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Rear-drive Toyota Corolla iM Formula Drift car up for auction

By Chris Thompson, 18 Feb 2019 News

Rear-drive Toyota Corolla iM Formula Drift car up for auction

Fredric Aasbo’s RWD ‘Rolla is selling online at Bring a Trailer

If you’re in the market for a Formula Drift car, then you’re in luck. Fredric Aasbo’s 2017 Formula Drift car – a rear-wheel drive Toyota Corolla iM – is up for auction on BringATrailer.

Currently, the bidding sits at USD$46,100 (AUD$64,460) with five days of bidding left to go, but the listing has garnered plenty of attention since it was posted only a couple of days ago.

Predictions of a six-figure sale price are almost guaranteed to be realised.

Fredric Aasbo Formula Drift Corolla

First unveiled in early 2017, the Corolla iM drift car was built by motorsport outfit Papadakis Racing, with a 2.7-litre Toyota 2AR turbo four, running E85 and nitrous.

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Of course, what’s a drift car without a ridiculous output? Aasbo had 745kW/1152Nm at his right foot’s disposal during the 2017 Formula Drift season, but not before the car’s official reveal – filmed in the style of the Initial D opening sequence.

The film was so true to the animation, someone even put the two side by side for comparison.

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Aasbo, the 2015 Formula D champion, has come second overall season year since his podium-topping year, beaten by American Chris Forsberg in 2016 and Irish drifter James Deane in the two years since.

Whoever wins the bidding for this car will own one of the most successful drift cars of 2017, raced by one of the most consistent performers in the Formula Drift series.

Formula Drift Toyota Corolla engine

Check out the highlights below from the Orlando round of the 2017 season, with the middle section being an incredibly close battle between Aasbo and Rockstar drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr.

You can check out the ad at BringATrailer, which was listed by Papadakis Racing.