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Behind the Scenes of the Lamborghini vs. 2015 Mustang RTR Drift Battle in Japan

With drift now finally receiving the attention it deserves (it's enough to notice how Porsche has integrated the concept), we all need to remember the sideways phenomenon traces its origins to Japan. Fortunately, we were treated with a monstrous reminder last month, Daigo Saito's Lamborghini Murcielago battled it out with Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s Mustang RTR over in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Behind the Scenes of the Lamborghini vs. 2015 Mustang RTR Drift Battle in Japan 1 photo
However, we now want to take you behind the scenes of that memorable drift battle. Spoiler alert: expect plenty of dream-worthy tire-burning material to come your way.

While the original clip made it look like the world's only Lamborghini drift car met a drift-spec 2015 Mustang in an abandoned Russian Village replica, with the two simply going at it, the path to those spectacular pixels wasn't all that easy.

It all started with the location itself, as the production team had just two weeks to turn the rubble-covered area into a drift course, one that also had to be camera worthy.

Then there was Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s crash, which, as you'll see, wasn't exactly the light kind.

The Making Of video also brings forth Liberty Walk's Wataru Katu, who explains how his crew brought not only their widebody machines to the site but also a pair of Dekotora trucks (you'll recognize these when you see them).

This is also a good opportunity to reiterate the fact that Daigo Saigo is making massive efforts to cope with the challenges of the Murcielago drift car - we get some in-vehicle scenes that show just how limited space and visibility are.

Oh, and by the way, did we mention the racer jumped straight from filming this event to a Formula D event? No time pressure or anything.

We hope you have just enough popcorn for this 12:35 clip, since every bit of the footage can easily be labeled under "quality time."

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