• Apr 13, 2009
2009 Formula D AEM/Rockstar Scion tC - Click above for high-res image gallery

While all eyes were on Scion unveiling its take on the Toyota iQ city car at the New York Auto Show, the youth-oriented Toyota division quietly let slip a batch of photos of its latest challenger for the Formula Drift championship. But if these photos are any indication, it'll be the last time this insanely modified Scion tC will be doing anything quietly.

Although the drift car you see here looks like a tC, underneath it's anything but... heck, it doesn't even use the tC's floorplan, it's so heavily modified. As previewed last week on video, this latest Scion drifter, prepared by drag racing and drift veteran Stephan Papadakis of Advanced Engine Management (AEM), packs a V8 courtesy of Toyota's NASCAR racing program, pumping 650 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque through a four-speed shifter to the rear wheels. Of course, there's only one driftsmith who could handle this much machine, and that's Tanner Foust.

The two-time defending Formula D champion – who has some extra time on his lightning-quick hands since Top Gear USA got canceled – ditches the Nissan Z he's been fielding the last few years in favor of this modified Scion, and takes his sponsor Rockstar Energy Drink along with him. The car debuted this weekend at the Formula D season opener in Long Beach, California, where Foust finished third and our man Drew Phillips was on hand to catch it in his lens. Check out the images in the pair of hi-res gallery below.




Live photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc

[Source: Scion via Inside Line]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      genesis coupe looks million times better
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wake me up when Toyota actually produces a RWD coupe... or better yet, when it has a proper Subaru badge on it...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Heh it looks like he is sitting next to the engine. Anyway Foust has mad skills
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota engine?



      SWEET.


      Love the TC....with this one even more so.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is not really a modified tC, it is a custom RWD car with a tC body shell on it. Toyota, give up on drifting, you don't even make any RWD sports cars anymore. Or drift the stock tC backwards.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why is toyota even bothering? if they want to be in the drift scene make some RWD cars that don't require major mods that you can take out and drift. this heavily modded crap is just that, crap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i wonder if it's possible to put the same engine into a 7gen celica
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you cut the car to pieces, and re-build it as a RWD race car with a LOT of custom fabrication... the body is just the body of choice at that point... Could be tC, Celica, or even a Prius, if you really wanted. All it takes is $$$$$$ and skill.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rwd v8. It's another car with a Tc shell on it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you saw the build post, the car is actually a tC chassis. Highly modified yes, but still a tC.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, which gets it the big thumbs down in my book. Anyone can drop a "shell" over a custom race setup, this has nothing to do with Scion, or the tC. He should have stuck with the Nissan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If only they made the production car RWD, I'd be soooo happy...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, that is relevant to, well, nothing. This is a TC like a nascar racer is a Taurus.

      Let me know when toyota sells something fun and interesting again, altho I think we all know that will never happen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The point of Scion fielding a tC would be for marketing purposes, but this thing needs to be modified so heavily that it is almost deception instead.

      /it started life as a tC, it is not a shell on a tube-frame

      • 5 Years Ago
      Wish they would move it all back to Japan and use their awesome tracks again. Drift races in a big open parking lot is pretty boring. I also agree, the cars should not be hyper modified like this, it takes away from what drifting was all about. Maybe it's just me but I think they ought to break it all down and get back to the basics again.
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