Powerslide Frenzy

Richard Meaden breaks records with a 2 minute 27 second powerslide on Japan's Fuji speedway

What's the longest oversteer slide you've ever ridden out? Three, four, maybe five seconds? Well sorry to brag, but my record is 147 seconds.

That's right, two-and-a-half minutes of tyre-smoking, ball-busting powerslide. Impressive, heh? Okay, okay, so I wasn't actually driving the car, but even from the passenger seat it rates as the best in-car experience I've ever had.

The venue is Japan's Fuji Speedway, the event Nissan's annual Nismo Festival, and the two-and-a-half minute man is Nobu Kumakubo, one of the very best D1GP drivers in the World. Famed for his attacking style and a fearless ability to put opponents under sustained, point-blank pressure during D1GP's hair-raising two-car drift battles, it's Kumakubo that I'm strapped next to, in Nismo's Silvia S15 D1GP car. For the full story, see the February 2006 issue of evo. For a taster of what Richard Meaden experienced, click on the video link.

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