It seems every year we can safely rely on the NATS Nihon Automobile College booth for an abundance of unconventional and, in some cases, straight-up weird project builds for display at the annual Tokyo Auto Salon, and the school looks poised to carry on in that tradition in 2020. Through their social, they've been dropping teasers for a number of creations, including a Toyota Supra A90 "Spider" convertible and Camry-GT86 mashup, among others - both sure to trigger enthusiasts.
For Toyota's newest Supra, NATS students have done more than de-roofed it; perhaps taking a cue from the widebody A90 craze at the 2019 SEMA Show, this sports car has had its fenders flared out and molded to the body, plus replaced the coupe's doors with the swing-up Lambo variety (please tell us it has under-glow lights, too). There is no shortage of fab work on the A90 (looks like the hood was made entirely by students), but as all the A80 fan bois might appreciate, the crew also swapped in a venerated 2JZ-GTE turbo inline-6 in an attempt possibly to make this a Supra for all ages.
Go deeper down the TAS rabbit hole and you'll find the college has a lot more than a re-spliced new Supra on tap, which is expected because NATS always seems to have a pretty big footprint at the show. Take, for example, the Toyota Camry with GT86 headlights and tails (because the family hauler doesn't look enough like a shark); or the R35 GT-R that appears to be getting a similar treatment to the A90's. We also found evidence of their own Suzuki Jimny build, a platform many J aftermarket companies have embraced - and we're certain these cars are just the tip of the wacky NATS iceberg.
Students of the Chiba-based school's various customization and restoration programs have showcased their graduation projects at TAS since the early 2000s, producing some undeniably memorable builds like last year's GT86 Lamborghini Urus and grand prize-winning RX-Vision Mazda RX-8 concept. We will have more previews to and photo galleries from the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon this week; the show runs from Friday, January 10th to Sunday, January 12th at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba City, Japan.
Images courtesy of NATS Nihon Automobile College