Ben Hsu is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the excellent site, a publication dedicated to the passion for, and history of, vintage Japanese automobiles. This article is reprinted here with permission.
The cars Khyzyl Saleem draws seem to ask the question, "What if Mad Max took place in the dystopian future of Blade Runner?" Neon-lit cityscapes, heavily modified cars, and a substantial dose of Japan-influenced tuning styles combine to form an incredible imagined world.
Saleem is a concept artist at Electronic Arts, publisher of the Need for Speed video game franchise and the website Speedhunters, so the inspiration drawn from the likes of Rauh Welt Begriff, Rocket Bunny and Liberty Walk is obvious.
Massive riveted flares, extreme aero effects and external oil coolers are a recurring theme.
He even applies the aesthetic to non-Japanese cars like this BMW 635 CSi.
If this were done to a real Toyota 2000GT, it would be blasphemy. In Saleem's world, it is awesome instead.
All we know is, if these illustrations and cars were part of a video game that looked like this, we'd play it. A reboot of , anyone?
To see more of Khyzyl Saleem's illustrations, check out his page on .