We figured with the Scion mark leaving and Scion Racing transforming in a Toyota motorsports substance it wouldn't have been long until 2015 Formula DRIFT drivers champion Fredric Aasbo jettisoned his tC and strapped into a 86 like his Toyota Racing partners. Appears to be intelligent, isn't that so? Stick your most dominating pro into the most blazing RWD sports auto in your lineup – in our psyches it was a done arrangement.
Really, not really. Aasbo, Papadakis Racing, and group supports Rockstar Energy Drink and Nexen Tire declared today that Aasbo will drive a Toyota Corolla iM in the 2017 Formula D title. In manufacturing plant trim, the iM (which incidentally was a Scion before it turned into a Toyota Corolla) is a front-wheel drive (FWD), which implies Papadakis again needed to experience the insane designing R and D to change over a front drive to a back drive as he did with Aasbo's active tC.
The relating public statement surrendered a couple of more signs about the manufacture, in particular that the five-entryway hatchback will make 1,000 drive with a turbo, nitrous 2AR power plant, much the same as the tC did. The iM likewise includes a Borg Warner EFR turbo, AEM Infinity-8 fuel infusion, four-speed canine engagement gearbox, and RS-R suspension. Hand crafted Dzine Unlimited bumpers prepare for Nexen N'fera SUR4 tires on Motegi Technomesh D wheels.
Arguably one of the coolest aspects about the rollout was the video that accompanied the announcement. Titled “Rockstar D,” the short edit is a live-action, shot-by-shot remake of the opening to the cult-favorite Initial D anime series. Last year Corolla celebrated its 50th anniversary of production and is a global best seller buts it’s been a long time since it’s been as cool as the original hachi roku.
Aasbo, Papadakis, and co. will put the Rockstar Nexen Corolla iM through its paces this weekend on the Long Beach Grand Prix street course in the first round of the 2017 Formula DRIFT Championship. If you can’t be there in person, make sure to catch FD’s live stream on both Friday, March 31st and Saturday, April 1st.
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