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GALLERY: Behind The Scenes On Our Toyota 86 Film Shoot

By Petrolicious Productions
February 14, 2017

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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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.


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… Read more »

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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 /… Read more »