What’s the difference between a professional drift Scion FR-S and a professional rally Subaru BRZ? It’s simple: one does jumps!
Wait, how is that intake going to work?
Well, this is one of the more interesting engine swaps in recent years.
That is a very big drift. Really and truly quite big.
The Toyobaru twins were always seen as throwbacks to the days of old AE86s and the drifting manga that made them famous. Now Toyota of the UK is completing the circle with an Initial D-tribute concept car.
Toyota is finally giving up on Scion, announcing that every model will remain, only just given an ordinary Toyota badge where the old ‘S’ used to be. But which Scion models will suffer for losing this youth-brand identity?
Or is it a super-hot Scion FR-S? It’s a little unclear, as the sleuths at Autoguide (who originally uncovered the drawings) note that Toyota (or as the youths call it, “Scion”) filed the Japanese patent, but the application listed Fuji Heavy Industries, parent company of Subaru, as the creator. All we know is, it’s…
There are many crazy Toyobaru engine swaps out there, but this might be the one most true to the car’s original intention. Yes, it involves a V8 made out of two motorcycle engines.
I saw this at Hyperfest at VIR over the weekend. I don’t think I’m qualified to nominate a car for the Hot Boi Olympics, but I feel like this is a contender.
Ryan Tuerck finished on the podium at the opening round of Formula Drift over the weekend. He had a shot at the top, only to get stopped by a mechanical failure. Watch him join in with his crew and try to swap his seized diff in their allotted five minutes of time.
Fans of the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S have been hounding at their respective manufacturers for years now about hotted-up versions, and those pleas have so far fallen on deaf ears. But now, with the Subaru BRZ STI Performance Concept, someone seems to have been listening. Sort of. But not really.
Some gearheads love horsepower. Some love torque. Some love RPM. This car is for that third group.
I've had this conversation with a couple of very smart people in the car world and I haven't heard a good answer yet: why does everyone love rear-wheel drive now?
This is Formula Drift Pro Ryan Mountain Man Tuerck climbing 2,000 feet up Vermont's Burke Mountain in his 'street' Scion FR-S complete with 2JZ swap. Unreal.
If you were not already aware, this is the greatest Toyobaru in the country. It's the Nameless Performance GT-86 and it will be tearing a rear-drive hole in the American rally scene this year.
I knew I didn't have long with the Subaru BRZ, a morning at most. So I got up early and pointed north to the best backroads I know.
Maybe more than anything else, the Scion FR-S, Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ trio are platforms: easy to buy, easy to strip, and very much rear-wheel drive. This has led to some rather audacious engine swaps.
What would you do if you just finished building a stripped, caged, stroked 2JZ Scion FR-S?
What's better than drifting? Drifting on a mountain next to gigantic drops.
[Ryan Tuerck in his FR-S follows Dai Yoshihara in his BRZ at Formula Drift: New Jersey yesterday. Dai eked out the win in the very close Battle of the Toyobaru Twins. Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove]