Meet the Ferrari Engined GT 4586

Oh to be a pro drifter, with sponsors who have deep, deep pockets. Ryan Tuerck, pro drifter and engine swapper extraordinaire, is at it again. Tuerck, along with what I’d imagine to be a massive, huge, gigantic amount of Gumout’s money and engineering magic from Huddy Motorsports present this: the GT 4586. V8 swaps in agile sports cars are nothing new, but they’ve never been done like this before.

The Ferrari V8 (F136, nerds) shoehorned into this GT 86 was used in the F430, California, and 458. It would have been easier to use one from a California because of its location in that car, but they wouldn’t have been able to call it GT 4586, would they? Out went the 2.0 litre Subaru boxer, and in moved the 4.5 litre V8 turned around 180 degrees from its home in a 458. The bottom of the windscreen frame was cut out to accommodate the engine’s throttle bodies and a very clever intake system fabricated which goes down through the dash and firewall, drawing air from outside the front quarter panels. Custom headers were fabricated to fit behind the front bumper and exit ahead of the front wheels. Opinions vary on whether the engine sounds as good here as it does in its natural habitat.

The radiator is moved to the trunk and fed cool air by a Le Mans style cowl mounted on the GT 4586’s roof. Hot air exits through vents in the deck lid. The V8 is mated to a 5 speed sequential racing transmission with a limited slip diff between the rear wheels. In the 458 this engine produces 570 horsepower. While the altered intake/exhaust paths may change this, the GT 4586 still has plenty of go, especially with all those bespoke racing goodies. The car will neither compete in Formula D nor see public roads (legally at least) so it’s been made extra strong at the expense of lightness with braces welded from the strut towers to the firewall and a full roll cage.

Oh to be a pro drifter.

Photos by Larry Chen, Speedhunters

Posted @Whippstagram on Instagram, Wednesday November 2nd 2016.

Meet the Ferrari Engined GT 4586

RTR for America

At 6’2” and weighing 215 lbs, Vaughn Gittin Jr. is not your average snake-hipped racing driver. It stands to reason, then, that his Formula D competition car would be larger than average too. Welcome to the Ford Mustang RTR.

When you think of the insane level of precision needed to go sideways at 100 mph+ without stuffing it into a wall, you think small, light sports cars from Japan. Not this time. Carbon fibre body panels and lightweight components keep the burly American under 2800 lbs with perfect 50/50 weight distribution.

Motivating that mass is a 436 Ford Racing/Roush Yates V8 engine, which produces over 900 horsepower. Vaughn claims that this is a 9 second car at a drag strip. Too bad it almost never travels in a straight line!

This isn’t one of those ‘Made in England’ Ken Block Fiestas either. The competition Mustang RTR was built in Charlotte, North Carolina and is Stars and Stripes through and through. It’s one of the most recognisable cars in drifting, and has helped Vaughn to become one of the most successful American drifters ever.

Posted @Whippstagram on Instagram, Wednesday August 31st 2016.

RTR for America