The 800 HP Formula Drift K.Sport 350Z – /TUNED


[MUSIC PLAYING] MATT FARAH: [COUGHING]. Oh my god. [COUGHING]. One of my [COUGH] favorite things [COUGHING] in the entire world is
shredding tires. [COUGHING]. God. [COUGH]. That’s why we’ve come to the
Bondurant School of High Performance Driving [COUGH] in Chandler, Arizona to shred
some tires that Hankook has so generously provided us. And if we’re going to shred
tires here today, we need a proper tire shredding machine. And for that, I have enlisted
the help of a friend of mine. His name is Corey, and he
drives Formula Drift. And he should be bringing
his car into the frame [ENGINE REVVING] right now. That’s right. Formula Drift Nissan 350Z Blown
LS3 today on “Tuned.” Get the hell out of here. [ENGINE REVVING] Whoo! My lungs haven’t been
the same since. And though I inhaled half a
tire for that shot, it was worth it because this
purpose-built machine is designed for one thing–
to throw as much smoke as possible. In order to understand the
Ksport 350Z, you first have to understand its driver,
Corey Hosford. I met Corey when Bob Bondurant
encouraged me to have him teach me to drift last year. He, along with his best friend
and manager Dustin, are the pinnacle of redneck awesome. This is the kind of guy who
wears a pink leisure suit and a fanny pack to a nightclub in
Vegas, the kind of guy who will grow a mustache and
then install a matching mustache on his car. He’s the only person
I know who makes those things look cool. So of course he has naked zombie
girls on the side of his race car. From the orange scheme to the
gory portraits to the custom-painted steering wheel,
you can tell that Corey doesn’t take things
too seriously. Every T-shirt he owns has a
print of his own face on it– in a wig. The only thing Corey does take
seriously is his driving. The car’s battle scars
tell the story. This man goes all out. COREY HOSFORD: It’s a 240, and
moved into a different platform that we felt was going
to work better than what we had prior to this. And we made quite a bit of
different changes to power plant, transmission, just to
change for the level of driving that we’re in now. Obviously, we’re running in the
Formula Drift series, so we had to step our game
up quite a bit. MATT FARAH: So what’s
under the hood? COREY HOSFORD: So we’re running
a LS3-based block with a Magnuson supercharger. It makes about 800 horsepower. MATT FARAH: And what’s
the car weigh? COREY HOSFORD: About
2,800 pounds. MATT FARAH: So good. So it’s fast. COREY HOSFORD: Yeah,
it’s fast. [ENGINE REVVING] MATT FARAH: You’ve got dual
calipers in the rear, right? COREY HOSFORD: Yeah, we’re
running a separate brake system for the hydraulic hand
brake, just so there’s no interference with the foot brake
and the hydraulic hand brake if they’re running
on a single system. Ksport’s slide control
coilovers all the way around the car. We have a couple different
spring rates we run depending on which track we’re going to. It is a fully built race car. And you’ll get every squeak and
crack and brake sound, as you would in any
other race car. It is built for one reason, and
that is for competition. MATT FARAH: Before I attempt to
do this and hopefully don’t break your car, I think I need
you to show me what it looks like when it’s done properly. COREY HOSFORD: We can do that. Put you front seat and
see what she does. MATT FARAH: Let’s go drift. COREY HOSFORD: Let’s do it. Ohh! Almost hit me in the nuts. MATT FARAH: [LAUGHS]. Before we hit the track, I got a
little bit of warm up on the skid pad, far away from hard
things and soft people. Almost. COREY HOSFORD: Like see how
the angle works you? It feels like the car
snaps with it. MATT FARAH: Yeah, when you get
more angle, it snaps for you. Last one. What makes a drift car a drift
car as opposed to just a regular track car? COREY HOSFORD: Well,
suspension setup is a big part of this. We run quite a bit of a reverse
rake in the car to get a lot more rear grip. And a lot of people think, drift
car, you want to set it up loose, but this thing is
set up extremely tight. And the reason you do that is
when you’re sliding at angle, you want to be able to
get forward momentum. If you don’t have that setup,
you’re just going to be sitting there smoking your
tires, and not going anywhere. So we set the suspension
up purposely to get grip at angle. So we added a lot of reverse
rake, and also the steering geometry. We have a Parts Shop MAX
steering angle kit that’ll let us go about 56, 57 degrees of
steering angle when you’re at full lock, and that’s
a big part of it. MATT FARAH: At that point, it
feels like you’re almost going backwards, doesn’t it? COREY HOSFORD: Oh yeah. If you really wanted to,
you can hook this thing and enter backwards. And that’s a big part of it is
you got to get that style points but have the acumen and
the angle to work together so you don’t run out of room. MATT FARAH: After a year of
attempting to drift street cars, I finally got to learn
what a proper drift car with a hydraulic hand brake can do. A street car is front-wheel
drive compared to this. By using the hand brake to
initiate a slide, which I had never done, I was able
to start the drift much, much earlier. I could tell you I drifted
perfectly all day, but that would be a lie. Instead, I’ll tell
you I learned a very valuable lesson. When you think you might lose
it, don’t try to be a hero and keep it going, or else
this might happen. Sorry. I’m sorry. I went through three sets of
tires during the day, and one scary spin aside, I honestly
feel I’ve had an experience unlike any other. Compared to this purpose-built
machine, drifting a street car is like trying to row a boat
across a baseball field. The hand brake, the
instantaneous torque, the steering angle all make you able
to do things with the car that just aren’t possible
in a street car. And the accompanying soundtrack
is intoxicating. [ENGINE NOISES] MATT FARAH: Then Corey stepped
in to show me, and more importantly, you, how the pros
get it done with two absolutely flawless runs. I say this often, and
I’ll say it again– drifting is like golf. It takes simultaneously both a
heavy hand and a light touch. Some people think it’s stupid,
but the people who are into it all like to tell you how
good at it they are. And the professionals like
Corey, Chris Harris, and others make it look
really easy. But the truth is that drifting
consistently, like shooting a good score in golf, can be very,
very difficult, even for a good driver. Most importantly, the skills
needed for either a quality golf game or to become a great
drifter are the same, years of practice, lots of money, and
a great big bag of balls. You’re watching an intro where
Corey does a brake stand, and I come out of a cloud
of smoke. But we don’t know which way the
wind is going, and there’s only one way to test that. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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