A standard Toyota Corolla doesn’t exactly get the pulse racing. But this isn’t a standard Toyota Corolla.For the 2017 Formula Drift season, Papadakis Racing decided to think outside the box. So it took a humble Toyota Corolla iM hatchback, converted it from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive, and installed a 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and nitrous-oxide system capable of producing 1,000 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque. Yup, this is definitely not your grandmother’s Corolla.Papadakis Racing has plenty of experience converting unassuming street cars into drift monsters. It previously campaigned a series of Scion tC coupes in Formula Drift, and even built a crazy Volkswagen Passat drift car for series competitor and former Top Gear USA host Tanner Foust. Like the Corolla iM, all of these cars were converted from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive, and given steroidal power boosts.Why rear-wheel drive? Drifting is all about controlled sliding, which means cars need to break traction at their back tires and oversteer, which is not something front-wheel drive cars are capable of doing. In addition to the rear-wheel drive conversion and souped-up engine, Papadakis Racing installed a four-speed dog-clutch transmission in the Corolla iM, made modifications to the bodywork, and added… Read full this story
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