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Video: the 1000bhp GT-R drift car
It’s a tuned Nissan GT-R. It makes about 1000bhp. It goes sideways, everywhere. To be filed under ‘Things To Make The Internet Very, Very Happy’, this is Daigo Saito’s new drift car.
Mr Saito is a former D1GP and Formula D champion, and - on the evidence of this video at least - something of a dab hand at the whole ‘oversteer’ thing. Having ditched his Lexus SC430 drift car (quite possibly the coolest version of one the most disappointing, ugly and expensive car to ever grace on planet earth), the Japanese helmsman will pilot this unruly version of Godzilla for the 2015 Formula D series.
Quite a beast it is, too. Powered by the R35’s twin-turbo V6 (that’s the VR38DETT, engine code enthusiasts), it’s had HKS’s GT1000 turbo kit added, meaning a total output of some 1000bhp, reaching the rear wheels through a Holinger six-speed sequential transmission.
Best of all, two chimney exhausts sprout from the bonnet like fiery bull horns, a trick the GT-R’s LMP1 sibling also employs.
Where the standard, road-going GT-R could hardly be described as featherweight, Daigo’s car has undergone a crash diet, thanks to the lack of driveshafts at the front, wafer-thin carbon fibre bodywork all round and a stripped-out carbon fibre interior.
Grab some headphones and hit ‘play’ to hear Godzilla scream as Daigo offers an object lesson in precision sideways, nailing each apex to perfection. Quite an achievement, considering that the cabin and local area is veiled in a thick layer of rubbery fog.
But what would you have? Daigo’s 1000bhp GT-R or Tanner Foust’s 900bhp drift-Passat?