The Japanese Concept Car Weekend Edition continues with the Dome Zero. The Zero is rather a small-scale production prototype car than a true concept car, and it was made in small numbers from 1978 to 1986.
It looks incredible, and is easily one of my all-time favorite cars.
The Zero is amazingly futuristic, but it’s clearly a product of its time. If a car has ever resembled a doorstop, the completely wedge-shaped Zero does. And it’s one of the few cars that can steal attention from a yellow Stratos.
The mid-engined Zero uses a Nissan L28 engine, with a meagre 145 horsepower, but weighing only 920 kg. Those excellent-looking wheels are 13″ front, 14″ rear.
The interior is just as weird as the exterior, and even if the materials suit a prototype car made in low numbers, it looks reasonably well put together.
Dome raced the Zero at Le Mans in 1979 and 1980, but failed to finish in ’79 and only managed a last place finish in ’80. It must have looked stunning amidst the Porsches, though.
[Images: Wikimedia, Rikita/yukogets]