The Tokyo Auto Salon never fails to bring to light the latest and greatest from the Japanese tuning world and, much like SEMA in the U.S., every year a particular model serves as the main attraction for the event. For 2022, the Nissan Z and GR86/BRZ seem to serve that purpose but as with every year, there are plenty of gems sprinkled throughout the TAS halls and these two bite-sized creations deserve some of that spotlight.
Saijdai Automotive College’s Yaris Jr.
First up is this Toyota iQ—known in the U.S. as a Scion iQ—built by students from Saijidai Automotive College. This four-seater (well, more like a three-seater with an additional seat suitable for a small child) has been heavily modified both in appearance and power production.
The original 67-hp engine under the hood was pulled and, in its place, a fuel cell was added. The rear seats have been removed with a new firewall constructed to surround the motorcycle engine that now takes up the rear of the car and powers its rear wheels.
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