Japanese marque Toyota has created a manga-inspired GT86 concept, based on the cult Japanese manga comic series Initial D – it has been kitted out to match its comic book predecessor, which was driven by character Takumi Fujiwara, tofu delivery driver and drifter.
It was in Initial D that the iconic AE86 Corolla of the 1980s was immortalised, and it’s this car that inspired the modern Toyota GT86, which is available at Lancaster Toyota. The Initial D concept, created by Toyota’s UK special projects department, takes this influence to a whole new level, with panda-style monochrome livery and various Japanese market components.
Special projects team member, Joe Clifford, commented: ‘Right from the start, the Toyota GT86 was developed as a car that would appeal to enthusiasts, whether in standard trim or as an exploitable base for further modifications. With this Initial D concept we not only acknowledge how important the AE86 was in influencing Toyota’s modern approach to sports cars but also demonstrate how the GT86 can be aesthetically and dynamically improved with relatively simple aftermarket accessories. But perhaps most of all, we just thought it was an achingly cool idea.’
Manga artist Sonia Leong was commissioned by Toyota to design a series of panoramic backdrops for the real GT86 to be seen in comic strip action scenes. Previously, Sonia created a manga film that features the AYGO – and now, a new video has been released showing exactly what the GT86 Initial D can do. Watch it right here.