Screenshot: The Hoonigans

The Nissan 350Z and Infiniti G35 are probably the best beginner drift cars a person can buy, in the States at least. Cheap, not too old, with plenty of power from the VQ-series Nissan V6. That’s the problem though. These all have VQs, and they sound notoriously awful.

Please enjoy as the Hoonigans and shop mechanic Dan attempt to rid the ear-piercing FRHWHWHWAAHRHRHHHGHGHGHRHRHRHRHRHR buzz from the 3.5-liter aluminum-block dual-overhead-cam engine.

They do not succeed.

They do at least get rid of the straight-pipe, which is what’s mostly responsible for making the VQ sound bad.

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As for sounding good, the best VQ that comes to mind is Chris Forsberg’s old Formula Drift engine, but that was a stroker motor with twin turbos, anti-lag, and some very aggressive cams. It sounded like a big block. I loved it.

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Forsberg now runs a VR-series engine, like you get in a GT-R. The old setup will be missed.