It seems members of the drifting fraternity have fallen in love with the Toyota 86 since its introduction.
To demonstrate the abilities of the Toyota 86, Toyota UK brought in Japanese “Drift King” and Racing Driver Keiichi Tsuchiya. Tsuchiya started his racing career in 1977 and before retiring had raced in the Le Mans, the Japanese Touring Car Championship, and the Japanese Formula Three Championship. However he is widely known internationally for his drifting antics.
The express purpose of Keiichi Tsuchiya was to challenge journalists to have a go at beating Tsuchiya’s time on a Barrel Drifting course. Barrel drifting is relatively new and has yet to catch on o wide scale. Similar to Barrel Racing in the horse racing community it involves making a series of sharp turns or drifts round three barrels in a course approximately 120 to 125 metres long and less than 20 metres wide, this according to Steve Sutcliffe of Autocar.
We wonder if this sport will catch on internationally and most importantly in South Africa. The Toyota 86 is a rear wheel drive coupe which was built in collaboration with Subaru. It is sold in South Africa for a recommended retail price of R298500. For more information on the Toyota 86 read our article.
Have a look at the video below for the review from Autocar.