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A New Drifting Record Set in the Scion FR-S

July 30, 2014 lacarguy FR-S, Scion, Toyota Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

If you thought the Guinness World Record for the longest drift of 51.3 miles set by a driver in a BMW was impressive, you’re about to be astounded by the latest record set while driving a Scion FR-S, also known as the Toyota GT86 in Turkey the country the record was set.

Over the course of 2 hours 25 minutes and 18 seconds Harald Muller skidded around his tiny .15 mile track for a total of 89.55 miles. In order to achieve this astounding record Muller had to squeal around the track for a total of 612 laps showing a true level of endurance and the reliability of a Scion FR-S. The record was set in Samsun Turkey on a course that was wet down by a significant amount of water to keep the tire traction low.

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Smashing the Old BMW Record

The BMW record was set at the BMW Performance Driving School in South Carolina using an M5. To achieve their record a specialized skid pad was set up on the course in order to bring the record back to the USA. Now it seems that the record has left the states once again and it’s going to be a tough feat to beat.

Why the Scion FR-S?

The Scion FR-S is an obvious choice of vehicle to try to set the drifting record with for a number of reasons. First it is rear wheel drive and packs enough power to burnout without a problem. It is also a well-balanced vehicle and designed to be easily tune-able. Finally this car relies on a limited slip differential making it possible to get the car set exactly how you want it for effective drifting.

All of these useful elements came together and allowed Muller to set a new record that will probably hold for quite a while.

Sure drifting is still pretty new and there are bound to be more records set in the future, but drifting around a track for over two hours is impressive no matter how you look at it. In the video the Scion FR-S shows its true colors as a reliable and powerful vehicle, that just happens to be really good at drifting as well.

Toyota Debuts Race-Ready GT86 at 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

July 15, 2013 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , , 0 Comments

A year ago, Toyota launched the Toyota GT86 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This year, the brand returns with a race-ready version of the multi-award winning sports coupe. Dubbed the TRD Griffon Project, the special edition GT86 has been tweeked and customized by Toyota Racing Developments specifically for track driving. Modifications were made to reduce weight, strengthen the chassis, and introduce racing specification TRD accessories.

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Most of the overall body shape remains the same except that the hood, roof, doors, trunk lid and rear wings have been moulded out of lightweight carbon fiber. Further weight reduction can be attributed to the use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the bumpers, wide front wings and rear diffuser. All windows are made from polycarbonate rather than glass.

Under the hood sits a 2.0-liter boxer engine normally found in a stock GT86, but the six-speed manual gearbox features a shorter final drive ratio for improved acceleration. Other components have been strengthened or upgraded such as the standard Torsen limited-slip differential has been replaced by a TRD mechanical LSD and the suspension has been significantly reinforced.

A number of performance-enhancing modifications can be found including an oil cooler for the engine and a TRD mono block brake caliper kit with racing spec brake pads. The TRD Griffon Project rides on TWS 18-inch wheels and Yokohama Advan tires. On the inside, the cabin features a TRD seat, shift knob, ignition button, auxiliary gauges, and a  Momo steering wheel. And finally, a Takata harness keeps the driver in place.

Watch the following video for a glimpse of what the car looks like in motion:

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