Below is a breakdown of all the 2015 Formula Drift liveries released to date and I will update as we go along. To make life easy, I ranked them by championship finishing order of 2014.
1. Chris Forsberg – Nissan 370z
The championship returns with a Nissan 370z and some added sponsors for the new year. NOS Energy Drink returns as his title and the car gets a refresh to the new Nismo style front end.
2. Fredric Aasbo – Scion tC
Another car making its return in 2015. Fredric happens to be my personal prediction for 2015 Formula Drift champion if that means anything to you. He added a title sponsorship with Rockstar Energy Drink and I really hope he runs those yellow wheels he used in his car unveiling. Regardless, the car has never looked better and I think he is poised for a great season.
3. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – Ford Mustang
Vaughn Gittin Jr. is using his old Ford Mustang with the new livery as they continue to research and develop his 2015 RTR for competition. My guess is, he will stick with the 2014 Mustang until he winds up mathematically out of the championship. That is when he would bring the 2015 RTR out for this year. If he is in the running for the championship, I expect to see this car in 2016. Good news is, you can always see his new 2015 Mustang RTR at non Formula Drift events such as Street Driven May 2nd at VIR.
4. Odi Bakchis – Hyundai Genesis / Nissan 240sx
Odi Bakchis is running a complex Formula Drift World Championship setup that involves running two cars in the USA. We have a complete Odi Bakchis schedule for his die-hard fans that want to know what he is driving and where. For this weekend, he will be in this big V8 powered Hyundai Genesis with a Vortech Supercharger kit hoping to start off with a great 2015 season.
5. Forrest Wang – LHD S15 Nissan Silvia
This car became the most hyped up and leaked debacle of 2015 all over the Internet last week due to our Instagram page but we will leave that be. Car looks pretty similar to last season and still carries a 2JZ engine setup and WiseFab for big angle.
6. Kenneth Moen – Nissan 240sx
Kenneth Moen put together a refresh on his Nissan 240sx in bright yellow with a new title sponsor in Gatebil. He does also seem to have new partners with STR Racing Wheels for 2015. Judging by some social media updates the car isn’t quite in full running form just yet so we are left with a render right now.
7. Darren McNamara – Not in Formula Drift for 2015
8. Dean Kearney – Dodge Viper
This car is another one that doesn’t seem to have tested just yet but here is a render of the new Dodge Viper. I think it is the best the car has ever looked and year over year Dean Kearney seems to do better each year in this thing.
9. Justin Pawlak – Ford Mustang
This is actually a ground up new Ford Mustang JTP built for his 2015 Formula Drift season. He remains on Falken Tire but does have a new crew and is spliting travel and other duties with Michael Essa for the this year.
10. Conrad Grunewald – Chevrolet Camaro
He has some new sponsors came into this program like Always Evolving and GT Radial for his 2015 Formula Drift season. I am personally more excited about his demo car he built with SDPC that includes a huge turbo kit and a DRS style rear wing.
11. Robbie Nishida – Nothing Released as of Wednesday
12. Ryan Tuerck – Scion FR-S
Ryan Tuerck put together a new Scion FR-S for the 2015 Formula Drift season with a completely new crew and shop. The car has a classic IMSA Toyota style livery, white Fifteen 52 wheels, and at Media Day was throwing down some wild angle.
13. Ken Gushi – Scion FR-S
This car appears to be a new look to his classic 2JZ Scion FR-s. Greddy has run the lead on his program which has been a little plagued with random mechanical gremlins over recent times. If the car keeps together he could easily finish in the Top 10 with this car for 2015.
14. Daigo Saito – Nissan GT-R
This is probably the second most hyped car of the Formula Drift off-season. It had a SEMA unveiling in Achilles livery and got this update before being unveiled in this new look for the season. Yes, this car is still running 21 inch rims for the new season. I can easily see Daigo finishing in the top three for the season or 30+ depending on how this car holds together.
15. Matt Field – Nissan 240sx
We leaked an early snapshot of his car which showed off his new Rotiform BLQ wheels and the fact he made a move to Yokohama Tire for the new drift season. I really have become a fan of Matt Field over the years and his progression in the sport is clear if you watch him over time. Matt overhauled his engine program and made some big improvements including a new Vortech Supercharger setup. I can easily see him finishing in the Top 10 this year if all goes well.
16. Michael Essa – Chevrolet Camaro
A completely new project by Michael Essa for 2015 could see him shine or struggle with a new platform. He brings over the famous SLP brand as a title sponsor and has a true Hot Rod style feel to his build like his 2015 teammate Justin Pawlak.
17. Tyler McQuarrie
Tyler returns in a Chevrolet Camaro with his big two sponsors GoPro and Mobil 1. His 2014 season was really held back by mechanical issues that basically left him irrelevant towards the start of the season. However, he partnered up with an old brand Falken Tire with he ran in some of his best seasons in Formula Drift history. I cannot see Tyler finishing worse than 17th this year pending some huge car issues.
18. Dai Yoshihara
Another Top 10 driver who just had a car that held him back throughout 2014. The team is most likely taking a budget cut for 2015 after Falken Tire pulled back it’s factory support of drifting which might make things hard for the team in this new season. Dai has been testing a ton at WSIR during the off-season so that might help solve the issues they seemed to have with this car.
19. Pat Goodin
Pat Goodin had an awesome season last year landing a top 20 championship place but nobody really seems to talk about him. He continues his program with Falken Tire and Enjuku Racing and did a throwback to his bamboo livery.
20. Kyle Mohan – Mazda RX-8
This Mazda is getting another year in Formula Drift with a wild flame/aluminum/blue wrap for the new year.
21. Chelsea DeNofa
Not released yet.
22. Charles Ng – Infiniti G37
His Infiniti G37 got a new look for 2015 along with some large sponsorship from Sparkplugs.com and Maxxis Tire. The biggest change I have learned about this car is he bailed on the LS3 engine for a stroked VR38DETT engine. One note is that it does make him eligible for the OEM manufactures championship this season.
23. Jhonnattan Castro – Nissan 370z
Castro brought on a new title sponsorship with E3 Spark Plugs for the 2015 season. He continues to drive a 370z built and managed by the CFR team.
24. Geoff Stoneback
I posted a photo of what Geoff Stoneback’s S14 looked like at Media Day captured by OMGdrift but pretty sure he will be adding a livery before the big Round 1 weekend.
25. Joon Maeng – BMW Z4
The Nissan 240sx is getting retired in favor for a BMW Z4. Not much information has come out recently about his Z4 but we broke the news of his BMW back in February.