As Dino mentioned in his recent feature, being chased by Iikuta-san’s Audi A5 drift monster was one of the most exciting video tracking shots I’ve ever done.

The idea to shoot a short film on the Audi came about when Dino sent me a message asking I’d like to come down to Fuji Speedway and check out something “special” he had lined up to photograph.

At first he was reluctant to tell me what exactly the subject matter was, but I’m sure this was just a ploy to really pique my curiosity. It worked.

I agreed, and soon enough he spilled the details: “It’s a new build for FD Japan, and today it’ll be tested for the very first time. It looks like a DTM A5 race car, but has been designed to drift. Oh, and it has a 7.4-liter LSX 454R engine that churns out around 800hp.”

At first it was hard to comprehend what Dino was telling me, but it all made sense when he sent through a picture of the car with its front cowl removed. What time do I need to be there?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdzJgiCliNI?feature=oembed]

But enough about how this shoot came to be, it’s time for me to show you exactly what this crazy drift machine looks and sounds like in action. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the fury.

Ron Celestine
Instagram: celestinephotography

Special thanks goes to JAPRADAR for sharing his GoPro footage to play with and use.



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