The Ferrari-Powered GT86 Has Ruined Itself By Drifting Too Much

Drifting

It’s like watching a dog that can chase its tail really really fast.

Too much of a good thing usually turns into a bad thing. Case in point: even though drifting is a great way to turn fuel into addictive adrenaline, drifting literally everywhere you go can be a bit of a problem. After a while, you start to want to see if the car is capable of something other than oversteer, kind of like how pizza is tasty, but if that’s all you ate for life, then even salads begin to look appetizing. That’s exactly the case with Ryan Tuerck’s custom drift car.

There’s no question that drift cars are pretty damned cool, but going sideways everywhere is a misuse of horsepower. Especially when the car in question is Tuerck’s famous Toyota GT86 modified by removing the 2.0-liter boxer four and placing a 4.5-liter V8 from a Ferrari 458 Italia in its place.

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In theory, the swap sounds fantastic. The Toyota GT86 has always been a great driver’s car, but the number one complaint we had about it is that the coupe is severely underpowered. Knocking on Ferrari’s door is one of the best ways to remedy any power deficiencies one may have, but it’s important to remember that the Prancing Horse carved its name into households filled with enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike simply by going around a track faster than its competitors, not more sideways. That’s why it’s disappointing to see the GT4586, as it’s known, get on the track and do nothing but drift. For precision track skill and naughty drifts, get yourself a girl that can do both.

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