• Mar 17th 2010 at 2:58PM
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Tanner Faust tears up Mullholland Drive in his Scion tC – click above to watch the video

Look for the tire tracks. If you've ever been around drift cars, you know that with all that gumption, these beasts tend to break the tires loose. And when they cut loose, they leave synchronized patches of molten rubber in their wake. In the case of Tanner's NASCAR V8-powered Scion tC, we're talking about 600 horsepower and an equally crazy amount of torque. Probably to the wheels. Meaning that Tanner's car doesn't just burn rubber, the little Scion incinerates it.

Why are we harping on this point? Why are we encouraging you to watch the video looking for tire tracks? That's a tough question to answer without giving away the video, so we'll just say that despite being fully within the city limits of big, bad, mega-metropolis Los Angeles, Mulholland Drive is a pretty pristine place. Er, it was before Tanner Foust sunk his smoky, rubber claws into it. Make the jump to watch how great Top Gear USA could have been and read the press release.

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Press Release

Tanner Foust drifts his Rockstar Energy Drink Scion TC Drift Car on a legendary stretch of Mulholland Highway. Known as "The Snake", this stretch of Mulholland in Malibu just east of Kanan Road is a famous hangout for SoCal motorcyclists and car enthusiasts. The two mile ribbon of road winds uphill through the Malibu mountains between the Rockstore Café where thousands of bikers convene every Sunday and "The Gallery"-a viewpoint where much of the road below can be viewed. Watch as Tanner Foust unleashes his 600hp NASCAR V8 powered Scion drift car on this famed road. There were no rehearsals. Notice how he paints a line of black rubber on the virgin tarmac, running inches from the guard rails and rock walls of the canyon. The howl of the motor, screeching tires and billowing smoke contrast with Foust's almost zen like motions in-car. The road was closed and Tanner is a trained professional so please don't try and re-create.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Drifting is the figure skating of motorsports.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Fun to watch" *is* the point. Entertainment for everyone involved.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think I saw the guardrail squirm a bit. That was some intense stuff. Closest thing I'll ever get to doing something like that is in Forza 3 on Fujimi Kaido.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Remember kids, if you've got money to burn and a corporation trying turn you into a celebrity you can pay off the cops and do whatever you like at the taxpayers expense!

      • 5 Years Ago
      This gives me a great idea! Ok, so a few of us have a hard time seeing drifting as a motorsport due to the "judges" aspect. Now, problem atleast compromised. Do it up as a cross between D1 and a timed Rally. Weight it 50/50. Have judges (or cameras) sitting on corners (probably the more technical) and then time the whole start to finish run. A nice balance of making it look cool AND some strategy involving WHEN to show boat. Closed roads or road courses, either way. Would be AMAZING!
        • 5 Years Ago
        p.s. even though the judging aspect negates the "sport" aspect, I by no means think this is a skill-less event. To link drifts together corner to corner, maintain entry and exit speeds, high angles, etc takes HUGE amounts of skill.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "This is a lotta fun, not gonna lie" LOL

      I have a ton of respect for both Tanner and Ken, mostly because they're just out there to have fun doing what they love to do. I hope someday that I can do the same...and look half as cool as what I just saw.

      Tanner Foust is living every car guy's dream life. You kids on here can bash Tanner, the Scion he's driving, and this vid all you want, but if someone presented you with this situation and you had the skills to throw it down, you know you wouldn't even hesitate.

      Yes, we all know that drifting isn't the fastest way around the track, but it looks sicker than sick, and requires more talent than most of you will ever see in your entire life.
        • 5 Years Ago

        And it's not like Faust couldn't completely dismantle any of the commentators on here in a normal race.

        Top Gear is all about drifting stock cars, and people seem to love that. While I don't drift, per se, when I go to the track, on-throttle oversteer is definitely a hoot.

        Don't knock it when you're sitting behind a desk at home, I say.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In racing, what I find the most interesting/entertaining is the skill and technology employed to get the car (and driver) through the course the fastest.
      I understand that drifting is a technique used in rally because on substandard surfaces (dirt, gravel, snow, ice), it is a way to get around a corner faster, however on dry pavement, its purpose is something other.
      This seemed to be not about getting across the line the fastest, but making the most amount of noise and tearing through as much rubber as possible.
      It would be interesting to see the time difference between this run and one run "cleanly".
        • 5 Years Ago
        no shiot?

        Drifting takes tones of skill...especially this type of drifting. You would be smashed into one of the roadside boulders so fast before you could think to pull the e-brake in that 600hp car.

        Its also fun to do and entertaining to watch so ...to each his own

        • 5 Years Ago
        What is this new concept of... the internets? It interests me greatly with its vast amounts of information!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very cool video! One thing is that they could have done a lot better with the cinematography of it. If they are trying to out do Ken Block they really need to invest in better cameras and directors. But the raw factor is nice to see too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I beg to disagree.

        Take a look at the virgin road, this was done on the first take, not the 500th.

        Ken's video was impressive because after hundreds of takes we see the most "pretty" shots. This video is impressive because you see how much talent this man has on one take on a treacherous mountain road with sheer cliffs around every turn.

        No safety of a closed lot or open runway here!

        Hail to the king baby!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. They need better camera's men hardcore. Even the helicopter pilot was pretty week.

        I understand that this was a first take, but that was just straight up painful to watch; luckily there was an awesome audio track and I a sweet drift session.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would be at least a little interesting if the Scion could actually come close to this in its stock form. However, this is not the case.

      Also, we don't need Top Gear America. What we need is an original car show for America, preferably hosted by Jay Leno.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Terrible idea....Did you not see the "Green Car Challenge" on his failed show?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another Toy-ota with a stuck throttle. JUST KIDDING! Take it easy! I loved the video! That looked like so much fun.

      I met Tanner at SEMA. He had just arrived after a 15-hour flight from China, completely exhausted, yet he still put on smile and shook hands with his fans, making chit-chat and signing autographs. I doubt any of you haters would have the class, maturity, or grace to to the same. He's actually a nice guy who got a little too famous too fast, that's all. And he's a better race car driver than any one on this blog post.

      The guy has some serious rally skills. Also, remember he went toe-to-toe with Schumacher. The only reason to hate on a race car celibrity like Foust or Schumacher is ENVY. You are small minded and jealous.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Drifting is a SPORTS only as far as it involves going through a corner properly. That's why it was invented, that's where it comes from.

      Now, all these other "posers" use it for "show". And of course there is a whole "Drifting Competition" that people participate on. Useless and a waste of my time.

      I only enjoy "drifting" when I see a real race car doing it. I've seen Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansel and even Fernando Alonso do it. I've seen Loeb do it in WRC. That's real drifting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry you were "forced" to "watch" this "drifting video" and that your "time" was "wasted." Would you now like to go watch some other video, perhaps NASCAR or NHRA related, and tell them how their favorite drivers in motorsport will never live up to Jacque Villenueve or Jack Brabham?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wonderful road. I saw a Volvo parked in a tree there once.
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