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.
Ryan Tuerck, who famously took his FR-S drifting up a ski mountain and drifted the Oregon Trail (without dysentery), has outfitted the FR-S with the 4.5-liter V8 F136 engine from a 458 Italia to set it up perfectly for a drift up the Matterhorn.
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.
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