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Drifting at 136 MPH Looks Terrifying

Since drifting has seriously gained traction (no pun intended) over the last few years, people pay more attention to the details of a sliding car nowadays. And while the slip angles are obviously the key to the audience's heart, the corner entry speed is also an important factor here.
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While normal drivers don't drift and amateur sliders usually play at up to, say, 60 mph (100 km/h), drifting professionals normally take things up to 100 mph (160 km/h), depending on the layout of the track and the particular corner they aim for.

Well, today we're here to show you what happens when things climb one step further. We're talking about the Toyota GT86 drift car in the video below, which enters a sideways shenanigan at no less than 136 mph (219 km/h).

This is the kind of speed where things can easily go wrong while trying to drive in a straight line (when not in a racecar, of course), but as you'll be able to notice in the piece of footage at the bottom of the page, this is far from the case here - when a drifter blows off the braking distance signs without touching them you know things are just right.

Now, before anybody points out the Nissan GT-R set a new world record for drifting earlier this month, pulling a massive slide at 189 mph (305 km/h), there are a few things that separate that event from the drifts we get in competitions.

First of all, the history-book-worthy Godzilla tire-melting action didn't see the driver having to go through a corner. Then there's the nature of the car, with the 1,380 HP GT-R being superior to the otherwise brutal GT86 we have here.

As for the location of the shenanigan we're discussing, this might just be the Rudskogen Motorsenter track in Norway. And while we're not 100 percent sure, we'll focus on the car, as blinking could cause one to miss it.

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About the author: Andrei Tutu
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In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
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