When Keeping It Real Goes Right: Ryan Tuerck’s 2JZ FR-S Street Car

Written by PJ Pitcher
Photography by Tabrese Sequeira
Drifting has evolved by leaps and bounds since the earliest days of touge runs in the mountains of Japan. Back then, humble yet high-revving 4-cylinders in lightweight chassis provided for clandestine fun under the cover of darkness. Professional drifting is far removed from those times, from popularity, to driver skill, to the cars themselves. Aside from the venerable Papadakis Racing 2AR, the most competitive set-ups feature at least 6-cylinders (or none in the case of the Dorito boys), and 1,000 hp is astonishingly par for the course.

I thought this was an article about Tuerck’s ‘street’ car, what’s up DL?! What’s up are those quotes, and how the aforementioned evolution of the sport gives them practical (though maybe not nominal) validity. Ryan’s car notoriously takes flak for being anything but a street car, and anyone can agree that his set-up is, for all intents and purpose, unlivable as a daily driver. That being said, let us again consider the times and more importantly the purpose of the car, and it all starts to make much more sense.

Formula Drift is arguably the highest level of drifting in the world, and as such, there is an immense amount of talent on the grid. Nobody leaves the womb clutch-kicking and counter-steering, so obviously developing these skills takes time and practice. A competitive FD season costs teams upwards of six figures, so needless to say the stakes are very high in pursuit of dedicated partners who can contribute to drivers’ success. Perhaps in no other motorsport does ‘practice makes perfect’ hold more true.

So, take that into consideration and Ryan’s ‘street’ car becomes a matter of circumstance and perspective. In the name of candor, Tuerck does have an SR20 S13 and a 1J S13, both of which would be more aptly-deemed ‘street’ cars, but neither of which is the chassis and engine configuration of his pro car. The point being, it makes perfect sense for Ryan to spend the most time off-track in the car that is most like his car on-track. We might suggest that ‘demo car’ is a better fit than ‘street car’, but semantics be damned.

The car itself is relatively close in spec to the pro car, with the exception of some Nameless Performance and Unicorn Garage secret sauce being perpetually developed in FD combat. The 3.4-liter VVT-i Brian Crower-stroked 2JZ is nearly identical to the current pro car, and as a matter of fact is a spare engine from a prior season. Many of our readers are already intimately-acquainted with the infallible 2JZ, but it is nonetheless impressive that the car consistently makes so much power with off-the-shelf parts.

There is nothing prepackaged, however, about the wild anti-lag system in place. Pop the hood and one of first things you may notice are the grapefruit-sized globes to the left of the Garrett GTX4088R. These are the boost reservoirs created by Nameless co-owner and resident mad scientist John Hoyenga, who designed them to work in unison with the tuning wizardry of John Reed and the MoTeC ECU. Ryan generally does not enable ALS in the name of longevity, but snap, crackle and pop are only one switch away.

Drivetrain duties are relegated to the proven V160 6-speed for now, though knowing Tuerck, chances are good this car will end up with a G-Force or Holinger at some point. Footwork is handled by BC Racing coilovers at all four corners with the ubiquitous Wisefab angle kit up front. The rollers are a medley of fifteen52 offerings wrapped in Hankook Ventus R-S3 rubber. The cooling system is a custom rear-mounted set-up by Dominant Engineering using Mishimoto components to keep track temps under control.

Aesthetically, the car is a mix-and-match of Rocket Bunny and HGK Racing pieces. The HGK Kevlar front fenders are actually designed specifically to accommodate the Wisefab angle kit, and we give Ryan props for taking the extra step to at least somehow visually rein in the significant camber he runs up front. Many of you will remember this car as being white, but it was recently resprayed a custom shade of gray by Redline Restorations to match the engine bay and interior.

At the end of the day, what it looks like and what we call it are not nearly as important as how the car drives and the competitive advantage it provides Ryan during the off-season and time away from the pro car. Boost may be the replacement for displacement, but there is simply no substitute for seat time. The closer and more accurately that can be replicated in Tuerck’s demo car, the more comfortable he will be under pressure, when it counts. It may never make it to the grocery store, but Tuerck is not shopping for anything, least of all excuses.

2013 SR by Toyota FRS

VVTI 2jz

Brian Crower 3.4 Liter stroker kit

JE pistons 86.5 11.7/1 compression ratio

Brian Crower 264 cams

Brian Crower Cam gear

Brian Crower Head Gasket

Brian Crower oil pump drive gear

Super Tech +1mm Valves Intake and Exhaust

Supertech Springs+ Retainers
Anti Lag:

Custom setup from Nameless Performance

Header- Nameless Performance

Wastegates- Turbosmart

Valvoline VR1 20-50


Fuel Safe 10 Gallon Spectra lite fuel cell

Deatschwerks DV2 1500 CC injectors

Deatschwerks X2 350il Fuel Pumps

Radium Engineering FPR and Fuel Filter

Drift Motion Fuel Rail

Race Gas- VP Racing VP Import

Garrett GTX 4088R

Mishimoto Radiator

Mishimoto 12″ Race Line fans

Mishimoto 25 row dual pass Oil cooler

Mishimoto R line Intercooler

BC Racing ZR series Coilovers

Wisefab suspension kits Front and rear

Drive shaft shop axles

Drive shaft shop Driveshaft

Toyota V160 Transmission

Clutch- Bonifante Friction

Motec M150 ECU

Engine Harness – Nameless performance

Chassis Harness- @Brian_Hartsock

Fifteen 52 Tarmacs

Front 18×9 0 offset

Rear 18×10 0 offset

Rocket Bunny Version 2

Takata Race 6 Harnesses

DBA rotors

Nameless Performance Pedal box

Nameless Performance Hand Brake

Hankook RS3’s

Front 245/40/18

Rear 265/40/18
Roll cage x Fabrication


Drift Life Magazine Snapback

Custom 3D Puff Embroidered Drift Life Magazine Snapback


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