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Initial D – Extra Stage

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Capitalizing on the popularity of the all-female street racing team known as Impact Blue which appeared in First Stage, this OVA focuses on Impact Blue’s dynamic duo of Mako and Sayuki rather than Takumi and the usual main cast.

As Extra Stage begins, Mako is battling emotional wounds from what she thinks was a rejection by Iketani, while Sayuki’s childhood friend Shingo (of the Myogi Night Kids) and his teammate Nakazato arrive to warn them about Team Emperor, which defeated the Night Kids on their home course just as they have so many other street racing teams from around the region. Mako’s driving has been adversely affected by her preoccupations, and she worries about her ability to measure up to the Emperor’s challenge in her current emotional state. Finally, a pair of Emperor affiliated Evos show up in Usui. The challenger, an arrogant blonde driving an Evo 4, belitted the female racers and felt confident enough to win easily. Later on in the race, the Evo 4 could barely keep up with the Sil-80, until the battle was finally decided in a extended corner, called C-121. where the Evo 4 hit the guardrail and lost control. Shingo and Nakazato were late and didn’t get to see the race. Thinking the girls also lost, they consoled them saying they lost in their home course as well, but Sayuki unexpectedly told them they won. The Night Kids leaders were startled, thinking they raced against the top Emperor drivers whereas they only defeated an off-beat member.

Though Mako decides she doesn’t need a man in her life for a while, she gradually develops a relationship with a friend of Shingo’s named Miyahara after Shingo and Sayuki discreetly play matchmaker. Miyahara is a street racer himself, not a good one though, and he intends to give it up because he believes he has reached the highest level he possibly can, with no chance of progressing further. He has lost interest and intends to move on. He drives a red MR2 and plans to switch to an SUV in pursuit of settling down after racing. Mako feels differently, knowing there are many drivers better than her whose level she wishes to attain. As Mako and Miyahara grow closer, Miyahara reveals that he wishes Mako would quit racing also for her safety’s sake, because if she was his girlfriend he would be consumed with worry for her each time she raced.

However, after Mako takes him on a drive on an unknown pass, that was home to the mountain snow resort they were vacationing at, he finally understands why she will not give up racing and realizes that she is in love with another man, Iketani.

- Source : Wikipedia

Initial D – Second Stage

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Second Stage

A group of street racers called Team Emperor, all using Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions, appear in the Gunma area, defeating anyone in their path, until one of them, Seiji Iwaki, was defeated by Takumi, breaking their winning streak. Their leader, a professionally-trained driver named Kyouichi Sudo, challenged Takumi to a race to “teach him some things” and as a sort of cover event for his race with Ryosuke, his primary target. This race saw Takumi’s AE86 blow its engine. While it may have been a defeat for Takumi, Kyouichi did not consider it a race instead considering it more as a seminar to show Takumi how much he needs a better car as he believes the 86 is far too old to match Takumi’s skill level. Kyouichi, believing in his street racing philosophy that professional circuit techniques were adequate to conquer the mountains passes, races Ryosuke who had the opposing philosophy that somehow, the fastest street racing required more than just what the circuit could teach. Ryosuke proceeds to defeat Kyouichi after noticing and exploiting Kyouichi’s inability to tackle some right-hand corners with full confidence. When Kyouichi confronted Ryosuke about the loss, Ryosuke explains that their techniques and abilities are actually quite close but that Kyouichi’s weakness were right-hand corners which, on Japan’s right-handed roads, had the possibility of encountering head-on collisions. He goes on to cite how Kyouichi was unable to conquer this fear due to the fact that circuits don’t have the danger of head-on collisions and that his home-course, Irohazaka pass, was a one-way road. This proved once and for all to Kyouichi that street-racing had its own special requirements just as Ryosuke had believed.

Meanwhile, Bunta knew that the engine in the 86 was about to give out. In fact, one of Bunta’s “secret” tasks for Takumi was “to lose.” He told his friends that he’d never replace the 86′s engine until it’s destroyed. In anticipation, he had already bought a new engine [1]- a high revving, race bred variation of the standard Toyota 4A-GE 20 valve twin cam engine, which is used for Group A Division 2 Touring Class races in the Japanese Touring Car Championship. This is extremely unusual, because this type of engine is supplied to race teams only, and is not street legal. The source of the engine was unknown. It should be noted that in addition to being a high-revving engine, the 4AGE in Takumi’s car is missing the pulley cover and runs Individual Runner Throttle Bodies. Bunta installs the engine without a new tachometer to teach Takumi the importance of learning mechanical knowledge and understanding why the car behaves as it does, though he has an instrument set ready for installation once Takumi knows of it. A fellow AE86 driver named Wataru Akiyama, who was surprised with Takumi’s lack of mechanical knowledge, told him that he needs a new tachometer.

Once Takumi unsealed the power of his new engine, Wataru challenges him to a race anywhere of Takumi’s choosing. Choosing Wataru’s home course, the treacherous Shomaru pass, Takumi went on to race Wataru despite the risks. Wataru, who knew the course well, was absolutely sure that Shomaru pass was a test of endurance and that it was not a course where overtaking was possible. Despite this, Takumi, upon noticing that in the process of four back-to-back runs through the course that the landslide which covered one half of the road at a certain part of the course had flattened out leaving enough space for another car, took advantage of Wataru not noticing the change in the course and went side-by-side with Takumi eventually overtaking the clearly shocked Levin driver and winning the battle.

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Nissan 200SX S13 & SilEighty

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Well here is the Nissan 200SX S13, one of the best starter cars for drifting.

This S-chassis car was a purpose built street race car. Independent rear suspension, RWD, Uprated disc brakes all round, as well as the nice little 1.8 turbo motor in the front. This is the ultimate drifter from stock.

Out of the box this car made 125kw and 200+nm. More than enough to let the rear wheels slip, and the car go sideways. The S13 was the first of the S chassis to actually be used in drifting, becuase it is relatively cheap compared to the likes of the Nissan Silvia S15, Toyota Soarer, Toyota Supra etc.

Now for most of the drifters out there, when you first get your S13, you’ll normally rip off the exhuast system, better CAI, nice set of mags and last but not least a nice suspension setup. Well just with those few mods your ready to take on the corners – going sideways!

Now in japan you also got the S13 Silvia. Which had the boot and a different nose. Becuase many of the drifters crashed while doing what they do best, there was quite a demand on repairing the S13 nose. now the only problem was that the popup lights of the S13 was much more expensive than the S13 Silvia’s front end. And so the Sileighty was born. The local drifters made the change so popular that Nissan decided to build and officially release a limited number of factory built SilEighties.

Here is a bit of tech background on the S13 S-chassis Nissan, as well as a few pics.

- TECH SPECS -

Production 1988–1993
Body style 2-door coupe
Layout FR layout
Engine(s)
1.8 L DOHC Turbo-I4 (CA18DET)
2.0 L DOHC Turbo-I4 (SR20DET)
Transmission 5 speed manual transmission
Wheelbase 97.4 in (2,470 mm)
Length 176.0  in (4470 mm)
Width 66.5  in (1690 mm)
Height 50.8  in (1290 mm)
Curb weight 2,450–2,675 lb (1,110–1,210 kg)

A few pics of the SilEighty and S13 200SX

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Initial D – Anime Series

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Initial D

Well this is one of the only series that is focused on drifting.

All in all its a action packet ride to the finish.

Short back story:

“Set in the late 1990s in Japan’s Gunma Prefecture, the series follows the adventures of Takumi Fujiwara, an eighteen year old who helps his father run a tofu shop by making deliveries every morning to a hotel on Akina with his father’s Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-APEX. It is revealed that Takumi has been driving on Mt. Akina every morning to deliver natt? to the summit five years before he even had his license. As a result his skills in mountain racing were honed, and is able to drive under adverse weather conditions.
Keisuke Takahashi (RX-7) vs Takumi Fujiwara (Trueno), the first battle of the series.

The story begins when street racers called the Red Suns, a team from Mt. Akagi, come to challenge Mt. Akina’s local Speed Stars team to a “friendly” race. After seeing how skilled the Red Suns are, the Speed Stars treat it as a race for pride, determined not to be humiliated on their home turf. However, the Speed Stars are left in a bind when their team leader and primary downhill driver Iketani has an accident during a practice run. They were desperate for a replacement, until Iketani learns from Yuuichi, the manager of the petroleum station he is working in, that the fastest car in Akina’s downhill was a panda-colored AE86 owned by a natt? maker, and traces the car back to a local natt? shop. He discovers that the shop’s owner, Bunta Fujiwara, was a street racer of great repute in his younger days known as the “Ghost of Akina” . Iketani appeals to the older man to take his place in the race against the Red Suns. Iketani is confident that Bunta will come to save the day. But when the race day comes, his son Takumi appears with his Trueno instead. Although at first reluctant to let Takumi race, Ikatani relents after it is revealed that he is actually the “Ghost of Akina,” the one who outran Keisuke while on one of his delivery runs. Takumi proceeds to defeat Keisuke Takahashi and his Mazda RX-7 FD3S, causing considerable astonishment in the local racing community and putting an end to the Red Suns winning streak.

Despite him being originally apathetic about the notion of racing, Takumi begins to grow more interested as he receives other challenges, and begins to understand the concept of a street racer’s pride. He then proceeded to defeat drivers in more advanced and more powerful cars. like the Honda Civic EG6 hatchback, the Nissan Sileighty, and the Nissan Skyline R32. He proceeded to defeat them in all sorts of conditions, mostly for the first time (Duct Tape Deathmatch, wet weather race, first race in a course other than Mount Akina), culminating in the battle between him and Ryosuke Takahashi, the so-called “White Comet of Akagi.” Takumi handed Ryosuke his first defeat.”