Drifting the Gauntlet – Click above to watch video after the jump

We're suckers for well-shot automotive videos, and our friends at Autoblog Canada (eh?) came across a good one. Filmmaker Stephen Brooks spent time at New Jersey's Wall Speedway to take in a Formula Drift event, and left with plenty of good stuff. His lens work is sharp, his footage is entertaining and his interviews provide a touch of insight into the minds of the folks in this industry.

If you're a drifting fan, a few familiar faces step in front of Brooks' camera to talk about their favorite sideways motorsport. Click past the jump to check out Drifting the Gauntlet, and see if you can spot where Brooks was influenced by the film Days of Thunder.


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      Tom Masiero
      • 3 Years Ago
      One of the best drift edit's I have seen.. hands down!!
      AcidTonic
      • 3 Years Ago
      To think I just got out of owning a RWD American V8. I used to really hate hard on the 4cyl guys, but after being destroyed by a few 600 horsepower 2 liters, I changed my stance. Especially while seeing the same car out in the snow having fun while my Cobra was parked in the garage. What good was my car for if it was destroyed by a car that gets better mileage, has more power, turns better, has AWD, and already comes with the turbo kit stock. So I just flipped sides and traded my 32 valve Modular Cobra for an AWD Turbo 2.0 I4 5spd Lancer Evolution IX. I've never in my life had a car that handled so well or had so much traction. I simply wanted a car that was better for "bolt on" power. Cobra needs an engine rebuild and pricey supercharger kit to make any power. Evo's stock setup is good for well over 400 at the wheels by just adding cheap parts like exhaust and injectors. If you swap turbos you can go crazy with 500-900 horsepower or even more if you have the funds. For under $800 I added 120 horsepower to my car. I have half as many parts to go bad too. Win/Win
      Thor
      • 3 Years Ago
      I live my life one rear slip angle greater than front slip angle prior to the apex at a time.
      Mazdarocks
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well produced video
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome video! Great editing and awesome choice in music haha! As much as some rag on Drifting you must admit it does take skill to fling a 500hp car around a corner sideways barely hitting a wall and or the car next to you at/around/if not faster than 60mph.
        SIk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kevsflanagan
        That Camaro has around 700 WHP. GR is the hardest working team in FD hands down. Family owned team to boot.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      DO NOT CARE
        Jeff Glucker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        YOUR COMMENT IS STUPID
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        You do care. You clicked on the article, you watches the video, and you commented. Stop trolling.
        Jason
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        Then why waste the time watching and/or posting in the comments? Troll.
      Jason
      • 3 Years Ago
      Americans care about big, loud engines in their crapstang or pickup. With steering wheel in one hand and a burger in another (stick shift too confusing for them), they find excitement in driving in a straight line or, for advanced drivers, an oval. Difference in cultures, really.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        [blocked]
        bobmarley
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        Jason, DIE.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        Stick is too confusing for us? Did you NOT watch the video? The Camaro is driven by an American and has a manual. Vaughn Gittin, Jr. drives a Mustang, is American, and uses a stick. Corvette Racing won the GTE class at Le Mans with American drivers. Guess what? Those are sticks.
        Charles
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        Yes we like big engines, and big burgers, and hot chicks, and being the most powerful country in the world... where are you from rice boy???
        Mappy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        Oh.. I see what you did there, you replace the word NASCAR with Americans. Doesn't work completely I'll admit.. I guess that's why you got the down votes. Nice attempt though.
      ShutoSteve
      • 3 Years Ago
      The American's have their own way of drifting vs the Japanese. They prefer angle, and smokeshows, while the Nihongo prefer an ballet of sorts, with more lightly chained finesse. In other words, the Japanese drifters drive almost like a ribbon dancer, where as an American drives like a kickboxer. Both impressive to watch, both beautiful in their own ways. I happen to prefer Japanese though.
        the sliding dog
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ShutoSteve
        Agree with your post, but just want to point out that Nihongo refers to Japanese as in the language, Nihonjin means Japanese as in 'the people of Japan'. FWIW I also prefer the Japanese technique! (^_^)
        Tone
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ShutoSteve
        Your "preference" was obvious after your second sentence, Shuto. "Nihongo"...lol.
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