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Tony Brakohiapa Heading to Pikes Peak 2014

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Tony Brakohiapa has been absent from Formula Drift with his Ford Mustang recently but his 1000hp Ford is heading to Pikes Peak this year. He will join the ranks of Danny George as a competitor at Pikes Peak.  Tony who is fresh off a Hollywood stunt work on the film Need for Speed (look for him in the silver Saleen S7 and briefly in the red Koniegsegg.

His 1000hp comes from a Vortech V7 supercharger and Ignite racing’s ethanol-based race gas. “This is now a machine capable of conquering the hill!” Brakohiapa enthused. Find out how he does this summer. 

NBC Sports Grows 7 Million Homes for 2014 Formula Drift TV Season

NBCsports.Logo_-620x465 The home of Formula Drift’s television show NBS Sports is set to grow around 7 million homes to its distribution network over the next few weeks by changing its tier status with the DISH network. This sets NBC Sports to be sitting just over 85,000,000 homes for the 2014 season of Formula Drift. The growth seems to be focused on NBC having the 14 Winter Olympics airing rights. Now, if we could just get Formula Drift added to that amazing NBC Sports Extra application that allows you to live stream tons of sports events aired on the channel.

Mustang RTR Spec 3 Sells for $110k at Barrett Jackson

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Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s RTR brand teamed up with Mothers Polish to build and donate a custom Mustang RTR Spec 3. The Spec 3 has overfenders, more HP, and a different front lip, along with a gorgeous custom candy red paint job. The car was sold for $110,000 for charity. All of the money was given was donated to the TGen Foundation.

For those who are not familiar with the TGen Foundation they use all donations to fund TGen’s biomedical research as our scientists target new treatments, therapies, and cures for diseases such as autism, melanoma, pancreatic cancer, brain tumors, diabetes, and many other cancers and neurological disorders. The mission of the TGen Foundation is to positively impact the lives of patients and their families. They do this by raising funds that accelerate TGen’s efforts to make and translate genomic discoveries into advances in human health.

Formula Drift Asia Set to Hold 2014 Final Round with World Time Attack Challenge


Formula Drift Asia will return to Australia during the World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) at Sydney Motorsport Park on October 17 – 19, 2014. This event will be the final round of the Formula Drift Asia championship. Formula Drift Asia practice/qualifying will happen on Saturday and Sunday will be competition.

“Joining the WTAC to make for a mega international motorsports weekend is a great way for Formula Drift to return to Australia,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “We are looking forward to making this a spectacular event and to forge a long term relationship, especially as Formula Drift’s international footprint grows and as we make plans for the launch of the Formula Drift World Championship in 2015.”

Michael Essa Enters C63 AMG into European Car Tuner GP

The European Car Tuner GP is a shootout of talents and builds being hosted by European Car and Michael Essa will be driving this C63 AMG which is a customer car of GSR Autosport. European Car gives a full break down of the C63 including a dyno video in the builder profile that you can follow the link to below.

More Info: http://www.europeancarweb.com/events/1312_tuner_gp_2013_gsr_autosport_profile/

2015 Ford Mustang Reveal at Hoonigan Industries HQ with Vaughn Gittin Jr.

All the details are on the Hoonigan flyer posted above to come see the 2015 Ford Mustang in person. Vaughn Gittin Jr. will be wheeling the car to Hoonigan HQ after a big unveil in West LA to the public. The Mustang is getting a worldwide launch tomorrow but tons of details like overall less weight and independent rear suspension have already been leaked. Come see it in person tomorrow!

RIP Paul Walker – The World Loses One High Profile Drift Fan

I am sure by now you have read about the tragic high speed accident that took the life of Paul Walker and World Challenge GTS driver Roger Rodas. The influence and impact of Fast and the Furious to our generation of car enthusiasts is huge. It is sad that Paul Walker lost his life at the age of 40 in a super car accident over the weekend.

I debated writing this post forever but I wanted to take the time and let people know that Paul Walker was actually a drifting fan. This photo shows him at Irwindale Speedway this year which he attended. Paul obviously had plenty of other things he could be doing on a weekend but always took some time to attend drift events. It was great to have such a influential automotive person be a supporter of the drift world. The car community at large and more importantly the drift world has lost a high profile fan of the sport and one great actor.

Conrad Grunewald Lapping Circuit of the Americas in a Ferrari Challenge Car [VIDEO]

Conrad Grunewald shows off a video of him racing a Ferrari 458 Challenge car around the Circuit of the Americas course in Austin, Texas. If you tuned into Formula 1 today on NBC you will be familiar with the course Conrad is wheeling on in this video. Conrad ran the course in a blazing 2:12.58 which is about 30 seconds off pace a lap from the Formula 1 cars.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Visits Spain for Gymkhana Grid Finals

Vaughn Gittin Jr. flew out to Spain to run the Gymkhana Grid to hang out with his Monster Energy drink family/friends over in Europe. While doing so he hopped on the track and put down the second fastest RWD time of the weekend 50.2 falling just shy of Luke Fink. His time even ran close to Ken Block who was just 1.44 seconds faster in the AWD category. Vaughn is now traveling to SEMA for the week to provide demos in the Ford Out Front category of the show.

Luke Lonberger’s Old Formula Drift Corvette Burns Down at Texas Mile [VIDEO]

The old Formula Drift C6 Corvette owned by Luke Lonberger saw its final destiny recently with a nitrous accident at the Texas Mile. The owner/driver Buddy Schulz took it to run the mile race with his 625whp engine (no nitrous) went up in flames and just slowly burnt and burnt at the end of this mile track until it could finally be put out. What a sad way to see a Formula Drift chassis come to an end. For those of you who don’t remember the car in drift form here is a picture before its debut on the final season it ran Formula Drift.