The guys over in Texas have put together a cool plan for drifting in 2015. The TXSL series is for the budget minded drifter. Pro Am and Pro 2 drifting gets more expensive year after year so the guys at Fabricated Motorsports created a series that goes in the overall direction.
The rule book is setup to encourage the careful purchase of a car that fits the rules, will be fun to own and drift, with as little maintenance and cost to modify as possible. Cars such as E36M3 are now roughly 3-5K for a manual transmission car without major issues, and red top S13 are in the same price range. The goal is that a car with the addition of a few suspension mods, knuckles, racing seat, and a simple cage a 5K dollar will be capable of winning the series.
The event schedule will come out shortly we imagine but while you are waiting for that check out the simple rulebook to keep the cars in budget:
1. Cars must be full interior.
2. Engines must be stock other than general maintenance, exhausts and intake systems are open. Cars must have a muffler. That does not mean you can add a turbo to an engine that doesn’t have one, that means you can add an aftermarket exhaust with a muffler. Stock ECU may be tuned as there is no real method for us to stop this.
3. Engine swaps are prohibited except in the case of running motor swaps which are available in the same chassis generation as the car receiving the swap. This means S13 240sx can run a KA24, or a red top SR20DET. E36 BMW could run a S50 motor in a 325 chassis for instance.
4. Injectors must remain stock, boost must remain stock with the stock actuator and no boost controller. Fuel must be pump gas, 93 octane, no better.
5. Engine cooling is open.
6. AC Systems must remain in the car even if they do not function. If the AC system has been removed, we will have a system of adding weight to your car to compensate for the loss.
7. Suspension is open but no attachment points can be moved other than knuckle modifications to add steering angle to the car.
8. Fenders may be modified or replaced.
9. All cars must run Kenda tires as a way to keep costs lower for all other teams. You may petition to run a different tire if Kenda does not make a tire small enough for your vehicle. You may petition to run a different tire brand if you have an extenuating circumstance such as a Formula Drift sponsorship stating you cannot run a competition tire brand. Other than those reasons, everyone must run Kenda Tires in this class. This is in an effort to make the series more affordable for all the drivers, and to simplify the rule book.
10. Light weight components such as carbon fiber doors, trunks, or hoods may not be used. Glass may not be replaced with lexan. Cars must retain their head lights.
11. No hydro ebrakes may be used unless permission is granted through a petition, such as cars which do not have a handle style from the factory like a 240SX. Any car with handle style ebrake must use the stock ebrake assembly.
12. Cage rules will be announced, but a cage with door bars will be required. I am currently trying to decide on bolt in cages or weld in cages.