Published on July 12th, 2014 | by Jos Roder0
How Much For A Week In Heaven?
This is probably the most commonly asked question and understandably. Buying a car and spending a week drifting in a foreign country is a serious undertaking.
Many have provided estimates of the cost of their trip, however I don’t think anyone has kept all of their receipts to really see what sneaks under the radar of a trip like this.
So, that’s what I did! From breakfast, to hotels, to hire car fuel, track entries, bullet trains and everything in between, let’s add this up and see where the money went and of course our grand total.
I live in Australia so will use both JPY and AUD as my figures for the trip.
Ok let’s get the calculator out.
The grand total for my trip was……
Hold the phone though…… I have to clarify a few thing here that are huge factors.
1. I flew Business Class with Jetstar.
If I had taken up one of the specials that are on offer, my flight could have been $800 cheaper. This would have brought the total to around $8,300 AUD for the trip.
2. I now own a car at Ebisu. If I sell the car and conservatively get 60% of its initial purchase cost back, that is a figure of about $2000, so the total trip cost is only $6,300 AUD, drive away, no more to pay.
The other huge variables in light blue are for the car itself, accommodation, the hire car, fuel and tyres.
Depending on budget, you may need to answer the following questions:
How many days do i want to drive on location?
What sort of car do I want? (outright cost of the car and power level will play a big role in total)
Will I go alone or go with others to share costs? (such as hire car)
What will the weather do? (will affect tyre numbers)
Where will I stay?
Do I have enough money in reserve to fix a serious issue with the car, so I don’t ruin my huge investment to be here?
Buying tyres is necessary, but getting the number right is always a gamble! If it rains every day, you will only need one pair, whereas hot and dry conditions have seen some drivers go through 24+ tyres (4 a day)
I purchased 12 tyres, with two allocated for the front. After 5 days drifting, my tally was only 6 rear tyres finished off, as the car already had some good tyres on it, plus we were given two days of wet conditions which certainly helped. The other factor was the car has quite low power so was not turning the rears as hard.
The Powervehicles team are the one stop shop on site at Ebisu for any mechanical assistance, ordering or sourcing parts and tyres or even just advice and their fee is certainly an investment as they were invaluable for our trip.
Was all this cost worth it? For me it certainly was. A fun time with friends, at a place I have always wanted to drift at and I take away an amazing experience and great memories. Plus the rest of Japan is amazing in its own right, so it’s a good excuse to see the world and go sideways at the same time!
If you have any questions on costs, post a response below or on the Facebook post of the article and I will do my best to answer your questions.