Professional drifter Ryan Tuerck recently swapped the engine out of a Ferrari into a Scion FR-S, making a what you would call a Frankenstein’s monster of a car if Frankenstein’s monster came out breathing fire and ripping donuts in a parking lot. Next to a 458 Italia, the car that comes standard with the 578-hp F136 V8 engine that was swapped into this drift monster, the FR-S looks…
This was just a photo shoot, but seeing these two next to each other invites you to dream about a drag race between the two. It wouldn’t be disrespectful to Ferrari to say the engine swapped FR-S is probably a bit quicker than the production car. The stock Ferrari has nice things like leather seats, a radio, traction control, and air conditioning (check out the F&F ready roof scoop for fresh air on the FR-S, that won’t fly in a quarter million dollar car). Oh and a legal exhaust. That 1-foot long exhaust that exits before the front tires probably won’t pass CAFE.
No drag race in this video, just some good old fashioned friendly donuts.
In case you’re wondering, Tuerck seems to have perfect control over the car, so the V8 swap didn’t mess with the handling too much.
This is the same guy who drifted up the Oregon Trail and up a ski mountain in his drift FR-S, so hold don’t worry, we can expect more awesome videos featuring the Ferrari swapped Scion.
The Scion FR-S/ Toyota 86 is a fantastic car, and if you’re building a drift car the 2JZ is an awesome choice. It’s also a pretty common one. V8 swaps aren’t unheard of either. What’s a guy supposed to swap in when he wants to stand out from the crowd but still needs to compete? A Ferrari 458 engine should do the trick.
The FR-S/ 86 chassis is a bit of a tight fit for the Ferrari V8 engine swap, but sometimes tight is goo.
Tuerck’s 86 needed a little modification to fit the 458 engine. The tube frame and exhaust that exits before the front wheels might not be street legal, but that’s ok we love it anyway.
Here’s why this is an idea that should make its way back to Toyota and get some real attention.
Toyota might be stepping away from Subaru for the next generation of the FR-S, and they need another smaller automaker to get into bed with. Why not try Italian this time?
A new Toyota Supra still hasn’t happened and when the Supra was out it had the best engine in the world. Remember when Dom said “smoke him” and we were all surprised when the Supra beat the Ferrari? Turns out that wasn’t all that unexpected, the Ferrari had 300 hp. But that was 15 years ago, now the Supra would need a little more to beat a Ferrari.
Toyotas have a reputation as appliance cars, and what could incite excitement more than using the engine technology from the most famous, desired, passion creating car maker in the world? The company needs a win especially after Scion’s slow and painfull death.