Well, well… you got the itch, do you? You know what I’m talking about – every time you get behind the wheel, all you want to do is push the throttle a little further, brake a little later, and take that turn a little harder. I get it. You want to go racing.
And who can blame you? Motorsport is one of the most intense hobbies on the face of the planet. It takes an incredible amount of mental and physical prowess to put a car on the limit and keep it there. It’s also astoundingly fun.
So what’s an adrenaline junkie to do? Take a risk on the street? That’s definitely the dumbest option out there, and the truth is, once you get a taste for the track, exploring a car’s limits on public roads is simply not as interesting.
But a lot of aspiring hot shoes just don’t know where to begin. Well don’t you worry, because TopSpeed is here to help. In this article, we’ll give you the quick and dirty on what it takes to get up and running at 10/10s. We’ll look at different types of entry-level motorsport, some of the more prominent race organizations operating in the U.S., what to bring with you, what to expect, and a few other helpful hints along the way.
Think you can’t go racing for real? Think again.
Continue reading to learn more about how to go racing.
Getting ready for the 2015 D1 Grand Prix season, four-time champion Yoichi Imamura recently spent some time shaking down his all-new drift car. After years of drifting with Nissan and Mazda cars, Imamura will be sliding through the corners this year in a highly modified Lexus LFA.
To be honest, I’m not really sure what the bigger news is here: the fact that he will be drifting in an LFA in the first place or that said LFA received an unconventional engine swap. In place of the LFA’s stock 4.8-liter DOHC V-10, Imamura’s racecar uses a NASCAR-developed TRD pushrod V-8. In their stock forms, the LFA was tuned to produce 553 horsepower, while the listed horsepower of a modern NASCAR Sprint Cup car is 750.
Regardless of what’s under the hood, the LFA is a drift monster tearing around the figure eight with relative ease, and it sounds just as good as it looks while doing so. At full rev, this LFA has a deeper, throatier growl than the high-revving V-10 it replaced.
As much fun as it is watching this video, I can’t help but wonder what happened to the LFA’s original engine. I can only hope that somewhere out there, this engine is still getting lots of revs under the hood of a Toyota Supra A80.
Now this is hooning, folks!