Video: Scion FR-S turbo drift car spied at Laguna Seca

A Scion FR-S turbo drift car was spotted recently at Laguna Seca circuit showing off some sideways action, and, more interestingly, a heavily turbocharged engine.

The Scion FR-S, and parent cars Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ, have been in the spotlight lately not only due to their recent unveiling, but also due to rumours and spottings of a tuned performance version that is said to be in the making.

According to Motor Trend in the US, who managed to capture the footage, this Scion FR-S turbo drift car is likely the new Scion drift team car for Formula Drift competition and not a production prototype. The huge rear wing also suggests this is not intended for street purposes.

Reports say Scion drifter Ken Gushi has been campaigning a new rear-drive Scion drift car for some time, and that he will be jumping into a Scion FR-S for the new season. Could this be that car?

Late last year a TRD Toyota GT 86 was spotted in a garage, with rumours saying that a supercharged version of the Subaru 2.0-litre boxer engine is on the way.

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It’s very obvious that whatever this drifting prototype is, it is certainly turbocharged – as evident by the chirping wastegate at corner exit – as opposed to the potential upcoming supercharged version.

Click play below to check it out for yourself. (Don’t forget to hit the full screen button for a clearer view.)

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.