The great thing about the motorsport of drifting is that any car can be a drift car – from the popular Nissan S-chassis and Toyota JZX-chassis to an old Lada. In professional drifting you’ll notice more and more drivers are choosing to use newer models.
Some have even chosen to use the GR Supra -Toyota's new flagship performance model- as their base vehicle just like the example we see here.
These renderings of a GR Supra represent the modifications that Papadakis Racing are planning for Formula Drift driver Fredric Aasbo. While it might still look like a GR Supra on the outside, it has been completely transformed for drifting. The most obvious change to the Papadakis Racing GR Supra would be the subtle widebody kit, penned by Filipino designer Jon Sibal. It’s quite hard to tell but, yes it has been widened. Meanwhile, the whole suspension has been reworked by in order for the Supra to be competitive.
In order to make the Supra look good, wide wheels have been fitted to match the kit. They are then wrapped in sticky Nitto tires. The Supra is finished in the same Yellow-Black RockStar energy drink livery as Aasbo’s previous Corolla competition car.
For those wondering, the Aasbo’s upcoming competition-spec GR Supra continues to use the same BMW-sourced B58 inline-6 engine. No V8 or 2JZ swaps here. However, the vehicle’s original engine has been extensively modified by Papadakis Racing and now produces 1,000 horsepower. Combined with Aasbo’s skills, it should be enough for him to go up against this year’s competitors.
With a new car, hopefully, we get to see Aasbo up on the podium more often once the 2020 season of Formula Drift begins. Currently, the Formula Drift season opener at Long Beach has been already postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is uncertain when the drift series will resume.