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Americans haven’t even seen the Scion FR-S in dealerships yet and Japanese tuners are out in Japan crashing the beloved Toyota GT 86 at drift events.
When a rear-wheel drive car is going anywhere from 60-80 mph and flinging itself sideways, there’s a very good chance it’ll crash sooner or later. That’s part of the appeal of drifting: the inevitable, disastrous crash that is bound to come. Unfortunately this Up Garage Toyota GT 86 might be the first GT 86 to crash in a competition motorsports event piloted by Tetsuya Hibino.
It’s not an overly dramatic crash. In fact, it’s pretty run-of-the-mill when it comes to drifting accidents. But it’s still one of those sights we love to see on video. The cause of the crash is unknown, but given how relatively new the platform is, a suspension parts failure can’t be ruled out but chances are it’s was just overzealous piloting behind the wheel… or just the fact that it’s drifting and they get paid to create excitement.
The fully-decked out drift car shows the potential of what the FR-S / GT 86 can become behind the hands of the right tuners. FIVE:AD in America has already debuted its new aero kit that looks great for the FR-S.
Watch the video of Toyota GT 86 crashing in D1 Grand Prix after the break.
It’s been a while since Nobuteru Taniguchi (NOB) has been behind the wheel of an HKS vehicle at a D1 Grand Prix event. But his past accolades piloting the HKS Mitsubishi EVO in Time Attack and HKS Nissan Silvia S15 in D1 Grand Prix still makes him one of the most respected drivers in the world. Maybe that’s why he gives himself the nickname of NOB – No One Better.
Now, with the introduction of the Toyota GT 86 to the world, we’ll once again see Nobuteru Taniguchi behind the wheel of a car going sideways that’s built by HKS. Spotted out at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon during the D1 Grand Prix drift exhibition, the HKS GT 86 is just one of a few GT 86s we anticipate to be going sideways in competition drift events this year. We’ve already seen Ken Gushi’s GReddy Scion FR-S that will compete in North America’s Formula Drift, and it appears that Falken Tire will come back to D1 Grand Prix with a GT 86 in Japan as well.
We just love how HKS used their classic, iconic livery on their new drift car that was seen over 10 years ago on several HKS demo cars. The car is looking competition ready already, sporting Advan wheels, Endless brakes and plenty of carbon fiber. We can probably expect HKS to outfit it with their suspension, exhaust and a turbo upgrade. But for now, all the GT 86/FR-S drift cars we’ve seen already show how promising the sports car platform will be.
Check out some videos after the break of the HKS GT 86 and Falken Tire GT 86 out in Japan.
GALLERY: HKS D1 Grand Prix Toyota GT 86
[Source: Jon Sibal]
Over in Japan, the Lexus GS is sold as the Toyota Mark X, meaning that you can get the rear-drive sedan at a more affordable price.
While not exactly the most dynamic diver’s car, the folks at Goodyear Racing though it would be perfect for their new race car – if you can consider the D1 Grand Prix drift series racing.
Debuting the car at the Tokyo Auto Salon, it’s hard not to love the NASCAR-esque look of the machine, with what Goodyear Racing refers to as a DTM-style widebody. There’s now word on a powerplant, but the car is scheduled to hit the track for testing soon in order to be ready for the start of a new D1 GP season.
GALLERY: Goodyear Racing Toyota Mark X Drift Car
See AutoGuide’s 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon coverage here