Ryan Kado will debut his turbocharged V8 motor in Seattle [BREAKING NEWS]

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 In Formula D Rumors/Gossip

Turbo by Garrett announced today that Ryan Kado will be turbocharging his VK56 V8 motor in time for Seattle. We spoke with the marketing people at Garrett and they told us that Kado will be using a GTX4294R Turbocharger which should be pushing well over 700hp for Seattle, but is capable of over 900hp. Ryan Kado is currently sitting in 17th place overall with 163 points, and will be looking to improve his standings at the track he qualified 30th last season. This marks the third driver this week who will be bumping their horsepower up over the 700hp threshold. Back in 2009, Chris Forsberg won the championship with just under 500hp, and now nearly every driver in the top 16 is over 600hp if not more.

Are you happy to see more HP in the series? Or does it take away from the full-throttle days of Corolla’s and nearly-stock SR20’s?

Jacob Leveton

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Jacob Leveton has worked as a freelance journalist for 12 years, specializing in drifting since the first professional competition landed on US shores in 2003. Leveton has worked with more than twenty print and online media outlets to provide unique drifting content.


  1. lifer says:

    2013 will be a slew of LS V8 Turbo cars. This is history repeating itself so obviously now.

  2. lifer says:

    Ryan Kado has the talent to keep it under control. I seriously believe the final four will not be the usual suspects this round.

  3. Wegs says:

    His motor was not at all reliable previously and I highly doubt a big turbo will help that…

  4. Brian says:

    Taking away from the full throttle days?… By the speeds and smoke I’d say the throttle is still very much full

  5. SteveO says:

    Turbo’s should be banned. Then only let displacement and engine engineering be the only factor to high-horsepower, now THAT would be interesting.

  6. Slider S15 says:

    So long as you can so drasticly compromise line and angle for proximity this BHP war will continue to spiral.

    The up and commers couldn’t compete with the previous levels of power at the top, if this keeps up the drivers at the top will continue to move away from the up and commers and kill the sport.

    Small sponsorship > can’t afford power > can’t be competitive > Can’t gain bigger sponsors >^^

    It’s a viscious cycle which could be damaging to the sport we love so much.

  7. lifer says:

    @Slider S15

    Yeah and it opens a whole other nasty debate about classes.
    This is the move of the sport and there is nothing we can do about it.
    Even Proam is getting up there in power and chassis development.
    If people feel they will not be competitive and not try, thats fine. Nothing wrong with that.
    Drift for fun with your friends and have a blast. Everyone loves doing and watching it!

    Then there are those who will not give up because of some monster cars entering the field, and get what they are worth in competition drifting. No matter what engine or chassis they have, they will take the hits, get the win, and keep moving forward in proam or XDC to get that FD license. Once your there your in the big show. You go fully knowing your odds of even making it into the top 16 are VERY small, but you fight with all you got to not go down easy. Never giving up in what you believe you are worth is winning in my book.

  8. Mike Peters says:

    Hey look,
    Motorsport is progressing. Rad.

  9. Brian says:

    In every sport there needs to be a top of the top pro level. If it wasn’t for progression no one would try and we’d be right where we started. I watched Pat Cyr I’m DMCC play dori with a 700 plus hp ls powered 14. He’s in the what… Mid 300 hp 4 banger. And then went to win the event at Mosport. Power doesn’t replace talent

  10. Steffan says:

    Cool. Now that he has a turbo is he considered a Garrett non-turbo-V8 hunter?

  11. lifer says:

    Having a V8 Twin Turbo is more like a predator status. He can hunt both V8 and Turbo.

  12. Blaze1 says:

    Only one 650+ HP car has won the D1 championship (Saito 2008). All the other winners have been in the 180-550HP range.

    I blame the course designs more then the emphasis on proximity when it comes to Formula D.

    Long strung out courses with artificial apexes and outside clipping points…yeah your going to need some major HP to win.

  13. Frank says:

    Um, Blaze, Imamura’s S15 had about 700hp+ if I’m not mistaken?

  14. SoCal Swerve says:

    shit sucks with all that power its just not the same, it was alot cooler when everybody was beating on their sr’s, n/a vq35’s like the drooP z33, and poor old 4ag’s. the only big power cars were the ones with a 2jz or RB swap and it was usually only a few of those at each event. Damn i miss the good ol days when drifting was just a bunch of fun with the homies doing some sexy tandem slides together and not a hardcore competition thats why formula D BLOWS because they take the fun outta drifting the way they do things. take me back in time to the early 2000’s!