D1GP Going Green in 2014 – More Regulations and Clearing Up Rumors

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 In D1GP International Japanese Max Orido


After talking with several sources and getting some great translations from Japanese drift forums we have learned about the changes as close to 100% as we can get for the new drift season. Several people have confirmed the ban on nitrous in the series which we reported on earlier this week.

D1GP will also require all drivers to run a catalytic converters for the 2014 season which we are told is part of an effort for D1 to help align with regulations and become more of an official motorsport in the country. Some rumors have been going around that D1GP will be banning race gas and venting wastegates but we have confirmed these reports are incorrect.

We are being told that some teams and various supporters of all the D1 series ranks are waiting for the Formula Drift Japan schedule to be released and looking to run events with that series instead. Check out the Kick-Off D1GP gallery we covered earlier this month showing the series kicking off strong in 2014.A big thanks to the help we got from Powervehicles.com, Robbie Nishida, various D1 teams, and some bilingual readers.

Here is a recap of regulations being put in place for 2014:
1. Nitrous is banned
2. Catalytic Converters Are Required
3. Exhausts Must Be Pointing to Ground
4. Race Gas is Still Legal (other sites reporting illegal)
5. Venting Wastegates Legal (other sites reporting illegal)

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  1. Mark Lytle says:

    It would appear that these rules have more to do with tightening regulations from Japan as a whole and not just D1. I’m not sure how many contestants in D1 actually use nitrous, but I’m sure the ones that do will fine effective means to make up the loss of low end power. As far as the catalytic converters are concerned, the wide availability of hi-flow cats, with proven cat/no cat dynos, that shouldn’t be that big of a deal. And how many drivers in Japan use E85 instead of race gas anyway?

  2. Blaze1 says:

    Sweet news…. Japanese tuners take pride in making big power on cars with cats and pump gas. I wonder if FD will be rolling out the full rulebook for the Japanese series. Alot of light cars running big tires over there, it will be interesting to see if they can comply. Further more it will be interesting to see if FD/MSC will follow suit with this eco friendly plan of action. I predict D1 will be making major moves thiss season knowing they finally have some competition in town.

  3. Wrecked Magazine Staff says:

    @Blaze1 According to Joey, race gas will still be legal this year but other sites are saying it will be ruled illegal. He spoke with a D1 team who is planning to just run a smaller turbo to fix the no nitrous issue but they are under the impression they can run race gas. Two other people have confirmed with us that D1 is not banning race gas either. Regardless, this season will be interested in Japan!

  4. Scaifey86 says:

    Catalytic converters has been a requirement in d1gp for as long as I can remember, it’s not to do with going green or anything. The exhaust pointing down is also nothing new as it has been required at every round setup in a car park or similar like most of the rounds last year or odaiba, centrair and the likes.

  5. Blaze1 says:

    I was under the impression cats were only required in D1SL. I’m pretty familiar with all the rotary cars in the series and I’m pretty sure they didn’t run cats. But yeah, I realize race fuel is still legal. Just pointing out they could make it work if need be. I’m honestly surprised such a eco conscious country like Japan has finally taken notice on a sport that involves clouds of tire smoke and 800hp gas guzzling machines.

  6. Brian says:

    Is it just me or does the fact that these cars leaving a ploom of tire smoke make all these environmental regulations and concerns bull shit lol

  7. Pike Meters says:

    Guess this is the end of D1…………………..

  8. ecoman says:

    I think Japan has bigger issues then eco friendly drift cars.Fukushima is the worst kept eco disaster area in the world and polluting the planet!!!

  9. anthonymcqueen87 says:

    Omg really eco friendly Drift machines ?
    Did Al Gore have anything to do with this whats next no tire smoke ?

  10. Sanlis says:

    guys i got some new info from the voice of D1, Manabu Suzuki, which is some further plan from drivers. Nobushige Kumakubo from Team Orange will build a new S15 with a v8. Daigo Saito will build a new Chaser/Mark II with 3.4 storke 2JZ since he’s old monster mark II was caught in fire last season. Two famous s15 drivers will go L6 Engline next year, Tatsuya Sakuma from Toyo Drift will go RB26 with his s15. RC926 with Toyo Drift driver Akinori Utsumi with build a 2JZ with 3.4 stroke. 2007 and 2013 Champion Masato Kawabata is going to drive R35 GT-R build by TRUST/Greddy.

  11. Exxo says:

    Maybe V8’s will rise in Japan. Hell Yeah!!