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TAS 2021 What Would Have Been: Garage Active Dry Carbon R32 GT-R, Overlanding Honda Fit e:HEV Crosstar

Honda and Garage Active step up to the plate to unveil builds that are headed to Virtual Auto Salon

Bob Hernandez
Jan 13, 2021
Photographers: Courtesy of Honda, Garage Active

As we head into the last week before Japan's Virtual Auto Salon - the online replacement for a COVID-cancelled 2021 Tokyo Auto Salon - the internet giveth a couple more sneak peeks of what's to come. Honda unveiled teasers of two "fun" builds it has up its sleeve (as is sort of par for the course for the Honda booth at Auto Salon), while on the aftermarket side the GT-R specialists at Garage Active offered up a new twist on a familiar carbon-fiber-bodied R32 demo car that many of us know. We'll miss seeing both this year in person, but if this is all we're going to get, we're grateful for it.

Garage Active

One of our favorite booths to visit each year, at least for the last handful of years, has been Garage Active's; they are one of the more respected GT-R tuners in the country and they've joked online that this year they're preparing for the "Yukuhashi Auto Salon" (Yukuhashi being the city in Fukuoka where Garage Active is located). A carbon-fiber bodied R32 we gave the spotlight to at the '18 Tokyo Auto Salon was again the focus of attention for GA, as they rebuilt that car but with an entirely new dry carbon setup. The new composite panels - which seemingly includes everything: roof, hood/trunk lid, doors, fenders, bumpers, side skirts, taillight bezels, aero, and on and on - were made in Garage Active's in-house autoclave and offer additional weight savings over the previous kit that was on the Skyline.

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It looks like Garage Active has an R32 rear-seat delete now, and if we understand correctly the shop appears to be ramping up its restomod business, a vehicle restoration concept it suggests many Japanese are not familiar with yet. Inspired by the likes of Singer and Guntherwerks in the Porsche world, Garage Active is looking to add restomod levels of build capacity and quality to go along with its services of maintenance, tuning, painting, restoration, and repair. Learn more on their website or Facebook.

Honda

Don't hate us, but we're sort of feelin' the overland-y effect of the Fit e:HEV Crosstar Custom (not to mention it reminds us that this gen. of Fit is not coming to North America, which make us a little sad). Off-road and adventuring capability is upgraded with a smol bump in ride height, all-terrain tires, roof basket, water-resistant seat material and Honda E-inspired lamps in the lower fascia, and the subcompact Honda's look - which consists partly of blacked out roof and pillars and some side cladding - is apparently inspired by the Honda CT125 Hunter Cub trail bike from the '70s and '80s. We're not certain how functional it all is, but it looks like a hoot.

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Honda also showed off its N-Van 3rd Place custom (we don't know what the name refers to), quite possibly the most diminutive food truck we've ever seen. It's got a wild metal-effect finish, roof rack, and clearance lights above the windshield, making it like a Kei van-based chuck wagon for ants. We get more on these and other Honda booth builds on Jan. 15th when Auto Salon kicks off.

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