The trip started as meeting in Subaru headquarters in Shinjuku, Tokyo, where five Subaru BRZ's and one Toyota 86 sarted its trip in a caravan and drive to Daikoku PA parking as second meeting point, where then continue to ShinTomei expressway opening. The new expressway was big news, so a lot of cars were there and caused a few traffic jams, but we did not care, as it was a leisure drive and we were not in a hurry :) It was the first day of the new road and first meeting of Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 owners.
Video: Manabu "MAX" Orido drifting his Toyota 86 V8 at D1GP Rd.1 in Odaiba - Tokyo Drift.
Manabu had lots of problems. Piston melted on first day, and injector melted on 3rd day. The problem seems to be the disabled "direct injection" injector that heats up because there is no fuel flow to cool it.
No doubt the biggest attribution from Toyota 86 to racing and motorsports is the D1 Grand Prix series drifting championship. As expected for a new car chassis there are lots of problems and quirks to discover, not to mention that drivers need to get used to a new car. So far neither of three D1 participants has won a podium with the 86, but they`re slowly getting closer.
Video: Trip to Hakone, Izu and other sweet places around Mt. Fuji and Kanagawa prefecture. This was the first time I actually was sitting inside a Toyota 86 and even got to drive it (not in video). Also got a fun ride by professional Toyota driver, pushing the limits of 86 engine and heavily crossing the limits of tires, of course I cannot show it to public :)
Packed the journey in 20 minute video, please enjoy the sweet roads scen
Video: problems hunting the Toyota 86 at D1GP round.2.at the high speed Suzuka circuit
Tetsuya Hibino crashed again
Misc problems for Max Orido
HKS supercharged FA20 engine seems to have failed
Video: Tetsuya Hibino D1 Toyota 86 by Droo-P / AVO Turboworld / UpGarage
D1Gp first round 2012 at Odaiba - Tokyo Drift
Toyota 86 built by Droo-P, Avo Turboworld: