Drifting in Brazil

Obrigado, Oversteer: Drifting a Brazilian Mountain Road in a Trio of Tasty Nissans [Video]

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Drifting may have originated in Japan, but it has evolved to become a truly global motorsport. Certainly the Formula Drift series here in the United States is evidence of that, as are the various European and Asian championships. But did you know it also has a rather big following in Brazil? Well, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise to you, given how popular more traditional forms of automotive competition are down there.

In any case, Hobby Drift Nissan 350Z driver Tiago Romano invited a couple of his buddies, Diego Shimazaki and Jonathan Neves (a.k.a. JJ) and their Nissan Silvia S15s to Campo Largo, an area west of the inland megalopolis that is Curitiba. There, with help from the local polícia and the crew at CWB Motoring, the trio slithered their way along 3.7 miles of twisting concrete-paved mountain road. No, they don’t get quite as sideways as they would drifting on a track or other more controlled venue, but considering how many roadside obstacles (including spectators) there were, that’s probably a good thing.

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