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.
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If you’re a fan of Japanese cars, the acronym JDM probably worked its way into your lexicon a long time ago. So the idea that Scion FR-S owners are swapping their stock USDM parts and badges for JDM swag like Toyota 86 badges should come as no surprise to you (we’ve all seen so many “Honda Integra”s it doesn’t even register). But what might surprise you is that in the land of the rising sun, there are actually people who like the U.S. versions of cars. I’m not talking muscle fans importing Mustangs and Corvettes, but people who might prefer an Acura over a Honda Scion over a Toyota.
Atsushi Ito is one of those folks, and he runs Weld Techniques Factory, a Japanese tuner brand that doesn’t skimp on customizing and had built a name on speed (a D1 drift car) quality and taste. Weld Techniques Factory imported a U.S. Scion FR-S for this build and then outfitted it with a custom Rocket Bunny widebody kit (notice the crease in the fenders), a Voltex swan neck carbon fiber spoiler (mounted to a carbon fiber sheet under the trunk lid for more stiffness), individual throttle bodies, candy apple red paint and Work XSA04C wheels.
The car only makes 220 horsepower since the engine mods are limited the individual throttle bodies, a tune and a full titanium exhaust. A JIC coilover suspension and Project Mu brakes give the car even more racecar bling.
Check out 7Tune’s full writeup of the Weld Techniques Factory FR-S along with a ton more pictures.
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.
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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 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.
It’s been a while since there were many affordable rear-wheel drive sports cars for sale, so you can be forgiven for your misgivings when it comes to how the Scion FR-S does in the snow.
Snow driving an FR-S on a well packed, empty road is obviously a day pass to snow drifting fun, pretending you’re fighting for first place in a rally circuit. That’s well and good, but what about doing the mid-snowstorm slalom around plows backing out of driveways without looking and stuck goofballs who left the 24s and summer tires on their Escalades with zero visibility?
Throw in a few performance upgrades that we all know every FR-S has like a new air intake or exhaust and the little car will be even more eager to break the rear end loose.
The Car Guide drove a Scion FR-S recently during a snowy Montreal winter and said that while there were some issues accelerating properly (partially attributed to worn out winter performance tires), the FR-S’ ability to drift effortlessly on snowy roads made driving in the snow fun. The stability control made keeping the FR-S under control during snow driving the FR-S easy when it was on. The FR-S’ visceral feel was also praised even in icy conditions, and proves that a truly good sports car won’t get tiresome even when out of its element.
Image via Scion Life.
I can’t think of a better way to travel the Oregon Trail than with an 830-horsepower drift car. You can keep your oxen and your fording rivers, the only part of that game that was any fun was the hunting anyway. Ryan Tuerck took his Formula D Scion FR-S to the Maryhill Loops Road, aka the Oregon Trail hill climb track (don’t worry it’s closed to the public, so you won’t see an 800-horsepower Formula D car chase a minivan full of school children off the road), to do some drifting.
Tuerck raced up the mountain sideways alone, then tackled the track downhill in tandem with another drifter, Rob Primo.
Tuerck’s formula D Scion FR-S is powered by a stroked 2JZ-GTE engine, the venerable powerhouse from the Supra. The 2JZ engine swap is popular, Scion is entering a factory backed 2JZ Scion FR-S into this year’s Formula D.
Here’s a gif of the run, courtesy of Jalopnik.