Warning: contains NSFW language
We all know that drifting is something of an art form, requiring a good deal of throttle control, prodigious twirling of steering wheel and a dollop of controlled traction-breaking. In the same breath, we also widely assume that drag racing is the antithesis of this – plug a ridiculously powerful engine into a road car, point it at the horizon, plant the throttle, keep it in a straight line and pray that the run doesn’t conclude in your ride turning into a fireball with braking ‘chutes trailing from its rear…right?
Well, no. This chap took 671 kW RB26 Skyline GT-R-engined Mazda MX-5 for a drag run at the Sacramento Speedway that ended in an impromptu drifting session…at 225 km/h. Was he being creative behind the wheel? Granted, he showed a huge degree of skill and testicular fortitude in preventing a fiery wall-greeting demise, but there was no showing off here – just a mechanical fault that sent coolant sluicing over his slick rear tyres.
Watch the accompanying video, revel in the driver’s death-cheating antics in bringing his car to a halt and then cover your kid’s ears/computer speakers to muffle the macho, nasal braying of American petrolhead spectators and the hail of profanities that dot their dialogue.