Car Feature>>team Chowini Ae86 Race Car

I came across this special Corolla AE86 racecar earlier this year via, one of the premier Motorsport forums.

Forum member (and I notice, new Speedhunter) "Eircamae86", owns this very special car which has just 22 miles on the clock, Yes, thats right!

This racecar was originally built by TOM’s for Team Chowini in Hong Kong. The team ran a number of AE86’s in the 80’s, most of them carried the distinctive Chowini logo on the side and hood.

The car was originally built for the 1986 Macau Grand Prix, but the driver bailed out when funds didn’t materialise. The car was tested and then put into storage.

The car has seen little use since, hence the very low mileage. All the original bodywork is in place although the previous owner fitted a more recent 8 point roll-cage. 

Before Eiracmae owned the car, it lived in Canada for a while before crossing the Atlantic to the UK, and now, its current home in the Republic of Ireland.

Here is some of the impressive spec:-

• OMP bucket seat
• Schroth 6 point harness, 3 in belts
• Modern 8 point Roll-Cage
• Electric plumbed in fire extinguisher
• Modified steering column
• Quick release Chowinis steering wheel

• Lightened and balanced throughout
• 40mm Crank
• TRD rods
• Arias forged slipper pistons 11:1cr
• Modified big port head
• TRD big valves & springs
• Underbucket shims
• Camshafts 320 in & 304 ex both 11mm lift
• Standard plenum (re-worked)
• Standard cast ex manifold (re-worked)
• Silicone Samco hoses
• New swirl pot
• New shorter height uprated radiator
• TRD ecu with removable eprom
• Toda chrome alloy lightened flywheel with integral ring gear.
• Reduction gear starter
• Paddle clutch
• Remote oil filter
• Large oil cooler

Front Suspension
• Rose jointed TRD bottom arms and lateral rod
• TRD 2 ¾ coilover 8 way adjustable struts
• Adjustable top mounts
• Roll center adjusters
• Cusco quick rack
• K-Max uprated anti roll bar

Rear Supension
• TRD rear springs (Light weight stressed versions)
• TRD blue 8 way adjustable dampers
• Std anti roll bar
• Rose jointed trailing arms and panhard rod

• AP vented disks on aluminium bells
• AP 4 potcalipers
• Adjustable bias pedal box
• AP short cylinders with remote reservoirs
• Standard disks & calipers on the rear


• TRD close ratio gearbox
• TRD quick shift
• 2 – piece propshaft
• TRD 2 way LSD (shimmed to 80%)
• 4.8 cwp
• Small halfshafts

The car is now in Hibernation for a while. Eircamae tells Ten-Tenths “ I have no idea when she may get a run out again, I have only had it out twice, got a whole 1/2 a Lap in at the 1st attempt before setting off the tracks noise monitors, Fitted a home made exhaust 2nd time out but its was too restrictive which resulted in dirty plugs every minute or two".

“I want to keep her 100% original & bring it out every now & again but I think that I am going to have to fit an exhaust system & engine management as the 1986 TRD E-Prom ECU is a little out of date".

What a great find!

I’ll end Toyota month with this 'bonus' image from Eircamae, which I know Antonio will just love!!

If only I had seen this when I wrote the AE86 BTCC post last year, I had so much trouble finding any images of the BTCC championship winner. 

Thanks for sharing Eircamae. If you want to find out more info on Group A racing AE86's, click the Ten-Tenths link below

- Andy Blackmore

17 Page AE86 Racecar Thread on Ten-Tenths

Speedhunter's AE86 BTCC Champion feature

Speedhunter's AE86 Spa 24Hr winner feature



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Thats amazing! Is it For Sale?

One of my favorite AE86 posts on Speedhunters and it wasn't even by Antonio LOL!


Wow! 22 miles?? thats an amazing feat in itself. I love the hibernation cryogenic bubble like device.


OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! This car is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! And I need to get one of those bubbles for one of my cars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Awesome car. I wish I could see it in person!


wish I was rich enough to bubble one of every cult classic jap car


wow, this is something else. 22 miles on a 23 year old car!


Stories and finds like this is a great example of why SpeedHunters is so unique, great and on the ball. Thanks Andy, Antonio, Rod, Mike, John and thanks EA for SpeedHunters.


I hope this site will help EA make a better Need for Speeds, Can't wait for Shift. Why wasn't there a AE86 in Undercover!!!!


DOPE !!!! Great 86 !!! great finding .....


He is a very famous racer in hong kong 70-80's


en6381, the link doesnt appear to be working, any chance of another attempt. Cheers Eircamae86.

P Chow Macau Guia Winner.

Big thanks to Andy for contacting me & then blogging the car, nice one.

Cars not for sale Im afraid,


What a sad story.... Poor car never gets driven! The new owner needs to take it to a track that doesnt have noise restrictions.


ooooohhhhhhhppppppp........I went cross eyed again . Holly crap this is ....i have to leave the room.


Stray- read the article idiot, The car is going to get driven now that Ericamae owns it.

He's already put a 1/4 of the mileage on the car in a short time. it will get used.

As for noise - we are not spoilt for choice in Ireland




You're forgetting the most impressive thing about this car:

the car's VIN is half hachi-roku. ;)

43!!! :)

Nice to see my old Trueno I sold to Eircam also made it to Speedhunters. ;)

That is of course when it still belonged to Eircam. ;)

Funny thing was that I found those Cowinis 10K revmeters for sale in Finland. Some shop bought up old stock from them. But when I contacted the seller he just went bankrupt and the revmeters were unobtainable anymore. Maybe someone else is selling that stock now?


Banpei's old Trueno in there :)


What a AE86 ! i was wondering is it for sale, i really interested in.