DORITASHA: Free Craft’s ProgrèsOctober 20, 2009 12:55 am
I normally wouldn’t post a pic of an itasha for no good reason, but I have one.
This is actually a proper drift car.
If you haven’t seen one before, the car itself is called a Toyota Progrès, and is basically a compact version of a JZX100. It’s meant to appeal to old businessmen, which is more or less who the JZX100 was meant to appeal to anyway, and comes with either a 1JZ or 2JZ engine. Before you get too excited, they were fitted with the direct-injection type, so this one has an engine swap.
I saw it a while ago at Honjo Circuit when the body was still only wearing the pink to white faded paint. Free Craft’s Tanaka-san was giving it a decent thrashing, which made it very surprising to see it stickered up recently with images of Mira, Spica and Garnet from the adult video game “Star Mine Girl”.
Apparently, Tanaka-san did it in order to attract otaku customers who want their cars done up in an itasha style, and it has so far apparently worked.
I don’t know why, but I can’t wait to see this car actually out at the track. There’s something about a the idea of a car with stickers of cute animated girls on it at full lock with smoke pouring off the tyres that just seems so wrongly right.Tags: Free Craft, itasha, Progrès, Toyota
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This post was written by Alexi
That car is pretty rad, I like the anime scheme. Those CP S10’s it’s rollin on are sweet too. I still want a set of those.
“comes with either a 1JZ or 2JZ engine” I’d never thought I’d be reading that one day. Drifting pretty
Those headlights remind me of the tail lights on a 2nd generation Toyota Aristo/Lexus GS.
Do you have more pics.
lol at first i thought it was another one of those dreadful Kei-car conversions… but compact, FR and *JZ-powered? sounds like my kind of vehicle..
Are these cars here like the same deal?
highly agree with the last paragraph
I like it. Itasha are pretty cool to look at and seeing one sideways would be even more awesome.
Looks pretty damn cool if you ask me.
I do wonder though, does Nitro+ (the game maker) actually acknowledge the free advertisement?
You’re right, eh.
If I did, you’d be seeing them.
More or less, yeah.
It was actually some sort of sponsorship agreement with them, from what I heard.
Ah I see, that would probably make sense other than “attract otaku customers”.
Also, if anyone else is interested in what other Nitro+ itasha cars are
(well, might be posted before and it is quite old so apologies if it has)
Is this the same car that hit wall while during manji practice on the hiway before the drift day @ Honjyo circuit in June?
The front light setup looks like it’d be a taillight configuration more than anything. Odd. Pretty ugly, but like the Verosa, I’m sure as a drift machine the look will grow on me. =P
It reminds me of a post I saw on a Forza drifting community once. Someone posted a blinged-out drift car covered in hentai characters. The subtext for the image was “Masturbating and drifting, two of my favorite things”.
I couldn’t stop laughing and seeing this made me chuckle. Rofls.