BMW 335i Coming to Formula Drift in 2010 – Driven by Michael Essa

Posted on Oct 31, 2009 In Formula D Rumors/Gossip Spy Shots

I just got news via my facebook inbox that Michael Essa will be driving one of these in Formula Drift for 2010. What a great step up for a rookie in the 2009 season? Rumor has it the BMW 335 motor will be taken out for a M3 motor that will be turbocharged.

“The BMW 335i is a powerful rear-engine sports coupe with a rock-solid chassis leaving us plenty of room for aftermarket development—the platform will easily handle the 550-hp turbocharged 3.2-liter M3 powerplant which we are finishing development on. Michael Essa was the natural choice to drive this innovative new drift car. Not only does he have a strong motorsport racing background, but he possesses the demanding drifting creativity and competitiveness necessary to win,” says Nick Richards, President of GSR Autosport.

This could be a huge deal for Michael Essa and if this car is put together right I think he can very easily be a top 10 driver next year in this machine. The company GSR Autosport looks like a professional act which is building his machine. Here is some information about them:

Headquartered in Los Angeles, GSR Autosport is a multi-facetted professional automotive racing business. Founded and operated by genuine racing enthusiasts, GSR Autosport is a race car manufacturer that designs, develops, and builds turn-key vehicles, competitive automotive components, and race safety equipment in various facilities around the country.

I cannot wait to see renders or photos of the actual BMW, we will keep you posted as soon as we know something.


  1. Ron B says:

    Congratulations Mike. Essa is quite a talented driver and mechanic.

  2. Patrick says:

    Noooooooooooooooo! Keep the FC!

  3. Umai Kakudo says:

    The FC will be missed! He should use the turbo diesel engine! That I’d like to see.

    If anyone can pull off building a reliable BMW it is Essa.

  4. Cam says:

    Go Essa!!!!!!

    Big ups too Bergenholtz for the public comradery, class guys!

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