Animal Auto is one of those places that you know everyone who works there eats, sleeps, and breaths drifting. Their shop is practically their second home. They’re definitely a unique breed in the drifting community that really focuses on giving their cars insane angle and power.
SRs and RBs all waiting to be turned into animals.
From working on Formula Drift motors to building beastly engines for drifting enthusiasts, Andrew Molina does it all.
California heat, grease, sweat what more can you ask for?
Wondering whether the “Fab” stands for fabulous or fabrication. I guess I will never know.
The fabricator at the shop Bryan Rogers, wasn’t available at the shop during my visit but Ryan Litteral showed me his beast under the cover.
Animal Auto staying close to the purists perspective, by opting to do the VH45 transplant when it comes to V8 swaps.
Work S1Rs (front) 18×9.5 (rear) 18×11+ Koguchi Power over-fenders + BN Sport side skirts + front + rear bumpers = Perfection
Nothing is stronger than the bond between Father and Son
Ryan was super stoked that he found a malfunctioning tie rod end before his competition.
Ryan in his natural habitat…
Interior Specs: Custom Roll Cage by Get Nutz Lab, Bride seats, Nardi Deep Steering wheel, Parts Shop Max Hydro E-brake, Animal Auto wiring harness, Crow Harnesses, Kenwood head unit, Kenwood speakers,and Kenwood Amp.
Suspension Specs: Custom Valved Feal 441 coilovers, Battle Version suspension arms & links, Serious Badass Fabrication knuckle and chassis setup, & Kaaz 2way.
Engine Specs: Built RB25 450whp @16lbs on 91 octane, Full Race Twin scroll manifold, Borg Warner EFR 7670 1.05 a/r, Dual Tial 44 mm wastegates, Denso MkIV Supra fuel pump, 720cc injectors, custom intake manifold, custom Griffin dual pass radiator, SPALl fans, custom downpipe and exhaust, Custom dump pipes, & Aeromotive FPR.
Exterior Specs: D-Max Type 3 Aero, D-Max Roof Wing, Seibon CF Hood, Work Equips 18X10 (Front) & 18X10.5 (Rear), Skyline R33 Brakes, 350X Front Rotor, Serious Badass Fabrication Intercooler Piping, & Factory 83 Decal Design
Animal Auto sets sail for Top Drift Round 4!
And of course Cash came along to show his support as Animal Auto gets ready for competition.
Practice sessions gave the crowd just a little taste of the upcoming epic tandem battles.
Even after some mishaps during qualifying, Ryan still put down some amazing runs that threw him into 2nd place.
Ryan has his eye on the prize.
Ryan’s first battle was cut short due to mechanical failures by Dominic Rotondo.
Everyone was out for blood even Daniel Giraldo (6th in points before Round 4) in his AE86. Ryan used to drive a Hachi in the past so he is coming in with a competitive advantage.
I’m almost certain that there was paint trading going on in this run! It was a close battle but Animal Auto’s drift machine advanced to the Top 4.
Up next was Jason Kim (3rd place after Round 3) in his S13.
Survival Mode: Ryan advances to the next stage.
Even though Spike Chen and Ryan are great friends when they lined up it was every man for himself.
Spike kept it real close and personal by never leaving the sight of Ryan’s side view mirror.
The following run was just as close with Ryan staying in close proximity to Spike. I honestly had no idea who had won this battle until the trophy commencement.
Ryan received 2nd place for Round 4 of the Top Drift 2013 series and placed 5th overall earning him a Formula Drift license. Animal Auto staying close to the top of the food chain.
As usual you can’t celebrate the trophy commencement without the champagne shower.
Formula Drift is shaping up to being quite interesting with some heavy weights coming out of the Top Drift series. Will the ANIMAL in Ryan come out to play at Long Beach next year?