I have many happy memories playing with LEGO when I was young and have now continued the tradition with my kids with an ever growing collection of new LEGO sets.
One thing that has changed LEGO radically in the last few years is that the company behind it has started listening to its fans and embraced the internet to do so.
One faithful AE86 fan has come forward and created one of the most awesome ideas for a new LEGO set based on our beloved Manga Initial D. Lets make this happen and up support counter on this project:
Hello readers, let me just introduce myself. My name is Luis and I am 29 years old. I’m from Portugal and I drive an 86 from 1985. I’ve asked Banpei to start a series of articles related to the main focus of our forums: the AE86.
My goal, is to post new information, curiosities about this model, interviews I will make further on and general articles with DIY mods doable on the 86. Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy reading about these machines.
Ever wonder why the 86 is a legend nowadays where great cars are made everyday? Read this and you will know!
Back in 1983 Toyota was producing the first FWD models of the Corolla’s, the CE80, EE80, AE82 and the AE86 appeared to be the last RWD powered chassis. For the record, the “A” represents the engine that came in the car (4A series), “E” represents the Corolla, “8” represents the fifth generation (E80 Series) and “6” represents the variation within this generation.
The AE86 had many variants, being sold with a lower spec 1,452 cubic centimetres (1.452 L) AE85and 1587 cc SR5 versions, the most popular ones are the 1.596 L twincam engines sold as Levin (in old English the word for lightning) with fixed lights and Trueno (in Spanish the word for thunder) with retractable headlights.
We all know that the AE86 is now almost 30 years old, and is now facing a current resurgence in popularity. Being one of the last small rear wheel drive car still rolling on the used car market, still appearing in popular TV Shows like Initial D, a Japanese cartoon series featuring a kid that learns how to drive and drift the AE86 in the mountains of Japan delivering Tofu and finally, the drift scene that grew up in the last decade.
With all of this buzz around the 86, the DIY mods and new designed parts from new companies that appeared all around the world became notorious and in 2014 we still have SamQ from Australia designing new custom parts, Techno Toy Tuning still innovating for the 86 chassis and many other companies still making custom electronic and mechanical parts.
Finally, the reason for me buying my AE86 was simple. I was looking for a neo-classic rear wheel drive car, cheap and reliable. Once i got into the 86 world my AE86 started all of his transformations and now I’m building a race spec AE86 to attack the tracks!
Welcome to the renewed website of AEU86!
You may have some questions regarding the new website, so I composed a couple of questions and answers.
I can’t log in!
If you are an existing user and want to log in to our forums: all passwords have been reset so you can’t use your old password anymore.
You can use the Lost-Password functionality of the forums to reset your password:
You will receive an email with a link to send a new password. With this password you will be able to log in and it is adviced to change your password to something you can remember:
Why was this necessary?
Well first of all the encryption (actually hashing) of passwords in PHPBB 1.x isn’t that strong and second of all it is incompatible with the one used in MyBB.
What has changed so far on the site?
Why did it take you so long to do this?
Back in 2006 I modified PhpBB 1.x heavily to make it more secure and more perform better. This obviously made it irreversible and hard to migrate to newer versions and/or different software. As I do this in my spare time it took a while to write a conversion script.