What happens when you equip a sporty Toyota GT86 with a powerful race-like engine from a Ferrari 458 Italia? Ask professional drifter Ryan Tuerck, whose GT86 has been fitted with the Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 engine. Working with Gumout and Donut Media, Tuerck embarked on a project to swap the engine of the Toyota GT86 with that of the Ferrari 458 Italia.
The Toyota GT86 – also known as the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S – has been a favorite when it comes to street drifting and even in drifting championships. In fact, Tuerck drives a Scion FR-S in his races. Now, the powerplant that powers a typical Toyota GT86 is a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that employs Subaru's horizontally opposed boxer engine design.
This engine is rated to develop up to 200 hp (149 kW, 203 PS) of output at 7,000 rpm and up to 151 lb. ft. (205 Nm) of torque available at 6,000 rpm. Several methods can be employed to make this four-cylinder engine more powerful, like adding a turbocharger. Sans such upgrade, this flat-four engine is regarded by some as underpowered. Well, if compared to a Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 that develops around 562 hp (419 kW), GT86’s engine loses out.
Shoehorning a Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 in place of the four-cylinder engine could be very tricky. This is particularly because the GT86 is a front-engine car, while the Ferrari 458 Italia is a mid-engine machine. The GT86 isn’t really built to be powered by the 4.5-liter V8 engine. Thus, a great deal of work is needed to make sure that the GT86 is prepped to take in such a powerful V8 engine.
For instance, the chassis of the GT86 has to be stiffened and prepped further than when it is competing in Formula D. Tuerck and partner Shawn Hudspeth of Huddy Motorsports mounted the V8 engine in the GT86 with the custom headers facing the other direction with forward-facing exhaust piping. They also positioned the intake manifolds higher than the GT86’s hood line, with the sticking through the base of the windshield.
In addition, Tuerck and Hudspeth heavily altered the suspension geometry of the GT86 to get the steering angle sideways. They also stripped the GT86 of its usual interior and installed a roll cage and bucket seats.
They also fitted the car with bolt-in fender flares and made several modifications that should allow it to pull off big slides. The car rides on gold finished Fifteen52 Penta 18-inch three-piece wheels wrapped in Hankook RS3 tires with 245/40R18s on the front and 265/40R18s at the rear. It also boasts of large Brembo brakes and GT-R six-piston setup, as well as a hydraulic handbrake from Nameless Performance.
After the engine swap and all these modifications, the Ferrari-powered Toyota GT86 has been christened as the Toyota GT4586! It is now being displayed at the 2016 SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.