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HCOTY 2016 Nominee: Ryan Tuerck’s GT4586

Greg Kachadurian December 29, 2016 Featured, Hooniversal Car of the Year 8 Comments

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Continuing my tradition of nominating cars that I love dearly even though I know they won’t win, Ryan Tuerck’s GT4586 project is my pick for this year’s Hooniversal Car of the Year.

At first glance, it’s a Toyota GT86 with an engine swap and some extra stuff thrown onto it, but it’s Ryan’s choice of hardware that makes this worthy of a nomination. The car’s centerpiece is an F136 FB V8 sourced from a Ferrari 458 Italia and barely contained within the narrow engine bay of the ZN6 chassis. It takes the idea of an engine swap to the very limits of what’s possible and relies on talented and extremely patient builders to make it all work. It’s an awe-inspiring display of creativity and determination, and it was all in the name of hooning. It’s set up as a drift car but it doesn’t have a series to compete in, so it only exists to convert rubber into smoke as effectively as possible whilst shooting flames out of its nose.

Of all the cars I’ve nominated over the years, this one embraces the Hooniverse ethos the most. By far.

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Image courtesy of Speedhunters

The idea of an engine swap is nothing new, especially when we’re talking V8s and even the ZN6 chassis. Anyone can throw an LS motor in anything with four wheels, but as far as I can tell, only a handful of daring souls have ever gotten a Ferrari V8 swap to work. There are plenty of reasons why few have done it, the first being the obvious price barrier. A quick eBay search shows a used F136 FB going for about $38,000, more than four times what a built LS3 would cost new.

But surprisingly, the biggest issue they ran into was the space that it required. It’s a 90-degree V8 with dual overhead cams and an intake designed to make use of the generous space in a wide, mid-engine Ferrari 458. Stuffing that deceptively large engine in the space that used to hold a 2.0-liter boxer four-banger was the biggest engineering challenge they faced with this and it was one that nobody else had the solution for, but ingenuity and the burning desire to kill tires prevailed.

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Image courtesy of Speedhunters

The GT4586 was an idea that came to fruition over the course of a few months and made its public debut at this year’s SEMA Show, where it quickly became one of the few builds that redeemed the typically awful show. As far as I can tell, it’s set up for drifting and is fully functional, but is not built to comply with Formula Drift where Ryan Tuerck regularly competes. This car doesn’t have a professional purpose in life; it’s just here to have fun.

Of course, plenty of cars are built for fun and nothing else, but this car just takes it to a new level with that Ferrari V8 swap and the quality of execution. This was no simple task they accomplished and they literally made it to SEMA just in time. Like, with less than a minute to spare before check-in was cut off as Speedhunters‘ Larry Chen recounts. Speedhunters was given exclusive access to the build and they wrote up a fantastic article which documents the whole build process, the challenges they faced, and the innovations used to turn this dream into a reality.

What I described above is just part of what went into this build, so I highly recommend heading over to Speedhunters for the juicy details and for more of these phenomenal photos courtesy of Larry Chen.

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Image courtesy of Speedhunters

So to quickly sum up this nomination, the GT4586 won my heart because I picture this being the kind of build one of us at Hooniverse would do if we had the means. We all have our crazy ideas and our dreams and we can appreciate ingenuity and creativity, especially when that’s what allows our crazy ideas to actually work. This I feel is about as extreme of an example of that as I can imagine. It started as a seemingly impossible “what if” idea and quickly became one of the most spectacular one-off builds I’ve ever seen. Ryan Tuerck had the vision and he backed it up with a team of talented motorsports experts to put it all together. And on top of all that, it wasn’t built for extreme lap times or for museum exhibitions; its only purpose in life is just to hoon and have a good time. If only we could be so lucky.

It’s creative, well executed, fully functional, and I think it even looks great. I think it’s more than worthy of a prestigious HCOTY nomination. I think it would even be worthy of the win if the Bowman Odyssey Rig wasn’t in the running.

[Lead image source: Facebook. All other images courtesy of Larry Chen at Speedhunters]

  • Maymar

    I don’t follow drifting, so I don’t know if this is old hat, but I appreciate the “Dan Gurney for President”-inspired sticker.

  • outback_ute

    I can’t help feeling he made it harder for himself than necessary, eg the headers and intake. The California intake is more compact and front-entry, while the Alfa 8C looks pretty similar to any normal engine and may even have fit under the hood. Nah, can’t do that though?

    • Greg Kachadurian

      Yeah, they pretty much did make it harder now that you mention the California. The F136 I looks a bit more compact but it is down by about 100 horsepower compared to the FB. I guess they chose the harder route for the extra power and for the “hold my beer” factor. Or maybe nobody wrecked a California recently.

  • An awesome way to turn expensive racing fuel into smoke and noise!

  • Ross Ballot

    I absolutely love this thing. A few laps in this would be top-tier automotive bucket list status.

  • Harry Callahan

    I just don’t relate to the idiocy that is drifting. Why destroy tires going in circles? Why risk engine destruction just to create rancid smoke? Why ? It’s not likely to impress any female worth having…it’s not even objectively competitive, so you can’t really “win.” It’s madness…..very, very expensive madness! That said, when done safely, it’s better than a bar fight, so, whatever…..