FEATURE CAR – FERNANDO MONTERO’S FIRE RED CHILLI – THE PERFECT AE86?

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Every day at 7Tune, we get dozens of messages with attachments of the rides people have or are building. Sometimes we aren’t sure what we’re looking at and other times it isn’t really what we are looking for but when Fernando Montero from Uruguay contacted us with some preparation he was putting into his AE86, let’s just say my interest was well and truly piqued…

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That interest turned into abject fascination as more and more details came flooding into the inbox of different parts that were being made or completely rebuilt.

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I was hooked knowing it was going to be a fucking spectacular AE86. And as you’ll see, you’d be hard pressed not to agree with that.

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This all started back in March of 2013. First it was shots of the car being stripped, with the chassis and all mechanical components being removed and gradually restored.

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There was a lot of work going on here – the front engine cradle had to be completely redesigned since it was to carry a screaming BEAMS 3S-GE under the bonnet.

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And that engine now takes pride of place in the shiny blood red engine bay.

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All the ancillary components including the brake discs, lines and callipers, dampers, upper and lower links, chassis bracing and just about every single nut, bolt and washer was either replaced or totally restored.

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A massive 2000 man hours was spent on the car in total to get it to completion.

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And it was all created in Uruguay! Uruguay is the last place many enthusiasts will ever have expected to see something like this taking shape but here we are and there it is!

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I think it’s one of the best AE86’s I’ve ever seen. The attention to detail is staggering and it’s very Star Road-esque in the way the Uruguayan boys have carried out their obsessive compulsiveness. I have to show Shouji Inoue this post.. he’ll be impressed.

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The result was this masterpiece…

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As I mentioned, you’re looking at a Yamaha TRD edition 3S-GE that makes a heady 238hp @ 9300rpm and 24.5 kg/s of torque. It’s a real gem of an engine, highlighted by that polished intake and exhaust manifold.

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All the wiring was expertly hidden within the shaved and tucked engine bay.

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This power, in a car that has been stripped of anything unnecessarily fattening, gives the screaming little chilli enough go to get it to 60mph in 5.5 seconds and onto a 400m sprint of 13.4 seconds.

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I think for me the mechanical madness going on underneath the AE86 is deeply impressive.

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Consider that there’s a TRD 4 point Watts linkage at the rear that is connected to the Eaton Suretrac and Crown TRD mechanical diff with a 4.5 final drive.

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The BEAMS 4 banger is connected to J160 TRD 6 speed giving the AE86 more civilised revolutions at highway speeds.

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The brakes are FD3S items on the front with R32 GT-R callipers at the rear, mated to 290mm slotted rotors all round. The callipers themselves were stripped and repainted in white to match the Beams engine.

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This Trueno AE86 runs on bronze Volk TE37V (the “V” stands for “Vintage”) measuring 15 x 9.5J at the front and 15×8.5J at the rear.

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Visually, besides the stunning paint, this car is fairly sedate looking save for the optional and very rare TRD rear bumper and spoiler.

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Inside it is similarly the case – with only a couple of Bride semi buckets and a Nardi wheel to add to the equation. Everything else is pretty much as Toyota intended.

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This is a crazy Hachi, no matter which way you slice it.

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Totally jizz-worthy.

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Built with passion, skill and dedication. Our kind of build!

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7Tune tips its top-hat to Fernando and the boys from Uruguay. They’ve built a masterpiece and we thank them for keeping us updated on the progress over the last 12 months!

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Oh.. I almost forgot… enjoy the VIDEO of this amazing machine!! 😉

Toyota ae86 trueno cleanest 3sge swap ever from identidad fotografica on Vimeo.

See more of the Uruguay AE86 here on their Facebook page!

And visit us while you’re there!

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Words – Adam Zillin

Photos – Made exclusively for 7Tune by Gauvin Eluotepal and IDF Works

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