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Video: Scion FR-S drifting in the hands of a master

Toyota US brand, Scion, has its own version of the Toyota GT 86/Subaru BRZ project called the Scion FR-S. A video has just been released showing its drifting capabilities.

This is a fairly important test for the GT 86 project, as the car has been designed to be ‘fun to drive’. If it can’t drift, it could place a nasty red mark against the car, in the enthusiast’s book anyway. With its front engined rear-wheel drive layout, it shouldn’t be too difficult though as it’s practically a paintbrush to the art.

Formula Drift driver Ken Gushi gave it a crack on the Sodegura Forest Raceway in Chiba, Japan, recently to see what’s what. It features the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine as the GT 86, developing 147kW of power and 205Nm of torque.

As one might have guessed, Gushi has no trouble putting the Scion FR-S into a slide and maintaining a decent drift. The car seems to have no problem during transitions and weight shifts, even using the hand brake to stretch out the drift length.

We must remember one of the car’s which perhaps helped start it all, the Nissan 200SX (Silvia), featured very similar foundations as the GT 86, offering the same power. So it was no wonder the new car could drift with no problem.

Click play on the video below to see how it went, and to witness some excellent relaxed and controlled driving.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

  • Remo

    I can’t wait until the 86 comes to australia, i’m going to buy one straight away. Just looks like such a fun car maybe even get a turbo kit for it, wouldnt be hard I don’t reckon.

  • alec801

    been waiting for a video like this for ages… my dad brings all these new cars home from work (at toyota), i’m sure they wont notice if theres a little rubber missing from the wheels 😉