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Whether you are a drifting novice or a hardcore hand-brake pulling machine or even someone who watches it on TV, you may want to perk up your ears. Bosch, a leading global supplier of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, is celebrating 125 years of success on the market, as well as the launch of the Bosch Iridium Spark Plug with a giveaway like no other. Not only do we have the opportunity to offer exclusive access at the 2011 Monster Energy Drink Super Cross Cup with 2010 Formula D Drift Champion, Vaughn Gittin Jr., but we’re following it up with a Bosch Shotgun Drift ride along with Gitten himself!

Here’s how the giveaway is going to work. Every person that “likes” us on Facebook from now until September 15, 2011 will get their name added to the drawing (Entrant must reside within the 48 contiguous states, sorry Alaska and Hawaii!). At the end of the contest, we’ll draw one name and that person will win a 2 day/1 night trip to a racetrack to participate in a meet-and-greet and ride-along with Vaughn Gittin, Jr. on October 15-16, 2011.

The prize will also include a GoPro HD Motorsports HERO camera, a set of Bosch Iridium Spark Plugs, and Bosch branded apparel (collared-shirt and cap). To top it off, your private drift session with Vaughn Gittin, Jr. in his custom Ford Mustang will be captured by in-car video and posted on Facebook!

Make sure you check out the full privacy policy and official rules.

Source: Bosch

Ahh yes...capri pants: the fashion statement of 2006. Some people are still caught wearing this choice of denim and while we can’t really fault them for their fashion choices, we can give props to a man brave enough to wear capris while performing wicked burnouts with their Chevrolet Corvette Z06 .

It’s not so much about the capris as it is about the American sports car, which can burn rubber with the best of them. And as you can see in this video, the Corvette Z06 is one of the most hooning-friendly cars out there, enough to generate a huge plume of smoke and leave some of the tire treads on the road.

Without question, the driver and presumable owner of the Corvette Z06 gets good grades for his hooning skills, but we certainly have to question his choice-of-clothing. For as good as he is at burnouts, he’s a few years too late when it comes to what’s hot and what’s not in the fashion world.

Source: YouTube

Awesome burnouts come in a variety of ways and while we’ve seen plenty of them over the years, we never get tired of watching screaming tires, rubber being left on the road, and, yes, smoke, smoke, and even more smoke.

A 1970 Dodge Charger, complete with its own blower, performed one of the sickest and most awesome burnouts we’ve seen in a while. Everything you want in a perfect burnout is in this video.

Classic muscle? Check. Tire treads on the pavement? Check. Rubber being destroyed off of the tires? Check. Smoke that takes over the entire screen? Check.

Granted, there have been other fantastic burnouts out there, including the one done with an AC Cobra, but this particular video of the Charger is about as perfect a burnout as anybody can make.

The fact that we’ve watched it about eight times now in the past half-hour only makes this video a must-watch for all you burnout-fanatics out there.

Every year, the collective wait surrounding the release of Ken Block’s Gymkhana video seems to grow by the load and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a lot of fans have waited in earnest for the release of the fourth installment of Gymkhana. So now that it’s out, it’s time to sit back, relax, and marvel at Block’s expertise in theatrical hooning.

Similar to Block’s Gymkhana TWO: The Infomercial, Gymkhana 4: The Hollywood Megamercial shows the man himself performing a seven-minute hoon-a-thon inside the lot of Universal Studios Hollywood. The whole production set-up is amazingly executed by director Ben Conrad with an ode to Hollywood-style film-making that involves plenty of pyrotechnics, gorilla stunts, explosives, and lots of tire-burning hooning action.

Block’s newly-launched Ford Fiesta H.F.H.V is the other star of the show as it blasts through a number of film sets belonging to some of the most iconic Hollywood blockbusters of all time. Heck, even the infamous mechanical shark from Jaws makes an appearance in the video.

For his part, Block wanted to set a higher bar for the Gymkhana film and found the perfect partner, Universal Studios, to stage his epic hoon-ness.
"We opted to go over the top on FOUR with a big Hollywood production and Universal Studios provided the perfect place for it," he said. "

The backlots provided real life obstacles, plus an extremely varied collection of settings all just minutes from each other. Without question, Gymkhana FOUR is the most ridiculous film we’ve done yet, but it’s also packed with some of the hardest and most dangerous driving I have done in these films.”

So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen; get ready for Gymkhana 4: The Hollywood Megamercial!

Mercedes-Benz USA’s AMG Driving Academy Performance Series is getting more and more interesting with each passing episode. Now on its seventh installment, these three-minute instructional videos have given us plenty of tips from a wide variety of racing techniques, including ESP, line technique, and slaloms.

For this particular episode, Tommy Kendall returns and brings AMG driving instructor, Nick Kunewalder, with him to walk us through the art of drifting . Describing drifting as "the ballet of power-sliding", Kendall and Kunewalder teach us the techniques in executing a perfect drift, from the initiation to the transitions to inducing a slide - a critical element of drifting - and carrying that slide all the way through a corner.

Kendall also points out that with drifting, all convention on racing flies out the window because in trying to induce a slide and create the theatrical smoke from your tires, you’re basically going against everything you’ve learned as a race car driver in trying to keep control of your car at all times. But that’s the allure of drifting and its popularity has soared to such great heights that it’s become a unique sport by itself.

Source: Mercedes USA

At this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed , Ken Block was presented with two racing cars: the Gymkhana Three Ford Fiesta and the current Ford Fiesta RS WRC car . Defending the "hooning title" he won in 2010, Block spent the entire weekend sideways or in circles on Goodwood’s hillclimb and rally stages. This video was then released so we could all partake in the mad skills Block illustrated.

The Gymkhana Three Fiesta is powered by a boosted 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 850 HP (de-tuned to a total of 650 HP in the name of tractability) and 660 pound-feet of torque. With this amount of power under the hood, the Fiesta will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2 seconds, providing the very reason why Block felt it necessary to have at it during the festival. Enjoy!

We apparently couldn’t have picked a better time to get a little drifting crazy because, as of June 19, 2011, Mauro Calo has officially entered the Guinness World Book of World Records with the longest car drift . Calo and his completely unmodified Mercedes C63 AMG sports sedan have smashed the existing World Record by 394 meters achieving a total distance of 2308 meters. This feat will get his name scrawled on the record books, adding yet another title to his established driving career.

To achieve the record breaking distance, Mauro chose part of the Handling Circuit at Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge Surrey. The circuit provided a complete 360 degree circle of tarmac which saw him complete almost 8 laps.

Andrew Mallery, Commercial Operations Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars commented: “When Mauro approached us to hold his record breaking attempt on the circuit at Mercedes-Benz World we were happy to offer him the support. He has been a valuable member of the driving experience team for several years and is a respected driver in the industry, so there was no doubt he would achieve his aim”.

Job well done, Sir!

Hit the jump for the video.

Just like everything else, the history of drifting has spurned many different versions, some more likely than the other. Pinpointing exactly where it began is as easy as finding a needle in a haystack, especially when you consider that, technically, the technique of drifting has been around since about the mid-1950s.

What we do know about its origin is that the Japanese played a very important role in ushering the technique’s popularity, so much so that it has become one of the most popular forms of automotive competition. Unlike other forms of ’racing’, drifting is different in that it’s not so much about who comes in first as it is about who can smoke their tires the most.

In a drifting competition, the most important things are line, angle, speed, and show factor. For the uninitiated, the line is pre-determined by judges before a competition with the drifters scoring points based on whether they take the correct line. The angle is the angle a car takes during a drift. The speed is determined by the speed of the car as it enters a turn, the speed through a turn, and the speed exiting the turn. Needless to say, as with any other competition involving high-powered cars, the faster a car goes around a turn, the rosier he smells in front of the judges. Then there’s the show factor, which, in essence, is arguably the most important part of drifting. This involves, among other things, the amount of smoke the tires burn, how a car navigates around a track in the most daredevil of ways, and how the crowd reacts to the driver’s performance.

That being said, from all that we know and enjoy about drifting these days, it’s equally important for us to learn about how this sport came to be. From humble beginnings in the Land of the Rising Sun to the worldwide phenomenon that it is today, drifting has become a popular sport for millions of fans who take great satisfaction in watching smoke come out of tires.

Head past the jump to find out more about the history of drifting.

One thing we ought to know about world records is that at some point in time, somebody’s going to beat them. It may not happen for a while, but sooner or later, there’s going to be someone - or something - that will eclipse it.

Currently, the record for the world’s longest drift sits on the mantle of Vaughn Gittin Jr’s study. The drift champion set the record back in December 18, 2008 with a run of 1,914.15 m (6,280.01 ft) at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas. It’s said that Gittin Jr. could have done longer had the threads on his tires not gotten completely eviscerated.

Fast forward to today and word has it that Mercedes-Benz is planning on besting Gittin Jr.’s record. The man for the job is Mercedes demonstration driver, Mauro Calo, who not only wants to break the record the same way Gittin Jr. did when he broke the previous record of 4,137 feet, but wants to reach 10,000 feet, which is a little under two miles long.

While the task seems to be far easier said than done, Calo is confident that the record will be his after his attempt at Surrey, England while using either a Mercedes C63 or E63 AMG . Calo’s attempt will be made exceptionally more difficult considering that he plans to attempt it on a perimeter track that’s barely ’as wide as a car length’.

No timetable has been set on when this attempt will take place, but seeing as news of it is going around, we won’t be surprised if it takes place before the year ends.

Whatever the case may be, we’ll be sure to give updates when the day for the record-setting attempt draws near.

Source: Autocar

While the rest of the world enjoys a different kind of donut - one that involves a lot of glazed sugar - us gearheads only care about the kind of donut that results in burnt tires and lots of smoke.

So when we chanced upon this video of 57 cars doing a simultaneous donut in Australia, we couldn’t help but wonder whether this was some kind of world record . After carefully digging through the archives of the Guinness Book of World Records, we found out that this 57-strong exhibition of smoke-filled donut madness is in fact the record-holder for the most cars performing the same stunt simultaneously.

This public demonstration broke the previous record of 29 cars, which was set in Rendlesham, UK a little over two years ago on March 1, 2009. Less than a year later - January 23, 2010 - this 57-car simultaneous donut broke the record at the Queensland Raceway in Willowbank, Australia.

Actually, the original number for this whole meet was supposed to be 66 cars, but nine cars were left out from the final tally because they couldn’t perform donuts for the required time of 10 seconds.

Either way, a record’s a record at the end of the day. And even if 66 wasn’t the final number, 57 is still a pretty awesome sight to behold.

Check out the 29-car simultaneous donut in the UK after the jump.

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