Irishman James Deane is currently sitting as the top qualifier for this weekend’s round of Formula Drift in Seattle, in a Nissan S15 Silvia. Back in 2013, he was wheeling a Mazda RX-7 on one of the tiniest tracks I have ever seen.
Everyone has that one road they drove over and over again as they learned how to drive and love cars. Formula Drift’s Matt Field made the pilgrimage back to his boyhood road and took his thousand-horsepower pro car with him.
Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s Mustang is an oddity in professional drifting; his RTR team sets his car up like a dirt track car, though he runs in Formula Drift. It’s called weight jacking and it produces what you see here. The car basically wants to lift a front wheel. Then it wants to wheelie.
Formula Drift is in Canada this weekend, running one of the most big angle, technical tracks of the season. This is what it looks like when you overcook one of the corners halfway off the ground.
Today’s top American professional drifters compete in thousand-horsepower Formula Drift competition machines, the most powerful stock chassis racing cars on any circuit in the world. In 2004, things were a little different.
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.
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.
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 have ever wondered what happens when you tune a high-power single-turbo straight six with anti-lag, the answer is lots of extremely angry-looking flames.
Rather, this is what happens when you put Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s Formula Drift Mustang on Barcelona’s F1 circuit. Turns three and four, all 3,200 feet of them, linked and shredded.
What’s the difference between a professional drift Scion FR-S and a professional rally Subaru BRZ? It’s simple: one does jumps!
We pretty much get the car film format at this point, with the dramatic build up and the slow motion and whatever else. What we need now is more weird vids, like this kaleidoscope edit for Formula Drift’s Matt Coffman.
Formula Drift hosts the most powerful stock chassis road racing (if you can call it that) cars in the world. What these drivers can do in thousand horsepower cars nears the edge of what can be believed.
Ever since I started filming Formula Drift races, my mother, Amy Werman from our Worst Car Stories series, always joked about getting a ride-along with a professional drift racer. Here’s what happened when I got her one.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the cars in Formula Drift are beyond belief. More than 2.5 million people got the message last weekend.
Most of us would be very tempted to strike a deal with Lucifer himself if we could go racing every weekend. For Tyler McQuarrie, all he had to do was find the right sponsor. He’ll be racing in six different series this year (which is insane and unheard of) and we couldn’t be more jealous.
This is Ryan Tuerck’s Formula Drift Not-A-Scion-FR-S doing some testing up at The Ridge in rainy Washington State. It sounds like a large turbocharger that happens to have a straight six attached to it.
Ever wondered what would happen if a Nissan 370Z happened to have a 1,000 horsepower V8 under the hood?
Norwegian Fredric Aasbø is the reigning 2015 Formula Drift champion, in America and in the World. He’s live on the site — ask him anything!