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In late 2012 we were approached with an exciting opportunity and one that we hadn’t really explored before.  Not necessarily a new concept but one that is growing legs in Australia now is the sport of drifting.

The history of drifting as we know it today goes way back to the 1960’’s to the winding mountain roads of Japan. Back then a group of drivers called the Rolling Zoku raced on the twisty mountain roads of Japan trying to set record times between point A and B. As the drivers improved and their lap times became faster they started going over the grip limit of their tyres. They found out that by going over the limit the car was still controllable. In the end it didn’t seem to be faster, but it sure was an outrageous and exciting way to show off car control skills. It was then that racing drivers in Japan first studied this technique. Later on in the 1970’’s the All Japan Touring Car Championship came into being. Drivers were extremely competitive and each lap the racers increased their lap times bit by bit, testing the tyres’ grip to the limit. This resulted in an awesome spectacle of car control where the racing drivers drifted their cars incredibly fast through the corners.

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One of the earliest recorded drift events outside Japan was in 1996, held at Willow Springs Raceway in California so we can see this is not a fly by night sport. With it’s roots in the D1 Grand Prix in Japan, drifting has since exploded into a massively popular form of motorsport in North America with Formula D, In Europe with Drift Allstars and British Drift Championship, World Drift Series in China and has now officially hit our shores with the Australian Drifting Grand Prix. One of the drivers in this Australian series is Josh Robinson with his Horsepower Factory built VE Maloo Drift Ute.


His interest in cars started before he could walk and the same year he attained a car licence he started competing in local grass roots autocross / autokhana competition. In 2008 he progressed to tarmac rallying where he won champion rookie in the Dutton Rally National Series in a 360awhp Mitsubishi Evolution 9 and backed it up the following year with a 2nd place finish in the Australian Tarmac Championship (NSW) in a 380awhp Mitsubishi Evolution 6.5 Coupe .


Josh discovered Time Attack as a great way to keep his seat time and skills up between rally events before getting hooked on the high speed and technological aspect of this Motorsport and in the process went on to win more than a dozen events in the following years driving everything from his Evo 9 rally car to the 650awhp Blue Demon Evo.

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In December 2012 while in China, Josh was invited to try drifting in Japan and so he made the short flight from Shanghai to Tokyo to see what all the fuss was about. From there he went to Ebisu Circuit in the Fukushima prefecture and discovered, like many people before him, driving out of the side windows isn’t as easy as it looks, but it is the most fun you’ll ever have in a car. It was there he was fortunate enough to meet Nobushige Kumakubo-san, be taken for passenger laps and taught to drift by Andy Gray and Naoto Suenaga-san (Team Orange), before being extended an invitation to be a team guest at the Odaiba D1GP season finale, where Suenaga-san won the round and Kumabubo-san the entire series!

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In 2013 Josh competed in the Japanese G1GP drift series while building the HSV Maloo with Horsepower Factory he started campaigning in Australia in 2014. He completed his first season with a best finish of 2nd in Drift Challenge Australia, losing only to American Formula D driver Chelsea DeNofa showing that with his driving skills and our performance expertise, this is going to be an exciting chapter in the HPF book. Keep an eye out for news on Josh and the ute here on our website or like our Facebook page for the latest news. You can also follow Josh at his website by following this link – joshrobinson.com.au



  • LS3 6.2 litre crate motor
  • HPF Angry Spec Head & Cam Package
  • Walkinshaw Performance Over Radiator Cold air intake
  • Full exhaust inc extractors
  • Twin Mocal oil coolers for power steering and
  • engine
  • 40 litre baffled fuel cell in rear tray with twin
  • Bosch 044 fuel pumps
  • 450rwhp naturally aspirated, soon to be super-
  • charged to 650rwhp


  • Concept 18×9″ front with 235 tyres
  • 18×11″ rear with 265 tyres


  • Tower to tower weld in roll cage
  • OMP WRC race seats
  • 5 point OMP superleggera harnesses
  • 2kg fire extinguisher
  • Glass break hammer


  • XYZ racing coilovers
  • Custom steering setup for highly increased angle
  • Whiteline sway bars
  • Billet rear cradle inserts
  • Custom twin rear caliper setup for hydraulic handbrake
  • “The Handle” hydraulic handbrake
  • OMP WRC steering wheel
  • AIM MXL dash

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6 Comments please add yours...

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    Do you have any affiliates in Perth who install your products?

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    I have a general inquiry. I want to driftingwhen I am older which is about ten years away. I have seen the Horsepower Factory HSV Drift Ute. It is one of my favourite drift cars. Do you guys know if there are any other Australian drift drivers that use the sam3 car. The reason I ask is because I want to use a HSV Ute as m6 drift car for when I’m older.


    Lachlan Chisholm, Melbourne

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    Hi there l will be purchasing 2005 audi b7 s4 and the owner already has some work done on the engine in nsw he got a etune stage 1 on it and it’s currently on 275kw can you get it up to 300kw or more

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