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Toyota 86 Racing Series: Fast-tracking the next generation of motorsport stars

"This is the motorsport equivalent of petty cash." So says Neil Crompton, former touring car ace and current motorsport commentator, of the Toyota 86 Racing Series, the grassroots motor racing category that took Australia's race track by storm in 2016...

Five of the coolest new driving cockpits

Slide on in to the drivers seat, shut the door, put your hands on the steering wheel and look around as you feel the excitement and power envelop you. The driver's seat is the control centre of any vehicle and how it looks, feels and functions is vital to the driving experience. The cockpit of a car includes everything in the driver's pod, from the seat to the instrumentation and steering wheel...

Keiichi Tsuchiya at WTAC 2016: The story behind the ultimate Toyota 86 fairy tale

At this year's World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) 2016 at Sydney Motorsport Park, an incredibly rare and special moment occurred when the man widely considered to be the father of modern drifting, Keiichi Tsuchiya, performed a drift demonstration in a meticulously rebuilt 1984 Toyota AE86 Corolla – a car synonymous with drifting culture the world over...

Driving the Hakone Turnpike and some of Japan’s finest touge roads

Mates of mine who live in Japan tell me driving enthusiasts have an almost spiritual connection with the legendary Hakone Turnpike – or Mazda Turnpike as it is now known. That’s regardless of whether you're a local or an import to the land of the rising sun like they are. There’s just something about that racetrack-smooth stretch of tarmac that irons a winding black ribbon through the mountain forest near Odawara...

2016 Toyota 86 Style at Fuji Speedway

Having attended the 2015 Nismo Festival at Fuji Speedway, I think I have some idea what I’m in for as we head once again to the legendary track in the foothills of Mount Fuji for the 2016 Toyota 86 Style event. As a former owner of two AE86 Sprinters, I’m pretty excited to finally have a close look at some JDM examples in the flesh...

2017 Toyota 86 Track Review

Having been with us since 2012, the Toyota 86 now gets a refresh for 2017, but the changes are subtle rather than broad. All aimed at making a sharp instrument even sharper.

Drifting: How do you drift and can anyone do it?

If you're a regular CarAdvice reader, you might already know about my passion for all things sideways. But how do you actually drift? And can anyone do it? To find out, we headed to Victoria’s Driver Education Centre of Australia (DECA) in Shepparton with two standard Toyota 86s, two experienced driving instructors with a passion for drifting, and two drivers who have never tried drifting in their lives...

2016 Toyota Festival of 86: among the fans in Canberra

The Toyota Festival of 86 is intended to be a national celebration of the brand's top-selling front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car, the Toyota 86. And this year's festival, Australia's third, took place last weekend in the country's capital, Canberra...

2016 Toyota 86 T86RS Review: Track Test

Our very own motorsport junkie David Zalstein jumps into the racing seat of the track-only 2016 Toyota 86 T86RS set to race in Australia's new Toyota 86 Racing Series...

2016 Toyota 86 Blackline Edition Review

Offering unique styling inside and out but the same basic underpinnings, the 2016 Toyota 86 Blackline Edition is one for the particularly keen...

2015 Toyota 86 Review: Sandown Raceway weekender

Dave lets his true Japanese sports car enthusiast colours shine, taking the 2015 Toyota 86 out to Sandown Raceway for another weekend warrior track test...

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