The episode opens with shows on a white car (1986 Toyota Trueno) driving down a mountain road sometime during the night. There are various views of the interior and exterior of the car, though the driver remains unseen as the car drifts and slides down the mountain road with near perfect driving skill at high speed (130km/h). It passes by a man in a car driving in the opposite direction, who comments (on seeing the car) ""So he's still driving in these mountains..."" The scene cuts to two teenage boys (Itsuki and Takumi), Itsuki reading a car magazine and lamenting about the cost of new cars. He comments that he could buy an '86 for about 30,000 yen, but he's only got about 5,000. His friend (Takumi) seems completely disinterested by car talk. Shortly, a girl (Natsuki) arrives, surprising both boys. She asks if they're surprised she's talking to them, then goes on to ask why Itsuki and Takumi could only have made 12,000 yen while working such long hours. Since she's never worked, she
At the end of the last episode, the '86 had just made a perfect drift on a dangerous turn, leaving Keisuke in it's dust, trying to figure out how the '86, a 10 year old car, passed him easily. At the tofu shop (also the Fujiwara home) Takumi recieves a phone call that wakes him up, and goes to meen Natsuki in town, as she wants to spend the day with him. Takumi agrees since they've never had a major argument. Natsuki asks Takumi if he can drive, and he says he can, so Natsuki says he can drive them to a picnic, not caring his car is ""just an old tofu delivery car."" As they talk, Natsuki suggests a trip to the beach. Meanwhile, Iketani finds the '86 parked at the tofu shop, and tries to figure out why his boss thinks so highly of it. He's about to leave when Takumi gets home and asks what he's doing there. They go for a drive, and Iketani asks why Takumi didn't know what an '86 is, when his dad owns one. Takumi didn't realise, because it says Trueno on it. At the gas station, Itsu
After crashing his car, Iketani is taken to hospital by the 4WD driver he nearly crashed into. One of his teammates tells Itsuki and Takumi what happened the next day at work, that he crashed and his car is wrecked. Itsuki freaks out, becuase now there is noone with a hope of beating the RedSuns in the race coming up that Saturday. Iketani gets out of hospital and goes to check on his car, but it's still a wreck, as the parts aren't available. He goes to the tofu shop to see Bunta, and begs him to race in his place to beat the RedSuns. Bunta calls him crazy. Iketani rants about how they can't let the RedSuns move in and win on Akina turf. After he leaves, Bunta goes to the gas station right after it closses to see the owner. They're old friends, obviously, and Bunta asks if he told Iketani about his young days as a racer. The owner says admits that he did. Bunta tells him about Iketani's plea, and they talk for awhile about Bunta's days as a great street racer and how Iketani is
The Takahashi brothers make last minute adjustments to the FD while waiting for the 86 to arrive. Keisuke starts to get pissed off with waiting and is determined to use his frustration to really beat the Speed Stars badly in the race. Itsuki arrives on a scooter after Takumi failed to pick him up, and since it's nearly time, Iketani relies on Kenji to race in his place. Just before they start, the finish line checkpoint reports an incoming car. They;re waiting for it to get past the set race ocurse before commencing, only to realise it's the 86, finally arriving. They delay the race until it shows up to race. Takumi approaches, trying to figure out why so many people are here. He doesn't care about the race, just the full tank of gas he'll get. Everyone is waiting expectantly as the 86 finally arrives, Itsuki struggles to see who the driver is through the crowd... then everyone is amazed when it's Takumi, the guy who knows nothing about cars. Iketani tries to figure out why Bunta s
The race between Keisuke and Takumi continues. The crowd lining the sides of the track are absolutely stunned by the display of driving, especially that the outdated '86 Trueno can keep up with a sports car like the RX7. Ryousuke gets on the radio and tells the man at the next turn checkpoint to explain exactly what he sees. On a particularly sharp turn, Keisuke moves to turn it normally, but the '86 takes the inside! At the speed the cars are travelling, trying to enter on the inside is scuicidal. Suddenly, there is a crunch noise as the '86 enters the turn, then somehow it manages to stay on the inside of the turn as though it's stuck to the road, completely defying the laws of physics and it's supposed tyre grip. Watching the race, Takeshi Nakazato, the Night Kids leader says that he knows exactly how the '86 pulled off that turn. He brags to himself that only he will beat the Akina '86, then gets into his Skyline and drives off. At the bottom of the mountain, the cars round t
Ryousuke Takahashi is driving around Akina, when Takeshi Nakazato tails him in his Skyline. Ryousuke is just going to let him pass until he realsies what kind of car it is, and decides to race. He speeds up, and Takeshi makes chase, taking the turns straight while Ryousuke drifts them. Down in the town, Takumi is just dropping Natsuki off from their trip to the beach. Before gettingo ut of the cat, Natsuki comments that even though Takumi's car is old, it's reliable and 'cute'. She asks what it's called, and Takumi says it's a Trueno. She asks if he'll use the Trueno next time they go out, then leaves, saying she'll call him. Takumi talks to the car once she's gone: ""She called you cute. What am I going to do with you?"" Back on the mountain, Takeshi is smug that his R32 Skyline can keep up with the famous Ryousuke Takahashi, without drifting. Ryousuke pulls over (as does Takeshi) and introduces himself. Takeshi introduces himself, but while Ryousuke recognises the name, he remember
The episode opens with a flashback to the locker room at school, where three guys are talking about Natsuki. The ringleader of the little group brags that if he wanted Natsuki, it would be no problem to score with her, that all girls will do it whether they like it or not. Takumi happes to be there, and is of course, none too pleased to hear guys talking smack about her. He confronts the group, and a brief scuffle ensues with Takumi the victor, standing over the other guy. Takumi awakes from this flashback/dream, and starts thinking about his trip to the beach with Natsuki. Noticing the time he leaves for work. At work, Yuuichi is looking for Iketani, but it seems he's not there. Itsuki thinks he called in sick and jokes about how he passed out after only three turns in Takumi's car. In any case, Yuuichi needs something delivered and lets Takumi take his car to deliver the bills since Iketani isn't around. As he leaves, Itsuki asks Yuuichi why he never lets him take deliveries, sin
Kenji is driving Itsuki and Iketani up the mountain, the trio noticing how many people are here to watch the race. Itsuki si freaking out because he's responsible for pissing off so many people. Takumi is at home trying to find out where Bunta is, hoping he comes home in time as he thinks about everything.. his conversations with his father and his boss. Back on the mountain, the trio are somewhat panicking about the race. Itsuki just wants to go apologise to Nakazato and leave, but Iketani is holding out hope that Takumi will show up, since it's only 9:15. The others aren't convinced he can win even if he does come, but Iketani has a new attitude. With so much experience on this mountain, Takumi should have the advantage, even against a much more powerful car. At 9:20, the Takahashi's show up for the race. Takeshi Nakazato brags some more about how he's going to defeat the 86 and rpove his superiority over the Takahashi's. Ryousuke doesn't really care what he says, noticing the
The episode starts off with a short recap of episode 8: Takumi lying onh is bed thinking about cars and why his attitude has changed lately, getting the car back, and driving up to the mountain to start the race... Standing beside their cars, Takumi and Takeshi size each other up some, Takeshi surprised Takumi is so young: he can't have had his license very long. Takumi is just looking at the car, thinking about what Yuuichi told him. Takeshi cuts off the reverie, introducing himself. Takumi introduces himself in return. Takeshi vows to remember his name. Meanwhile, Yuuichi is still talking to Bunta on the phone, unsure that Takumi can cope with the changes to the 86 in time to adjust in the race. Yuuichi wonders why Bunta didn't tell him about the change, but Bunta says it would be pointless. Takumi doesn't think while driving, since he doesn't know cars. He just feels his way through things. He should be alright. The finish line station lets the start line know the road is cl
There is a brief recap of the race so far to kick off the episode, up to the 5 consecutive turns where Keisuke lost his race. The crowd is shocked to see the 86 so close to the 32. There are some great racing scenes of the two cars (so, not alot of dialogue or plot developments to cap here). The racers are still being closely followed by Ryousuke's RX7. As they get into the turns, Nakazato realises he's close ot the spot where the 86 used it's gutter technique to beat Keisuke, and moves so that Takumi can't take the inside. Keisuke also notices this. Stripped of the ability to gutter-drift, Takumi tries to drift around Nakazato from the outside of the turn, cutting it so close to the opposite side of the track with his back wheels, they kick up dirt onto the bystanders. Nakazato catches the move in time and moves to block Takumi. There are three turns left now, and once again, Takumi tries to take the outside as Nakazato clocks the inside. Once again, Nakazato blocks his attempt.
With Itsuki and his Eight-Five belittled by some guys, Takumi takes it upon himself to drive with Itsuki down Mount Akina to overtake the offending cars. Itsuki is amazed that Takumi can drive such an outdated car so well, and afterwards says he will work hard to be a good racer. Meanwhile, Natsuki asks Takumi on another date, but Takumi remembers he promised his buddy Itsuki he could join so he asks Natsuki to set him up for a double date. Iketani gets his S-13 back from the shop and practices some turns on Mount Akina, but a Night Kids racer named Shingo Shouji appears in a red EG-6, and pulls some dangerous maneuvers on Iketani, nearly causing Iketani to wipe out.
Takumi has managed to arrange a double date for the day: he goes with Natsuki, while Itsuki goes with Natsuki’s friend, who turns out to be someone Itsuki really likes! Iketani invites Takumi to drive his S-13, but this time he’s going to try to stay awake the whole time. Then the Night Kids arrive with Shingo leading the pack. Iketani is fired up for revenge but they listen to Shingo’s demand; He wants to challenge the Eight-Six next Saturday night for a Duct Tape Death Match.
Shingo has challenged the Eight-Six driver to a Duct Tape Death Match and awaits his response. Takumi doesn’t seem interested, even when his friends explain the challenges to each other about the match. That seems to be the safe idea. Meanwhile, Itsuki calls up Saori for a date, and they go to Lake Akina. Shingo hasn’t heard back so he escalates the situation when he sees Itsuki’s Eight-Five driving down Mount Akina.
Shingo provoked a challenge to a downhill race. Unable to put up with threats to his friends Takumi accepts, but on finding out that it will be a gumtape death match where his driving hand will be taped on the steering wheel so he can not remove it his friends think that he might have bitten off to much than he can handle. Will Takumi be able to learn how to master the skill needed to race with this handicap or will it be the end of the mighty Eighty - Six.
During the Gumtape Battle Shingo’s reckless driving makes Takumi angry after a near collsion with Shingo. This is a new type of driving having to deal with aggressive and not being able to remove his hand from the steering wheel causes takumi to show one of his firsts change of expressions. His face and driving feels with anger as he attacks back using no thought but to win and due it at speeds and cornering that is just pure dangerous.
Iketani is out on his date with Mako while the rest of the guys are scouting to see what kind of girl would be dating him. They hear about a car called the Sil-Eighty from the team Impact Blue. The guys try out the course on Mount Usui and learn that the best on the mountain is none other than Mako!
Iketani is given a tempting incentive by Mako if he can have the Eight-Six race Mako's team. Offended by the offer, he turns it down in anger, but mentions it to Takumi, who accepts the challenge without any convincing. Takumi's recent battles have given him a greater appreciation of driving and the need to try other roads.
The race has begun on Mt. Usui. With Mako driving the mouse, the Impact Blue team hopes to see how Takumi and his Eight-Six handle the pressure, and then plan to leave him in the dust. Takumi struggles to keep up, wondering if he is in over his head. And then comes the big curve, C-121, which will prove if he has what it takes.
This episode focuses on the White Comet of the Akagi Red Suns, a title given to Ryousuke Takahashi because he moves like a comet when driving. Ryousuke is determined to regain honor lost, and will not give up until he's defeated the best of Akina, which would be Takumi and his Eight-Six. He issues the challenge and the stage is set to make or break a legend. Takumi's team makes some tuning adjustments to the Eight-Six, but will it be enough to face Ryousuke?
Ryosuke Takahashi the founder and leader of the RedSuns is about to do what he never had to do before. He will drive with everything he has against the Eighty - Six showing that there is a huge gap between talent and skill. Will Takumi be able to defend against the analytical brother with more experiance in driving than most Pros.
What would happen if the Eight-Six gets a new upgrade? That’s exactly what Iketani and Itsuki has been thinking about to increase the performance of Takumi’s vehicle. But would Bunta allow it? Elsewhere, team Emperor’s winning streak isn’t slowing down as they continue to sweep across Gunma, defeating every race team with ease. Their next target, Akina’s Eight-Six.
Kyoiichi senses an uncanny fighting spirit within the Eight-Six’s driver, as he gives Seiji strict rules against the race. Seiji however decides to ignore these rules and launches his Evo IV into full power. Takumi is outclassed in almost every category as the Evo IV’s power is truly amazing. The battle risk escalates when the race reaches it’s second half point of the coarse.
Kyoiichi is realizing just how incredible Akina’s downhill is, yet he has full confidence in his rally tuned Evo III. Takumi soon realizes the difference between the Eight-Six and the loud banging horsepower of the Evo III. It seems that Bunta instinctively knows of the race taking place as a major turning point is about to happen in the series.
With the Eight-Six out of the picture, the RedSuns has become the main representatives of Gunma, as every local racer within the prefecture are in favor of Emperor’s defeat. Ryosuke has returned on the street to defeat the revenge-seeking Kyoiichi, who plans to use his theories of motorsports against the White Comet. Also, Iketani and Kenji spot another racer from a neighbouring prefecture.
The Eight-Six has returned undergoing a major change. Takumi soon test-drives the new performance much to his mixed satisfactions and disappointments, but what he doesn’t understand is what Bunta knows what’s within that car. Also, the relationship between Takumi and Natsuki is falling apart, but Itsuki’s heart is shaken with the appearance of Kazumi.
After Wataru issues a short-lived battle against Keisuke, his sister Kazumi introduces him to Itsuki leading to a chance meeting with another Eight-Six driver. At first everything seems right with the meeting, but because of Takumi’s naïve reaction to his car’s new downhill weapon, Wataru rubs it the wrong way as his bad side emerges.
Fujiwara is about to experience a completely different type of racer within Wataru’s own Eight-Six, in a treacherous mountain pass consisted of mixed elevations, rusting guardrails, unexpected traps and aging rough pavements. As Takumi presses down the accelerator, the true nature of the Eight-Six’s new hidden weapon emerges in it’s monstrous raw performance.
The battle between the two Eight-Sixes have met Wataru’s satisfaction much higher than he expected, but he plans to decide the outcome of this battle with the judgement of the human body’s limitations. Takumi soon realizes he is losing grip of his pace. After the battle, a series of revelations take place among all the characters in preparation to what’s coming next.
With high school graduation right around the corner, Takumi Fujiwara has a lot on his mind and a lot to prepare for. Everything becomes even more complicated when Takumi is offered a spot on Ryosuke Takahashi's elite Kengai Racing Team, which seeks to assemble the greatest racers in the Gunma area for a tour of Japan's mountain passes. Before he can accept however, Takumi feels the need to settle the score with the Lancer Evo driving Emperor team, defend his downhill-racer crown against the son of his father's greatest rival, and finally settle things with his unfaithful girlfriend Natsuki
Act 3 starts off with Takumi driving on Akina after finishing his tofu deliveries upon returning home Takumi informs his father that he will be doing the deliveries for the next few days due to the fact that the team will be having another away match this week their next targets are a team called The Toudou Racing School A special school for driving techniques run by a car shop owner and ex-rally driver.The opponents are Daiki with his Honda Civic EK-9 on the downhill and Sakai with his Honda Integra DC2 Type R on the uphill.This whole episode is just everyone preparing for the up coming battles and ends with Ryosuke giving Takumi a little bit of advice for his race.
Act 4 is completely the race between Takumi and Daiki once again it is in the leader/chaser style with Daiki choosing to be out in front for the first heat.Has the race progresses we learn just what the two pieces of advice Ryosuke gave Takumi in Act 3 were. First ""don't look back"" - Secondly rev limiting he told Takumi to shift gears at 9000 RPM and not the normal 11,000. The downhill battle seemed to be a bit of a surprise to both racers on Daiki's part it was just how fast both the 86 and Takumi were and on Takumi's side it seemed to be just how much Daiki was able to push him to the edge of his ability's. Has for the race itself the first heat failed to resolve anything with Daiki failing to pass Takumi and in Takumi failing to put any distance between the two of them has for the second heat with Daiki in lead now Takumi was able to end the race when he passed Daiki while using the 86 to it's full potential.
Act 5 begins with a few short scene's first it's Takumi chatting with Iketani and Itsuke at the gas station followed by Director Toudou giving some advice to a former student and professional racer Tomoyuki Tachi telling him that he feels that he should participate in a street race to help him get out of a slump he is in and after that we have Takumi sitting at home waiting for Bunta to arrive who has taken the 86 for a little spin upon seeing how well tuned the 86 is Bunta feels that there is no more fun left for him in the tuning the 86 any longer and thus informs Takumi that he is thinking about purchasing a new car for himself!. Keisuke and Ryosuke are at home when we learn that a challenge has been made from the Toudou Racing School for a re-match against Project D and on top of that Ryosuke is informed that the driver is a professional by The Emperor's Koyichi Sudo who is also a Toudou School alumni upon hearing this news Keisuke feels that he should be the one how races on behal
Act 6 is completely the race between The 86 and The Toudou School Demo Civic EK9 unlike the last two battles in this one the racers start off side by side with the 86 taking the lead into the first corner but Takumi's lead would be short lived has Tachi passes him rather easily at least so it seems to the untrained eye but we learn that Tachi used a technique called the disappearing line that when used properly even pro racers can't avoid getting passed.After the race proceeds past the half way maker Takumi finds a way to adapt the technique used by Tachi by turning off his headlights coming out of a corner and then pulling ahead by taking the unblocked line but even after he uses this trick he gets passed once more when Tachi taps the rear of The 86 making Takumi loose his rhythm for a second.After being passed the second time Takumi decides that if he is to stand a chance at winning he must use his ""Blind Attack"" again , at the last turn before the home stretch Tachi not knowing wher
With two prefectures of Project D completed, they move on towards the prefecture of Saitama, only to discover the difference of the roads compared to Kanto’s Gunma and Tochigi counterparts. This time, Keisuke will have to work on his acceleration techniques. However, there seems to be an unexpected twist, as his opponent also drives an FD, and happens to be a girl.
Nobuhiko has devised a new devilish Eight-Six destroyer at the sight of the Cappuchino, and with the addition of a rally racer named Sakamoto, the chance of success for Saitama Grand United is close to 100%. The next battle Project D will face is going to be in another new level, as chances of a rainy night is taken to notice.
The downhill race between the 86 and the Cappucino starts, and everyone is talking about how much advantage the Cappucino has over the 86. But that advantage is lessen by the rain because the burden of the race shifts from the car to the driver's skills. Iketani, Kenji, and Itsuki goes to watch Takumi's race. Ryosuke gives Takumi some advice in beating his opponent, but he didn't give it clearly because he wants Takumi's skills to grow by figuring it out. This episode ends when Takumi's 86 catches up to the Cappucino by turning early so he spends more time stepping on the accelerator.
The downhill rain battle continues between Takumi's 86 and the Cappucino. Fujiwara tries to do a counter attack because he misunderstood what Ryosuke told him. The second time Takumi tried to counterattack, he makes a mistake and puts a gap between himself and his opponent. As they come closer to the finish line, Takumi begins to wonder whether or not he should beat his opponent in the straightaway, eventhough he lost in the corners. When Sakamoto tried to block Takumi from passing him, Takumi instinctively uses the blind attack winning him the race. He also almost runs over his friends on the road since his headlights were off and they could not see him. Everyone was shocked the race was over in the first round. Now the second battle in the rain takes place between Wataru Ikiyama and his 86, and Keisuke Takahashi and his FD.
Takumi continues to struggle between the difference of his Eight-Six and the Impreza’s awesome 4WD capabilities. Surprisingly, he gets a tip in starting to solve this problem from an unexpected ex-rival. Now Project D has come to meet with their next opponents, a pair of Lan Evos. However a deadly trap that will turn the tides has been set against them. This puts the practise on a risky hold.
Keisuke doesn’t know what to do now that the trap has become a success in his opponent’s favor. Nonetheless, he fights to find alternate ways to accomplish his goals, but fails with little success. Instead of giving up, an unexpected source arrives to his aid, but would Keisuke break the code of the RedSuns to compete with his pride as a Project D racer?
It seems that the Lan Evo team will continue to do everything to win the battles, even if they have to resort to dirty tricks. That’s just exactly what the next Lan Evo driver told Takumi, to give the Project D driver a warning of what’s to come. If Takumi wants to complete the Saitama battles of Project D, he’ll have to make a choice whether to heed the warning or not.
Now that Project D is now recognized as streetracers worthy of competing against high levels, they have to venture out much farther to meet greater rivals in the streets. Purple Shadow, a legendary pair of streetracers in Ibaraki prefecture have come back out of retirement to prove that they can still hold the title of not just kings, but Gods of the streets.
Keisuke agrees to Hoshino’s request in making the uphill battle rule different, until Ryosuke tells him that this is in favor of the FD. This makes Keisuke feel a lot of pressure concerning Hoshino’s true intentions, as the battle between his newly modified FD is put to it’s first test against Godfoot’s newly purchased next generation GT-R34.
The battle between the FD and GT-R continues, however the real battle has just begun. Now, Hoshino demonstrates his unique driving skills that people call the impossible earning him the name Godfoot. This makes Keisuke’s true racing abilities appear when it’s pushed beyond his limits as both drivers begin to drive recklessly forcing the battle to be settled in more than just one battle.
As the battle between the super powered cars of the hillclimb has ended, Takumi’s battle is another story. Takumi realizes that his opponent has the same frightening aura that the Impreza driver had, making his battle with Godhand more difficult. This time, it’s streetracing skills against another form of streetracing skills.
The battle between Takumi’s Eight-Six and Toshiro’s S2000 has become a battle of the best endurance. Yet Ryosuke suspects that something isn’t right about the battle, rather he finds out late on what has just happened. Now that the battle has stretched for far too long, Godhand gets serious and shows off his true driving skills when he is at the peak of his full potential.
Following their narrow victory against Purple Shadow, Project D's reputation is at stake after a pair of imposters parade around Saitama. Initially Takumi seems oblivious to the incident, but takes notice after he is mistakenly blamed for taking advantage of a girl. Meanwhile, the final stage of Project D's expeditions is upon them, and is to be the hardest yet.
The first stage of Project D's Kanagawa expeditions is against Team 246: Satoshi Omiya and Kobayakawa. Although racing for their own pride, 246 are actually part of a grand plan initiated by Team Sidewinder's Go Hojo and Eiji Kubo. As the uphill race begins, Kobayakawa is about to be shown the true ability of Keisuke Takahashi.
Kanagawa's Second Line will be against RT Katagiri, where Takumi encounters Kai Kogashiwa: a former rival from Irohazaka; graduated from street racing and now a professional racer with his MR-S. However, Takumi is starting to show a "Zone" that had evolved from the Purple Shadow races, a zone that even Ryosuke cannot explain. The winner of this race is up in the air.
As the battle heats up, both Takumi and Kai both use all of their ability, and then some, to battle for the win. In the next battle, Keisuke puts his new accelerator techniques to the test against Minagawa's Supra. But as Ryosuke explains, there is another purpose of this training that would allow him to beat the "super-orthodox" pro racer.
Keisuke's next opponent in Kanagawa's Four Lines of Defense is the leader of Team Spiral, Ryuji "Zero" Ikeda. Ikeda believes in his "Zero Theory", where the driver thinks of nothing except being one with the car to create the ultimate racer. Quite similar to Ryosuke's Fastest Racer Theory, Ryosuke also notices a few flaws in Ikeda's theory. A flaw that would arise as the wet conditions create a fog battle.
The downhill battle between Takumi and Hiroya "Zero 1" Okuyama's S15 starts, with Okuyama waiting to attack until the later section because of the fog. However, he hasn't considered the ability of Takumi's adaptibility skills. Whilst this is on, another battle is in the midst: Ryosuke's inevitable battle with the driver known as 'Shinigami', Rin Hojo.
The destined battle between Ryosuke and Rin 'Shinigami' Hojo has begun, over a girl named Kaori. As the race progresses on, the story of Ryosuke, Hojo and Kaori is revealed. And as Ikeda of Spiral Zero spectates the race from behind, it's obvious that this race of fate has quickly risen well beyond dangerous.
As the battle get more dangerous, several confessions come into play that create the full picture behind the feud between Ryosuke and Rin, and how Rin's actions played a huge part in Kaori's suicide. But as they approach the end of the track, Rin's tires and brakes are completely shot, turning his R32 into an unstoppable weapon. What's going to happen, and can Ryosuke escape?!
As the out-of-control FC and R32 hurtles down the mountain, only a miracle can stop these two missiles from spectacularly crashing! Meanwhile, Project D prepares for their last battle of Kanagawa against the secretive Team Sidewinder. That is, until the SpeedStars find out that Takumi’s opponent will be an Eight-Six.
The intense hill climb battle between Keisuke and Go Hojo is coming to the end of second round. Keisuke engages in attack mode and Go Hojo starts to get tense. Meanwhile, Shinji Inui has revealed to especially Mako and Sayuki, who has been with him, that he would be the racer of the downhill battle against Takumi.
Takumi and Shinji's match thus kicks off on an instant. Shinji is given the lead. Bunta steps out of the tofu shop and breaks his key pouch after accidentally dropping it. Bunta speculates an unfortunate event that will happen. Shinji starts to show his dormant power, leaving Takumi to be shocked himself.
Takumi and Shinji continue with their match with Takumi, still bewildered by Shinji, starts to focus. But suddenly, Shinji allows Takumi to pass, which disturbs Takumi even more. Even Kubo is utterly disheartened by the turn of events, but both Go and Ryosuke believe this was inevitable, creating a suitable conclusion to Project D's expeditions.
The intense downhill battle between the two drivers are reaching an end, as Takumi and Shinji race to their absolute limits. As this battle comes to a close, and the reign of Project D finally ends, the true meaning behind the "D" will be revealed. As the characters go on different paths, Takumi's passion to be "the fastest one out there" will never end.