The old “hachiroku” Toyota Corolla AE86 is one of the most beloved cars in the automotive world. Simple, light, rear-wheel drive and not much else. But these 1980s heroes are getting old and frail, except for one in Japan.
“Whatever it takes to keep interesting cars on the road” is how I approach the question of whether or not it’s okay to do electric conversions for older cars. Some purists hate it, and it’s true it’s never really the same as an internal combustion engine, but it gets the job done. And electrification has its…
You know what would make Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild even better? Japanese hatchbacks from an anime series. Someone modded the Toyota AE86 from the anime/manga Initial D into a Legend of Zelda game. Now you can combine your love of immersive monster hunting with your love of drifting.
Everyone knows the Toyota AE86 the corner-carving drift-toy of Initial D fanboys everywhere, but it advertised a top speed of 201 kph (125 mph). That sounds reasonable, but owner banpei wanted to know if it could it still go that fast after 34 years of use, and took his the Autobahn to see.
It’s a problem when you can’t get the wheels to stick to the dyno itself.
Some say two. I say three. How many doors do you say a hatchback has?
UK-based Driftworks came to life ten years ago when Phil Morrison was done building Minis and Golfs for the Euro scene and went for a smoke. Today, it's the number one name in Continental drifting.
A strong contender for the coolest drift car in the world right now is the Driftworks DW86, a mix of a European NASCAR offshoot stock car and an old Toyota AE86.
What happens when you're a factory-backed Formula Drift driver with a quarry for a backyard? You get your friends over for a Fox Mustang vs Subaru STI vs rally AE86 vs drift Nissan vs Fiesta ST jump drift dirt fest.
By now you might be elbows deep in Christmas ham or grease from installing that turbo kit that was exactly what you wanted this year. But if you decided that you or someone you love should have gotten an affordable classic rear-wheel drive hatchback instead, consider this AE86 up for grabs on eBay.
In America's backwards calendar days, it is 8/6/12, a perfect day to honor the trusty steed of the budget racer, rally driver, and drifter for the past few decades. In three videos, let us celebrate its drifty goodness.
The upcoming rear-wheel-drive Toyota FT-86 was developed in collaboration with Subaru, and it's been said all along the car would sport a 2.0-liter flat-four. We guess if this purported FT-86 logo is accurate, doubters should put those worries to rest.
Typically, Corolla and "fun" don't go hand in hand. But there was a time when that wasn't the case. Today Nice Price or Crack Pipe has one from that era and it goes to Levin, if you get my drift.
Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Today we're going to return to a couple of old friends.
Yesterday we showed you a concept sketch of an alleged coupe to be made by a Subaru-Toyota partnership. Scratch the "alleged" as we now have official confirmation in the form of an official statement from Toyota CEO Katsuaki "Ken" Watanabe:
Ever since Toyota started riding Subaru, we'd heard the rumors. Supposedly, that sketch right there — turns the rumors to truth. That's right, we're told that there is Subaru's upcoming rear-wheel drive coupe currently in co-development with the boys at Toyota. The story goes that this "concept drawing" was revealed…