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AE86 related youtube clips that you need to see!

Gotta Love the ’80s! This Toyota Ad Is Great!


Taka Aono: Privateer

Taka Aono is a pro driver in Formula DRIFT, the premier professional drifting series in the United States. He competes in a 1986 Toyota Corolla GTS, known among enthusiasts by its chassis code: AE86. He has been drifting competitively since 2003.

The progression of professional drifting in recent years has resulted in vehicles of enormous horsepower and build quality, and a shift in judging criteria that rewards high speeds and close proximity in tandem rounds. The general consensus among drivers and fans alike is the AE86, with its short wheelbase and low horsepower output, is no longer competitive in professional level drifting.

Taka has competed in every round of Formula DRIFT since its inception in 2004, and he has done so in his AE86.


Killer AE86 Edits @ Noriyaro.com

Alexi at Noriyaro hits us with killer video after killer video. It’s great to see that content is coming thick and fast from NY again!

Alexi’s also got a Noriyaro2 channel up over on YouTube, with behind the scenes and longer uncut videos so check that out here! 「http://www.youtube.com/user/noriyaro2


86 Day @ Meihan Sportsland

HR fan and avid MX-5 enthusiast Josh Dobrik just dropped us an email with this tasty morsel of AE86 drifting madness. He writes:

“Thought you guys might enjoy this raw clip I made whilst in Japan. One unforgettable day spent at Meihan Sportsland witnessing these deafening AE86 drivers running amok.”

We do. Awesome.


Tetsuya Tada Answers Your Questions

Before Tada-san flew into Australia for #festivalof86, Toyota Australia asked the Aussie fans to send in some questions for the Chief Designer. Here are some telling answers to those questions!


RunFree Levin Drifting Minami in Ebisu Circuit

 


Working LEGO 4A-GE Engine!

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!


NORIYARO Local Hero: Toshiyuki Yanai

Wake up on Monday morning hanging for some AE86s destroying Sports Land Yamanashi?

Well fear not! – Alexi @ Noriyaro (like him on facebook!) has got you covered with new footage up on his YouTube channel (subscribe!) of Team KOBAYASHI’s Toshiyuki Yanai in his white Levin 3-door!


Taka Aono: It’s Not A Handicap. Period.

Campaigned from the very first race by Taka and his wife Yoshie, he is the only driver on the grid to have driven the same chassis in every race meeting of Formula Drift since its inception in 2004.

Yeah, you read that right. After almost 10 years, the only AE86 that still arrives every event to go up against the new talent in their modern cars is Taka’s. But it’s not easy to keep coming back. He’s constantly told the time has come to step out of his beloved AE chassis into something more modern to compete to win.

The reasons he’s given? Too light. No power. Wheelbase is too short. Too old.

What does Taka think? Like a true hachiroku ‘lifer’ he is pragmatic: “You know, I should say… the car is there, but I need to drive better…. I gotta catch up with the power. I need to be the big man, or I gotta get bigger balls or whatever… but the Corolla, it’s not a handicap. Period.”


Grassroots Destruction

Keisuke from 86 Fighters in his AE86 at Meremere, Waikato, New Zealand kicking some ass. Choice!

[via Freshly Whipped & 86 Fighters]