For petrolheads who doesn’t know the “Initial D” drifting cartoon series (1995-2013) from Japan’s cherry country? Yes, the main character in this cartoon series is Takumi, the son of a tofu maker who everyday takes the tofu to customers through mountain tracks by driving a Toyota car, the Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE 86. The Toyota AE 86 itself has two types namely Toyota Levin and Toyota Sprinter Trueno , ok let’s discuss a car that is very popular in the world of drifting.
The AE86 series from the Toyota Corolla Levin and the Toyota Sprinter Trueno are small sedan models with rear wheel drive front engines in the Corolla generation family, marketed by Toyota from 1983 to 1987 in coupe and hatchback types. This car is usually used for racing, because this car is relatively lightweight, affordable, easily modified by combining a five-speed manual transmission, optional slip differential that can be selected, MacPherson strut front suspension, twin-cam engine with oil cooler (for the US version) and with high speed (7800 rpm), 50/50 weight balance distribution, and most importantly, the front engine layout with rear drive wheel drive.
This car is very popular for stock car class races in Group A and Group N, Rally and Club racing, the quality inherent in this car also makes this mobul superior in international class and drifting. The AE86 inspires Toyota 86 (2012 – present), is a 2 + 2 sports car jointly developed by Toyota and Subaru, produced by Subaru – and also marketed as the Toyota GT86, Toyota FT86, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ.
In the AE86 engine sector it is available with an injection engine version with 4A-GE Inline four DOHC engine valve 4 valves per cylinder which has a CC of 1,587 CC (1.6 L) in Japan and Europe, which is also used on the first generation Toyota MR2 (AW11) , a facelift from the Toyota Celica GT-R and GT Carina (Japan only) with a compression ratio of 9.4: 1, has a maximum SAE gross power output at 130 PS (128 bhp; 96 kW) in the range of 6,600 rpm and 110 lb⋅ft ( 149 N⋅m) and 5,200 rpm torque in a standard engine, although it was later reduced to 120 PS (118 bhp; 88 kW) and 105 lb⋅ft (142 N⋅m) in net output. AE86 is equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox, and then it has been added with an automatic transmission option. The 4A-GE engine used in the AE86 and AW11 is equipped with the Toyota Variable Intake System (T-VIS).
Levin and Trueno themselves have a characteristic on the headlamps, for Levin the standard headlamps are mourning with faces while the trueno has pop up lights. both available in hatchback and coupe versions. The model name for Corolla exports applies to the two variants above. AE86 with lower spec 1,452 cc (1.5 L) AE85 and 1,587 cc (1.6 L) SR5 versions all in the rear wheel drive version, for CE80, EE80 and AE82 models with years and almost similar models using movers front wheel.
Minor facelift bodywork carried out in 1986 that produced different taillights, front and rear bumpers, turn signal and headlights, and air grille are the main differences for both the Levin and Trueno models, including for the hatchback and coupe versions.
AE86 models with higher specifications are known as the GTS series on DOHC 4A-GE engine guns, disc brakes on 4 wheels, bumpers that match the body color, lower front bumpers have much more sporty lips, tachometer redline around 7,500, steering wheel, the seat has a leather headrest (the front seat is completely different from the SR5), optional LSD, and aluminum rim, the chassis code on the VIN is AE88 (for North American market cars).
Part of the appeal of the AE86 for motor sport is the rear drive configuration, which is not available in most lightweight class coupe cars. In the Group A touring car race, the car dominated the lower class category where it battled with the Honda Civic, AE92s and AE101s. In Ireland, where Relli is considered one of the most popular motorsport sports, because the organizing regulations are more relaxed compared to other countries, AE86 is very popular in that country. AE86 is also popular for use in Relli in Finland, where these cars can compete in the F-Cup competition for 2WD cars. The AE86 was entered in the European Tour Car Championship from 1984 to 1988 with a 150 hp (112 kW) 4A-GEU engine. In 1986 defeated the BMW M6, BMW 325i (E30), Rover Vitesse, Volvo 240 Turbo,