The GR Yaris is, among many other things, the most interesting thing Toyota makes. Many decades ago, that honor belonged to the front-engined, rear-wheel drive AE86. Both pair cutting-edge performance with an affordable, no-frills chassis that represents what Toyota does best. It’s a recipe for a perfect pairing of new and old, and Japanese shop Daddy Motor Works, armed with a bare AE86 Levin chassis and a GR Yaris-sourced long block, is in the process of making that dream a reality.
The car is a personal project for Daddy Motor Works shop owner Oto-san, and the first building block is his personal AE86 previously used for drifting practice. Both the GR Yaris long block, known by Toyota as the G16E-GTS, and the turbo assembly are sourced directly from Toyota. Oto-san is fabricating his own intake manifold, while the engine will be managed by an off-the-shelf Link Fury X ECU.
Unfortunately, the swap is not a plug-and-play solution. The motor is much taller than the 4A-G this AE86 was initially equipped with, so it will end up mounted in a position that puts it both eight centimeters above and two centimeters below the imprint of the original motor. However, the engine is not as long as the base motor, leaving space for Oto-san to fabricate his own vee-shaped cooling structure. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.