Is the potential of the AE86 a myth or a legend? Can it perform outside the context of a manga?
My Initial D collection, a gift from my oldest and best friend Devon, a man who loves corolla's even more than I do.
The answer is yes. However, the ae86 in classic tuning form only shines under certain parameters. The conditions are low speed drifting, and low speed tight corners. I have noticed the ae86 is especially quick with switchbacks. (meaning changing direction, inersia, weight shift etc.)
Because of the iconic nature of the AE86 many builders choose powerful motor swaps, like a F20 or SR20 to perform with the newer cars. At what point has the build gone so far that you might as well buy a faster car from the start? Or is it cooler just because it's a challenge?
What it comes down to is, build the car you want, the way you want.