For drifting fans, who doesn’t know the figure of Dai Yoshihara. The drifter from Japan has been participating in the Formula Drift event since 2004. During this long career, Dai has changed cars several times and currently drives a Subaru BRZ. The experience of building many drift cars led him to the present moment, where he built the Toyota AE86 which was quite horrendous.
This AE86 project is a special project for Dai Yoshihara, because AE86 has its own history and memories for him. Before Dai achieved his success in Formula Drift, in his hometown, Japan, Dai, who was 17 years old, had done a lot of work to pay for his school and also his hobbies. His hobby was drifting, of course, and at that time he was driving the AE86 as his drift car. The car finally had to be abandoned, considering that in 2013 Dai’s drifting career in American Formula Drift was quite stable. With his current success, Dai, who doesn’t forget the drift car that started his drifting career, decided to rebuild the AE86.
The AE86, which was built by Dai for drifting, carries an engine that is not commonly used, even as an apostate. Generally drifting cars will swap engines with powerful engines like the LS or 2JZ, but this car made by Dai Yoshihara uses the K20C1 engine instead. The K20C1 is a machine commonly used by the Honda Civic Type R FK8. This machine has a capacity of 2.0 liters and when combined with the turbo will be able to generate power around 306HP.
After the 4A-GE standard engine was moved, the K20C1 turbocharged engine was installed with another Honda product, the transmission taken from the S2000. Assisted by Eimer Engineering, the AE86 is estimated to be capable of producing around 350-400 horsepower to the rear wheels. Eimer also added brakes from StopTech, fuel cell from Radium Engineering, and then for suspension using coilovers from KW Suspension. For the rims, Dai chose to use the 15-inch BBS rims.
For the bodykit, Dai got help from his close friend, Kei Miura from TRA-Kyoto, who made the Pandem body kit for the AE86. The headlights also get custom changes from Vision Autoworks. At the stern, you can find a large spoiler.