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Daigo Saito Building a Nissan GT-R for Formula Drift 2015? [RUMORMILL]

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A tipster CobaltGriffin gave us this huge scope this morning about Daigo Saito building a Nissan GT-R. Someone from the Achilles Team virtually confirmed without confirming that this is his Formula Drift build for 2015. The car looks like it is going under a serious build with his old D1GP car peaking out in the back of some shots. It does also appear that HKS will be adding to his partners for 2015 based on some Google translating. The original photos we managed to trace back to here we think, an ameblo.jp blog post. What do you think of this new build?

2014 Irish Drift Championship Round 5 at Mondello Park [RESULTS]

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The Irish Drift Championship came to an end this weekend with Round 5 at Mondello Park. Two American drivers were special guests including Chris Forsberg and Vaughn Gittin Jr. who came to be the first foreigner to win an event in Ireland. Vaughn Gittin suffered car troubles and wasn’t able to turn a wheel for the weekend and Chris Forsberg was taking names all weekend until he hit car troubles in the final four and couldn’t run his final tandem battle versus James Deane. This was his lead run from his Great 8 battle with Duane McKeever which was just wild! All and all James Deane competed in two rounds, won both, and finished second in the championship. That final battle is one I wish we could of seen but here is how they finished:

1. James Deane
2. Chris Forsberg
3. Matt Carter
4. John McCarthy
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Mercedes 560 SEC with 2JZ Power is Awesome [VIDEO]

Everybody loves a good Mercedes drift build. This happens to be a more unique setup then we normally see overseas. This is a 560 SEC which came from the factory with a 5.5L V8 engine to run an inline 6 cylinder. The driver is Ammar Hawwary with the testing going on in Jordan at the Smart Performance Center.

 

 

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Invades France with the Ford Mustang [VIDEO]

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France won’t ever be the same we imagine after it was invaded by Vaughn Gittin Jr. recently. He took on the streets and found a track to have some fun at to really bring out the best of France. His European invasion already involved an event victory at King of Europe Valencia. Watch the French invasion video below!

 

Watch the video: http://youtu.be/lMlCn5FmGak

Lucho Mendoza Jr. with his MKIV Supra from Peru [VIDEO]

This awesome drifter from Peru Lucho Mendoza Jr. sent us a great video of him tearing up a track back home. Only a little content has come out of South America from the drift scene over the past few years but we hope to track and post more as time moves forward! Enjoy this MKIV Supra flying around a road course.

Chris Forsberg Coming to Irish Drift Championship in 240sx

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IDC is coming into a wild Round 5 this weekend with Japfest. The car is built/maintained by Darren McNamara and was used at Global Warfare by Matt Powers. Now that Vaughn Gittin Jr. walked out of KOE Valencia with a win we wonder if Chris Forsberg can back that up with a win this weekend for a true American takeover of the European drift world.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Wins King of Europe Valencia Round

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. took out his european Ford Mustang to King of Europe which happened to be throwing an event in Valencia, Spain. To kick off the weekend Vaughn Gittin Jr. qualified first out of 33 drivers to start off his King of Europe debut with a big statement.

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Vaughn had three tough battles to advance and win this round of competition. He took on his Monster Energy teammate Steve Biagioni in the great eight and was given the win. Then he matched up to battle Polish drift champion Bartosz Stolarsaki in the final four.

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Vaughn Gittin Jr & Chris Forsberg to attend IDC Round 5 / Japfest in Ireland [MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT]

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Earlier this year, Daigo Saito and Robbie Nishida made the trip out to Ireland to compete in the Irish Drift Championship, and later this month, Chris Forsberg and Vaughn Gittin Jr will be out to compete. Forsberg will be driving the LHD S13 car built by fellow Formula D competitor Darren McNamara, while Vaughn Gittin Jr will be competing in one of the many Ford Mustang RTR’s he has around the world. These two are the latest to join the impressive roster of drivers who have made the trip to the Emerald Isle. Matt Powers was also at the same event Saito and Nishida attended, and Dai Yoshihara even drove in Ireland back in 2012 when the ProDrift series was still around. Ireland touts a 10-year undefeated streak on home soil, despite the frequent visitors from both the US as well as the UK and the rest of Europe. That streak is in serious jeopardy heading into this round at Mondello Park, which even made it on our Top 10 Drift Vacations list a few months back.

If you’re in the area and you don’t have tickets, we highly suggest you get them soon!

High Octane DRIFT by SYLVANIA from Formula Drift Canada [VIDEO]


This awesome short was filmed at the first-ever Formula DRIFT Canada Challenge, at Autodrome. It was the first time ever Formula DRIFT competed on Canadian soil. Some non Formula DRIFT Canadians had the opportunity to qualify to compete against the best drivers in the world. Brad Carlton was one of those Canadians. This short focuses on the struggles Carlton faces as a privateer trying to compete agains fully sponsored and financially supported drivers. It’s a story about passion for drift and never giving up on a dream. Sit back and watch the action unfold at this international drift battle presented by SYLVANIA SilverStar® zXe!

2014 Formula Drift Canada – An International Adventure [GALLERY]

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