Toyota Corolla AE86 Sprinter: A Runaway Winner!

10 November 2017
TTA was one of the world’s pre-eminent AE86 Sprinter teams in Group A touring car racing. This is the John Faulkner/Ray Cutchie hatchback at Bathurst in 1985 where the Aussie works team scored its first of several Bathurst class wins.

The AE86 Corolla Sprinter - one of the world’s last rear wheel-drive small cars - was in production for only five years, yet in that time proved to be one of the world’s best Group A touring cars with many victories across the globe including the UK, Europe and Australia.

Arguably its greatest achievement was winning the manufacturer’s title in the 1986 European Touring Car Championship.  Numerous teams raced AE86 Sprinters in the small car class that year and the big-hearted 1.6 litre pocket rocket almost swept all before it, winning its class in 12 of the 14 rounds.