Gazoo Racing announces a new programme of spare parts for the rear-drive hero
Toyota has announced a new programme of spare parts for a car it used to make in the Eighties. That car is the AE86 Corolla, and that car is a bit of a cult hero thanks to its starring role in Initial D, a Japanese manga all about street racing.
You likely know all of this, along with the AE86’s nickname – hachi roku (simply eight-six in Japanese). What you also probably know is the AE86’s enduring popularity, and thus Gazoo Racing has decided to add this rear-drive ‘everyman coupe’ to its new-old parts ranks.
Following on from the A70 and A80 new-old Supra parts (as well as bits for the 2000GT and 40 Series Land Cruiser), the AE86 will be treated to its own run of brand new spares available “as normal genuine parts”. As of 1 November, you’ll be able to buy new rear brake calipers and steering knuckle arms, and… well, that’s it for now.
In December, Toyota will add the AE86’s rear driveshafts to this programme, followed by more. “However, they will only be available for a limited period with the special cooperation of suppliers,” explains Toyota. “For this reason, after their production periods have ended, each reproduced part will only be available for a as long as stocks last.”
Get ‘em while they last, folks…