We may be coming accustomed to Australian and US cars making their way onto the drift scene alongside the typical Japanese drift machines, but it’s not often you see something as wacky as Levi Clarke’s twin-carb, #324 Drift Rod!
A freshly completed build, the Drift Rod will be doing drift demos at the upcoming World Time Attack Challenge at Sydney Motorsport Park on September 1-2, as part of the Exedy Drift Team.
The Drift Rod is loosely based on a 1932 Ford pickup, using a Datsun 720 ute chassis and a heap of custom drifty suspension goodness with coilovers all ‘round, a full roll cage and (naturally) heaps of steering lock.
As for the engine, it’s a Pullen Spec Engines-built LS3 put together by fellow drifter and mate Mitch Pullen. It’s based around an LS3, rocking a pair of high-rammed carbies, lightweight valvetrain and dry sump to make sure it’s good to the insane 9000rpm redline. Chucking out 600rwhp, it’s a monster in such a short and light chassis.
Speaking of Mitch Pullen, he’ll also be forming part of the Exedy Drift Team at WTAC in his recently finished Nissan Silvia S13. Mitch has previously campaigned his 750hp LS-swapped Hilux ute at WTAC, which also took on our own Drag Challenge back in 2018 when it was turbocharged.
The S13 also features one of Mitch’s LS combos, this one cranking out 800rwhp to the same 9000rpm with help of an 8V92 blower. Mitch has recently ditched his carbies for a pair of Bosch throttle bodies, which uses 16 injectors now controlled by a Haltech Nexus R5.
The third car that’ll be shredding on track as part of the team will be Benny Wilkinson and his quad rotor, 26B FD Mazda RX-7.
Like Mitch, Benny has also seen time in the hot seat at Drag Challenge before, piloting Brendon de Ruyter’s DC2 Honda Integra at the Queensland 2020 Drag Challenge Weekend.
He has also spent his fair share of time wowing fans with his sideways expertise as part of the Hot Wheels stunt team. Benny has been building the FD for the last 12 or so years, and WTAC will be one of its big first showings since getting completed.
You’ll be able to see all three cars on track during the two days of World Time Attack Challenge at Sydney Motorsport Park on September 1 and 2.