Anyone remember the craze over the comically-looking mini supercars created with the help of photoshop and various other image editing programs from a few years back?
After a gazillion different design concepts of any vehicle you can think of, the fad passed and we all moved on, or so we thought, as someone over at Toyota's racing and performance partner Gazoo recently had a moment of zen giving it another go.
Mind you, we're not talking about a digital rendering, but a real life, working model designed to look like the Toyota 86 (in case you forgot, it's marketed as the Toyota GT 86 in Europe and Scion FR-S in North America).
It all went down in front of a crowd during the "TES Festival 2012" in Japan. Gazoo technicians brought in a Daihatsu Midget III, which is a single-seat mini-truck made by Toyota's subsidiary, stripped it down to the chassis and added huge alloy wheels, a sport seat and a four-piece body imitating the looks of an 86 Coupe that…shrunk in the dryer.
You can watch how they did it in the video that follows.