Sunday, April 15, 2012

Toyota 86 Makes its D1GP Debut in Japan…and Crashes!


We all know that the Toyota 86 (or GT86/Scion FR-S) was not made for outright power and top Nürburgring lap times but for having some fun behind the wheel of a nimble sports car. One of the things that the 86 is happy to oblige with is drifting thanks to its rear-wheel drive setup, limited-slip diff and a stability control system that can be fully deactivated.

It goes without saying that the modern-day hachiroku would participate in pro drifting series. But while the standard boxer may be satisfactory for road use, for racing, more power is needed.

Manabu “Max” Orido has already replaced the stock flat-four with a Lexus IS-F-sourced V8. Of course, the former JGTC GT300 class champion was present at the D1 Grand Prix drift series premiere to please the crowds with his drifting skills.

Another contestant didn't have a V8, but a pair of turbos slapped on the boxer engine. He didn’t have much luck, though, as he lost control of the car during a badly executed drift and ended up hitting the barrier and damaging the 86's rear end.

You can watch both the crash and Orido-san videos right after the jump.

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