Ever wanted to hone your on-track or off-road driving abilities to become more proficient in rallying? Pro-drifter Ken Gushi kicks up some dirt with the new Toyota GR Corolla while providing some good pointers when driving on loose surfaces.
The newest addition into Toyota’s GR arsenal has taken the world by storm, with the GR Corolla equipped with all-wheel drive powered by a 1,6-litre turbocharged 3 pot which is good for 224 kW. That being said, we can’t say the first thing we’d do with the sleek looking hot hatch from Japan is kick up some dirt in an off road course but that is exactly what Toyota Formula Drift driver Ken Gushi decided to do with AutoGuide.com.
The Japanese born, American raised driver displays the cars prowess and abilities on both the track and an off road dirt course where the powertrain proves its worth. Gushi goes through the basics of racing before dabbling in some more serious manoeuvres which can help cut down on those lap times. While doing this, the differences between tarmac and dirt are demonstrated as Gushi navigates a series of corners and turns in each surface scenario.
The G16E-GTS can be heard coming alive with its maximum 224 kW and 270 N.m rating. Since the hot hatch includes a six-speed manual transmission, Gushi has the opportunity to explain and demonstrate how heel-and-toe works. Owners of the new Toyota GR Corolla won’t have to worry about this crucial racing skill since the model is equipped with rev-matching which means the driver doesn’t have to do all of that fancy footwork.
The GR Corolla is scheduled to go on sale before the end of the year while a hotter Circuit Edition will arrive in 2023. Certain countries have received such high demand for this driver-oriented machine that dealers have had to stop taking orders, despite no pricing announcement being revealed yet. There is still hope for real drivers cars in the market!