Initial D First Stage story start with a high school student Takumi Fujiwara works as a gas station attendant during the day and a delivery boy for his father's tofu shop during late nights.
Little does he know that his precise driving skills and his father's modified Toyota Sprinter AE86 Trueno make him the best amateur road racer on Mt. Akina's highway.
Because of this, racing groups from all over the Gunma prefecture issue challenges to Takumi to see if he really has what it takes to be a road legend.
The Initial D First Stage story begins when street racers called the RedSuns come to challenge Mt. Akina's local team, the SpeedStars, to a "friendly" race. After watching how skilled the RedSuns are, the SpeedStars become determined not to be humiliated on their home turf.
However, the SpeedStars are left in a bind when their driver had an accident during a practice run. They were desperate for a replacement until Iketani learns from his office manager that the fastest car in Akina's downhill is a Trueno AE86 owned by a tofu store owner.
He discovers that the store's owner, Bunta Fujiwara, was a street racer of great repute in his younger days, known as the "Ghost of Akina" . Iketani appeals to the older man to take his place in the race against the RedSuns.
When the race day comes, Bunta's son Takumi appears with his Trueno instead. Takumi proceeds to defeat Keisuke Takahashi and puts an end to the Red Sun's winning streak.
Despite being originally apathetic about the notion of racing, Takumi begins to grow more interested as he receives other challenges, and begins to understand the concept of a street racer's pride. He then proceeds to defeat drivers in more advanced and more powerful cars.
He defeats them in all sorts of conditions culminating in the battle between him and Ryosuke Takahashi. After the race ends Ryosuke acknowledges Takumi is the better driver.
Takumi Fujiwara is an eighteen-year-old high school student who usually appears aloof and uninterested in most things. Along with his best friend Itsuki, they both work at a gas station. They are friends with a young man named Iketani, leader of the Speedstars, a local racing team, and their manager Yuiichi.
One night, Iketani brings the two up Mount Akina to experience the life of a street racer. But just in time, the RedSuns from Akagi led by the Takahashi brothers have come to challenge the Speedstars to a race. What they don't know is the fastest car on the downhill is an Hachi-Roku (Eight-Six) and that is what Takumi uses to deliver tofu every morning.
Keisuke Takahashi of the RedSuns is on the hunt for the mysterious ghost driver of Akina that defeated him with a shocking drift technique. Upon hearing this rumor, Iketani goes out to locate this monstrous Hachi-Roku (Eight-Six) only to learn that it belongs to Takumi's own dad.
The Akina Speedstars has taken the challenge of the RedSuns, but Iketani won't be able to compete in the upcoming battle. By chance, he hopes he can get Bunta Fujiwara to race in his place.
Iketani patiently waits for Bunta to appear to drive for his team against Keisuke Takahashi, but to his surprise, Takumi shows up in his place, reluctantly. This puts everybody in a state of shock, as the unexpected is about to happen.
Everyone in the crowd are speechless, as they have just witnessed the impossible, an Hachi-Roku(Eight-Six) overtaking Keisuke's FD. Ryosuke goes up to solve what's the success behind this somewhat simple car to discover it's unexpected secret.
The next day Takumi goes out on a date with Natsuki to the beach, and the thrilling thoughts of racing have started to interest him.
While Ryosuke is practicing with his FC on Akina's course, a more menacing vehicle appears from behind. Meanwhile Takumi is asked how he earned his godly drifting skills as Iketani wishes to see a demonstration first hand.
Nakazato of the Nightkids wants to challenge this mysterious Hachi-Roku (Eight-Six), but he assumes that its driver has agreed to do so. As Takumi ponders why he should take up the challenge, various people plan on making him change his mind.
The countdown to the night's battle is closing in as everyone has gathered, but where is the Eight-Six? Itsuki will have to make an embarrassing apology to everyone if his best friend decides not to show.
In the world of streetracing, the most essential way to win is through grip racing, which is what Nakazato believes in. He wants to crush the reputation of the Hachi-Roku (Eight-Six's) flashy drifting techniques with his GT-R32.
Nakazato has underestimated Akina's Hachi-Roku (Eight-Six), and he might just be in trouble as the five consecutive hairpins are upon him.
Also to everyone's surprise, Itsuki buys a new car.
To prove the potential of Itsuki's new car, Takumi drives it against a minor racing team from Gunma. Members of the NightKids has been appearing more often, so on the night that Iketani drives out his S13, Shingo appears from behind with deadly intents.
A comparison between the Civic EG6 driving style and the type the Hachi-Roku (Eight-Six) is explained concerning the mystery of this new downhill devil from Myogi. Iketani requests that Takumi demonstrates the hidden potential the S13 carries.
Itsuki is in love with Natsuki's friend, and tries to set up another date with her. Word is spreading fast of the upcoming gum-tape match, yet Takumi hasn't agreed to competing in one. Much to his disappointment, Shingo intends to make that Hachi-Roku (Eight-Six) come out by force.
Takumi has no plans in running away from Shingo's provoked challenge. When he discovers the suicidal consequences of having a duct tape death match with the addition of Shingo's dangerous driving, Takumi might just have added too much pressure on himself.
Triggered by Shingo's reckless attacks, Takumi floors the gas on his Hachi-Roku (Eight-Six) harder than he's ever before performing an insanely different style of driving.
On another story, Iketani will meet his angel.
Rumors of the fastest in Mount Usui are a pair of females called Impact Blue. While Iketani is out on a date with his dreamgirl, his friends decide to watch this mountain pass in hoping to see the rare Sil-Eighty in action.
Mako gives Iketani a tempting offer to lure the Eight-Six in challenging the Sil-Eighty. At first Iketani wasn't willing to agree to her terms, until Takumi considers it having his own agenda.
Takumi is about to realize the importance of knowing your mountain roads, as he struggles to keep up with the Sil-Eighty. The teamwork of Mako and Sayuki prove to be a perfect match, making Impact Blue's strategy is in their advantage.
Mako discovers a new rhythm in her driving, as the final stretches of Mount Usui is in her grasp. Trailing from behind, Takumi continues to struggle keeping up in Mako's scary corner attacks and Sayuki's navigation.
Iketani learns more about Mako's past and gets really depressed feeling that he isn't worthy enough for her. When Mako asks to meet with him where they first met, Iketani decides not to show up. He realizes his mistake and rushes to his angel but arrives much too late.
Ryosuke has now issued a challenge to the Hachi-Roku (Eight-Six's) driver, but for some reason Takumi has been acting more spaced out than usual. Itsuki and Iketani are worried, believing that their friend maybe suffering from lovesickness.
Fujiwara isn't the only one being challenged into a touge battle. After both losing to the newly famed Hachi-Roku (Eight-Six), Keisuke Takahashi of the RedSuns and Takeshi Nakazato of the NightKids are competing against each other for position of which is the most skilled team in Gunma.
Another member of the RedSuns has issued a challenge against the Eight-Six, but this time it will be a rain battle down Mount Myogi.
Everyone across Gunma has been waiting for this moment, when Akagi's White Comet comes face to face with Akina's Hachi-Roku(Eight-Six).
In preparation for this upcoming battle, Bunta tests out the stability of the Eight-Six.
Nobody among the galleries has ever seen Ryosuke Takahashi drive his full potential, that is until the Hachi-Roku appeared. Instead of driving as the founder of the RedSuns, Ryosuke retains his title that made him famous. The White Comet has come at full force, as a new legend among the streets is about to be born between these two rivaling drivers.
The thrill of streetracing has finally caught up to Takumi. He still has a couple of tricks available to him, as the thrilling conclusion of Akina's Hachi-Roku and White Comet of Akagi's undefeated record is settled in one dynamic finish to remember.