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This Electric Mini Wangan Midnight Datsun Z Is Actually A Subaru 360

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Turning cars into other cars is not such a strange concept. That’s basically the entire point of “replicas,” and there will always be those who attempt to convince others that a replica is the real thing. But they shouldn’t be confused with those who playfully create miniature versions, like this Blue Demon Datsun Z made from a Subaru 360.

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The mini Blue Demon Z is meant to mimic as closely as possible, in miniature proportions, the original Blue Demon Z from the anime Wangan Midnight. The show is a lot like Initial D, although it takes place on the tollways of Tokyo (like Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift) rather than the mountains of Gunma.

The Datsun Z is called the “Blue Demon” because the car has a mind and soul of its own. It influences reality in order to accrue a list of drivers with the same name (not as rare in Japan as it might be elsewhere), and kills those it finds unworthy.

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The electric mini version? Not likely to be making any tollway races anytime soon. Not only does it have a mere 45HP, but the 360 isn’t exactly made of the strongest materials and a gentle breeze could probably knock it over.

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Built by the students of the Saitama Institute of Automotive Technology, it is the latest in a line of project cars shown at the Tokyo Auto Salon over the years. The SAIT, or Saijidai in Japanese, is a Senmon Gakkou, which is like a cross between a vocational college and a technical high school. The students graduate with something along the lines of an associates degree in automative technology, and clearly, they’ve got some chops.

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Next year? I want to see a tiny AE86 Trueno made out of an original Rover Mini. What about you?

Images via Kat Callahan/Jalopnik.

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