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1986 Toyota Sprinter Trueno - Original Gangsta'

The "Drift King" and his personal Toyota AE86

Aug 9, 2016

If you're a JDM fanatic like we hope you are, this hachiroku should look familiar. For the most part, it's a panda Toyota Trueno, but the green tint on the carbon hood and the special edition Bride seats should be a dead giveaway as to who the owner is. This is none other than Keiichi Tsuchiya's personal AE86! If you've seen Hot Version's Gunsai Touge, this is the same car in those videos. If the name still doesn't ring a bell, Tsuchiya-san is a professional racer who's driven in JGTC, Le Mans, and even NASCAR. However, Tsuchiya-san is more known as one of the forefathers of drifting, hence his nickname "Drift King." Daijiro Inaada from Option Magazine and Tsuchiya-san were the founders of the first professional drifting series known as D1GP. And since D1GP's passing, Tsuchiya-san has continued his love for the sport and spearheaded two other drifting series, Drift Muscle and King of Asia. If that still doesn't sound familiar, in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, you might've seen Tsuchiya-san fishing on the docks as Lucas Black's character was learning how to drift.

  |   1986 Toyota Sprinter Trueno Tec Art 7Ag Engine

As a pivotal leader in the drifting world, Tsuchiya-san has to have a badass car to back up his reputation. This AE86 has been with him for many years, and when it's not on the track, it's left in the capable hands of Yoshinori Kamata at TEC-ART'S (you might know 'em from their Black Limited AE86 featured in the '12 Japan issue). We should also note that before TEC-ART'S was given the responsibility of looking over the hachi, Tsuchiya-san's previous mechanic was the late Tadao Sakurai of TRD.

Tsuchiya-san's AE86 has gone through many different configurations, including a 20v engine swap and SSR Doridori wheels, but the car always had a consistent street style. That means no widebody, big wing, or gigantic wheels. Its exterior is simply upgraded with a TRD wing, Carbon Gate trunk, Impulse carbon-fiber roof, and a custom dry carbon hood. But that's where the simplicity ends. Dig deeper and you'll find a car that is as complex as any race car. As you can imagine, the 30-year-old coupe had to go through reconstruction that included rust prevention, frame reinforcement, and about 3,500 spot-welds. TEC-ART'S very own parts are used throughout the car, while the suspension is based on a coilover collaboration with Aragosta. The seats are special Bride King models, which are essentially Bride Gias II that still use the carbon aramid monocoque shell, but the fabric is made with high-class suede and stitched with Tsuchiya-san's favorite color, green. All 86 owners know the struggle with cracked dashboards; TEC-ART'S solved this by making its own leather dash panel, again with a touch of green thanks to the stitching.

  |   1986 Toyota Sprinter Trueno Keiichi Tsuchiya

In pursuit of balance instead of monster horsepower, Tsuchiya-san's old 4A-GE was swapped for one of TEC-ART'S trademark, larger displacement "7AG" motors, which is a concoction of a 7AFE block and an AE111 head. The result makes 213 hp and 159 lb-ft of torque. The T50 transmission is beefed up with TEC-ART'S gear set and carbon clutch.

Who knows what the next evolutionary step will be for Tsuchiya-san's car. All we know is it's nothing short of what we'd expect from a man known to everyone as the "Drift King."

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1986 Toyota Sprinter Trueno - Original Gangsta'
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Owner: Keiichi Tsuchiya
Location: Japan
Occupation: Drift King
Power: 213 hp and 159 lb-ft of torque
Engine: TEC-ART'S 1.8L "7AG" (AE111 head/7AFE block), camshafts, timing belt, pistons, rods, pulleys, engine mount brackets, large capacity curl funnel, exhaust manifold, direct ignition kit, radiator; TODA Racing valvesprings, head gasket; Sard fuel pump; K1 Planning exhaust; Setrab 34-row oil cooler; TRUST oil element relocation kit
Drivetrain: TEC-ART'S N2 Cross Mission gears; custom 7AG carbon clutch, solid shift lever
Engine Management: MoTeC M84 ECU
Footwork & Chassis: TEC-ART'S x Aragosta coilovers; polyurethane bushings; lower control arms; stabilizer bar; stitch welded chassis
Brakes: Soarer20 calipers; Endless brake pads; TEC-ART'S stainless mesh brake lines
Wheels & Tires: 15X8.5" +3 Work Meister CR01 wheels; 195/50R15 Goodyear RS sport tires
Exterior: Impulse carbon-fiber roof; custom dry carbon hood; Carbon Gate trunk; TRD wing
Interior: Bride King seats, rails; Schroth harnesses; TRD steering wheel, shift knob; TEC-ART'S leather dash panel
www: tecarts.com

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