Many tires were harmed in the making of this video.
The art of drifting and the legend of the touge came all the way from Japan and has found a welcoming home in the US, and this video, posted by professional drifter and race car nut Vaughn Gittin Jr., proves that the US knows how to race up mountain passes.
In the video, we see Gittin Jr. take on Chelsea DeNofa in a one-on-one drift battle through the twisting and leaf-covered roads of Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and it looks absolutely hair-raising. Both drivers compete in similarly modified race-spec Ford Mustang drift cars, and it's refreshing to see these cars actually perform instead of simply crashing into a tree at the first hint of throttle input.
In the video, Chelsea DeNofa and Vaughn Gittin Jr. drive Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D cars.
The Ford Mustang is the perfect entry-level drift car for beginners, but these examples are highly modified race cars. These Mustangs feature a 5.0-liter Eluminator Ford V8 with a Vortech JT Trim Supercharger.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via a T56 Magnum XL transmission and competition clutch. These cars ride on a set of RTR Tactical coilovers and feature a fun-haver angle kit for added wheel articulation. A set of Nitto NT555 tires provide the smoke.
With a stripped-out interior and only one occupant, these race-ready 'Stangs weigh only 3,000 pounds, making them perfectly nimble for these tight backroads.
The video shows the two drivers going head to head up the mountain road, with DeNofa and Gittin swapping places after each run.
"We are having so much fun. This road was literally built for drifting, and it's so reminiscent of the roads of the touge mountains in Japan," says Gittin Jr.
At one stage, the left rear wheel assembly of DeNofa's wheel catches alight but is quickly extinguished. The combination of screaming V8 engines, the golden sunlight, and fall leaves creates the perfect Japanese-looking drift footage we've ever seen. The video ends with two big smokey burnouts, just as the car gods intended. Bliss.