Video: Driving the Real-Life Akina Pass

https://www.youtube.com/embed/D_szuaJRF4Y

The Akina Pass from Initial D may not be real, but it is based on the very real Jomo-Sanzan Panorama Highway. These mountain passes—commonly referred to as "touges"—are popular with drivers thanks to their sharp turns, steep inclines and narrow roads.

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j_tso
j_tso Reader
5/21/20 8:49 a.m.

That's a lot shorter than the 3 episode races in the show.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/21/20 8:52 a.m.
j_tso said:

That's a lot shorter than the 3 episode races in the show.

Never meet your heroes, right? Still, what an exhaust note. 

bmw88rider (Forum Supporter)
bmw88rider (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
5/21/20 9:08 a.m.

The car sounded great. Anyone know what it was?

The road.......ehhhh. I guess I've gotten spoiled with the great canyon carving roads of the front range here. I remember better roads than that in Japan. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/21/20 9:20 a.m.

In reply to bmw88rider (Forum Supporter) :

I'm no engine expert, but I'd pin it as the Toyota 4A-GE.

It's a great sounding engine, especially with a set of individual throttle bodies.

EDIT: Dr. Hess has the actual answer.

Dr. Hess (Forum Supporter)
Dr. Hess (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/21/20 9:28 a.m.
bmw88rider (Forum Supporter) said:

The car sounded great. Anyone know what it was?

The road.......ehhhh. I guess I've gotten spoiled with the great canyon carving roads of the front range here. I remember better roads than that in Japan. 

Altezza.  It says at the end.

BoxheadTim
BoxheadTim MegaDork
5/21/20 8:09 p.m.

They did not mention if they were running Tofu or not...

spacecadet (Forum Supporter)
spacecadet (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
5/21/20 8:25 p.m.

Mentioned in the video description is they only ran to the Skate rink as to not disturb the town below. 

so there's a bunch more mountain pass they didn't show. Here's a Photo of the pass with MY MS paint red dot placed where they turned around in the video..... and the red map marker showing the starting line. 

Yaseone Pass on Mt Haruna....AKA Mt Akina



when you look at the map you can see how much of the mountain pass they skip. 
 

Daylan C (Forum Supporter)
Daylan C (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
5/21/20 8:32 p.m.

In reply to spacecadet (Forum Supporter) :

I'm only counting 4 consecutive hairpins. This is disappointing.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
5/21/20 9:17 p.m.
j_tso said:

That's a lot shorter than the 3 episode races in the show.

You need to slow time down so that every corner takes about 30 seconds of introspection.  Then cut back to that FC driving old fart who blathers on obliquely about strategy and tactics while his hangers-on struggle to figure out what he is implying.

 

I would not mind an Initial D Zero, all about Bunta's exploits.  I mean, yeah, it would be a foregone conclusion that Fujiwara would win, but still.  Takumi exists, so there's the romance based side plot they always have to have.  I bet Bunta drove an 18RG powered Celica.

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