The Toyota 86 is what the Scion FR-S is sold as in many other parts of the world and now that the Scion brand is dead it will be the name that we become associated even more as it will be the name used for the car in the US as well. Now that you know what the 86 is, consider the FR-S and the sport it represented as a car that offered a light build and a good use of power to be a lot of fun to drive. This is a car that gave us 205 horsepower and 156 lb.-ft. of torque from a 2.0-liter engine, which for some felt like enough, but not for others.
Ryan Tuerck has a Toyota 86 that he’s trying to do something unheard of to. His goal is to take the engine out of a Ferrari 458, which is a massive V8 build and put it where the small four-cylinder of the Toyota 86 once resided. While he continues to work on this challenge and try to find ways to put this engine in the small car, another group has already achieved something equally as insane with the Toyota 86 to give it the power they wanted to be able to offer.
In Australia, StreetFX Motorsport has decided to make this task a bit simpler by taking the twin turbocharged V6 engine out of an R35 Nissan GT-R and putting it in the Toyota 86. While this is a bit simpler than the Ferrari V8, it did still offer several challenges for Street FX such as the need to add a dry sump lubrication system, and remove the front differential to make room for the larger engine. A six-speed sequential gearbox was needed to make it able to handle the power this car would receive.
Originally this car was to use only a 545 horsepower engine, but StreetFX went for the gusto and amped up the engine to make it a track weapon that offers up 1,000 horsepower from under the hood of the Toyota 86. That’s almost as crazy as we’ve ever seen a built get, but this team was able to pull the four figure horsepower number out of a V6 engine, which alone is even more of a reason to celebrate. This amazing build is one that gives a lightweight car with more power than it should ever expect to have.
If you take a look at the StreetFX website you can see a variety of pictures of this build and the process it took to actually complete the built. What amazed me the most is the difference in the size between the racing engine and the original boxer four-cylinder engine that was in the Toyota 86. This alone shows the massive challenge that was part of the project and makes me wonder if Tuerck has taken on the impossible task of trying to stuff a V8 under the hood.