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This Pro Racing Driver Lost Both His Arms in a Motorcycle Crash, But He Can Still Drift Cars Like Nobody's Business


Drifting is a driving technique that requires serious concentration and skill. "But wait, I've drifted before, and it's really not that hard," you might think to yourself. What you may not know is that there are actually professional drifting competitions held all over the country, and these are certainly more advanced than the donuts you were doing in your mom's minivan in high school.

Keeping all that in mind, you would think that Bartosz Ostalowski's drifting days would be over after he lost both of his arms in a motorcycle accident. Of course, that would be gravely underestimating the Polish native's resilience.

With his right foot in a racing shoe and his left foot working like a hand, Ostalowski is still able to drift his Nissan Skyline R34 like an absolute pro. Thankfully, we have video proof of the drifting expert's insane skills.

In a episode of the Field Trip video series on The Hoonigans YouTube channel, Eugene Jr. and "Danger" Dan Sommer met up with Ostalowski at the Polish Drift Masters competition, where he showed just exactly what he could do behind the wheel.


Wow. Wasn't that incredible? Sommer sums up Ostalowski's drifting prowess the best when he says, "He's doing with one foot what we can't do with two hands."

As you can see in the video, Ostalowski's R34 is specially outfitted to accommodate his condition, with a emergency brake pedal above the accelerator that acts as a hand-controlled lever and shoulder paddle shifter that allows him to change gears. Sure, it makes things a little easier for him, but as you can imagine, drifting for Ostalowski still requires a good deal of focus and dexterity.

Simply put, you definitely shouldn't try this at home.


This post was originally published on September 17, 2018.

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