Who says you need petrol to go sideways? One of the benefits of electric cars is the massive slug of torque available as soon as you touch the accelerator pedal – ideal for drifting.
It seems Japanese drifting legend Nobuteru Taniguchi had the same idea when he rocked up to a Tokyo drift event in a Tesla Model S electric car recently.
The Model S P85+ Taniguchi is driving is powered by a 310kW/601Nm electric motor mounted on the rear axle. Some witchcraft has also been used to fully deactivate the Tesla’s stability control systems.
Normally the P85+ is good for 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds with a range of around 480km, but it won’t be achieving those numbers in the hands of Taniguchi, who has a strong hatred for tyres.
Watch the video below to see the Model S doing a pretty decent job of drifting despite emitting nothing but tyre noises.
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