Tag along with Fredric Aasbø!
Proving grounds are for automakers and others to test their new vehicles, upgrades, and everything in between. They allow for proper testing, data collection, and other things in simulated real life or racing situations. As it turns out, they’re also great for drifting and shredding the crap out of your custom wheels. Just ask Fredric Aasbø.
Aasbø is a professional drifter and stunt driver who became the 2015 Formula World Drift Champion. So, he knows a thing or two about making a rubber disappear off of some custom wheels. Toyota enlisted his help with one of their highly-modified drift-spec 86s to drive the Alpine Route at Millbrook Proving Ground the one way that he knew how – sideways.
So, he got behind the 1,000+ horsepower Toyota 86 and let loose on the twisting roads of the track, creating a ton of tire smoke as the rear custom wheels spun furiously. This is obviously modified compared to the factory car that churns out 200 horsepower and 151 lb-ft. of torque, but that’s still quite a bit of fun.
Aasbø also took part in Toyota’s ‘Donuts in Space’. For this Toyota GB enlisted Aasbø to drive the 1,000 bhp Toyota 86-X and paint an ‘86’ logo on the pavement by spinning the custom wheels and drifting so large that it can be seen from space.