2000-hp Freightliner Gets Smoky and Sideways in Long BeachPosted in News on March 25, 2014
Drifting is cool and is more challenging to do well than it looks, even in the small, rear-drive sports cars that dominate the scene. But imagine doing it in a vehicle with at least quadruple the horsepower of your typical drift car, and about quadruple the weight. Then it gets a LOT harder. But don't tell that to Mike Ryan, who flung his 2000-plus-hp Freightliner Cascadia around the port of Long Beach as though it was a Miata.
Taking inspiration from the series of Ken Block Gymkhana videos, most of the video is composed of the big Freightliner chasing a modified Nissan Silvia drift car, with a blackout Crown Victoria driving on its side for good measure. Throughout, Ryan is a cool character, even taking out his digital camera to take a picture of the tilted Crown Vic. Or at least the video was edited that way.
The climax of the action is Ryan jumping the Freightliner over a collection of Smart Fortwos. The video closes with an unusually attractive female crane operator lowering the claw, which then morphs into a little girl picking up a toy Freightliner truck from an amusement park claw toy game. Check out the heavy-metal tire-smoking drifting action in the video below!
Source: Mike Ryan Motorsports via YouTube