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See the First Drifting Lamborghini Murcielago Compete Against a Lexus LFA

It's been over a year since Ken Block came to Japan and shot Boobkhana with two bikini-clad local girls. While he didn't make a sequel, the Monster Energy driver managed to crash his specially built Ford Mustang at a D1 racing event.
See the First Drifting Lamborghini Murcielago Compete Against a Lexus LFA 1 photo
We're talking about a custom-built classic 'Stang with all-wheel drive that goes by the nickname "Hoonicorn." No matter, there are other equally interesting drift machines out there.

For example, you might want to check out this Monster Energy Lamborghini Murcielago. The V12 supercar is a little old, but the custom makeover more than makes up for it. There's a wide body kit with flared fenders and large wing, all tied together by the black and green paintjob. We don't think there's another drift machine quite like this one anywhere else in the world. Not only has it gone from AWD to RWD but the geometry of the front suspension reflects its new job.

The wide-bodied supercar belongs to drift racer Diago Saito and enjoyed its first outing at this weekend's Tokyo Drift event, where it challenged a Lexus LFA. Unfortunately, the turbocharged kit isn't ready to do business yet, so the standard output of around 640 horsepower has a tough time spinning those extra-wide rear wheels.

But while the D1 Murcielago doesn't have the natural transition of a Silvia, it can make mountains of smoke to keep the crowds happy.

From a relatively unknown motorsport event that's only popular in Japan, drifting became an international phenomenon after Hollywood picked up the idea. Without that, we probably wouldn't get to see such an interesting battle between supercars made by entirely different cultures. The mid-engined Italian car is going up against a Lexus LFA, a front-engined machine that's also gone out of production.

If you want to learn more about the sideways sport, make sure to check out the six-part "How to Drift" guide we've prepared for you guys.

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