Bangin’ Doorways On A Finances: An Icelandic Drift Cressida


Iceland is full of surprises.

For the final couple of years, I’ve unintentionally managed to coincide visits again dwelling with native drifting occasions. So the final time I travelled to Iceland, I made certain to take my digicam gear with me.


Drifting doesn’t have an enormous following in Iceland, however those that compete are a passionate bunch. Rear-wheel drive BMWs are by far the most well-liked automobiles within the Icelandic Drift Championship, however there are at all times diamonds within the tough. The diamond I selected to highlight was rougher than most.


I noticed the 1980 Toyota Cressida within the All Out Racing pit, whereas it was being labored on by its proprietor Sigurbergur Eiríksson, and needed to go in for a more in-depth look and a chat.


Sigurbergur defined to me, that on a whim again in 2013 he bought two X40-series first-gen Cressidas with an thought to make use of them for enjoyable actions a while sooner or later. On the time, Sigurbergur owned a 1996 Volkswagen Golf as his principal automotive, so all of his vitality was tied up in that construct – till it wasn’t.


Only a month after finishing the Golf, one other motorist ran a crimson gentle and T-boned Sigurbergur’s Volkswagen good and correct. Fortunately, Sigurbergur lived to inform the story, however sadly his automotive didn’t. A number of the aftermarket engine elements he had fitted to the VR6 mill had been salvageable, so these had been eliminated and put apart, and the remainder of the Golf was despatched to scrap.

So Sigurbergur had a spare VW VR6 engine at dwelling, these salvaged efficiency elements, and a few Cressidas. Are you able to see the place that is going?


After his restoration from the accident, Sigurbergur rolled one of the best X40 of the 2 into his storage and set to work home-building a drift automotive.


Because it sits now, the two.8L 12-valve VW VR6 motor produces 417whp and 508Nm. All the things you see within the engine bay has been added with the pondering: use it till it breaks. The great thing about that is that Sigurbergur gained’t cry over elements that fail. Most of them are low-cost to restore or exchange, and he definitely isn’t afraid to get his fingers soiled.

Modifications within the present setup embrace a Holset HX40 turbo from a snowplow, {custom} made consumption and exhaust manifolds, and Bosch 2,200cc injectors.


Below the automotive you’ll discover a combine and match of elements, from a custom-modified Ford 8.8-inch rear finish pieced collectively from two ’96 Ford Explorer drivelines, to Driftworks CS2 coilovers initially designed for a Nissan S15 and Toyota AE86 caster arms.


On account of few wall faucets and the physique twisting as a result of driveshaft issues, security issues began to current themselves. So in 2020, Sigurbergur tube-framed the rear of the Cressida, and pieced collectively a brand new gasoline system round a {custom} aluminum cell.


The stripped inside incorporates a full roll cage, a pair of Lico Hurricane bucket seats with TAKATA Racing harnesses, Sparco steering wheel with a 10cm spacer, a {custom} made hydraulic handbrake and a PMC gear shifter. The middle console and the cage had been custom-made by Sigurbergur. The unique sprint got here from the opposite X40 Cressida, and was apparently one of many few gadgets salvageable from that automotive.

Sigurbergur says that the one single greatest enchancment he’s made to the automotive since constructing it, was including energy steering in 2021. Previous to that, it was just about handbook steering and a great deal of tennis elbows.


Aside from the universal-fit bolt-on fender flares and no matter wheels might be discovered, the Cressida’s exterior has been saved largely inventory. The unique bodywork and paint has positively seen higher days, however that doesn’t concern Sigurbergur within the slightest. Because it stands, he doesn’t have to fret about it, and every new dent or scrape gained within the warmth of battle solely provides to Cressida’s character.


I requested Sigurbergur if he had any future plans for the automotive, and on the prime of the listing is extra steering angle and extra energy. The physique panels will finally be molded and replacements made out of fiberglass too, however with this construct operate most positively comes earlier than type.

Plans to take the automotive overseas are afoot although, and you’ll ensure that Gatebil appearances are positively on this Icelandic Cressida’s future.

Alen Haseta
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