If you were following our Facebook page today you might have seen a few shots of a rather crazy new D1 machine. I met up with Manabu Orido and his crew today at Mobara Circuit to check out the shakedown of the 2UR-GSE-powered Toyota 86 which he will be driving in D1-GP this year. Takemura-san from Scorch Racing has been working non-stop for two months to build this beast and today was the first time the car, still aesthetically unfinished, took to the track. Despite some minor issues with a timing belt, the test went very well and Orido seemed comfortable throwing the nimble little 86 around the track. The unsilenced 5L V8 has to be heard to be believed! More on this soon…
-Dino Dalle Carbonare
You know, i am into engine swaps. Have nothing against it. But it really is funny, that the engine is so crap, they couldn't find any use for it. Btw, i would do same with the boxer engine. Why to go through troubles when there're plenty engines with better performance. They would win if selling this car without engine for a lowered price.. :D
"v8s are ruining drifting period.. how is turbo lag supposed to compete with the deliberate brake checking of these high horsepowered cars.. this is killing the sport and giving it no chance to progress" Haha, so drifting is evolving away from its original state, and you're complaining that doing so is preventing progress? Perhaps the one eyed point of view that laggy turbo cars are supposed to dominate, is what prevents progress. If fitting a V8 is within the rules and does a better job, then it deserves to win (assuming that it does). Also, had a laugh at some comments saying "Why are they(toyota?) marketing the car in this way" etc, these are private companies modifiying a car they bought, to suit a motorsport application. they are allowed to do whatever they want, withhout any implied affiliation with Toyota.
@seriously. Yeah, it'll be real profitable with that motor in it at USD25000 or whatever it is. I suppose Toyota should just give people the car for free.
I like that the front bumper totally resembles an IS-F front bumper. Homage to the car the engine originally came in?
Well, even if you find it dumb, you HAVE to swap the engine in the FT86 to fight the big HP monsters that compete in D1. The HP range goes from 600 to 1000+HP ! You can't do sh*t with a 2l boxer engine that just comes out. R&D would be too expensive and would take too much time. If you find this ridiculous, just stuck with grassroot events or Drift Muscle. Speaking of it, will we see more of Drift Muscle this year on Speedhunters ?
Ok, so it was so marvelous they put the engine into trash bin and swapped it to 5L V8? Yeah a trully cheap drift car as someone thought.. :D
I just love how people throw around words without really knowing that they mean. @Ken: Think you mean ricekiller because this is definitely NOT rice... LMAO! Rice - An automobile that has been equipped with gawdy, unnesecary accessories, such as 3' high spoilers, loud and/or repulsive paint job and body work. In other words, Race Inspired Cosmetic Enhancements; parts put on cars to make them look fast, when they have no internal tuning and are actually slow as hell...
v8s are ruining drifting period.. how is turbo lag supposed to compete with the deliberate brake checking of these high horsepowered cars.. this is killing the sport and giving it no chance to progress
I actually disappointed to see this. The brand new chassis is hardly even in the hands of the mass market and it's already being hacked and stuffed with a different engine. Give it some time to settle and make it's presence with it's boxter engine/ balance. :-/
You guys gotta remember that this is a new car Im pretty sure aftermarket parts are just in the makings for this car unless TRD already got some stuff.
2UR-GSE is an engine from the lexus IS-F. powerfull but the wieght of it will make the car just like your good old day american car.
I completely agree with what Abdul Basit said. I'd watch Drift muscle over D1 over Formula Drift. But I'd still watch D1.. LOL I still think Orido BELONGS in a Supra. haahahha
@ Seriously: The flat four this car normally comes with is fine for street driving, this car is for the increasingly ridiculous world of competitive drifting where anything with less than 6 cylinders and the nuts boosted off of it seems to be irrelevant.
Oh hahahahhaa I just laughed out loud at my desk when I read "v8 powered toyota 86" - I'm a big fan of v8 swaps and there have to be a ton of haters on their way to this post pretty soon. Great project car and it has to be a hoot on course. Would love to see some more pics and info!
I would like to know more about this car. Considering I didn't think they were going to be able to cram a V8 below the hood line of the 86.
It sort of makes me made how no one is even trying and seeing the kind of power that can be extracted from the 4U-GSE. Everyone is doing ej25 swaps. Or even this. Alas, i like the idea of a toyota v-8 powering this thing instead of some LS series pushrod B.S.
LOL. I wonder what all of the people commenting in the possible BRZ STi post are thinking about this with a V8.
@ Abdul I would agree. I never had faith in Formula D just because of how its set up, just a few turns competing for the smokiest, best angled outcome and thats it. No suprise its turned in to a horsepower war. I'd love a stock engine series with longer courses. Unfortunately not many (American) tracks like having tire marks everywhere on their pristine asphalt. Working at Watkins Glen, they haaaated victory burnouts because someone has to clean that sh*t up! Having said that, like I mentioned in the BRZ post I predict a larger number of serious car people would rather spend less money on a swap then having to buy or trying to market a new aftermarket of beefier pistons, rods and transmissions. I don't care how well balanced the engine is. Mark my words there will be money to be made on motor/trans mounts for STi ...and likely GM V8 engines. I'll take mine in a 1/2UZ FE, please.
I'm so glad Tsuchiya left D1 to form a new league. All these crazy engine swaps and 1000+ HP cars are ruining D1GP and Formula D. It would be so much cooler if it was running the 2.0 Boxer engine it comes with. This just kills it.
So this is like a CRX. You buy the car, throw the engine away, and transplant something into it that actually works. Thanks Toyota, hell of a way to market a product.
2UR-GSE not exactly a familiar engine for europeans I guess. Toyotas own v8? Engine transplant out of the ordinary is the most interesting of all. In depth technical information appreciated. Perhaps I can have a pic of my supercharged vg30 powered widebody e36 coupe here some day..Better get out in the garage then:-)