Somehow in the weird and sometimes outlandish world we live in these days, you’re going to come across somebody driving their cars in their birthday suits. Trust us, we’ve witnessed these unfortunate incidences on more than one occasion – usually right after a late-one binge drinking session.
Then again, drifting without any clothes on is an entirely different matter, and even better than that, drifting with a naked Playboy model manning the wheels…well, let’s just say that we haven’t seen that one before.
So here it is, you suddenly interested hot-blooded males. Just so we’re clear: there’s no actual nudity shown in the video so you won’t need to be discrete about watching the video. But common decency still dictates that you probably shouldn’t let your kids watch it.
Either way, there’s something smokin’ hot about a Playbol model attempt to do a drift even if she apparently has no idea how to drive a stick.
Enjoy and keep your testosterone-levels down, boys.
The sport of Drifting is catching on like wildfire the world over, and that’s not exactly surprising considering it carries the most entertainment value of any motorsport out there. Even F1 has become mundane with cars lapping continuously in a “follow the leader” fashion for two hours. There isn’t much in the form of action, except when spectacular crashes happen, sending carbon fiber shrapnel everywhere. Not exactly safe, but it’s action nonetheless. Yes, aerodynamics make it difficult to overtake blah blah blah.
Drifting brings together the most exciting aspects of our favorite forms of racing in an exciting showcase. What could be better than watching massive horsepower cars going sideways, door to door with each other at breakneck speeds with smoke bellowing out their arches? Okay, well, participating would be better, but not all of us have the type of skill and precision needed to pull off some of these stunts. Of course, some may, so learning a bit about the best vehicles to take out onto the track is important.
The recipe for a great drift car is a generic affair with the following characteristics at the fore: RWD (Duh!), good chassis balance, engine tuneabilty, a limited slip differential, and obviously accessible tuning parts to make the aforementioned a reality. In the list below, you will find a short description on what unique attributes each of the cars bring to drifting, and hopefully will give you a better understanding of the sport and what building a good drift car requires.
Hopefully this will get you swatting bugs with your side windows in no time. Proceed with caution though, as this is a highly addictive adrenalin rush waiting to happen.
Hit the jump to see the list. Full story
Formula Drift and Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management are joining forces to bring Formula D to the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi in what will be an inaugural invitational event. Eight of the series’ top drivers and their cars will be transported to the UAE for what will be the first world-class drift event in the Persian Gulf region.
“The partnership with Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management is a perfect fit to introduce the Formula DRIFT UAE Invitational Competition,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Even though drifting has been to the UAE before, we are excited to bring a world class combination of the world’s most advanced circuit along with the world’s leading drifting series.”
The lucky drivers include 2-time Formula DRIFT champion and 3-time X-Games Gold Medalist Tanner Foust, 2010 Formula DRIFT rookie of the year and past Scandinavian champion, Fredric Aasbo, 2009 Formula DRIFT champion, Chris Forsberg, Darren McNamara, Ryan Tuerck, and Daijiro Yoshihara. Two more spots are still up for grabs and will be announced at a later date. This is exciting for the sport and will mark a historic world first come February 25th next year.
Richard Cregan, Chief Executive Officer of the Yas Marina Circuit had this to say: “I am delighted that motorsports fans in Abu Dhabi and the UAE will get to experience the spectacle of Formula DRIFT at Yas. Drifting will add a new dimension to the range of motorsports offered here and I believe it will attract a large following, just as drag racing has.”
The inaugural event will serve as a perfect pre-season taster for the 2011 championship and provide the drivers with good practice in searing desert temperatures, which should test both man and machine to their limits.
Ken Block and Vaughn Gittin Jr. are considered two of the best drifters on the planet, which means that fans of the two racers are going to have a special treat in the form of this drifting showdown Block and Gittin Jr. engaged in during SEMA.
Now, it wasn’t really a competition between the two as it was an exhibition for them to show the gathered audience at the drifting track at SEMA, as well as the millions more watching on the Internet, why they are widely considered two of the best and most popular drifters this side of the solar system.
Block came to throwdown in his unmistakable Monster Ford Fiesta whereas Gittin Jr. showed up ready to burn the wheels off of his Monster Ford Mustang RTR.
Put these two drivers in the same drifting course, let them loose, and you’re bound to experience one hell of a Gymkhana showdown from two of the planet’s best.
Check out the video of Block and Gittin Jr. giving us race car drifting at it’s finest.
The 7th and final round of the “Dotz King of Europe” drifting series was held at the Greek port of Heraklion and brought with it spectacular entertainment. All 30 drivers from all over Europe assembled to battle it out for supremacy around the moderate course, set to the back drop of multi-million Dollar Greek Cruise liners and container ships.
Bulgarian Drifter Todor Dunev had a good year, taking three out of a possible seven victories this season, with one second place finish. Despite being knocked out early in the final round, his consistency ensured his coronation.
The event attracted around 5,000 fans who were treated to crazy door-to-door battles in the quarter finals between local hero Apostolis Xrysanthakopoulos in his red Nissan S13, and Adam Kerenyi in the 3.8 liter E36 BMW - the battle twice ended in a draw before Kerenyi finally lost out. The decision may have been controversial, but the Greek driver went on to show his talent in the subsequent pairs. In the semi-final he knocked out championship Tudor Dunev in his Nissan S13. He eventually defeated Papapasxos in the final to win the round.
The boys enjoyed Autographs from Dotz girl, Dani, and good times were had by all. The 2011 season kicks off pretty soon and should be bigger and better than ever!
The Monticello Motor Club was quite the scene recently when a plethora of supercars converged for the first annual Drift with the Supercars event. Yes, people, drifting supercars with a chalk full of donuts to boot. Burning rubber never smelled so good.
One of the cars that showed up for the event was the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe and while it didn’t have the cache that of all the Ferraris, Porsches, and Mercedes’ in attendance, the CTS-V Coupe made certain that it would leave more than just its tread marks on the competition, winning the title of Best Drift in New Car. Who said that a two-door luxury coupe couldn’t hang with the exotics?
Fortunately for us, a video of the CTS-V Coupe’s drift run was shared by the gracious organizers, giving us a complete look at the Caddy in all its tire-screeching, rubber-burning, title-winning run.
That’s how the Caddy rolls, baby!
Car people love things that involve cars. It’s as simple as that. And there is nothing better than a classic car chase in a Hollywood film. Yet, just like the cars themselves, these chase scenes can spark serious debate. Taking advantage of this dispute, SPEED is going to count down the worst to the best scenes with a two-hour special on Thanksgiving, hopefully ending that long running debate.
The new show won’t just be car chases, it will help SPEED show-off their newest contest, the SPEED Dream Ride 2. This is a sweepstakes-style contest where five winners and their guests will head to California and the Infineon Raceway. Winners will get to ride alongside Mario Andretti in a two-seat Indy Car, Kyle Petty in a NASCAR stock car, Jason Pridmore on a two-up MotoGP bike, and Tanner Foust on the drifting course.
On top of all that, winners will get to crush some cars with a monster truck. Of course, it’s not just any monster truck; it’s Gravedigger, a legend in the monster truck scene. Winners will also get some time in a few exotics courtesy of World Class Driving.
Does all this sound like the dream vacation of a lifetime? Well, head over to SpeedDreamRide.com to enter the contest on Thanksgiving Day.
Anyway, back to the show. Below, we have three clips for you, just to give a taste of what to expect when you tune in while stuffing your face with turkey. Enjoy. Full story
Not that we condone swagger-jacking a car even for recreational purposes – we really, really, really don’t – but if you’re going to do it, you might as well do a good job of keeping your face seen by a camera. Better yet, cover your tracks and leave the camera at home.
Apparently, this man doesn’t have that thing we call ‘smarts’ in his little head. Working as a security guard at the Dallas Auto Auction in Dallas, Texas, the now former employee of the dealership decided that it would be a good and fun idea to boost a Corvette ZR1 – one that costs around $111,000 – and take it out for a nice little hooning under the warm Texas sun.
But as it turns out, this security guard, for whatever reason other than it was completely and amazingly stupid, decided to videotape the whole ordeal, complete with footage of himself getting out of the jacked ZR1 with his arms raised like Rocky before doing some pistol-preening in front of the camera. And to add insult to his stupidity, he went ahead and posted the video clip on You Tube where his employers quickly got a hold of the video, fired the employee, and are now on the verge of pressing charges against the security guard.
Once again, way to go to, Mr. Security Guard! You managed to get yourself fired and get arrested for your idiocy.
After announcing it’s official debut yesterday, and months of built up anticipation, AFDC and Ken Block have unveiled the first video of their new free-wheeling joy ride, the Gymkhana III. Part one of the video is called the The Music Video Infomercial (feat. The Cool Kids).
This music video features Ken, his Gymkhana Three 2011 Ford Fiesta, Gymkhana style driving, and the new DC and Ken Block product. These aspects are placed in the video and set to the beat of an original track "Clicking (Gymkhana THREE)" that was written and produced by hip-hop duo The Cool Kids.
The Gymkhana and the Gymkhana II, became Internet sensations for the way Block performed a variety of driving styles that incorporated elements of drifting and rally racing all while being produced in such a way that incorporates a unique visual artistry that has catapulted Block to mainstream popularity. Did the Gymkhana III live up to the paint-splattered, wheel-spinning extravaganza as did the first two? Yeah, we have to go with no.
Let’s just hope part 2 will be all about driving skills.
For those of you waiting anxiously for Ken Block’s new free-wheeling joy ride, the Gymkhana III, to be officially introduced, your wait is finally over. The custom-made Ford Fiesta – one where he even took opinions from fans on how to build the car - is set to be unveiled today, August 24.
It goes without saying that Block’s Gymkhana cars have drawn worldwide acclaim for their daredevil stunts and crowd-pleasing antics. Its two predecessors, the Gymkhana and the Gymkhana II, became Internet sensations for the way Block performed a variety of driving styles that incorporated elements of drifting and rally racing all while being produced in such a way that incorporates a unique visual artistry that has catapulted Block to mainstream popularity.
So, to those that have clamored for the release of the Gymkhana III – and to the fans that helped ‘contribute’ to its creation – you can start your countdown now. Part 1 of the Gymkhana III will be released today. Let the awesomeness begin.