What makes a drift car?Driftworks specialise in building cars for the European drifting scene. We explore how to build one of these beasts and take a look at the owner's pride and joy: a modified Toyota AE86.
[MUSIC] [NOISE] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] I always kind of taken everything that I get into to a bit extreme whether that be building BMXs, building mini's into golf [INAUDIBLE], then into the drifting thing. I am just very passionate about things like that. Put my head down and suddenly we are here ten years later. In 2004, we actually started the business Driftworks Limited based on the need for the scene to buy parts that were largely Japanese parts. And there was not really a lot available, so myself and James, my business partner, we decided to start Driftworks Limited. [MUSIC] When you're learning to drift, basic modifications would be, a locked differential, or an LSD to basically allow you to have predictable control when the car. The car is sideways. A lot of people fit hydraulic hand brakes and bucket seat obviously to hold you in place is very important. Suspension setups important as well. But one of the least important things at least initially when you're learning to drift is power. A lot of people make the mistake of going for huge power and actually it just hides. Bad driving basically. At two hundred sx for example is two hundred horsepower. That's more than enough to learn the basic skills of drifting. [MUSIC] One of my fun cars is the Jaded X 1-10 Mark II, made by Toyota. It's a genuine irv manual car. It's got a gtx-30-76r turbo on it, on a six piece manifold. And a few other bits thrown into the mix. And it's running 565 horsepower. It literally has no power at all until about four and a half thousand RPM and then it all comes instantly. So that's a lot of overdrive. [NOISE] My daily drive here is a Porsche GT3. It's not very practical. [LAUGH] But then, none of my cars are. I've got real passion for, sort of driving in general. And I think that traditional track driving. Really helps, sort of, improve basic driver skills and keeps your eyes in, so to speak. For this season we've built a new car. It's based on a 1986 Corolla. We, basically, bought a UK version of a Nascar, older Nascar. Comes with a lot of really trick parts in it. The live axle, interchangeable drop gears, the Jericho Dogbox, the gear box, and the V8 engine in it were all transferred into the Driftworks A86, which we've now named DW86. It's a Corolla that runs 18 inch rear wheels 17 inch front wheels, which usually a pretty easy way to ruin the looks of a car. One of the main things we wanted to do with this car was ensure that it still had the correct look. Drifting to me is as much about, you know, the look of a, of a car, as it is about the performance [MUSIC] A lot of works gone into getting the balance right in the car. The weight distribution is key. An A86 is traditionally a very light drift car, As obviously has a lot of huge. Components and in the axle itself weighs a great deal. The engine weighs quite a lot. [MUSIC] We've actually managed to get the, the balance of the car completely spot on. With the driver sitting in it, it has perfect 50/50 weight distribution forward and aft. And left and right. And combined with the short wheelbase of the car it actually makes it. Very snappy car to drive, very attractive and we have done a lot of work to, to get as much attraction as possible. [MUSIC] [NOISE]. Safety is a massive issue with a, a 30-year-old car for me. Especially being quite a tall guy, I didn't want to lose my legs in, in a crash. We had Nickson Motorsport build a cage for us, which is T45 cage with NASCAR-style door bars. Give it a bit more room if there's ever side impact. The end result. Kind of, in my opinion, speaks for itself. I'm really, really happy with it. I've still got a lot of work to do to learn how to drive the bloody thing, but it's, yeah, it's a handful already. It's really, it's really exciting to drive. It's nice to, to have that sort of difficulty again in learning to drive something completely different. [NOISE] [MUSIC] Half the issue is with all the extreme cars that, that, that you've built and I've driven. You kind of get used to them though, to get to the next level and how that same level of excitement you have to do something even more stupid and even more extreme the next time. Where that ends exactly I really don't know but it might get pretty silly.