The second generation of the iconic AE86 chassis was released to the world a few years ago in the form of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. In that time, it has created such a large impact on the aftermarket tuning industry that an annual show in Southern California is dedicated to showcasing its potential.
The 4th annual 86Fest presented by Turn 14 Distribution gathered hundreds of FR-S/BRZ chassis with their elder AE86 platform at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
An AE86 with JDM Zenki bumpers had a flashy look with bright red paint and polished WedsSport wheels.
The USDM bumpers for the Trueno AE86 usually look bulky on the small frame of the car, but this example integrated them seamlessly with its fresh paint.
The period correct two-piece RS Watanabe wheels and TRD seats complete its package.
A trio of AE86s showed the options of aftermarket or OEM bumpers on this car.
Centered in the group was this red coupe with a Vertex body kit and Work Equip03 wheels.
Flanking that was a pair of hatchbacks with JDM Kouki bumpers. The silver SSR MKII wheels paired with the white paint completed the exterior of one example, while bronze Volk Racing TE37V wheels contrasted the blue paint of the other.
Super Street’s former-SEMA project Scion FR-S had unique green paint on the Rocky Bunny widebody kitted exterior, which housed BBS Motorsport E88 wheels.
The HKS Supercharger and Eibach R2 coilovers are just a couple of the various modifications done to this car.
Another Rocket Bunny widebody FR-S, this one with Volk Racing TE37 wheels and a Voltex Type 7 swan-neck wing.
Pressed black Volk Racing TE37SL wheels and a SARD carbon fiber wing complement the bright blue paint of this FR-S.
Varis and TRD aero pieces combine to create a distinct carbon fiber exterior design on this FR-S.
Mag Blue Advan Racing GT wheels mounted over a Project Mu big brake kit finishes this car’s footwork.
The compact sportscar comes equipped with an underpowered naturally aspirated boxer engine, however numerous aftermarket forced induction options are available to bump horsepower numbers. This burnt orange example has a twin-turbo setup from Forced Air Technology on the engine and polished Enkei NT03+M wheels.
Vortech offers a centrifugal supercharger to upgrade the stock FA20 engine, as seen on this white FR-S with Advan Racing RGIII wheels.
This white ZN6 chassis on RBC Enkei RPF1 wheels had a custom single turbo setup using the fascinating Velox intake manifold.
From the factory the limited edition Series 1.0 is covered with vibrant yellow paint and TRD extras, and in this instance the addition of Volk Racing ZE40 wheels in Diamond Cut Black match the OEM color scheme.
The gunmetal finish of the Enkei RS05RR wheels contrasted nicely against this satin white colored Scion with Victory Function fenders and an APR splitter and wing.
Although the show caters to the two generations of 86, it also welcomed other Toyota models including this silver MKIV Supra with an HKS Twin Turbo Kit and rare DDC lips on its Work Equip wheels.
At the DSPORT magazine booth, this custom widebody BRZ ditched the factory boxer engine in favor of a 2JZ engine converted to single turbo.
Fitting large Volk Racing TE37SL wheels under the widened fender arches was necessary in order to run the enormous Nitto tires.
Amongst a group of weathered AE86 chassis, this pristine red coupe with JDM Kouki bumpers on Work Equip 01 wheels stood out.
The dealership window sticker from Toyota was a nice touch, showing how original this automatic SR5 model was.
At the Stance suspension booth, another trio of the older generation displayed how different these cars could be modified. USDM bumpers complete the OEM exterior of this GT-S coupe with classic SSR Star Shark wheels.
The foreign market Levin front-end conversion, on this green painted hatchback with two-piece RS Wantanabe wheels, was one of the only examples in the whole show.
Mixing a USDM paint scheme with JDM Kouki bumpers, this white coupe had RS Watanabe wheels with centercaps and RS Watanabe lug nuts.
An Internet favorite, this teal Rocket Bunny V2.0 kitted FR-S had mammoth Avant Garde F121 wheels and a host of wild aerodynamics.
Capable of supplying massive rear downforce is this completely custom one-off wing and risers created by the owner of the car.
At the Turn 14 Distribution booth, the title sponsor of the event had three elite examples of the two chassis iterations. Professional driver Dai Yoshihara’s Formula Drift competition car had Rocket Bunny aero displaying the gigantic Garrett turbo that gives this car its 1000hp output.
Promoting his wheel sponsor with ARK Design wheels on one side, while promoting his personal wheel endeavor with Dai Yoshihara wheels on the other side. Also, notice our very own Front Street sticker on the side glass. Thanks for supporting, Dai!
The winner of 86 Fest’s Best of Show award was this female owned red hatchback. A recipient of a full ground-up restoration, this AE86 now sports a full Japanese spec paint scheme and JDM Zenki bumpers on its spotless exterior.
An immaculate 4AG engine resides in the bay, with brand new Recaro SRD seats in the interior, while brand new polished SSR Longchamp XR4 wheels finish the exterior.
The last car in their booth was the Mackin Industries/Evasive Motorsports Pikes Peak Hill Climb FR-S. Covered in a blue, black, and orange livery with varying aero, this Scion had a bespoke front end made by Evasive Motorsports, a Rocket Bunny widebody kit, and a Voltex rear wing.
The Volk Racing ZE40 wheels with slick Toyo tires and Project Mu big brake kit show the purpose of this ZN6 lies in motorsport.
Organizer of the 86Fest event and Motormavens front man, Antonio Alvendia had two flawless samples from his personal 86 collection present at the Motormavens/86 Fest booth. One of the hatchbacks outfitted with JDM Kouki bumpers and gold RS Wantabe wheels.
His other hatchback flaunted JDM Zenki bumpers, and rare one-piece Work Equip 01 wheels on the exterior. With a period correct match inside using a TRD bucket seat with TOM’S racing harness.
Slated to participate in the autocross competition, Antonio unfortunately was too busy with the event to dodge some cones.
Scion brought out the iA sedan and iM wagon for an interactive autocross experience allowing registrants to test drive the two new models on the outlined course.
MotoIQ displayed their project FR-S with Victory Function fenders and carbon fiber aero pieces.
The Innovate Motorsports twin-screw supercharger creates more power at the engine, while a StopTech front and rear Trophy Kit big brake kit help slow down the large Advan Racing RG-D wheels.
The only non-86/Toyota of the event, this S13 240sx at the Brian Crower booth sported both Vertex and Rocket Bunny aero, with the rare RPS13 rear garnish.
The WedsSport TC105N wheels match the performance feel of the stripped and caged interior.
As the sun fell lower in the sky, the crowd gathered to close out the day with raffle giveaways and car show awards.