Fredric Aasbo's New Ride Is A 1000bhp Toyota Auris Drift Machine

The Toyota Auris isn't exactly a car to get your pulse racing, but this one is a little different...
Fredric Aasbo's New Ride Is A 1000bhp Toyota Auris Drift Machine

The new Auris may be much more interesting to look at than the last one, but without Toyota producing a hot GRMN version, it’s unlikely to entice the average petrolhead.

But what we have here is not your average Auris. Well, technically it’s a Corolla - as the car is referred to in some markets - but that’s not we mean. This one’s been converted to rear-wheel drive and given 1000bhp, so Fredric Aasbo can go very sideways in it while competing in the Formula Drift championship.

Built by Papadakis Racing racing, it packs a 2.7-litre 2AR-FE inline-four, hooked up to a four-speed manual gearbox. Thanks to the fitting of a Borg Warner EFR 9174, bigger injectors, new fuel pumps and much more besides, it makes that magic 1000bhp figure.

If you’re feeling a sense of deja vu, there’s a good reason why: Papadakis built something very similar using the previous-generation Corolla/Auris last year. But the team didn’t just take that car and slap on the new hatchback’s more expressive face. Nope: they were given a pre-production shell in secret, into which the engine and rear-drive powertrain of the old car were transplanted. A whole new wide-body conversion kit had to be fabricated for the vehicle too.

Fredric Aasbo's New Ride Is A 1000bhp Toyota Auris Drift Machine

Incredibly, all of this was done in just three months. And how about this as a reward for all that hard work: at the opening round of the 2018 series in Long Beach, Fredric Aasbo drifted the car to victory.


Rahul 1

It’s a beastly machine. The fact that Toyota made the corolla hatchback a manual was a win, now to only imagine what a GRMN version will be like…

04/18/2018 - 14:25 |
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GTRTURTLE 🔰 🐢(Oo \ S K Y L I N E / oO) (Koen

In reply to by Rahul 1

TRD be like: Carbon Bits, +10 HP for a bargain price of $5000
GRMN be like: Drivetrain, transmission and engine swap

04/18/2018 - 14:40 |
82 | 2

QianLi the Rav4s need to get the upgrade list for that 2AR-FE, for many many shennanigan related reasons

04/18/2018 - 14:46 |
2 | 2

That’d be great. Two of our cars in the household have the 2AR-FE engine and I sometimes really want more power out of them. This one must be bored out to 2.7L and fully built. Sadly there isn’t enough aftermarket support for these engines already for the general public. Scion tC parts won’t fit, either.

04/18/2018 - 15:54 |
0 | 0

When I read the fourth paragraph I was like DEJA VU! IV’E JUST BEEN IN THEIS PLACE BEFORE

04/18/2018 - 15:17 |
8 | 0

imagine if this and Federico Sceriffos Ferrari 599 went head-to-head

beats the lauda and hunt rivalry by a mile

04/18/2018 - 15:29 |
10 | 0

Didn’t the 599 crash and catch on fire?

04/18/2018 - 16:29 |
8 | 0

Actually if there is a production version of Auris/Corolla iM with RWD, then it will be the true successor to AE86, not the Toyobaru.

EDIT: Aasbo himself was even made an Initial D opening parody with the previous version of this car

04/18/2018 - 15:53 |
12 | 0

Hey bro
These r also used in rallycross
My father has a diesel corrolla verso

04/18/2018 - 16:04 |
2 | 2

That poke in the front man

04/18/2018 - 17:55 |
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Richard the edition 100

the art of being a petrolhead is that we can také any piece of sh@t and turn it into a wicked racecar

04/18/2018 - 18:31 |
4 | 8

If you have a sh!tload of money, time and equipment… something the average person doesn’t have.

04/20/2018 - 03:17 |
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Logan Watterson

The last 25 posts made by ct staff were posted by someone named Matt. Also, Alcantara is a brand.

04/18/2018 - 19:11 |
2 | 6

Please stop with that

04/18/2018 - 21:32 |
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