Tuesday, Nov 26 06:04pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Kurt Blackie goes pro with new V8 Toyota 86

Kurt Blackie is bringing the thunder to the top division in next year’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship with an all-new build. 


The Tauranga-based competitor will step up from the development Pro-Sport Series to the top-flight Pro Series with an LS3-powered Toyota 86.


Last year Blackie drove his four-door Nissan Skyline R32 to third in the Pro-Sport division, regularly finishing on the podium. 




With the gap between Pro-Sport and Pro getting smaller, Blackie decided to make the step up and into a newer and more complete package. 


In recent years drifting globally has seen a trend of V8-swapped cars, particularly with the ultra-reliable and powerful Chevrolet LS. Blackie’s car is no different with the 6.8-litre LS3 V8 making a mammoth 580 hp (432 kW) and 800 Nm torque.




“We campaigned the R32 for two seasons, and to be honest, we probably could have run it in the Pro Series, but I wanted to be competitive,” Blackie told velocitynews.co.nz.


“The 86 is a proven package, not necessarily here, but overseas. It’s proven to be reliable. The LS3 is definitely going to help us keep up with that really high torque figure.”


Blackie said the shift from the four-door straight-six Nissan Skyline R32 to the two-door Toyota 86 will take some time to get used to. 




After his first time drifting the car at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park he said there was practically nothing similar between the two cars. 


“I initially thought there might be some similarities between the two cars, but the first time I drove it there was nothing comparable. 


“It’s just so short, snappy and nimble. The aggression with the 86 is mega. Once I get my head around it, it’ll be such a good chassis. I’ve got the machine under me, I’ve just got to drive it.”




After a stellar second season in the Pro-Sport Series earlier this year, Blackie is buoyed by the new package. He firmly believes he’ll be in a position to compete for top-five finishes or even podiums.


“We came off a really good season. We were on the podium a lot and I achieved what I wanted to achieve in Pro-Sport. I learned a lot about my driving style and battling too. 


“Coming into the Pro Series, I want to be up the pointy end. It’s a new car, but we came here to be competitive and we’re not doing anything half-arsed. 




“We’ve got potential to get on the podium. I back myself all the way I’ve got a strong car and a strong crew so there’s no reason why we cant this season. 


“I’m so excited. We’ve still got a few things to iron out with the car first, but the car is already looking so good. I can’t wait to start battling with the big boys.”


Round 1 of the D1NZ National Drifting Championship takes place at Teretonga Park, Invercargill over 24-25 January 2020.


Toyota LS86 Specifications



- 6.8L LS3 V8 404 

- Forged bottom end

- billet eagle stroker kit

- CNC machined trumpets

- Sprint Car K&N Filter

- Full ethanol rated fuel system

- PTFE and anodised hard line

Power: 580 hp 

Torque 800nm 

Gearbox: 4-speed Jerico WC4 dog-box

Clutch: Mantic stage 5 single plate 

Differential: GT-R differential/axles

Steering: V2 Wisefab front and rear

Suspension: BC Racing three-way adjustable coil overs

Body: Rocket Bunny V2