Tanner Foust shows off his driving skills again with another display of godlike car control.
Tanner Foust has a reputation for being extremely talented behind the wheel, which has led to him hosting Top Gear USA, becoming a three-time Global Rallycross champion, earning four gold medals in the X Games, and becoming a two-time Formula Drift champion. Talk about having a busy schedule. After a five-year hiatus, Foust returned to Formula Drift in 2015 with a modified 900-hp Volkswagen Passat drift car. Granted, a front-wheel drive Passat doesn’t sound like the best car to convert into a dedicated drift car.
And yet somehow Foust and his team pulled it off to silence any naysayers. One sceptic happened to be Hertrech "Hert" Eugene Jr., who looked at Foust’s creation with utter disgust when he first saw it. But now he can’t help but admire the work that went into the conversion when revisiting the car in the latest episode of Daily Transmission.
Under the hood is a Chevrolet LS7 V-8 engine that delivers an excessive 900-hp with the help of a nitrous kit. It’s also been converted into rear-wheel drive, and features a four-speed dog box and a Tilton clutch. With this setup, it’s possible to burn some serious rubber in the Passat drift car. Initially, Foust lets Hert have the honor of doing the first burnout in the drift car, before proceeding to engulf the Hoonigan Donut Garage with copious amounts of tire smoke. Like Ken Block, he makes doing donuts, burnouts and figure of eights around obstacles look ridiculously easy. The noise the car makes is earth-shattering too, thanks to its unique eight-into-one exhaust system.
Foust also tells Hoonigan that he’s planning on adding rear seats to the 900-hp Passat and turning it into a drift taxi. Sounds like a novel way of scaring passengers into paying higher fares.