XDRFT2 – XD Falcon Drifter

I was reading up on this thread a while ago, however I stupidly forgot to note it down and in-turn forgot about it until very recently when Christian submitted it via email and brought it back to my attention. This car interests me for a few reasons. Firstly, it’s different, which always makes for a good feature. Secondly, it’s Australian, and I love featuring home-grown builds. Third, it’s an un-orthodox choice for a drift car, it’s always good to see people trying something different. And lastly, because when I grew up we had one of these (albeit stock) as our family car.

The XD Ford Falcon, an early 1980’s square edged family truckster, built like a tank and usually heard labouring up hills with the 4.1ltr inline 6 sounding like a giant exhaust fan. Not this one though, XDRFT2 is the second incarnation (hence the “2”) XD drift car to emerge from the Mobile Mayhem stables, powered by a 410ci Cleveland V8 and sitting atop a complete coilover set up from RSS. Builds like these are extremely interesting because you get to read about all the issues that need to be overcome when developing such an un-proven platform to a competitive level, not to mention the amounts of clever weight reduction needed when starting with such a heavy base. This is one of those great tech-filled threads with lots of images and information, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

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350Z Racing Simulator

You know Chris Forsberg? Nos Energy Drink sponsored Formula D 2009 Champion & Drift Alliance member? Well, what happens when he builds a racing simulator to the same layout specifications as his 350Z drift car? Come and take a look…

Thanks to Cereal for submitting this one.

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Z31 300ZX Drift Car

Thanks to an anonymous reader for submitting this build. I remember reading this exact thread a couple of years ago when I used to visit the Body Shop section of ZipTied religiously. This is definitely one of the coolest Z31’s in the world, lots of custom work and who doesn’t love the fighter-jet instrument panel!? So unique and badass.

 

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Truckasaurus FC RX7 Pickup

Japanese hatches such as the FC RX7 and S13 180SX make great candidates for pickup conversions, as we’ve seen before in Japan with a few drift cars getting the chop.

Earl has created his own spin on the concept with this 2nd Gen RX7, come and see it get built and continually evolve.

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S15.3 RB30 Supercharged

The generous parts interchangeability offered to enthusiasts by Nissan is a beautiful thing, from the old Datsun days to the cars of the present, it’s as if the bean-counters at head office have always secretly been catering to the people who love to modify by transforming the local spare parts counter into a virtual buffet.

Here we have a true diverse mix of the Nissan bloodline. Take one S15 Silvia, the front bodywork from a 180SX, an RB30 bottom-end/RB26 head, a supercharger, stir vigorously, and this is what you get…

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6666 S13 Sil80 Drift Car

Many of us have seen images of the Nascar-inspired 6666 Customs S13 and S14 sitting low and mean at a Japanese service station, but it seems the rest of the world was slow to react in adapting their bodykits to our own S-chassic cars. Scott from Japan Import Car ltd took it upon himself to build a world class drift car using the delectable fiberglass pieces available from 6666. Watch him turn this regular S13 into a tyre churning smoke machine to compete in the ProDrift Series.

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1JZ S13

Sal from Powerzamcam contacted me about featuring his 1JZ S13 drift car, to which I happily obliged. I think its fantastic when people contact me to feature cars, as it makes my job easier, plus it means I can feature builds that I might not have otherwise found.

So why do so many people put 1J’s and 2J’s into Silvia’s and Skyline’s? To me it appears as the perfect way to take a chassis with tremendous aftermarket support and affordable parts and combine it with an engine bloodline that carries a reputation for reliability and easily obtainable horsepower. It seems to be a tried and tested route so there must be good reason for it.

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