When most people think of drift cars, they probably conjure up images in their mind of heavily tuned rear-wheel-drive Japanese cars like the Nissan 240SX or Toyota Corolla AE86. Formula Drift competitor and Tennessee native Taylor Hull stands out in the drift world, though, as he doesn’t compete in a Japanese car or even another rear-wheel-drive import like a BMW 3 Series. Hull’s car of choice, rather, is a Cadillac ATS-V.
Fuel Tech USA recently caught up with Hull’s team at Texas Motor Speedway during a recent Formula Drift event, where they were able to learn a little bit more about the world’s only Cadillac ATS-V drift car from the team’s crew chief, Nick. Fuel Tech USA was interested in talking to Hull’s team, as their tire-smoking Cadillac runs a Fuel Tech FT500 electronic fuel injection system. This setup feeds gas to a 7.0L LS7 V8 with a Magnuson Heartbeat supercharger and RHS heads – a combination that’s good for roughly 900 horsepower at the wheels.
While Hull is still dialing in his LS7-powered Cadillac ATS-V, the supercharged Small Block has proven to be the near-perfect setup for the car, running reliably all season long in 2020. Obviously, the Cadillac ATS-V comes stock with a twin-turbocharged 3.6L LF4 V6 engine, but the Small Block requires much less time and attention to produce the power levels required to compete in Formula Drift effectively. Perhaps more importantly, the Small Block can make 900 horsepower and stay reliable, which is key in Formula Drift. After all, it’s hard to win events if the car is parked in the paddock with the engine taken apart.
Check out the video embedded below to learn a little bit more about Taylor Hull’s wild Cadillac drift car and see it in action.