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They're Drifting Ferraris

It’s no surprise that most drifters are broke ex-skaters in janky old Nissans. It’s a cheap motorsport, at least comparatively. But drifting is getting ever-higher profile, and that means more and more expensive cars are going sideways. That is to say they’re out here drifting Ferraris.


Formula Drift professional/full-time New Hampshirite Ryan Tuerck got behind the wheel Daily Driven Exotics’ widebody Ferrari 458 and F430 Scuderia over in Vancouver recently, shredding as much tire as he could. Neither car looked particularly easy to get into genuine flickable transitions, but Tuerck seemed to do pretty well in the older Scuderia.

ZwingFilms also shot the day.

And at D1GP a whole train of Ferraris attempted drifting. Some were again reasonably successful. Others we not. The F40, for instance, seemed to refuse any kind of drift treatment.

How long until someone gets their hands on, I don’t know, a Ferrari 400i and goes full hot rod on it?


Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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I have a drift question. An actual question - not trying to be a jerk. Here goes:

If drifting is all about breaking traction and not going especially fast, why do drift cars all seem to prefer massive rears and huge wings: two things intended to keep the rear tires hooked up? Instead of putting huge tires on a car, and then tripling the output of the engine so it can break them loose, why not just use a bone stock FR-S with those little Prius tires and no downforce? Wouldn’t that be just as good for dorifto?

... not that I’m complaining about the look of a widebody Ferrari with big fatties in the back.