Greeting you at the lobby are the much sought after “race-cars”, the Toyota 86 and their granddaddy, the Toyota sprinter (AE86) Trueno. The Trueno gained pop culture fame in the anime and manga series Initial D.
Initial D, for those of us who have been living under a rock, centers on the world of Japanese illegal street racing. The main character is Takumi Fujiwara. Gas attendant and delivery man for his father’s tofu business, he drives his father’s modified Toyota Sprinter AE86 Trueno, which gave him exceptional driving skills.
The current Toyota 86 may look different from its predecessor but the novelty of having a rear wheel drive, which out on the track, handles brilliantly, is enough to have clients waiting for months just get their hands on one. Powered by a 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine, the Toyota 86 might well be the best value for money sports car to appear on our shores in a long time.
Inside the main hall sits a junior formula race car, with its power to weight ratio, this “puny” car can rip up the tarmac without breaking a sweat.
Another car on display is the modified vios, to be used for the upcoming Vios One Make Series. Just the image of a grid made up entirely of the race prepped Vios, roaring down a local speedway is enough to give you an urgency to get down to your local dealer and sign up for a unit.
The World of Toyota is open daily, starting at 10 AM at the World Trade Center, Pasay city, and in celebration of the 25th year of Toyota motors Philippines, entrance to the show is, you guessed it, P25 each.
Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of Bandera. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
Copyright © 2013
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate: c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94