I can’t remember exactly when, but I remember reading about Fredric Aasbø and watching his videos on Youtube back in 2008 – 2010. At that time, there wasn’t much exposure of drifters using Toyota Supras besides Manabu Orido, but here was a fellow from Norway who was pulling high speeds, massive angles, and big smoke on a Toyota Supra; the car which most people deem unsuitable for drifting!
It wasn’t until the 2008 Red Bull Drifting World Championship that Fredric gained notoriety, going up against various skilled drifters from across the globe with his foot-to-the-floor, aggressive driving style. In 2010, he made a full commitment to the American Formula D Championship and quickly became the crowd favourite plus taking the “Rookie of the Year” award. By the way, he achieved all of this while using a mostly stock engine Toyota Supra. But it was at the 2011 Formula D Abu Dhabi invitational event that Fredric met with team RS★R, and the rest is history.
It should come as no surprise that RS★R would pick the Toyota 86 as a replacement car for their Toyota Supra. After all, it should only be right that the Toyota drivers be piloting the new RWD platform from Toyota. Fitting a 2JZ into the 86 was already expected and several teams had already started doing it; from Thailand, Japan, and even Fredric’s own Speedhunters 86. Naturally everyone predicted RS★R to follow the same but they had other ideas instead. To stand out and be different from the rest they chose to fit in a 5.8 liter NASCAR V8 powerplant!
Excited yet? I definitely was when I first heard of the news, especially knowing that this machine would be making its rounds for the Formula D Asia championship. Naysayers may scowl at the American pushrod V8 motor, but consider the fact that it’s pushing out approximately 750 – 800hp from a 5.8 liter engine AND it’s fuel injection, not carburetor! Hey, at least it’s a motor from Toyota Racing Development (TRD).
The engine is sourced from Ed Pink Racing Engines (EPRE) in California, who also did the fabrication for the fuel injector mounts to the existing Edelbrock intake manifold, which are fed by a pair of Wilson Manifolds fuel rails. The rest of the build was carried out in Japan by Flatwell Racing Project. To get the engine sitting properly, Flatwell had to fabricate custom engine mounts, but otherwise it fits in rather well thanks to the space in the enormous engine bay.
The engine runs a dry sump system with a tank mounted in the rear trunk, along with the twin L-shaped radiators, twin electric water pumps, a custom fuel system, and other various ancillaries. This allows for more space in the engine bay and better weight distribution. The team also installed a Winters Performance quick-change rear differential, but they fitted it as high as possible in order to maintain the geometry of the suspension. Now that’s quality work and dedication of a professional race team!
Well this is an RS★R machine after all, so naturally the suspension would be a fully adjustable competition spec kit from their catalogue. As the team travels to various locations for competition, they carry with them a wide selection of springs for the drivers. The brakes are the top of the line Project µ items which consists of the 6-pot front calipers, 4-pot rear calipers, and 2-piece slotted rotors on all fours.
The aero kit is none other than the 6666 Customs Rocket Bunny, which became an instant hit amongst 86 owners thanks to its internet exposure. To accommodate the modifications on the 86 Miura-san fabricated more custom parts, such as the custom side intakes which replaces the rear quarter glass, the custom rear diffuser and the custom hood scoop for the intake. The weight loss program also includes plenty of carbon fiber body parts and a Lexan rear glass to help shed more pounds off the car.
So what we have here is a Japanese car with an American engine and a gearbox from Australia, which is piloted by a Norwegian and organized by a very dedicated race team consisting of Japanese, South-East Asian, and American members. How’s that for an international effort?
Hyperfacts! Car: Toyota 86 Engine: 5.8 liter TRD NASCAR V8, custom engine mounts, Ed Pink Racing Engines fuel injection conversion, Ed Pink Racing Engines direct coil ignition conversion, Ed Pink Racing Engines electronic throttle conversions, Blitz mesh filter, custom dry sump system with rear mounted tank, custom rear mounted twin L-shaped radiators, twin electric water pumps, custom fuel system Electronics: Motec M800 ECU Transmission: Hollinger sequential transmission, Winters Performance quick-change rear differential Chassis & Handling: Fully spot welded and reinforced chassis, RS★R adjustable front & rear dampers, various selection of spring setup, custom front subframe, custom front lower arms and tie rods Brakes: Project µ 6-pot front calipers, Project µ 4-pot rear calipers, Project µ 2-piece slotted rotors front and rear Wheels & Tyres: Enkei PF01 9.5Jx18, Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 235/40R18 (front), 265/35R18 rear Interior: Custom weld-in roll cage, Bride racing bucket seat, Taktata MPH-341 racing harnesses, Tanida steering wheel, race switch panel, Motec SDL3 dash display, Flatwell adjustable pedal box, billet ARC handbrake lever & Willwood hydraulic pump Exterior: 6666 Customs Rocket Bunny full aero, custom Rocket Bunny side intakes, carbon fiber doors, carbon fiber trunk, carbon fiber hood, custom Rocket Bunny rear diffuser & hood scoop, carbon roof, Lexan rear glass Garage: Sport-Service RS★R with Flatwell Racing Project