Do you enjoy watching cars race each other in any of its formats? Would you enjoy a car like the ones you see racing?
That’s how Los Angeles-based photographer Larry Chen felt. He’s a commercial automotive photographer, but he’s also knee-deep into automotive culture as well — especially the JDM kind. In particular, he’s a fan of Formula Drift, the U.S.-based grass-roots drifting series that has inspired many teens to do dumb things, much to your chagrin. Larry, on the other hand, has demonstrated his inspiration in other ways.
Formula Drift cars are not legal for the street and, additionally, cost a lot of money. Larry didn’t care to spend $150,000+ on a car he couldn’t drive on the street, so he built a Formula D-influenced street car that could leave his wallet (and creditors) happy. The canvas of his choosing is a Toyota GR86.
Check out the AutoHunter Cinema video taken at SEMA where Jalopy Jeff and Brad go over Larry’s GR96 “Daily Drifter” creation. Aside of the aesthetic Formula Drift-inspired modifications, he’s added a supercharger frothat bumps horsepower from 228 to 300. Also note the liberal use of carbon fiber under the hood. Of course, you’ll find modifications inside, underneath, and on all four corners.