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Papadakis Racing Takes All-New 2018 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Drifting

Drift champion Fredric Aasbo will pilot this heavily modified Toyota Corolla Hatchback in the popular Formula Drift series. The AE86 variant of the Corolla, a rear-drive model produced from 1985 to 1987, is regarded as the founding father of drifting in Japan. When it was done on the lowdown up and over remote mountain passes and dubbed touge drifting.

“This car is so much fun to drive,” said Aasbo. “Everybody who loves drifting knows about the Corolla’s iconic heritage in the sport and I’m excited to continue that legacy with the Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla Hatchback.”

From the press release… Team owner Stephan Papadakis has built a reputation for challenging the status quo with his innovative competition builds. Based on the brand new Toyota Corolla Hatchback, the rear-wheel drive converted Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla Hatchback produces 1,000 nitrous-boosted horsepower from its four-cylinder turbocharged Toyota 2AR engine.

The Papadakis Racing team worked closely with TRD and Jon Sibal to develop competition carbon/Kevlar body panels for the vehicle and its sticky Nexen N’fera SUR4G tires are mounted on striking gold Motegi MR406 wheels. The car features a dog-engagement manual transmission, a Borg Warner EFR turbo, AEM Infinity-8 fuel injection, and a RS-R suspension.

“One of the things that’s so great about drifting is that its rules give us a lot of freedom and creativity in the builds,” said Papadakis. “There’s no other series where you see such variety on the track. The cars are modified for the sport, but every one of them starts on the production line just like the car you drive to work every day.”


Round 1: Streets of Long Beach  /   April 6 – 7   /   Long Beach, CA

Round 2: Invasion   /   April 27 – 28   /   Orlando, FL

Round 3: Road to the Championship   /   May 11 – 12   /   Atlanta, GA

Round 4: The Gauntlet    /   June 1 – 2   /   Wall, NJ

Round 5: Throwdown    /   July 20 – 21     /   Monroe, WA

Round 6: St. Louis   /   August 10 – 11   /   St. Louis, MO

Round 7: Showdown    /   September 14 – 15   /   Dallas, TX

Round 8: Title Fight   /   October 12 – 13   /   Irwindale, CA

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