Video: Live Out Your Initial D Fantasies w/ an Electric AE86


Electric GT86

If you’re a car enthusiast of a certain age, then Toyota’s Sprinter AE86 (it’s pronounced “eight-six”, by the way) taught you that a quick-revving engine mated to a willing chassis, in the right hands, could beat anything else on the road down the mountain. We all wanted to be Takumi Fujiwara in Initial D, and we all wanted an eight-six of our own. Times change, however, and the cat-less, open exhaust of his tofu-delivery rocket is definitely not cool in 2013.

That Toyota Sprinter’s clean, angular bodywork and willing chassis? That stuff never goes out of style … which is why the all-electric Toyota AE86 you see here is very possibly the best of all possible worlds. He(ck), it even addresses the only legitimate gripe anyone ever had about the eight-six: low-end torque!

The eight-six may not have the classic curves of a 2000GT, but for the Gen-Xers out there, the Sprinter AE86 is the classic Toyota.

The car shown, above, participates in Japan’s EV-GP Series, a championship that gathers electric vehicles under the JEVRA banner in 50 km sprint races where drivers “must manage their electricity consumption while maintaining high performance and regularity”. So, eat more bran, I guess.

You can check out the video, below, to get a better sense of it.


Source | Photos: JEVRAJP, via TechVehi.

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  • UncleB

    Note to the Cowboys: COE charge truck too! no “Space Waste”, safety by engineered air bags? Electrics here but a peek into the new reality? Thorium LFTR styled reactors forsaken by America, coming from China! Solar big in Asia now, wind too.
    Need full English narration for this video! Pepsi Cola! Can you hear me now!
    That eerie whine? Three moving part rotating power-trains with no reciprocation mass to eat energy! Super Caps will soon get rid of “internal battery resistance” the last barrier to energy efficient transportation for mankind! Very exciting times indeed.
    Awaiting the advances in light planes, see electric drones on the horizons!
    Thanks Jo.

    • Jo Borras

      You know electric motors have reciprocating mass, right? Even if they don’t by some weird definition, transmissions, axles, driveline components, wheels, tires, etc. all have rotating mass that saps energy.

      • UncleB

        Nope! rotating only! pistons go up, stop, come down, stop = reciprocation. Same for valves. Electrics spin only, slow and accelerate – inertial forces to overcome, but like the tri-lobed wankle engines have no up stop, down stop, mass.

      • UncleB

        French tire makers and Siemens have in hub motors !
        “”””Siemens Electric in hub drive 160 kilometers per hour with a torque of 1,000 newton meters (and as much as 2,500 newton meters for short
        spurts) without any gear changing. The system also recovers almost all of the potential and kinetic energy released in 70 percent of braking manoeuvres.””””
        Direct Quote from their page on the matter?