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Daigo Saito Is Coming to Formula Drift in 2012 [CONFIRMED FINALLY]

Formula Drift in 2012 will add another D1GP champion to the mix with Daigo Saito. He has been rumored for years to come join the fun in Formula Drift and now it is finally happening! The guys at Bridges Racing who campaigned Robbie Nishida with a yellow S15 in years past are taking the big step with Daigo Saito in 2012.

Daigo Saito will be an addition to the Bridges Racing team in 2012 making the Japanese drivers teammates in 2012. This has to the biggest news of the off-season to date! Daigo Saito almost won the 2011 D1GP Championship and has now added to a long list of international champions who have made the jump into Formula Drift. This has to put an even bigger hurt on the D1GP series in Japan but we will look more into that in a later post. Who is excited to see Daigo Saito stateside in 2012?

Ken Gushi Driving the Toyota 86 (Our Scion FR-S) in Japan

The guys at Super Street Magazine are out in Japan with the new Scion FR-S. They are currently at Sodegaura Forest Raceway with Ken Gushi and other media getting to drive the Toyota 86 (our Scion FR-S). Ken Gushi told the guys at Super Street that the car is  “it’s lightweight, smooth and is perfect for drifting.” Personally we cannot wait to see Ken Gushi in the 2012 Scion FR-S which we hear will be built by the Japanese tuning powerhouse Greddy. It is great to see that Ken is getting some seat time already in the car.

It should hit dealerships in the USA early spring 2012. While Scion is being tight lipped about details on the car we have heard Subaru telling people that the car will get 30mpg. We can only assume that the Scion with the same engine and package will get something close to this.

Scion FR-S / Toyota GT 86 Final Production Models [SNAPSHOTS]

Here are some Toyota GT 86 (or Scion FR-S for us in America) images posted by a Japanese website from the big release they have done on the car now in Japan. The car has a Subaru boxer engine which has been rumored well in the past. The interior has a simplistic feel which I would expect from a Scion branded car and a nice three pod gauge cluster just above the radio. I really love the gauge cluster of the car and hope the USDM market gets an identical one.

This is the car now going to be what Ken Gushi is starting with for a 2012 Formula Drift project car. The car looks quite different from the concept car we saw at the 2011 SEMA Show. I love the car from some angles and I am not thrilled about it right now from other angles but I think it should grow on me over time. What do you think about this new Scion FR-S?

 

Source: http://autoc-one.jp/toyota/report-908981/photo/

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