YouTuber and racer HokiHoshi on drifting in the sim racing scene.
For this week’s episode of Nitro Nights, YouTuber and racer Robert Weinmann aka. HokiHoshi drifts into the studio. With over 63,000 subscribers to his channel, he is well qualified to chat with Indiana about a topic that is rarely mentioned in the context of sim racing – the Japanese drifting scene.
I think I’m turning Japanese
Robert’s passion for cars began at a young age, but not in the way you might imagine. He explains that his favorite cars were “euros and exotics” and it was a poster of a Jaguar E-Type that graced his bedroom wall as a child. However, this all changed when a cousin turned up at his house in an Eagle Talon (or a Mitsubishi Eclipse to all you confused Europeans out there!), and it changed his perspective forever. He began to get into the Japanese JDM scene and modifying in particular, being drawn in by the freedom of expression that came with it. He now describes customization and drifting as “a way of life” and it certainly shapes the content of his videos to this day. You can check out his drifting tutorial here:
A Forza fan
Perhaps unsurprisingly given the amount it features on his YouTube channel, HokiHoshi names Forza Horizon 4 as his favorite driving game. For him, it’s the Horizon Festival that “gives the game its heart”, as it encapsulates the fun, excitement and culture of the car community and pushes the game beyond being just another racing title. So presumably, he’d like the next Forza Horizon title to be set in Japan, right? Nope! Robert worries that for him, it would bring expectations that it couldn’t possibly fulfill. And according to him, Art of Rally “scratches that itch anyway”.
Afterwards, Indiana and HokiHoshi discuss the top social media posts from the week. Then it’s time for the Trackmania challenge! Will all his drifting experience earn the YouTuber a position at the top of the leaderboard? You’d better watch episode 27 of Nitro Nights to find out!
Follow our guest HokiHoshi on social media: