This is Bill Petrow in his Nissan 240SX recording the fastest rear-wheel drive run of ‘America’s Best’ rally stage at last weekend’s Southern Ohio Forest Rally. The speed is good. The flames are better.
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 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.
Is there anything a Nissan 240SX can’t do? No. No there is not.
Last week we saw The Bloodmasters’ John Wagner try (and fail) to drift his Nissan 240SX with what looks like a yoke stolen from an arcade. Some practice later, he got it right.
Things don’t go great, as it turns out.
Warm weather and tire smoke are here again.
I’ve said it before and hot rodders have said it for years: you can put a fat V8 in a little, unsuspecting Nissan 240SX and make one of the best handling, best driving cars on the planet.
Winter has put pretty much all of the hot cars in the Northeast in hibernation, so let’s all gawk at some NorCal drift cars going nuts in their cold.
This is the dumbest new car video I’ve seen in a long time and I love it so much.
As this video shows, it was sideways in 1989 and it’s still sideways 26 years later.
“Loud, obnoxious, rowdy cars are inherently fun,” Tony Angelo tells me. “Doesn’t matter what it is. Doesn’t matter what year it was made. It doesn’t matter if it’s fuel injected or carbureted.”
This is a Nissan 240SX with the retro Plymouth Cuda-lookalike Rocket Bunny Boss kit, lifted and turned into a prerunner. It is blowing my mind right now.
In the end, it’s a bunch of people fucking around with some very fast, very gnarly cars inches away from each other.
I guess I understand why they did it. Forbid us from finishing the rally, I mean. Our axle had fallen out, after all.
What would happen if you took a Nissan 240SX drift car and stripped away every non-essential part of the machine? Parts such as, I don’t know, the entire body?
[This isn’t CGI — this is a S12 Silvia running the grueling Safari Rally back in 1988. Photo: Nissan]
Let’s say you build up a Nissan 240SX for the sole purpose of sliding and hammering through a rallycross course. What would you do with it? Yeah, I thought so.
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.