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GT 86 With Ferrari 458 V8 Swap Gets Custom Headers, Celebrates by Shooting Flame

Engine swaps are what make the drifting community go round. Without the 2JZ or the BMW M5's old V10, we wouldn't think the Toyota GT 86 is a hero car, capable of endless sideways activities in the D1 playground.
GT 86 With Ferrari 458 V8 Swap Gets Custom Headers, Celebrates by Shooting Flame 5 photos
GT 86 With Ferrari 458 V8 Swap Gets Custom Headers, Celebrates by Shooting FlameGT 86 With Ferrari 458 V8 Swap Gets Custom Headers, Celebrates by Shooting FlameGT 86 With Ferrari 458 V8 Swap Gets Custom Headers, Celebrates by Shooting FlameGT 86 With Ferrari 458 V8 Swap Gets Custom Headers, Celebrates by Shooting Flame
Ryan Tuerck and his friends have been at the center of this for a long time, as the drifter's old FR-S equipped with an 850 horsepower 2JZ engine was a peach. But we are using the past tense because there's a new kid on the block.

He must have realized that almost everybody who's a fan of drifting has seen a 2JZ swap, so he decided to do something a little different and opted for the 4.5-liter V8 engine from a Ferrari 458. Good thing people total those from time to time!

So as you'd imagine, fitting a V8 into a car that was supposed to have a 4-cylinder isn't easy. Though people have stuffed much V8s with much bigger cubic displacement and there's even a drag racer somewhere. The trademark of the Ferrari engine is that it has a really sweet top end where all that Italian horsepower resides.

Like any supercar, the 458 Italia gets a little loud, but Ryan Tuerck decided to add custom exhaust. One of the videos below shows how the 4-into-1 system was put together. There are no mufflers to speak of, so the hot exhaust and sometimes even flames come out in front of the tires. Accidents tend to happen in drifting, so new scaffolding was added to the front of the GT 86.

Red paint, a widebody kit, a roll cage and the obligatory brake and suspension upgrades need to happen for the GT4586 to happen.

Wouldn't it be cool is this somehow went both ways. I mean, there's that guy in Japan who made a Lamborghini RWD drift car. But sideways Ferraris are rare, even if the Liberty Walk kit makes it look the part. Can we have a 458 with a tuned Boxer engine next? How about a 2JZ-powered Enzo?



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