The cars Khyzyl Saleem draws seem to ask the question, “What if Mad Max took place in the dystopian future of Blade Runner?” Neon-lit cityscapes, heavily modified cars, and a substantial dose of Japan-influenced tuning styles combine to form an incredible imagined world.
Saleem is a concept artist at Electronic Arts, publisher of the Need for Speed video game franchise and the website Speedhunters, so the inspiration drawn from the likes of Rauh Welt Begriff, Rocket Bunny and Liberty Walk is obvious.
Massive riveted flares, extreme aero effects and external oil coolers are a recurring theme.
He even applies the aesthetic to non-Japanese cars like this BMW 635 CSi.
If this were done to a real Toyota 2000GT, it would be blasphemy. In Saleem’s world, it is awesome instead.
All we know is, if these illustrations and cars were part of a video game that looked like this, we’d play it. A reboot of Road Blasters, anyone?
To see more of Khyzyl Saleem’s illustrations, check out his page on ArtStation.
Holy shit this is the best automotive artwork I have ever laid my eyes on.
It does beg the question though, if more 2000GT’s were readily available would it not be just incredible to see this style achieved in real life?
I can see that insane bodykit/wheel combo grafted onto a S30 Zed though, right…. right!
Thank you once again Ben for sharing this stuff.
The FC, the Miata and that Vette…Holy crap. (Akira meets Mad Max !!!)
I had his DeTomaso Pantera Back to the Future time machine as my desktop for about a year. His artwork is top notch!
paradise future sans lifted f250s & black suburbans with limo tint
Put them all in a futuristic Tokyo Extreme Racer!!!
I’d just LOOOVE to hear EA Games pretentious, patronizing corporate “WE speak” regarding this guy!
I can imagine it’d go something like this:
“WE at EA Games have consciously decided to sandbag our artistic development in the name of a mitigated and reasonably-paced corporate environment. An environment where we’ll simultaneously exploit and under-utilize the unquestionable talent within our ranks to provide you with the optimum, mediocre and expected gaming experience.”
I hope Khyzyl gets MASSIVE exposure from his work and blows the doors off our collective imaginations in the future!
That 2000GT though.. Shut up and take my money!
Thank you so much for sharing this artist…amazing work!!!