July 08, 2016 @ 04:38 PM

GT86 gets the gallop of a Prancing Horse

Formula Drift pro shoehorning Ferrari V8 into Toyota GT86.


The ‘big engine, small car’ formula is one that is as old as racing itself. Shoehorning V8s into lightweight bodies is one of the easiest ways to go fast from a recipe that can count on the likes of the Shelby Cobra amongst its practitioners.

One of the latest evolutions of this; with the monumental growth of drifting functioning as a catalyst, is transplanting American V8 engines into lightweight, Japanese bodies for a generous bump of horsepower-to-weight ratio or cheap power as some would put it.



Generally, American V8s have been the powerplant of choice due to their availability and aftermarket support as well as the technological developments recently that have turned them into a force to be reckoned with.

Not one to follow the pack however is Formula Drift pro-driver and full-time hoon Ryan Tuerck that has partnered with his sponsor Gumout for a fresh new take on the age-old adage by fitting a Ferrari F136 V8 engine into the latest poster child of the JDM movement; the Toyota GT86. Because why not?



Neglecting the 2.0-litre boxer-four from the factory to the scrap metal heap is the Ferrari mill that was available in a number of configurations and employed in a number of models across the Fiat S.p.A portfolio that included the Ferrari California, 458 Italia and the F430.

The naturally-aspirated, dual overhead camshafts, 32-valve, 90-degree V8 was available in displacements ranging from 4.2-litres to 4.7-litres but more importantly, pumped out anywhere from 385bhp to 597bhp. Unlike its applications in non-Ferrari architecture, the Prancing Horse derivatives had a flat-plane crankshaft which contributed tremendously to the aural orgasm that followed it.



Details on the project are scarce though, including the variation of the engine although if it originated from a California, the conversion would result in less grey hairs as FR into FR is more straightforward than mid-engine into an FR.

All the work is being performed by Huddy Motorsports in San Diego, USA, which includes the body preparation as well. From the few photos released, the firewall had to be cut to fit the much larger Ferrari V8 which also sits higher than the regular American V8 that does not have overhead cams which allow it to sit lower.

Donut Media is covering the build and the teaser video is every bit as arousing as you would imagine it to be. Tuerck has set an October deadline for the project and from the looks of it, Huddy Motorsports has its work cut out. Nonetheless, late or not, you will want to check out the completed project when it hits the drift circuit.

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