Drifting abandoned mall in Nissan Zs is the new Black Friday

There are really only two ways to go about Black Friday. You can either brave the crowds and fight with strangers at the local shopping mall, or you can stay at home and avoid the mess entirely, maybe checking out the deals online instead. But the boys over at Hoonigan had a different idea.

To celebrate the annual post-Thanksgiving shopping extravaganza, they brought pro drifters Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck to an abandoned mall in LA. Then they put them behind the wheels of a pair of thousand-horsepower Nissan 370Z drift machines, and set them loose. The result looks like a far better way to ratchet up the madness than any we’ve seen to date, and sure beats wrestling that other kid’s dad for the last… we don’t know what’s hot with the kids these days… Pogs? Is that still a thing?

The video was shot at the Hawthorne Plaza Shopping Center, located on Hawthorne Boulevard in – you guessed it – Hawthorne, CA, a municipality in Los Angeles County. It opened in 1977, but as the area’s economy declined, so did the mall, until it finally closed in 1999. It was used in the filming of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, among other movies. And as you can see from the video above, its desolate halls and multistory parking structure make for a great hooning ground. It’s both terrifying and awesome, so check out the action in the four-minute clip above.

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport shows its new nose


- 2016 Outlander Sport adds bold, sleek exterior design elements with Mitsubishi’s “Dynamic Shield” front design concept
- Interior enhancements add stylish accents to further Outlander Sport’s value

CYPRESS, Calif. Nov. 18, 2015 – Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today unveiled the updated 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport featuring a newly redesigned, bold exterior front fascia/grille. The brand’s best-selling CUV is now equipped with Mitsubishi’s “Dynamic Shield” front design concept adding a sleek, audacious element to a vehicle that already makes a statement of its own.

“The Outlander Sport is a brand leader for Mitsubishi Motors, and we are excited to unveil this eye-catching 2016 model-year,” said MMNA executive vice president, Don Swearingen. “The Outlander Sport has always been a fun vehicle that delivers on its promise of reliability and value, and the 2016 model year continues to do so with a great new family look that unifies the Mitsubishi CUV lineup.”

In addition to the new exterior design, the 2016 Outlander Sport is equipped with new power folding side mirrors with LED turn indicators, wheel lip moldings, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink® and a new 18-inch alloy wheel design. Also new to the vehicle this year are three new exterior colors: Cool Silver, Diamond White Pearl and Quartz Brown.

The Outlander Sport further develops its interior with a redesigned steering wheel, new 6.1″ Display Audio, high quality seat fabrics and a new light gray interior option. Staying true to its value-driven roots, the 2016 model-year has a starting MSRP of $19,595 and is supported by Mitsubishi’s phenomenal warranties: fully transferable 5-year/60,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty; 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; 7-year/100,000 mile anti-corrosion perforation limited warranty and a 5-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance.

The Outlander Sport has a multitude of safety features including an advanced seven air bag SRS system and Mitsubishi Motors’ patented Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) safety cell body construction.

Toyota recalls 1.6M cars for Takata airbags in Europe, Japan

Toyota will recall 1.6 million vehicles in Japan and Europe to replace their passenger-side Takata airbag inflators, but these repairs won’t be necessary in the US. The campaign will cover 22 models from the Japanese market, including the Corolla and Vitz, with manufacturing dates between January 2004 and December 2005, according to the Associated Press. It will also affect Italy, Britain, and Spain. However, the company has no reports on injuries in this newly expanded population of recalled vehicles.

Toyota needs to repair 15 million vehicles worldwide to replace their Takata inflators across all of the automaker’s campaigns, according to the AP. In the US, the company has a total of nearly 3 million models that need a new component on at least one side.

Takata’s exploding inflators are allegedly responsible for eight deaths and nearly 100 injuries, and the most recent estimated suggests 23.4 million of them in 19.2 million vehicles in the US. The parts contain an ammonium nitrate propellant, and experts believe that long-term exposure to moisture can lead to excess pressure when the chemical ignites during a deployment. After years of keeping this hidden, the US government fined Takata $70 million, which could grow to $200 million under certain conditions.

Toyota, Mazda, Honda, Nissan, and most recently Ford have decided to no longer use the supplier’s ammonium nitrate inflators in future vehicles. According to reports, Mitsubishi and Subaru are considering the same choice.

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