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->''"Some say that his first name really is 'The', and that his left nipple is the exact same shape as the Nürburgring. All we know is, he's called '''The Stig'''."''
-->-- ''Series/TopGearUK''

Most people drive cars. Many are competent. A few are exceptionally skilled. And a minuscule fraction can do things behind the wheel that'd make your head spin faster than the driveshaft. These gods among wheelmen are a marvel to behold, with skill, timing, or luck so solid they can start and stop on farthings, drive through your coat closet without scuffing the drywall, pivot in place, or power-slide round entire municipalities. Such beings will often possess MachineEmpathy, detecting when something's wrong due to subtle changes in how their vehicle is acting.

The natural habitats of the Badass Driver include tracks, car chases, and anywhere where something with wheels is trying to be faster than something else. Often seen behind the wheel of the CoolCar.

Compare ImprobablePilotingSkills for the Badass Drivers of the skies and BadassBiker for Badass Drivers on two wheels. See also DrivesLikeCrazy, which is often either this or its exact opposite. See also GracefulInTheirElement for when they're clumsy outside of a car.

If they're part of a gang, expect them to be the GetawayDriver.

Female examples can overlap with {{Action Girl}}s or {{Biker Babe}}s, thus inverting WomenDrivers trope.



* [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1HtScA0L0sg This cognac ad]] about [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_Campbell Sir Malcolm Campbell,]] a RealLife racing driver in the 1920s/30s. "When they told him he had reached the limit, he just had one thought-- ''faster''."

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Anime/SpeedRacer: He's a demon on wheels!
** His long lost brother, Rex, ain't too shabby either when he takes the wheel as Racer X.
* Anime/{{REDLINE}} features a whole [[WorldOfBadass roster]] but the biggest standouts have got to be Sonoshee [[RedBaron "Cherry Boy Hunter"]] Mclaren, who once dealt with an incoming missile by popping open her cockpit's hatch and ''shooting it out of the sky with a goddamned [[ViolationOfCommonSense pistol]]'', and "Sweet" JP, notable for [[HonorBeforeReason never carrying weapons]] on his sled, preferring to win or lose by pure unmitigated ''driving skill'', and sporting enough talent to drift circles around some of the other racers in the film to the point he can casually perform feats of racing that defy all laws of physics. Shame about his [[CaptainCrash luck]] though.
* This is surprisingly a skill of the geeky, NonActionGuy Martis in ''Anime/PumpkinScissors''. In one episode, when he is in danger, this role is filled by an even more unlikely character, the cute GenkiGirl Stecchin, who combines this with DrivesLikeCrazy.
* ''Manga/GunsmithCats'':
** Bean Bandit, including in the OVA ''Anime/RidingBean''.
** Also Riff-Raff the Speed Angel; while not on Bean's level, she is considered one of the best professional drivers in the area.
** Rally herself is no slouch behind the wheel either, though [[TheGunslinger her true talent is with guns.]]
* Gouzou "Mr. No-Brakes" Maguruma of ''Manga/GetBackers'' is a badass ''truck'' driver.
** And let's not forget Ban Mido, who sucks at driving in a calm situation but is quite competent at driving across lakes, taking corners at 90mph, driving backwards, etc etc...
* Fletch, Iono-sama's personal driver in ''Manga/IonoTheFanatics''.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' is often shown in chase scenes escaping from the police, expertly driving and pulling tricks while he does so. Although he's good, it's rather expected of a series that follows a thief as a VillainProtagonist. Why he's impressive is that he translates this skill into [[UniversalDriversLicense other vehicles as well]], ''and'' as a Formula One Race Car driver.
* This is the entire premise of the (rather stupid) manga ''D-Live''. The company the protagonist works for when not in school gives him vehicles and he bonds deeply with them and does impossible, incredible things. Even if he's never driven one of these before. Then they cite something that they didn't like, like he crashed whatever-it-was or got seen on the job, and screw him out of his pay. He never seems to catch on.
* Yui Narumi from ''Anime/LuckyStar'' DrivesLikeCrazy, but there's no denying she's horrendously good at it.
* Being a manga about illegal street racing, ''Manga/InitialD'' is stocked full of these. There are three standout examples however
** The protagonist Takumi Fujiwara is an 18-year old who has been drifting through the dangerous mountain passes of Akina since he was ''13''. Through [[TrainingFromHell rigorous training]] he has gained a near supernatural ability to control his car to the point that he regularly drifts ''just centimeters'' from guardrails in corners while maintaining perfect control of his car. Not only that, Takumi uses [[WhatAPieceOfJunk a heavily outdated Corolla sports model]] yet regularly beats opponents with much newer and more powerful cars. He only gets better over time and by the end of the series he can ''almost literally [[BlindDriving drive blind]]'' by turning off his headlights in the middle of the night to confuse opponents.
** Takumi's rival Keisuke Takahashi, while initially quite unexperienced, quickly catches up with Takumi and by the end of the series Takumi admits he isn't sure if he'd win if he was going up against Keisuke. Compared to Takumi who uses flashy signature moves and a driving style purely refined for mountain passes, Keisuke utilizes a more traditional circuit racing techniques and [[BoringButPractical more boring, but just as effective techniques]] combined with supreme tire management and pedal control. Keisuke also has great spatial awareness and at one point he taunts his opponent that blamed him for trying to cause a crash on a tight road where they were running side-by-side that he would have had at least 5cm of space to maneuver.
** Takumi's dad Bunta Fujiwara is quite possibly the best driver in the whole series. He can drift an 80's Corolla Hatchback at insane speeds. ''While lighting a cigarette''. ''[[EyesAlwaysShut WITH HIS EYES CLOSED]]''.
* Leigharch from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' mixes this with TheStoner. {{Hilarity|Ensues}} and CrazyAwesome ensue.
* The [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep unnamed Bus Driver]] from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire''.
* Straight Cougar of ''Anime/{{Scryed}}'' can not only turn any vehicle into a supercharged, pink race-car, but also drive it like you wouldn't believe. Yes, he DrivesLikeCrazy. No, he's not going to hit anything unless he MEANS to.
* Just about every single racer in ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'', but Bleed Kaga in particular. His field racing background explains it a lot, since he uses offensive skills with his car, but he avoids using them unless in extreme situations.
** Osamu in his Knight Shoemach persona isn't a slouch in the racing fields, either. He drives a very fast red and white car, is nicknamed "[[RedBaron The Supersonic Knight]]" and is regarded in-story to be the best driver of the series (up until the ''SAGA'' arc).
* Joe "The Condor" Asakura from ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' in both his superhero ''and'' civilian forms.
* Togusa in ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' has this as his skill to lend to the Section 9 police squad. The rest of the team rely on him when they need to initiate a police chase. He's so good at vehicular maneuvering that he's the only one in Section 9 to [[spoiler:evade the governmental forces at the end.]]
* Miyuki from ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest''.
* [[AlternateUniverse Edo]]-Natsu from ''Manga/FairyTail''. But only as long as he is in the car, outside he is an extreme wimp. This is in contrast to the other Natsu, who is very badass normally, but suffers from extreme motion sickness.
* Eriko from ''LightNovel/DragonCrisis''.
* Yuu Himehagi from ''Manga/{{Geobreeders}}''. She can be a slacker that only smokes and sleeps, but when she has to drive, she does it ''extremely good''
-->''"A driver's job is to drive!"''
* Lolo "The Courier" Endive of ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', whose second scene involves her effortlessly driving a bulky transport van as a high-speed getaway car, even if it means having to occasionally balance it on two wheels due to taking turns without slowing down.
* Mako Reizei from ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' is probably the PatronSaint of Anime badass ''[[TankGoodness tank]]'' [[BadassDriver drivers]]. [[ActionGirl She is able to drive anything, anywhere, at ridiculous levels of expertise]] [[InstantExpert just by reading the owners manual]]. She tops everything by ''drifting'' a 30-ton ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo tank'' in ways that would make [[Manga/InitialD Bunta Fujiwara]], above, gape with envy
** Karina Sakaguchi, driver for the Rabbit Team, deserves mention. Her skill at driving her team's tank in close quarters is instrumental in their defeating not one, but two much heavier and more powerful tanks. The first by circling around corners so fast they get behind their enemy. The second by driving in reverse to escape the enemy tank while simultaneously staying as close as possible to it to avoid being targeted by its gun and getting it to drive itself into a river drainage ditch.
** Among the schools, Jatkosota High is the most infamous for both its excellent gunners and insane drivers. Because their school is poor, the students are compensating their lack of firepower with skills (and some property stealing from other schools) they passed down from generations of senior-junior. Because of this, they excel on rough terrains like mountains or swamps. Former vice-commander of Jatkosota, Lili, dodges attacks from Kuromorimine by making her T-28 do a wheelie at drop of hat, something that is lampshaded as borderline miracle as the tank weights 28 tonnes. The current commander's driver, Mikko, modified the BT-42 with Christie suspension so even if its tread chains snap, it still can move at high speed just with its drive wheels. When the drive wheels are shot, ''Mikko balances the tank on its one side and keeps driving until her gunner has a clear shot''.
* [[EnsembleDarkhorse Jin the Taxi Driver]] from ''Anime/{{Canaan}}'', probably the most CrazyAwesome taxi driver in existence.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' gives us a nautical version in the form of new Straw Hat helmsman [[spoiler:Jimbei]]. He ''surfed with the whole ship'', hiding it in a tidal wave!

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Diego Zhao (a.k.a. 'Rush') from the ''Rush City'' mini-series in Franchise/TheDCU.
* Freeway, a member of the criminal organization the Network and sometimes foe of Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* Batman himself is almost always an incredibly skilled driver. Of course, driving the [[CoolCar Batmobile]] probably helps.
* Razorback, a little-known Marvel character, has the mutant power to, ahem, operate any vehicle at an expert level, just by getting at the controls.
* Shortly before its demise, ''Magazine/DisneyAdventures'' magazine had a comic strip called ''Driver 10'' about an entire organization of people with the innate ability to expertly control any vehicle at any speed who engaged in superspy adventures. Most of the Drivers had additional powers like SuperStrength or [[ShockAndAwe generating electricity to overload machines]], but the hero, the titular Driver 10, had only his driving skills.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In ''FanFic/CrownsOfTheKingdom'', Minnie Mouse is this. She takes control of Tomorrowland's Monorail, an Atommobile, and a Jeep in the Temple of Mara throughout the fic and manages to be completely awesome each time.
* VideoGame/HalfLife2's Alyx Vance, according to ''FanFic/BetweenMinds''.
* In '' FanFic/{{Intrepid}}'', Taylor, [[AwesomenessByAnalysis due to her powers]], proves to be an effective driver capable of pulling some ''outrageous'' stunts. She doesn't even have her license.

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* Vanellope Von Schweetz and all the other racers in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' are Badass Drivers. Even King Candy/[[spoiler:Turbo]] himself is one.
* Then there's Wyldsyde from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', who not only drives cool vehicles, she ''rebuilds'' them along the way.
* Lightning [=McQueen=] from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' franchise has a more literal example as he actually ''is'' a race car with mad skills.

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* Wesley, Fox, and Cross from ''Film/{{Wanted}}''.
* Frank Martin (Creator/JasonStatham) of ''Film/TheTransporter'' series.
** And, as a result, [[TypeCasting most characters played by Jason Statham in other films.]] ''Film/TheItalianJob2003, Film/DeathRace'', etc.
** The ''Film/DeathRace'' sequels also throw in Carl Lucas, a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Statham's character, a getaway driver so skilled that when he tears around Terminus Island in a junker he inspires the Death Race sport to begin with.
* The hero of the ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' films, who pre-dated ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' with the "moonshiner on the run from the law" character type.
** Burt Reynolds does it again as the eponymous ''Film/StrokerAce'' just a few years later. This time, he's a three-time [=NASCAR=] champion who is known for spectacular antics off the track as well, although we only see a few of these in the movie proper.
* A number of the characters in ''Film/TheItalianJob1969''.
* Any main character from ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' films. But especially Creator/VinDiesel. But then, it's ''Creator/VinDiesel''.
* Though he doesn't start the film this way, Max from ''Film/{{Collateral}}'' [[TookALevelInBadass evolves into this]] when he [[spoiler: stands up to Vincent and starts blowing through red lights, culminating in flipping the car intentionally in order to screw with the guy.]]
* Everyone in the ''Film/MadMax'' series. No, seriously, ''everyone''. Given that the films are set in a CrapsackWorld AfterTheEnd, it's a requirement to survive, so every character from the protagonists to the lowest-level {{Mook}}s are badasses behind the wheel of a car. The titular Mad Max himself is pretty damn good, managing to earn the title of "[[RedBaron The Road Warrior]]" thanks to his skill with CarFu and [[WalkingTheEarth his constant wandering]].
* Creator/JackieChan plays a version of this in ''Film/TheTuxedo'', in which he becomes a chauffeur for Film/JamesBond.
* Film/JamesBond.
* Creator/SamyNaceri as Daniel in the french ''Film/{{Taxi}}'' movies does incredible things with his car at ludicrous speeds.
* There are not few of these in ''Film/{{Ronin}}'', as evidenced by the against-traffic freeway car chase.
* Ryan O'Neal's [[NoNameGiven nameless]] character in ''Film/TheDriver''.
* H.B. "Toby" Halicki as Maindrian Pace and Creator/NicolasCage as "Memphis" Raynes in ''Film/GoneInSixtySeconds1974'' and ''Film/GoneInSixtySeconds2000'', respectively.
** In Halicki's case, this practically qualifies as RealLife, too, because he drove Eleanor himself all through the movie, including every single crash and stunt scene.
* [[Creator/DanAykroyd Elwood J. Blues]] in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''. It takes a lot of gusto to turn a car around at the end of an unfinished bridge like Elwood did. He can even speed through the dark of the night and outrun dozens of police cars with his sunglasses on.
* Just about every character in ''Film/{{Torque}}''.
* ''Film/HerbieFullyLoaded'':
** Creator/LindsayLohan played a budding BadassDriver.
** "Max" had her moments.
** Herbie "himself" manages to be a badass driver without needing a pesky human behind the wheel; even when segmented into two or more parts, the ''parts'' can also drive themselves.
* [[Creator/MattDamon Jason Bourne]], as shown in ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' movies.
* Kim in ''Film/DeathProof''.
* Niobe from ''Film/TheMatrix'' is regarded to be the '''BEST''' driver in both the Matrix and The Real World.
* Driver from ''Film/{{Drive}}''.
* The title character from ''Film/BabyDriver''. And he does it all while barely hearing, given he uses headphones to cover his tinnitus.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Snatch}}'' with Tyrone. He's introduced as an experienced getaway driver, but doesn't really live up to his hype.
-->'''Sol:''' He's a natural. Ain't you, Tyrone?
-->'''Tyrone:''' 'Course I am. ''[backs the car into a parked van]''
-->'''Vincent:''' A natural fucking idiot!
* Italian race car driver Franco Bertolli is hired for his reputation as one in ''Film/TheGumballRally''.
* If there's anyone better than Harold "Happy" Hogan in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, they can [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture drive cars through time]]. His Monaco run must be seen to be believed; slaloming ''against the direction of the incoming race cars'' '''at top speed ''' - much of it '''''one-handed''''' because Pepper is desperately trying to get the Mark V uncuffed from his arm. With the key in his pocket.
** Just for the sake of squee, the top speed of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolls-Royce_Phantom_Coupé Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé]] is '''155 mph.''' The ''average'' speed of the [[http://www.vivaf1.com/monaco.php Monaco Grand Prix]] is '''158 mph.''' That means he was dodging cars coming at him at a combined speed of '''''OVER 300 MILES PER HOUR.''''' Creator/JonFavreau may have made himself something of a ButtMonkey in combat, but behind the wheel, he essentially made himself ChuckYeager.
** More subtly, he also routinely keeps up during Tony Stark's driving adventures. Stark in a high dollar sports car, Hogan in a luxury sedan. From the dialog, it even sounds like Stark actively tries to lose him.
* ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' features a [[invoked]]OneSceneWonder bus driver who manages to drive his vehicle full of kids, including Sam Brody, through police and military barricades in the middle of an explosive skirmish between Franchise/{{Godzilla}} and the Navy, getting off the Golden Gate Bridge just before the massive {{Kaiju}} barges through it.
* Tobey Marshall (Creator/AaronPaul) in the ''Film/NeedForSpeed'' movie. It then became TruthInTelevision though since Aaron Paul then proceeded to set the best celebrity lap time on the ''Series/TopGearUK'' test track.
* Miško Krstić in ''Film/WhosSingingOverThere'' can drive a bus backwards, blindfolded, over an unpaved road for several minutes without any problems.
* One of Eggsy's skills before joining the agency in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService''. He hijacks a car and manages to elude the police by driving ''backwards'' effortlessly a few miles. He probably could've gone longer, too, had he not swerved out of the way to avoid hitting an animal. He first appears in [[Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle the sequel]] being forced to drive wildly.
* ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'', to the point his pursuit of a bad guy is [[TropeCodifier the quintessential car chase]].

* Literature/ForestOfBolandLightRailway has two: Lobgob the inventor who designed, built and drives the train, and Shera Beg the goblin who steals it and uses it to infiltrate the gnomes' town.
* Murrough from [[Creator/TherinKnite Therin Knite's]] Literature/{{Echoes}}. He (illegally) drives manually (as opposed to using the automatic AI driver installed in all cars) through a city where the average highway speeds are 200+ miles per hour.
* Believe it or not, Miss Havisham from ''Literature/GreatExpectations'' is one of these mixed with DrivesLikeCrazy in the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' series. Her crazed driving scene is for the intent of getting bodice-ripper romances. No, really.
* The [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} W40K]] universe has the gunner Jurgen, who is determined to make sure that Commissar Literature/CiaphasCain IS NEVER LATE! He will defy physics and all known road laws to ensure this. To add to that, he's gotten away with it, though this is most likely related to the fact the vehicle he's driving being a heavily armored war machine, and that his passenger can legally shoot just about anyone they meet.
* Shane Schofield from Creator/MatthewReilly's books took an offensive driving course to justify why he can bypass a blockade by sliding along a concrete guard rail.
** Just [=FYI=]: the teacher of the course was an ex-stunt driver. And Shane was formerly a Harrier pilot.
* ''Literature/The39Clues'' has Nellie and one time,[[spoiler: ''Dan'']]! (OhCrap.)
* In the Indian novel ''Literature/TheWhiteTiger'': Balram, duh. %% This comment was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like and tell this troper.
* In ''[[Literature/ArtemisFowl Artemis Fowl and The Lost Colony]]'', Doodah Day is regarded as a master driver and is capable of driving '''any''' vehicle with proficiency, so that he is even recruited for his skills. His pack also contains vehicle specific gadgets such as a nuclear battery to boost a vehicle's power, as well as a portable rear-view mirror.
* In one ''Literature/EchoFallsMysteries'' book, Ingrid drives a pickup truck, despite being in middle school! Though she doesn't engage in any high-speed chases or anything, the fact that she is able to drive successfully at all is amazing!
** Ingrid's grandfather as well, as shown in the climax of the 2nd book.
* Phoebe Van Zant of ''{{Tracked}}'' is the daughter of a famous race driver, and a top street racer herself.
* Krishna from the Hindu epic ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}'' is the UrExample as he wins the Kurukshetra war by driving a chariot for ace archer Arjuna.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The main characters of ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard''.
* ''Series/KnightRider'': Michael Knight. Although you could say KITT did most of the work in the series, the episodes where Knight is behind the wheel of other automobiles make his own abilities abundantly clear.
* Creator/NathanFillion's character in ''Series/{{Drive}}''.
* ''Series/TopGearUK'': Some say it's Jeremy Clarkson, or some of the guests they've featured on the show... all we know is, it's really The Stig.
** As a testament to how badass he is, he held the record for fastest time on the Top Gear Test Track in the Suzuki Liana for over five years, racing against a half dozen past and present UsefulNotes/FormulaOne drivers. [[spoiler: The 'over five years' finally ended 11 July 2010, when UsefulNotes/FormulaOne driver Rubens Barrichello (himself an example of this trope) beat it by a single tenth of a second.]]
*** [[spoiler: Now Sebastian Vettel also broke his time... Or rather old Stig's time! Some say that his lap times are around 57, 58 seconds...]]
** The Stig is the most obvious one, but there's also [[SixthRanger Sabine Schmitz]], the German racing driver from the Nurburgring. When Jeremy barely managed a full lap of the track in under 10 minutes in a diesel Jaguar (he got a time of 9:59), Sabine mockingly boasted that she could do that lap time in a ''van'', got in the car and thrashed Jeremy's time (she got a 9:12). Later on, they challenged her to live up to her BadassBoast. [[spoiler:Although she failed in her own self-imposed challenge, the fact remained that she did a lap of the Nurburgring in a ''Ford Transit van''; unmodified except for the shedding of excess weight which constituted of the miscellaneous junk, the passenger seat and the Richard Hammond who was sitting in it at the time in 10:09.]]
* Don't forget Jim Rockford from ''Series/TheRockfordFiles''. Of course, he is James Garner.
* Most of the Franchise/{{Kamen Rider}}s are {{Badass Biker}}s, but a few actually drive ''cars'' instead. Case in point, [[Series/KamenRiderBlackRX Black RX]], [[Series/KamenRiderDrive Drive]], and [[Film/SuperHeroTaisenGPKamenRider3 3]]. Being {{Henshin Hero}}es, they are usually pretty damn good at it.
* Dillon of ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' establishes himself as this in the first episode, when he drives through [[BigBad Venjix's]] barricade in broad daylight using his beaten up, old car.
* In ''Series/{{Healer}}'', this was Moon-Shik's role during his pirate radio days.
* ''Series/AngieTribeca'' has David Hoffman, a '''dog.''' He ditches his partner just so he can do donuts in the parking lot.
* The various driving instructors of ''Series/CanadasWorstDriver'' all qualify as Badass Drivers to varying degrees. They certainly have to be, being their responsibility to educate others on proper technique. Though host Andrew Younghusband is supposed to represent the "average" driver when he demonstrates the various driving challenges on the show, it's obvious he's been improving over the last decade of this show. The show's contestants, on the other hand, [[DrivesLikeCrazy not so much]]. Special mention goes to season 3 contestant Thomas, who went from DrivesLikeCrazy to BadassDriver by graduating, going on to become a racing driver, and winning his first race. Bad. Ass.

* Alex from the {{manhwa}} ''Manhwa/TheBreaker''. He is a transporter whose driving skill is described as god-like.

* In the Music/VioletUK video for the song ''Confusion,'' Music/YoshikiHayashi is this. Both subverted and played straight in RealLife where, until a license suspension and restriction and getting his drinking under some control, he was known better for being a DrunkDriver and [[DrivesLikeCrazy nearly causing a few accidents]]. However, when driving into his 2010 show at the Wiltern, [[TooDumbToLive fangirls]] ''jumped on his car.'' He managed to avoid hitting or running over anyone, making it a RealLife moment of being a BadassDriver.
* In the Music/XJapan 2010 ''Rusty Nail'' PV (the non-anime one), this is subverted - Toshi ''looks'' like he's going to take on the role of BadassDriver as he got into the [[AuthorAppeal Maserati.]] Except it's [[PhlebotinumBreakdown self-driving and puts him in the gridlock of a traffic jam]], and Heath, being a BadassBiker in the video as a CallBack to [[Music/TaijiSawada his predecessor]] in the band, gets him out of the car and onto his bike to get to their destination.

* In Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/MustangStern Mustang]]'', the player must prove himself to be a Badass Driver in the "Stunt Driver" mode.
* Agent GK from ''Pinball/SpyHunter'' performs a bootlegger reverse to shoot an enemy car behind him.

* Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG had several characters that fit this sort of character.
** Among the founding members of Dino Attack Team, Viper - being a former racecar driver - fits the role.
** It certainly helps that a number of [=PeabodySam=]'s characters participated in racing championships before the Dino Attack.
*** Heck, two of them are literally father and son sharing the ''family name'' of "Race" (King Joseph and Prince Samuel Race).
*** Surprisingly, the elderly {{pirate}} Greybeard is another example, having participated in the same racing championship as King Joseph Race.
*** By extension, [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything even though we never get to see them behind the wheel]], [=A5T3R=]-01D and Sir Robert Batrick also count.
** Montoya is shown to not really have what it takes as a small-time criminal... until he's put behind the wheel (in a flashback he was shown to be the getaway driver for the failed heist on Dacta Corp., and subsequently had to navigate a freeway while trying to shake off a relentless assassin [[OutsideRide climbing over his car trying to kill him]]).

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Speed Demon in TabletopGame/D20Modern Urban Arcana is a BadassDriver with supernatural enhancements to his ability to drive his or wreck vehicles other than his own.
* Vehicle Riggers in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' can not only be a BadassDriver, they can drive 4, 5, 6 vehicles at once!
* In ''Atomic Highway'', this is the job description of [[Film/MadMax Road Warriors]] (battlecars) and Haulers [[BigBadassRig (trucks)]], two of the five vehicle-focused Pursuits (the others being [[BadassBiker outriders]], autogyro pilots, and "raiders" who get whatever's available). Atomic Highway being the kind of game it is, there's an entire chapter dedicated to taking commonly available vehicles like family sedans or medium trucks and bolting on the requisite armour plates, guns and rams, just so the Road Warriors and Haulers get to ride the post-apocalyptic highway in style. And violence.
* The orks of ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': Each one is seven feet of BloodKnight, and their vehicles are as tough as they are, being cobbled together from looted vehicles or whatever bits and pieces of metal the mek had lying around (and still working, if not outperforming the original), and drive at breakneck speeds at minimum. There are orks considered batshit insane by other orks known as the Kult of Speed, who tend towards a "brakes are for cowards" mentality.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Players that mastered the beast named X2010 and its successor, X2011 from the ''VideoGame/GranTurismo'' series are this. 1500 HP, design to be exempt of every racing design rule, light as a F1 and turns like an piece of iron running towards a powerful magnet on its left. Cool car, but only properly driven by Badass Drivers.
* Pretty much any sandbox game with driving in it (''VideoGame/{{Driver}}'', ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'', ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'', ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'', ''VideoGame/TotalOverdose'', etc) requires badass driving to complete the missions on time.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' has the characters mercilessly mock your driving. At one point, they tell you to go to driver's ed. And then you do. Harsh. Admittedly, it's an ''advanced'' driving school, and those classes teach you how to be an even more badass driver (even in-game, as every 100% earned on a test increases your driving skill by an amount that would take about half an hour – as in ''real time'' half hour – of nonstop driving), so that softens the blow.
** Franklin in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' has the special ability to slow down time and greatly improve his handling as a driver. He also starts out with the highest driving stat of the three protagonists.
* [[FirstPersonShooter First-Person Shooters]] that have drivable vehicles almost always require this.
* Joker in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' can do ridiculously awesome things with a spaceship, in this case, the ''[[CoolStarship Normandy]]''. Joker is another NonActionGuy due to his brittle bones medical condition. He is also snarktacular. Anyone who doubts that he fits this trope obviously hasn't seen [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome what he does at the beginning of the suicide mission]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
** Throughout the series, it's shown that Shepard is actually highly skilled at either driving or piloting various forms of ground vehicles and aircraft. Unfortunately this fact is often overlooked since ''everyone else'' considers Shepard to be utterly ''[[DrivesLikeCrazy dangerous]]'' when they get behind the wheel.
* Mention the name [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xst9IFL8ivg 'Greger Huttu']] in sim-racing circles and expect an awed silence and people asking why the guy isn't in UsefulNotes/FormulaOne yet.
** Top Gear Magazine did [[http://www.virtualr.net/greger-huttu-goes-real-racing-article an article]] putting him in a Star Mazda open-wheeler. While the skill is certainly there (he was quickly setting some very quick times), the physical fitness required of actual racing wasn't.
* [[Creator/VinDiesel Milo]] of ''VideoGame/{{Wheelman}}'' and its film sequel.
* Starting in ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'', Jak became one of these, with [[SideKick Daxter]] showing at least potential. In ''VideoGame/JakXCombatRacing'', everyone who was playable became one of these by default, even [[PollyWantsAMicroPhone Pecker]].
* Sgt. Moody from ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'', who runs a little Peugeot through the German lines with his two subordinates to send an information to the American HQ. In ''United Offensive'', he did the same thing with a Jeep through the freezing forests around Bastogne, this time with the help of an [[{{BFG}} M2 heavy machine gun]].
* Pretty much everyone in ''VideoGame/FZero'', especially Captain Falcon.
** Or its players, who can master the game's NintendoHard difficulty.
* In ''VideoGame/LiberalCrimeSquad'', any liberal with enough points in driving skill becomes this.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/ZombieDriver'' as he drives around a zombie-infected city, running down everything in his path, just to save survivors trying to escape.
* ''VideoGame/EuroTruckSimulator'' features the player as an ordinary truck driver, who is encouraged to obey the rules of the road... but as they progress through the game's [[RPGElements skill system]], they unlock longer and more dangerous routes, until they eventually are hauling perishable, fragile and dangerous cargo across the whole of Europe on strict time limits and in foul weather, making them a MundaneMadeAwesome instance of the trope.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' requires badass driving if you want to survive for long in a light vehicle like a Warthog or Mongoose in multiplayer mode. Preferably with a passenger able to shoot at your opponents, but [[CarFu for those moments they can't]]...
* ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'' gives us Jebediah Kerman. He could be on board a craft that is falling apart around him and he'll keep on smiling. When Kerbals were given classes and stats to level up, Jeb was unsurprisingly put into the Pilot class.

* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'''s titular Dr. [=McNinja=], with a car, a motorcycle, and a private jet in the most recent arc, but this might be a given considering the general craziness of the series.
** The current story, ''Army Of One'', hand waves it nicely.
** When Doc needs a Badass Driver to support him, he turns to Judy.
* Liz from ''Webcomic/DeadWinter'' [[http://deadwinter.cc/page/465 borrows Patrick's car.]]
* [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Kamikaze Kate]] from ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}''.
** Ash is a pretty good case of this as well. Consider this: When Ash and Kate race [[spoiler:the second time]], Ash is driving a car that, as Kate points out, "is almost as old as you (Ash) are". Kate herself was driving a freaking Jaguar (and a modified one at that).
** Ash has progressed a lot by the time of [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2010-05-27 the race against Sheldon]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Formula One, a BadassNormal superhero from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', who uses a tricked out CoolCar to fight crime. Other heroes suspect he has the mutant power to drive any vehicle as if he was an expert, but the truth is, he's just a very, very skilled driver.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': With all the [[GadgeteerGenius gadgeteers]] and [[MadScientist devisors]] on campus (both students and faculty), it is no surprise that some specialize in CoolCars. Perhaps more surprising is that a few are really, really good with them. There is even an auto club on campus, the Gearheads.
** One of the teachers, Ms. Metal, is known to have several 'speed courses' around campus. Security procedure is to e-mail the tickets to her after the fact, as trying to catch her only encourages her.
** Another teacher, Mr. Donner, was a minor SuperVillain called Hot Rod before he was [[RecruitingTheCriminal given a special parole to teach at the school]]. He's the faculty advisor for the Gearheads club.
** Among the students, there is Skids, whose mutant powers involve incredible driving skills, and the ability to psychically improve her vehicle, even while she's driving it.
** Loophole, being a GadgeteerGenius WrenchWench of the [[SouthernFriedGenius Southern-fried variety]], has the ability to [[InstantExpert deeply understand]] [[{{Technopath}}any machine she touches]], including vehicles. She is the premiere member of the Gearheads club, and the terror of the local street racers.
** Eldritch has a similar InstantExpert talent from her role as an UltimateBlacksmith (though it appeared even before that; [[GenderBender he]] had previously had the callsign 'Highjacker' because of this). In the few times she's been shown operating a vehicle in combat, has demonstrated some incredible driving and [[ImprobablePilotingSkills piloting]] talents.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': Grif. Yes, ''[[BrilliantButLazy that]]'' Grif. Don't believe me? Watch ''Revelation'' episode 3.
** In the S9 flashbacks, Agents Maine, York, and ultimately Tex give Grif a run for his money. It takes a whole Warthog full of balls to catch someone falling off a building in your car, about as much to ram a truck that your buddies are fighting on with said car, but what Tex can do on that motorcycle probably violates laws of physics.
* Wheelman from ''Literature/MetroCityChronicles''. He can drive across the country in a matter of hours and drive up the sides of buildings. His powers basically revolve around the ability to do impossible stunts with cars.
* The Driver from ''WebVideo/TheHire'', BMW's short film advertisement series. But then he's played by Clive Owen.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Henry Chan from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Stevonnie manages to keep pace and nearly beat Kevin, a much more experienced driver who no one wanted to challenge in a race on their first time driving.
* Override and Hot Shot from ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' are quite proficient. Being a Badass Driver is a requirement to become the planet Velocitron's leader, for the Transformers of Velocitron decide such things by racing. Override is the leader at the start of the series, and in the final episode when she abdicates to captain one of the ancient starships for the Space Bridge project Hot Shot wins the race to determine her successor.
** A special mention should go to the fact that Hot Shot, unlike the many other Velocitronians who were racing for planet-wide supremacy, did not even know that leadership was the prize for winning the race and he won thinking there was nothing to win. He just likes racing.
** Oh, and he won ''in his bulkier, heavily armored MidSeasonUpgrade form!''
* Coop in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', who naturally kicks it up to CarFu when he gets a hold of hyperadvanced technology.
* And from the same people, ''WesternAnimation/MotorCity's'' main cast is full of them, but TheHero Mike stands out in particular.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' Panthro is this in his highly-customized [[TankGoodness Thundertank]]. He's even up for a game of chicken with the occasional giant war machine.
* Asami Sato from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' qualifies. Demonstrating her amazing driving skills during a tense chase scene where she is ''blinded'' by smoke bombs. She not only manages to tail her quarries but manages to shock a couple into submission.
** She's not just badass on the roads. She does the same thing on motorboats and in the sky with biplanes.
* Lance in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'', particularly in the "Roar of the White Dragon" episode. Notably when street racing Mike Chan (who could also be this trope) and when outrunning a Mutraddi, while ''still'' managing to pass his driver's test.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Most (if not all) drivers involved in forms of professional motor racing. UsefulNotes/FormulaOne, UsefulNotes/IndyCar, UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}}, etc. They go absurdly fast around incredibly tricky tracks and small mistakes can lead to dire consequences, although increased safety equipment has reduced the risks. Plus, they have to race and beat a whole field of equally skilled drivers.
** Ayrton Senna, even ''[[Series/TopGearUK The Stig]]'' said he was the best driver in history. It should be noted, however, that a lot of Senna's brilliance stemmed from his [[DrivesLikeCrazy apparent total lack of an instinct for self-preservation]].
--> '''Alain Prost''': Ayrton has a small problem. He thinks that he can't kill himself.
** [[RealityIsUnrealistic Wait a minute, isn't The Stig a real life example?]]
** Niki Lauda. Yes, he crashed and burned horribly, but they say he got back into the cockpit of a UsefulNotes/FormulaOne racer when he was still smoking.
** Dale Earnhardt. Some say that he could see how the air moved, which is why he was so damned good on super speedways. He was nicknamed "The Intimidator." That just about says it all.
** Special points to Graham Hill, the only person in history to win each of the big three of motorsport: Formula One World Championship (or the Monaco Grand Prix specifically), Indy 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours.
** NASCAR drivers Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison after crashing into each other on the last lap of the race and getting into a fight in the 1979 Daytona 500. Even before they got into the fight they were some of the toughest drivers of their time.
** Jackie Stewart. To use the biggest example of his badassery, he won the 1968 German Grand Prix at the 187 corner Nurburgring, in the pouring rain, ''by more than four minutes! With a broken wrist!'' If that's not badass driving, then nothing is.
** Nigel Mansell, to the point that the Tifosi nicknamed him ''il leone" (The Lion) because of it. There is a huge list of injuries that he has suffered, [[MadeOfIron only to jump right back in the car]] and carry on against the advice of several medical professionals. Add this to some insane overtaking manoeuvres and simply never giving up. Pushing your car over the finish line to salvage points and then fainting after? There's a reason he is one of Britain's most successful and endearing drivers.
** Many Formula One drivers (including Senna himself) consider Juan Manuel Fangio to be the absolute greatest example of this trope. Having won the Formula One championship five times out of eight, with four different teams, this fact is hardly ever disputed. The 1957 German Grand Prix is ''the'' example to show this as Fangio - on a Maserati - quickly got a lead of nearly 40 seconds ahead of the two Ferraris that were trying to catch up with him. A disastrous mistake at Fangio's pit stop halfway through the race made him leave the pit stop around 45 seconds ''behind'' the Ferraris[[note]]As a reference, none of the Ferraris had pit stops[[/note]]. No problem for Fangio, who broke the lap record 9 times in the remaining 10 laps (he cut the time difference with the lead driver by a third in the first lap), and ended up getting his final Formula One race win.
* A.J. Foyt, one of the winningest drivers in IndyCar history. He won ''four'' Indy 500s (only two other drivers have accomplished that: Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears, both badass drivers themselves), won 138 USAC races (the most of any driver), and in the 1964 Champ Car season, won 10 of the 14 races, a record that still holds to this day. He also managed to find success in NASCAR, including a win in the 1972 Daytona 500.
* Anyone who can drive in the Monaco street circuit at top speed, barely centimeters from the walls qualifies. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8rS07ynQ0Q Take a look at some F1 onboard laps to see just how fast and how close it can get.]] You'd be damn sharp if you could just register what went past you. As Niki Lauda put it, Monaco is like driving a motorcycle inside your living room. As many people would remind you, Monaco would not have been approved for races had it been built today.
* They didn't name Creator/ColinMcRae one of the greatest rally drivers of all time for nothing. Sure, he only won a single World Championship in the [[UsefulNotes/WorldRallyChampionship WRC]], but his penchant for flamboyant, pedal-to-the-metal driving and carrying on after a car-mangling accident earned him quite a following. It helps that the [[VideoGame/ColinMcRaeRally video game series]] he starred in gave him even further recognition especially in Europe where rallying is more popular.
* Take a look at the onboard cam ''at night'' at the Le Mans 24 hours, and you'll see just how little of the track ahead is barely visible to the drivers. Sometimes you don't know a corner's coming until they actually take it.
* Any race car driver's skills are fairly easily transferred to street cars, be them open-wheelers or modified production cars. Therefore, pretty much all competent race car drivers are capable of badass feats behind the wheel. One example of such a driver showing off on Website/YouTube is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs-jAImScms Ken Block]].
* Prohibition gave rise to an illegal and dangerous, but quite economically rewarding, activity: dodging the police while hauling contraband moonshine on modified cars. The famous "Bootlegger's Reverse" was named for just one of the maneuvers that such drivers would pull. What happened to all of those skilled drivers after prohibition ended? They formed UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}}. See also [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junior_Johnson Junior Johnson.]]
* "Precision drivers" like Russ Swift, who's skills include parking cars [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5LtjCsRp2I with a handbrake turn,]] and on one clip imitating the movie 'The Driver' using the walls of a car park to knock bits of the car off.
* The land speed record overlaps with ImprobablePilotingSkills, since the driver who steered Thrust SSC to 763 mph was [[UsefulNotes/CommonMilitaryUnits Wing Commander]] Andy Green of the [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships RAF]].
* Le Prince Noir (The Black Prince), a French motorcyclist, became famous in 1989 for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCwCUbtxJxI riding one whole "lap" on the Parisian Périphérique expressway.]] Despite heavy traffic and a layout that's far from perfect for high speeds, he reached an average speed of 190km/h and top speeds beyond 250km/h. Don't forget that this was when stock motorcycles were limited to 98bhp.
** The most famous biker of this kind is a Swede: [[http://www.ghostridermovie.net/ Ghost Rider]] (not to be confused with [[ComicBook/GhostRider this]] or [[Film/GhostRider this]] fictional one). He did similar things as the Black Prince, but as he had better bikes at hand, he took them UpToEleven. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShacMAn_HK8 He managed to ride 68km of quite crowded six-lane motorway between Stockholm and Uppsala on a Suzuki GSX-R 1000 tuned to 185bhp in less than 15 minutes,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0flRAlwrlc&feature=related reaching an average speed of 270km/h and often spending a minute or more at the governed top speed of 299km/h]]. He also did insane stuff with a 499rwhp turbocharged Suzuki GSX 1300 R Hayabusa streetfighter such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShacMAn_HK8 wheelies at beyond 300km/h on a runway as well as on a crowded motorway while weaving through the traffic.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9BofCzc80U Ghost Rider even redid the Black Prince's Périphérique Run as a tribute]]—and became the first to break the Black Prince's record.
** This Russian Ghost Rider follower has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hC84fgyh-c balls and nerves of steel,]] too.
* Speaking of speeding in Sweden, there's also ''[[http://www.getawayinstockholm.com Getaway in Stockholm.]]'' High-performance cars with cameras mounted on them tease the police in Stockholm to chase them, let themselves be chased but not caught for a while, recording the chase with said cameras, and then head for an expressway where they escape at speeds out of reach for Swedish police cars. Like Ghost Rider, the drivers of these cars cannot be convicted thanks to the very special Swedish traffic laws.
* The whole mounting-a-camera-on-your-ride-and-flooring-it-on-public-streets thing is OlderThanYouThink, by the way. The French director Claude Lelouch already did it on an early August morning in 1976 in his short movie ''[[http://www.rendezvousdvd.com/ C'était un rendez-vous.]]'' He mounted a camera on the front end of his Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9 and raced the comparably heavy and cumbersome luxury sedan through the streets of Paris. Although this was indeed released as a sort of movie, this does qualify for RealLife because absolutely nothing (except dubbing the engine sounds with a Ferrari 275 GTB) was edited, not even sped up, absolutely no special effects were applied, no preparations beyond mounting the cam on the Mercedes were made, and there wasn't even really a script except the route.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ti7z807Dmk This]] deserves recognition. Extra badass point for the fact that he was driving an IFV.
* Sabine Schmitz, the most badass [[ActionGirl female driver]] ever lived. Has done around 20,000 laps of the Nurburgring Nordschleife, and crashed "many times, can't count actually". This being a circuit that's 13 miles around which there continues to be fatalities on a yearly basis. On Top Gear she blew past motorbikes and sports cars...in a VAN. Which halfway around the lap "got no more ABS". And they say Danica Patrick is making headlines...
* Speaking of female drivers, there's [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/13/blind-date-stunt-driver_n_6678494.html this]] hilarious hidden camera prank where unsuspecting men went on a blind date with a ridiculously attractive female stunt driver. Once they got behind the wheel of her Mustang, she pretended to be TheDitz who couldn't drive a stick shift. She then drove the car to an empty lot and proceeded to ''scare the shit'' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments out of them]].
* Jalopnik.com's hoon of the year, [[http://jalopnik.com/5497042/how-a-500-craigslist-car-beat-400k-rally-racers Bill Caswell.]] Enters a WRC Mexico rally race against $400,000+ cars driven by the likes of Ken Block (see "showing off on Website/YouTube", above) with a $500 19-year-old rear-wheel-drive Craigslist car and no crew. Finishes third in class, and ahead of three cars in the aforementioned $400,000+ WRC class.
-->Have four hours to sleep, most sleep have had in a week. Car is perfect. Fuel pump fixed by the side of the road. Fixed rear sway bar. Changed to fresh tires. Fabricated new hood tie downs with a borrowed welder -- had to borrow a larger generator to run it, too -- b/c mine cracked off. Trans brace was held on with only one nut left and loose and halfway undone. Got lucky.
* You cant leave [[http://www.minorityracer.com/ Ponce, the Minority Racer,]] out of the list of BA's. This Mexican-American underdog race car driver has managed to compete and finish several world class races in multi-motorsports such as the world championship of extreme rock crawling at UROC SuperCrawl 2006, two consecutive [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdkpni_1Tos WRC events in Mexico]] without any prior rally experience in 2008 and 2010, the [[http://ultra4racing.com/featured/2011-griffin-king-of-the-hammers-official-finishing-order/ King of the Hammers race in 2011,]] and recently contacted to drive on the same team with Paris Dakar legend [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHyJFkgbfM8 Jutta Kleinschmidt]] and Michael Podologar to help the team place and finish the [[http://www.4x4offroads.com/minority-racer-joins-team-werk1.html GORM 24hr race, alias the Nurburgring of Offroad.]] in Germany.
* Creator/TomCruise, [[http://youtu.be/w_AHmazYeH0 who did all the driving stunts himself]] in ''Film/JackReacher''.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpP3F6E5h0w And]] ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qexo0eI3eE4 He also did quite well for himself (as did Cameron Diaz)]] on Star In A Reasonably Priced Car on ''Series/TopGear'' back in 2010.
* Keiichi Tsuchiya. He isn't called ''[[RedBaron The Drift King]]'' for nothing. He's so badass that he himself appeared (though not completely) in a special episode in the anime version of ''Manga/InitialD'' as the one talking to Bunta Fujiwara on the cellphone for advice. Not only that, but he was the inspiration for the character Takumi, Bunta's son. [[RetiredBadass Though his glory years are now far behind him]], he's still a CoolOldGuy.
** Unlike most motorsport drivers, he started honing his skills from ''street racing''. If you consider the dangers of street racing, this is quite impressive.
* On the subject of drifting, Kunimitsu Takahashi. He is called "the father of drifting" for having innovated the technique in the racing world during the [=1970s=]. He was a former Formula One and Grand Prix motorcycle racer and was the first Japanese racer to win a motorcycle Grand Prix in 1961. Tsuchiya himself learned some drifting techniques from Takahashi and later became the drifting legend as we know nowadays.
* Kazuhiko "Smokey" Nagata, founder of Japanese tuning firm TOP SECRET promoted his brand by trying to hit 300 kilometers per hour on public roads around the world, even spending a few nights in jail for it. His vehicle of choice a [[CoolCar highly modified, V12 powered Toyota Supra]] that was outputting over 1000 horsepower, long before companies like Bugatti had even dreamed of doing so.
* Ross Dolan of the DeathMetal band Music/{{Immolation}} works as a truck driver for his day job. Now, being a truck driver alone is generally a sign that you're quite competent and know the ins and outs of the road like few others do; furthermore, given that his CDL class also allows him to drive passenger vehicles of a certain weight class, he was able to bail Music/{{Nile}} out on a 2010 US tour when their own driver ran off mid-tour, as said passenger vehicles included buses. In fact, it's likely that if Immolation hadn't been on the bill and/or had not been in the vicinity of the rest stop that Nile was stranded at, they may have actually had to drop off the bill.
* Scandinavians, in general. The Scandinavian countries are covered 5 to 7 months per year in snow and the countries are located between 55th and 70th latitudes of North, so the weather can be truly awful, and distances between towns are long (with notable exception of Denmark). The [[HadToBeSharp driving conditions and climate]] simply weed out any unskilled drivers. Most Scandinavian cars are [[DrivingStick stick geared]], so [[BadassDriver Improbable Driving Skills]] come as an extra bonus.
** The same applies to Scandinavian ''sailors'' as well. It has been claimed some 90% of all navigational safety devices (spar buoys, beacons, lighthouses) of the world are located either in the Swedish or Finnish archipelago.