Rockstar AEM Scion tC drift car

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 30, 2010

The RSR 400hp Scion drift car competed in the D1 Formula Drift Championship last year and after a successful campaign season using the tC sports coupe in the Formula Drift, the company have determined to come back in the current series with a new team and a second tC.

In order for the small Scion to be propelled to drift king position, however, the car had to have a major changeover, which included a totally new setup of its driveline by placing the power at the rear.

The platform for the drift car is shared with Toyota's Japanese market Avensis 4-wheeler and Caldina all-wheel drive, a feature that assisted the car to undergo the transformation.

Powering the car is a potent V8 unit derived on Toyota's NASCAR racing powerplant that can produce 650hp (485kW) and 450ft-lb (610Nm) of torque. The Rockstar team behind the drift car come with some incredible qualification, including two-time Formula Drift champion Tanner Foust as one of the pilots.

Likewise, Foust was also set to be of the presenters of the American version of the popular car TV show, Top Gear. Scion Drift Team, in collaboration with Rockstar Energy Drinks, is running the Scion drift car.

AEM crews created the drift car using a factory-built, front-wheeler tC and transformed it into a drifting challenger via a rear-wheel drive conversion which they did at their production plant, which is equipped with a chassis dynamometer and machine shop for individualized fabrication requirements.

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