A new professional drift season means new drivers, as well as new rules and regulations – but what I look forward to the most are the new cars.
Built from the ground up by GReddy USA, the long awaited Scion FR-S drift car is here.
I caught up with the car when the usual suspects from the Scion race team gathered at Irwindale Speedway on this sunny Southern California afternoon.
Ken Gushi and I had the pleasure of driving the Scion FR-S back in December, but it was nothing like this race car. He was ready to drive the mock Long Beach course at Irwindale while wearing an all new race suit and a huge grin on his face.
The sound of a flat four is unmistakable. Hearing this thing on track made me miss Stephan Verdier’s Subaru STI.
As ken flogged it a bit more I enjoyed the sounds of the flat four more and more. It sounds like it has an anti-lag system like a WRC car. Check out a short clip we shot here.
After a few runs KW’s suspension guru Christopher Marion had a chat with Ken and adjusted the shocks accordingly to reduce the snappiness of the FR-S.
It looked like the settings worked, as Ken went out for run after run until he wore the tires to the metal.
According to “The Gush,” the Scion was very easy to drift and handles much better than his previous drift car.
After a full day of testing it was time to do a shakedown and make sure everything was still working right, so the team inspected everything.
This gave me a chance to get a closer look at this wonderful piece of machinery.
A look beneath the hood revealed a turbo EJ25 block.
The motor was built by none other than the world famous Cosworth.
They are running a GReddy TD06-25G, which gives the FR-S 540 wheel horsepower on tap.
GReddy and Trust parts litter the entire engine bay, from the intercooler to the radiator cap.
Suspension was provided by KW, while an OS Giken diff helps put the power down.
As for the wheels, they are running RAYS Gram Lights, wrapped with Hankook RS3 rubber.
The brakes are a GReddy setup, but for the hydraulic E-brake they went with Brembo. The car falls into the 2700-2799lbs weight class, so it will be running 255mm width rear tires.
The interior was very simple and clean. Just the way I like it.
After being plagued with technical issues for many years and bad luck in general, I think it is Ken’s time to shine again. I can’t wait to see how the Scion FR-S will stack up to the rest of the grid at Formula Drift Round 1 in Long Beach.
Those who are saying that you are glad that they stuck with the original engine are dead wrong. The engine is a 2.0 FA whereas the old standby of Subaru boxer engine is the EJ25. They share as much as quantum mechanics shares theories with shopping for shoes. Know your engines.
Corey, I was wondering about those camber plates too. I don't know who makes them, or if they are custom, but I'd love to know if they are commercially available. I can tell you how they work, though. The holes each correspond to a specific camber angle, and you pick one of the holes to give you that angle, while the other two bolts rotate around the strut center. Each of the holes moves father out along a spiral arc, so the whole plate spins, pretty clever way to get exactly the same setting each time without having to try to eye-ball and line-up marks etched in the plate.
Could anyone here explain those camber plates this car is using? It looks like there is a lot more adjustment in them than just camber. Is there toe and/or caster adjustment built into them as well?
could someone please explain the tire width restiction? Something to do with the weight of the car and the tire width being run?
I like it! I hope it's competitive so we see lots of it. Not sure about the wing, it looks oddly enormous, maybe it's just the end-plates?
can i just get one set of those gram lights ... please? but damn that is a nice car. im falling more and more in love with this brz/86/frs chassis. Can i get one of those to please? :)
Sorry Larry Chen, some correction on your article. Scion Formula-D FR-S is using a Costhword EJ25, NOT a 4U-GSE/FA20.
Guys, its the same EJ25 longblock used in Tetsuya Hibino's GT86! Please check facts first. The Greddy staff posted a lot of pictures and infos on forums while they were building the car. Its an EJ engine, not an FA.
the only thing sucking is the graphics. Rest of the car is awesome. Another vote for keeping the Boxer!
I doubt the engine was actually built by Cosworth, more likely just running their cams or something. It is pretty cool to see a car in FD not only using something other than a V8, but also retaining the original engine that the car's meant to be fitted with. I really hope this thing goes well and gets some results, to show the others than NASCARs aren't required to win events.
It's nice to see The Future isn't just running a V8 swap like nearly everyone else. Personally, I think Formula D should ban engine swaps. I liked it better when everyone just force fed the engine that came with the car instead of ruining the sound of Japanese cars with LSx swaps and NASCAR motors.
The car is amazing! and Im happy to see a boxer still under the hood! I hope to see him to well this season.