During a recent trip to Japan, comedian Jay Leno drove a couple one-off sports cars, got a sneak peek at the next Z car, and learned to drift with the drift king himself – and caught it all on film for the latest episodes of Jay Leno’s Garage.
In one video, Leno drives the original 240Z — or Fairlady Z, as it’s called in Japan — and comments on what made the car such a success when it was first released. The late-night star then goes to Nissan’s Japanese design center to talk with the brand’s chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura about the next-gen Z car, which the design head hints at being closer to the original. Leno is then given 10 minutes to work with a designer on reinterpreting the Z’s classic lines.
In another video, Leno visits the factory where the Lexus LFA supercar is built. There, we see Toyota’s carbon fiber loom at work weaving an LFA tub. From the factory, Leno heads to Fuji Speedway to drive the one-off LFA Spyder. That car isn’t the only rare, topless Toyota he drives on his Japan trip, as the comedian also takes a 1966 Toyota 2000GT convertible for a spin. The car is one of two built for the James Bond flick You Only Live Twice, allegedly because Sean Connery couldn’t fit in the coupe version. Seeing as Jay Leno barely fits in the roadster, this explanation is plausible.
While in Japan, Leno also attends a gathering for Nissan GT-R enthusiasts. Check out the videos below.
Source: Jay Leno’s Garage via YouTube