Autoblog: RWD Scion tC coming to Formula Drift


Wonderful news from Autoblog for all you Scion tC drivers/fans (like me!):

We’ve enjoyed our fair share of front-wheel-drive hijinks in empty parking lots with our right hand firmly grasping the e-brake, but in the end, tail-out antics are always more enjoyable behind the wheel of something with the proper wheels driven. “Proper,” however, isn’t the way we’d describe how Scion decided to go about campaigning a tC in this year’s Formula Drift series.

With backing from Toyota, the aftermarket firm RS*R converted a run-of-the-mill tC into a rear-wheel-drive monster utilizing a BEAMS-built 3S-GE engine and taking advantage of the Toyota Avensis/Caldina all-wheel-drive chassis on which the tC is built. RS*R ripped out the abysmal 2AZ-FE 2.4-liter four-pot from the stock car, fabbed up a series of new mounts to facilitate the transverse to longitudinal conversion and dropped in the 3S-GE after fitting the four-cylinder with an HKS GT3037 turbo, intercooler, Blitz dual SBC boost controller and an AEM EMS engine management system. Approximately 400 hp is now routed to the rear wheels through a Tilton triple carbon clutch and a G-Force, five-speed sequential gearbox. RS-R coilovers keep things suspended on all four corners, and are hidden by the custom wide-body kit and Enkei RPF1 wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes R1R rubber.

(via RWD Scion tC coming to Formula Drift)

P.S. For those of you unfamiliar with the replacement engine (as I was before I wiki’ed it), here’s a link to the Wikipedia article for the 3S-GE:, and here’s one for the original, the 2AZ-FE:

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