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GALLERY: Behind The Scenes On Our Toyota 86 Film Shoot

By Petrolicious Productions
February 14, 2017
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Photography by Ben Bertucci

Each week with every film we produce we’re going to aim to give you a bit of a gallery from behind the scenes. This week, in partnership with Toyota, we take a ride in Ron Ng’s pair of Toyota 86. Although 31 years separate Ron’s Toyotas, both cars were concocted from similar recipes intended to delivery a tasteful drive.

If you’re unfamiliar with the famous Japanese econobox tuned driver’s bargain, listen to what Ron has to say. After owning eleven classic AE 86, he’s gained an encyclopedic knowledge of the Japanese nostalgic car commonly referred to as Hachi-Roku—literally translating to “8-6.”

Ron can’t seem to shake his hankering for the AE 86. “Whether it’s the AE 86 or the new Toyota 86, they’re a blast to drive. I can’t get away from it,” he says. After rebuilding six, Ron seems to be stuck with the hallmark Japanese hatchback, so he felt its modern equivalent, the new Toyota 86, would make the perfect addition.

“Driving the new Toyota 86, it definitely has the characteristics of driving the older Corolla. It’s engineered to be a driver’s car,” Ron states. Referring to his latest ‘86 GTS build and personal favorite Corolla to date, Ron admits it’s not an inherently fast car, “It’s a momentum car. You always have to push it. You’ve gotta learn your brake points properly to keep your RPMs up.” So when driving Toyota’s newest sportscar, Ron said, “it kind of comes natural.”

With the high-strung 4GE-swapped four-pot blaring, Ron wrings out his Hachi-Roku through the winding back roads of Southern California’s magnificent mountain terrain, emulating a picturesque scene torn from the pages of Japanese touge anime.

“The new 86, or the old AE 86 Corolla, both cars share an amazing driving spirit. It makes you want to go out and have fun and enjoy yourself,” satisfyingly explains Ron. That’s what it’s all about.

Drive Tastefully®

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HitTheApex
HitTheApex
5 years ago

It’s probably just a typo, but the engine is the 4AGE, not 4GE. 4A indicates the motor (block, etc.), while GE indicates it has the performance head. Toyota engine codes use the first part of the name to indicate the engine family (block, etc.) and the latter part to indicate the head, “FE” for fuel economy, “GE” for performance, “Z” if the motor is supercharged, “T” if it is turbocharged.

Hechtspeed
Hechtspeed
5 years ago

Some people get these cars and some don’t. That’s the beauty of the automotive market. There’s something for everybody (almost). Yes, we know, we know. The 86’s, no matter the year, are not fast. That isn’t the point. They are light and nimble, the closest a regular joe can get to a go kart due the road. Like a poor mans Lotus Elise, which is even lighter and mid engine.
The point that gets missed is the new 86 is a budget sports car. It’s a Miata with a roof and a “back seat”. If you want it to be faster, buy a v6 Mustang or faster. If you want more room, buys a wrx. If you go a different route then you’ll be giving up the lightweight, the best drivers position for the dollar. I get why they don’t sell well. It’s not a surprise. It’s a niche vehicle. Niche means a small market. The dudes who drove $5000 90’s Civics 10-15 years ago are either already driving an 86 or they are driving something nicer, faster (but heavier and bigger).
I dig this car (and the oh 86). It’s on my short list of cars to get when I can get a 2+2 Miata coupe.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
5 years ago

Well after a lil in the storm and another one bites the dust I couldn’t help but check into see how Petrolicious and crew were dong . So imagine my utter disdain upon seeing this page as well as its video companion .. not to mention the utterly uniformed fawning and genuflecting .

So here’s the ole guys perspective . The classic AE86 . A hoot and an half tro drive created specifically to homologate the car for what was then Group A specs for both TTE TTJ and TTUK for both club , national as well as European / Japanese / Asian championships . FYI I drove one for TTS

But the new AE86 … otherwise known amongst those of us in the ‘ know ‘ as the ToyotAru ? [ or SuparYota if you prefer ] A pathetic poorly conceived marketing endeavor that showed the strengths of neither while exposing the weaknesses of both . Under powered . Questionable handling [ unless Drifting has suddenly become the new norm for handling ] and quality so low it barely befits Hyundai / KIA never mind the two usual bastions of high quality .

Suffice it to say both parties had the opportunity with this car to create something brilliant .. had they used the best of both brands [ Subaru’s AWD Toyota’s incredible 16v I4’s etc ] they’d of had themselves a winner . But instead they placed the focus on the worst of both brand coming up with this miserable little b**tard of a car and a travesty to both brands .

And people wonder why the sales have been so pathetic for both brands

PS; Sorry guys .. misplaced my security code so did this as a guest