As if we needed another example of how over-the-top Japan does everything to do with cars, watch this video about modified Dodge vans at the annual i-5 event at Ebisu Circuit.
Incidentally, these were also the inspiration for the “Youga” van found in Grand Theft Auto V, added by Rockstar North designer Mike Bush. Youga (also spelled “Yoga”) is the name of the Tokyo suburb where the i-5 shop is located.
Let me ask you a question: what comes to mind when you hear the Lil Jon song “Get Low”? If you said “Need for Speed: Underground”, then you probably had a lot of fun with that game. It came out about twelve years ago (that made me feel old, typing that), and the modified car world has progressed a long way since then.
Underground was a great game, but unfortunately, the Need for Speed games that came out in the past few years didn’t really follow along with the trends. Driving unobtainable supercars in police chases through the countryside should have been fun, but it wasn’t. That’s what made the first NFS game great, but something about that just didn’t work.
Now watch this.
If you’re not already aware, Need for Speed is back, and it’s finally what we always wanted. No extra names, no “Underground 3″, a complete reboot.
Also, Noriyaro has a (very small) part in the development of this game, believe it or not! Read on…