Chris Forsberg Builds a Nissan 350z Spec Racing Simulator

Chris Forsberg

Chris Forsberg has been spending the last few days building a racing simulator that is spec to his Nissan 350z. He even modified his system for an e-brake which you can read all about in detail on his blog. It seems like a pretty crazy project and hopefully he will let me come play it soon. With the games rolling out this winter from Need for Speed SHIFT, Forza Motorsport 3, and Gran Turismo 5 a solid racing simulator is a must have for your off season.

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Need for Speed SHIFT Review: Drifting [PART 2]

Need for Speed SHIFT Drifting

Drifting is a decently large feature in the new Need for Speed SHIFT which we couldn’t wait to get our hands on. Above is our Chris Cook tribute drifting machine I put together after I received a Dodge Viper as a loaner from Dodge to slide around in.  Sadly no Formula Drift tracks are available to slide around at but they do have a decent selection including the D1GP Japan Autopolis course.

Need for Speed SHIFT Drifting

You will unlock the Falken Tires Ford Mustang after achieving Driver Level 10 which should only take you an hour or two. The in car modeling and detail on this machine rock. Sadly, I didn’t have the patience to try and drift in car yet so I have been sliding from out of car. It was a huge struggle at first but I learned some tricks I will share with you for sliding success.

Need for Speed SHIFT Drifting

One trick is hitting your brakes before you want to slide as almost an initiation. It seems to not upset the car as much when your trying to drive sideways. The rest of your formula to success is throttle modulation. It requires a ton of it and I have a heavy throttle  finger so this was an issue for quite a long time.

Need for Speed SHIFT Drifting

In this photo I am running a high speed wide line at Hazyview. A trick to getting way more points is to null the speed as much and stick closer to the clipping points which are the three cones to the right of my BMW M3.

Need for Speed SHIFT Drifting

The way I got my photos onto the website was also a super cool and easy feature that Need for Speed has. You take a snapshot and upload it to your MyNFS account. Setting one up and syncing it to your Xbox handle is very simple. Then on your MyNFS page you click the My Photos Tab and you can thumb through the last 10 photos you took. With only a 10 photo bank  make sure you click download and save the ones you really like to your own computer. It also tracks your performance on other NFS games like Undercover which is pretty neat.

Need for Speed SHIFT Drifting

At some point your going to crash in drifting sending things like the tire barriers flying through the air. Here was an accident on my demo runs at the Hazyview track. I got a little overzealous on the throttle and it was all over for the E46 M3.

Need for Speed SHIFT Drifting

All and all I like the drifting version of this game although it’s quite difficult to pick up and play in. I think they should of offered an “Assistance” mode where they could walk you through steps on how you can drift in the game. The biggest disappointment for me was the lack of cars you can drift in. For some reason they limited the already limited car selection to certain cars with a Drifting badge. Several cars I would of loved to slide around in that are RWD you cannot play with! Don’t worry though, cars like the 240sx, AE86, and Mustangs are all available to drift in. The cars locked out are mostly some of the higher end vehicles.

Need for Speed SHIFT Drifting

Here is an in-car snapshot of me drifting around in my AE86. Watching your revs on the tachometer and your guy smashing the gears really adds to the excitement of drifting in the game. It’s a pretty good drifting mode for Need for Speed and I can only imagine it will get better with time and that is what really excites me and has me waiting. Until then however, this will hold my entertainment over and my drifting video game bug.

Late Night Injen Exhaust Installation [PROJECT 350z]

Project Nissan 350z - Injen Exhaust Installation

Project Nissan 350z - Injen Exhaust Installation

For the last few months we have been stockpiling parts to our Project Nissan 350z and last last night we felt like it was finally time to get our hands dirty. Our living room couldn’t take much more random parts so we visited LS Auto/Chris Forsberg Racing for a late night installation. The Injen Exhaust was as painless of an installation as they come. The Injen exhaust eliminated some weight, added some great sound, and made the car look so much better from the rear end. If you want to check up on our Project Nissan 350z or read about the exhaust installation in detail you can visit the official Project 350z blog.

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Need for Speed SHIFT Review [PART 1]

Need for Speed SHIFT

So I have had a chance to dive deep into Need for Speed SHIFT for exactly one week and I have been hooked into the game in a big way.  It’s the first of racing games slated to come out in 2009. My progress in the game has shown me they could of made the career mode a little longer judging by my progress in the first week. The best way to play this game is with the driver first person mode which you can see above and below.

Need for Speed SHIFT

The interior’s are accurate to the tiniest detail and even carry an odometer with true mileage of your car. The first photograph is from a Lamborghini Murcielago which you can convert your interior to a race interior which you see in that snapshot. The second photo is from a GT500 Mustang in full OEM trim.  You feel the sensation of acceleration when inside the interior view. The game even goes as far to give you tunnel vision as your car increases to high speeds.

Need for Speed SHIFT

The game also has an amazing crash model that you will inevitably find yourself tangled into. While cars tend to go flying high in the air pretty easy and the crash logistics don’t quite seem to mirror the real world but the effects on your car are awesome. When you hit things very hard you will lose proper sight and have your screen turn to black and white. You even get to hear your breathing and heart pounding after a really hard crash.

Need for Speed SHIFT

While the game for some strange reason limits how many cars you can own at one time it also lacks from a large amount of vehicles you can race compared to Forza and Gran Turismo. The tracks are mapped very well and the car designer offers some great wheels and amazing paint options such as matte. You can see below my matte Porsche GT2 in action.

Need for Speed SHIFT

While I won’t dub the game the best racing simulator that has come out you will get hours upon hours of enjoyment from the game. The Need for Speed series has progressed and come a long way from it’s roots with SHIFT and that is something none of us will be upset about. Part 2 of Need for Speed SHIFT will cover the drifting segment of the game so watch out for it!

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Play as Tanner Foust in Dirt 2

Viewing the Dirt 2 official website you can click a tab called “Race Stars” which displays some key drivers you cna play Dirt 2 as. Of course you have Ken Block, Travis Pastrana, and Dave Mirra but our two time Formula Drift star is included as well. Yes, you can be Tanner Foust in the world of rallying. None of us will ever look as beutiful as him or drive better than him so you mine as well just join him and pick up Dirt 2 to live life on the dirt as Tanner Foust.

UPDATE: Apparently you cannot play as Tanner Foust but you play against him in the game. Not quite as fun but we wish you luck trying to be beat the two time Formula D champion in about anything.

Free Wrecked Magazine Stickers Right Now!

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In case you miss this promotion today, if you order ANYTHING from the Wrecked Magazine store today you will get free stickers shipped with your order. Don’t miss this great deal for the weekend and a gift to all of our Wrecked Magazine fans.

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AE86 Drifting on Need for Speed SHIFT [SNAPSHOT]

At E3 this year I got my first taste of the new Need for Speed SHIFT game and realized that EA Games has decided to reinvent what we know Need for Speed as. Well the game is just around the corner and I pulled this screen cap of an AE86 sliding around the SPA circuit. Rod Chong who put endless work into the game did a full breakdown of the new look on A Toyota Corolla. The game will be released next week to the public so make sure you gets your hands on it quickly. You can order it from the Wrecked Magazine store if you just cannot wait for it to arrive!

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New Products Have Arrived at Wrecked Magazine

The Wrecked Magazine store is full of some new drifting related products that you can check out. You can visit the store directly at:

New September Products:
Calvin Wan’s: Drifting Performance Handbook (Paperback)
Drifting: Sideways From Japan to America (Hardcover)
How to Build Performance Nissan Sport Compacts
How to Drift: The Art of Oversteer (Paperback)
Mad Skills DVD – Rhys Millen is the Kiwi Drifter
Need for Speed: Formula Drift – 2005 Championship Review DVD
Need for Speed: SHIFT

Fatlace x Formula Drift T-Shirt Release Party [CONE KILLERS II]

On Thursday August 20th, 2009 just before Round 6 at Sonoma you can head over to Fatlace for driver autograph signings and a t-shirt release party. The event is from 6pm to 9pm where you can get your hands on some exclusive shirts Fatlace x Formula D t-shirts. One lucky guest to the party will win a Formula D ride along. Cone Killers II will top last years event by far.

1630 Post Street
Japantown, San Francisco

6:00pm to 9:00pm


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Wrecked Magazine over the last night added something to the top navigation bar that we want to present to you on the blog officially. We have brought the store back in full force with tons of drifting goodies. You can find 1:24 metal diecast cars from Rhys Millen’s Pontiac GTO, Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s Ford Mustang, and Calvin Wan’s Infiniti G35. With almost 100 drifting related items at our launch you have plenty of reasons to whip out your credit card for us.

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