How a Driver With No Arms Built a Wicked Drift Car

After he lost both arms in a motorcycle accident, Polish driver Bartosz Ostałowski built a modified Nissan Skyline that he drifts using only his feet.

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Some of the guys from Hoonigan went to Poland to cover a drift event. There, they met , who gave them a tour of his incredible car. It's not cool just because it's an old Nissan Skyline with a big V8; it's cool for the amazing modifications that let Ostałowski—who lost both his arms in a motorcycle accident—drive the hell out of it.

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If you watch The Grand Tour, you might be familiar with Ostałowski, who made an appearance in the last episode of Season 1 in a drifting competition against Richard Hammond. Currently, he competes in the Polish Drift Championship Pro2 class. The Hoonigan guys caught up with him during a test session.

Ostałowski's car uses a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox that he shifts with paddles mounted near his right shoulder. An e-brake is essential for drifting, so his car has a pedal-operated unit that lives just above the accelerator. Ostałowski operates the gas with his right heel and the e-brake with his right toes (he also operates the regular brakes with his right foot). All of this leaves Ostałowski with just his left foot to do all the steering, but as he demonstrates in the video, that's not an issue whatsoever.

That fact that this setup allows Ostałowski to compete in professional drift events is incredible, but being a true racer, he's got his eye on improvements—mainly, something to emulate the "clutch kick" that drivers use to get sideways in a stick-shift car.

It's amazing to watch Ostałowski in action. As the two Hoonigan hosts say over and over, Ostałowski makes it look effortless.

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