Staying competitive in the world of professional motorsports takes more than just passion; the hard truth is it takes several big sponsors and loads of resources, too. Practice makes perfect, but putting in a few sideways laps around a racetrack can be anything but cheap. Plenty of folks have the desire, but few can stay afloat long enough to snag the support needed to swing with the big boys.
Enter Canadian drift driver Brad Carlton. Carlton met the challenge this past September when Formula DRIFT came to Quebec to give locals an opportunity to match smoke against some of the best drifters in the world. Carlton’s V8-powered Nissan S13, a daily driver turned racecar, certainly had some stiff competition when pitched against the perfectly tuned, mega-horsepower, factory-sponsored rides that the pros deployed on track.
Aftermarket automotive lighting provider SYLVANIA was there to capture some of the action and talk to Carlton about the hardships facing an up-and-coming driver in Formula DRIFT. The short film is moody and artistic, with a healthy dose of tire-shredding as well.
Despite a serious disadvantage, Carlton managed to qualify in the top 16 at the event. Hopefully, with a little exposure and a company like SYLVANIA behind him, Carlton can continue to turn wheels against Formula D big shots like Chris Forsberg, Vaughn Gittin Jr., and Conrad Grunewald.
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a privateer in a professional race series? Press play to get a taste.
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.
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!
It was confirmed that the Juke-R will hit production, based on the 2012 GT-R specs, so this means it is time to pit it against some of the best sports cars on the planet. Car and Driver did just that with a great piece pitting the Juke-R against the best Porsche has to offer, the 911 GT2 RS. We need to keep in mind here that the test-model Juke-R is based on the initial run GT-R’s drivetrain, including its 495-horsepower, 3.8-liter (the video says 3.7-liter for some reason) V-6 twin-boost engine. The production Juke-R will come with the 2012 GT-R specs, including a boost to 530 horsepower, but will also cost about $590,000. No, that’s not a typo.
In the other corner sits the $245,000 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which boasts a 620-horsepower 3.6-liter flat-6 and a significant weight advantage. In the video, this crazy driver decides to take the cars to Bedford Autodrome and put their lap times to the test. Following that test, the team hits up an airfield and puts the two to a 1-mile test.
Putting a 620-horsepower GT2 RS against a heavier Juke-R with a 125-horsepower deficiency typically means a win on all fronts for the GT2 RS. However, this test involves a slightly wet track and the Juke-R features the GT-R’s impressive AWD system, so the Juke-R just may come out on top.
To find out, you’re going to have to check out the video. Not only is the video chock-full of racing action, but it also features some kick-ass slow-motion scenes that will blow your mind and tons of sweet, sweet noise.
Last week, we announced the debut of Behind The Smoke Season 2, as we watched Dai and the Falken team get ready for the upcoming Formula D season, after Dai took home the championship last year. Episode 2 just hit the web over at GT Channel and we have the video (above) here for you.
In this episode, Dai is getting ready to take on qualifying for the first race of the season at the Streets of Long Beach circuit. His first run, netted Dai about an 81, which was where he wanted to be. On the second run, Dai pulled out a 90.5, which allowed him to qualify 6th for the upcoming race.
In all, this episode is chock-full of all types of sideways action with tons of beautiful tire smoke. What’s really sweet is these guys put a camera inside the car, facing the front, so you can really see what Dai sees as he whips his 240SX around the track. You get some real kick-ass audio of the engine working away in those shots too. We also found out that even the reigning champ of Formula D gets scared sometimes.
While you’re watching, keep an eye out for three quick cameos by the bearded and fearless drift fan, Bil Baldwin. Let us know in the comments if you see him and the times that he appears on the screen.
Crank up those speakers and click "Play" on the above video. It’s 11 minutes of smoke and squeals that you won’t regret seeing!
It’s funny to think how drifting morphed from something teenagers used to do in vacant parking lots to look cool to one of the most popular racing series in the world. Formula DRIFT, or Formula D as most know it, is just getting its ninth season ramped up after Daijiro Yoshihara dominated the series last year, taking home the overall points championship. We even got a behind the scenes peak at how he did it via the Behind the Smoke series on GT Channel.
The ninth season of Formula D started earlier this month, so as expected, Dai and the guys are back for season 2 of their Behind the Smoke series. Episode 1 (posted above) gives us an inside look on the testing process Dai and his drifting machine, a 1993 Nissan 240SX, go through in getting ready for the season.
There’s tons of sideways and smoky action throughout the video, and even a little brotherly taunting between team members. Ultimately, Dai and his team must have gotten something right, as they pulled in a nice second place finish at the debut Formula D race this season, which was held at the Streets of Long Beach circuit.
There is not much that’s more adrenaline pumping than watching a nearly 3,000-pound machine careening sideways down a track only to have the driver flick it back under his control, using careful throttle control and counter-steering. So skip the coffee this morning, folks, and crank up the speakers for this one.
Also you get to see that even professional drivers forget the most basic items, as Dai breaks a cardinal rule of driving a manual transmission at the 7:35 mark. The car dies and he has no idea what happened. Watch as the guys all get a good laugh at this professional driver’s expense.
For anyone that was suckered into watching The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, first I am sorry for the 104 minutes of your life you’ll never get back. However, if you made it through the entire movie without going catatonic, you likely remember the scene where Sean races D.K. through the parking garage and D.K. pulls off this sweet drift up the entire parking garage ramp – you know, that constant loop that goes from floor to floor.
Being that’s the only part of the movie that’s really cool, I remember that scene well and I have never assumed it was possible in real life. I certainly guessed wrong on that one, as this video shows a guy drifting up the entire round-a-round until he reaches the top, with a chaser car following him.
It’s hard to see exactly what car he’s running, due to the body kit and graininess of the video. From what I can tell from the headlights, taillights and the sound of the exhaust, I think it is an early-1990s Nissan 300Z, a very heavily modified one at that.
Just for safety’s sake, you can tell that this is a professional setup with the entire parking garage vacated. Please don’t go running to the nearest parking garage and start drifting your car up the ramps.
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.
It only takes a few items to hold together a friendship for a lifetime. In this case, it’s the love of cars, which should be pretty obvious because if it were anything it wouldn’t be on this site.
It starts with two friends from high school who have grown up around the cars they love. What could possibly be better? Simple, what if those two friends could create masterpieces out of ordinary vehicles. Lucky for us, that’s just what they did with a Nissan 240SX.
We all remember the old Nissan well. It was created in 1988 and it replaced the 200SX. Every single model had the same 2.4-liter inline-four engine, although they were slightly different after the 1995 model year.
The car sold fairly well in its first six years and, in total, Nissan sold around 251,410 examples of the 240SX. It wasn’t the sales numbers or the reliability or even the looks that made this car famous, it was the ability for tuners and people who love cars to modify it to make something special.
Welcome to one of the best-modified 240SXs we have seen.
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The Hankook Tires drift team has come out with a few crazy creations over the past few years in order to hype up their products appeal to the sport’s sideways crazed fans. Up until this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas the wildest ride in the Hankook stable was a twin turbocharged Porsche 911 GT2 that defied physics and the odds when it’s driver Tyler McQuarrie was able to keep the back end of the rear engine sports car from coming around when he hung it out on the edge.
Following up the wild winged Hankook GT2 would be tough, but a RWD Nissan GT-R wearing the familiar orange and black livery of the Hankook team is enough for us to give it a chance. The car is made up of a multitude of lightweight carbon fiber body panels from Seibon, a 4.0 Liter stroker kit, KW coil over kit and a set of 19 inch Weds Sports wrapped in the obligatory Ventus R-S3 Ultra High Performance rubber. With experienced drifter Robbie Nishida behind the wheel this drift GT-R should rack up a few wins in next year’s Formula D championship, that is if import racing legend Steph Papadakis doesn’t step in on the action.
Press release after the jump.
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A pair of Nissan 240SX enthusiasts recently showed that you don’t necessarily need a big budget in order to create an exciting piece of video, just some extra tires. In an homage to the videography of Ken Block and his crazy collection of Subarus, these two hamburger fans have done an excellent job of showing that being an automotive enthusiast is more about what you can do as opposed to what you have.