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The best drifting videos on the internet are smoky, brilliant, and mesmerizing

There’s more to drifting than a Fast and Furious sequel without Vin Diesel. It’s a popular form of motor sport and a vibrant automotive subculture, and outside of that, it’s just plain cool to watch. Even skeptics will find something to appreciate after watching the best drifting videos on the web.

The goals of drifting are to get a car sideways, keep it under control, smoke the tires, and — sometimes — play “follow the leader” with other cars. Just about anybody can break the rear end loose, but maintaining a proper line without wrecking the vehicle altogether takes skill, patience, and poise. The internet is full of drifting videos, and we’ve gathered 15 of our favorites here.

They’re a great place to start if you’ve never seen drifting before and want to see what the fuss is about, but they’re also an extremely addicting form of procrastination. You’ve been warned.

Tandem drift on the Ebisu Circuit

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Drifting was invented in Japan, and the Ebisu Circuit remains one of the country’s most legendary drift courses. This video of a tandem drift shows why.

The cars get close together in an elegant dance while producing glorious amounts of tire smoke. While it is technically a racetrack, this part of the circuit has almost no runoff, leaving drivers little room for error.

#Battledrift — Vaughn vs. Daigo

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It’s a battle royale between two top professional drifters: Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Daigo Saito.

Gittin’s weapon of choice is his usual Ford Mustang[1], while Saito slides around in a Lamborghini Murci?lago. An abandoned Russian village and a gaggle of Japanese Dekotora trucks serve as a cool backdrop and obstacles, respectively.

Hoonigan Black Friday

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Here’s one to replay during the holiday season. It features drifting pros Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck in a pair of V8-powered Nissan 370Zs[2], doing their thing in the abandoned Hawthorne Mall in Los Angeles.

The cars get unbelievably close together in some of the tandem moves, a level of precision made all the more challenging by the immense clouds of smoke coming off the rear tires.

Moving Target

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A staple of drift competition is when drivers get their rear bumpers as close to a barrier as possible without actually ripping them off. Ryan Tuerck took this to the next level by making the barrier mobile. In this video, a Ford Crown Victoria sporting highway guardrails sets off on a track, and a mob of drift cars plays a game of automotive tag with it.

Motorcycle vs.

Car Drift Battle 2

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This one shows that motorcycles[3] can drift too. The storyline may be a bit hokey, but the action certainly isn’t. The setup involves two mischievous motorcyclists, who get chased by a Buford T.

Justice-wannabe “cop” in a Ford Mustang. The result is a lot of sliding around on two wheels and four.

“Mad” Mike Whiddett drifts New Zealand’s Crown Range

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This one has it all. Red Bull pro drifter[4] Mad Mike Whidett pilots a sweet Mazda RX-7 through some epic scenery in New Zealand. There’s plenty of tire smoke, a wailing Wankel rotary engine, and a helicopter.

What more could you ask for?

Gymkhana 9

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Ken Block’s Gymkhana videos mix drifting with rally and stunt driving, but there’s definitely enough sideways action to warrant a mention here. The entire series is worth watching, but the latest installment in particular features some great stunts as well as Block’s awesome Ford Focus RS[5] RX rally car.

Ferrari F40 snow drift

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As one of Ferrari’s rarest and most acclaimed supercars, the F40 is probably not the kind of vehicle most would consider drifting on any surface, let alone snow. But that didn’t stop Red Bull from orchestrating this stunt, which shows a very different side of this pedigreed exotic.

The Drift Alliance at Gridlife Atlanta

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The “Drift Alliance” (drivers Vaughn Gittin Jr., Chris Forsberg, and Ryan Tuerck) sure knows how to do synchronized drifting.

Watch their three-car formation snake around Road Atlanta[6], shadowed closely by a very dedicated camera-car driver.

Drift All Stars — Follow The Leader

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BMWs mix it up with an assortment of Japanese cars in this European drifting video. The action is intense and gritty, and the trackside vantage point gives a great impression of the speed these cars achieve while going sideways. Plus, who doesn’t love red tire smoke?

Ken Block’s Climbkhana

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Many people know of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb[7], but many more people know of Ken Block’s infamous Gymkhana videos.

So what do you get when you mate a terribly dangerous 14,115-foot ascent with non-stop drifting? This is Climbkhana. Ken Block ushers his 1,400-hp Hoonicorn[8] V2 race car around precarious curves, almost dies, but ultimately conquers the mountain unlike any before him.

Moving target drift — Tuerck’d slide ride

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Lower production quality, way more silly, but definitely creative — this video from Network A pits the Drift Alliance against Ryan Tuerck’s “slide ride.” Four drift cars maintain coordination while slapping the sides of a Crown Vic in a simple yet fun-to-watch game of tag.

Sure, some of the cars get a little mangled, but it’s impressive regardless.

Tanner Foust street drift — Mulholland

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This one’s been out for a while now — before Tanner Foust had ever heard of Global Rallycross[9] or Top Gear America[10] — but it’s still fascinating to watch over and over again. A 600-hp Scion TC sliding around one of the most famous ‘fun-roads’ in the world is pure entertainment gold.

Making a burrito with a car — Matt Powers

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Sometimes the title just says it all. Pro drifter Matt Powers slides his super-powered ride around the Streets of Willow race track, bursting bags of burrito ingredients all over the place.

At some point, Powers is even eating a burrito while making one with his car — it’s burrito-ception!

Formula Drift Seattle 2015

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If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to attend a Formula Drift[11] event, this video gives you a pretty awesome picture. While the actual drifting is exciting to watch, we particularly like the editing and camerawork that keeps the pace of the video high. Update: Hide your tires!

We’ve added five drifting videos to the list.

Editor’s Recommendations

References

  1. ^ Ford Mustang (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ Nissan 370Zs (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ motorcycles (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ Red Bull pro drifter (www.redbull.com)
  5. ^ Ford Focus RS (www.digitaltrends.com)
  6. ^ Road Atlanta (www.roadatlanta.com)
  7. ^ Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (www.ppihc.com)
  8. ^ 1,400-hp Hoonicorn (www.digitaltrends.com)
  9. ^ Global Rallycross (www.digitaltrends.com)
  10. ^ Top Gear America (www.bbcamerica.com)
  11. ^ Formula Drift (www.formulad.com)

2018 Nissan Rogue: Release date, price, specs, and features

The Honda CR-V[1], SB© toyota RAV4[2], and Nissan Rogue[3] — the big three in the crossover world — are breaking their own sales records in 2017. Other than the half-ton Ford F-150[4], Chevy Silverado 1500[5], and RAM 1500[6] pickups, the CR-V, RAV4, and Rogue are outselling all other vehicles in the United States. Nissan announced pricing and details for the 2018 Rogue gasoline-only models October 17, 2017.

The Rogue is Nissan’s best-selling model in the U.S., and 2018 is the fifth year of the crossover’s second generation that began with the 2014 model. In 2017, Nissan gave the Rogue the automotive version of cosmetic surgery, with newly designed headlights and taillights. The first-generation Rogue encompassed the 2007 to 2013 model years, so if Nissan sticks to the same timing, the next major changes will occur around 2020 or 2021.

Earlier in 2017, Nissan launched the Rogue Hybrid and the Rogue Sport[7]. The Rogue Hybrid[8] was available in limited quantities. The Rogue Sport is a smaller vehicle with a less powerful engine than the other Rogue models.

Neither the Rogue Hybrid nor the Rogue Sport was included in the 2018 model year announcement, so we will update this article on both models when information is available.

What’s new for 2018

The biggest changes for the Rogue in 2018 include an optional driving assistance feature called ProPilot Assist[9], available as part of the 2018 Rogue SL Platinum Packages. NissanConnect, including Apple CarPlay[10] and Android Auto[11], is standard with all 2018 Rogue. The blacked-out Midnight Edition continues in 2018 with even more dark parts.

Other 2018 changes include trim-specific tweaks and additions to the SV and SL models. Standard Rogue trims include S, SV, and SL, each standard with front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) for £1,350 more.

2018 Nissan Rogue engines and transmissions

All Rogues use the same engine and transmission. The 2.5-liter, four-cylinder inline DOHC 16-valve motor with continuously variable valve timing (CVVT[12]) and electronic fuel injection (EFI[13]) produces 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 RPM.

The Xtronic transmission has two pulleys with a steel belt running between them to vary the gear ratios continuously. With the Rogue’s standard FWD this combination is EPA rated to achieve an average of 26 mpg in city driving, 33 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined. Models with AWD are rated at 25 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined fuel economy.

2018 Nissan Rogue tech

The fanciest 2018 Rogue tech update is Nissan ProPilot Assist[14].

This driver assistance option, included in the Rogue SL upgrade Platinum package, represents the first level of Nissan’s autonomous driving tech. ProPilot assists with steering, braking, and accelerating in single-lane driving — in other words, a two-lane road with one lane heading in either direction. Two buttons are all it takes to manage ProPilot Assist to keep the car in the lane, navigate stop-and-go traffic, hold at a preset speed, and maintain a preset distance from the car just ahead.

The next step, which Nissan says will be within two years, will be for the system to work on multilane roads, followed by city driving assistance with four years from today. All Rogues use a 7-inch color touchscreen to control the infotainment system. Options include a navigation system, a bird’s eye view called Intelligent Around View with Moving Object Detection, radar-based Blind Spot warning, and Pedestrian Detection.

How to choose a 2018 Nissan Rogue

If you count FWD and AWD as separate models, there are six different Rogue models.

Because the only difference is the use of two or four drive wheels, we’ll call it at three models, each with two drive options. The most basic version is the Rogue S, starting at £24,680 with FWD and £26,030 for the AWD version. Move up to move comfort and convenience features with the Rogue SV, £25,900 starting price FWD, £27,250 AWD.

The fanciest Rogue is the SL model, which also gives you access to the even fancier Platinum upgrade package. The SL starts at £31,060 for FWD and £32,410 with AWD. The Rogue S above have brake assist for extra pressure in emergency stops, electronic brake force distribution, and ABS.

Standard wheels for the S are 17-inch steel wearing all-season tires. A tire pressure monitoring system watches each tire, so you know which one is low. The Rogue S has cloth seating, with six-way manual driver’s seat adjustments.

NissanConnect in the Rogue S with four speakers and a 7-inch color touchscreen also includes AM/FM/CD, SB© USB and audio aux inputs, MP3 support, Bluetooth support, and smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The car also has speed-sensitive volume control and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Rogue S vehicles include power windows and door locks, cruise control, single-zone manual AC, and remote keyless entry.

Moving up to the Rogue SV boosts comfort and convenience features beyond the Rogue S with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, heated outside mirrors, rear privacy glass, roof rails, a motion-activated liftgate, automatic on/off headlights, and LED turn signals on the outside mirrors. Both front seats have heaters, and the SV model adds eight-way power adjustment and lumbar support for the driver. The SV model also comes with two more speakers, for a total of six.

You can check yourself out in the SV’s illuminated vanity mirrors, and the driver’s side front power window has one-touch up and down control. Dual-zone automatic air conditioning is a plus for people riding in a Rogue SV which also has standard remote start with intelligent climate control so you should never have to enter a freezing or steaming vehicle. Blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert are also part of the SV feature list.

Unlike the Rogue S, which has no option packages, with the SV model you can choose from three packages. The SV Sun and Sound Touring Package includes a power panoramic moonroof, Bose Audio with nine speakers, a navigation system, a heated steering wheel, intelligent cruise control and memory driver seat and outside mirror settings. The SV Premium Package drops the moonroof and Bose audio but keeps everything else.

The blacked-out Midnight Edition is also an exclusive SV option package. The Rogue SL is the top-of-the-line model. Standard SL features include a heated steering wheel, 18-inch allow wheels, standard memory outside mirrors and driver’s seat, front fog lights, leather upholstery, and the Bose audio system with CD changer and nine speakers.

The Nissan navigation system is standard on the Rogue SL as are a HomeLink Universal Transceiver, Intelligent Around View Monitor, intelligent cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning. Three option packages are reserved for the Rogue SL. The SL Premium Package includes LED headlights and a power panoramic moonroof.

The SL Platinum Package includes, in addition to the ProPilot Assist suite mentioned earlier, also includes 19-inch alloy wheels, an electronic parking brake, and intelligent cruise control with full speed range and hold.

The last package, the SL Platinum Reserve Interior includes premium tan leather seats with quilted leather inserts.

Trim 2018 Rogue S 2018 Rogue SV 2018 Rogue SL Base price FWD £24,680 £25,900 £31,060 Drive wheels Front Front Front 4WD/AWD? AWD optional, £1,350 AWD optional, £1,350 AWD optional, £1,350 Base engine 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder CVVT 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder CVVT 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder CVVT Base horsepower 170 170 170 Base torque [email protected],400 RPM [email protected],400 RPM [email protected],400 RPM Transmission Xtronic with Sport and Eco modes Xtronic with Sport and Eco modes Xtronic with Sport and Eco modes Fuel Regular gas Regular gas Regular gas Fuel capacity (gallons) 14.5 14.5 14.5 Fuel economy FWD 25/32/27/ 25/32/27 25/32/27 Base wheels 17-inch steel 17-inch alloy 18-inch alloy Body style 4-door SUV 4-door SUV 4-door SUV Passengers 5 5 5 3rd row seating N/A N/A N/A Storage behind 2nd row seats 39.3 cu. ft. 39.3 cu. ft. 39.3 cu. ft. Storage behind 1sr row seats 70.0 cu. ft. 70.0 cu. ft. 70.0 cu. ft. Max Towing capacity 1,102 pounds 1,102 pounds 1,102 pounds Seat upholstery Fabric Fabric Leather

Editor’s Recommendations

References

  1. ^ Honda CR-V (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ SB© toyota RAV4 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ Nissan Rogue (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ Ford F-150 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  5. ^ Chevy Silverado 1500 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  6. ^ RAM 1500 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  7. ^ Rogue Sport (www.nissanusa.com)
  8. ^ Rogue Hybrid (www.nissanusa.com)
  9. ^ ProPilot Assist (www.digitaltrends.com)
  10. ^ Apple CarPlay (www.digitaltrends.com)
  11. ^ Android Auto (www.digitaltrends.com)
  12. ^ CVVT (en.wikipedia.org)
  13. ^ EFI (en.wikipedia.org)
  14. ^ Nissan ProPilot Assist (nissannews.com)

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