Hey gang, it has been awhile since I was behind the wheel of a drift car on the reg, and I am really starting to miss it. If you aren’t aware of what a missile car is, then let me give you a quick rundown, its a phenomenon born out of Japan (i think), and I was treated to how radical they are when I visited DA Ace Lindsay Ross last year in Tokyo, and happened upon the Spring Drift Matsuri at Ebisu. Robbie Nishida was nice enough to drag us around and while there were some super nice cars, and even some that I had recognized, the most popular thing to do was to get a decent runner, with a lil HP and just drive it into the ground.
Alot of US service guys said they would chip in with a few pals, buy a decent S13 for about 2-3k (cars are cheaper over there) and just destroy it over the course of the Matsuri weekend. Here’s a quick video of me in a missle that some awesome US servicemen I met let me rock for half the day! Thing was falling apart, stock turbo and had been crashed more than a few times, and was still SUPER fun…
Anyway, it seems that Forsberg had a similar experience this summer at Ebisu, and decided it was missile time, Chris bought up our old DA lemons car and turned that thing into a missile and fast. Here’s a little read on it…. http://www.ziptied.com/forums/index.php?topic=31615.0
So it was decided, i need a missile car that had the following- 200-300 RELIABLE whp (obviously 250+ would be better) Bucket seats and a cage Decent susp and diff full build under $5k My first idea, and I think that this would have been AWESOME, I wanted to build a Lexus SC400, I found them on craigslist for under 2k bucks and that v8 is 250hp reliable all day. The 5spd swap would have been the biggest expense, but I think that it would be a really fun car, and I’ve never owned a V8 NA drift car, and for 5k I think it would have been sweet. I did think that about 210whp in a pretty heavy car would be the only thing that would eventually limit the fun….. BUT! Who am I kidding, I need a rotary powered Mazda, right? Yeah, I thought so too, and when I saw this thing for sale on Ziptied (no, I can’t get you a membership), I had instant flashbacks to the good old days at Etown, and some of my old FC’s and for this price, I just couldn’t pass it up!
This thing already makes 310whp, has a ported motor, t04, and an older (but totally effective) Haltech setup…
Plans are to:
- flip these wheels for something lighter, and cheaper (so I can have more, and 18in rears that fit some tires Maxxis flowed me)
- Either add door bars to this cage, or do a really basic 6pt so I can be legal for tandem
- Throw a real diff into it
- paint and throw on the BN front bumper
- DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE!!!!
So excited to get this thing, it’s in Florida, so getting it up here to NJ will be kind of a hassle, but I’ll figure that out this week, and if I just wind up driving it home (yes, its street registered, and I’m going to keep it that way), I will be sure to document it all on here…….