Sometimes the drone crew in a video looks like they’re as big of a bunch of hoons as the people they’re filming. Here’s some absolutely stunning footage from East Coast Bash where the crew from RC Flying Cameras got to get up close and personal with a bunch of drift cars.
Here’s a lesson in how to park good. Step 1: Acquire a powerful rear-wheel drive vehicle, such as this ‘JZX100' Toyota Mark II, complete with a powerful turbocharged 1JZ or 2JZ straight six. Step 2: find a empty and remote parking lot. Step 3: big, wide, sweeping, wonderful donuts.
There are so many questions that come up when you read that someone broke a world record by drifting for nearly six hours straight. How bad were the hand cramps? Was there an urge to pee at all? Did the driver pee? Did the people officially witnessing it have to take a witness break to pee?
No matter how old you are or how boring you get, there’s one thing most of us can agree on in this life: Turning down a chance to play Mario Kart is inhuman and borderline sacrilegious. But when you play it in real life, well, things may not go as smoothly or painlessly as in the game.
Formula Drift Japan is this weekend at nowhere else but the legendary Ebisu circuit. That means Mad Mike is there, and that means that we get to bask in the sights and sounds of a four-rotor Mazda RX-7 doing backwards entries and shredding eardrums.
Certainly, our days are inundated with a constant barrage of misery and disappointment. We are Indiana Joneses, escaping from our own crumbling temples filled with danger only to have our treasures snatched from our hands as we think we reach safety. But we do have our moments of glee, few more gleeful than this video…
At the wheel of that Toyota Supra is one Mike Perez, one of the more wild drivers in the American drift scene. How wild? Watch him drift over another car in one of the more manic crashes I’ve seen in a while.
Normally, people hate on engine-swapped Mazda RX-7s, as changing out the stock rotary engine makes the car too normal, too simple. This guy went the opposite direction, with a homebrew turbocharged and supercharged Toyota 1JZ straight six.
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.
The BMW M2 is one of the most capable road cars on sale today, with solid handling and a powerful turbo straight six. Here’s what happens when you take all that out and turn it into an all-kevlar-and-carbon drift car with a high-revving Chevy small block.
Japan’s Ebisu Circuit is one of the most famous drift courses in the world for good reason: it’s completely, ridiculously, wonderfully insane. Here’s Lone Star Drift’s Aaron Losey on the twisty, kinky, windy stretch of tarmac for a tandem run alongside David Mesker.
I think I love everything about this little video. It’s like one of those ‘80s comedies about the underdog winning against all the mean rich kids, just told with a handful of cars and a very tricky hairpin turn. Watch to the end and you’ll see what I mean.
Did you need a screaming blurple BMW E30 M3 with a ridiculously boosted 2JZ-GTE engine from a Supra in your life? Well, you do now.
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.
Cue the epic soundtrack. It’s time to get sideways.
Every time I see Ryan Tuerck’s epic Toyota GT86 with the V8 from a Ferrari 458 stuffed into its hood, I still can’t believe how cool it is. It’s the insane drift build that just won’t quit, but let’s face it: if I had a 458 engine swapped into anything, I’d hoon it all the time, too.
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.
Mitsubishi vs. Subaru was one of the greatest automotive rivalries in history, both in the World Rally Championship and with their hero cars for the road, the Subaru Impreza WRX STi and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Thankfully, some teams such as Italy’s PIMA Racing drift team appreciate both cars.