The Blackbird is the name given to Tatsuya Shima's car in the Wangan Midnight franchise.
In the manga/anime, it is based on an early 1990s Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 (964). In the games, it is based on multiple cars:
- In the PS2 version of Wangan Midnight, it was based on Ruf RCT, a Ruf sports car with less power than CTR despite having bigger engine (3.6 liters instead of 3.4 liters)
- In the PS3 Wangan Midnight game, there are 5 versions of the Blackbird; the first being a RUF CTR, and the rest being differently tuned RUF RCTs.
- In the English/international releases of WMMT1-3DX+, it was based on Nissan Fairlady Z (known globally as the 350Z).
- In the Japanese release of WMMT1-3DX+, it was based on Gemballa (itself based on a Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8).
- In WMMT 4-5DX+, it was based on Ruf CTR "Yellowbird", a sports car made by Ruf, based on "unstamped" Porsche 911 bodies and featuring a highly tuned 3.4 liter flat-six engine.
- In WMMT 6, it is based on the Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 (964)
In all iterations, the car is tuned to 700 hp and features gold-colored BBS LM wheels. The Porsche-based cars originally ran 993-spec aero parts but later changed into race-inspired aero kits, while the Fairlady Z-based car ran on Nismo S-Tune aero.
It was based on Yoshida Specials 911, a heavily-tuned 930-chassis 911 famous for being able to hold 350 km/h on the Wangan for over 15 minutes and once scored nearly 300 km/h at the now-defunct Yatabe oval track, making it an extremely reliable machine. It featured an Auto Garage TBK front bumper with big, bumper-mounted projector lights for extra visibility, Auto Garage TBK mirrors and Auto Garage TBK NACA ducts for extra engine cooling, stroked 3.6 liter turbocharged and intercooled engine, extensive weight reduction, a set of 4-point roll cage, Porsche "lollipop" bucket seats with 4-point harness, and a manual boost controller derived from Porsche racecars at the time.
Interestingly, the real-life car was owned by a doctor who later turned into a car dealer, similar to Shima being portrayed as a doctor outside his racing activities. It now stays in a dealership in Odaiba, Japan.