Sergei Kabargin is a mainstay of the Russian drifting scene, having co-founded the oldest Russian drift team in existence, Evil Empire, back in 2009.
For years, Kabargin campaigned custom-built Toyota Supras and a C6 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 in drifting competition; but in 2017, the team decided to build its own drift missile. Enter the Flanker F.
According to Speedhunters’ deep dive on the Flanker F, the car is based on a C6 Corvette chassis and is powered by a twin-turbocharged 7.6-liter LS V8. Tuned by powertrain specialists in Moscow, the motor makes 640 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque at the wheels. Power is sent through a carbon driveshaft to a sequential transaxle, which is a one-off unit and was built specifically for this car.
As for the exterior looks, they are inspired by the Zenvo ST-1, a Danish hypercar with a turbocharged and supercharged LS7 V8 that makes nearly 1,100 hp. Evil Empire approached Zenvo about building a car with ST-1-inspired looks, and the Danish company granted them the rights to use the supercar’s likeness. Internet rumors indicate the original plan was to build a drift car in direct collaboration with Zenvo, but the company backed out.
Despite the setback, the finished product seen here is still fairly impressive. Especially when you consider that Kabargin and the Evil Empire team designed and built the Flanker F in a span of just 12 months. The car made its debut at a Russian Drift Series event at Moscow Raceway last May and, according to Speedhunters, the Russian-built car was a big hit with the home crowd.
Check out Speedhunters’ article for more info on the Corvette-based Flanker F.
Photo via Sergei Kabargin on Instagram