We put the Hurt on Dirt

’86 Day 2014

Another year . . . Another ’86 day.

The car we love to race goes by the chassis code AE86. Today is August 6th. This is ’86 day.

Dustin and I are both building new Corollas, Hatches, and ‘the Drop Bear’. While it’d be nice to share a gallery of build pictures today, we don’t have it ready quite yet. Instead, I’d like to highlight 2 new builds being done with the blessing of  Akio Toyoda, the President of Toyota. He’s an enthusiast and so are we. This is his idea of the future of the GT86, successor to our beloved AE86 Corolla.

Here we have a ‘WRC spec’ AWD version built by Tommi Makinnen. A beautiful car, on dirt.

GT86 CS R3

Here is a car built to the FIA’s R3 rules by TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG). It will debut at Rally Germany.

In summary, the future of Toyota in rally looks bright, from the top levels, to us (somewhere near the top, and always climbing). Thanks, and Happy ’86 day from Panda Crane Rally.

 

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