Low down: The South Asian way of doing it | The Daily Star Lowering an old Corolla until it scrapes and is mostly difficult to drive. Bonkers, but cool.
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Low down: The South Asian way of doing it



While the front end might look like it came with the car from the factory, the rest of the car has been treated to an array of parts and JDM style pieces that make it anything but factory fresh.

Custom exhaust and piping expel the outgoing gases from the silvertop 4AGE beating under the hood (in the purple painted engine bay), while on the other end, a K&N intake system sucks in fresh air to feed to the 20 valve motor. The car is slammed to the ground and a set of Ultra Racing bars tighten up the aging chassis for some on the limit fun. There’s some serious camber on this car, both front and rear.


On the inside, an array of gauges let Abrar know the state of things when he’s pushing the 20 valve, while his obvious fascination with stickers is further evidenced through a stickerbombed centre console.

The car is not buttery smooth. The roughness, the inconsistent panel gaps and the custom touches all add up to give the aura of a car that is driven hard, often. That there is the whole ethos of the people driving and customising these cars in places like Philippines (like this), Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. They like their cars loud, abrasive and in-your-face, and Syed Abrar’s inspired efforts with his 90 are certainly on the mark.  

Photos: Tasdid H. Chowdhury




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