Rick Van Goethem has a small workshop where he repairs and services cars, and where his clients can admire a collection of Nissan GT-Rs: his R33 drift car and various other R33s, which he uses for spare parts. The very trained eye will also find an extremely rare Nissan R34 GT-T, the rear-wheel driven counterpart to the infamous R34 GT-R.
The R33 GT-R sitting in the front is Rick’s drift machine that just returned from Norway, where he attended the Gatbill festival, a huge drift festival in Norway which attracts the best drifters from around the world. The Nissan R33 GT-R Rick is drifting is no standard GT-R. Having been fully prepared for competing, it has only a few parts that were carried over from the road car. Like the R34 mentioned previously, the drift car is also a GT-T variant, as it needs to be rear-wheel driven but has been updated with a GT-R body kit. In the front of the car is a 2.7l in-line-six engine (kept spinning nicely with Motul 300v) with a sizeable turbo attached to it, producing 600 bhp to the rear wheels via a five speed manual gearbox. Combined with a specific suspension setup and sticky semi-slick tires, it’s perfectly geared for drifting.