EVERY driver knows the temptation of an empty, winding mountain road. In our daydreams we all look as heroic behind the wheel as professional drift ace Chris Forsberg, who has lived out our fantasy in this one-take video full of torched tyres and opposite lock.
In the clip, the three-time Formula Drift champion puts on a talent show in his V8-powered Nissan 370Z, with no practice runs and no margin for error.
The spectacular, snow-lined road he’s blazing along sits in Onion Valley, California. Sections of it are lined with absolutely nothing to separate a wayward Z from a long-distance plummet.
Judging by the lack of tell-tale lines painting the road surface, this really is Forsberg’s one and only full-speed run up the snaking tarmac. The 370Z is at full tilt, attacking the hairpins with competition levels of commitment, revs flaring and smoke billowing.
The purpose-built, championship-winning Z is caged up and stripped back to the bare essentials, including a hydraulic handbrake and sequential shifter. Its modified 5.6-litre naturally aspirated V8 is derived from the same engine found in the locally delivered Nissan patrol, though we’ve never seen a Patrol make the same sort of smoke show at more than 9000rpm.
Forsberg reckons it produces 1000hp (745kW) with the nitrous oxide system. All we can see is sensory assault, and just the right car for the job.
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