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.
Stunt driver and world record collector Alistair Moffatt recently beat the Guinness World Record for tightest 360-degree spin in a Subaru BRZ. Moffatt spun his BRZ between two rows of parked cars only 2.25 meters wider than the Subaru is long and continued driving to win the record. The BRZ was completely stock, the only modification was that all of the electronic driving aids were turned off. Alistair says he “just ripped a load of fuses out of it and nothing works apart from the steering wheel clutch and brake.”
Moffatt also holds the titles for tightest parallel park forward single, triple parallel park, reverse parallel park, tightest through and through on two wheels. When he beat the world record for tightest 360 spin in the BRZ, it was his seventh (according to the video, he held six records going in, but a Guinness page about about another of his records doesn’t mention reverse parallel park or the other two, so it’s possible he holds them with a different recording body or he earned them in the last few weeks. Either way I couldn’t find any info on the two mystery records, so if you know, please share in the comments).
The former world record for the tightest donut was completed in a space 2.5 meters longer than the car, and this stunt shaved 25 centimeters off that. So the total amount of space for the BRZ to spin in was 6.48 meters (4.23 meters for the BRZ plus 2.25 meters) or 21.26 feet (13.88 feet for the BRZ plus 7.38 feet).
Bonus: check out Moffatt’s other recent world record for tightest parallel park:
Ski Lifts are the worst part of skiing. They’re boring (you can only spend so long staring at a trail before you really just want to play on it and it drives you crazy) and high enough up that you get a nice cooling breeze (perfect for those 15 degree days on the mountain). Ryan Tuerck has a great alternative: drifting his sick white FR-S up the mountain to the top, probably beating the ski lift’s time in the process too.
Check out this video of Tuerck solo drifting up Burke Mountain in northern Vermont (it’s so far north I bet they call Canadian bacon “bacon” there) and then going up together with BC racing teammate Pat Goodin with his 2JZ 240SX.
Finally a fun alternative to a ski lift, let’s petition Burke mountain to hire a team of FR-S drifters to take skiers to the top.
It’s a story Steinbeck could have told. D’Angelo loses everything to Hurricane Sandy, the storm that wreaked hell on the east coast in 2012, flooding towns and replacing dreams and futures with sand and water. With no home left and so many others in the same situation, he has nowhere to turn to. Tangelo becomes a drifter.
The TAngelo (D’Angelo in the little story above) racing Scion FR-S was totaled after Hurricane Sandy and bought from a salvage yard by Tony Angelo. Since the car was wrecked, it was a perfect place to start from scratch on an FR-S drift build for Formula Drift. TAngelo put a Toyota 2AZ motor (the 2.4 liter from the Scion tC, xB and Toyota Camry) with a Garret turbo pumping the normally economical four-banger up to 750-horsepower and 700 ft-lbs of torque. The TAngelo Formula Drift FR-S uses a G-Force GSR transmission and Hankook RS-3 tires to put that power to the ground and Wilwood brakes slow it back down.
The exterior of the TAngelo Formula Drift FR-S has a Rocket Bunny widebody kit, Stance suspension and Rays Gram Lights 57D wheels.
TAngelo estimates that the car will do 0-60 in about 3 seconds and the 1/4 mile in about 10. Not bad for a car that was tossed in a junkyard after Hurricane Sandy.
The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is one of the coolest races in the world. An old school Point A to Point B race, drivers start at the bottom of Pike’s Peak and race to the top. Whoever gets there fastest wins. Sounds easy right? Well, up until recently, the entire trip was on dirt roads and even with a fully paved course, the 156 turns over 12.42 miles with only 600 feet of air to cushion your fall if you step off course mean that only the most confident drivers are willing to push their cars to the limit there.
Scion D1 drifter Ken Gushi took on the Pikes Peak Hill Climb this year and while the team had some setbacks with the 2013 D1 car they used (nothing serious, just blew the motor on the car and had to overnight the spare, then had oil pressure issues on the spare), they successfully completed the race with a final time of 10 minutes, 30 seconds. That time was good for third place, not a bad showing for a drift driver.
Last year, Scion sent an FR-S, a tC and an xD rally car to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The 2013 Hill Climb was a bit more exciting for the drivers, the race ended in a hail storm at the top of the mountain.
Today you’re going to see something new. A baseball trick shot video using a Scion FR-S. There are a million basketball trick shot videos out there, including the most famous ones starring Michael Jordan and Larry bird. There are golf trick shot videos, beer pong trick shot videos, pool trick shot videos, but you really don’t see many baseball trick shot videos, particularly starring a sports car the the Scion FR-S.
The dudes at Dude Perfect released this video featuring a bunch of baseball trick shots using the Scion FR-S as a tool and a prop. There’s some drifting, some racing, a lot of ridiculous baseball tricks, and Scion Racing driver Ken Gushi even makes an appearance. The biggest star of the video is how psyched these guys are about every trick they pull off, I’m jealous of their trick shot abilities just because of how much they love pulling them off. It makes me want to develop a talent.
Dai Yoshiro is a D1 drifter who made a name for himself drifting an S13 Silvia. If the drifting world were Halo, the S13 would be the Battle Rifle, it’s the platform you usually start with and it works really well, but its ubiquity makes it a bit boring , so he has now switched to a Subaru BRZ. The Falken drift BRZ was chosen to replace the Silvia because of its style, popularity and size.
The BRZ beat out the 350z and Cadillac CTS-V as the drift car of choice for Yoshiro and his team. Yoshiro said the 350Z lost due to the BRZ’s popularity and marketability and the CTS-V was too long. This is a D1 drift car though, so unless you’re being paid by Scion to keep it, you’re probably going to need to drop the FA20 motor for something with a bit more power. Yoshiro went with a 7.0-liter Chevy LS7 engine swap with a Garrett GTX5008R turbo that makes 962-horsepower and 832 lb-ft of torque at 6,800 rpm.
In addition to the V8 swap, the drift BRZ has a couple aesthetic improvements. Yoshiro’s Falken BRZ drift car has a Rocket Bunny V2 body kit and KW coilovers sitting on Yoshihara Design Champion wheels.
I can’t tell what it is about this Scion FR-S that makes it so appealing, but I can’t deny that I absolutely love it.
With a Rocket Bunny widebody kit, KW coilovers, a Vortech supercharger, Nitto race tires and green accents that might have come from the PAAS color pallette, it’s definitely an impressive build, but it’s also nothing that hasn’t been seen before. Maybe it’s the way the wheels and tires perfectly fill the wheel wells without going overboard like so many “stanced” cars.
Maybe it’s just the really good paint job. My girlfriend once admitted to me that the only thing she finds appealing in a car is the shininess of the paint job, and since then I’ve noticed myself falling into the same trap. So a word to the wise: if you’re looking to stand out from the crowd of custom FR-Ss and BRZs, spend a little extra and get a good shiny paint job.
The Scion FR-S is called the Toyota 86 in Japan. In addition to a Toyota badge, Japanese buyers get the option of an RC model, which is a stripped down base model with unpainted bumpers, no automatic transmission option and no air conditioning. Basically a Scion FR-S ready to race or get thrown sideways through turns. This 86 started as an RC model, then was thrown through the ringer and built into a full show car that keeps the barebones drift aesthetic alive.
Those unpainted bumpers that look ready to slap a wall sideways at 100 miles an hour are by Todoroki, as are the coilovers and other suspension components.
This isn’t just a barebones drifter though, this FR-S has 18-inch Work Meister wheels that are 10 inches wide in front and 10.5 in the rear. Takata Harnesses, Project Mu and Brembo brakes and Bride seats mean that no expense was spared making this FR-S look like it’s ready to be crashed and rebuilt and crashed again all in one weekend.
Finishing the Mad Max-esque drift look is the air intake jutting through the front bumper.
Stance Nation has a full write up of all the FR-S’ mods and many more pictures.