Smokey Drift-Spec Supercars That’ll Upset The Purists

Supercars are the ultimate driving machines. So surely converting them to drift specification would be sacrilegious? The following machines might change your mind
Smokey Drift-Spec Supercars That’ll Upset The Purists

For some, supercars are beautiful, handcrafted pieces of art which should be treated like fine pieces of china, only to be taken out on special occasions. For others, supercars are machines that are designed to be thrashed to within an inch of their life. Here are a selection of machines which fall squarely under the latter category.

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Yep, you read that right, an LFA drift car. Yoichi Imamura had this one-off creation commissioned for various D1 GP demonstrations. In place of the high-revving V10 is a more powerful and reliable TRD NASCAR motor, which sounds especially sacrilegious, but there are rumours that this particular LFA’s original engine was wrecked by floodwater. And in any case, it’s hard not to be impressed watching the world’s most expensive drift car being hooned around like it’s an S15 missile.

Rear-wheel drive, a engine in the front and affordability are usually the key credentials for a successful drift machine. Daigo Saito obviously didn’t get the memo.

Just like Imamura’s LFA, this build will make some supercar purists cry out in horror. But on closer inspection, the level of craftsmanship that has gone into this car is astounding. Everything is custom, from the Ikeya drift steering arms to the ‘Daigo holes’ in the Perspex windows. Daigo hasn’t finished the development of his car yet so expect to see more of this machine in the coming years.

If there is one car that seems totally inappropriate for professional drifting it would be the Porsche 911. Thanks to the likes of Chris Harris we know the German machines can hold some serious angle, but in the super competitive world of Formula D all that weight hanging out over the back seems like a distinct disadvantage.

No matter; that didn’t put off Jon Kaneda from JIC Magic, who converted his 1996 993 RS into a full-blown GT2-spec drift machine. By the end of the 2008 Formula D season the car had certainly proved the doubters wrong by winning legions of fans and securing a podium position at the New Jersey round.

The whereabouts of this car are now unknown but it was last reported for sale back in 2011.

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Once again Alexi from the website Noriyaro helps to demonstrate the diversity in the Japanese drifting scene. A mid-engined Ferrari is not what you would typically expect for a personal drift car. With a paddle-shift gearbox, pendulum drifts are the order of the day. Surprisingly the Italian supercar looks very at home on the lock stops.

CT CEO Adnan was lucky enough to get a ride in this car recently, so stay tuned for his full report!

One key characteristic for a good drift car is that it’s manageable at the limit. So why on earth did team Mopar choose one of the world’s most tricky supercars to contest the 2008 Formula D Championship?

For show, is probably the most honest answer, and to show off Samuel Hubinette’s other-worldly car control. An 825bhp Viper stepping out at 100mph plus is probably our idea of worst nightmare. For Hubinette it was simply his day job. Respect.

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I know, I know, this is not specifically a supercar. But turning a luxury barge into a purpose-built drift car deserves some serious respect. This Bavarian beast has been spotted doing the rounds at various Drift Allstars events. Unfortunately the German V8 has been scrapped in favour of a more conventional twin-turbo GM LS3 setup. But I guess you can’t argue with 600bhp on low boost. To top it all off the Beemer has been treated to beautiful custom-made Liberty Walk kit. So much want.

So, what do you guys think? Would you like to see more supercars on the drifting scene? Let us know in the poll below!


Fad Hill

Whether you keep it stock and drive it once a week, or take it to the track, tuning it for speed, or turning it into a missile, trashing it in a drift event, or building it to deal with rough terrain, and take it through a rough rally stage, it’s all fine, but dear god please don’t let it sit for years in a garage, warehouse or museum! This applies to all cars. Not just supercars.

12/01/2015 - 11:24 |
104 | 0

I agree with you apart from the last part. I don’t see anything wrong with owning a car as a piece of art and keeping it in perfect factory condition. It means they are preserved for future generations to see and appreciate.

I know many/most petrolhead will disagree with me and say cars are made to be driven and it’s a crime to keep them off the roads, tucked up in heated garages, but personally I love seeing classic cars that have been kept in concours condition. This Ferrari F50 which went on sale at the start of the year with just 7 miles on the odometer is a perfect example:

12/01/2015 - 11:57 |
22 | 6
🎺🎺thank mr skeltal

In reply to by Fad Hill

I don’t see a problem with letting a car sit in a garage or a museum all the time. If that’s what the owner wants, fair enough. Remember, there are also cars that are too expensive to drive (MB 300 SL, BMW 507, etc.)

12/01/2015 - 12:14 |
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Muhammad Haqy Aunoora

those cars are awesome, especially the Ferrari, the Lamborghini, and the Porsche because they could hold such amazing angle even though the drivetrain layout is very wrong for a drift car. I wish people will make that sort of drift missiles from wrecked cars (a drift Agera from the ruins of the one from China will be awesome) so those supercars could have a second awesome life

12/01/2015 - 12:37 |
2 | 0

I was genuinely surprised by how much angle the Lamborghini can get! Seriously impressive machine.

12/01/2015 - 18:36 |
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If I was a professional drifter, I would definitely compete in one of these simply because it sets me apart from everybody else with out much effort and also when you’re successful people will most likely to remember the car too, for those who don’t know the drivers well that is.

12/01/2015 - 12:58 |
6 | 0

Luxury Barge drifting? pffft, I’ll believe that when someone drifts one of these big boats.

12/01/2015 - 13:28 |
22 | 0

That moment when you read about the E63 we got here in Latvia and then you spot something on your wall! Saw it competing in Drift All Stars Riga 2015. It was put in a wall in a run, but still made a comeback. Drift All Stars was probably the best car event I have been, probably will go next year too :D

12/01/2015 - 13:32 |
2 | 0

F that, cars are meant to driven. Not be be parked for most of their life. Screw the resale value!!!

12/01/2015 - 14:17 |
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Eric Delaney

I don’t really think there are any rumors about the LFA, I thought it was pretty straightforward what happened.

12/01/2015 - 14:29 |
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Mark Mason

Went through the list. I aint even mad.

12/01/2015 - 14:54 |
2 | 0

#4, that ferrari with an aftermarket radio. Still feel like thats a dumb thing to do.

12/01/2015 - 15:13 |
0 | 2

I think they’re more awesome with their original engines

12/01/2015 - 15:31 |
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