We understand the itch some people might get when wanting to drift their cars, but there’s still that line between fun and dumb that you shouldn’t cross, especially when you begin to put other people’s car - and lives - at risk.
This video, courtesy of the folks from Need for Drive, illustrates that example perfectly. We get it: drifting is fun and it provides a thrill that not a lot of things can replicate.
However, it must also be done in a closed environment that doesn’t pose a threat to anybody who isn’t sitting behind the wheel of the car. Last time we checked, a busy city street isn’t the kind of place you should be doing something like this.
We’ve seen, heard, and read so many stories about road accidents brought about by sheer recklessness. Those things can be avoided and should be avoided at all costs.
The video is "fun" to watch, but you have to wonder how fun it would’ve been if these guys took out a car or, much worse, a person. There’s no fun in that.
Just a reminder to everyone to drift safely!
We all know that extreme sports buffs typically aren’t the best people to give too much free time too. You have folks like the Jackass guys that like to pull off crazy stunts and hordes of other extreme things. So, what happens when you give a professional drifter too much time off?
Enter in Ryan Tuerck, a professional drifting driver who currently competes in the U.S. Formula Drift series in his Nissan 240SX, and he has some spare time on his hands. We don’t want to ruin the surprise of this video, but we will tell you he shows off his skills in some very cool riding, ranging from a BMX and up to a full-sized Ram pick-up.
The video was shot at the South Philly Warehouse Bowl and during a rainy day drift session and was shot using his GoPro camera, which managed to capture the most amazing shots. Enjoy!
Of course we will ask you to keep in mind the video’s "Closed Course. Do Not Attempt" warning and we will ask you not to try this at home, unless of course you are a professional driver!
Australians, for the most part, are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. It’s rare to have a conversation with one and not say "he’s a pretty cool dude.” So, when news broke out that our friends from “Down Under” recently set a new world record, we were interested to see what it was they actually accomplished.
Low and behold, it was about something that fit right in our wheel house.
At the Summernats Car Festival 2013 in Canberra, 69 cars set a new Guinness Book world record by performing the world’s largest simultaneous burnout. As you can see, the amateur video of the record-setting achievement, posted by YouTube user "lolsupkent," comes with a lot of smoke, a lot of burnt rubber, and presumably, a lot of ecstatic people for being involved, or having witnessed the record-setting achievement.
If for nothing else, the video goes to show how fun a burnout really is. Having 69 cars do it simultaneously is, well, 69 times more enjoyable. If you’ve ever wondered how clouds are made in Australia, look no further than this video for the proof.
Six months after Ken Block released Gymkhana 5, we now have a pretty good idea on how the hooning series was made. It’s a little odd to release a "making-of" video so long after the actual thing was released, but then again, you won’t find any complaints from us.
Besides, there’s always something to learn about extravagant productions like this. If you recall, Gymkhana 5 was set in San Francisco and featured some of the hottest drifts and hooks done on some of the Bay Area’s most famous landmarks.
That video shows off the creativity, the thought process, and Block’s overall talent that went into creating a production like this. All of this work was in the name of giving drift fans something to look forward to every year.
Check out the "Making of Gymkhana 5" and if you’re in the mood, you can hop on over after the jump to watch Gymkhana 5.
The things people do when they have a lot of time to themselves range from the inane to the genius. Drift Alliance driver, Ryan Tuerck, will never be confused for a rocket scientist, but the man is, at least in this particular case, a bonafide genius.
Together with his Drift Alliance teammate Chris Forsberg, Ryan took the game of H-O-R-S-E and put a different spin to it. Actually, he took the game, used a different word, and proceeded to make it more awesome than any of us could have imagined.
Ladies and gentlemen, presenting The Game of D-R-I-F-T.
The mechanics remain the same, at least for the most part. One driver does a stunt, then the other copies it and when he can’t, he gets the letter D. The end happens when one spells D-R-I-F-T similar to H-O-R-S-E in basketball.
Both Tuerck and Forsberg used Nissan 240SX drift cars, so nobody has any kind of advantage when it comes to the car. By the end of the video, though, you’ll discover that one of these two just completely obliterates the other in a series of stunts that are too cool to describe.
Watch the video. You’ll be thankful that you did.
If scale models and expensive shampoos aren’t good enough to for your motorhead friends or family this holiday season, then we have another idea for you.
Drifting is an art that almost everybody would enjoy. Who doesn’t like cornering at a safe speed while leaving a trail of smoke behind?
But, drifting is not without its compromises. It involves burning your tires and reducing the traction, an integral part of your car that doesn’t come cheap, which makes learning to drift an expensive affair. It also involves using a dedicated skid pad.
With the EasyDrift, all those compromises are now squashed.
Developed by a former racing driver and currently being used for police training, the EasyDrift comes in a package that includes a set of rings made of slippery plastic that is made to cover the entire tread surface of the rear wheels. It involves deflating the tires, placing the ring over the tire and reflating the tires to a snug fit. In three minutes, depending on how mechanically inclined you are, you can say good-bye to your rear-end grip and enjoy drifting like never before.
As drifting enthusiasts, we’d definitely recommend it to anyone who’d like to grab some fun or training without spending too much money. However, we cannot list out an exact price, as EasyDrift has yet to release a price on this system, but we’re sure it’s cheaper than burning up multiple sets of tires in a single training session.
Click past the jump to check out a video of its installation.
In case you had any doubts about the global reach of the Gymkhana phenomenon, look no further than the United Kingdom to understand that its popularity is far-reaching.
The event was the finals of Gymkhana GRiD and it served up the kind of racing and drifting action that had everybody in the UK scratching the Gymkhana bug. Ken Block and Vaughn Gittin Jr. were the headline names at the event, yet they weren’t the only big names in attendance.
Some of the world’s finest drifters were also on hand for the event, including Liam Doran, Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith, Buttsy Butler and Terry Grant. Somehow, through all that burning rubber and smoking tires, there was also plenty to take away from the festivities, which culminated with the crowning of the winners of the Gymkhana GRiD series.
Check out the video for a brief recap of the event and, as always, enjoy all the smoking and screeching by turning up the volume of those speakers.
Some people tend to take little things like moving their fingers or holding hands with somebody else for granted, but what happens when those “little things” are taken away? What happens when you can no longer hold something with your hands because you no longer have them?
Some people may head into depression, but some people, like Bartek Ostalowski, continue living their lives like nothing ever happened.
Back in 2006, Ostalowski lost his arms in an accident, but didn’t stop him from continuing his dream to become a professional racecar driver. Not only did he become one, but he also became pretty good at it, having competed in the Polish Championship Rally Raceway Cross and the Polish Cup, not to mention, his apparent skill as a drifter.
In this video, you’ll see how Ostalowski manages to drift his Nissan Skyline GT-T R34 using his two feet and his shoulder. For people who can’t even drift with all their limbs intact, what Ostalowski is doing is amazing, dumbfounding, and downright inspirational.
Way to go, Bartek!
Any time Ken Block is on a video doing some hooning magic, it’s bound to get some serious attention from a lot of folks. The master of Gymkhana has earned that distinction and his latest piece of hoonage is no exception to the attention.
Created by ’The Hoonigans,’ Block finds himself in the final round of the Formula DRIFT 2012 season at the Irwindale Speedway in California. Riding his trusty Ford Fiesta HFHV, Block took to the course and did what he always seems to do better than anybody else: smoke the hell out of those tires.
The stunts aren’t as complicated as any of his Gymkhana videos, but that’s more because of the nature of the track than anything else. Nonetheless, it still makes for an insane drift ride, something Block appeared to have no problem doing as evidenced by the smoke coming out of those tires.
Check out Ken Block and his Fiest HFHV leave a mark on the Irwindale Speedway like only he can.
The Japanese drift scene is one of the more mysterious yet fascinating things about the entire industry. The cars are insane, they’re customized to the hilt, and best of all, they attract some of the finest looking hotties in the country.
Kendra Messer is by no means Japanese, although she looks perfectly at home with all those Japanese drift cars. No, we’re not just talking about her looks; this lady is also a bonafide car enthusiast and a recognized racer and drifter.
Talk about the ultimate babe, right?
Photographer Nino Batista was able to capture the essence of what makes Messer such an attractive lady. Lingerie with Japanese drift cars? Yeah, that just about sums it up for us.
Nino put her next to a series of Japanese sports cars usually used for racing and drifting. Kendra, to her credit, has pulled off some sexy poses to go with those sports cars, and trust us, it’s a gallery that’s worth checking out.
Hop on over then to the gallery and look at how Nino Batista pulled off photography awesomeness yet again.
This probably isn’t what Ken Block had in mind when he released his now world-famous Gymkhana video series.
Brought to us by Leaking Duck Productions - the name says it all - this Gymkhana parody stars Etienne Guerra reprising the role of Block and a Ford Fiesta Ghia playing the part of Block’s trusty Fiesta HMHV.
Suffice to say, hilarity ensues.
To be fair to Guerra, he did pull off some pretty sweet drifts given the steed he was driving. But it certainly wasn’t Ken Block and it didn’t have all the kind of theatrics and insane stunts that is normally reserved for Block and his own series of Gymkhana videos.
Nevertheless, it makes for great entertainment. And as if to close it out with a guest appearance, a Travis Pastrana copycat was also present at the end of the video. We’re not sure who it is, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it was Guerra too.
Back in the mid 1980s, the performance car world was still on its back, thanks to the uppercut that the 1970’s emission standards laid on the likes of the Camaro, Mustang, and Corvette. However, the exotic car companies, like Ferrari and Lamborghini, and luxury car companies, like Mercedes-Benz and BMW, all had the upper hand, thanks to the deep pockets of their customers.
These deep pockets allowed these high-level car manufacturers to spend more time and money developing cars that both met the emission standards and performed awesomely. One of these monsters of the early-emission era was the 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300E “Hammer” by AMG. Much like the M3, the “Hammer” was a midsize car that was relatively tame from the factory, boasting a 177-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8 engine. If you wanted that extra power that the “Hammer” provided, simply pony up an additional $89,120 on top of the 300E’s base price of $39,000 and Benz would build you this custom beast.
Rarely do we see one of these in the wild and even rarer is to catch a glimpse of the factory-owned model, which is claimed to produce between 381 and 396 horsepower and hit a top speed of “over 190 mph.”
Well, Chris Harris not only got to drive one, but it just so happened to be the factory-owned model. In typical Chris Harris fashion, he doesn’t just take it on a leisurely stroll either, he got this classic 80’s beast sideways on several occasions.
Check out the above video to see Chris in action.