If the god of thunder and awesome had a blender that he used to make the most delicious ambrosia daiquiris the heavens and earth had ever tasted, it would sound like the Ekanoo racing FR-S spitting flames through its hood in this video. We’ve made no secret of our love for the Ekanoo Racing FR-S, see our other stories about it here, here and here, and this just solidifies it as one of the best 86s in the world.
Chances are you’ve heard some news anchor or “social media expert” waxing poetic on TV or the internet about how this generation will have video and picture proof of their entire lives to look back on. That’s boring, nobody cares about your life except your mom and she loves your brother better anyway. What’s not boring is watching the life of Ekanoo Racing’s GT86 as it grows from a little sports car with an engine swap to a fire breathing (literally) six second monster.
Here is the 2JZ swapped GT86 running with a Precision 6262 turbo making 440-whp.
With a bit of tuning and race gas, the 2JZ GT86 made 577-whp. Not bad.
An 11 second pass is nothing to complain about, but running an 11.1 left Ekanoo racing smelling tens and vowing to be back soon.
And they were back, ticking off a 10.9 on Nitto 555 drag tires.
Adding a 4 row intercooler, AEM ECU, and a 3.5-inch exhaust, EKanoo got the GT86 to put down 633-horsepower.
With those new mods, the 2JZ GT86 made a 10.5-second pass at 196-km/h.
After adding new heads, HKS 272 cams, and new axles, the Ekanoo GT86 broke quadruple digits and put down 1,082 wheel horsepower on a dyno.
Then it looks like Ekanoo either painted their GT86 white or bought a new one to use what they had learned on a straight drag car, then promptly grenaded their driveshaft in a shower of sparks at the end of a run.
The first shakedown run with a new driveshaft resulted in a 7.54 1/4 mile at 259-km/h.
Then finally the 6.85-second quarter mile run at 325-km/h that we posted about earlier.
You can do a lot of things in six seconds: make a first impression, shotgun a beer, fix your hair, run 20 yards, disappoint a woman emotionally or physically.
And now: Travel the 1/4 mile in six seconds in a GT86!
Ekanoo racing out of Bahrain just posted this video of their GT86 doing the 1/4 mile in 6.85 seconds. The car, owned by Ebrahim Kanoo, is powered by a 2JZ engine swap (of course) and lives at the Ekanoo Racing shop next to a 6.15 second Supra.
Corvette horsepower and FR-S handling? A match made in heaven.
Pure Automotive Performance is building an LS2 V8-powered Scion FR-S. The FR-S’ 200-horsepower flat four engine was ripped out and replaced with a 6.0-liter LS2 Chevy V8 from a Corvette. The LS2 FR-S doesn’t just get a light weight body swapped onto it, it also has a Comp LS-R cam, ARP studs, Comp Trunnions, Comp push rods, Comp timing set, dual springs and titanium retainers. The setup should be good for over 400-wheel horsepower naturally aspirated.
Chevy LS motor in a FR-S isn’t a new idea. We’ve seen the LS2 powered BRZ06 (another punny build name!), an individual throttle body LS-series V8 in an FR-S and a Japanese V8 FT 86 Swap before. That’s OK though, gearheads have been putting big American V8s into small imported sports cars since the first small imported sports cars made it to southern California so of course the FR-S and BRZ are getting the same V8 Swap treatment from modern tuners.
The Subaru BRZ is the Arya Stark of the Subaru Family. Light and nimble, much smaller than her older brother Rob, she’s the great hope for the family. Arya’s in no shape to take on the Lannisters now, but once she goes and studies with the Jaqen in Braavos she’ll come back ready to bury some lions. The BRZ isn’t going to beat any Evos in stock form, but with some tuning, it’s ready to take on the family’s fight.
This turbo BRZ raced a few Evos at Raceway park in New Jersey and didn’t do too badly for itself. The first race is against a 12 second Evo X and the Subaru gets smoked, running a 14.38, but it has a 136 trap speed, compared to the Evo’s 126. Next the turbo BRZ races an older Evo and sees tail lights once again, but only by a half second – 13.6 to 13.1. OK so the BRZ didn’t win, but if you’ve watched Game of Thrones or read A Song Of Fire And Ice, you know that means my metaphor was a good one.
The Scion FR-S is a fun, beautiful, well balanced sports car, but if there’s one legitimate complaint about the FR-S and it’s twin the Subaru BRZ, it’s that they car isn’t powerful enough. To remedy that one shortcoming, you could wait until 2015 for the 255-hp 2.5-liter FR-S, or you could work with some of the many Scion FR-S performance upgrades available now.
That’s what Youtuber Mack4477 did with his FR-S, outfitting it with a Scion FR-S turbo kit. This FR-S has a Full Blown Motorsports Stage 1 kit with a GTX upgrade running 16 psi on E85 and a claimed 400 wheel horsepower. That’s more than double the FR-S’ stock 200 horsepower at the engine.
Here’s the turbo FR-S racing a naturally aspirated Pontiac Firehawk with 525 wheel horsepower, the FR-S surprisingly wins, but in the comments Mack4477 says the Firehawk missed third gear.
The 400 whp turbo FR-S raced a 650 whp Mitsubishi Evo from a 30-mph roll
Both of those races were against much more powerful cars, so it’s not surprising for the FR-S to lose (or win with an asterisk). Here’s the turbo FR-S racing a stock Mitsubishi 300GT from a dig in what is a much more fair race (the Mitsubishi is down a lot of horsepower, but the all-wheel drive system helps it launch harder.
The 3000GT does get a better launch, but then the lighter and more powerful turbo FR-S pulls away easily.
We’ll be watching Mack4477’s Youtube channel in the future to see more of his car’s adventures. We’d love to see it go up against a new Mustang or Camaro to see a good comparison how quick the turbo FR-S is vs it’s modern competition.