Of many thing I saw at GRIDLIFE West, Chris Forsberg’s twin-turbo 370Z practice car struck me with its simplicity. You see, a lot of drift cars tend to be insanely overbuilt for the level of the driver or track, with big engine swaps, pro drift angle kits, and the like. You see a lot of ugly looking drift cars being driven poorly because the driver never took the time to understand the physics of drifting. Chris Forsberg did the opposite, and underbuilt a practice car. Here’s why thats cool.
- Car(s): Z34 Nissan 370Z
- Location: Willow Springs Raceway Horse Thief Mile, Rosamond, CA
- Photog: Chris Rosales (Instagram @chrishasacamera, Twitter @chrishasacamera)
- Camera: Canon 5D Mark III w/ 70-200mm f/2.8L
The Z is extremely basic. It has an angle kit, some control arms, some wheels, a roll cage and bucket seats, and an off-the-shelf Fast Intentions twin-turbo kit on a totally stock 5-year old VQ37VHR. No insane engine build, no bespoke gearbox or driveline. Just some bolt on parts and a good driver.
Forsberg has the car liveried in an identical livery to his pro-level Formula D car, to show some team continuity, and probably share some body panels between the two for easier replacements when they get bashed up. The turbo kit is good for 600 hp, and the car can handle it easily. All it needs is a good pilot, and a nice desert track.
As big as we could get it: