Engine swaps are popular among professional drifters, as they are usually seeking a small rear-wheel drive car that produces big power. A General Motors LS V8 swap is the go-to formula, but Ryan Tuerck has a more off the wall powerplant lined up for his new drift car.
Tuerck, who currently competes in a Toyota 2JZ powered Toyota GT86, is prepping a new Toyota GT86 racecar with a Ferrari F136 V8 under the hood. The F136 V8 was Ferrari’s go-to eight cylinder engine until it was replaced by the twin-turbo F154 in the Ferrari California T and 488 GTB, appearing in the F430 and F430 Scuderia, California and 458 Italia and 458 Speciale.
In the 458 Speciale, the F136 V8 was in its highest state of tune. With 597 horsepower, the 4.5-liter V8 produced 133 horsepower per liter – making it the most power dense engine ever stuffed into a road car. We doubt Tuerck got his hands on a unit from a 458 Speciale, but its output in that car is a good indication of what the engine capable of.
Ryan Tuerck has teamed up with car care and maintenance products company Gumout to build this wild new machine. It’s not clear when the project will be complete, but we’ll be sure to provide an update when it’s available. In the meantime, check out the teaser video for the project above.