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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

BMXer Mark Webb Shows Off New 1JZ Mazda RX-7

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The guys at Failcrew are showing off an amazing wrap done to Mark Webb’s Mazda RX-7. The car has a 1JZ engine and quite an aggressive setup all around. The car lacks a ton of sponsorship representation outside of Failcrew in these renders as well. From what we hear, the car will be attending some sporadic Drift All-Stars events over the 2015 season! What do you think of this 1JZ powered Mazda RX-7?

Daigo Saito Dismantling Lamborghini for D1 Grand Prix

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They say a picture is worth 1000 words but this image of a dismantled Lamborghini Murcielago set to become a drift car has my speechless. Once I reported that this build was happening last month I didn’t know what to think or do other than heading to Kayak.com and looking for a flight deal to Japan this year so I can see this drift car in person. Part of me has still struggled with the reality that this drift build could be happening in the first place. That doubt comes to me regardless of my very reliable sources who have continued to confirm that this is his D1GP plan. Well, inside Daigo Saito’s million dollar+ drift shop they have started dismantling the Lamborghini in preparation for the upcoming D1 Grand Prix season. Here goes nothing?

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Daigo Saito to Drive Ferrari F430 at Formula Drift Japan

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I don’t even know if I really believe Daigo Saito and all his rumors/nonsense for 2015 at this point. First, he unveiled plans to drive a Lamborghini in D1GP which I thought was completely insane.  Now, it looks like he is set to repurpose this Ferrari F430 track car into a drift machine. No idea how he intends to do this within the spirit of the Formula Drift rulebook. On top of all that……. he is bringing an insane Nissan GT-R to America that will run the season on a 21 inch tire. I almost don’t know what to think anymore….. but he is single handidly keeping the 2015 season interesting in case you think nobody else in the sport is.

Club Loose expands to Ireland [GRASSROOTS]

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Over the weekend, we noticed a new fan page had been setup for Club Loose Ireland. After some digging around, it looks like this is a confirmed situation. 2009 Formula D Rookie-of-the-year Eric O’Sullivan has recently returned back to his native country (rumored with a Solstice in tow), and will be extending the grassroots organization to a new continent. Club Loose is one of the most famed grassroots organizations in the drifting community, and boasts alumni like Steve Angerman, Mats Baribeau, and Geoff Stoneback, all of which have clearly left their impact on competitive drifting events. O’Sullivan cited a lack of events in Ireland where drivers can get seat time and drive with their friends without the pressures of a competition, and hopes to offer the same sort of fun environment that Club Loose is known for.

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The first event has tentatively been scheduled for May, with more details coming as they get confirmed.

For those unfamiliar with Club Loose, here’s a video profile of the group that was done by the people over at AutoBlog:

http://www.autoblog.com/2015/02/19/drifting-club-loose-car-club-usa/

Drift All-Stars Sets a 2015 Schedule Covering Europe

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The 2015 drift season in Europe has seen schedules released left and right but the biggest one we always look forward to viewing is the Drift All-Stars release. The biggest names in Europe tend to dance here such as James Deane, Piotr Wiecek, and Janis Eglite. The series will kick off in London at a possible new location during the gorgeous month of May and venture around the mainland from there. Here is the schedule:

May TBA – London, England – Round 1 @ TBA
May 29-31 – Lodz, Poland – Round 2 @ National Circuit
July 4-5 – Eskiltuna, Sweden – Round 3 @ Grondal Circuit
August 1 – Riga, Latvia – Round 4 @ Riga City Circuit
August 8-9 – Tallin, Estonia – Round 5 @ Laitse Rally Park
August 29-30 – Kaunas, Lithuania – Round 6 @ Kaunas Street Circuit
October 9-10 – Warsaw, Poland – Round 7 @ Warsaw City Circuit

 

For a Full World Schedule Of Drifting:
http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/find-an-event-the-best-drift-event-calendar/

Watch D1NZ Round Round 4 Livestream Now

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The D1NZ series has some gorgeous looking cars and pretty solid drifting to match. While most of us live about a world away from New Zealand the magic of the Internet allows you to Livestream a drift weekend there which is probably the next best thing from traveling all the way to NZ. Follow the link below to stream some D1NZ live.

Watch Here: http://d1nz.com/live