By nature, racing and other automotive sports are all about showing off, and few disciplines are more associated with that kind of behavior than drifting. Unlike racing, which has performance and engineering benefits, drifting is more of an art form than anything else…style matters as much as, if not more, than how powerful the car is, or how perfect the slide angles are, or any of that. If you can make it look good, you are miles ahead of the competition. But how do you stand out when you are one of many in a field of showoffs, ready to blow their tires away for the approval of judges and a hungry crowd?
You take a deep breath, throw the car hard into a corner and proceed to drift on air, with all four tires very clearly off of the ground. And that’s exactly what Daigo Saito did at the Ebisu Circuit. Driving a Toyota Mark II powered by a very pissed-off 2JZ, Saito’s known for a consistently solid driving style that can be as fluid as he feels the need to be. Apparently, on this lap, he felt the need to turn the knob to eleven and do whatever it took to shock any witness. Everything is spoken in Japanese, but there is no denying the body language and the excitement in the voices of the anchors when the Mark II takes flight!