Last week we showed you a leaked photo of an upcoming 2016 Hot Wheels release for a Nissan Fairlady Z. Now we have some official images, courtesy of the car’s designer himself, Jun Imai! Additionally, Jun has provided us with some insights about what inspired this design.
The most obvious inspiration is from Jun’s personal 1:1 scale “Kaido Z,” what started life as a US-spec Datsun 260Z. Jun then modified it with Japanese aero parts and a G-nose, all built entirely in his own garage.
The Hot Wheels car’s official name will be the Nissan Fairlady Z, and as such it is right-hand-drive. There’s already a Hot Wheels Datsun 240Z (two, if you count the original Z-Whiz), so this casting provided an opportunity to go all-out in grand Japanese style.
Like the real car it’s based on, this Fairlady Z has been heavily street-modified, with flares that push the rear out significantly wider than the front. The numbers on the hood, incidentally, are a serial number identifying this car as a pre-production prototype and will not be on the production model.
The blue and black paint matches the color scheme on Jun’s real car (a maroon and pink version in an earlier leaked photo is not an official color). Both cars’ turquoise livery was inspired by the Formula One cars of Japanese real estate company Leyton House. A list of sponsors on the sides include Jun’s Kaido House logo, Yokohama Tire, Speedhunters, Hot Wheels, GReddy, and of course, the JNC inkan.
The rear features a molded ducktail spoiler and a tail panel fitted with Nissan Skyline “afterburner” taillights, modifications popular with the kaido racers of the era. To quote Jun, “If you could open the hood, you’d find a stroked 3.1 liter inline-6 with triple carbs.”
Jun is particularly proud of the amazing level of detail of the interior. The diamond-stitched racing seats, triple-pod dashboard, spare tire well and rear strut towers were all painstakingly recreated, something not often seen on a 1:64 scale car.
Despite its low ride height, the Fairlady Z unofficially clears the popular 9-inch loop of Hot Wheels track sets. The car wasn’t intentionally designed for it, and collectors probably won’t care much but it is, after all, a toy car.
Because this model takes after Jun’s personal ride, we at JNC are proud to be part of this very special car. For those counting, this brings the official list of JNC inkan’ed Hot Wheels cars to 17.
- Nissan Skyline GT-X hakosuka (2011, white/green, red JNC inkan)
- Mazda RX-7 (2012, black/gold/red, gold JNC inkan)
- Mazda RX-7 (2012, blue/white/orange, orange JNC inkan)
- Mazda RX-7 (2012, white/gold/red, red JNC inkan) — Kroger’s/Ralph’s exclusive
- Toyota AE86 Corolla (2013, black/white, black JNC inkan)
- Toyota AE86 Corolla (2013, white/black, black JNC inkan)
- Toyota Celica 1970 (2013, red/black, black JNC inkan)
- Mazda RX-7 (2013, silver/blue, blue JNC inkan) — Treasure Hunt
- Datsun 620 (2014, orange, black JNC inkan)
- Datsun 620 (2014, blue, black JNC inkan) — Kmart exclusive
- Datsun 620 (2014, red, black JNC inkan)
- Datsun 510 wagon (2014, red/white, blue JNC inkan)
- Datsun 510 wagon (2014, dark red/white, blue JNC inkan) — Super Treasure Hunt
- Datsun 240Z (2015, black/blue/gold, blue JNC inkan)
- Datsun 510 wagon (2015, yellow, dark blue JNC inkan)
- Datsun 240Z (2015, white/blue/red, blue JNC inkan)
- Nissan Fairlady Z (2016, blue/black, white JNC inkan)
Special thanks to Jun Imai. Bonus photos below.