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This Subaru WRX Plays Initial D Eurobeat Music When You Step on the Gas

Screenshot: DriftHunterAlbo (YouTube)

Japanese car enthusiast and apparent technophile Stan LeJay has a Subaru GC8 with a few tuner mods, but the most interesting by far is his home-made infotainment system that cranks Initial D Eurobeat music when the throttle opens up. Hilarity ensues.

Not that I endorse breaking the speed limit, but I do love seeing combinations of artistic and technological creativity, so I’m into this.

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Initial D anime, manga and movie, it’s basically about tuner cars buzzing around Japan’s mountain roads. (And if you are familiar with it, you don’t need any more of an explanation.)

LeJay’s car here has been retrofitted with a double-DIN infotainment system that’s wired into the car’s computer to give it gauges, and also, be able to respond to certain parameters.

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Like, for example, if he wants the music to hit when the throttle gets to a certain position in a certain mode. Which is exactly what happens. Albo Agunday’s video here takes you through a little bit of how the system works, but if you really want to dive in, LeJay himself wrote a pretty comprehensive guide and posted it online it back in December 2018.

He has the car set up to drop beats when he wants to go fast, or enter “Now I’m Pissed mode” as he puts it, and play downtempo anime “slice of life” tracks when he’s chilling.

The setup took “about 11 months” to bring online, but it looks like LeJay’s efforts paid off–this is certainly an amusing car mod.

Jalopnik Staffer from 2013 to 2020, now Editor-In-Chief at Car Bibles

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DISCUSSION

“Not that I endorse breaking the speed limit”

I do.

Can we stop parroting the nanny state that speeding is de facto dangerous? Speed limits fall on a range from appropriate to appropriating (funds). Most are set on the tail end with the misguided thought that by setting them lower people will slow down and the road will be safer and/or the local smokeys can set up speed traps to get Joe Schmo for 100 bucks.

Nearly everyone speeds at some point or another, we should be as hard on people that fail at lane discipline or merging at speed as speeders but we are not because something something speed kills. Sitting cops at speed traps is easy and takes officers away from active patrols which would be a better use of everyone’s time and money.

There are major thoroughfares all over this country where speed limits are set 20-30mph lower than they should be. A limit should approach the highest speed for safe navigation of a road, not a leisurely Sunday drive.

I speed with abandon in the Pittsburgh area, State Troopers (which are rare to begin with) don’t blink at 75mph on I-79 which is marked at 55mph. When the roads are clear I am usually getting passed regularly even at 20 over. I don’t even tap my brakes for them anymore, so can if enforcement agrees speed limits are bullshit, can’t we? 

Cool car though.