A city of 180,000 people in the heart of the Inland Empire in Southern California. Thanks to pollution, a low stanadard of living, and extremely high crime rate, it has become known as the Armpit of California.
A term used to describe a vehicle with the engine located in the front, powering the rear wheels via a propshaft (driveshaft).
Most cars built prior to the 1970's had an FR layout, however most automobile manufacturers are using front wheel drive layouts for their economy models due to lighter weight, and cheaper manufacturing costs. The FR layout is still commonly found in sports cars and high-end luxury sedans.
From a performance standpoint; most FR vehicles are inherently balanced and when correctly setup will exhibit neutral handling characteristics.
Car companies are starting to realize that there is an emerging demand for high performance FR cars in today's market.
Lift-back and coupe models of the popular Toyota Corolla (SR-5 and GT-S) sold between 1984 and 1987 in North America. The sporty lift-back and coupe model Corollas of this generation retained the floorpan and FR configuration of the previous generation, while the more conventional sedans and wagons moved on to an all new FWD platform. The term 'Eightsix' stemmed from the chassis code stamped on the firewall; AE86.
While somewhat dated, the Eightsix still has a loyal following in motorsport circles due to it’s light weight rear wheel drive layout, and it's responsive, high-revving engine.
Jim just bought himself another Eightsix, but I think he is going to part it out.