Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit www.motortrend.com for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |   |  2016 Hachiroku N2 Festival - Hachi Heaven
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

2016 Hachiroku N2 Festival - Hachi Heaven

The world's best AE86s clash and have fun

Steve Enomoto
Jan 17, 2017
Photographer: Yasunori Maruyama

Every trip to Japan for any car lover is an unforgettable journey. One gets to absorb firsthand the heritage and walk with the brilliant minds that gave birth to these magnificent automobiles. Japan's deep history in tuning and racing can be traced back long before the term "JDM" was coined or even before any of us were born for the fact of the matter. One cult status machine that the rest of the world has now caught onto is Toyota's hachiroku.

These hachirokus (AE86, also known as the Corolla stateside, '83-87), despite being more than 30 years old since their market release, have been the base platform for tuning and have launched many professional careers, whether a pro driver, tuner, or even in the anime industry. The Japanese have been tinkering with these cars well before the rest of the world, so consequently, the country holds the title of having the world's quickest hachirokus in the universe. The most famous race that still takes place is endowed by a Japanese media company called Hot Version where the king of AE86s (Keiichi Tsuchiya) has direct corporate and political power invested within. It's called the AE86 N2 race, and we were there to soak it all in last September at Okayama International Circuit. With just less than 90 hachirokus on the track, this event should definitely be on your bucket list if you consider yourself an AE86 enthusiast.

By Steve Enomoto
24 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE EVENT COVERAGE

A jam-packed day of all things STI topped with a glimpse at the 2020 WRX STI S209 bound for U.S. soil.
David IshikawaMar 19, 2019
Our Toyo Tires calendar is something we look forward to every year, not just because we get to snap photos of the Toyo girls, but because of all the dope car meets that go along with the calendar's launch.
Sam DuMar 12, 2019
In only their second year of development, the Team Honda Research West CTRs finished the endurance race in 4th and 7th places in the highly competitive class
Bob HernandezMar 7, 2019
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP