Takumi works part-time at a gas station with his best friend Itsuki Takeuchi, and the leader of the Akina Speed Stars, Iketani. Early in the series, both Itsuki and Iketani think that Takumi has no driving ability because of Takumi's total disinterest in cars and racing. But actually, Takumi has far more experience on Mt. Akina than Iketani and Itsuki. The only person that suspects Takumi's superior driving skills is his boss, Yuichi, after Takumi correctly identified the correct technique to a four-wheel drift (much to Iketani and Itsuki's obliviousness).
Bunta aside, Takumi's driving technique is the best on Akina; the very fact that he has managed to win races against far more powerful cars with his Eight-Six Trueno is testament to his driving skills. As a result of constant everyday practice and over 5 years of experience on Akina, Takumi is able to quickly adapt to nearly any situation that presents itself during a race. One factor in his nearly unparalleled driving skill is his ability to visualize the road in his head, thus making up for the lack of visibility no matter how dark the mountain pass may be. This ability only takes effect if he has driven on the road before, which was not the case in some later races. He is an instinctive rather than an intellectual driver. Although the mizo otoshi technique (a technique where the driver drops the inside tires into the rain gutters on the side of the road to defeat centrifugal force) is a great but difficult technique that his father taught him, it led him to many victories throughout the story.
|Initial D First Stage||Season 1||TV||26||8.31||8.48|
|Initial D Second Stage||Season 2||TV||13||8.35||8.6|
|Initial D Third Stage||Movie 1||Movie||1||8.33||8.61|
|Initial D Extra Stage||Side story||OVA||2||7.88||8.17|
|Initial D Battle Stage||Compilation||OVA||1||7.87||8.19|
|Initial D Fourth Stage||Season 3||TV||24||8.63||9.04|
|Initial D Battle Stage 2||OVA||1||7.86||8.57|
|Initial D Extra Stage 2: Tabidachi no Green||OVA||1||8.12||9|
|Initial D Fifth Stage||Season 5||TV||14||8.28||8.7|