Black Friday is typically a special day to go shopping. For drift fans, however, it was a special day to watch some spectacular drifts done by champion drift drivers. On that day, Hoonigan and Nissan flocked to the abandoned Hawthorne Mall near Los Angeles to perform some awe-inspiring drifts that left fans mesmerized.
Through Hoonigan's "Black Friday" and Nissan's "Black Friday 360 Experience, people witnessed the drifting performances of two-time Formula Drift Champion Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck in their 1000 hp Nissan 370Z's. In particular, the Black Friday 360 Experience had some scary yet amazing moments.
One of these was when Forsberg swerved the back of the Nissan 370Z on the ledge of a 30-foot drop. He remarked that while he could mentally block out the drop, he was really concerned about the surface, which was dusty and was made of polished concrete.
He noted that that they had one chance to get the shot before the rubber built up, which could increase traction that might compromise the control during drifting. During the shoot, the crew had to use respirators to breathe while the Nissan 370Z was doing its thing – no thanks to the dust that have built up on the site during its years of being unused.
Likewise, the production team had been game to try anything, even to the point of sacrificing a few cameras. One of those GoPro cameras was left in the cinderblock facade when the 370Z exploded through a wall.
Likewise, a 360-degree camera rig was run over after a minor blunder had a prop suddenly flying in an unexpected direction.
However, the team and their many cameras still managed to capture astonishing moves and stunts, just like when Forsberg and Tuerck glided through the mall site wheel-to-wheel in close formation. For a full glimpse of the "Black Friday 360 Experience," the video can be seen on Nissan YouTube and Facebook channels.