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Odi Bakchis Updating Everyone on the Genesis + 240sx for Formula Drift

Odi Bakchis in collaboration with ARK Performance released a cool off-season video talking about the changes to both of his rides for 2015. The 240sx is getting more horsepower for the Formula Drift season while the Hyundai Genesis is undergoing a complete rework it seems. Odi is converting the Genesis to a Holley ECU and rebuilding the suspension with a Feal setup. The Genesis will make its debut with Odi at Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach before heading overseas for the rest of the Formula Drift World Championship.

Daigo Saito to Drive Ferrari F430 at Formula Drift Japan

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I don’t even know if I really believe Daigo Saito and all his rumors/nonsense for 2015 at this point. First, he unveiled plans to drive a Lamborghini in D1GP which I thought was completely insane.  Now, it looks like he is set to repurpose this Ferrari F430 track car into a drift machine. No idea how he intends to do this within the spirit of the Formula Drift rulebook. On top of all that……. he is bringing an insane Nissan GT-R to America that will run the season on a 21 inch tire. I almost don’t know what to think anymore….. but he is single handidly keeping the 2015 season interesting in case you think nobody else in the sport is.

Mats Baribeau Announces New Sponsor and a Toyota Chaser JZX100

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Mats Baribeau dropped some news on us this morning about a new big sponsorship and the working of a new car we had heard whispers about. The new sponsorship comes with Right Drive Inc. who happens to be the largest RHD dealer in Canada. They also played a big role in Mats stepping into a JZx100 Chaser for the 2015 season over his old JZX90 Mark II he had been drifting since 2008. Right now the plan is for the JZX100 to make a mid-season debut at Formula Drift New Jersey. The new car will be pushing 950hp out of a 2JZ engine keeping him eligible for the OEM constructers championship. 

This is what Mats had to say on the new build, “The chassis is very similar to what I am familiar with as I have been drifting a JZX90 Mark II since 2008. I didn’t want to throw (away) the entire R&D that we have done, so staying with a chassis that our team knows inside and out was an easy choice to make.”

2015 Formula Drift Logo Is Released

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Here is the new Formula Drift logo for 2015. Sorry for the poor quality version….. but instead of actually sending the media a press release they opted to update their Facebook page instead which compresses the hell out of the color red for some reason. The logo seems like a street wear inspired design shift for the new year that also makes the logo really long now. We will see what other updates and brand change come with the new logo.

Patrick Mordaunt in old Falken 350z for 2015 Formula Drift

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Patrick Mordaunt is stepping into the ring for 2015 with the old Falken Nissan 350z that has taken home the win at Irwindale Speedway in the past. Pat is now part of a two car team that includes Tyler McQuarrie, who will run and manage the program, and continue to drive his GoPro Chevrolet Camaro for the 2015 season. As you can also see, Patrick has moved to Falken Tire for the 2015 season. I think that makes our rumor of Tyler McQuarrie moving to Falken Tire a safe bet  since they are 2015 teammates. After some social media digging it seems the 350z will get a similar LS7 engine package to the Camaro as well. Patrick will bring sponsors such as Konig Wheels, Sparco, Brian Crower, and a title sponsor DriftPaddock.com to the 350z.

This is  likely the most reliable and solid drift car Pat Mordaunt will step into over his long drift career. The question now will be can he rise up to the challenge and perform well? He sure needs it after last season that ended with a bunch of broken Hyundai parts.

SLP Shows Off Michael Essa’s Chevrolet Camaro Build

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The guys at SLP (Street Legal Performance) who are sponsoring Michael Essa posted a bunch of build/progress photos of the Chevrolet Camaro. The build looks like it has a ton of work to go but seems to be a supercharged V8 setup? Hit the follow more link to check out a huge gallery of images on this build. Maybe someone should text Essa and let him know that qualifying is 45 days from right now.

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Club Loose expands to Ireland [GRASSROOTS]

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Over the weekend, we noticed a new fan page had been setup for Club Loose Ireland. After some digging around, it looks like this is a confirmed situation. 2009 Formula D Rookie-of-the-year Eric O’Sullivan has recently returned back to his native country (rumored with a Solstice in tow), and will be extending the grassroots organization to a new continent. Club Loose is one of the most famed grassroots organizations in the drifting community, and boasts alumni like Steve Angerman, Mats Baribeau, and Geoff Stoneback, all of which have clearly left their impact on competitive drifting events. O’Sullivan cited a lack of events in Ireland where drivers can get seat time and drive with their friends without the pressures of a competition, and hopes to offer the same sort of fun environment that Club Loose is known for.

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The first event has tentatively been scheduled for May, with more details coming as they get confirmed.

For those unfamiliar with Club Loose, here’s a video profile of the group that was done by the people over at AutoBlog:

http://www.autoblog.com/2015/02/19/drifting-club-loose-car-club-usa/

Joon Maeng Set with 2JZ Powered BMW Z4 for 2015 Formula Drift Season

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I finally caught up with Joon Maeng tonight and learned some cool facts about his new 2015 Formula Drift program. That street driven BMW Z4 you have seen him post photos of is still in tact as a daly driver/practice drift car. He has a new chassis that Design Craft is doing the fabrication on and Duttweiler Racing has taken the task of building an insane 2JZ engine for the official Formula Drift build. Lucas Oil, MAV TV, and Protect the Harvest are his three title sponsors for the 2015 season. His last surprise of the new season is he is moving to Achilles Radial.

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Joon Maeng has even revamped his 240sx for the new 2015 season which will be used for demos, charity events, LS Fest, and perhaps some drag racing. You probably know we are huge fans and drifting sponsors of LS Fest which happens every September in Kentucky. The car has kept its huge V8 power plant and got a bump in horsepower up to 1125! It sounds like Joon has a new and strong 2015 season planned with two purpose built drift cars.

Tanner Foust returns to Formula D for partial 2015 season

Tanner Foust announced today that he will make his return to Formula D for a partial 2015 season in a 900hp Volkswagen Passat. Foust will be driving in three events: Long Beach, Atlanta, and Irwindale. We had no idea that this was coming, but this is a great sign for drifting! Foust won the FD championship in 2007 and 2008 before leaving to commit to Rallycross full time. He hasn’t driven a drift car since the Formula D exhibition in Qatar in February 2011.

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Drift All-Stars Sets a 2015 Schedule Covering Europe

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The 2015 drift season in Europe has seen schedules released left and right but the biggest one we always look forward to viewing is the Drift All-Stars release. The biggest names in Europe tend to dance here such as James Deane, Piotr Wiecek, and Janis Eglite. The series will kick off in London at a possible new location during the gorgeous month of May and venture around the mainland from there. Here is the schedule:

May TBA – London, England – Round 1 @ TBA
May 29-31 – Lodz, Poland – Round 2 @ National Circuit
July 4-5 – Eskiltuna, Sweden – Round 3 @ Grondal Circuit
August 1 – Riga, Latvia – Round 4 @ Riga City Circuit
August 8-9 – Tallin, Estonia – Round 5 @ Laitse Rally Park
August 29-30 – Kaunas, Lithuania – Round 6 @ Kaunas Street Circuit
October 9-10 – Warsaw, Poland – Round 7 @ Warsaw City Circuit

 

For a Full World Schedule Of Drifting:
http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/find-an-event-the-best-drift-event-calendar/