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Initial D

Watch Initial D on the Big Screen at JAE, whilst sitting next to the Toyota GT86 Tribute car!

The JAE team are hugely excited to be working with Toyota GB to be bringing Initial D fans a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch the Initial D amime, whilst also being able to see the tribute GT86 vehicle. 

Initial D was a cult Japanese manga comic series in which the young hero, Takumi Fujiwara, famously drove a modified AE86, honing his driving skills on mountain roads while moonlighting as delivery driver for his father’s tofu shop. The car emerged as a star in its own right, influencing the emerging drifting scene and inspiring a live action movie and various arcade games.


Original AE86 Trueno

Launched in Japan in 1983, the Toyota Corolla GT Coupé needs no introduction. Oft-referred to as ‘AE86’ in reference to its chassis code; it’s a drifting legend and a keen driver’s delight. But there’s one AE86 that’s more famous than any other – the white-over-black model that appeared in classic Manga series ‘Initial D’ in 1995, and in the live-action remake of 2005.


GT86 Initial D concept

Created by Toyota’s UK special projects department, the GT86 Initial D concept is a faithful re-imagining of the fictional AE86. The coupe not only copies the manga car’s distinctive panda-style monochrome livery but uses new versions of the same Japanese market components that were featured so successfully on the original.


The Toyota GB AE86 'Levin' 

The Toyota GB Heritage 1987 Corolla GT Coupe is now undoubtedly a modern classic. Thanks to its 1.6 twin-cam engine, rear-wheel drive and 970kg kerb weight it quickly proved an excellent race and drift vehicle. Now famed for its appearance in the Initial-D manga series, the AE86 has become a cult car.

Its numerous race and rally successes, not to mention its lead role in popularising the sport of drifting, means this model has become one of the most cherished and iconic vehicles in Toyota’s modern history.


 The Initial D Tribute GT86 and the Toyota GB Heritage AE86 will both be on display at JAE. Don't miss the opportunity to see these rare and stunning examples for yourself!