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Darren McNamara’s MCNSport 86 Can Be Yours [FOR SALE]

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The AE86 Toyota Corolla built by MCNSPORT and driven by Darren McNamara in Europe. The car orginally came to life as a Need for Speed Shift 2 video game build which you can still pick up and drive this car in the game. If you have a larger budget however, you can purchase this car in real life and drift it wherever you please. The car has a current look close to what is shown below.

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2014 Formula Drift Australia at World Time Attack [RESULTS]

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Formula Drift Australia wrapped up during the World Time Attack event over the weekend which only saw one international superstar/Formula Drift driver manage to land on the podium. It was Fredric Aasbo who was looking unbeatable all weekend until his car suffered a mechanical failure locking him into third place. You can go back and watch the whole event via Livestream.com here or you can just glance below at the results:

1st- Levi Clarke
2nd- Nick Coulson
3rd- Fredric Aasbo

10 Things I Learned About Formula Drift Irwindale Last Weekend

10. The Best Formula Drift Event in History

FormulaDriftIrwindale This is the first time in Formula Drift history the championship came down to the last battle. A sold out Irwindale Speedway cheered and screamed as tandem battles wound up in crashes, door banging, and dramatic endings. Fredric Aasbo even beat Chris Forsberg in the Final Four but just fell short of his first championship by losing to Daigo Saito.

9. A Championship Based on Qualifying
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I will be one of the first people to admit or complain about how boring qualifying is when you look at the big picture of the sport. It drags on, has a slow pace, and generally doesn’t entertain like tandem competition. However, Fredric Aasbo lost the championship based on him qualifying consistently worse than Chris Forsberg this season making it quite impactful overall. Fredric even won more tandem battles through the season and successfully beat Chris Forsberg on several occasions to show he could of earned it but qualifying seems to be his glaring mistake for the season.

8. Dean Kearney Keeps Making this Dodge Viper Work
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Dean is one of the drivers who just kept improving throughout the 2014 season and he continued to impress me at Irwindale. He banged up the car a few times and after talking to him at Irwindale, he shared with me that his tandem battle versus Dai Yoshihara was done without front brake rotors (basically no front brakes) which resulted in his tandem follow error. It is pretty amazing how he makes this big boat work around the Formula Drift courses in the modern era.

7. Pro 2 Had Some Positives and Negatives
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Some of the Pro 2 battles this weekend delivered top billing and a huge crowd reaction for some battles while one tandem battle in particular was the worst professional drift tandem sequence I had seen in my life. In six laps due to two One More Times we had four spins and three inactive chase runs. All and all I would consider Pro 2 a success and will be interested to see how it grows for 2015, especially with the new influx of drivers who couldn’t make the 32 cut.

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Watch Formula Drift Australia via Livestream

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It’s early in the morning right now in Australia! Check out Mad Mike Whiddett’s insane build along with many others internationals competing at the World Time Attack weekend in Australia. Follow the link below and you can get a full dose of drifting post Irwindale.

 

Watch now: http://new.livestream.com/itvl/events/3487244

2014 D1NZ Round 1 at Manfeild Raceway [RECAP]

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Shortly after wrapping up the 2014 drifting season here in New Zealand we were back at it again for 2015! The Demon Energy D1NZ series stopped by at Manfeild Raceway in the lower North Island for Round 1 of competition. With high speed entries, smooth flowing corners and large runoffs this would be a chance to really test the cars – many of which receiving new setups during the off-season.

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One of those would be Fanga Dan Woolhouse in his Century Batteries Holden Commodore. The new VE chassis has been in the works for a while now – built as a serious championship contender to the tune of well over 600hp. However later in the day a broken axle meant the new car would not go on and instead Fanga would borrow Ben Jenkins’ Pro-Am S13, driving well but without the necessary pace for a round win.
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Similarly the current D1 champion Gaz Whiter was not driving his usual high power LS7 Silvia. Shipping that car to Australia for World Time Attack meant Whiter would borrow an RB powered C33 Laurel last used in competition back in 2007. Even with Whiter’s experience and driving ability the team knew it would be a challenge come battle time, and unfortunately electrical problems took him out of the game early.

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Drift All-Stars Judgement Day [VIDEO]

Here is a great piece from Drift All-Stars showing all the action from the final round of the 2014 season at the Lithuanian Drift GP! A creative intro matched with tons of awesome drift shots really give you a feeling with this 11 minute video how much fun the Drift All-Stars series is the top competition in Europe. The best cars, huge crowds, and some creative tracks really give fans the best value for the money you can find. Spoiler alert, James Deane killed it again.

2014 Maple Leaf Bash in Canada [GALLERY]

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Jeremy Glover took on Maple Leaf Bash to produce some awesome content from the wild bash style weekend they throw in Canada. Tons of cool cars from up north and no rules were a great mix for the weekend.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=435

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.