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Scion FR-S Media Unveiling/Testing in Japan at Fuji Speedway

Speedhunters journalist and former Wrecked Magazine photographer Dino Dalle Carbonare posted this on his Facebook earlier today. This is a test mule Scion FR-S he snapped at an event in Japan right now over at Fuji Speedway. According to someone at the event the car in Japan will be branded just as the Toyota GT 86. A finalized stock version of the car should crop up very soon. We have even more news about the Scion FR-S in drifting coming up right around the corner as well!

Ebisu Circuit Live Cameras – Drift Matsuri is 24/7 [VIDEO]

If your not out at a bar or having way more fun (playing Forza 4, working graveyard, or sleeping) then check out the Ebisu Circuit Live Cameras. The night time drifting right now is pretty busy as it sits around 7:00pm right now. If your a diehard drift fan this live stream camera from Ebisu Circuit will keep you entertained for hours. Follow the link below:

Watch Ebisu Circuit Live: http://www.ab.auone-net.jp/~ebisu24/live_camera/cam420.html

2011 D1GP Fuji Speedway in Photographs

The D1 Grand Prix 2011 season has come to a close with Fuji Speedway last month and these great images show some of the action. We have enjoyed some of the memories with this season that was delayed due to the huge earthquake earlier in the year. Back in March we were looking at a damaged Ebisu Circuit from the earthquake and less than six months later they had an event at the track undamaged. The lead photo shows the Team Orange Mitsubishi Evo X fading long time D1 star Ken Nomura at the high speed Fuji Speedway. Once the new 2012 D1GP schedule is posted up we will have it ready for you guys!

Option2 Magazine/DVD August Issue Featuring Formula Drift

This is a preview page from the August issue of Option2 magazine which is featuring a Formula Drift spread and the 2010 season recap episode inside the DVD. This is the series we were hinting at in our rumor post yesterday and only a few people guessed it would be Formula Drift.

This is a screen grab of the actual layout talking about Round 1 at Long Beach and Round 2 at Road Atlanta. What does everyone think about Option2 pages being filled with some American drift coverage in the magazine along with the DVD inserts? Who in Japan is looking forward to getting DVD coverage from the newsstands featuring American drift content? This is a huge announcement from Formula Drift starting up a bigger invasion of Asia. Is a Formula Drift Asia event in Japan next on the docket? We sure hope so!

Option 2 Magazine Featuring Huge Drifting Coverage in DVD Insert – HINT: Not D1GP

The new August issue of Option 2 is right around the corner from hitting newsstands in Japan. The magazine is notorious for it’s loaded coverage of the D1 Grand Prix series in the past. This makes sense logically since the magazine is based in Japan along with the D1GP drifting series. It has been one of the leading series in the world but during the past year some cracks in the world wide series have cropped up.

Teams have cried foul and the founders have walked away from the series. Option 2 magazine has now taken a step to promote another big drifting series worldwide that isn’t D1. We have to hold out on telling you what series that is but we hope you can figure it out with some deductive reasoning.

A recap show will be featured in the DVD insert and the magazine will include some drifting coverage from the series. We are told the official release of this announcement will come out shortly (by end of week perhaps) from the series but it will be a huge announcement. This comes as a pretty big blow to the D1GP series who has dominated the pages/DVDs of Option 2 magazine in years past.

Toyota Mark X Drifting in D1GP is Gorgeous [SNAPSHOTS]

Normally this part of the blog post is reserved for some meaningless diatribe that none of you will ever read anyway…. However, this car has rendered me speechless!

Re-Extreme Blogs About D1GP Favoritism and Bias Still Around in 2011

The postponed D1GP Odaiba event took place over the weekend as drifting was happening all over the world. The guys at the Re-Extreme blog have decided to speak out about the things they don’t like about D1GP this year and how the sponsor favoritism is staying the course in the series. Back in 2009 we reported on a story someone wrote: “The Death of D1 – The Rise and Fall,” and it seems like nothing has really changed in light of the series. Here are a few notes of what Re-Extreme has to say and follow the link to read his whole report.

“It seems the D1 world hasn’t changed since the departure of Dai and Keiichi. Still pleasing the teams with connections and money to offer.

I was looking forward to this year as a fresh start but it seems worse than before.”

It is possible that this is an upset team not making it for the race weekend but this seems to be a common theme flowing from Japan since 2009. That year we witnessed some serious turmoil here in the United States with the series as well before it closed the doors and moved on back to Japan. His blog post has some more details and thoughts on the series bias and unfair judging.

Read More: http://rextreme.blogspot.com/2011/06/d1gp-2011-round-1-odaiba-parking-drift.html

 

2011 D1 Grand Prix Odaiba [RESULTS]

D1GP hit the streets of Tokyo this weekend with the event in Odaiba this year. It was delayed from earlier this year after the earthquake rocked Japan putting many things in the country on hold. Some great tandem battles took place for the fans in Tokyo and eventually Masato Kawabata took home the win.


Here is how the podium finished up for the weekend:
1- Masato Kawabata
2- Youichi Imamura
3- Tatsuya Sakuma

Daigo Saito’s D1 Toyota Soarer Is Now On The Market [BUY NOW]

Daigo Saito’s old Toyota Soarer is now for sale through the guys at Powervehicles. The last owner of the car was D1GP champion Daigo Saito. The car was a World Drift Winner with Daigo Saito behind the wheel. It was also loaned out for a 2010 D1GP event where it was driven by Formula Drift star Robbie Nishida.

Here is Robbie Nishida prepping the Soarer at the 2010 D1GP Round 6 taking place at the famous Ebisu Circuit. He managed to finish 10th overall for the weekend in this loaner car. The Powervehicles Facebook Page currently lists the car for sale at 895,000 yen (which converts to just over $11,000 US). The car is making around 500ps @ 1.6 Bar on the current setup.

Buy It Now: http://www.powervehicles.com/driftlife/2011/05/daigo-saitos-soarer-for-sale-now/#more-1379

G1GP Kicks off for 2011 at Ebisu Circuit [RESULTS]

The G1GP series in Japan kicked off the 2011 season with a round at the Nishi course. The event was won by Chris Dejager in this missile R32 Nissan Skyline pictured on the left. I had the pleasure of meeting him at 2010 Drift Matsuri and he is an awesome guy. In fact, Chris Dejager is headed to the United States soon so keep an eye out for him at local California events! Here are the G1GP results:

1. Chris Dejager
2. Stewy Bryant
3. Chritstian Pickering
4. Jay Duca
5. Andrew Gray
6. Anthony Cece

Source: http://www.powervehicles.com