We try to keep it serious all year round but one of the 365 days is April Fools so no one can be safe from its effects – which is what happened to Formula Drift driver Chris Forsberg.
The Japanese automaker invited the racer to seemingly take a sideways spin in the company’s accessible sports car, the 370Z. Instead the April 1st power hit him hard as it was just a decoy – instead the carmaker had prepared a specifically drift modified NV Cargo Van. We’re seeing the obvious here – the driver was actually in all the ploy and Nissan is using this as a marketing tactics. Nevertheless if you wanted to see how a commercial van would act if caught drifting – willingly – this is the right place. It’s quite catchy as the unusual setup gets us to a large cargo van that acts like a drift maniac – the setting is rather Gymkhana inspired, with a special course set up inside an industrial complex. There’s also a making off video where it is revealed how complex the process was – no less than six different tire changes and some shots needed more than one take.
As far as the technical geeks are concerned, the data is rather scarce. Nissan only commented on the van they used that it has been based on the NV3500 HD – this one can be had in a 4.0-liter V6 engine configuration that delivers 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque or with a massive 5.6-liter V8 that shoots out 317 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque.