nascar nhra drivers try drifting on toyota gr86

Watch NASCAR, NHRA drivers try to drift in a Toyota GR86 – Dubai Car News

The Toyota 86, otherwise known as the GR86 today, is a fun-to-drive machine. Its front-engine, rear-wheel-drive setup is the perfect recipe for a drift car right off the showroom floor, which has been the case since the birth of the nameplate in 2012.

Although warranty coverage of necessary repairs due to drifting is still questionable, it should not be surprising to see this done on a closed circuit. In fact, Toyota promoted it by asking National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drivers to try it in the latest GR86.

A fun Toyota GR86 event was held at Eagle Canyon Raceway in Texas. It is hosted by Rutledge Wood, who is also part of the competition. Participants? NASCAR Cup Series driver Christopher Bell, NASCAR Xfinity Series owner Sam Hunt, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ty Gibbs, and NHRA Top Fuel driver Steve Torrance.

Guided by professional drift drivers, Ryan Tork and Jonathan Castro and with quick training, the goal is to complete four drifting laps and see who did the best.

Sounds easy? Apparently, it wasn’t. Most of the race car drives were struggling, and rightly so because drifting goes against these drivers’ instincts. These motorsport professionals spend their careers trying to keep their wheels on the ground at all times – the exact opposite of what they’re trying to do in this challenge.

At one point, the GR86 that Torrance was on went completely off the track. No big deal since the participants were actually celebrating and just laughing about it (guess it’s under warranty). It reminds me of a Pixar animated scene involving a NASCAR race car.

At the end of the day, Gibbs won the challenge with the best drift run among the five contestants. Bell took second place.

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