With enough imagination, a Hot Wheels or Matchbox die-cast car can do almost anything. But in real life, their abilities are limited to pretty much just rolling forward. Unless they’re in the hands of Phil Foss who has found a way to get Hot Wheels and other toy cars to drift around corners.
Driftpad, is a special low-friction surface by TYO Toys that has given Hot Wheels, a homemade course, to create graceful, arcing four-wheel slides. For $15, the adhesive-backed Driftpad and included barriers and cones give you the raw materials to build the Matchbox Gymkhana course of your dreams.
However you can’t just unroll the 16-by-20-inch Driftpad and start racing. Instead you need to create a launching ramp with just the right downhill angle to pitch your car of choice into a bit of a spin. From there, once they hit the Driftpad, the magic begins.
TYO Toys’ Phil Foss shows how he creates the perfect undulating surface for precision small-scale drifting.
Compared to the years you spent smashing, crashing, launching, and throwing your Hot Wheels through all kinds of highly improbable maneuvers, the least your grown-up self could do is spend an afternoon meticulously crafting a circuit that lets them drift realistically.
In Phil’s setup in the video above the cars drift their way back into an automatic lift, keeping an endless loop of them racing down the track—a 1:64-scale Ken Block would be proud.
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