Road Atlanta played host to the 2018 Formula Drift competition debut of Taylor Hull and his new competition car, the first Cadillac ever to compete in professional drifting, a 2015 ATS-V.
Following Atlanta, Hull took the ATS-V to Wall, New Jersey to compete in Round 4 and has continued to develop the new platform between rounds 5 and 6 during multiple practice days. With Round 7 quickly approaching, Power & Performance wanted to learn more about why Hull decided to drift a Comp Cams sponsored Cadillac.
Hull told Formula Drift in a press release that he had been considering building a CTS for the last few years, but the timing wasn’t right, until now. The ATS has a slightly shorter wheelbase than the CTS which made it an ideal candidate along with it being a newer car still in production. “I had been searching for an ATS for probably the past six months. I looked on auction websites, on the Internet, Craigslist, and all sorts of different places. I found this particular car at a salvage yard in Dallas, Texas and drove out there with my wife to get it just a few weeks ago.”
Hull added that a salvage car was the best way to go about building his “dream FD car” because he knew he would end up striping it down and redoing much of it. He added, “it looks awesome, and it’s a marketable platform for the type of partners that I would like to attract. Also, I’m very partial to GM engines, and I’d love to run in the manufactures championship as well.”
In a perfect world, Hull said he would like to stick with the LS platform because he has become so used to at this point. “I had conversations with some people that build drift cars a lot better than myself to help me put this thing together and remedy some of our mechanical failures, beyond that I’ll be as excited to share updates with the drift community as I get them.”
Currently, Hull is partnered with COMP Cams, Achilles Radial, Affirm Consulting, Borla Exhaust, Fuel Air Spark Technology, Fortune Auto USA, Magnuson Superchargers, Racing Head Service, Sticker Shark, OMP Racing, Cosmis Racing, Drink Doc, Committed Service Brand, Royalty Performance, Top Garage, JE Pistons, Eagle Specialty Products, Driven Racing Oil, Evolved Injection, Driveshaft Shop, CSF Radiators, Verocious Motorsports, Advanced Clutch Technology, Aloha Green Tea Hawaii, Chase Graphics, and Custom Sheet Metal of Delaware.
“I will be filming all different types of videos on my YouTube channel, many will be focusing on the Cadillac build, and there will also be several with my Plymouth Duster that I will continue to work on as well as my wife’s Mustang.” You can follow Hull on either Facebook or Instagram at @taylorhull82.
Round 7 of the 2018 Formula Drift season takes place September 14-15 in Dallas, Texas; followed by the final round, October 12-13 in Irwindale, California.