Fredric Aasbø stars alongside the Toyota GT86 in our latest film Donuts from Space. But if you’re not familiar with the professional drift and stunt driver and Toyota global ambassador, let us get you up to speed…
Hailing from Ski, Norway, Fredric burst onto the international drifting scene in 2008 at a global invitational event in the US. But his history with Toyota goes back further. Inspired by footage of Japanese pro drifter Katushiro Ueo drifting an AE86 Toyota Corolla up a mountain, he put his money into building a basic drift car and began to learn – and then master – his trade. As a privateer, he was crowned back-to-back champion in 2007 and 2008 in the Nordic Drifting Championship, earning him that invitation to the United States.
The move and the wins
The year 2010 was a turning point in Fredric’s career as he traded Norway for the USA and campaigned a red Toyota Supra in Formula Drift, the premier drifting series in North America. It was a good year, earning Aasbø a Rookie of the Year title and securing him a drive with the SoCal-based, multiple championship-winning Papadakis Racing squad for the 2011 Formula Drift season.
As an ambassador for the sport, Fredric proved to be a firm favourite with the fans both inside and outside the car, his flat-out driving style and likeable character winning him the Fan Favourite award three years in a row. Ultimate success came in 2015, when Fredric converted four series wins into the Formula Drift Pro Champion title, before securing the Formula Drift World Champion crown in recognition of his global performance.
Throughout his time with Papadakis Racing, Fredric has been behind the wheel of a succession of high-power, high-precision Toyota drift cars. For several years – including throughout his title-winning season – Fredric has competed in Formula Drift behind the wheel of the Papadakis Racing Scion/Toyota tC, which uses the production Toyota 2AR-FE engine as a base for its 900+ wheel horsepower output.
He also competes in events – and has recorded his own mountain touge – using the 800whp, Supra-engined ICOM 86-X (as seen in Donuts From Space) and another GT86, the distinctive RS-R Toyota GT86 powered by a NASCAR-spec Toyota V8.
The present and the future
For 2017, Fredric Aasbø and Papadakis Racing returned to Formula Drift with an all-new drift car – the Rockstar/Nexen Toyota Corolla iM. If it looks familiar, it’s because the Corolla iM is based on the Toyota Auris, although clearly Fredric’s car has seen some modifications in its transition from a 137hp, front-wheel drive car to a 1000hp, rear-wheel drive drift machine.
Fredric’s had a great year and is currently in second place in the standings heading into the final round on October 13-14. To stay up-to-date with his progress in Formula Drift, as well as his ongoing work as a Toyota global ambassador at events around the world, visit the official Fredric Aasbø Facebook page.