Before Signal Auto and Komatsu-san attacked the wet/dry skidpad for their drift session, they decided that the Corolla hatchback they picked up needed a couple extra parts to enhance its driftability. Simple, yet very necessary parts that are essential for drift: a Cusco limited-slip differential and shocks/springs from Tanabe. The LSD unit helps in locking up both of the drive wheels while under acceleration, something an open diff fails to perform during hard turning (for more info, refer to the Putting Power Down story in our December 2000 issue). The Tanabe suspension will help the car to achieve greater cornering capabilities and improved handling characteristics with stiffer damping and aggressive spring-rated lowering springs. Heres our star driver, Komatsu-san, installing the diff and suspension before D-Day (Drift Day) at Signal Autos American home base.
Guess what? Hachiroku is Japanese slang for Eight-Six, as in AE86 (Corolla in America). Now you know.