Suota 3let Super Turbo
The Suota 3let combines the worst out of the Subaru 360 and the Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82: the front section is taken from the Subaru 360 and the rear section is taken from the Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82.
The fusion of these two cars was born out of the necessity to cut costs. Both manufacturers combined forces, combining the worst of both cars into this new Suota 3let. And worst is was: the Toyota Starlet features the 4E-FTE up front and the Subaru 360 the EK32 in the rear. As Subaru and Toyota decided to mash up the wrong parts it ended up powerless without even an engine. Well, if you want to save costs and also reduce weight, skipping an engine helps greatly!
Subaru and Toyota deemed it a good idea to combine the front of a sedan and the rear of a 3 door hatchback.
The Suota 3let combines the late 60s and bubble era. When the Subaru 360 was launched in 1958, this was the first mass produced car by Fuji Heavy Industries. (the parent company of Subaru) The 360 was preceeded by the large Subaru 1500 (also known as the P-1) sedan of which Subaru produced and sold a total of 20 cars. The P-1 costed a lot of money to develop and after poor sales the production of a small kei car made much more sense. Luckily the democritization of the car in the late 1950s and early 1960s meant a small kei car was in high demand. The Starlet GT Turbo was a perfect example of bubble era thinking: youngsters who were wading in cash were eager to buy the top of the line performance model.
The Suota 3let has 3 doors and the total length of the car is 3532mm.
The weight of the car also changed from 410 kilograms (Subaru 360) and 830 kilograms (Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82) to 691 kilograms (1524 pounds).
|Number of doors||3|
|Front suspension||Trailing arms|
|Rear suspension||solid beam axle with suspension arms|
Engine and drivetrain
This 3let is ultra light weight: no engine to put pounds to the scale. The plus side is that you now have a trunk and a frunk, the down side is that your power to weight ratio is infinite. It’s a shame as in the opposite configuration it would have featured the EK32F and the 4E-FTE engines.
Super Turbo trim level
The Super Turbo mixes the best out of the Subaru 360 Super Deluxe and the Toyota Starlet GT Turbo.
The best feature of the Deluxe model has to be the added dash mounted handlebar, just as if it was neccessary to brace yourself for take off! In the rear Toyota put a combination of a solid beam axle and suspension arms, making it effectively a torsion bar.
The front axle features a set of torsion bar trailing arms. Even though it’s a common thing to have trailing arms on independent rear suspension setups, this actually is very unusual to be used at the front. The trailing arms of the 360 were connected to a transverse torsion bar that were connected to a coil spring. This is also a very unusual use of torsion bars, but it was the only solution possible for a narrow car as the 360.
The TEMS (Toyota Electronically Modulated Suspension) automatically switched from normal to hard under heavy braking, acceleration or cornering.
The original front: Subaru 360
This particular model of the Subaru 360 was sold in 1968. The body style is a door sedan.
After the second world war the Nakajima Aircraft Company was broken up by the allied occupation government and part of it separated as Fuji Sangyo. This new company made the Fuji Rabbit scooter out of spare aircraft parts leftover from the war. In 1950 the company was split up into even smaller companies and five of these companies decided to merge into Fuji Heavy Industries, the current holding for Subaru. Fuji Heavy Industries decided post-war Japan was in need for cars and decided to develop a full sized sedan named the Subaru 1500, also known as the P-1. The P-1 proved a too big step for a new company: it was too complex and the supply of parts was difficult to manage. In 1956 yhe Subaru 360 was developed as the second car by Fuji Heavy Industries. Unlike the Subaru 1500, the 360 was mostly designed as a simple and cheap car to and this was also it’s success! By the late 1950s the Japanese economy was on the rise and the new generation eagerly wanted to buy luxury goods like televisions, refrigerators and cars. A small and cheap car like the Subaru 360 was just at the right time at the right place.
The Subaru 360 ad campaign
The Subaru 360 mostly sold itself as the demand for small and cheap cars was on the rise in the late 1950s, however by the mid 1960s there was plenty of supply by other manufacturers, most families already owned a car and Subaru had to attract new customer through advertising. Where Subaru put families on the cover of their 360 brochures in the early 1960s, by the end of the decade it was now was put in the brochures as an adventurous car with lots of motion pictures of fast driving 360s, young men and women posing in front of it and in magazine advertising young women even posed next to it with machine guns! Now that’s some guerilla marketing!
The Subaru 360 in popular media
The Subaru 360 is most reknowned for it’s appearance in various manga and anime series like You’re Under Arrest, GetBackers and Pokémon. It’s also frequently seen in any Japanese movie flashbacking to the Showa era as the car had such a cultural impact. Nowadays the Subaru 360 has almost become exctinct on the Japanese roads and the only place you can spot them is nearby classic car shows.
Rough and Ready: A 1968 Subaru 360 Custom by Wasabi Cars
The original rear: Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82
This particular model of the Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 was sold in 1990. The body style is a door 3 door hatchback.
The Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 was a prolongation of the 80s hot hatchback race by each manufacturer and a worthy successor to the Starlet Turbo S EP71. The new P80 Starlet was introduced in 1989 and it was an instant hit!
The Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 ad campaign
In the typical late 80s and early 90s, the Starlet GT Turbo ads were whacky. Don’t expect any Japanese celebrities showing up in these ads: they’re simply too weird for that!
The Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 in popular media
The Toyota Starlet EP82 was very popular with the 90s boy racers: the engine was highly tunable due to the absence of an airflow meter and it could zip through the tight corners of togues quickly as the Starlet only weights 830 kilograms.
Left To Rot: TRD Equipped, Toyota Starlet GT Turbo – EP82 by Wasabi Cars
The Suota 3let certainly is a daring product by combining two cars from two different manufacturers. It really took guts from Subaru and Toyota to come to this consensus and that’s certainly something to be remembered for. It may not be 100% up to the tastes of typical buyers from Subaru or Toyota, but the car being sold under the brand could potentially attract new customers that they normally wouldn’t have had.
Keep in mind that this is an automatically generated artist impression what could be a possible mashup between the Subaru 360 and the Toyota Starlet. This is not meant to offend any person nor mock a specific car or car brand as all cars and car brands in our database are mashed up randomly. The gods of randomization feel that this was the proper hommage to both cars and highlighting their strong and weak points. In the end, just imagine this newly created car was a real thing and existed out of cost saving necessity. This isn’t the first time such a thing happened, hence we now have to live with the Toyoscionbaru BRZFR-SGT86 and soon with the ToyoBMW Z4Supra.
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