In 2005, to commemorate volume number 86, Hot Version invited Japan’s top AE86 to Tsukuba Circuit to lay down some lap times. This era was the peak of innovation for AE86 tuning with the TRD N2 Corolla Levin, driven by Keiichi Tsuchiya, as perhaps the poster child of peak Hachiroku modding.
It’s all captured on video, with 9,500 rpm Toyota 4A-GEs turning in the same one-minute lap times as a Porsche 911 GT3 or an R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R. Famed demo cars from tuners such as NSK, Tec-Arts, Brig Cool Max, KMS Wood Village and Annex μ can be seen in all their glory. These days, AE86s are much more likely to be built as resto-mods with stock-appearing bodywork, so this is likely an era never to be repeated again. Witness it in all its high-revving glory.