An electric AE86 drift car is showcased in this episode of TheHoonigans'
Daily Transmission series, and it'll happily shred tyres
If you thought LS-swapping a Toyota AE86 was sacrilegious, you may wish to
look away now, as you ain’t seen nothing yet. This AE86 is surely one of the
weirdest in existence, as in place of the screaming, stock ‘4A-G’ is a
purpose-built DC motor intended for drag racing. And the boot is full of
Despite the load in the trunk, weight distribution isn’t quite as skewed
toward the back as you’d expect, and the weight’s been kept down to a modest
“Whatever it takes to keep interesting cars on the road” is how I approach
the question of whether or not it’s okay to do electric conversions for
older cars. Some purists hate it, and it’s true it’s never really the same
as an internal combustion engine, but it gets the job done. And
electrification has its advantages too—namely sweet, sweet torque.
Case in point: Omead Moinee’s 1986 AE86 Toyota Corolla with an electric
motor, recently featured by the good humans over at Hoonigan. Inspired by
electric Pikes Peak conversions, Omead’s car is in regular use as a drift
It’s really, really hard not to like this thing:
Engine Swap Depot says this car’s been around for a hot minute, debuting at
SEMA back in 2015. The whole thing is a custom job with a huge 275 volt
battery pack mounted in the back seat and trunk that produces 330 lb-ft of
torque at just 200 RPM. Two-hundred!
Donuts happen at the flip of a switch. It still keeps its five-speed manual
transmission, unlike most EV conversions. That’s encouraging.