As a junky old VW owner, I have about the easiest time of anybody in the car world when it comes to dropping an engine. There are four bolts to undo, a handful of wires and lines to unplug and the whole thing can come out. The rest of you have a tougher time, but it can be made easier.
If you dream of building a drift car, so much of the joy is thinking up weird and wonderful high-horsepower engine swaps to cram into the front of your old four-cylinder car. An inline-six. A V8. Whatever. All these dreams are wrong.
We will have to wait a few more weeks for Formula Drift’s reigning champion (and useful drinking buddy) Chris Forsberg to debut his twin-turbo, anti-lag VQ V6 in competition. The team is still working out the engine’s bugs. For now, we can only hear it in testing and it is WHRRRTTCHCRRKRKKKvrrrtvrrrtvrrtWHKRRRKRKRKRK.
The level of engineering in pro drift cars these days is utterly fascinating. Here is, for instance, Chris Forsberg’s twin-turbo, anti-lag Nissan VQ V6 putting down four-figure horsepower numbers while sounding like the whole world is ending.
One mountain, no practice and no do-overs: that’s how three-time Formula Drift champion Chris Forsberg tackled California’s gorgeous, winding Onion Valley road in a V8-powered Nissan 370Z.
Road Atlanta is one of the most legendary tracks in the country, with fast turns nestled among picturesque trees and hills. Once a year, it hosts one of North America’s most grueling endurance races, Petit Le Mans. It’s the perfect place to unleash a train of pro drifters to coat the countryside in a layer of burnt…
What’s the best way to test out a new drift build? By taking the Internet masses along for the ride and filling a camera’s lens with tire smoke, duh.
Ah, Road Atlanta. One of America’s most famous racetracks, and the home of Petit Le Mans. It always helps to lay a little rubber down on the pavement, right? Let these drifters take care of that with some of the craziest high-speed sideways action I’ve ever seen.
Ok, yeah, so this is extremely awesome.
The original Acura NSX has this look that’s simultaneously so 1990s yet still very sexy. Definitely not “timeless,” but I can’t imagine a time when this car won’t look good. Especially when it’s been modified in just the right ways like this one.
When you’re a two-time drifting champion, this is the kind of prank your coworkers pull on you.
Ever wondered what would happen if a Nissan 370Z happened to have a 1,000 horsepower V8 under the hood?
I picked one, two, three pieces of rubber from my eye as Chris Forsberg threw his car into neutral after a tandem run at Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey. His 350-horsepower Nissan was so sideways, it felt like the wheels were castors plucked from an office chair. I was riding shotgun, attempting to film it all.
Step One: get a tree. Step Two: hook the tree up to a Nissan GT-R. Step Three: engage launch control and, wait, this isn’t so simple.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised they made it out unscathed—these are two of the best drivers in the world.
Tug of war in the automotive realm is usually done with bend-prone lifted trucks. Formula Drift professional nutbars Ryan Tuerck and Chris Forsberg tried the game out with their drift cars.
What’s the best way to test two of the best pro drifters in the world? With completely ridiculous challenges, including car-to-car paintball.
If you own a new sports car — let’s say you have a Nissan 370Z — how much power would you make from a twin turbo kit, and how hard would it be?
Last year they built a quick beginner’s drift car for around $5000. Now they’re bringing a thrashed old Nissan 240SX back to decent shape and installing a twin turbo setup on a factory-fresh 370Z, too!
There aren't that many places where you can hold a car sideways flat out through third, fourth, and fifth gears. Hell, there aren't many drivers who can manage it for that matter.