• Apr 7, 2009
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Here are two things that don't come to mind when you think of Scion: rear-wheel drive and V8 power. But that's exactly what the Rockstar/AEM crew have created with the Formula D-bound Scion tC. Joe Gibbs, TRD and Papadakis Racing put in the wrench time on the new racer and underhood is a V8 pulled from Toyota's NASCAR efforts and retuned with a drift-friendly powerband. Most of the details are still shrouded in mystery, but the noise emanating from the tC's exhaust is more than enough to get us interested. Check out a brief interview with the Steph and a "spy video" of it testing after the break.

[Sources: AutoFiends, MotorWorldHype]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a bad ass car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      YEAAA




      TRD 4 LIFE.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think I'll ever really see the interest in drifting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I felt the same way until a friend dragged me to a drift event, ever since then I've been hooked, it's just awesome in person instead on the internet or TV.. I dunno maybe i was just getting high off all those tires burning up and hearing the engines high revving/screeching around the tracks, lol.


      • 5 Years Ago
      You guys are not reading the info on the Scion are ya? Just remember this. Ok? Read before you write. And Cat, i'm with you about the RWD Scion tC because a FWD Scion tC is boring...actually all FWD cars are boring. Even though they're safer they're still boring.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is actually pretty standard for TRD.

      Over here in Japan TRD totally tears apart their IS350 and Corolla Axio models for the Super GT series. Not only do they make both cars MR models (the IS originally being FR and Corolla, FF) but the IS also has an NA V8 based on what they use for the Formula Nippon series.

      TRD makes awesome race cars. It's a pity the parent company can't make a decent sports car anymore.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its a 9000 rpm pushrod carbureted V8. Does not have anythign in common with any street car engine
      • 5 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the ol' Datsun 210 project cars w/ Chevy small block wedged under the hood.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seems shady to convert the car to RWD and drop in a wildly different engine than anything available to consumers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^^ EXACTLY!!! Fine as a backyard project but WTF would Toyota endorse this non-sense? Most of the Formula Drift cars KEEP the OEM basics... you know RWD & most of the showroom basics.

        I know there are engine mods & other tweaks, but I don't see the point in taking a FWD platform & making a pricy conversion to RWD + a very aftermarket motor! Only Toyota's Performance Parts group, TRD would seem to gain anything by this.

        Bottomline HTF does this help Toyota SELL Scion tC's???
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait so is that the complete front end? They're really going to run it without a front bumper like that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It will run the same body kit that Ken Gushi's RSR rwd Scion TC has, with some modified fender flares. Since the vid was just a test run released by the AEM/Papadakis team just to show off the car, which was debuted this past weekend at the Formula D tech inspection at UTI. This weekend will be the car's first time in competition and any sort of extended look at the vehicle, at Formula D Long Beach. And
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is what the tC SHOULD have been...(at least RWD)
      • 5 Years Ago
      No it's a toyota engine... albiet one built the to the vintage design nascar rules dictate.

      http://www.popsci.com/cars/article/2004-02/toyota-crashes-nascar-party
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd like to look at one of those engines up close (torn down) to see the design details.
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