Sympathy is not a common trait among racing drivers, no matter the category. Watch a GT race and you’re sure to witness plenty of fender rubbing as those behind the wheel attempt to edge out rivals. Rally pilots will literally roll a car into the undergrowth, get out, tip the thing so the rubber is facing down, and continue on their way.
And as this video clearly demonstrates, drifters are no better. Never mind the twisted suspension or dented bodywork wrought by a crash. Even when a drifter gets it right, it’s not necessarily good news for the machine in question — particularly the engine.
That’s because drifters are usually far too concerned with maintaining a slide to bother with things like bent valves, spun bearings, and shattered pistons. There’s steering angle, weight transfer, and momentum flowing through their brains, not the wrench time required to fix all the nasty results of a pinned right foot.
Thankfully, there are some engines out there that revel in the abuse. One such masochistic powerplant is the Toyota 2JZ, most commonly known as the motive force lurking under the hood of the fourth generation Supra. This overbuilt, 3.0-liter inline-six boasts a reputation for being absolutely bulletproof. Some even claim it’s capable of producing 1,000 horsepower on a stock bottom end.
Hit play to witness evidence of its sturdiness, not to mention a thrilling first-person perspective of a prolonged skid up a Norwegian mountain pass.
Click past the jump to read about the Toyota GT 86.
Also known as the Toyobaru, thanks to the joint partnership between Toyota and Subaru that rendered its creation, the Toyota GT 86 is the spiritual successor to the handsomely ugly AE86 Hachi-Roku, the rear-wheel-drive super box of the 80s. The GT 86 continues that tradition minus the ugliness, but with every bit of the former compact’s sportiness.
In stock guise, the GT 86 is equipped with a naturally aspirated, 2.0-liter flat-four boxer engine, which produces an adequate 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. While not necessarily mind blowing on a straight, the GT 86 shines best when put into a corner with enough velocity to make some part of your body pucker slightly. But don’t worry, that pucker will quickly melt into a smile, because this little coupe was purpose-built for corner-carving fun. A flick of counter-steer and intelligent throttle control is all that’s needed to stay out of the shrubbery.
Of course, if you really have a strong desire for more muscle, you could always just swap in an 800-horsepower Supra motor. Just saying.