A Prius in Drifting. Say What?


Well, not the entire Prius!

In getting my ā€™91 Supra ready for upcoming drifting action, I deleted the old hydraulic power steering to replace it with a newer electric power-assisted steering column that I pulled from a 2005 Toyota Prius (Kinda funny actually).

I retrofitted the Prius column into my Supra and connected the necessary wiring to make it function. I was slightly skeptical at first, but to my surprise, the power assist and feel were great on the test drive.I then removed the rear subframe from the Supra and replaced the camber, toe, and traction arms (the red links in the photos). These will give me complete adjustability in the rear of the car to really dial in the rear grip on the Supra.

I then removed the rear subframe from the Supra and replaced the camber, toe, and traction arms (the red links in the photos). These will give me complete adjustability in the rear of the car to really dial in the rear grip on the Supra. I also replaced the old worn-out rubber sub frame bushings with solid bushings to keep the subframe from shifting around during transitions on the course while drifting (the gold items in the pictures).

The next thing I changed for the upcoming season was adding a rear fire wall in the vehicle; this is mostly for safety, to separate the passenger compartment from the fuel cell, but it also looks kinda cool.

The most recent change is the transmission. The gear ratios in this trans are much better than the old 3 speed that it replaced; but what makes it really special is the gear engagement commonly referred to as (dog rings) which allows you to shift gears easily without using the clutch. This lets you shift faster without losing much engine rpm and forward momentum.

No changes are necessary in my tires. Iā€™m really enjoying the Triangle TR968 ultra high performance tires; very predictable grip and they hold up really well through the extreme rigors of drifting competition.

I’ve gotten the car out and run it a little and I’m super excited about how well it drives and feels. I will keep everyone updated as I get out on the track.

I have a few other things in the works, but I am really anxious to get out and see what the car can do with all these changes. I will keep everyone updated.

After running an event at Zmax in Concord, NC, I plan to compete in several events at the Myrtle Beach Speedway and Piedmont locations; also, a three-day event (hyperfest) at Virginia International Raceway.

Be on the lookout for my Instagram posts from the East 10 Pro-Am drift schedule:

  • Zmax @Concord NC—–6.1-2.18
  • Bristol motor speedway TN—–6.22.19
  • Concord NC—–7.12.19
  • Bristol TN—–7.27-28.19 PRO-AM RD 3 [BIRTHDAY BASH]
  • Bristol TN—–8.3.19
  • Concord—–8.23.19
  • Bristol TN—–9.17.19
  • Braselton GA—–9.28-29.19 PRO-AM RD 4
  • Bristol TN—–10.5.19
  • Concord NC—–10.19-20.19

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