The art of the drift is a delicate, beautiful thing. On the surface, it may be all sound and fury, internal combustion and burning tires combined in a cacophony of destructive lateral motion, but really, it’s a well-orchestrated display of man and machine in perfect equilibrium, an exhibition of control over eleven-tenths grip, a tenuous mathematical equation, like a spinning top perched over uneven ground.

And when it’s done right, you know it. A proper drift is a sublime thing to behold – you might even say it looks easy. Which is why this video is such a joy to watch.

Late last month, Lexus posted the above short featuring five of its finest speed machines, draped in white, pouring smoke. Press play, and you’ll find two RC F street cars, two RC F GT racers, and a single example of the revered LFA. The canvas for this piece is Fuji Speedway, and the medium is premium choreographed opposite lock.

I don’t want to hype it up too much, but if you have three spare minutes and a love for fast cars, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Plug in the headphones and let the HD buffer. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Lexus LFA

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Lexus says it won’t make another halo car for at least 15 years, which is unfortunate, to say the least. However, the LFA is so good, it should keep us at least somewhat satiated between now and then. 

The premium Japanese automaker only made 500 examples, ending production at the end of 2012. However, the LFA can still be considered cutting edge today, thanks to the extensive research and development poured into its creation. Making the loud noises is a 4.8-liter V-10 creating 560 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Redline is 9,000 rpm. Carbon fiber, aluminum, titanium, and magnesium keep the curb weight low. A sprint to 60 mph takes only 3.7 seconds, while the top speed is over 200 mph. 

Read our full review here.

Lexus RC F

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The RC F carries Lexus’ go-fast intentions forward with a combination of aggression and luxury that stands to rival its German competitors. Although it weighs roughly two tons, the 5.0-liter V-8 under the hood compensates with 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque, shoving it to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. A trick diff, 19-inch forged-aluminum wheels, monotube, gas-filled shock absorbers and ball-jointed stabilizer bars help it slide more predictably. The interior, meanwhile, is every bit as lavish as something from BMW or Audi, with leather upholstery, a TFT display, and an available 17-speaker audio system. Pricing starts at $63,325.

Read our full review here.

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