Even with his buddy Iggy in the backseat, the battle in the rain goes to Tak. As a defeated Nakamura watches Tak pass him by, a mysterious Evolution 6 appears out of nowhere and leaves him behind as well. It seems the Evo belongs to a couple of guys from Team Emperor, Seiji and Kyoichi, who've been itching to get a crack at Gunma's fastest.
They get their shot on Mt. Akina when Tak agrees to give Seiji the race he's been asking for. Meanwhile, Bunta's got a hot new engine to put in the 86, but before he'll do it Tak's got one final lesson in racing to learn - how to lose.
Story and art by Shuichi Shigeno.