“It is the time to touch the machine,” the translated subtitles read. For us, though it is time to let the sounds of machine reach us, and let triple carbs feed six cylinders in a line.
This is Keiichi Tsuchiya, the Drift King, the guy who raced the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Toyota in the ‘90s, here in the car that inspired him to drive. It’s an original GT-R, the Hokosuka. These had a vaunted early twin-cam straight six (early for a Japanese performance car for sure) and through triple twin-throated carbs it absolutely roars. The intake bark on this engine is very much the match of any exotic, as Tsuchiya beams during the video.
If you’re curious how different this sounds in comparison to, say, a triple-carb single-cam version of this engine, here you go in a standard Hako:
Though we all seem to focus on exhaust noise in this age of turbos, these vids go help show that intake noise is a huge part of what makes our favorite engines seem to sound so good.