liter inline 4
181.8 hp per liter
(from Toyota Press
Release) April 8, 2008 - Torrance, CA - Scion today announced
it will drift the RS*R Scion tC in Formula Drift events this year.
Scion's drift car is based on its most popular model, the tC sports
coupe. The factory built front-wheel drive tC turned into a drifting
contender through a rear-wheel drive conversion performed by
acclaimed exhaust and suspension manufacturer, RS*R. The tC shares
its platform with Toyota's Japanese market Avensis four-wheel drive
and Caldina all-wheel drive, enabling it to undergo the conversion.
RS*R used its extensive performance shop experience to change the
tC's stock transverse engine configuration to a longitudinal setup
in order to drive power, through the transmission and drive shaft,
directly to the rear wheels.
"Scion has participated in motorsports for three years and the fan
support has been incredible," said Jack Hollis, Scion vice
president. "Drifting is an exciting, emerging motorsport with a
dedicated and intense fan base. We're looking to engage drifting
enthusiasts and Scion owners just like we do in drag racing. We
think the fans will be just as excited as we are about our RS*R
Scion tC as it demonstrates one of Scion's primary philosophies,
customization. At this time we do not have confirmed plans to
produce a tC rear wheel drive, but a lot of people will want to take
The RS*R Scion tC features a 3SGE Beams motor, HKS GT3037 turbo and
intercooler, Blitz Dual SBC boost controller, and AEM EMS engine
management system that outputs more than 400 horsepower, compared to
the stock 161 horsepower. A G-Force five-speed sequential
transmission, Tilton triple carbon clutch, Project Mu brakes, RS-R
coilovers, Sparco Corsa seats and a custom concept wide body kit
also make this vehicle unique. This tC will gracefully maneuver the
track with Enkei RPF1 wheels and Toyo Proxes R1R tires.
Ken Gushi will be at the wheel of the RS*R Scion tC. Gushi learned
to drift at the age of 13 when his father took him to El Mirage
Off-Highway Vehicle Area in California. Gushi started his drifting
career at the age of 16 and was the youngest driver to compete in
D1. Now 21 years old, Gushi has further developed his skills and
placed in many drift events.
"We think our first season of drift will be a knock-out," said
Hollis. "We've got the talented Ken Gushi behind the wheel of one of
the hottest tCs out there."
In addition to RS*R and Scion sponsors include Toyo Tires, XM Radio,
Rogue Status, BASF, Mobil 1, Sparco, Enkei, AEM, Proceed and
The RS*R Scion tC will make its first appearance at Formula Drifts
Round 1, Streets of Long Beach in Calif. on April 12. Gushi and the
RS*R tC will also compete in subsequent Formula Drift events
including Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. on May 10, Wall Speedway in
Wall, N.J. on June 14, Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nev.
On July 12, Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash. On Aug. 9, Infineon
Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. on September 13 and Irwindale Speedway in
Irwindale, Calif. on Oct. 11.
Gushi and the RS*R tC will also compete in subsequent Formula Drift
events including Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. on May 10, Wall
Speedway in Wall, N.J. on June 14, Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las
Vegas, Nev. On July 12, Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash. On Aug.
9, Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. on September 13 and Irwindale
Speedway in Irwindale, Calif. on Oct. 11.
RS*R SCION tC SPECIFICATIONS
ENGINE 3SGE Beams motor; Peterson external oil pump; Tom's
dry sump pan; HKS GT3037 turbo, external wastegate, intercooler,
camshafts; Blitz Dual SBC boost controller; Toda 2.2 L stroker kit;
Koyo aluminum radiator; BDL 72mm throttle body; SX fuel regulator
and fuel pump; 850cc injectors; custom center exit exhaust
DRIVETRAIN G-Force five-speed sequential transmission; Tilton
triple carbon clutch; Kaaz LSD
SUSPENSION RS-R coilovers; custom control arms and tie rods
WHEELS/TIRES Enkei RPF1 (18x9.5 front, 18x10.5 rear); Toyo
Proxes R1R tires (245/40/18 front, 265/35/18 rear)
BRAKES Project Mu four-piston front calipers and rotors,
brake lines, custom modified four-piston rear calipers and rotors
(two pistons controlled by the foot brake, two pistons controlled by
the hand brake), brake pads
EXTERIOR Custom concept wide body kit
INTERIOR Sparco Corsa seats, six-point harnesses, steering
wheel, shift knob; Design Craft spec custom roll cage.
ELECTRONICS Stack dash display; AEM EMS engine management.