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.
Enjoy some of the most aggressive driving you will ever see, particularly in a car intended to slowly drive middle managers from home to office and back.
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.
The idle thoughts of every young driver turns any old industrial part of town into an imagined race track, fully lit sideways in some sports car you can’t afford. Well, here are those dreams made real.
I have watched this clip a dozen times and I still do not understand how this is physically possible.
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.
Here’s a lesson in how to park good. Step 1: Acquire a powerful rear-wheel drive vehicle, such as this ‘JZX100' Toyota Mark II, complete with a powerful turbocharged 1JZ or 2JZ straight six. Step 2: find a empty and remote parking lot. Step 3: big, wide, sweeping, wonderful donuts.
Formula Drift Japan is this weekend at nowhere else but the legendary Ebisu circuit. That means Mad Mike is there, and that means that we get to bask in the sights and sounds of a four-rotor Mazda RX-7 doing backwards entries and shredding eardrums.
Certainly, our days are inundated with a constant barrage of misery and disappointment. We are Indiana Joneses, escaping from our own crumbling temples filled with danger only to have our treasures snatched from our hands as we think we reach safety. But we do have our moments of glee, few more gleeful than this video…
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.
Normally, people hate on engine-swapped Mazda RX-7s, as changing out the stock rotary engine makes the car too normal, too simple. This guy went the opposite direction, with a homebrew turbocharged and supercharged Toyota 1JZ straight six.
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.
The BMW M2 is one of the most capable road cars on sale today, with solid handling and a powerful turbo straight six. Here’s what happens when you take all that out and turn it into an all-kevlar-and-carbon drift car with a high-revving Chevy small block.
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.
Very happy to say that I finally un-fucked the not-an-M3 on the CarX drift game I spend too much time playing. Before it was snappy and just did burnouts. Now it is smooth and fun.
We will have to wait a few more weeks for Formula Drift’s reigning champion (and useful drinking buddy) Chris Forsberg to debut his twin-turbo, anti-lag VQ V6 in competition. The team is still working out the engine’s bugs. For now, we can only hear it in testing and it is WHRRRTTCHCRRKRKKKvrrrtvrrrtvrrtWHKRRRKRKRKRK.
The level of engineering in pro drift cars these days is utterly fascinating. Here is, for instance, Chris Forsberg’s twin-turbo, anti-lag Nissan VQ V6 putting down four-figure horsepower numbers while sounding like the whole world is ending.