Authentic Shape Trained in Practice
The know-how gained through participation
in the best touring car races has been fed back to us.
The RAZO project was launched in 1984.
According to a person in charge of planning and sales promotion at the time,
As a car accessory company, we couldn't avoid motorsports. The event and culture wasn't there.
That was just when Honda was starting to get strong in Formula One.
Development was not a simple matter of riding a boom; it was a serious endeavour.
With racing driver Tomohiko Tsutsumi asour advisor, we participated in Group A, N1 Endurance, GT and other touring car races to develop our products in actualcompetition.
Mr Tsutsumi wanted a shift knob that he would not feel uncomfortable with when he switched from the steering wheel tothe shift knob, so we cut off a portion of the steering wheel to make a prototype, which met his request.
We also took on the challenge of creating the industry's first asymmetrical shift knob specifically for right-hand drivevehicles.
With pedals, I want a surface that doesn't usually slip, but only when you're operating them, so that you can heel andtoe! (a driving technique where you brake with your toes and accelerate with your heel at the same time)
It was the beginning of RAZO
that realized the ideal of such a racing driver with ideas and innovations.
With the help of racing driver Tomohiko Tsutsumi as an advisor, the shift knob, steering wheel, and pedals have been made available to the team. The company launched three types of products. The concept was to create parts that would serve as a connection between people and cars.
1989 - 90
Entered the All Japan Touring Car Championship (JTC) with Tomohiko Tsutsumi and CIVIC.
won the Macau Gear Race with CIVIC (EF3).
Titanium pedals launched.
1991 - 93
Competed in N1 Endurance Series with RAZO TRAMPIO CIVIC (EG6).
Won the series championship for 2 consecutive years in 1991 and 1992.
Fuzzy Auto Lamp(driving lamp) launched.
Aluminum wheels launched.
Mag Pedal launched.
TRAMPIO RAZO R32 Skyline GTR, entered in the Super N1 Endurance Race.
Entered Super N1 Endurance race in TRAMPIO RAZO R33 Skyline GTR and won the 2nd round in Sendai Highland on April 30th.
This was the first official win for R33GTR (according to RAZO). This year, R33GTR continued his good performance and won the series championship between R33GTRs.
1996 - 97
Competed in the All Japan Touring Car Championship (JTCC) with the TRAMPIO RAZO EXiV.
Sports Air Cleaner:
Tornado Filter Launched.
Thin halogen lamp:
Super Flat Halogen F45 Launched.
RAZO has developed a drift knob with Yoichi Imamura as an advisor.
The heavy weight knobs that RAZO was focusing on at the time were proven by Yoichi Imamura to be effective in drifting.
This is the reason why the heavy weight knobs are accepted by the drifters.
Exhibited at the SEMA Show in the U.S., which is called the world's largest customized car show.Since then, RAZO has exhibited every year.
Began selling RAZO products in the United States.
The C-WEST RAZO Silvia competed in the All Japan GT Championship. The C-West RAZO Silvia made an appearance in PlayStation "Gran Turismo".
Even though it's a virtual world, there was a lot of talk about being able to participate in an actual race car.
Signed with Taikichi Yamamoto as an advisor.
Launched "Wing Blade" wiper with an integrated aluminum frame wing structure.
RAZO S2000 competed in Super Batttle in Tukuba.
RAZO S2000 Built : Opera Performance / Driver : Mr. Yasukichi Yamamoto
Following the Silvia, the S2000 for Super Battle also makes an appearance in Gran Turismo. Even though the tuned car is in the game, it's still a punching bag for the racing world.
Several RAZO vehicles have appeared in Gran Turismo, but this time RAZO have created a real version of the original Gran Turismo vehicle.
Release of a full-scale aero kit for the 350Z RS, an original Gran Turismo vehicle. Presented at Tokyo Auto Salon.
The Gran Turismo 350Z RS was also displayed at the SEMA Show in the United States.
The Z33 Aero in Gran Turismo Released.
Signed with Ryo Orime as an advisor.
Until then, Orime had been competing in Formula Nippon, but in this year, when he decided to challenge S-GT, he signed a contract with RAZO.
With the introduction of Orime, RAZO started collaboration with RE Amemiya.
Release of the product in collaboration with RE Amemiya.
Started manufacturing RE Amemiya Carbon 400 shift knob.
SCION, the young people's brand of USA TOYOTA, and RAZO have collaborated with SCION as a Japanese brand. SCION xD, xB, tC, and iQ limited edition models were fitted with SCION & RÄZO double branded shift knobs.
participated in a youth development karting program that supports junior racers who want to become future F1 drivers.
Junior racers participate in kart racing with the sponsor's logo on their backs.
The founder of Gran Turismo, Kazunori Yamauchi, and Taikichi Yamamoto, who is also an advisor to RAZO and Gran Turismo, participated in the Nurburgring 24 hour Nissan GT-R class. Of course, RAZO also sponsored this event. Later on, this GT-R would appear in the Gran Turismo game.
Supplied shift knobs for TUNDRA TRD PRO to USA TOYOTA.
Subsequently, supplied shift knobs for each car in the TRD PRO series.
Signed with Ukyo Sasahara as an advisor.
He had been competing in European formula racing while attending high school in Austria, and RAZO asked him to be our advisor, as he was already a world standard and had a lot of potential.
"Competition Sports Pedals" win the Good Design Award.
This is a sports pedal with an adjustable heel plate (accelerator) and toe plate (brake) for more precise heel and toe operation, and was evaluated for its high quality in aluminum and clear functionality.
Started shipping line mounted shift knobs to USA TOYOTA.
Signed with Shinji Tsugawa as an advisor.
He has won the fastest class of All Japan Gymkhana for 5 consecutive years from 2014 to 2018. When we found out that he was racing a Lancer Evolution X with RAZO pedals, we contacted him immediately and signed him up as an advisor.
2017 - 2019
Supply of shift knobs to USA TOYOTA remains steady.
Car Mate USA, Inc. wins the USA TOYOTA Supplier Award for three years in a row.
RÄZO always invites active racing drivers as advisors
to give us feedback on their insights while using our products in practice,
which we use to help us develop our products.
The following is an introduction to our RAZO advisors.
A four-time D1 Grand Prix series champion, he has been a member of RAZO's advisory board since 2000. In 2004, he co-developed and released a 480g weight drift spec knob.
At RAZO, the effectiveness of the weight knob on the circuit was discussed, and we asked Imamura to test a prototype, which proved the effectiveness of the weight knob in drifting. After that, weight knobs became a demand for drift drivers.
He has won the fastest class of All Japan Gymkhana for 5 consecutive years from 2014 to 2018. We found out that he was racing a Lancer Evolution X with RAZO pedals and contacted him immediately. We signed him up as an advisor.
We were very happy to learn that he has picked RAZO pedals to install to ensure the intense pedaling of the fastest SA class of Gymkhana. We will continue to take Tsugawa's feedback and develop products that can be used in competition.
Ryo Orime HP
We have been working with Orime since he debuted in the Super GT Championship in 2008 as an advisor. With Orime's introduction, the collaboration with RE Amemiya started.
In 2014, while attending high school in Austria, he competed in European formula racing and asked for an advisor, hoping for a future in what was already a world standard.