Smokey Nagata

Quick Facts

Birth Date 1964
Full Name Smokey Nagata
Birth Name ‘Kazuhiko’
Profession Car Engineer
Nationality Japanese
Ethnicity Japanese
Birth City Hokkaido Japan
Birth Country Japan
Father Profession automobiles and its making
Marital Status Single
Networth 5

Smokey Nagata ‘Kazuhiko’ is a legend among the car community. He is mostly known for founding the most popular automobile tuner and parts manufacturer.

Smokey  is also known as the car guy and a legendary racer. He is one of the top vehicle engineers in Japan.

Early life

Considering his infamy as a 200mph maniac, Smokey doesn’t have the look of a menace to society. He’s softly spoken and anxiously fidgets in conversation, often cowering back into a shell of introversion that wraps around his stunted, slight frame. But it’s unwise to judge him by his mannerisms. Inside, there’s a burning extrovert. One that doesn’t stand for social suppression or authority, a trait only exercised in and around cars. “I grew up on a farm in Hokkaido,” he says, dragging in a hefty toke from his cigarette. “It’s Japan’s northernmost prefecture, so there’s not much going on. But my father loved driving fast, so I became obsessed with the sensation of speed and started tinkering with cars. I bought my first when I was 15 years old – a Mitsubishi Galant GTO. But I struggled to fix it, so a local boss at Toyota helped me get it running. When we did, I started driving it to school. But, being only 16, it was illegal. So when the teachers found out, I was expelled.”

“The boss from Toyota felt responsible, as he got the car running, so gave me a job at Toyota when I was just 16. I’m probably the youngest employee they ever had and worked really hard as a mechanic for four years. Then I got fired. I bought a Celica and started modifying it during work, so they said I had to go.” Ah, yes. Outside work, Smokey was spending his spare time thrashing his Celica around the mountains of Hokkaido. But with a non-existent race scene, he packed his bags and moved 800 miles to Tokyo to try to fulfil his dream of becoming a race driver.

Early tuning

“I had no money, so joined the tuning company Trust, the company behind GReddy. And I was only allowed to make mufflers and work on turbos but I wanted more. I wanted to tune for top speed. So, after hours, I would work on my own projects at the shop. The bosses found out and weren’t happy, but turned a blind eye as they didn’t want to lose me. So it was our secret. Top secret.” Hence the name of the pioneering tuning company he set up on the sly and has been running for nearly three decades. And you can see why Nagata-san got itchy fingers at Trust – it was the early Nineties, when a perfect storm of events was brewing, eventually making for an automotive renaissance and golden era of tuning. JDM cars with massive potential and exploitable performance were being released. Cars like the Nissan R32 GT-R, Toyota Supra and Mazda RX-7.

Tuners went properly crackers at this time, uncorking them to see how fast they’d go. It compounded in a near-pathological obsession with speed. Zero-300kph run times at Yatabe’s oval proving ground became most valuable currency in the scene. Then, with the connection of new, free-running motorways, top speed runs started spilling out onto the streets, specifically the Aqua-Line, a 9.6km tunnel underneath Tokyo Bay that late at night would become Smokey’s subterranean test track.

Beginning of Top secret

Just wanting to be the fastest, Smokey’s always been brand agnostic and often mixes a cocktail of different manufacturers’ components to make Frankenstein, bright gold (winners only get gold, see) vmax machines. Over the years, he’s been through every generation of GT-R, with an R32 being Top Secret’s first. Later, his R33 Skyline GT-R managed 0–300kph in 17 seconds at Yatabe and 204mph in the tunnel, arguably the kernel of the idea of the A1(M) run.

In the seat for the Aqua-Line run was none other than tuning bible, Max Power. For younger audiences, Max Power was a modified car mag like no other. Along with Gatso jousting, car park racing and asking what your favorite colored orifice was, it had real sway and embedded itself within the zeitgeist, selling nearly a quarter of a million copies a month. So when it offered to pay to send Smokey and his car over for the Max Power Live show, he agreed.

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Then the idea of doing 200mph came up. “I flew a video crew from a Japanese magazine – Option – over too, otherwise I would get bored,” he says, lighting another cigarette and slotting his Zippo lighter into his top pocket. “It was Max Power’s idea to go really fast, and the Supra could do it. It had an RB26DETT engine from a GT-R – Toyota’s 2JZ is great for low-end torque, but we needed high-end power and I could work on it easier – but the Supra’s bodywork and aero, which were great for top speed. I was very aware of what I was doing, and wanted as much attention as possible for the best photography and video.”


Hence a day of burnouts anywhere he could; next to a field of cows, on a busy roundabout and, eventually, in the middle of the A1(M), just before the 194mph run. “I did what I did, and what happened happened. I know it’s morally wrong, but it is what it is. And I got sent to the police station but, not speaking any English, I had to wait in a cell until I could get a lawyer and a translator and go to court. I admitted to doing 120mph and was banned from the UK for 10 years, had a one-month international license suspension, a £155 fine and £35 court fees. Also, I was lucky; I thought I was going to prison. I returned to my hotel and there were paparazzi and press everywhere, so I sneaked out the back door to the airport. I was worried all the way until take-off where I thought, ‘I’m free – banzai!’”

Impressed by the brazen run, a Dubai Prince bought the RB Supra soon after. But Smokey didn’t hang up his high-speed boots. With the UK’s judicial slap on the back of his hands still fresh, Smokey built his most ambitious car yet to try to crack 400kph, or 249mph. Once again using a Supra as the foundation, he ripped out the engine and implanted a 5.0-litre V12 from a Toyota Century, then strapped two HKS GT2540 turbos to it, running all the cooling through the boot thanks to a bespoke, slippery body kit.

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The result: 930bhp and a space in the Hall Of Fame for Tuners. Smokey shipped the car to the Nardò Ring in Italy to see how fast it’d go, but only managed 358.22kph. So he took it to the Aqua-Line tunnel and did 370kph, or 229mph. On the street. “I want to do 400kph [249mph] in my R35 GT-R,” Smokey says, working on his third cigarette. “That’s the goal. I was upset by the lack of parts Nissan offered for the R35, and the more I’m suppressed, the more I’m motivated to do something. So I’m building my own. “I will have the fastest car.”

Childhood of Nagata

The vehicle guy was born in 1964 in Hokkaido, Japan. He was raised there by his parents. His father had previously gotten into the auto industry.

He may have become obsessed with cars since he watched his father work on them as a child.

With his Top Secret, Smokey Nagata. Sound Cloud as a source
Individuality of Smokey

Personal life of Smokey

The storied racer is currently the best car engineer in the world. He has created a number of competing drifts that have also been utilized in numerous competitions. He is also the CEO of Top-Secret Co, LTD. and is well known for underground auto racing. And He also goes by the name Drift King.

The real name of the underground car racer

Kazuhiko is the real name of underground auto racer Smokey Nagata. He is Japanese, yet he continued to go by Smokey Nagata while working in the auto industry.

England incident

Attempting to reach 200 mph on the A1 road while producing over 1000 horsepower, Nagata was once stopped while shipping his Toyota supra through an English wetlands.

He was made to move to the nation and was pressured to pay a $216 fine. In England, he was given a 28-day driving suspension.

Smokey Nagata in a contemplative stance. Website: YouTube
Stunning Builds

The iconic builds created by the well-known auto racer and creator of the Toyota Supra include the VQ30 Nissan 350Z, the VK45 Skyline CV35, and his well-known build, the V12 Toyota supra.

What is the net worth of Nagata?

Smokey Nagata, an underground auto racer, has a $5 million net worth. He obtains revenue from his career in vehicle engineering.


Smokey Nagata, the king of drifting, was once thought to be dead. He is still alive and not dead, and he is still fixated with cars, cars, and their drifting in Japan.

He is on his goal to bring innovative modifications in the autos and their modified form.