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2015 D1 Grand Prix Round 1 at Odaiba [GALLERY]

D1GrandPrix DaigoSaitoTandem LexusLFA.DriftingMike Boldt has been on the worlds longest vacation in Japan and opted to shoot Round 1 and 2 of D1 Grand Prix for us! The Streets of Tokyo event in Odaiba had some world class tandem along with some unique cars drifting around the course including the debut of the famous TRD V8 powered Lexus LFA and a Tesla Model S.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=448

Jonathan Guitard’s Lexus SC400 for DMCC 2015

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Jeremy Glover snagged us some exclusive pictures of Jonathan Guitard’s Lexuc SC400 for DMCC 2015. Jonathan came off the 2014 season with an event victory and hopes to perform just as well this season. Who doesn’t want to cheer for a guy sponsored by Budweiser after all?

For Round 1 this weekend he qualified 5th and finished in 6th place after losing to Pat Cyr in the Great 8!

Formula Drift Meets with Group of European Drift Series in Paris, France

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An interesting photograph popped onto my Facebook feed today showing Jim Liaw (Formula Drift Founder/Owner) having some drinks in Paris, France with several other drift organizations. I can identify the owners of the Polish Drift Federation, Drift All-Stars, King of Europe, and the French Drift Championship among those present.

Since Formula Drift launched a “World Championship” it has a gross lack of European presence considering it had the highest drift attendance by continent I am pretty sure as far the sport goes and the most professional level events. The World Championship right now only includes three new countries and one of those is Canada. The only overseas play is China/Japan which are both decent locations but lack a true world championship feel by excluding so many drivers/regions.

Formula Drift already showed a liking to the King of Europe series by honoring its champion Nikolett Szanto a license for the 2015 Formula D season even though she has been a no show. Their might be hope for this World Championship yet with some potential European expansion in the future.

Formula Drift Japan / MSC Round 1 – Tsukuba [RESULTS]

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Although we didn’t see any sort of official press release, it looks like this year’s entire Drift Muscle / MSC series will be branded as Formula Drift Japan. The first event took place over the weekend at Tsukuba, and former FD USA driver Kuniaki Takahashi took the win in his big body Toyota Mark X. Round 2 will take place in July at Fuji and will count towards the Formula Drift World Championship.

1st – Kuniaki Takahashi
2nd – Kazuki Hayashi
3rd – Daigo Saito

2015 Irish Drifting Championships – Round 1 Mondello [RESULTS]

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James Deane started the new season off exactly where he left off last season, on the top rung of the podium. Deane looked flawless in his 2JZ-powered S14, consistently hitting the clipping zones as requested by the judges. It was an all-Irish podium as Nigel Colfer took second place and 15-year old Tomás Kiely took the final spot, with Australian Luke Fink finishing just outside the podium positions.

1st – James Deane
2nd – Nigel Colfer
3rd – Tomás Kiely
4th – Luke Fink

Team Raidopower Debuts 700hp Mercedes Powered S14

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In the middle of the 2JZ era the guys at Team Raidopower from Sweden have built a 700hp Mercedes powered S14. The car features a Rocket Bunny kit and will be driven by Tokan Bielkelof in the Drift All-Stars series for the 2015 season. I couldn’t find exact details easily on the Mercedes power plant but it appears to be a 3.2L turbocharged setup. We except to see many more Drift All-Stars cars debut over the next couple weeks.

Kristaps Blušs Unveils HGK Motorsports BMW for Formula Drift

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HOLY COW, the guys famous for building insane and over the top BMW’s delivered with this Formula Drift legal bat shit insane E46. If you follow the “more” link below you can find some pictures of this beast without it’s body cladding on to see how wild the engine setup really is. Kristaps has opted for an all motor setup with some big ITB’s. His suspension is helped by WiseFab suspension and Achilles Radial to make that big horsepower stick. Follow the jump to see more photos of this beast!

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Yoichi Imamura Drifting and Shake Down of his Lexus LFA [VIDEO]

Imamura has silenced all the doubters and haters by doing some drift testing with his Lexus LFA. It sure looks like this build is progressing into a legit D1GP build. My favorite part about this video is that this wildly exotic and rare car sliding around this parking lot sounds just like every car on the Formula Drift grid pretty much. Someone also needs to go film this thing ASAP with a better camera please and thanks.

Andy Gray – New Formula Drift Pro 2 Driver from Japan for 2015

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Andy Gray is another driver heading to American for the 2015 season. You might not recognize his name off-hand but his company Power Vehicles has been renting missile cars to people worldwide from Ebisu Circuit. In fact, over the years, he has been kind enough to loan Chris Forsberg a car when we came into town. They have always taken great care of us when in Japan so he is already a fan favorite of mine. More importantly though, Andy Grey is a destroyer of Ebisu Circuit and probably only drives it second best to Daigo Saito. Above is the car he will be bringing stateside for the Pro 2 season. Here are some videos of him running:

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Darren McNamara Has His Insane AE86 Rolling Shell [FOR SALE]

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Darren McNamara has his 1983 Toyota AE86 up for sale without an engine and transmission. The car right now is short an engine, gearbox, dry sump system, and intercooler setup but you can buy it now for 15,000 Euros. The car has been featured in Need for Speed Shift 2 video game. It has also been seen on the cover of MAX Power and Japanese Performance car magazine. If you had plans to build an over the top AE86 this season or year it might be a worthwhile purchase for you. The car is currently located in Ireland.

 

For Sale: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281616792719?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649