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YouTuber reveals strangest car mods from Tokyo Auto Salon 2020

Published: 24/Jan/2020 16:38

by David Purcell


Tokyo Auto Salon was jam-packed with all sorts of different booths this year, as tons of the craziest modified and tuned cars were set up people to admire. Luckily, Gordon ‘effspot’ Cheng was on the scene to capture the absolute best of the weird. 

Effspot often travels around the world to create content surrounding different car collections, rallies, and automotive events, and on January 22 he revealed findings from his latest trip to Japan. He has around 525,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 170,000 followers on Instagram, at the time of writing.

The event took place between January 10 and 12, bringing thousands of car enthusiasts to The Land of the Rising Sun with a number of the world’s most recognizable car manufacturers having their models on show. Many vehicles had their designs tweaked, or totally changed, and ready for the expo.
Bread van at Tokyo Auto Salon 2020
effspot, YouTube
A modded van, decorated with croissants and doughnuts, was selling different breads at the event.

Those that have never seen this event take place before might hear the likes of Toyota involved and expect to see the likes of the GT86, GR Supra or even one of the larger vehicles like the Hilux customized.
But, some of the offerings at this show were – how can we put it – different to say the least, with a Toyota pumpkin car taking center-stage, complete with what looked like a Disney princess style interior.
That wasn’t the only eye-catching modded car to make it to Tokyo Auto Salon 2020, either, as effspot flicked through a few shots of a bread van, where they actually sold different types of bread inside, plus a Spiderman themed Daihatsu, DJ van and more.
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Another Toyota he spotted had some of the biggest exhaust pipes in the whole venue, which he had to question for a second.

“What do you even say to these, guys? Are those real? As you can tell, I’m a little shell shocked here as to what is happening. I think they managed to put every imaginable exhaust model by Sense Brand on this particular car,” he said, before counting that it had 12 different exhaust ports on it.

Toyota vehicle with several exhausts on it
effspot, YouTube
Here’s what the customized Toyota car looked like at the event – complete with Sense Brand parts.

A number of other never-before-seen vehicle models and designs were shown off, too.

In the comments section of the video, the YouTuber asked whether or not his viewers would like to see him return to Tokyo for next year’s Auto Salon as well and the question was met with resounding approval from fans.

So, we can probably expect to see effspot go back to Japan – along with many other product expos around the world – in the next year.


Self-driving car hilariously crashes into wall during Twitch broadcast

Published: 29/Oct/2020 18:58

by Tanner Pierce


During the Roborace Season Beta event being streamed on Twitch, which pits multiple teams operating “self-driving” cars against each other in an augmented reality experience, one of the cars crashed in an unfortunate, but ultimately hilarious, fashion.

If you never heard of Roborace, you’re probably not the only one. The AI-focused racing experience has only been around for a few years now and while it’s certainly entertaining, it hasn’t quite hit the mainstream just yet in the same way that something like Formula 1 racing has.

Despite this, Season Beta of the aforementioned competition is currently underway and is being streamed on Twitch for the world to see. Of course, it wouldn’t be a race without some spectacular crashes and one happened in an absolutely hilarious fashion on October 29.

During the second day of the Season Beta race, Acronis SIT Autonomous’s DevBot 2.0 car took an abrupt sharp turn directly into a wall immediately after being at a standstill, leading to an unfortunate, albeit hilarious moment during the race.

Unfortunately, the camera cuts away before we can see the reaction of the operators, although it’s hard to imagine that they wouldn’t be a little annoyed at that immediate outcome. While it’s currently unknown what the estimated price is for the DevBot 2.0, as they’re all produced specifically by Roborace, this little crash probably just cost the team a lot of money.

The DevBot 2.0 uses Nvidia’s DRIVE platform to operate, which allows artificial intelligence to take over driving the fully electric car, as it races through an augmented reality track.

As the name suggests, this is the second iteration to use the name and is being used by all teams during Season Beta. It’s unknown whether this error was due to a technical error or was down to the “operators”.

If fans are interested in Roborace, Season Beta is set to continue until October 30, and will be streamed on the competition’s official Twitch channel the whole time.