The last thing that comes to mind when you think of a 1964 Impala is flying sideways around a track with a heavily modified V8 screaming as it lays down a storm cloud of tire smoke. At least it was for me. Normally when I think of the 1964 Impala, I think of it as the car of choice for low riders and gangsta whips which were made famous in numerous rap songs, most notably by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
But that’s all changed just by seeing one particular ’64 Impala that’s been converted into a genuine drift car. It was battling it out against cars that are usually seen at drift competitions, like Supra’s and older M3’s. This thing isn’t a beauty queen by any means, however it still looks badass. Details on the drifting Impala are somewhat limited according to Road and Track, but I did manage to track down that it was built in Scandinavia with intentions of competing in an ice drifting contest in February.
It’s very clear to see in the videos that this Impala was built by people who knew what they were doing. Under the hood, or really coming up through the hood, on this old school lowrider sits a Chevrolet big block 396 cubic inch motor. And you might’ve noticed all the additional plumbing sticking through the hood which means forced induction. They decided to go with a Vortech V4 XX, and while exact power figures are unknown at this point, the supercharger alone is capable of 29 PSI of boost and can handle up to 1400hp before things get dangerous. If I had to guess I’d say it’ll be in the 1,000-1,200hp range.
I assume we will be seeing a lot more of this Impala as more information becomes available. I bet running this thing on a frozen lake is going to be an absolute blast and I look forward to seeing in action.