Since 2016, the Ford Mustangs running in Formula Drift have had one of the most wonderfully bizarre suspension setups I’ve seen. It’s back again for this season and I am still obsessed.

I’ve written about this setup before, which is not unlike how a dirt track car is put together. It uses weight jacking, something that I will not even pretend to completely understand, but I believe works to physically pre-load corners of the car to change how the weight is felt in the car. The best explanation I could find got pretty complicated, with one Camaro forum post likening it to spring loading different leg of your table. Again, didn’t make a ton of sense. Hot Rod has more on the topic, if you’re curious.

As far as it looks to me, it kind of tricks the car into being more rear-biased than it might otherwise be. Driving it looks like balancing an upside-down baseball bat.

Our own Jalopnik commenters point out, though, that really any car with a soft rear and super stiff front swaybars will lift a front wheel in cornering. You used to see this on touring cars of the 1960s quite often, three-wheeling across the Nordschleife. As it is, both of these explanations deal with weight centers and roll stiffnesses and other things that I will continue to glaze over when they’re explained to me.

Whatever! It looks amazing. The 2018 season hasn’t been off to a great start, I must say, with Chelsea DeNofa getting punted off track by the drift Ferrari and Vaughn Gittin Jr. throwing away any chance of beating Forrest Wang by spinning out.

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For now, I’ll keep enjoying how entertaining these things are to watch.