Despite hailing from Abakan, a remote city in Russia, Alexei Omenyuk is no stranger to the quirky trends happening in car styling in Japan. In this case itasha.
If you’re not familiar with the term itasha, it’s a play on words in Japanese. Let’s refer to our friend noriyaro to explain:
The word sha means “car”. They cram this word together with another word to describe the origin of a foreign car. Ameshameans “American car”, and itasha means “italian car”.
In this case however, they use the kanji character for “pain”, which is also pronounced ita. What you have then is a car that is painful to look at for most people.
That is unless of course, you’re a big fan of anime, manga or whatever else the car is themed around.
That’s the man with his car above. It’s packing a 140hp 4A-GE 20 valve Blacktop, a pretty intense roll cage and a TRD 2-way amongst many other mods. A good thing too as he’s a regular competitor in the Russian GT4 Drift Championship and has sometimes takes quite bold and sometimes reckless manoeuvres earning him quite the reputation.
The graphics and Gulf-inspired design were developed in St. Petersburg by the guys from the infamous VinylMadness and manufactured and applied by russian car wrap specialists Graffiko CarStyling.
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The nephew of founder Sakichi Toyoda, Eiji was with Toyota from the age of 23 as a newly graduating mechanical engineer and saw the release of their first car, the Toyoda AA. He remained with the company all the way until the Lexus LS400 in 1994, where he stepped down from President of the company.
Alongside production manager Taiichi Ohno, Eiji was key to the introduction of Toyota’s now famous Kaizen ideal and their just-in-time production line techniques that saw him steer the company from small-time Japanese manufacturer into and beyond the ‘golden age’ of cars we love: 2000GT, Corolla, Celica, Sprinter, MR2 and Supra.
An inspirational man who lived 100 years and five days and made every single one count.
New 2013 HotVersion footage of Tsuchiya in his AE86 on the Gunsai Touge (actually just the Gunma Cycle Sports Center…) attempting to beat the 28 second record of the tight hairpin section of the course.
With the new 7AG engine build and general setup of his car now being taken care of by TEC ART’S in Saitama, Keiichi is joined by Yoshinori Kamata, one of the three brothers who run the AE86 speciality garage.
Also featured in volume 123 of the series is a street-tuned shootout featuring the new Toyota 86. Cars from tuning houses Revolution, Car Make Rasty, Auto Service Kanki and Power House Amuse go head to head.
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Be it Levin, Trueno, Corolla, GT, SR-5 or GT Apex, 30 years ago today our favourite Toyota was ‘born’.
In a period where most manufacturers (and even Toyota themselves) were moving to the more cost-efficient front wheel drive platform, the last RWD Corolla to be built was given a proper send off: A new compact, lively, lightweight chassis paired to Toyota’s new punchy twincam electronic fuel injected engine, the now legendary 4A-GE.
I’ve lived a third of my life now with my AE86 and consequently it’s also been a third of her life too. Good times and great memories driving together.
Whatever you do today, make sure to give your AE86 some special love. Granted, yours may not be an ’83 model, but you can still celebrate your own good times with a special polish, tune up or simply a good old blast through your favourite canyon road.
So Happy Birthday AE86! Here’s to another 30 years!
Isn’t Australia supposed to be the ‘lucky country‘? So why is it we have been bypassed on the ‘build your own’ version of the ZN6 86, the ‘RC’? Japan has embraced the ‘bare-bones’ model with open arms as almost every tuning house in the land of the rising sun grabbed one and put every combination of aftermarket parts into it.
So now that New Zealand is doing the same AND offering a slew of customisable Gran-Turismo style custom upgrades, I’m left wondering what the hell Toyota Australia is doing snoozing on getting the RC to Australian shores?
If you’re one of our Kiwi readers, check out what you can all walk down to the dealership and get at the official website here. For everyone else here in Australia and over in the US, well just visit it and cry a little I suppose.
A little bit of ingenuity and a whole lot of LEGO Technic and you have this very cool maquette of Toyota’s trusty 4A-GE engine from the AE86! Not just a pretty model, it’s got moving parts and all of the details!