Checking out the Toyota sports car powered by a Ferrari V8 engine at SEMA.
Many people think the Toyota 86 – also known as the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ – is a great sports car. Some, however, find its 2.0-liter flat-four engine underpowered and cry that the car needs more horsepower. Pro drifter Ryan Tuerck apparently agrees, as he worked with Gumout and Donut Media to endow this 86 with way, way more power than stock. The result is called the GT4586.
The secret is that the regular flat-four engine has been ditched and a Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 shoehorned in its place. That’s the engine that cranked out 562 horsepower (419 kilowatts) in the Ferrari 458 Italia – a huge improvement over the stock Toyota's 200-hp (149-kw) rating.
Of course, fitting in the engine wasn’t exactly a plug-and-play procedure. The exhausts have to exit the car forward of the engine, bundling up ahead of the front fascia and finally exiting at either side of the front fascia. The intake manifolds sit higher than the car’s hood line, and the intakes themselves have to stick through the base of the windshield.
But, hey, drift cars are never close to stock vehicles. The GT4586, for instance, has a stripped interior with a roll cage and bucket seats, bolt-in fender flares, completely custom suspension, upgraded brakes, and other modifications necessary for pulling big slides.
Whatever you think of this engine swap, one thing’s for sure: no one can accuse this Toyota 86 of being underpowered.
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