The cars of Speed Racer: Type R

Behold the rarest of the rare, the sasquatch of Speed Racer cars, the Type R, a vehicle which flashes by so quickly it may as well not even exist at all. In fact, you are looking at the only two known shots of this mystery car, as it can only be seen in freeze frame right at the start of the Casa Cristo. And even these blurry, grainy images are a guess. Is it another variation of the Type Q, but with sweeping ’50s era tailfins? Or is it supposed to be a variation of the Mach 5, with its 3-pronged nose? Or maybe its a mashup of all of them, along with a stubby Type L engine intake directly behind the driver. Who knows. Considering you can only see the design if you hit pause at the exact right moment, you have to wonder why they even bothered.

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