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.
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.
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 2JZengine swap (of course) and lives at the Ekanoo Racing shop next to a 6.15 second Supra.
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.
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.
The BRZ06 from Weapons Grade Performance combines two things every car lover loves – light cars and huge power. With a 400 horsepower 6.0-liter Chevy LS2 V8 engine swapped into the lightweight BRZ, the car is exactly the car Chevy should have built. With 400+ horsepower and only 60-lbs more weight than the stock 2.0-liter BRZ, it’s not a hard argument to make that this is the car Subaru should have made too.
We first showed you the BRZ06 last year and at the time it was running well, but the power steering and tachometer weren’t working. I just heard from Doug at Weapons Grade Performance that they have those last two items fully functional in the BRZ06 now.
At $13,000 installed ($8k for the full swap kit and $5k for installation), you can have a light weight V8 monster for about the same price as a well equipped Mustang or Camaro, with the added bonus of having a unique sports car that will turn heads and attract crowds everywhere you go.
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 LS1 engine swap resides in Japan, but the motor was sourced from a C5 Corvette, according to Midnight Roulette. With individual throttle bodies, the engine should be much more powerful than the 350-hp the LS1 had in the stock Corvette. Individual throttle bodies, or velocity stacks, are the ultimate air intake upgrade and increase throttle response as well as horsepower, so when the throttle is cracked on this V8 FR-S, it cracks like a whip.
The Chevy V8 FR-S also has a custom widebody kit that was developed with TRA-Kyoto, the company that builds the Rocket Bunny widebody kits for the FR-S and BRZ. This widebody kit has a much more clean look than the racecar-style Rocket Bunny kit. Brand new Work Emotion D9R wheels finish the car’s gorgeous body.
It’s finally happened. Someone has cracked that magic number for the ultimate bragging rights on a Scion FR-S – 1,000 horsepower. Of course it was done with a Toyota Supra 2JZ engine swap, so that insane amount of horsepower isn’t totally out of the realm of possibility. It would be nice for someone to figure out how to put down insane horsepower like this out of the FA20 turbo, but an engine swapped FR-S is still an FR-S and the car is awesome. I guess we’ll have to be satisfied with the 400-hp to 450-horsepower out of turbo FR-S builds for now.
The car was built by Ekanoo racing out of Bahrain, so it’s actually a Toyota FT-86. The 2JZ 1khp FR-S put down a 9.5 second 1/4 mile time before something broke. The Ekanoo racing crew has a lot of experience building drag Supras so expect even faster times coming soon.
Listen to that FR-S Turbo whistle! It’s absolutely vulgar.