MOST 18-year-olds are still adjusting to parallel parking, but some are significantly more advanced.
This one seems quite confident, pushing a 100,000-pound motor at frightening speeds down a rain-soaked mountain road.
But before you go to the police, he has a good excuse.
His name is Conor Shanahan and he is a professional drifter working for Red Bull.
He started drifting cars at the age of nine and was already winning competitions by the age of 14.
Now he’s gearing up for his biggest challenge yet – the 2022 Drift Masters European Championships.
The car he drives is a Toyota GT86 sports car, but not the same one you can buy at your local Toyota dealership.
Everything has been upgraded: tires, suspension, brakes, steering, engine and transmission are purpose-built to withstand high-speed sideways driving.
By default, the Toyota GT86 comes with 197 horsepower, but this Frankenstein drift machine has 800 horsepower.
In typically wet Irish weather, Conor had to guide this creation over an impressive mountain pass known as Moll’s Gap as part of tests ahead of the European Championships.
But Conor’s talent isn’t entirely surprising. Some top drifters are already coming from Ireland.
Then there’s the fact that Conor’s brother Jack is a consecutive British Drifting Champion, his father is a successful rally driver and his mother is the only Irish woman to have won an Autoglass National Rally Championship.
Talk about keeping it in the family.
Shanahan is determined to become Ireland’s and Europe’s next drift champion at the upcoming DMEC 2022.
The Mallow man became the youngest driver to win European, British and Irish professional drift events and made his DMEC debut in 2018 when he beat fellow Irishman, DMEC and Irish National Champion James Deane at the Polish round of the championship sensationally defeated.
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