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.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

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.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/news/22743/gordon-murray-automotive-t50-revealed-the-real-mclaren-f1-successor
News

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 revealed – the real McLaren F1 successor

Gordon Murray’s T.50 is the pinnacle of supercar engineering on the eve of an electrified future
4 Aug 2020
Visit/features/202947/bmw-m3-gts-vs-mini-gp-vs-renault-sport-megane-r26r
Features

BMW M3 GTS vs Mini GP vs Renault Sport Mégane R26.R

You could spend £250,000 on a 700bhp hardcore machine, but is there just as much fun to be had – if not more – with less power and for less outlay?
1 Aug 2020
Visit/best-cars/15315/best-cars-to-buy-for-ps20000-evo-garage
Best cars

Best cars to buy for £20,000 – evo garage

The evo team pick their favourite used performance cars
4 Aug 2020
Visit/ford/202957/mountune-ford-focus-rs-m520-2020-review-less-hot-hatch-more-throwback-to-group-b
Ford Focus RS

Mountune Ford Focus RS M520 2020 review – less hot hatch, more Group B throwback

The idea of a 500-horse Focus won’t be for everyone, but for the rest it’s a glorious dose of internal combustion madness
31 Jul 2020