One of Takumi's friends, Koichiro Iketani (池谷 浩一郎 Iketani Kōichirō, "Cole") works at a local gas station with Itsuki. Itsuki admires him, as Iketani is leader of the local racing team, the Akina SpeedStars. Iketani drives a Nissan S13 Silvia. At first, Iketani thinks that the SpeedStars are the best drivers in Akina but later his boss Yuichi tells Iketani of the mysterious driver of an Eight-Six who was the fastest driver in his time, and that he suspects that the driver is the owner of the local tofu shop.
He is an average racer at best, but his skills are decent enough for him to be leader of the Speed Stars.
It is Iketani (along with Itsuki) who explains to Takumi the practice of referring to street-racing cars by their chassis codes, since this is the simplest way of denoting different body style/engine combinations. For example, instead of specifying the 1983-1987 Toyota Sprinter Trueno or Corolla Levin with the 4A-GE engine, one can simply call it an AE86, or more simply, an "Eight-Six".
He apparently still lives with his parents.
Sayuki calls him "Ichikoro", much to Mako's embarassment.
Height: 175cm (5'9)
Weight: 60kg (132 lbs)
Likes: His beloved Silvia S13, when someone say they like the S13
Dislikes: Both Silvia S14 and S15
Special skills: cornering (lame), E-brake cornering
|Car||Nissan Silvia K's (S13)|
|Color||Lime Green Two-tone|
|Custom Parts||Nissan S13 Silvia K's Aero Front Lip, Side Skirt, Rear Bumper & Rear Spoiler, BRIDE racing seat, NISMO LM GT4 wheels (anime), SSR Mark II R wheels (manga and Arcade Stage games), Nissan S13 Exhaust, and SpeedStars Sticker|
|Japanese voice actor||Kazuki Yao (TV series), Hiroshi Tsuchida (New Initial D the Movie)|
|English voice actor||Crispin Freeman (Tokyopop dub), Eric Vale (Funimation dub)|