The organizer of the project talked to Car Watch about how it came about, and I’ll spare you the poor Google Translate version by saying that it seems like your average HR-approved bonding exercise. Still, it’s an endearingly goofy concept. It may be screwed together nice and tight, but they couldn’t do much about matching the character lines and overall rake of the RAV4’s doors, and the final beltline is pretty wonky. It’s also got fuzzy purple carpet in the back for some reason.
The biggest challenge was structural integrity because there is no frame, no spine, preventing the stretched body from flexing. Sheet metal was added and welded, and they tested the strength by putting it on a lift, raising it and then dropping it to see if it would break in half. It did not.