Bosozoku: Japan’s Car-Tuning Subculture

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The driving force behind the Boso aesthetic was Japanese race cars from the early 1980s, namely Nissan’s Super Silhouette racers. The Bosozoku took Nissan’s aerodynamic treatments, dialed their volume to 11, and hit the open roads of Japan. The rules of the Silhouette series, which ran from 1979 to 1984, required the racers to retain the stock hood and roofline as well as the doors of their original cars. So, Nissan stacked on air dams and spoilers and added some crazy fender flares. The winged bandits were fast.

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