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Toyota GT86 Barrel Drift Challenge

GT86 drift Challenge at Toyota GT86 Barrel Drift Challenge

To show off the capabilities of its GT86 rear-wheel-drive sports car, Toyota UK came up with a challenge called Barrel Drift. The idea is the that drift king Keiichi Tsuchiya sets a ‘Drift Sprint’ lap time, and then two British blokes will attempt to beat his time. These blokes are Autocar’s Steve Sutcliffe and Top Gear Magazine’s Ollie Marriage. Sometimes this job is very good, you know. Well, for some of us it is.

The outcome of the race is rather unexpected:

Toyota GT86 is dubbed the enthusiast’s car for many good reasons. It’s rear-drive, it has a low center of gravity, it’s very very fun to drive, and it’s quite affordable. We’ve been nagging about this car’s lack of power – it only has 200 horsepower – since day one, but looks like you can cure that with a dab of handbrake when the car won’t slide because it does not have enough power.

Come to think of it, Hyundai made such ‘enthusiast’s car” a couple of years ago, and didn’t make such a fuss. It’s called the Genesis coupe, it’s got 300hp – well, 350 in its 2013 version – and it doesn’t need the handbrake to make it slide! Oh, and it’s affordable. Too bad they don’t get it in UK.

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