If there’s one car that immediately springs to mind when talking about the “Drift King” Keiichi Tsuchiya, it would have to be Toyota AE86. And while we’ve already arranged for Tsuchiya-san to fang a Pagani Huayra BC around SMSP we knew that WTAC would not be complete if we didn’t let him loose in an AE86 as well. And when we say let him loose we actually mean GET HIS DRIFT ON!
Of course it couldn’t be just any old AE86. The car would have to have some history behind it and of course be of outstanding quality. After all, it would be driven by the DK himself! Luckily we found a car that ticked all those boxes and we are certain no one will be disappointed here.
The car in question is Beau Yates’ freshly rebuilt Toyota AE86. Its history can be traced all the way back to Drift Australia days where Beau carved out his reputation as one of the country’s most gifted drift drivers and in fact won a national championship many years ago.
The AE86 also took part in the International Drift Challenge at WTAC where Beau took the victory in 2010 and also competed in 2011 and 2012, ending its career with an unfortunate crash at the 2013 IDC.
In 2014 Beau moved onto his next project, a brand new Toyota 86 in which he currently competes on the national drift circuit. Since then, his old faithful sat in storage, under covers, patiently awaiting the time when it’ll be brought back to life again.
That time came earlier this year, when Beau with the help of Toyota Australia and Toyota Genuine Parts, finally decided to resurrect the car that has been such a big part of not just his own drifting career but Australian drift as a whole.
The car is an absolute work of art and the painstaking attention to detail is apparent from every angle. The rear hatch houses a custom fuel cell, fuel cooler and surge tanks and a dry sump oil tank all fabricated by the masters of metal at Hypertune in Sydney’s South west.
“While I wanted to stay faithful to the original car, I really did not want to cut any corners when it came to workmanship. This car has been such a big part of my life and I will never sell it. So there was no compromise anywhere. It had to be the best.” said Beau.
Beau’s obsession with quality cannot go unnoticed – the car is nothing short of spectacular, from the body work, interior right down to the smallest detail. The deep dish gold spoke Southern Wave wheels from Barrel Brothers look absolutely stunning under the neat flare guards that are totally period correct.
When it came to the exhaust system of course it had to be titanium and this really is a work of art in itself! All created in house at Hypertune right down to the JDM style lobster back tip!
Powering the beast is a Toyota TRD 3S-GE BEAMS engine. It is fitted with a big GCG/Garrett turbo, a full dry sump system, Hypertune inlet and close ratio TRD 5 speed transmission.
Hypertune is responsible for all of the stunning fabrication and machining and it really must be seen in the flesh to appreciate the detail. It is the type of work normally only reserved for top tier factory race cars or no-expense-spared show cars.
Hypertune also provided the intercooler, radiator and oil cooler. Injectors are SARD 700cc items and horsepower is described as “more than enough”. Very progressive but also brutal in the top end, this is not a ride for the faint hearted!
Engine management comes via Haltech’s vintage E11v2 hooked up to a Haltech logger dash. The ECU is one of the few components that has been in the car from the very early days and is still reliable and testament to a quality product.
A JSAI Aero wide body kit gives the car a low and aggressive stance while still retaining its classic good looks.
“Keeping this car looking authentic was such a big part of this build” said Beau. “It had to be the real deal in every department.”
“It’ll be an absolute honour to have Keiichi Tsuchiya drive this car. I hope it’ll bring back some memories for him.”
“Me and the guys have put our hearts and souls into this rebuild and the car is by far the best it has ever been. I am as excited as everyone else to see the man himself behind the wheel, showing us why they call him the Drift King!”
Keiichi Tsuchiya drifting in what is quite possibly the world’s best AE86?
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