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The best looking Japanese cars ever

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The best looking Japanese cars everThe Japanese car industry made a steady start and, for some years, its stock-in-trade was cheap, reliable cars for A-to-B motoring.

However, that all changed in 1965 when Toyota revealed its 2000GT – a sleek, Yamaha-built sports car nicknamed the ‘Japanese E-Type’ and subsequently driven by James Bond in You Only Live Twice. Japan had discovered its mojo, and a flood of stylish rear-wheel-drive coupes would follow, including the Datsun 240Z, Mazda RX-7 and the original Toyota Celica.

Our list of the 40 most stylish Japanese cars ever is bookended by the 2000GT and its latter-day successor, the Lexus LFA, but isn’t limited to the sporty stuff; there are two Toyota Corollas and a Datsun Cherry included, too. Oh, and – controversially – a Daihatsu Copen.

Watch the video and let us know if you agree with our choices.

Video: the most stylish cars from Japan

Video: watch an Uber rally driver scare passengers in a Ford Focus RS

Video: watch an Uber rally driver scare passengers in a Ford Focus RS

Video: watch an Uber rally driver scare passengers in a Ford Focus RS

When you order a lift through Uber, you can never be sure who’s going to turn up – or what car they’re going to be driving.

But as a publicity stunt for the excellent new Focus RS, Ford Romania loaned rally driver Simone Tempestini a car and told him to demonstrate drift mode to a few (un)lucky punters.

In the video clip, Tempestini is shown telling his customers that they could have the ride for free – as long as they could spare 10 minutes for a demonstration of the car’s abilities.

You can guess what happens next – he turns onto a convenient empty piece of concrete and does a bit of sidewaysness.

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Video: Sebastian Vettel races a Ferrari in an ambulance

Video: Sebastian Vettel races a Ferrari in an ambulance

Video: Sebastian Vettel races a Ferrari in an ambulance

Ever wanted to swap jobs with F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel? An ambulance driver from the South East has done exactly that – giving him tips on how to drive a three-tonne ambulance, then getting behind the wheel of a Ferrari 488 GTB.

As part of the job-swap, organised by Shell, both drivers discussed performance driving techniques before going head-to-head around the track – with Vettel in the ambulance, and paramedic Alex Knapton in the Ferrari.

Despite the heavy ambulance boasting just 118hp and a modest top speed of 88mph, Vettel managed to lap the makeshift circuit in two minutes and 10 seconds – seven seconds quicker than Knapton in the 488.

Knapton, a paramedic with South Central Ambulance Service, said: “Getting the opportunity to swap the ambulance for the Ferrari 488 GTB was a dream come true. It was an unbelievable experience to get that close to one of the stars of Formula 1. Sebastian was on great form coaching on high performance driving tips and joking about the lack of a radio in the ambulance.”

Vettel added: “Paramedics play an essential role in motorsport around the world and not just in Formula 1. They need to perform to such high standards every day because lives depend on them. Shell V-Power race fuel supplied to Scuderia Ferrari contains at least 99% of the same types of compounds used in Shell V-Power fuels for the road.”

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