Editor’s note: Team Hybrid’s David Angeles David had a simple goal: build a car he could drift as well as he could show it. With a SEMA Show feature in 2018 behind him, we’d say he’s well on his way.
I’ve always owned cars that were front wheel drive, but because I am interested in drifting, when I saw this 2007 Nissan 350Z on Facebook Marketplace, I knew I had to have it. The 350Z is a good platform to learn how to drift on, and I've always liked the style of a sporty two-door car.
So far, this car has a widebody kit, custom paint, a roll cage, WORK Wheels, Bride seats, a carbon fiber hood, carbon fiber hatch, carbon fiber front bumper, BFGoodrich® g-Force COMP-2 A/S tires, and plenty more. My build isn’t complete, and there are more exciting modifications to come.
My plan is for this car to be both a show car and a drift car. I want to able to have fun with my friends at the track and also put it on display at car shows. I love how I can take the car into an open parking lot to get it sideways, and then drive four hours away for a car show.
Of course, I didn’t build this car by myself. When I was a kid, I watched my uncle build his Scion XB from the ground up. From there, I started building RC cars and began wrenching and learning in garages with my older friends whenever I got the chance.
Then, I came across Team Hybrid when I was 16 years old. I had just gotten my first car, and I was at an Import Face-Off event in Las Vegas when I saw them. Then, I went to college in Arizona and met Team Hybrid's Arizona chapter director, Albie Sanchez. He was in one of my classes at Universal Technical Institute, and he introduced me to the legendary team. I decided to join Team Hybrid’s Arizona chapter and later transferred to the Nevada chapter.
I was very fortunate to have my 350Z be a feature car at the SEMA Show in 2018, and I have to thank Team Hybrid founder and president James Lin for creating an undefeatable team and all his hard work for over 24 years. He is always leading by example and innovating day-in and day-out. I also want to send Hybrid Luv to Nevada Chapter Director, Archie Concon and future leader, Charleston Penesa. I would also like to thank all the team title sponsorships that have helped us along the way, especially BFGoodrich® Tires, Meguiar's, AMSOIL, Whiteline, K&N Filters, Mishimoto, NRG Innovations, and Password:JDM.