It’s one of the most highly-anticipated cars among enthusiasts in recent memory. Although it has different names around the world, its colloquial moniker is the “Toyobaru.” If you have even an ounce of enthusiast blood running through your veins, you’ll know we’re referring to the Toyota GT 86/Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. In an effort to clearly establish its enthusiast credentials, Toyota UK recruited one of the top drifting stars in Japan, as well as some recognized British editors to show the car’s drifting chops. Keiichi Tsuchiya set the stage, and issued the challenge, and Steve Sutcliffe represented Autocar and Ollie Marriage was the ambassador for Top Gear.
All three of the drivers were impressed with the simplicity of purpose of the car, as well as its affordability, making in accessible to the average enthusiast. Marriage said “The GT86 is a good car. It strips all the unnecessary bits out of the driving experience, and it comes down to being a nice, simple front-engine, rear-wheel drive coupe that does a very nice job.”
At first glance, this contest staged by Toyota may seem like a setup to humiliate the editors with the mad skills of the Japanese pro drifter, but the results may surprise you. Finally, Toyota UK is opening up the contest to drivers that think they have the skills to meet or beat the times posted by the hooning trio. If you’re a British resident that would like to hoon with the pros, go to Toyota UK’s Blog.