For as much as we gush over the motorsport of drifting, we feel like its extension into popular culture has been pretty inadequate, and probably a bit mischaracterized. If you happen to be a hardcore fan, you generally know where and how to consume your favorite sliding action—but the bridges to a wider audience have ranged from the unrealistic (as in the depictions in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) to the cultish (every Initial D purist in existence). Competitive drifting, at any level, can be a first step into the subculture, but you have to know where to find that stuff, and oftentimes folks don't. A guide to explaining the style elements of drifting might not hurt most people's understanding, either.
Drift This takes a different look at the motorsport, hosted by two of the pastime's most likable ambassadors as they deliberately repurpose vehicles generally not designed to drift. Like we teased for the first episode (which you can watch for free), the show takes a somewhat lighthearted approach to the engineering challenges these machines present when made to oversteer, a stable of vehicles that includes a UPS-style delivery van, donk, SUV-based limo, sandrail, HumVee, and bumper car. The series is hosted by two of the nicest guys around, Chris Forsberg, driver of the NOS Energy Drink Nissan in Formula DRIFT, and Ryan Tuerck, pilot of the Gumout Toyota 86 also in FD, and additional episodes are available on demand right now at MotorTrend.
We sat down with the Chris and Ryan while they were midway through shooting the episode about the Honda V6-powered sandrail, which appeared to be getting ready to receive a Wisefab lock kit. The Drift This hosts get into all kinds of topics, from what goes on behind the scenes, to managing that delicate balance of running a pro drift team while fulfilling the demands of a busy shoot schedule.