Archive for August, 2009

AE86 Destruction Photos from Japan [SNAPSHOT OVERLOAD]

Noriyano put out a ton of sick content from an AE86 drifting weekend and caught a few crash sequences that I really enjoyed. The Tec-Arts AE86 got smashed up into this wall that was quite far off the track. Noriyano just snapped some great shots of this car and some other ones ripping off bumpers and body parts!He also captured some AE86 cars from the event at the Nikko Circuit.

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Steve Angerman at Hyperfest by Won Ton Productions

Won Ton Producions Highlights Steve Angerman: HyperFest

After you see Steve Angerman on the cover of Wrecked Magazine Issue 11 you can check this video out from Won Ton Productions and see him rip it in action. This is a long reel of action sequences and drifting from Steve Angerman in his beat down and defeated S13 that somehow still screams around the Summit Point track at Hyperfest 2009.

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Formula Drift Is Sliding Into Your TV on the Weekends!

Formula D is heading into the Versus Television channel for the next 14 straight weeks. This new channel reaches 75,000,000 homes in America and will run from the end of August until the end of November. Here is a preview of the first episode from Formula D.

The first episode features a comprehensive overview of the sport and drivers. Viewers will then experience Round 1 “The Streets of Long Beach” and all of the events leading up to the final episode showcasing the Formula DRIFT Championship Finale from Irwindale, California on November 29. Each episode will showcase all the on- and off-track action as the world’s top drift drivers battle for the coveted title of Formula DRIFT Champion.

The show will be broadcast in High Def Versus for those of you who are able to get the HD channel make sure you flip to it instead of the standard def broadcast. Here is a quote from Ryan Sage about the broadcast:

“We are excited to showcase Formula DRIFT and the sport of drifting on VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country,” says Ryan Sage, VP of Marketing and Co-Founder of Formula DRIFT. “On VERSUS, we are able to showcase our teams and drivers on a weekly basis, at a consistent time slot; all on a network in more than 75 million homes.”

Air Schedule:

August 30th, 2009 – Sunday 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)
September 6th, 2009 – Sunday 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)
September 13th, 2009 – Sunday 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)
September 20th, 2009 – Sunday 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)
September 27th, 2009 – Sunday 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)
October 4th, 2009 – Sunday 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)
October 11th, 2009 – Sunday 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)
October 18th, 2009 – Sunday 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)
October 25th, 2009 – Sunday 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)
November 1st, 2009 – Sunday 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)
November 8th, 2009 – Sunday 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)
November 15th, 2009 – Sunday 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)
November 22nd, 2009 – Sunday 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)
November 29th, 2009 – Sunday 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)

2009 Drift Mania Round 4 Toronto Day 2 [GALLERY]

Drift Mania Toronto Day 2 gallery is here from Jeremy Glover covering some of the great action that completed the Round 4 Toronto event. Check out Patrick Cyr and his AE86 doing some great battle through the event along with many other Canadian stars. Here is how the podium came out with Matt Waldin taking first place, Claude Poirier in second and Ryan Lanteigne in third. Don’t miss our 300+ images from DMCC Round 2 Day 2!

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Tyler McQuarrie Blogs About Formula D Sonoma

Tyler McQuarrie

Tyler McQuarrie came into the weekend in 3rd place and left in 5th place but was never able to run anyone in tandem competition. One man ahead of him Ryan Tuerck was luckily eliminated in the top 32 but Sam Hubinette and Vaughn Gittin Jr. were able to pass him bumping him back into 5th place. What an upset in his hometown right at the end of the season. Here is what he had to say about the event:

For this round, we are going to my backyard, Infineon Raceway. I’ve been an Instructor here at the Jim Russell Racing School for 12 years and have done hundreds of races at this track but it has not been good to me over the past 5 years. Whether it’s a NASCAR West race or a Formula D event, if it’s at this track I’m almost guaranteed a fluke mechanical problem. The Falken Tire 350z has been amazing all year so I’m hoping to change my luck this year at Sonoma

This year the schedule is pretty wacky because we are sharing the track with the Indy cars, which is awesome for Formula D and the sport of drifting. We got 2 hours of practice on Thursday and ASD did an awesome job on the setup because the car was dialed in and made it easy for me to throw it into turn one. I felt ready for qualifying on Friday but the Infineon Gods had something else in mind. On my first run in qualifying, I had great entry speed with tons of angle and as I went back to the power to connect the outer clipping point the car just shut off causing me to straighten up and get a zero. It was a bad master switch so the ASD guys hard wired the 350z for my second run. With only one run to get the Falken Tire 350z in the show, I took it pretty easy on this run which put me 13th overall.

We had an hour practice on Friday before the top 32 but the Infineon Gods were speaking load and clear and they had some other plans for me! I did one run in practice and while I waited in line for more runs, the Falken Tire 350 z died and would not start. Nate from Motec started to look for the problem so he could tell the ASD guys what to fix and this is with about 20 min to go in practice before top 32 started. At first we thought it was the cam sensor so the ASD guys quickly changed that but it still would not start. Top 32 has now started and it is a code red at Team Falken. Everyone is diving on the car, the radio chatter is off the charts and Nate from Motec is still trying to pin point the problem. I almost started laughing at this point as I looked up at the sky yelling “why!!!! What did I do to you??” Apparently I pissed someone off around the Infineon area. I saw Kenji lining up at the line and we had to call 5 min. I got in the car and ready to go just in case but it was not looking good. Our 5 min were up so we had to forfeit the round and Kenji got a by to the round of 16. It’s one thing to make a mistake or just get your butt kicked, but not even getting the chance to battle just sucks. It sucks even more win your in a title chase!

At this point, there is nothing I can do to change what happened but we can sure as hell make sure it doesn’t happen again. The one positive thing to come out of this event was the fact every driver still in the chase for the championship had a bad event too. Although I dropped from 3rd to 5th in the championship, I’m only 5 points out 3rd and 15 points out of 2nd. I’m still in a great position to finish my first year in the Falken Tire’s Nissan 350Z at the sharp end of the very competitive Formula D Field.

2009 Scion tC Release Series 5.0 [REVIEW]

Scion tC

We got our hands on the special limited edition Scion tC for a week around Los Angeles and I loved every minute of it. The car only has 2,000 units being produced in the Release Series and have numbered plaques just above the radio. The car we were in was plaque number 1,787 out of 2,000. Now I owned one of the first Scion tC’s when they were first released in the southeast Toyota region. I loved the car but ended up only having it for six months total. So this week was kind of an anniversary with the tC and myself.

Scion tC

One of my favorite things about this car is it falls under the $20,000 mark even with it being fully loaded with TRD parts. Ken Gushi’s Formula D prepped Scion tC actually shares some of the same parts with this Release Series car on a cool note as well. While this car obviously isn’t rear wheel drive I have a reason why you want it. While you have your S13, FC Mazda, or AE86 as your project car that will never run this is a perfect second machine.

A cheap car note, Toyota reliability, and a gorgeous performance oriented FF drive machine should be enough reasons for you to consider this car. The most noted exterior change on the Scion tC is it’s lower stance from TRD lowering springs that drops the car around 1 .5 inches.

Scion tC

The tire/brake combination is modified for the Release Series as well which really made the ride much better. The car has 18×7.5 wheels all around in matte black with a red stripe on them giving the factory tC a unique look. The TRD brakes are buried behind it that look great with red calipers.

With the larger wheels, lowering springs, and TRD rear sway bar I was concerned that the performance parts would compromise the ride quality in Los Angeles but it didn’t come close. In fact, one night I decided to take a cruise down Sunset Blvd.  and wound up hitting the Pacific Coast Highway and kept driving up it for quite some time while just carried away with driving it.

Scion tC

From the rear you will notice the TRD sport muffler and rear swap bar are the two big differences in the back of the car. The exhaust gives this gorgeous humming tune which really sounds perfect at mid range rev’s but is quiet enough to not interrupt your cell phone conversations.

Scion tC

Taking the car up and down Mount Wilson right before it was returned really left me smiling from ear to ear while driving the Release Series Scion. In the corners you can really feel a great upgrade in this model of the tC compared to your factory concept. The suspension is just so tuned and to think the full Release Series comes with all of this TRD stuff for only $2,300 over base is a nice price. I am not thrilled about the car only coming in black since it’s not my favorite color of the tC but I could let it go due to the complimentary wheel/brake setup.

The interior has a basic seat change to a red/black setup and it comes with a leather wrapped steering wheel to finish off it’s package. I don’t know if you will find a brand new sub $20,000 car with that much performance and balance packed into it but you can sure go out there and look on your own, I just wish you luck.

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Wrecked Magazine Issue 11 is Here!

Wrecked Magazine - Issue 11

Check out the new issue of Wrecked Magazine which came out earlier today to our subscribers. We cover the American Missile Car and how the “missile style” came about with our cover feature of Steve Angerman. Learn all about this gardening east coast kid and his beat up drift machine. We also have a full Formula Drift preview to date along with Formula D privateer Kyle Mohan and his Industry Insider highlighting the life of a privateer. All this and more is inside this issue so don’t delay and check it out!

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Formula D Official Announcement from Calvin Wan/Chris Forsberg Sonoma Event

Below is a statement released from Formula D on the Calvin Wan/Chris Forsberg incident It looks like we missed this one right when it came out but the statement has some very interesting/useful facts and information from the perspective of the sanctioning body. The snapshot above was posted in our blog comments and came from where you can check out a full sequence of images from this angle. Here is Formula D’s official statement:

Formula DRIFT Memorandum

Date: August 22, 2009
Re: Decision regarding tandem match-up between Chris Forsberg and Calvin Wan

Due to various external communications based on poor information from unqualified sources, Formula Drift has issued the following clarification ruling regarding the Round of 32 match-up between Chris Forsberg and Calvin Wan.

– On the first run of the head to head match-up contact was made between Chris Forsberg and Calvin Wan. Calvin Wan, who was chasing, was deemed at fault for the contact. Subsequently Chris Forsberg’s car was damaged. Specifically a lower control arm was broken.
– Chris Forsberg Racing enacted the 5 Minute Rule via their spotter; legally per the guidelines of the Formula Drift rulebook.
– The 5 Minutes expired and Chris Forsberg Racing brought the vehicle back to the line to run the second run of the head to head match-up.
– The judges’ decision was One More Time.
– Chris Forsberg Racing asked for a second 5 Minute and was denied by the Chief Steward
– The match continued and Calvin Wan was deemed the victor.
– 8 minutes past the expiration of the Head-to-Head battle Chris Forsberg Racing filed a legal protest deeming that they were unjustly refused additional time to fix their vehicle according Appendix E/”5 Minute Time Out” of the 2009 Formula DRIFT Rulebook. Chris Forsberg Racing stated that there is no provision that would NOT allow additional time if the team requests and that the Chief Steward can allow for additional time to fix the vehicle if deemed warranted.
– The protest by Chris Forsberg Racing was deemed legal and valid and that additional time should have been allowed which would have easily repaired the minor issue with the car
– The Chief Steward ruled to run the One More Time battle between Chris Forsberg and Calvin Wan.

Formula DRIFT understands that this is a rare and isolated incident and in no way sets precedent for “Re-runs”. This is an example of a team properly using the protest provision on a non-subjective call and finding error in a specific ruling by a Formula DRIFT official.
Any questions and comments, can be addressed to Randy Hembrey, Jim Liaw, or Ryan Sage. Contacts are listed on the Formula DRIFT website.

Chris Forsberg Vs. Calvin Wan – The Crash/Runs on Video

Chris Forsberg Vs. Calvin Wan at Formula D Sonoma

Check out this intense video from this weekends Formula D weekend in Sonoma, California. Round 6 had huge championship implications and this tandem battle really mixed things up. Calvin Wan crashed into Chris Forsberg on the first run and somehow CFR held the car together with ratchet straps. We didn’t shoot this film but Andy L. did over at DA Films and it’s quiet so crank your audio way up to hear Jarod’s voice and the sound of these cars fly by. Now that you have watched the video, what do you think of the runs?

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Ken Gushi Blogs After His Podium Finish at Formula D Sonoma

Listen, I wrote an article that many of you didn’t take seriously called “Did We Witness the Passing of a Torch?” where I said Tanner Foust was the lead man on the Scion team. Right after that Tanner Foust won Las Vegas I received much negative feedback on the story from people around the pits and more people just making a joke about my article.

Well, Ken Gushi has now tied Tanner Foust in podiums and defeated him in Sonoma. Ken Gushi has had some car issues for so long I think he has become one of the most under rated drivers in Formula D. Ken was the third driver to ever win a Formula D event in his Ford Mustang back at Houston 2005. With all that being said here is what Ken had to say after his second place finish.

First of all, I want to say thanks to everyone who helped my team to get the car to run before the Finals. I appreciate each and every one of you who was there to help me get back on the track. This goes to the Falken Team, Bergenholtz Team (Ron), Maxxis-LS auto Kevin, Nate, and everyone else that was there to support my team. Thanks to each and every single one of you. Thanks to my fellow drivers that stood by to cheer us on! Although I wanted to go out there and rip it up against Stephan Verdier, the motor couldn’t take another breath. Stephan took the well-deserved 1st and I came 2nd. I am very happy with our performance with RS-R Scion Toyo. Everyone from RS-R has put in their blood, sweat, and tears to make this happen, and finally we are seeing results. It just felt like everything came together and worked. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it to the end to show the fans the final battle but I guess you can say, we still have development to do with the RS-R Scion tC. We will be back stronger.

Overall, we have moved up in rankings as well. From 33 in the beginning of the season, we are now up at 12th. I can’t express how grateful I am of everyone this weekend. From the fans, to my team, and of course the guys that helped my team get the car back on track. Thanks to all of you guys. Finally, i get one of those carbon trophies that I wanted to steal from Chris Forsberg.

Also on podium this weekend in 3rd place was Miki. This would be his second podium finish this season. But he is only about 10 points ahead of me in 11th place. Robbie is in 9th place about 29 points ahead of me. With one more round to go, it will be interesting to see how the Formula Drift Championship turns out.