter
A lot of you wanted to know what kind of rims were on this car in the other blog and now I can tell you exactly why it was so hard to figure out. These are 22″ 3 piece Iforge Sprint rims, with a custom powder-coated black lip and black textured face. I think the cool kids call this look “murdered out,” but hey, what do I know? All I really know is that there are only three known sets of these running around in this size / color combo, and one of the sets belongs to a guy in Dubai who makes Kobe Bryant’s bank roll look like a joke. Apparently he saw these getting made and had to have some!
I’ll be heading back down to Illtech to take a ride in one of these bad boys and see how many necks I can break trying to not take my foot off the one on the right. In the meantime, if you need your GT-R or another high-end car tuned, hit these fellas up. You can look forward to plenty of coverage of what these guys are up to on the blog in the coming months. Illtech is a certified CarDomain Garage and look out for their ride page in tomorrow’s blog post!
Photos by Weston Henderson
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