Not your average Passat…

You may know Tanner Foust from his show, Top Gear America, or you might know him from from his racing history. Well, now there’s a new reason to know him — his new Formula Drift car is a 900 horsepower Volkswagen Passat.

Speaking from the Horse Thief Mile at Willow Springs, Foust goes into his race history, what brought him to the sport, and the technology that makes the car. “When drifiting came around, I just fit with the sport – I owe a lot to the sport of drifting”, says Foust.

He races for Volkswagen and Rockstar Energy, and this marks his return to Formula D events for the first time since 2010. Foust continues, “I think the sport has changed a lot in 5 years” and it’s true — steering angles are greater, horsepower ranges from 40-60% more and drivers are taking different lines.

Speaking of car technology, Foust’s Passat features a 7.4L V8 pushing 700hp (900hp on nitrous) to the rear wheels. Exhaust headers utilize an eight-into-one sequential collector designed by AEM which, according to Foust, “give the car such a wild scream”. 3D printing is utilized via the handbrake and other car components.

Whether or not he has concerns about his entry back into Formula D after 5 years, he says he’s “going to have a blast doing whatever it is frankly”.

Photos: Rockstar Energy

McLaren MP4-12C Cabrio vs. X-Games Snowboarder

Rhys Millen is a current top drifting competitor and former rally driver. What happens when you put both together? You get a McLaren MP4 drifting around a snow-covered mountain, racing against Winter X-Games snowboarding medalist Chanelle Sladics. Who do you think wins? Watch the video and find out!

Photo from the McLaren YouTube channel (screenshot).

Throwback Thursday: Ken Block’s Gymkhana 1

Today, on Throwback Thursday, we bring to you a “classic” video from November 2008. A wee freshman in college, a friend showed me Ken Block’s Gymkhana. I was amazed. My mind was blown at the intensity of the stunts and the talent of driving. We thought we might bring it back and show you guys what the definition of ‘hooning’ a car is. Check out Gymkhana 1 above, and the rest of the Gymkhana videos below. I’ve seen each video at least a dozen times and my jaw still drops when I watch them. Each one gets better and better and the imagination, creativity and hard work that go into each of them truly shows in the end product.

Gymkhana 2 || Gymkhana 3 || Gymkhana 4 || Gymkhana 5

Also, check out this awesome Gymkhana infographic.