Sometimes we look to nations other than where AE86 are prevalent, and find that there are owners who still dedicate their lives to loving the AE86.
Meet Jorge Azcoitia in Spain, a Toyota AE86 fanatic.
While much of his recent years have been spent in California studying to become a professional in the automotive domain, he is on example of a person who lives, breathes, and enjoys, everything about old Toyota sports cars.
He's back in the suburbs just outside Madrid, Spain, and he is back on his game of visiting Europe's best roads with his beloved AE86.
He's an extremely capable driving specialist of the AE86, with laps in the most prevalent raceways of Western Europe, including the awesome Nordeschlife Nurburgring.
Although his AE86 seems to look like an avarage AE86 you'd see around town driven by an average AE86'er in retro sort of raggedness, he takes to the road in this like no other, and hangs with the best of them at speeds around corners that will pull the guts out of most spec-geeks lurking mostly on the internet.
Without due, here is how he likes his Corolla GTS acquired in the USA, now in Spain.
Name: Jorge Azcoitia
Facebook or other alias names & handles: YoShImUrA53 (Club4AG forums) and YoShImUrA53 (Instagram, Twitter, tumblr, etc)
Car: Toyota Corolla GT-S (AE86)
Year: 1986. According to VIN info, manufactured in May 1986.
Model: GT-S Hatchback (3-door), kouki model with rare 195/60R14 spec on the glovebox recommended tire size sticker.
Engine: 4AGE 16V
Specification of modifications/restorations:
Urethane bushings all around
Tokico HTS dampers
Tein camber plates
T3 Coilover set
8kg Eiback Springs
Cusco sway bar (23mm)
T3 Panhard bar
6kg TRD springs
stock/TRD sway bar
Caster: 4 deg
Corner balanced and weighted 2496lb (1125kg) with driver and 3/4 tank (before installing lightweight battery)
Stock 4AGE 16v Bluetop
Mild HKS cams. 256 intake, 264 exhaust
T3 adjustable cam gears
TRD USA (LHD) header
Catback, over axle, HKS Hi Power exhaust
NGK (blue) spark wires
Lightweight 3 lb (1.5kg) battery on stock location
KAAZ 2 way, set to 100% lock by KAAZ USA
Street: Watanabe RS, Type B, black with polished rim (from factory). 13x6 +19, 185/70R13 All season tires
Track: (restored) TOM'S Igettas, painted silver, 14x6, 205/55R14, Nitto NT01
Goodline 7 piece braided lines
88 rotors drilled and slotted all around
Endless MX72 front pads
Hawk HPS rear pads (will take these out soon)
Complete, bone stock blue interior (working power steering, AC, heater, original Toyota radio, all carpet, seat panels, including original hatch privacy cover with third light cut, etc)
Momo steering wheel on NRG quick release hub
TRD white gear knob
Sabelt 4 point 2" harness for driver
Full JDM kouki bumpers with brackets
Front kouki grille
Kouki Trueno emblem
JDM Trueno rear and front blank mudflaps
Cibie Airport 35 amber foglights with white covers
Kouki "redline" taillights and center garnish
JDM "saidobaiza" Trueno window visors
Rare clear front bumper lights lenses
California "4AGE 16V" vanity plates
Car has been comprehensively used on California (Norcal and Socal) roads, canyons, racetracks to achieve the best compromise in suspension adjustment and cornering nimbleness for these uses.
All mechanical components have been updated, revised and/or repaired since acquired in October 2011. Strongest daily AE86 I have ever seen. I would do a transcontinental trip without being worried of any major issues.
Future plans: lightweight FRP trunk and hatch, ITBs and other engine mods, a set of 15x7 wheels, a full respray (same original blue), but never before the car is on uncompromised and full usable condition for the used described above.
Car: Toyota MR2
Model: AW11. Targa top.
Engine: 4AGE 16v "redblacktop" (87-89)
Specification of modifications/restorations
Urethane bushings all around
Koni Sport dampers
Lesjofors (Swedish) progressive springs with the following rates
|F: 1.17-2.55 Kg||R: 2.03-3.30 Kg|
And uncompressed spring length changes:
|F: 290 -> 270mm||R: 305 -> 283mm|
All fluids and belts have been changed in the last 12 months.
Currently under mid-term full revision and update of all mechanical components for restoration for full availability for canyon/daily/track use while improving the driving-feel and response to surpass the levels attained by Toyota when brand new, while remaining a daily usable and reasonably comfortable means of transportation.
City and State, Country: Madrid, Spain
M.S. Industrial Engineer