Synopsis by Nathan Southern
The Japanese-originated sport of "automobile drifting" involves taking advantage of the differing angles between the front and rear wheels of a car, to deliberately oversteer, or "opposite lock" the vehicle. The driver intentionally tries to push the car into steering lock, a point when its direction and angularity must be controlled exclusively with the throttle. The sport first began to flourish in the United States around 1996, but only gained tremendous, widespread popularity in succeeding years -- largely thanks to the efforts of a group of five men known as The Drift Alliance: Tony Angelo, Chris Forsberg, Matt Petty, Ryan Hampton, and Vaughn Gittin, Jr. Impressed and taken with the idea of participating in the sport themselves, the Alliance began to host regular "drift" contests on the East Coast. The home release Drift Alliance: Bad as Hell features 90 minutes of high-octane footage of the Alliance's wildest exploits behind the wheel, set to a visceral, tough-as-nails music score. The film follows the team as they globetrot, traveling from country to country to promote the sport of drifting. It also sports a running commentary with the men explaining their lifestyle and what drives them to engage in this high-adrenaline sport.