Many drift cars are mad, improvised pieces of racing-hardware and this Murcielago is the most insane of all.
When professional drifting drivers put together a car, to purposefully slide it around corners while revving its hearts out and occasionally crashing into things, they go for the most well-balanced, cheaper variant they can find; usually, a model that isn’t lacking too many junkyard spare parts and can adopt a wide variety of powertrains.
That’s why European drifter favor the E30 or the E36 Bimmers, and that’s why Japanese drifters favor various JDM products, such as the Silvia, the AE86, the Soarer, and so on.
But in the D1 Grand Prix things are a little different. It’s the most prolific drifting event in Japan and one that spawned a worldwide phenomenon where professional racing drivers turn up in highly-modified, high-end “drift weapons”, built specifically to conquer the art of going sideways at extremely high speeds. But even in D1, a Lamborghini Murcielago is an exotic, out-of-the-ordinary presence.
It was built by Japanese professional drift driver and World Champion, Daigo Saito, in collaboration with Liberty Walk Japan. It took a little over seven months to complete, the end result though is definitely worth the labor.
Mind you, the Murcielago is fiercely known as a car that doesn’t like drifting, mainly due to its four-wheel-drive system. Thus, the AWD system was ditched in favor of a rear-wheel-drive set up.
The Lambo still has its stock manual transmission mated to the V12, but Saito wants to go with a sequential unit in the future. Seeing the raw, naturally-aspirated, 6.5-litre, 12 cylinder engine aided by four large air filters on each throttle means this Murcielago doesn’t stick to the factory power output. In fact, it develops 650 hp – not bad, especially considering the fact that it doesn’t have that much weight to carry around the track.