In my lifetime, I have performed several engine swaps. Most of which were from me or my friends being stupid and grenading a stock engine, so they were mostly just stock swaps. Only one time did I swap a different engine into a car and that was pulling a four-banger from a Mustang and dropping in a V-8. That is a straightforward swap and it still took many weeks.

So where am I going with this? Well, the Toyota GT-86 hasn’t even hit the market and someone has already gotten their greasy hands on it. Seemingly in hyper speed, out came its stock four-banger engine and in came a big V-8. Yup, Manabu “Max” Orido’s team pulled out the four cylinder and dropped a 5.0-liter V-8 farmed from a Lexus IS F. There are numerous other mods, obviously, but the only other ones that are clear is a widebody kit and wide rubbers on the backside.

Let’s put this in perspective. The GT-86’s stock 2.0-liter pumps out a respectable 200, but has received mixed reviews in terms of actual performance. The Lexus IS F’s 5.0-liter engine, on the other hand, pumps out 416 horsepower and launches its 3,780-pound body to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. The GT-86’s official weight hasn’t been released, but rest assured that it will barely tip the scales at 3,000 pounds, if that much. Add in the fact that Orido’s GT-86 is gutted and that the 5.0-liter engine is definitely modified, and you have one lightning fast car.

Why do all of this to a brand new car? They are preparing to run this monster in D1 Grand Prix drifting events. Recently it was caught on film testing and our initial response is summed up in one word… Wow!

Don’t believe us, check out the video above.


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  (365) posted on 06.26.2012

This would be good to include in a racing game.

  (406) posted on 06.25.2012

It’s good that finally there’s a car that has been modified for drifting. So better straight ahead on the Drifting concept.

  (224) posted on 06.22.2012

I hope that there would be a virtual game for this.

  (542) posted on 06.21.2012

I can really feel how to drift a car, and that video was a great shot.

  (194) posted on 06.20.2012

Watching this makes me want to try it.

  (683) posted on 06.18.2012

How I wish to drift my own car on a highway to experience that rush.

  (830) posted on 06.15.2012

The drifting process is really stunning to see!

  (441) posted on 05.17.2012

Its high power definitely results from its dynamic engine, but the drifting is all up to the driver. GT-86 is just fitted to perform it.

  (466) posted on 05.13.2012

To me, it’s not the fastest and most powerful supercar. Even so, it is undeniable that is really, really great in drifting.

  (553) posted on 05.10.2012

I am extremely fond of cars which are very good in drifting; GT-86 finally has something to boast.

  (484) posted on 05.2.2012

The drifting has left me speechless. Enough said.

  (714) posted on 04.4.2012

Good gracious, how could they not get nervous while driving that? It’s already astonishing seeing it driven by others; if I personally drive it maybe I’d piss in my pants.

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