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.
Pat’s Acres Racing Complex in Canby, Oregon, really looks like a nice park with some asphalt laid down. There’s lush green grass, shade from the trees, neat paved paths, and oh yes—everything from vintage Nissans to overpowered BMW E36s ripping sweet sideways drifts in the middle.
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.
Old Nissan 240SXs are considered prime candidates for turning into drift cars because they’re rear-wheel drive, everywhere, and easy to work on. But the downside to being popular for drift duty is that, well, a lot are getting wrecked and prices are going up. Lucky for you, there’s a workaround.
Photographers at motorsports events often seem to take a perverse delight from placing themselves in what looks like eminent car-induced peril. We’ve seen photographers hit by cars, seen them leap out of the way at he last minute, seen near scrapes, but this is the first time I think I’ve ever seen a car slap a…
James Deane has won all there is to win over in Europe, and this season, he made a return to America’s Formula Drift after a seven-year absence. Nobody knew how his style would stack up here in the States. As it turned out, he clowned on us all.
It’s a problem when you can’t get the wheels to stick to the dyno itself.
Irishman James Deane has won just about everything there is to win on the European drift circuit and made his way back to America this year to take on our best drivers in Formula D. At this weekend’s season opener, Deane made America look like a bunch of amateurs.
Who would have thought the Toyota Corolla iM would do anything more than haul high schoolers and old people who really loved their last Scion?
If you’ve ever taken a serious shot at drifting, you know there’s a lot going on and it takes some getting used to. Maybe, for you, the concept of these reverse-entry drifts isn’t so unfathomable. For me, it seems just about impossible.