This is a personal opinion of mine: Aside from the big money teams of FD, I have never seen a V8 powered car driven to it's full ability or live up to it's "cheap, reliable power" claim. I know that claim offends people, but I just have never seen it happen. Everyone that I know that is V8 swapped is on their 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5TH!! engine. A V8 doesn't like to be bounced off redline for minutes on end with no oil cooler. After blowing up several V8's, when does it become cheaper than just spending the time to build a reliable SR or JZ or RB?
The cars are either:
A.)Built with just a LS dropped in, junk suspension and a "my buddy is a welder" rondell bar/american gladiator cage special. It is constantly breaking, blowing up motors, over heating, and for the most part out of control on the track. No time or money was spent in the suspension department or was any focus put on engine reliability. They truely are missle cars with your tin can corolla in it's sight. As long as the steering rack has insane angle they don't care that they can't link up a standard drift course without spinning out several times each run.
B.)Car is properly built. The V8 is reliable and they actually took the time to do an alignment. At this point though you have spent so much money to build it, you could have built 2 drift cars and lesser cars can still keep up with you. So unless you are sponsor backed at a professional level....how is this thing better again?
I think that a growing trend I've seen at the tracks is that as long as it has mass amounts of power on tap and near 90 degree full lock, it is a good drift car. So much time is spent on making a competitive car that they took no time to learn to drive it. I won't tandem with these cars because they are just so unpredicable. Last thing I need is 3500lbs of roaring steel heading towards me as the driver is more focused on landing a cover photo on a trendy drift blog than me infront of him.
Consistancy > Being illest
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