Best Motoring Tests Tires on Toyota GT86 Around Tsukuba Circuit

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We love Best Motoring, Japan’s long time video-magazine series that pits the country’s best motorsport drivers against each other in a bevvy of stock and modified cars of all sorts in a number of challenges. While we all know and love their famous “5 Lap Battles” around Tsukuba circuit, today’s video of choice is a highlight from the Volume 116 video, wherein it’s a battle of one. As is the case of “Hot Version” volumes, the focus is on modified and tuned cars. In the past, this has allowed Japanese tuners to showcase their talents through their shop demonstrator cars doing work on the track.


Keiichi Tsuchiya, AKA The Drift King, AKA Dori Dori, is at Tsukuba “circuit-to” with a stock Toyota GT86, and he’s there to test a few things. How well does a stock 86 lap around the track, and what are the D.K.’s driving impressions? From there, the car is slowly modified to see how well the car responds to the changes, and what effects they have on lap times. If you’re the least bit interested in circuit driving, you gotta see this one.

The rest of this volume is just as excellent as you would expect it to be, so if you’ve got 75 minutes to burn, we highly suggest watching the whole episode and enjoying what makes Best Motoring, well, the best.

Jake Stumph is a lifelong car enthusiast and racer, who has operated as the content editor for Internet Brands Automotive since 2015. He runs Corvette Forum, 6SpeedOnline, Honda-tech, and LS1tech, among other Internet Brands Automotive websites. His work has been featured by several other prominent automotive outlets, including Jalopnik and Autobytel.

He obtained a bachelor's degree in Political Science at the Ohio State University in 2013, then pivoted from covering politics and policy to writing about his automotive adventures, something that, he says, is a lot more fun. Since that time, he has established connections with most of the world's major automakers, as well as other key brands in the automotive industry.

He enjoys track days, drifting, and autocross, at least, when his cars are running right, which is uncommon. You can check out what he's up to on his YouTube channel, as well as his Jake Stumph Racing Instagram account. He can be reached via email at [email protected]

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