That’s right boys and girls! After much research (and arm twisting) we are going to Tasmania for the HR AE/KE Annual!
Previously we have been to Sydney, Queensland, Melbourne and last year Adelaide, and each time the Toyota fanatics have put on a good show for the outsiders and taken us all to some of Australia’s best driving roads.
So now, we are heading to possibly Australia’s best driving state to see what the Apple Isle has for us!
Low Brain TV are onto something with their ‘I Love My AE86’ series of videos features some of the world’s AE86 owners waxing lyrical about their affinity for the mighty little Hachiroku. Hit the jump for more.
The name should say it all, FR-S. Scion says it stands for ‘Front engined, rear wheel drive sport’ and they aren’t kidding. Equipped with a six speed ‘sports-manual’ transmission (with optional paddle shift controls on the steering wheel for you F1 enthusiasts on a six speed auto) and a limited slip diff, the FR-S really holds up to its name.
Based on the past history of manufacturers putting ‘sports’ monikers on otherwise standard cars with only a small up in power and some half-assed attempt at aero, the new FT-86 concept variant from Scion really wants to show us it’s hachiroku heritage.
Not many videos on the YouTubes of an NA Altezza BEAMS powered AE86 on the circuit it seems! This rare find shows a racer hachiroku strapping the ass off lots of different makes and models around Okayama International Circuit.
Our brothers over at The Motor Report have some tasty image galleries and details of the new revision of the FT-86 Concept that was unleashed at the Geneva Motor show this week. If you’re like me, you might not be as in love with this variation as the original or G’s and here’s why:
When compared to the original FT-86 concept, the second-generation is larger in almost every direction. Wheelbase remains unchanged, but width has grown by 35mm to 1795mm, and height by 10mm to 1270mm. The original concept is shorter also, measuring just 4160mm long.
When compared to an AE86, the ‘II’ is more like an RA28 Celica in size and wheelbase: Longer and sleeker. While this variation is definitely still a looker, my love still remains with the G’s concept from last year’s Tokyo Auto Salon. Let’s hope Toyota go two ways with the final release, show and go!