When it comes to passenger haulage and general utility for family and business, nothing beats a van. And when it comes to vans, except for the very excellent Hyundai Starex, nothing beats the Toyota Hi-Ace. With body dimensions that even Toyota deems as “colossal“, the slab-sided van can ensconce up to eleven passengers while puttering along with a common-rail diesel engine.
How can a breadbox like the Hi-Ace be sporty? To answer the question that only people that have probably nothing else to do in life would ask, a tuner has turned the Hi-Ace into a drift machine. We do not know much about what modifications enable this particular Hi-Ace do the sideways salsa, but we do know the loose nut behind the wheel is the known Super GT and D1 Grand Prix hot-shoe Nobuteru Taniguchi. But then again, he can probably even make buses dance.
Before you scoff at the idea of a drift Hi-Ace, first we invite you to watch the video after the jump. Then, consider the fact that Toyota made the OG touge drift car, the AE86, and its spiritual Subaru-developed successor, the GT86. And finally, realize that finding a logical comparison between the Hachi-Roku and this thing can only lead to the slippery slope of fallacy, unless Bunta Fujiwara decides to buy a proper tofu delivery vehicle for once.
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