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Daigo Saito in Planning Stages to Drift Lamborghini in D1GP This Year

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Thanks to the dozen people who sent us this rumor mill about Daigo Saito off the bat this evening first off before we dig into the story. I spoke to as many people as I could who would have inside authority about the situation and can confirm that Daigo Saito has a plan or intention to run this Liberty Walk Lamborghini in the D1GP season this year. It does sound like some things need to take place for it to be a 100% go at this point. Something tells us he is trying to not get outdone on Internet hype by Imamura who brought out a Lexus LFA earlier this year to run in D1GP as well. Also, we have heard some whispers of a possible Ferrari drift car coming out as well. This sure has become the most expensive drift car build year in history and we haven’t even hit February.

 

 

Formula Drift Announces a Branded Canada Series for 2015

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Formula Drift has licensed a complete series in Canada which will be known as Formula Drift Canada. DMCC has been dwindling to nothing over the past couple seasons so a new series seems to be needed that will travel around Quebec. No information appears to be available yet on how a FD Canada license will work when moved into the USA series as a Pro 1 or Pro 2 pass into the next season. Here is the tentative 2015 FD Canada calendar below:

Formula D Canada 2015 Calendar
Round 1: June 21, Autodrome St-Eustache
Round 2: July 18, Montmagny Autodrome
Round 3: August 7-8, Trois-Rivières Grand Prix
World Championship Round: September 6-7, Autodrome St-Eustache

Victor Madera – The First Man to Drift in Haiti [VIDEO]

Check out this video of Victor Madera taking the first drift laps in Haiti’s history as a country. Not many people can make an official claim to complete the first drifting laps in a country but Victor got that chance earlier this year. The vide shows them drifting on Circuit 9 in the country which is on the same island as the Dominican Republic for you geographically challenged. The Dominican has an awesome drift scene if you are visiting on vacation during one of it’s CDCD events. Great drivers and an insane crowd that cheers and screams all night. Formula Drift pro Jhonnathan Castro built up his skills in the country before coming stateside.

 

Imamura Teases TRD V8 Engine Inside His Lexus LFA

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We finally snagged a photograph of the Imamura LFA with the hood open. Casey Crittenden spotted this and confirmed the rumors we reported about it having a TRD V8 engine inside of it. We showed the car off last week at the Tokyo Auto Salon in this post here. We are itching to get some actual drift footage of this performing in D1GP this season!

Pat Cyr Shows Off His Scion FR-S for 2015

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Pat Cyr debuted his new FR-S at the Montreal Autoshow up in Canada today. The car has a transformation to orange with a large title sponsorship with Eneos Oil. Pat continues to carry some big name sponsors such as Garrett Turbo and Yokohama for the new season. What do you think about his new unveiling?

Charles Ng Shoots a Drift Selfie Video With A C63 AMG [VIDEO]

Charles Ng hangs onto a selfie stick and drifts around the AMG Winter Sporting in Sweden. The car is a C63 AMG and it rips around the snow in this thing drifting with just one hand! Pretty impressive for the Formula Drift driver as he is out working in Sweden for the winter!

Shane Lynch and Team Japspeed Debut 370z at Autosport International

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Team Japspeed and driver Shane Lynch unveiled a new 2015 Nissan 370z drift build. The car sat in the Maxxis booth during the Autosport show and gathered tons of attention from the UK press. We aren’t shocked to see more drivers building the 370z chassis as they get cheaper in cost, gain product support, and also are one of the few chassis to now win a Formula Drift championship. No word just yet on detailed specs with this car but we are sure more information will come out shortly before the BDC 2015 series gets underway!

Imamura Shows Off His Lexus LFA Set for D1GP

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This Lexus LFA was built by Yoichi Imamura for D1 Grand Prix duty this season. What I can safely say is the most expensive OEM car to be built into a professional drift car to date in the world. Rumor has it from reader Lexis King that this build features a TRD NASCAR motor and dogbox in place of the factory V10 engine. This is another pretty wild build to come out of Tokyo Auto Salon after we saw the unveiling of Mad Mike’s Formula Drift Asia RX-7 and Robbie Nishida’s 1000hp Nissan GT-R for Formula Drift Asia. Stay tuned to the website for more builds coming out soon! 
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Robbie Nishida Shows Off 1000hp Nissan GT-R at Tokyo Auto Salon for Formula Drift Asia

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Tokyo Auto Salon this year might have more drift car debuts than the SEMA Show at this rate of unveilings. Thanks to Mad Mike Whiddett’s social media savvy we found Robbie Nishida’s new Formula Drift Asia build. A 1000hp Nissan GT-R featuring a flat olive look and a Liberty Walk wide body kit. We don’t quite have all the specs on this car but it can serve I would imagine as a testing/learning vehicle for Daigo Saito’s GT-R coming to Formula Drift USA for 2015. No word yet if Robbie Nishida will also be running the most insane tire sizes for 2015 along with Daigo but we can assume, yes indeed.

Mad Mike’s New HUMBUL Looks Amazing – Tokyo Auto Salon 2015 Preview

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Mad Mike Whiddett’s HUMBUL is here! The 4 rotor twin turbo motor looks insane and the whole car is on the top quality one would expect to come from Mad Mike. Tons of the aero is sourced from Total Car Produce Magic (whom we found these photos through as well, thanks guys. The car is currently at Tokyo Auto Salon sitting in the Garrett Turbo booth in Hall 9.

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