So i figured i might give a little information about the cars used in the Anime, as well as some of the mods and maybe a couple mistakes made in the manga. IM sorry but the people who translated the manga didnt know jack about cars an it REALLLLLLY shows through on a couple MAJOR places. So lets start with Fujiwara Bunta and later Fujiwara Takumi's car. the AE86 Chassis Toyota Sprinter Trueno. The AE86 model was the fifth generation in the Toyota Sprinter Line. Specifically the AE86 was the two door coupe and the three door hatchback, the AE80 and AE82 being the Front Wheel Drive 4 door Sedan and 5 door liftback. This was the last generation of Corolla that would have a RWD model and remains as one of the most popular drift platforms in racing today. Specifically AE86 represents A being the engine code, the 4A, the E represents the Corolla, 8 for the 5th Generation, E80, and the 6 representing the specific variant. Commonly called the "Hachi Roku, or Hachi" standing for 8 - 6, this model carried athe 4A-GE, 1.6 litre inline four engine, one shared with the first generation (AW11) Toyota MR2. With a maximum output of about 130 horsepower, the engine lacked the power of later cars in the Sprinter/Corolla Range. With an optional Limited Slip Differential, the AE86 was a good car for racing. In the anime, Takumi drives the AE86 Trueno, while his friend and "rival" Itsuki drives a AE85 Levin, the lower spec AE model running a Single Overhead Cam 4A-U engine making about 87 horsepower. The main difference between the Levin and Trueno are in the lights, the Levin have set bar lights, and the Trueno with flip ups. Now onto the specific models used. Takumi's car is a GT-Apex, the highest spec model released, known as the GT-S in the US. With Vented disc brakes front and rear, with MacPherson Strut suspension the car is an able performer. While the specific mods for Takumi's car is unknown, it atleast uses a sports style exhaust system. Later, during a race with Sudo Kyoichi of Team Emperor, Takumi's Hachiroku blows its engine. Noting that its engine had had its day, Bunta opts to swap in a better engine. This engine, found through a mechanic friend, is an engine from the defunct Group A race series. Based on the AE101 Silvertop engine, this is a potent racing engine. Possesing a redline over 11,000 rpm, and boasting some 240 crank horsepower, the engine is a monster. With the unique drone of the Individual Throttle Bodies, the new Hachi Roku dominates the road again, winning against Sudo Kyoichi. There are a couple distinct mistranslations with the manga, specifically the first, during the match between Takumi and Keisuke. Ryosuke gives an estimate of the car seeing about 150 whp from it, which is about correct, however, he notes that the car as a "cross mission" used in rally, which is the wrong term. The actual term used is Kurosu Mishun, meaning "close mission", or close ratio transmission, which is a type of gearing thats beneficial to rally where low speed power is more needed than top speed runs. As such, the gearing is perfectly suited to Akina's hairpins, which allows Takumi to exit corners at higher speed than the longer gearing of other cars. Now a little background on Takumi himself. His father, Fujiwara Bunta, and his friend, and later owner of a gas station and Takumi's boss, used to be "Hashiriya" Street Racers, quoting from the Manga, back more than 20 years. (if true, that would put their racing days around 1976 or earlier, as the manga begins in 1996) Takumi is a loner, quiet and reserved, tending to shy away from attention. He tends to miss the obvious and stares listlessly into the sky. At a young age, his father began having him deliver Tofu from their shop to the hotels along the shores of Lake Akina. This "Touge" mountain pass, was scary for the young boy, but eventually he began to get over his fear. Learning to slide the car through corners, to keep himself entertained, his father put a cup of water in the cup holder, telling him to keep the water from spilling in the cup, would keep the water in the tofu containers from spilling as well. After several years of this, Takumi perfected this technique, although his need of such perfect driving was to keep him entertained as well as getting him home quickly. His skill behind the wheel is noted by every famous racer in the prefecture, including the RedSuns leader Takahashi Ryosuke, Team Emperor's Sudo Kyoichi, and others, such as the Todo School, and even the famous Purple Shadow's. Takumi's Hachi Roku as it originally appeared Takumi's Hachi Roku, after recieving the Group A Engine. During his time with Project D, Matsumoto, Takumi's Project D mechanic, installed a carbon fibre hood, in order to lose some weight.