This Ferrari-Powered Toyota 86 is Insane [Video]
What do you get if you transplant the engine from a Ferrari 458 into a Toyota 86 chassis? A drifter’s dream, that’s what…
Back in July, pro-drifter Ryan Tuerck started a crazy project, the goal of which was to transplant a F136 4.5-litre V8 from a Ferrari 458 into the lightweight, rear-drive chassis of a Toyota 86.
Sound crazy? Fast forward a few months and Tuerck has achieved what he set out to do: create a rubber-shredding fusion of Italian and Japanese engineering – or a GT4586, if you prefer.
San Diego-based Huddy Motorsports was the lucky outfit chosen by Tuerck to help make his dream of shoehorning a Ferrari engine into an 86 shell come true. The Frankenstein car they’ve created is every bit as scary as it sounds.
As you can imagine, the engine transplant wasn’t exactly straight forward, and that’s because the Ferrari lump has double the cylinders you find on a Toyota 86. Not to mention the fact it came from a mid-engine Ferrari 458, in which it would be facing in totally the opposite direction to the way it’s mounted in the 86 (note the exhausts at the front of the car in the main picture).
Then there’s the conundrum of how you physically squeeze the Ferrari engine – which is both wider and higher than the 86 stock one – into the engine bay. A lot of hacking and fabrication was the answer, with parts of the 86’s windscreen and windscreen wiper tray needing to be removed to accommodate the intake runners.
Everything is tied together with a full cage and the GT4586 utilises a five-speed sequential racing gearbox. Its suspension has also been setup to allow for maximum drifability.
The finished article is any drifter’s dream car, which Tuerck demonstrates in the video at the end of this piece.
Apparently, the GT4586 won’t be entered in any competitions, and has been built solely for demonstration and marketing purposes.