The number ‘86’ should resonate deeply within the entirety of the car community, more so within the JDM (Japanese Domestic Market), drift-crazy enthusiasts and anime fans alike. The blurred image of a panda-colored 1983 AE86 Sprinter Trueno 3door GT-APEX cutting through apexes and hairpins with grace, precision and style is permanently burned into the memories of otakus and gearheads when they watch this underpowered rust-bucket punch way above its weight class and winning against iconic JDM sports cars with triple the horsepower on the twisty downhill roads of Mt. Akina.
The legacy of the 86 name continues with the 2012 revival with the GT86 and BRZ Toyobaru twins and continuing its production until this year, 2022. After a decade of shaking up the market with a fun and exciting daily driver of a car, Toyota introduces the second generation of the GT86 with the 2022 GR86 to carry on the rich history of the 86 with a bang with their FasterClass compaign made possible by Intertrend Communications!
Set in the universe of Initial D, we see the iconic panda AE86 decorated in its Fujiwara Tofu Shop ‘livery’ and its driver, Takumi Fujiwara, sending it around the corners at full speed without any motorists on the road (please do not do this on a public road) as he upshifts and heel-toes without flaw.
At the same time, we hear the voice of a much older, different person as we glimpse at the brand-new 2022 GR86. Here, we see this mysterious figure also executing perfect shifting technique as he exits the corner quickly and suddenly appearing at the rear of Takumi’s ancient hatchback. Wanting to challenge the young buck and his legendary steed, he follows Takumi in tandem with a perfect parallel side-to-side drift and then immediately overtaking him after one corner.
At the end of the race, both cars old and new stop at the end of the mountain pass and Takumi then discovers the identity of the mysterious who beat him without any real effort. As it turns out, and is immediately known to fans of the show, the mysterious driver is none other than the Drift King himself, Keiichi Tsuchiya. Shocked, Takumi blurts out his name where Keiichi corrects him to call him sensei instead. Welcoming him as a new student for FasterClass.
The FasterClass campaign does not just stop the Initial D-style promotional videos too! The campaign also sees the involvement of Papadakis Raching, one of the most successful Draft teams of all time, as well as some big names within the drifting aspect of motorsport such as Fredric Aasbo, Hunter Taylor, Ryan Tuerck and Ken Gushi.
When the 10-year-old GT86 is about to become stale and void of any excitement, Toyota reentered the sports car game with an explosive entrance with the second-gen GR86 and capturing the same energy with a trip down memory lane in drifting perfectly executed by Intertrend Communications!
Want something that is a lot more subdued? Then take a ride in the Lexus LC500 Cabrio as seen with Dirk Niepoort instead!