A young Sato Hirokazu sat in his high school looking at motorsports magazines with his friends. He flipped to a page where he saw the drift legend, Keiichi Tsuchiya, drifting a Toyota AE86 Sprinter Trueno. He knew at that moment, that he would one day have a “Hachi-Roku” to call his own. High School automotive-fantasies became reality when he bought his first AE86 20 years ago. Since then, he has owned 3 more, proving the timelessness of its design. His current AE86 has been a project of his over the last 14 years, and with that time, has come perfection.
The AE86 has been a drift-favorite for decades because of its sprightly, lightweight, rear-wheel drive configuration. It gained popularity amongst the current drift generation through the Japanese anime, “Initial D”. Since that anime’s start, the underrated hachi-roku has gained a lot of respect.
Sato-san’s AE86 is a 1986 Toyota AE86 Sprinter Trueno with a Toyota Corolla Levin conversion. He eventually would like to swap the front-end to a Trueno and find some TRD Works overfenders. Personally, I can never decide which front end I like better either.
The AE86 has caught a reputation for being underpowered, but Sato-san disagrees. Hirokazu-san’s favorite thing about the AE86 is the “combo of an agile, light, compact body, with a high powered engine that’s capable of withstanding high rpm without breaking!”
It’s hard to disagree when you look at the photos… this car performs.
Unfortunately, the splendor of owning a classic drift car comes with the difficulty of obtaining genuine Toyota parts. A stickler for quality, this is the biggest challenge Sato-san has faced while building his car.
Sato-san’s motor is a 4A-GE with a full overhaul, FUJITSUBO exhaust manifold, YOSHIMURA muffler, NAGAI DENSHI MDI, WAKO coil, NGK spark plugs, SARD fuel pump, APEXi s-AFC, Hot InaZuma, APEXi intake, KOYO radiator, FC3S oil cooler, and NISMO fuel regulator.
The exterior of his AE86 is equipped with OEM kouki Levin front-end, OEM kouki Levin tail lights, OEM zenki front spoiler, OEM side skirts, OEM “double-stacked” rear bumper, UKIYA SYOUKAI fiberglass hood, EC Works Group-A Mirrors, Run Free eyelines, and a BMW M-series rear spoiler.
Hirokazu-san’s AE86 is fitted with a favorite wheel of mine, the SSR Longchamp XR-4 in 14×8 -12 front and 14×8.5 -19 rear with 185/55-14 tires all around. For suspension, he is running GT-WORKS coilovers with 8k/6k springs front/rear, and helper springs. He also has a GX71 front stabilizer and short link, adjustable tension rods, and JUBIRIDE negative camber adapter up front. In the rear he is running a GT-V stabilizer and angle correction links, modified adjustable lateral rod, and slotted brake rotors.
The interior of Sato-san’s AE86 is fitted with twin Bride ZETA IIs with TAKATA harnesses. He also has a MOMO steering wheel, a Cusco 7-point roll cage, and numerous Auto Meter and OMORI Meter gauges. It is also equipped with a full audio system with DVD player, Garage Tiara shift knob, e-brake knob, checkered flag floor mats, and MOONEYES dash mat.
Sato-san’s AE86 packs the perfect balance of aesthetics, reliability, and functionality. According to Sato-san, “Cars that are decorated for contests but can’t be driven hard, or cars that are beaten up and only used for circuits and touge, is not my idea of cool. A car that you can also use to go to the store, go out with a girl in, or even use for the daily commute, that I believe is a real Hachi-roku.” I couldn’t agree more.
SSR LONGCHAMP XR-4 14×8-12 (F) 14×8.5-19 (R) + Center Caps
DUNLOP DZ101 185/55-14 (F&R)
GT-WORKS Coilovers 8k(F) 6k(R) with helper springs
CUSCO Upper Mount
GX71 Stabilizer & Short link
JUBIRIDE Negative Camber Adapter
Adjustable Tension Rods
GT-V Stabilizer & Angle Correction Links
Adjustable Lateral Rod + Reinforcement Bar
OEM KOUKI LEVIN FACE
KOUKI LEVIN TAIL LAMPS
OEM ZENKI Front Spoiler
OEM Side Skirts
BMW M-series Rear Spoiler
OEM Double-Stacked Rear Bumper
UKIYA SYOUKAI glass fiber bonnet
EC Works Group A Mirrors
Run Free Eyeline
BRIDE ZETA II
MOMO DRIFTING Steering Wheel
CUSCO 7-point Roll Cage
Auto Meter Tachometer
OMORI Meter Water Temperature Gauge
OMORI Meter Oil Temperature Gauge
OMORI Meter Oil Pressure Gauge
OMORI Meter Vacuum Gauge
Garage Tiara Shift knob
Checkered Flag Floor Mats
MOONEYES Dash Mat
SK Engineering High Speed Meter
ALPINE Head Unit
Television Monitors ×3
Door and Interior Sound Deadening
4A-GE Full Overhaul
FUJITSUBO Exhaust Manifold
AIBAworks Tower Bar
NAGAI DENSI MDI,
Hotwires Plug Cord
NGK Spark Plug #7
APEXi Air Intake
FC3S Oil Cooler
OMORI Oil Block
SARD Fuel Pump
NISMO Fuel Regulator