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GUIDE TO Making your 86/BRZ faster


If you think bolting a turbo to a near-new car is nuts, check out how far some blokes take their 86/BRZ builds!

WAPPING wild engines into unsuspecting cars that the manufacturers never dreamed of is a thing we do very well in Australia, and the ZC-platform hasn’t been immune.

There have been Subaru EJ20 and EJ25 swaps from older-generation STi and WRX Imprezas, as well as a few SR20DET swaps in the drift scene using Nissan’s legendary 2.0-litre turbocharged DOHC four-cylinder that found so much favour in the 1990s.

Beau Yates, one of Australia’s top drifters, has trod the traditional Toyota route. The Sydneysider jammed a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder (2JZ-GTE) from a 1990s Japanese-market fourth-generation Supra (JZA80 series) into his pro-level drift 86, replete with a single high-mounted turbocharger for maximum boost.

The ubiquitous all-alloy Chevrolet LS-series V8 has also found its way under the Toyobaru’s bonnet. Light, plentiful, easy to wring power from and amazingly cheap, this pushrod motor has a lot going for it, including the ability to drive drift fanboys into a frothing rage that such a ‘low-tech’ motor could be a good option for the lightweight rear-drive coupe.

Surely the ultimate pushrod engine swap has to go to World Drift Champion Fredric Aasbo whose RS-R S 86 runs a 9500rpm, 485kW Joe Gibbs NASCAR Sprint Cup V8 (see pic, below). The tyre-frying monster first featured in MOTOR back in August 2013 and has started a trend for professional drifters to use NASCAR motors in their competition cars. Surprisingly the Sprint Cup V8 was regarded as a budget option given the cheap prices teams ask for their engines once the stock-car season is over.

At the other end of the cost scale, the Japanese have a couple of big dollar options, with racer and drifter Manabu Orido building a pair of race-only Lexuspowered 86s, one using a 300kW 5.0-litre V8 from an IS-F and the other powered by a Lexus LFA V10!

Famed Japanese tuning house JUN actually shoehorned a crazy speedway V8 from NZ into their latest showpiece. Made using a pair of 1.2-litre Kawasaki superbike motors joined with a custom-made billet flat-plane crank, the motor, originally designed for speedway midgets, spins to over 11,000rpm and makes more than 260kW.

It’s pure mechanical art and just about the ultimate solution to building a mega naturally aspirated 86/BRZ, except it costs more than $70,000 for the whole kit to bolt into your showroom car. M

The ultimate engine swap prize goes to World Drift Champion Fredric Aasbo