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2013 Scion FR-S - Nowhere to Go But Up!

Dai Yoshihara sets sights high on the world's most famous hill climb race this month

Austin Lott
Jun 13, 2019

Daijiro Yoshihara is no stranger to driving the FR-S/BRZ chassis around a twisting course; however, later this month, he'll be stepping out of the more familiar Formula DRIFT tracks to take on the 97th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The 12.42-mile course sits just outside of Colorado Springs and features a dizzying 156 turns as it climbs 4,720 feet to the 14,115 ft. finish line.

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Daijiro, who goes by Dai, has a long history of driving in a variety of events. He was the 2011 Formula DRIFT champion and has stood atop the podium several times during our own Super Lap Battle in the FWD class. He's even done a bit of stunt driving for commercials, but one thing he hasn't done professionally is a hill climb race. What more of a prestigious hill climb to tackle in the world thank Pikes. "I think Pikes Peak is like ultimate Touge! Well, I know it's way more than that, but it definitely reminds me of my Touge days," he told us.

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Dai will be driving a 2013 Scion FR-S, rebadged as a Toyota 86, sponsored by ENEOS, Evasive Motorsports and Turn14 Distribution. Dai's 86 is sporting a stroked-and-turbocharged 2JZ-GTE inline-six engine that will be making about 900hp on race day. Yikes! That'd be enough to get us in trouble, not to mention 156 turns going up a mountain.

Last month Dai and the team at Evasive Motorsports finished dialing the car in at Willow Springs. The car had initially been fitted with a Garrett GTX4294R turbo, but after feedback from Dai, they switched to a smaller GTX3582II. The smaller turbo was more responsive, which will be a huge important for the hill climb. "This was a great test. It allowed us to verify all the changes we made after the previous test session. The car feels really strong and we're in a good place for Pikes Peak," Dai explained.

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Part of preparing for his first attempt at the Pikes Peak hill climb started off with practicing in a driving simulator. Asseto Corsa was used familiarize himself with the course. Dai elaborated that memorizing the course has been difficult: "I've been watching so many videos and practicing on the SIM, so I feel like I do remember it pretty well but I won't know until I really drive there at speed," he explained.

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A few weeks ago, Dai flew to Colorado to get a feel for the course in person. He'd visited the mountain in 2008 but had never driven it. For his first practice run, he borrowed a stock 86 from Colorado Springs Toyota. "I split the course into sections and drove each one four to five times to burn the turns into my memory. When you drive the entire hill, it's difficult to remember specific corners, but by breaking it down into smaller chunks you seem to remember it better," he revealed. This strategy mimics the official qualifying and practice sections, with each set of competitors driving the three sections on different days. Dai will be racing in the Time Attack division, which boasts largest numbers of competitors.

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Dai concluded that after completing the testing with the 86, he's feeling confident. "My motorsports career has started with drifting and that has been my main thing. I've been doing other stuff like time attack and road racing lately and I really enjoy doing those. Pikes Peak is one of the races I always wanted try. I think I can use all my skills and experiences from both drifting and grip driving and use it towards this."

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By Austin Lott
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2013 Scion FR-S - Nowhere to Go But Up!
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Driver: Daijiro Yoshihara
Builder: Evasive Motorsports
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Occupation: Professional Driver
Engine: 2JZ-GTE stroked to 3.4L with Brian Crower crank, 11.0:1 JE Pistons, H-beam Carrillo Rods, Titan Motorsports billet main caps, Brian Crower adjustable cam gears, GSC Power S2 cams, +1mm intake and exhaust valves, valve springs, retainers and valve seals, ARP age 625+ head studs and main studs, 1.2mm metal head gasket, ETS Twinscroll T4 turbo manifold, Garrett GTX3582II T4, Turbosmart WG45 wastegates, GReddy custom 4" fender exit Race downpipe exhaust, custom wastegate dump tubes and V-mount intercooler, aluminum radiator, Davies Craig EWP150 electric water pump, Radium fuel rail and fuel surge tank, Injector Dynamics 2000cc injectors, ATL Well Cell 12-gallon fuel cell, Holley HydraMat 11x11 and 15x8 cross pickups, Koyo oil cooler, Canton Accusump, water cooling sprayer system, Design Craft alternator relocator, ENEOS Racing PRO 10W-50 oil.
Drivetrain: Samsonas six-speed sequential gearbox, Tilton triple-plate clutch and hydraulic throw-out bearing, Titan Motorsports flywheel, custom aluminum driveshaft, Driveshaft Shop axles, GReddy differential cover and gearbox oil cooler, OS Giken 1.5-way differential, WPC-treated Revolution 4.785:1 final drive ring and pinion gears, Tilton differential pump.
Footwork & Chassis: Three-way adjustable KW Competition coilovers, Wisefab Grip-type front and rear suspension kit, front knuckles, control arms, tie rods, top mounts, rear knuckles, control arms, GT Spec rear subframe reinforcement bar, Whiteline 22mm two-point adjustable front sway bar, 18mm three-point adjustable rear bar and adjustable end-links, Evasive Motorsports corner balance and Race Spec alignment, Evasive Motorsports custom weld-in rollcage, GT Spec four-point front brace, fender brace, front lower subframe reinforcement and rear lower T brace
Brakes: Stoptech Trophy Race big brake kit with four-piston front and rear calipers, 355mm front and 345mm rear rotors, Endurance Race pads front and rear, brake fluid, Tilton hanging pedal box and master cylinders, custom front brake ducts.
Wheels & Tires: 18x11" ET +15 front, 18x12 ET +20 rear Yokohama Wheel Advan Racing GT wheels in Racing White; Project Kics Ti64 titanium lug nuts and PCD conversion spacers, 280/650R18 front and 320/650R18 rear Yokohama Tires in slick, intermediate and wet compounds.
Exterior: Rocket Bunny widebody kit with custom +30mm front over-fenders, APR Performance front bumper, front splitter, carbon fiber side skirts, carbon fiber mirrors, wind deflector and GT1000 rear wing, EVS Tuning custom rear diffuser, TRD fender wing and rear stabilizing cover, Seibon dry carbon fiber hood, roof, doors and trunklid, Plastics 4 Performance Lexan side windows, S&A Design decals, Daley Visuals vinyl wrap
Interior: Sparco PRO-ADV seat, steering wheel and six-point HANS compatible harness belts, VAC Motorsports seat mounts, MoTeC C165 Display, M130 ECU and PDM, Liteblox lithium-ion battery, custom rear bulkhead panel, two fire extinguishers

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