Kei car

Kei Cars are a Japanese category of vehicles that are too weak to be considered actual cars, but too powerful to be considered go-carts. They are distinguished by their cool yellow license plates (as opposed to a white one for cars with regular-sized engines and larger dimensions) and are loved by those looking for a cheap mode of transportation. Thanks to some clever modifications by extreme driving enthusiasts in Japan, what used to be a measly 660cc engine putt-putt car has been transformed into a lean, mean, drifting machine.

The video, although really cool, is a bit long so we’ll leave it for you at the bottom. First, please enjoy the drifting highlights as well as our favorite weird English subtitles.

Kei Truck

First up, the kei truck (AKA “small truck”). This little guy is normally used to haul iron and other heavy metals for its owner, but is now able to whip around turns on the race track.

Kei Truck▲ The proud owner.

Yes, my friends. Engine is turbo.

If you’re interested, here are the modifications they made to this Suzuki Carry kei truck:

–       Suzuki Evry Engine

–       Suzuki Cappucino LSD (Limited Slip Drive)

–       Yokohama ADVAN Neova Street Sport Tires

–       Suzuki Every Landy Brakes

–       Nissan Silvia suspension system

Kei Truck▲ There it goes screeching across the track.

Kei Truck▲ No matter how much they modified under the hood, the interior remains that of a normal kei truck.

Kei Truck▲ Indeed, he did!

▲ Up next is the kei van. Look at the yellow plate shining proud!

Kei Van▲ Unusual drift!!!

And now for our favorite subtitles:

Kei Truck

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スクリーンショット 2013-04-10 8.45.42 PM▲ So are we.

If screen shots weren’t enough, check out the full video here:

[ Read in Japanese ]