Canadian driver Pat Cyr has announced he is putting a new Scion FR-S together and testing it this season and it will be ready for the 2013 Drift Mania championship. Big news this week in the Toyota 86 / Scion FR-S world as this car is pouring into the drift scene on a huge international level. Pat Cyr has participated in Formula Drift, XDC, and at home in Canada with the Drift Mania series that is about to kick off the 2012 season. We will keep an eye on this build as it progresses forward this season.
Through Speedhunters Facebook tonight Fredric Aasbo has announced that he will be building a 2JZ powered Toyota 86 (Scion FR-S in America) for the big European event Gatebil this coming summer. The car will have great partners such as KW Suspension and ACT Clutch and according to FB a Rocket Bunny kit. Hopefully this car can make its way back to America and be his competition car in Formula Drift. One can at least hope, right? What do you think of this new build?
According to various reports the Irwindale Speedway drag strip is reopening this Thursday April 26th proving once again that Irwindale Speedway is back on track to being business as usual. About once a week we get asked if the Round 7 at Irwindale Speedway will still be happening and the answer is quickly yes. Scion recently used the track before FD Long Beach for a test day and now drag racing is back in weekly action. Here is a message from the Dragzine article, “We want everyone to know how much Jim Mnoian and Jay Garrett, the owners of the Irwindale property have been very involved with the process of getting the drag strip back on line. These two gentleman are both team players and understand what the drag strip means to the community,” said Cohan.
Here is a video of Max Orido making some passes in his Toyota 86 (Scion FR-S) during practice at the D1 Grand Prix event. His V8 engine swap marks the first V8 swapped Toyota 86 found on the market today. Check below at some photographs of the car in the pits and his Lexus V8 engine sitting inside the engine bay.
Max is running the new M7 drink as his door sponsor known as Drive. The guys at M7 are now a partner of Wrecked Magazine for 2012 and also have moved stateside with a driver sponsorship of Odi Bakchis in his S14. Here is a look at the back of Max Orido’s Toyota 86 from the rear with a huge wing and open trunk. Closing out the post highlighting his Toyota 86 first look is a snapshot of the car drifting on the D1 Odaiba course before qualifying took place at the 2012 D1GP Round 1 event.
Yes we said it…. Ken Gushi looks sexy and I don’t really care how I get judged on the matter. Here is a video that got shot at Willow Springs which should get you pumped on the Greddy Scion FR-S that has come to be the newest RWD car sensation. The video highlights the car, the driver, the guys from Greddy in just a perfect way. Hopefully this car will be leaps and bounds above the old Scion Racing tC that is now in the hands of the Hurricane Tony Angelo.
We got sent this photograph through our contact form of Fredric Aasbo losing a wheel during the Scion Test Day at Irwindale Speedway. It looks like they had a small issue with the rear drivers side wheel causing it to come detached from body. A big bummer for Fredric Aasbo but better for him to happen during a testing instead of at Streets of Long Beach this weekend.
Someone who actually got invited to the Scion Test Day and is extremely sexy, codename Andrew Escarcega, caught this great snapshot of Tony Angelo running the new and improved Scion Racing tC. While he lacks sponsor graphics at this point the car is coming together with it’s wrap. The thing looks pretty damn good (much better than the render I saw before) and cannot wait to see the finished product at Streets of Long Beach. Can Tony back up the tC with a big finish at Streets of Long Beach marking his grand return to Formula Drift?
Scion is taking all the first purchasing FR-S owners (86 of them) and bringing them out to Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach along with some other events in early April. They are also throwing in a tour of the Toyota Motor Sports National HQ and the Toyota Automobile Museum in California. The guys at Scion are fired up about the 2012 Formula Drift season while they support Ken Gushi in the FR-S (pictured above) and Tony Angelo with the old Scion Racing tC. Anyone else thinking about purchasing a FR-S?
The Scion tC formally run by Ken Gushi is now in the hands of Drift Alliance member Tony Angelo. The car has been paint prepped in flat black and is headed out for some testing in the Scion. Hopefully Ton Angelo and his team can make some vast improvements or reliability into this car for his 2012 season. I think he should consider just leaving this thing flat black for the new season, what are your thoughts?
The Scion FR-S has been the biggest buzz of the import car scene in quite some time. Formula Drift announcer Jarod DeAnda went behind the scenes of the commercial shoot and captured all the action from flat black Mercedes SUVS to helicopters with huge cameras on them. Follow the jump below to see a ton of photographs.