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This is such an interesting commentary on the Corrolla GTS factory build out. While to casual inspection someone like me, born in Detroit and kind of ‘car aware’ would notice features like the front air dam, and other signals that these cars had special tuning, I never knew and would not have imagined, that many of these cars came from the factory with locking differentials, panhard rods, oil coolers and an engine with a red line well above 7,000 rpm.
Here is a video of an AE86 at the Nurburg Ring capably driven by Jorge Azcoitia, doing a respectable 9 minute lap of the Nordschleife course in a ‘tourist’ group rally. Prior to this Petrolicious video I had no idea that the AE86 is such a capable car. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDH-Lhs4d20
I got my license in 1986 in my brother in laws 1985 GTS while living in Venice California. We cruised Westwood CA by UCLA with his younger that night and ended up racing a 280Z. We won. My brother in law never found out!
Love the enthusiasm for these old tuner classics, and they look awesome :-). I am confused about one thing – not being a jerk, just want to be educated – what’s the idea with the crazy offset and camber on the front wheels? The cars seem prone to a bit of porpoising in the video?
A lot of different reasons, actually. The big one is definitely the style. Tsuraichi, meaning that the top edge of the tires are flush with the fender, so it doesn’t look tucked in. Widened track of course improves the handling, theoretically, of course, and the negative camber helps turn-in and increases grip level during corner. In theory. There is a lot more, way more to it, of course. For a road car that’s bein driven on the normal road, you could often tell if it’s for a show or go. Generally if you can see from outside a car reacts… Read more »
I learned to drive and drift on AE86, so it has a special place in my heart, too. But I never really gelled very well with it. It’s super benign and easy to drive, with a wicked engine, I sincerely wish I could love this car. I’m glad someone does.
Really Cool stuff this! I know what he means, why he still have them. There is something about these straight lines and edged that 80’s cars have. I can enjoy this as much as a million dollar Ferrari. Uber Cool! 😉
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