Lego are insanely popular right now, but there isn’t much in the way of JNCs. They have licenses from Nissan, Toyota, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and maybe Honda, but they barely do anything with them. There’s a lot of potential in those catalogs. We’re pretty certain a nice Datsun 240Z or Toyota FJ40 made of plastic bricks would sell quite well, and be a welcome alternative to yet another supercar. We’ve explored what creative fans can make, and Lego does sometimes adopt individual-built works into actual kits.
What JNC should be made into a Lego set?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “If you could magically merge the body of one car with the hardware of another, what would you choose?“.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, many respondents chose to merge beautifully designed sheetmetal with a chassis and drivetrain from the same marque. Who wouldn’t jump at the the chance to drive Sammy B‘s B13 Sentra stretched over a Nissan S-chassis, Lakdasa‘s Datsun Fairlady roadster dropped on an S15 Silvia, or dankan‘s Honda Aerodeck with FL5 Civic Type R bones? Alan aimed even higher with an HD Mazda 929 on the stillborn Amati W12 platform, while Kris went with something that exists but that is so rare it might as well be a fantasy build, an S30 Z on a Hako GT-R.
Others were more practical. JJ combined the hybrid technology and body of a Honda CR-Z with the engine and suspension of the brilliant Prelude SH. Sammy B‘s wish for a 6MT Lexus IS SportCross or V6 6MT Acura TSX wagon doesn’t even seem that far-fetched. And Fred Langille wanted a Nissan S-Cargo on a V6 D21 chassis, which prompted Bill Hartley to wonder about swapping it with a Pulsar motor.
Some dreamed up true Frankenstein creations by mixing and matching marques. Land Ark imagined Mazda RX-7 sheetmetal over a RWD Subaru STi. Speaking of rotaries, Sebastian Motsch came up with an NSU Ro80 but with the last production rotary power unit, from a Mazda RX-8. BW conjured up a Nissan Pao or Lotus Elite, both over Miata hardware. CycoPablo would then reuse the Miata shell but swap in a Honda B, K, or FC engine.
The winner this week was Franxou, who went with the rather unique option of putting a more modern body on an older and less powerful chassis for the sake of making it RWD:
One thing that happened during the ’80s is the start of the Front Wheel Drive domination. Of course, While we lost some purity of in the steering feel, it gave us cars that were easy to drive, safer under winter conditions, and with well packaged interior that were often bigger than the Rear Wheel Drive cars they replaced. Some engineers were engineering so hard that we even got amazing FWD sport cars (and sporty cars)!
But there is something special when you feel the shove coming from the bottom of behind your back, instead of being dragged by the front wheels, and a different feeling to taking a curve when the rear wheels are pushing instead of trailering.
Living in the modern era, do I miss RWD sport cars? Well, not really, they still are there! But I do miss RWD sporty cars, those that were not pure sport cars, just simple coupés or fastbacks, quick, light, full of feelings without being too much to drive, especially for a beginner driver. Think about what the Miata was, right when the RX7 got too serious about being fast.
So what hardware would I mesh together? I’d take the FWD and make it RWD: last-gen Ford Probe (does it count as japanese? I always thought it looked better than the MX-6) with a V6 Nissan 200SX driveline.
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