Phillip Thomas News Editor
December 21, 2015
Photos By: Larry Chen, Monster Energy

Sometimes we look at something so absurd that our minds struggle to comprehend what it all means. Some of those times include a Ford Mustang and Lamborghini Murciélago drifting around a Dekotora truck.

Venerable Hoonigan Vaughn Gittin Jr. teamed up with Japan’s Daigo Saito to slaughter as many tires as possible in the abandoned Niigata Russian Village. What started as an abandoned theme park quickly became the playground of Monster Energy’s legendary drifters.

This is the first Lamborghini drift car in the world, and it started life as an all-wheel-drive Murciélago. Saito took the mid-engine supercar, quickly stripped it down to the bare essentials, and only replaced what was absolutely needed to slip the Murciélago across miles of pavement for the rest of eternity (or until it crashes too hard, whichever comes first in the drifting world). The stock V12 was left largely untouched, but the suspension needed a wealth of work to support the amount of steering angle needed to allow the Lambo to put on a good show. In fact, Toyota Supra steering knuckles replace the standard Lambo units, and one-off control arms made by Ikeya Formula give the Prodrive wheels maximum clearance while at full-steering lock. Finally, the stock transmission and drivetrain were converted to run rear-wheel-drive only, eliminating the front differential and halfshafts. Hell, it even keeps the infamous “Lambo doors” in its race-car state.

Gittin Jr.’s RTR Mustang is a familiar sight, with a 550hp Ford Performance Aluminator grinding those rear tires into the pavement. This one was a demo car, meaning it wasn’t a fully built drift car, so it used a number of stock parts, but when the S550 Mustang is so solid out-of-the-box, who can complain when it still shreds rubber this well?

Friend of HOT ROD, Larry Chen, has an excellent write up (and photos) on the video shoot at the post-apocalyptic Russian-themed park, as well as the Murciélago’s transformation from playboy transportation to radical drift machine.