Toyota creates manga-inspired GT86 concept
Toyota has created a manga-inspired GT86 concept car. And while there are no plans to put it into production, it will be on display at various British motoring events throughout the summer.
Movies and TV programmes have often been responsible for creating strong connections – or relationships if you will – between the viewing public and specific vehicles.
The Back to the Future franchise gave the DeLorean DMC-12 – a car that was, let’s face it, an overall failure – a following which has become cult-like. Then there’s the admiration people had/have for the souped-up Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger and Paul Walker’s Fast and Furious Toyota Supra.
Perhaps a lesser known vehicle – unless you’re fan of Japanese anime and manga – is the black and white Toyota AE86 Corolla from the Initial D series.
Recognising the car’s importance, Toyota UK has created a manga-inspired GT86 for a modern audience. But while it may appeal more to anime and manga fans in the Japanese domestic market, this concept car looks set to only grace motoring events around Britain this summer.
For those who aren’t familiar with the Initial D series, much of its focus was on the young hero, Takumi Fujiwara. He drove a highly-modified AE86 and honed his drifting skills on mountain roads while delivering tofu from his father’s shop.
Emerging as a star in its own right, the car was responsible for inspiring and influencing the global drifting scene, and many of the video games and movies that were spawned from it.
Toyota UK’s special projects department created the GT86 Initial D concept and manga artist Sonia Leong was commissioned to place the car in a series of backdrops which pay homage to the original series.
The GT86 Initial D concept is far from standard. It features a Fujitsubo exhaust system; TRD suspension; custom-made RS Watanabe alloy wheels; a carbon fibre bonnet; and a Cusco strut brace.
It’s a fantastic creation that does real justice to the original car. Even better is the fact that most of the parts are readily available for purchase, so fans can create their own versions should they so wish. It’s a great example of how the current 86 coupe can be altered dynamically and aesthetically with simple aftermarket accessories.