Sometimes life stands in between we and your dream car. Mr. Michi, a male behind Japan’s Tochigi-based 09 Racing, found himself in this conundrum. As a owners of a motorcycle shop, Michi had a need to ride bikes in his truck. He spent some-more of his time in a cab of his Nissan Sunny than in his OG Nissan Skyline GT-R aka Hakosuka. Rather than accept a dual as apart experiences, he sought to mix a two.
According to a special prominence video uploaded by YouTube channel Tokyo Tuner, while Michi wanted to possess both a work lorry and a GT-R, he pronounced his finances would not concede him to keep both and debonair adult a truck. So, he sole a Skyline in early-2013 to financial his lorry project. He calls a ensuing automobile “Hakotora,” a portmanteau of Hakosuka and a Japanese word for truck, torakku. In an email to The Drive, Michi explained a Hakotora’s ‘GB-R’ badge found on a grille, in lieu of GT-R.
“GB is a long-bed car-code of a Datsun 1200 ute,” Michi told The Drive. “In a box of brief beds, a formula will usually be B. My Hakotora is a prolonged bed.”
The Hakotora is still mostly duty over form underneath, with anchoring rigging in a bed to transport bikes, and a scarcely batch 1.2 liter four-cylinder A12 engine as against to a 2.0 liter inline 6 found in a Hakosuka itself. It’s still a work in swell in need of a behind cessation alteration to conflict bottoming out with bikes in a back, though skeleton for those changes are in development.
As for a bikes, they no longer browbeat his business; fans of his Hakotora have crawled out from a woodwork to direct reproduction kits for their possess pickups, now accounting for around half of his customers, according to Michi. Hakotora kits cost adult to 500,000 yen ($4,500) according to Michi, with general shipping adding adult to another 240,000 yen ($2,100), for a limit cost of around $6,600. Despite a high price, Michi says he has sole hundreds, and he still has orders to fill.
“The Hakotora pack has sole over 100 sets so far,” Michi suggested to The Drive. “There are still many orders.”
“Many Hakotora owners have a high spec engine and have finished a really smashing lane car. Various swaps such as 4A-GE, SR20DET, VQ, and 4G63 have been done.”