Best Motoring Hot Version International: JDM Racers is a cool drifting DVD that starts off by covering Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya’s final race and retirement ceremony held at the Tsukuba Circuit in Japan. Next is Round 2 of the Touge Showdown Challenge where pro drifters Keiichi Tsuchiya, Nobuteru Taniguchi, and Manabu Orido test drive and analyze which drift car is best suited to touge racing. Then the Honda S2000 and Nissan Z33 face off in the Ultimate FR Challenge. Finally, Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya and pro driver Juichi Wakisaka coach the 2003 D1 Grand Prix Champion Yoichi Imamura in his pursuit to grip racing excellence - “Don’t think too much about grip or drift. Just think of a way to go through the corner faster,” says Wakisaka.
Hot Version International: JDM Racers DVD Chapters:
- JDM Racers
- Touge Showdown Max Round 2
- Ultimate FR Challenge
- Drift to Grip
Touge Showdown Max Round 2 features Japanese drifters Keiichi Tsuchiya, Nobuteru Taniguchi, and Manabu Orido as they test drive six tuned JDM cars and analyze which one is best to race in the Initial D style touge battle. All three drifters drive one lap and points are given based on driving feel rather than speed. First car tested is Kazuyoshi Okamura’s Yashio Factory S15 Silvia. Next car tested is the Fujita Engineering Mazda RX-7 FD3S and then Manabu Orido’s 550 horsepower daily driver Ridox modified Toyota Supra is put to the test. After they drive Orido’s Supra, there are noticeably more tire marks on the track and Drift King really pushes the Supra and makes racing the touge seem very dangerous with extreme speed on the narrow track – Drift King is a touge master. Next, the KSP NSX makes an impressive run followed by the Auto Produce Boss WRX STi and finally MCR’s 600 horsepower R34 Skyline GT-R. A standout feature of the Skyline GT-R is the “turbo boost scramble button,” that when pushed, ups turbo boost and increases horsepower to 650!
After test driving the six cars, Tsuchiya, Taniguchi, and Orido discuss which three will race head to head in the Initial D style Touge Showdown. The cars selected to race are the MCR R34 GT-R, Fujita RX-7 FD3S, and Yashio S15 Silvia. After three sprints to the finish, the MCR R34 Skyline GT-R is crowned King of the Touge.
In Ultimate FR Challenge, Keiichi Tsuchiya, Nobuteru Taniguchi, and Manabu Orido test drive the Honda S2000 and two Nissan Z33s. All three cars are balanced well but Drift King wins the final race in a Z33.
Drift to Grip follows the 2003 D1 Grand Prix Champion Yoichi Imamura as he makes the transition from drifting to grip racing. Lucky for Imamura, Keiichi Tsuchiya and pro driver Juichi Wakisaka take the time to offer some helpful advice. “One corner might be faster if you grip through it, but the next corner might be faster if you slide the car. Don’t think too much about grip or drift. Just think of a way to go through the corner faster,” says Wakisaka.
Overall, I would highly recommend viewing Hot Version International: JDM Racers.
84 Minutes. English Narration and Subtitles.