Kumakubo posted about his high speed accident that happened at D1 Grand Prix Osaka today. The LS3 powered S15 Silvia was spotted by us back in 2014 and Option made a video that summer featuring the Silvia found here. It looks like this weekend the car took an insanely hard hit at D1 Osaka. Sounds like Kumakubo is doing fine and has high spirits about new plans and maybe a new engine in 2016.
Daigo Saito shows off his livery all set for a big D1 Grand Prix debut in his drift Lamborghini. We have a done a pretty solid job tracking this Lamborghini build from its inception to where it stand now. How do you think he will do in D1 this weekend?
I cannot help but get more excited as I see the progress of the drift Murcielago come together in Daigo Saito’s shop. Here is the January update when we found out this Lambo was coming to life as a drift car, a Lambo dismantling update in March, and finally a June moving forward build. His Lamborghini progress is still being called out as BS by skeptics but this build looks more real by the day as far as we can tell. A rumor that it might hit the track before the end of this D1GP season is out in the rumormill. Can he bring this to Formula Drift for 2016? Door banging with this thing in the United States would be ideal. What do you think of the build progress?
Mike 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.
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 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:
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?
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.
Masashi Yokoi, who dominated Formula Drift Japan last year, is now heading to Formula Drift for the 2015 season. He had some insane style over at FD Japan in December sweeping up everyone who got in his way and finishing in front of Formula Drift top ranked drivers Daigo Saito and Fredric Aasbo to get the win. Back in the FD Japan results page we hinted at rumors that he was filing for a Formula Drift petition and it seems that the series has accepted it. He is now listed on the Formula Drift website as a Pro 1 driver with a rookie class that currently features Nikolett Szanto. Not a ton of details have been released about what he will be driving and who his partnerships are but we will keep you updated as soon as we know anything. Videos below. Read More…
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.