When a Drift Car Goes Rally Driving on Japan's Ebisu Circuit

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Motorsport moments are more than delicious and they also help us boost our driving skill, thus making daily traffic safer, but we don't all have the budget to invest in a racecar.
Even those who have managed to get their hands on a track-destined machine might have a hard time flying from one discipline to another. So what happens, if, for instance, you want to go rallying, but you only have a drift car at your disposal?

While that might sound like a question nobody asked, we've come up with an answer, which is delivered with the help of the video at the bottom of the page. The clip shows us Noriyaro, our favorite Japan-exploring Youtuber, who enters a rallying even with his R32 Nissan Skyline drift car - no, this is not a GT-R and, even if that was the case, the machine would've had to be converted to rear-wheel-drive. Still, the capable chassis remains a strong asset here.

Now, drifting requires low ground clearance values, while rallying sees contenders showing up in vehicles with generous ride height numbers. Well, as our man admits, he was too lazy to lift his Nissan, so we could say his rallying experience in a drift car was an extreme one.

The adventure took place on Japan's Ebisu circuit, where a rallying course was organised. Drivers taking part in the timed hooning sessions would have to manhandle their cars both on and off the track. The competition included a special class for amateurs, which is where Noriyaro competed.

The car wasn't exactly OK after all the thrashing it had to cope with, with a coolant leak being the first symptom of its ilness. Then again, when you race such a beater, you expect this kind of issues to appear every now and then. Check out the JDM adventure in the clip below.

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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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