High-speed drifting in a Camaro – Click above to watch video after the jump

Josh Ledford lives his life a mile at a time, and in those 25 seconds or less... he's free. Unless a nasty crosswind decides to play with his fast-moving Chevrolet Camaro, and he has to put his other hand back on the wheel to control a puckering 244-mile-per-hour drift. That's right, we said 244 miles per hour.

Mr. Ledford was driving the Late Model Racecraft-prepped F-Body during last week's 2011 Texas Mile event. As he passed the finish line, the Camaro started to step out and – well, you can watch the rest by clicking past the jump.

While you're over there, we've got another clip of a Late Model Racecraft vehicle making the mile-long dash. This time, it's a Chevrolet Corvette, and the coupe runs up to 231 miles per hour before crossing the finish line.




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      Richard
      • 3 Years Ago
      The drift was described as 'puckering'...i think i know which body part was puckering....
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      He's lucky that didn't blow the welds on the intake...
      gallandof
      • 3 Years Ago
      love the nervous shifter shake at the end. i know when im anxious when driving i do the same thing (wiggling the shifter back and forth in neutral) its oddly relaxing
      kkakear
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great car control! I will bet that kept him a couple of nights afterward. I am guessing the bog at the start and the wheel spin at the the top of each gear is from a high gear ratio (low numeric) in the real axle which can also contribute to loss of rear wheel traction when letting off the pedal.
      Devonblue4u
      • 3 Years Ago
      the black Stig gets axed, gets fat, goes to Amurrica and races Camaros. But he's still got the touch.
      Dreez28
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd pretty pretty pumped after saving myself from a pickle like that too! Dang!
      LateModel Racecraft
      • 3 Years Ago
      LoL, first off a car doesn't spend the tires unless there is to much power. Which is this case he was only running 20psi and the car has 40psi. The car did 1808rwhp on 30psi on the dyno. and just so everyone knows the front tire did not blow out it sure looks like it did but it didn't. The wind and the pot hole caused the car to spin out of control! I am the one that built the car and raced it! LMR
      50merc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Holy crap guys 244is 244 anyway you slice it . great job guys
      nitrostreet
      • 3 Years Ago
      "A stock Bugatti supersport will do 268. Just sayin" The Veyron takes 50 seconds to reach 248 MPH, this Camaro did 244 MPH in 25. Camaro is on an old runway; big difference from the Glass-smooth test track that the Veyron does it's runs on.
        nitrostreet
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nitrostreet
        The Camaro would wipe the Veyron out at this event........the Bugatti can only do 210 in a standing mile
        K D TopShotta Charle
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nitrostreet
        but in a standing mile "the purpose of that event" that camaro would walk all over a buggatti.
      EnzoHonda
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great vid and I'm glad the car didn't get hurt. Gotta say though, the old Camaro does nothing for me. Visually it's about as exciting as a '96 Taurus. I really like what you can do to it though.
      Ethan Allison
      • 3 Years Ago
      So THAT'S how Satan trims his goatee.
      Jake
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd be afraid to go even half that fast in a Camaro
        BigMIKE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jake
        I did 143 mph in my third gen Camaro IROC-Z about a year after I got it new. It held up fine. And it was stck. I was side by side with a custom turbo'd 300ZX with a digital dash. That's how I found out how fast we were going. And that was on an Interstate here in Texas. If it were on a track, I probably could have gone a little faster with more confidence.
        AMG THIS
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jake
        You sure about that? Can your Hyundai even go that fast?
        Von Pinto
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jake
        I've been 1/3 that fast in a 4th Gen (3400 V6) Camaro, and it WAS scary. (It was also at night, on a deer-infested Tennessee two-lane, with my crazypants brother at the tiller... I think the details all add up to create the overall fear.) I'm sure that 130 on a flat interstate would not be nearly as pucker-inducing.
        Red Giant
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jake
        I got my 2003 saab 93 aroun 145 on a 4 lane in mississippi and had room to go but the car was starting to float after about 135 or so so i decided to not try and hit the 160 on the speedo with stock body on it lol
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