Video: 3 cars drifting at an abandoned missile base

In this video a set of tuned E92 BMW M3, Supercharged E46 M3 and a Nissan 350 Z battle it out sideways at an abandoned Russian missile base.

By: | Updated: December 7, 2016 12:42 PM
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What could be the best possible thing to do when three capable drivers with three tuned and powerful cars meet up at an abandoned Soviet missile launch site? With no missiles to play around with, the next best thing is to indulge into a drifting session. This is exactly what happened when three professional drifters Ryan Tuerck, Kristaps Bluss and Matt Powers drove sideways at the abandoned Soviet military base in Latvian.

The video features plenty of sideways action and a lot of tyre smoke as the drivers try and make the best of the available space. Unlike many videos, the surface at this location wasn't smooth and uniform as a track or street. Instead, being an abandoned site, it featured, cement, gravel, sand, grass and loose soil. This made it even harder for the drivers to control their cars as many times one can see the tyres going over different surfaces in a single drift.

Tuerck drove a supercharged E92 BMW M3 producing 800 hp, while Bluss drove a 950hp Supercharged E46 M3. Matt drove around in a twin-turbo Nissan 350Z at the Latvian site and the only similar thing in the three cars was that the were powered by an LS V8 engine. While we're used to seeing such stunts being performed by drivers wearing helmets, the archaic safety regulations of eastern Europe did not mandate the same.

In an exclusive interview with autoblog, Ryan Tuerck said that they made this video for the 10th anniversary of HGK Motorsports. They shot this video for two days at the abandoned Russian military base in Latavia with his two friends. He said that the most difficult shot was the triple tandem stunts, in which trying to stack up three cars so close to each other.

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