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Introducing the 2015 Street Driven Tour [SCHEDULE]

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The Street Driven Tour is set to unleash a festival of fun and automotive madness next year. The concept is to brings tons of entertainment, fun, and automotive madness all under one roof for a big event/party. Drifting will of course be a centerpiece of the events with all day drifting bash-style and a main event with Drifting Mini Games and cash prizes.

Some drivers such as Chris Forsberg and Brandon Wicknick have already posted up the schedule and shared excitement for it. As we get into 2015 the Street Driven Tour events will release more details and information on what is happening at each event weekend! Keep an eye out for more details as the Tour gets closer, full schedule:

May 2nd- Virginia International Raceway w/ Hyperfest
July 4th- St. Louis @ Gateway Motorsports Park
August 1st- Atlanta Motor Speedway
September 26th- Las Vegas Motor Speedway

 

Prodrift Academy UAE Gets Upgrade to 370z Fleet with Nissan Partnership

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The Prodrift Academy UAE (United Arab Emirates) and Nissan Middle East have inked a huge deal just before the 2014/2015 drift season gets underway in the country. The partnership will see a fleet of 370z’s arrive in Dubai for a creation of the “370z Drift Experience.” The experience is being dubbed the ultimate gateway into the exhilarating world of drifting. With an experienced drift instructor, drivers will be taught key drift techniques and gain first hand experience with the 370z.

Prodrift Academy Managing Director, Graham McNamara stated that; “We have worked extremely hard to build the Prodrift Academy up to the level that it is at now and we believe that this partnership is testament to the reputation of the Prodrift Academy here in Dubai, its Middle Eastern headquarters. The Nissan 370z Drift Experience is our most exciting product development to date and this show of support by Nissan is a great sign of things to come for the global expansion of the Prodrift Academy.” The pro series in the region known as Drift UAE has quite a series and car builds participating in it.

Vapure Releases New Drift Related Premium E-Liquids

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The guys at Vapure released some awesome new e-liquds flavors to pull some performance out of your vape. The flavors have automotive/drift related branding and are being released in collaboration with the Project V3 240sx we are putting together with them. If you are interested in learning more about the new products check out the flavor list below.

 

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2015 Mustang RTR is Here Before the SEMA Show

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. just unveiled his 2015 Ford Mustang RTR to the world this morning just ahead of the 2014 SEMA Show. The new OEM package will be available at Ford dealerships so you can score a numerical serialized Mustang. The wheels and tons of parts have a slight variation for the new body style which has also hit dealerships in three packages; Ecoboost 4 Cylinder Turbo, V6, and a traditional 5.0 V8 engine. Here is what Vaughn had to say about the build;

“The all new platform has very easily allowed us to mesh RTR’s tastefully-aggressive styling and modified performance to offer our most capable, best-handling fun-to-drive RTR’s to date. If the slightly modified performance of the our Spec 1 is not enough, customers that demand more are sure to get their kicks with the up to 725 horsepower and optional fully-adjustable suspension that allows the driver to easily adjust the balance of the chassis to their liking.”

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. Set to Unveil two 2015 Ford Mustang RTR’s at SEMA

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Prepare yourself for the debut of the 2015 Mustang RTR! This highly anticipated vehicle will be revealed to the world online via Vaughn on Monday November 3rd, and it will be revealed live at SEMA Ford Out Front November 4th at 11:00AM. A SPEC 1 and SPEC 2 package will be available worldwide with more details coming soon.

In addition new for 2015, RTR will offer a new line of appearance and performance parts, as well as three new styles of RTR flow form wheels, all available exclusively at American Muscle.

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The RTR SPEC 5 is a teaser of whatever new and over the top project Vaughn has put together. Just like his F-150 he announced earlier this month we are sure this car is going to be built over the top for maximum hoon capabilities and probably make gobs of horsepower.  It will also make its first public appearance next week at the 2014 SEMA Show.

Sign Up For Our Newsletter – Win a Grip Royal Steering Wheel

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For this week only, IF YOU are a new sign up to our email newsletter we will select one of you randomly to win this  Grip Royal steering wheel. The wheel is a 350mm diameter Purp Knight edition with a 50mm mounting depth and 70mm PCD six bolt pattern. Sorry, Rotiform wheel is not included!  As long as you sign up before November 7th you will be entered to win. We send out mailers periodically with drifting news/content and also when each new issue of the magazine comes out. Enter to win through the link below!

 

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2014 Formula Drift Fan Voting is Here

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Formula Drift has two awards that are voted on by the fans! If you follow the link below you can cast a vote for fan favorite vehicle and fan favorite driver. The awards are issued the day after Irwindale Speedway and we will have posts for all the winners.

Rock the Vote: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7PPQYTK

A Look at the Drift Cars Doing Battle inside LS Fest

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Holley’s LS Fest is a celebration of the amazing GM LS engine platform. During the weekend, you can experience road racing, drag racing, hard parking, autocross, and drifting at Beech Bend Raceway in Kentucky. The one thing you must have to participate is a Chevrolet V8. One of my favorite cars of the weekend was this four door BMW owned by Steve Topping. Inside his BMW engine bay he crammed a 5.3L iron block with a frankenstein of various LS parts and a Paxton Novi 2000 blower. His team was tuning the car during Friday night practice and then drove the thing to a second place finish.

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Only one drift car found at Beech Bend over the weekend actually came factory installed with a GM LS engine. It was Shane Whalley in this Pontiac GTO that ripped all weekend. Shane actually builds his own custom suspension parts for the Pontiac GTO to help guys worldwide drift these cars. You can find his own custom knuckles and other parts if you really want to go down the path of  drifting a Pontiac.
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A Look into Warfest 2014 at Adams Motorsports Park

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The California drift scene has had a gross lack of some grassroots action lately. Sure, there’s been events that are “just for fun” and non-competitive, but the camaraderie simply isn’t present. More times than not, us Cali drifters gawk at the photos we see of drift events in other parts of the country and world. We daydream about the high-fiving, door-bashing, crowd-cheering event that’s essentially a giant family reunion. Well, it finally happened at the 2014 Warfest at Adams Motorsports Park (AMP) over this past weekend.

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Stop Supporting 240sx Drift Tax – Buy These Starter Drift Cars Instead

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I love the Nissan 240sx as much as the next guy in the drifting industry. We just fired up our second S13 project car for the magazine with Vapure and love how easy it is you can get a 240sx drift worthy. However, 240sx inflation or drift tax has grown rapidly out of control over recent time. I won’t even post some of the insane prices I have seen for the S13/S14 chassis models here in Southern California over recent months. At the Wrecked Magazine office all we really want to see is more people drifting and coming into the sport, so we have found that drift tax on the Nissan 240sx is not helping newcomers enter the scene. With that we found some cars that you should consider buying before taking out a loan just to own a S13 coupe.

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E36 BMW

This car has already become super popular in Europe and other nations as a great turn key drift car. They are so cheap in price and have great aftermarket support. Added bonus with the E36 chassis is they look pretty good for a car so old. These are readily available in any major market for cheap. A quick eBay search found several set for a Buy It Now of under $1,500 for running cars. If you are lucky you can get some tips and tricks from a Formula Drift driver like Chelsea DeNofa who has these BMW chassis all figured out.

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Ford Mustang

Another great option is the Ford Mustang for a beginner drift build/car. You have multiple body style options and years that are priced well below a few thousand dollars. Vaughn Gittin Jr. has been seen in his Foxbody missile showing even that chassis can drift with ease. The Mustang market has seen a huge growth in drift specific parts and the TalkDrift.com forum even has an active Mustang owners section. Just wait until you find out how cheap you can swap differentials and gear ratios compared to the 240sx chassis as well.

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Lexus SC300

Have you been to a junkyard in the last 2 years? If so, you have probably laid your eyes on about 1,0000 Lexus SC300 bodies. These things seem to be everywhere and they just get cheaper and cheaper. Parts are plentiful and even Tony Angelo has assembled one as a missile car these days (seen above). This car isn’t the easiest to setup for drifting of the group but it looks good and will easily take a 2JZ swap.

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Nissan 350z

This option is a little more expensive but if you can find a cheaper Nissan 350z beater you should pick one up. You will get taxed a little extra on parts but the Nissan 350z is a Formula Drift championship winning chassis via Chris Forsberg 2009. Companies are developing more and more suspension products in recent time and many people will tell you the VQ35 platform is a solid engine base for a drift car.

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Toyota Cressida

This is a chassis you can purchase for cheap that many people in the drift community tend to overlook or forget about. The car has some loyal fans, a core community, and some solid aftermarket support. Out of our group they probably aren’t the best looking vehicle you can choose but they seem to be fun drift projects.

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Mazda RX-8

Okay, this is the most expensive option I am going to throw in your face but hear me out. The Mazda RX-8 is an awesome car that nobody wants in the world it seems due to it’s terrible engine. So, buy one that is blown up, purchase an awesome LS crate engine, and then call Sikky to make the new swap kit from this car super simple. Mazda RX-8 cars can be found without engines or blown up motors for about the same price as a S14. If you were going to do a V8 swap into a S13/S14 then I suggest considering going this route instead.