Archive for September, 2009

Tires.com Triple Crown Round 2 Highlight [VIDEO]


Tires.com Triple Crown 2009 Second Event Summary

The Triple Crown is a three event mini series within Formula Drift. This video took place at Formula D Seattle which was taken home by Chris Forsberg. He also won the first round of the series giving him a pretty hefty lead heading into Round 3 at Irwindale. Check out a highlight from the second Triple Crown round with Chris Forsberg, Darren McNamara, and Ryan Tuerck.

Watch the video: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/watchvideo/-tirescom-triple-crown-2009-second-event-summ

Need for Speed SHIFT Review: Drifting [PART 2]

Need for Speed SHIFT Drifting

Drifting is a decently large feature in the new Need for Speed SHIFT which we couldn’t wait to get our hands on. Above is our Chris Cook tribute drifting machine I put together after I received a Dodge Viper as a loaner from Dodge to slide around in.  Sadly no Formula Drift tracks are available to slide around at but they do have a decent selection including the D1GP Japan Autopolis course.

Need for Speed SHIFT Drifting

You will unlock the Falken Tires Ford Mustang after achieving Driver Level 10 which should only take you an hour or two. The in car modeling and detail on this machine rock. Sadly, I didn’t have the patience to try and drift in car yet so I have been sliding from out of car. It was a huge struggle at first but I learned some tricks I will share with you for sliding success.

Need for Speed SHIFT Drifting

One trick is hitting your brakes before you want to slide as almost an initiation. It seems to not upset the car as much when your trying to drive sideways. The rest of your formula to success is throttle modulation. It requires a ton of it and I have a heavy throttle  finger so this was an issue for quite a long time.

Need for Speed SHIFT Drifting

In this photo I am running a high speed wide line at Hazyview. A trick to getting way more points is to null the speed as much and stick closer to the clipping points which are the three cones to the right of my BMW M3.

Need for Speed SHIFT Drifting

The way I got my photos onto the website was also a super cool and easy feature that Need for Speed has. You take a snapshot and upload it to your MyNFS account. Setting one up and syncing it to your Xbox handle is very simple. Then on your MyNFS page you click the My Photos Tab and you can thumb through the last 10 photos you took. With only a 10 photo bank  make sure you click download and save the ones you really like to your own computer. It also tracks your performance on other NFS games like Undercover which is pretty neat.

Need for Speed SHIFT Drifting

At some point your going to crash in drifting sending things like the tire barriers flying through the air. Here was an accident on my demo runs at the Hazyview track. I got a little overzealous on the throttle and it was all over for the E46 M3.

Need for Speed SHIFT Drifting

All and all I like the drifting version of this game although it’s quite difficult to pick up and play in. I think they should of offered an “Assistance” mode where they could walk you through steps on how you can drift in the game. The biggest disappointment for me was the lack of cars you can drift in. For some reason they limited the already limited car selection to certain cars with a Drifting badge. Several cars I would of loved to slide around in that are RWD you cannot play with! Don’t worry though, cars like the 240sx, AE86, and Mustangs are all available to drift in. The cars locked out are mostly some of the higher end vehicles.

Need for Speed SHIFT Drifting

Here is an in-car snapshot of me drifting around in my AE86. Watching your revs on the tachometer and your guy smashing the gears really adds to the excitement of drifting in the game. It’s a pretty good drifting mode for Need for Speed and I can only imagine it will get better with time and that is what really excites me and has me waiting. Until then however, this will hold my entertainment over and my drifting video game bug.

Late Night Injen Exhaust Installation [PROJECT 350z]

Project Nissan 350z - Injen Exhaust Installation

Project Nissan 350z - Injen Exhaust Installation

For the last few months we have been stockpiling parts to our Project Nissan 350z and last last night we felt like it was finally time to get our hands dirty. Our living room couldn’t take much more random parts so we visited LS Auto/Chris Forsberg Racing for a late night installation. The Injen Exhaust was as painless of an installation as they come. The Injen exhaust eliminated some weight, added some great sound, and made the car look so much better from the rear end. If you want to check up on our Project Nissan 350z or read about the exhaust installation in detail you can visit the official Project 350z blog.

Read the Injen Exhaust Installation in Full: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/uti350z/2009/09/30/injen-exhaust-installation-on-our-project-350z/

Scion Racing Drift Webisode 6 from Formula D Sonoma


Scion Racing Drift Websiode 6 – Formula D Sonoma

Don’t miss another installment of Scion Racing’s webside from Formula Drift Sonoma. A nine minute video with detailed interviews from both OEM factory drivers Ken Gushi and Tanner Foust recap this video as Ken Gushi runs his way to a 2nd place finish before he suffered from a car malfunction. A great video for any Scion Team fans who want to get behind the action with both drivers.

Watch the video: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/watchvideo/scion-racing-drift-websiode-6—formula-d-son

Need for Speed SHIFT Review [PART 1]

Need for Speed SHIFT

So I have had a chance to dive deep into Need for Speed SHIFT for exactly one week and I have been hooked into the game in a big way.  It’s the first of racing games slated to come out in 2009. My progress in the game has shown me they could of made the career mode a little longer judging by my progress in the first week. The best way to play this game is with the driver first person mode which you can see above and below.

Need for Speed SHIFT

The interior’s are accurate to the tiniest detail and even carry an odometer with true mileage of your car. The first photograph is from a Lamborghini Murcielago which you can convert your interior to a race interior which you see in that snapshot. The second photo is from a GT500 Mustang in full OEM trim.  You feel the sensation of acceleration when inside the interior view. The game even goes as far to give you tunnel vision as your car increases to high speeds.

Need for Speed SHIFT

The game also has an amazing crash model that you will inevitably find yourself tangled into. While cars tend to go flying high in the air pretty easy and the crash logistics don’t quite seem to mirror the real world but the effects on your car are awesome. When you hit things very hard you will lose proper sight and have your screen turn to black and white. You even get to hear your breathing and heart pounding after a really hard crash.

Need for Speed SHIFT

While the game for some strange reason limits how many cars you can own at one time it also lacks from a large amount of vehicles you can race compared to Forza and Gran Turismo. The tracks are mapped very well and the car designer offers some great wheels and amazing paint options such as matte. You can see below my matte Porsche GT2 in action.

Need for Speed SHIFT

While I won’t dub the game the best racing simulator that has come out you will get hours upon hours of enjoyment from the game. The Need for Speed series has progressed and come a long way from it’s roots with SHIFT and that is something none of us will be upset about. Part 2 of Need for Speed SHIFT will cover the drifting segment of the game so watch out for it!

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Drifting Fans Are Not the Only Ones Dropping DirecTV

The NHL fans out there in the universe seem to be upset with DirecTV as well. In fact, check out this hilarious ad being run against DirecTV in the newspaper someone sent to us. “PENALTY – DirecTV dropped Versus. Your turn to drop DirecTV,” is what the advertisement states. We just soon hope that these corporate business behemoths will stop crying like little girls and come to a new agreement already so we DirecTV fans can enjoy Formula Drift and all the other programming Versus has to offer.

Vegas Drift at Nelis Air Force Base 2009 [GALLERY]

Vegas Drift

Vegas Drift - Nelis Air Force Base

Check out our coverage from Vegas Drift’s Nelis Air Force Base invasion. You can see the Vegas Drift guys were sliding around all kinds of crazy things like airplanes and hangers. Nick from Vegas Drift shared with us that they were able to build a mock of the Formula D Las Vegas track and two other familiar grassroots tracks for the drivers to enjoy. If your within driving distance to participate in a local Vegas event you should be coming to these Nelis Air Force Base events for sure. Thanks to Ricky Cervantes for our photographs and a huge thanks to Nick from Vegas Drift and the Air Force Base for having everyone.

Check out the gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=140

Nation of Go with Works Motorsports for more Drifting [VIDEO]


Nation of Go is out Drifting with Works Motorsports

It looks like Nation of Go has gotten into a little more drifting it appears up in Northern California. They hooked up with Works Motorsports and took it to one of the parking lots at Infineon Raceway. A pretty random little highlight of some drifting videos as you see some Evo’s and others cars sliding around. Nation of Go is some social network/project thing being put together by BFGoodrich that is going on now still.

Watch the video: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/watchvideo/nation-of-go-is-out-drifting-with-works-motor

Vegas Drift 014 Tomorrow at Nelis Air Force Base

Vegas Drift

Wrecked Magazine is about to hit the road and head out to Vegas Drift 014 at Nelis Air Force Base. We haven’t seen drifting in Nevada since the Primm event last fall and we cannot wait. We hope to see you guys out there. Stay tuned for photo and video content coming in by the end of the weekend. The air force base is kind enough to let the local drifting scene takeover the runways for huge high speed entries and tandem action. We cannot wait to see these guys rip it up at the base! See everyone soon.

Street Life Tour at Kil-Kare Speedway [VIDEO]


Street Life Tour from Kil-Kare Speedway

Check out some grassroots action from Ohio with Formula D drivers like Matt Waldin and John Wagner in attendance sliding around. The event took place at Kil-Kare Speedway in the midwest which brought some great drifting action and of course, a crash or two for the highlight reel.

Watch the video: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/watchvideo/-street-life-tour-from-kil-kare-speedway