The trend seems rooted in customizing 20 to 30 year-old Japanese cars, but these wild rides very little justice.
We have seen a lot of strange automotive trends come through our inboxes, but the strangest might be coming out of Japan right now. It is called Bosozoku, and honestly, we don't know how to exactly describe it. The trend seems rooted in customizing 20 to 30 year-old Japanese cars, but these wild rides very little justice. It can best be described as taking design elements from anime and vintage Japanese racecars and applying it to a vehicle in a radical fashion.
Wikipedia defines Bosozoku as "a Japanese youth subculture associated with customized motorcycles and motorcycle clubs." So that wasn't much help, but it also cites a growing offshoot of automobiles, called "Bosozoku Style." Wikipedia describes this automotive movement as such: "These cars are often modified with large exhaust pipes, bright paint, and large aero kits, the latter modeled on Group 5 'Special Production Cars' of the 1970s" RELATED: $1.1M Youabian Puma is Completely Insane [caption id="attachment_19615" align="aligncenter" width="593"]
An original Bosozoku Bike[/caption]
That era in Group 5 racing was characterized by highly modified road cars with dramatic aerodynamic modifications. You can see the influence of cars like the Lancia Beta MonteCarlo in the large, chunky fenders, massive front air dams, and ridiculous exhaust pipes. Everything is visual hyperbole, that stems from the appearance of the race series, but there is a bit more to it. There is a very radical anime influence, which you will see in wagons, MPVs and minivans.
While there are many different Japanese automotive subcultures which involve modifying classics, nothing compares to Bosozoku. Where certain Japanese automotive cultures are characterized by exaggerating real-life styling, like lower ride height and flared fenders, not so with Bosozoku. There is no effort to make Bosozouku mods realistic. Just the opposite, in fact. This concentration is almost geared towards taking cartoon designs and bringing them to life. RELATED: Watchig this 11-Year-Old Drift Like a Pro
While it's not exactly our cup of green tea, we have to respect the painstaking effort that goes into creating these out-of-this-world rides. And in spite of our tastes, there is no arguing with the growing popularity of this undeniably unique movement.