Impul

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Hoshino Impul
Industry Motorsport
Automotive engineering
Founded June 1980
Headquarters Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Key people
Kazuyoshi Hoshino (founder/president)
Products Aluminum wheels, aerodynamics parts, suspensions, etc. Integrated, planning and development of car parts and accessories, manufacture and sales. Planning and development, manufacture and sales of complete automobiles primarily with Nissan
Revenue ¥1,297,000,000 (2006)
Number of employees
287 (2006)
Website Impul.co.jp

Hoshino Impul Co., Ltd., (known as Impul) is a Japanese automotive aftermarket company based in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. Founded by Nissan's factory driver, Kazuyoshi Hoshino, the company exclusively produces aftermarket parts for Nissans, such as bodykits, engine components as well as wheels.

History[edit]

1980's-2002[edit]

The company was founded in 1980 by the Nissan works driver, Kazuyoshi Hoshino in Maruko-cho, Shizuoka-ken.[1] Within months, Impul produced its first product, the IMPUL D-01 wheel, which to promote it, it found its way on Hoshino's Gr. 5 Silvia racing competing in the Formula Silhouette, a Fuji Grand Champion support series as well as starting a Tokyo based sales center in Sayama-shi, Saitama-ken. A year later, that was relocated in Kichijoji, Musashino-shi.

In 1983, Hoshino formed Hoshino Racing Limited, a racing team to help promote his products and because of expansion, he relocated his company in Shimorenjaku, Mitaka as well as establishing a depot nearby.

In 1987, Impul offered its first fully tuned car, the IMPUL 630R, a tuned Y31 Gloria/Cedric.

Since 1983, the company ran its own racing team which found success in domestic series such as JTCC, Formula Nippon and Super GT. Hoshino was the first driver to win in the team's R32 GT-R during a JTCC race in 1990.[2] Its primary sponsor is Calsonic, spanning two decades.

2002-present[edit]

In 2002, the racing relocated to Gotemba, Shizuoka. After that, the company began to focus on tuning cars and has since tuned the Infiniti M, which became the Impul 6515,[3] and the Nissan Juke.[4] Both of these examples of Impul's tuning has changes to the bumpers, engines, brakes, tires, exhaust system, among other things.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Teams". F-Nippon (F-Japan). Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Calsonic/Team Impul Fairlady Nissan 350Z". Turbo Magazine. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ Tutu, Andrei. "Infiniti M Becomes Impul 6515". AutoEvolution. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ Radu, Mihnea. "Tuning Overkill: Impul Gives Nissan Juke a Mugen Look". AutoEvolution. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 

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