Khyzyl Saleem Mashes Up ‘80s Icons With An IMSA RX-7-Inspired AE86

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Designer Khyzel Saleem often looks to the 1980s for inspiration when it comes to his stunning auto renders, and one of his latest projects goes extra hard on the Reagan-era aesthetics by combining two Japanese icons from the decade in an IMSA RX-7-inspired Toyota AE86.

For the render, Saleem wondered what the cult-favorite boxy mid-’80s Corolla variant would look like if it were dressed up like Mazda’s decade-dominating GT race car. The answer: pretty gnarly. With ‘80s colors inspired by Meguiar’s Classic Line, the AE86 IMSA is decked out in a metallic fuschia paint scheme with gold accented rims. Dramatic front wheel arches seamlessly curve down to form a front splitter, showing some of that race-ready IMSA inspiration. The rear fenders are even wider than the ones up front, while a massive integrated duckbill-style spoiler starts at the roofline and terminates well behind the rear bumper. If you love the ‘80s, hot hatches, and Japanese race cars, then boy oh boy is this the car for you. Check out more at Khyzel Saleem’s Instagram page.

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Photo: Khyzyl Saleem
Photo: Khyzyl Saleem
Photo: Khyzyl Saleem