Watch Initial D on the Big Screen at JAE, with the Toyota AE86 Trueno and the GT86 Tribute car on stage!
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 full Initial D film, whilst also being able to see the vehicles live on stage.
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.