Automakers generally don’t let the general public drive their concept cars. Toyota must have a lot of faith in its enthusiasts, as it’s letting a few lucky fans get behind the wheel of its AE86 BEV concept in a lottery in Japan.
People can register for the lottery from February 13 to 26. If you win, you’ll have to pay the equivalent of $133 (20,000 yen) for the chance to drive the AE86 BEV, originally shown at the 2023 Tokyo Auto Show, around Toyota City for three hours.
Toyota doesn’t say how many winners it selects, but there are 13 three-hour slots available, so that’s likely the number of winners who will get to take the AE86 BEV for a spin.
The AE86 BEV’s engine comes from the Tundra i-Force Max hybrid pickup, capable of developing 94 horsepower and 111 pound-feet of torque, with power sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. For comparison, the original 1.6-liter 4A-GEU engine produced 128 horsepower and 110 pound-feet of torque when new.
The battery comes from the Lexus NX 450h+ PHEV, which adds up to a total weight of 2,359 pounds – heavy for an AE86 but incredibly light by EV standards. Inside, there are a pair of Bride bucket seats and diamond-patterned steel panels on the floor. The battery from Lexus takes up the space originally reserved for the rear seats and cargo area.
Unfortunately, winners cannot recreate Initial D in their rented AE86 BEV. Lottery rules specifically prohibit drifting and driving through mountain passes, among other types of spirited motoring. And if drivers damage or destroy the AE86 BEV, they will have to repair them. Despite all the rules, we still think it will be worth it for true Toyota enthusiasts.
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