Hakone Part 2: Enabling The Legend

The Zero Car

Chikara Yokoyama had a problem. The year was not long past 2010, and he was itching to get out and drive the latest addition to his Japanese car collection – a brand-new Nissan GT-R. Trouble was, he lived in Azabu-Juban. You can go and Google it if you want, but suffice to say that contrary to what Hollywood movies and PlayStation games might lead you to believe, inner-city Tokyo is not a hotbed of drifting and burnouts and street racing. It is a confusing, congested and slow network of narrow roads, a place where the fastest mode of conveyance is often the bicycle. Not a place for dabbling with the potential of a supercar by any stretch.

If the city is no good, the logical extension is to take the car out of the urban environment and into somewhere more driver-friendly. This is exactly what many of the good citizens…

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