There are a few Italian concept cars from the 1970s that really made an impact design-wise: the Ferrari Modulo and the Lancia Stratos Zero. To prove the Japanese were equally capable of designing striking cars, Minoru Hayashi designed the Dome (pronounced do-mu), built a prototype and exhibited it at the Geneva Motor Show in 1978. This exact prototype is what Takashi Fujiku drew here:
The Dome Zero project was a very interesting endeavour that deserves its own blog post, but in a nutshell here it is! The Dome Zero is a wedge-shaped car built on a steel tube chassis. The engine is mounted midship longitudinal, reminiscent of what Ferrari and Lamborghini were doing by that time with the Countach and 512BB. The engine is a six-cylinder Nissan L28E that has an output of 143hp. This might not sound like a whole lot but with its really low kerb weight of 920kg, it was a very capable car. Like I said earlier: this really deserves its own blog post where I’ll do a deep dive into the whole Dome project from start to end!