This Corolla drift car isn’t hanging around long.
Head over to Bring a Trailer, and this 2017 Toyota Corolla iM could be yours. At the moment, the auction is at $46,100 and counting. And yes, I know what you’re thinking: “46 grand for a Corolla!? You must be joking!” Ah, but this isn’t just any Corolla iM. Papadakis Racing designed this as a drift car, and now it could be yours.
This small Toyota hatchback houses a 2.7-liter AR-series four-cylinder engine. You know, the same engine you’d find in the Camry or the RAV4. As you’d expect, it’s turbocharged, but it’s also nitrous-injected. It’s plainly obvious the Camry or RAV4 isn’t anywhere near racy, but this one is. Running on E85, this Corolla iM manages 1,000 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque. Naturally, being a drift car, that power is sent to the rear wheels. Or, the right wheels, as we like to say. Instead of an old slushbox, you also get a four-speed dog-leg manual transmission.
The longitudinally-mounted engine houses a range of beefed up parts. This car has 10.5:1 JE pistons, a BorgWarner turbocharger, AEM fuel injection, and a nitrous system. The car has custom RS-R suspension that lets it achieve a 65-degree steering angle: Just what you need to get the rear-end out in a snap. The seller estimates the car’s done 200 laps over a single competition season.
How much will it sell for?
This Toyota Corolla iM drift car competed in the 2017 Formula Drift season with Fredric Aasbø behind the wheel for Papadakis Racing. If you want, you could run this Corolla iM drift car in Formula drive again. The seller claims the car meets standards for the 2019 season. Papadakis also started with a street-legal Corolla, so it still has a VIN as well. Hmm…interesting idea if you live in a state where you could feasibly drive this car on the street. In other words, not California.
The big question that remains at this point is exactly how much this car will sell for. Sure, it’s at $46,100 right now, but the auction ends February 22. Anything can happen in that time frame. Someone could spend $121,000 on a Supra, for example.
If $46,000 is still too rich for your blood, the new (admittedly much more sedate) Corolla is much less expensive: