So as promised, I called up Nakakuki-san at Garage Chikara this past week to follow up on some questions I had, as well as several everyone was asking me, after my first post.
Question - this is too expensive! Why?
Answer - according to Nakakuki-san, those inquiring customers who have owned GT-Rs for awhile have all agreed that the pricing is fair or even inexpensive (note - I myself agree), with most of those who are complaining about the price being too high, either new GT-R owners or non-owners. The price is high but on par with the OEM part; plus because of the limited numbers of the product being planned, there cannot be economies of scale like with an OEM company like Nissan.
Question - will this be available for vehicles in LHD countries?
Answer - the product/bulb already has the E-mark, if that helps; I did not get a direct answer but if your country requires, by law, the proper cut-mark (light pattern), I think it will depend on how many requests the company gets. This link has a nice diagram of the difference in light patterns.
Question - If your current headlamp housing is in good shape, why not just replace the current bulbs with LED bulbs?
Answer - As you may know, the OEM Series 3 unit uses a D2 Xenon bulb for low beam and H1 for high beam. However, in their research they could not find equivalent LED bulbs that satisfied their requirements. Also given the higher output of modern LEDs it is likely that you would want the lens to be precisely made in order to prevent excessive glare to oncoming traffic.
(see the Veleno IG page for the photo that shows how clean the cut line is)
Question - is it possible to buy the same new Veleno Mortale LED H11 bulbs and install in your current headlamp housings?
Answer - no, as the original housing is not designed for H/8H11 bulbs fitment.
Question - will there be a harness adaptor to allow use in Series 1 (Zenki), Series 2 (chuuki), as well as Series 3 (kohki) cars?
Answer - unsure about what method at the time of my call, but yes they will ensure the unit works with all variants of the BCNR33.
Question - where is the English language ordering website?
Answer - coming soon! (I will insert link here when it is up!)
Question - what is the origin story of this product?
Answer - it turns out that Matsuda-san and Nakakuki-san were at the 2022 Veleno end of year party (bonenkai) where they started to discuss how an LED product for their R33s would be a good thing. They proposed the idea there to Veleno president Yumi-san, and one year later... And meanwhile they also learned that the ballast units used in the Xenon D2 headlights are no longer available new. Meaning that if the ballast unit dies, people have to find another source of lighting anyway (apparently this is happening on a frequent basis with Lancer Evos, which Nakakuki-san also services). So further justification for this LED project.
Question - is this the same unit that Garage Active had advertised, briefly?
Answer - no. Apparently some guys from GA did make inquiries with Veleno to check this one out, however...right before that post was taken down...
Question - what about the R32 and R34 GT-Rs?
Answer - based on how well the 33 units have been received, they are in the planning stages for products for these cars as well.
Question - any other LED products for the 33 in the future?
Answer - maybe...
Did I miss any? Let me know if any of you have any follow-up questions!