posted on June 11, 2013 00:30
Nerd's Eye View: Inside Fredric Aasbo/Papadakis Racing's Amazing V8 eating 2AR Toyota Engine
By Mike Kojima
A couple of years ago, a lot of knowledgeable people, myself included declared that the turbocharged small displacement 4 cylinder engine was dead in the sport of Pro Drifting. Dead, uncompetitive and obsolete. We sung the praises of the latest new generation of domestic V8's like the Chevy LS, the Chevy SB2 and the Ford Coyote. For a while it seemed so even though others like our own Eric Hsu predicted otherwise.
This year things are changing, turbochargers are coming back to the delight of fans and challenging the rule of the V8. One of the most intriguing and successful applications of new turbo technology is the Toyota 2AR engine developed by Papadakis racing and driven by Fredric Aasbo.
The 2AR is a 2.5 liter all aluminum inline 4 that is both lightweight and stout at the same time. Papadakis racing has proven that it can operate reliably for a long time at exceedingly high power levels. It's taken about 2 years for Papadakis racing to hone and develop the 2AR into the potent package it is today and the story and parts behind it are interesting indeed. Check it out!
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