Video: Drifting BMW i3 proves rear-wheel drive cars have more fun

Filed under: Europe, Videos, Hatchback, BMW, Electric

2013 BMW i3

2013 BMW i3 – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Footage from cold-weather testing of the BMW i3 in Sweden has surfaced, showcasing the all-electric city car’s rear-wheel-drive platform and penchant for getting sideways. These are still early tests, as the full production i3 isn’t expected to be ready until 2013.

Still, with 150 horsepower on tap from a rear-mounted electric lump, the little BMW could well be a barrel of laughs, as well as an environmentally-responsible mode of transportation. Of course, we wouldn’t expect much range with these kinds of antics…

The BMW i3 sports an aluminum body around a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic passenger compartment, and will be considered a premium micro car when it hits showrooms. How premium? Expect the price tag to creep past $40,000. See how much fun electric drifting can be in the video after the break.

[Source: YouTube via GMotors]

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Video: Playboy model demonstrates co-ed naked drifting *Update

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Playboy model naked drifting

Playboy model demonstrates co-ed naked drifting – Click above to watch the video after the break

To some, drifting is kinda sorta a non-sport. After all, the winning car isn’t necessarily the one that crosses the finish line ahead of all others, and the vehicles themselves were created on purpose to be ill-handling, tail-happy smoke generators.

Somehow, we have a feeling all those ills would be forgiven by the detractors if the cars were piloted by naked Playboy models.

And so we bring you the video after the break. We’ll go ahead and label this one not-safe-for-work-ish… while there technically isn’t any nudity shown on camera, the model clearly is performing these smoky antics sans clothing. Oh, and of course she doesn’t know how to drive a stick.

We’ll say no more, and we’ll leave all those rather obvious double entendres to you. Click past the break to see co-ed naked drifting’s first (completely non-sanctioned) clothing optional event.

One final note: This is the same car (repainted) we featured in a four-part web documentary that you can see here.

*Update: Now with bonus gallery!

Gallery: Drifting GSR Autosport Playboy Video Shoot

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[Source: YouTube via Motor World Hype]

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Need For Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed goes drifting with the help of Vaughn Gittin Jr. [w/video]

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interior view in need for speed 2 unleashed

Getting sideways with Shift 2 Unleashed and Vaughn Gittin Jr. – Click above to watch video after the jump

Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed will be arriving in stores on March 29th, and to tie all you gamers over until then, the NFS team has put together a video highlighting the features that may make it a must-have for racing-sim fans. Whether you prefer smoothly linking corners or destroying rubber in a fit of sideways shenanigans, Shift 2 Unleashed has got you covered.

The drifting aspect of the game was locked down with the help of Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his 2011 Ford Mustang GT Formula Drift racer. The game features a unique Helmet Cam view, which places the driver’s “eyes” where they would go in real life. A road racer will look towards the apex of a turn but a drifter will stare out the side window – both of these styles are accounted for in the game, and the result looks pretty amazing.

Click past the jump for a video showing off Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed and its new features.

[Source: YouTube via Left Lane News]

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Video: Japanese comedians don’t take well to ice drifting

Filed under: Etc., Japan, Videos, Mitsubishi, Humor

ice drifting

Drifting on ice causes facial distortion in some passengers – Click above to watch video after the jump

Drifting on ice sounds a lot more exciting than Disney on Ice. At least to us, anyway.

A back-seat full of Japanese comedians may beg to differ after going for a sideways slide in the back seat of an older Mitsubishi Evo. There really isn’t much for us to add to this clip because… well, we don’t really know what’s going on. We do know that the action is fast and furious while the comedians’ expressions are of shock and sickness. Click past the jump and see the sideways-drama unfold for yourself.

Oh, and can we just say how crazy and insane – and undeniably entertaining – Japanese game shows tend to be?

[Source: dvice.com]

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Video: R/C car drifting in a land of giants

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RC Drift Car

R/C drift car slides past fans of all sizes – Click above to watch video after the jump

It’s only February but we already have something to add to our holiday wish list: an R/C drift car. We may never be as good as the folks in the video, which you can watch after the jump, but that doesn’t mean we can’t spend countless weekend hours practicing. Still, our mad skills won’t come close to this crew of RC drift addicts, whose sideways sliding skills are on display for spectators in both human and action-figure form.

Regardless of your stance on drifting, the post-jump video shows people having a good time playing with remote control cars, and that’s something we can all get behind. Slap the tagline “Fun for ages 1-100” on your computer and click past the jump to watch the down-sized drifting action.

[Source: YouTube via CarScoop]

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