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.
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.
Scion teamed up with Mackin Industries for the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 28. Scion didn’t build this year’s car, but sponsored Mackin’s build of the FR-S, which has over 500-horsepower, along with Greddy and Evasive Motorsports.
Evasive Motorsports Dynoed the Pikes Peak 2015 FR-S and found 480-horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque on their Mustang Dyno. Not too shabby, and what’s even more impressive is that the build survived the 12.42-mile long Pikes Peak course that ends at 14,000 feet of elevation.
The FR-S was built with a Greddy turbo kit using a Garret GTX3076R turbo and a mean looking custom exhaust. The car was originally built for SEMA, so it’s not all go no show, the Mackin industries Pikes Peak FR-S also has a full Rocket Bunny widebody kit, Rays wheels with Toyo tires and of course a fully built suspension for the Hill Climb.
Official race results have not been tabulated yet due to a mixup on race day that involved two different checkered flags at different places on the course. Organizers say a decision has been made regarding official times and final results for the race are forthcoming (as of July 7).
The Nurburgring’s Nordschleife is one of, if not the, most famous tracks in the world. It’s so important that sports car makers use it was part of their advertising to show how fast their car is along with 0-60 times, 1/4 mile times and top speeds. So of course you want to see an FR-S whip around the Nordschleife and absolutely kill it.
The Toyota GT86 (this is Germany, they don’t have Scions there) absolutely dusts a few BMWs (including one turd that won’t let him pass) that almost definitely have a few horses on him, an Audi that looks pretty nice, and a few hatch backs. If you needed any more proof that the FR-S and BRZ are awesome sports cars, no matter the comparatively wimpy engine, this is it.
The GT86 is owned by RSR racing rentals and is completely stock except for better tires and brake pads.
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.
The Tokyo Auto Salon is one of the largest car shows for Japanese brands. Both aftermarket and OEM suppliers go all out for the Salon every year, and Subaru is no exception. This year, Subaru unveiled the 2015 Subaru BRZ GT300 race car, which will compete in Japan’s Super GT series.
The BRZ GT300 race car is barely recognizable as a BRZ. It’s wide (it makes the Rocket Bunny kit look like a Tango), it’s low and it has a massive spoiler on the back. Still, it’s a lot better than the NASCAR bodies that are essentially all the same with different headlights and grills painted on. At least the BRZ GT300 looks like it started out life as a BRZ.
Subaru also debuted their WRX STI based race car that will be competing in the Nurburgring 24 Hour race with grill mounted lights that make the front of the car look like a Mustang (head over to Autoblog to see the monstrosity and then try to tell me you don’t see the stang in it).
Subaru will use the same Dunlop tires on the BRZ GT300 and the Nurburgring 24 Hours STI.
Speedhunters lived up to their name with the Scion Tuner Challenge build for SEMA 2014, building a track ready race car out of the FR-S. The Speedhunters Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S is a widebody racecar with a full roll cage, supercharger and more.
The Speedhunters FR-S has a Cosworth Stage 2.0 supercharger, Delicious Tuning ECU tune, an Airaid intake, Raceseng air conditioner delete, shaved engine bay and wiring harness, a CSF radiator, JDL header, and a 3” single exit exhaust.
For the exterior, the Speedhunters Scion Challenge FR-S got Speedhunters’ own KM4SH fender flares with shaved screw pockets for a cleaner look, Charvonia design fender vents and rear diffuser, custom front diffuser. For the race car look, the FR-S also got a side window glass delete, shaved door handles, shaved mirrors replaced with old school fender mounted mirrors. Seventeen inch Rotiform BLQ wheels keep up the retro theme.
Full RS*R Black-i coilovers, SuperPro front and rear sway bars, sway bar stiffening plates and SPC Performance rear lower control arms give the Speedhunters FR-S handling to match the engine performance. A Wilwood big brake kit with 6 piston front and 4 piston rear calipers and 12.88” rotors will stop the car like brick wall.
Since this is a SEMA car, the Speedhunters FR-S isn’t just a stripped out race car inside. The interior upgrades to the FR-S aren’t completely barebones: custom leather trim from JPM Coachworks, shaved seatbelt mounts and airbag test from Charvonia Design, custom door panels and dashboard, Takata harnesses (the import scene is going to have to come up with a new #basic harness to install in every car), a Cusco 4 point roll cage, custom low back seats, a race steering wheel, and vintage Indycar pedals and footrest.
There’s one reason you buy a Scion FR-S and bolt a supercharger to it: to drive fast. Taking one of the most fun to drive cars on the market today and doubling the horsepower with a supercharger kit is one of the most fool-proof ways to put a smile on any car lover’s face.
This FR-S was built by French tuner Monstaka with an HKS supercharger kit and a few other mods including an exhaust to give the beast 400-horsepower. The video shows a hot lap of the Magny Cours Club track faster than a Porsche Cayman GTS.
Here’s a rundown of some lap times of the Magny Cours Club:
Lotus Exige S – 1’23”22
BMW M4 – 1’23”72
Scion FR-S by Monstaka – 1’23’75
Porsche Cayman GTS – 1’24”21
Alfa Romeo 4C – 1’24”91
Stock Scion FR-S 1’31”20
If the sound of the supercharged FR-S didn’t put a smile on your face, beating a Porsche Cayman GTS will.
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.