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Lewis Hamilton makes headlines and sparks controversy as he drifts a Nissan GT-R

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As the Formula One season comes to a conclusion, the drivers take some time off racing and enjoy other activities. Not Lewis Hamilton, though, who engaged in an adrenaline-pumping drive around Japan in a Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R. And much to the joy of his fans, he did enjoy himself. In reference to the countless times he’s admitted he doesn’t enjoy driving in his daily life, he captioned the post,

“I only like to drive on track, but I make exceptions.”

After a disappointing season, the seven-time world champion decided to let off some steam with a ride in an iconic sports car. His adventures included speeding and performing some donuts in an empty parking lot until smoke began to rise from the transmission tunnel. Which didn’t exactly seem to be a good thing.

Lewis Hamilton rides around in a GT-R

However, the video has received about 1.5 million likes in little over than 24 hours and has gone viral all over social media. But, not everybody is impressed, though.

Noriyaro, a Japanese influencer, says that Omoshiro Rent-a-Car, the rental company that gave Lewis the Nissan he was driving denied him permission to push the car’s limits.

The rental company’s official Instagram also reposted Lewis’ video on their Instagram Stories, stating,

“We prohibit this type of driving. This is a horrible act done without our permission.”

According to details given on Omoshiro’s website, the Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R is equipped with a 2.6-liter RB26 engine that is coupled to a six-speed manual transmission and is capable of producing 276 horsepower (280 ps) and 293 lb-ft (397 Nm) of torque.

Lewis hasn’t responded to the claims as of yet, but the situation doesn’t seem good for him.

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