According to Instagram Dai Yoshihara will be doing exhibition runs on the road course at Englishtown on August 10th. The car is running the traditional Spoon Sports livery and is built to meet the original Group A spec series.
This awesome creation for a race car drivers towing needs is a creation of some guys out in New Zealand with a current price point of just over $12,000 US dollars (converted from NZ dollars). The independent suspension open car trailer will lay flat out to load a car and air up to standard normal towing height almost instantly. The air system is also accessible for connecting air tools or putting air into your tires. The rumor is these guys are bringing this creation to the USA and localizing production which should reduce the US price point of just over $12,000 but this seems like a 2014 or later project. Would you buy one for your race car?
Pikes Peak came and went with the promises of insane weather and even faster driving. Sebastien Loeb has been the talk of the town with his warp speed 8:13.878. Well a former Formula Drift champion was behind him in second place and everyone that attended the event weekend seems convinced that the times will continue to get shaved down. In case you want to glance at the rides they brought out for the race to the clouds you can check out our spotters guide we made in this post. Here is how the drifters finished in order of fast to slow:
1. Rhys Millen – 9:02.192
2. Paul Dallenbach – 9:46.634
3. Rod Millen – 10:24.301
4. James Robinson – 11:45.518
5. Ken Gushi – 12:03.085
6. Toshiki Yoshioka – 12:13.753
7. Andrew Comrie-Picard – 12.39.891
While the automotive world has descended on Colorado Springs, Colorado this weekend we are trying to not pass out back home at the office from this insane heat wave consuming California. Pikes Peak this year has quite the thumbprint of drifting DNA all around the mountain this weekend. While we aren’t attending we figured we could make a quick guide to spot everyone in the drift world flying up the mountain.
1. Rhys Millen – Insane Tube Chassis Hyundai
Here is Rhys Millen trying once again to set the fastest record up the hill. This car looks crazier than ever and he is running in the unlimited class to set an all time record to the top.
2. Paul Dallenbach – RMR Hyundai Genesis Coupe
While Paul is not a Formula Drift driver he is piloting the old Formula Drift chassis of Rhys Millen’s up to the summit of Pikes Peak tomorrow which has now been modified for some climb attack. A quick Google search will show you Paul is mostly famous for that insane start line crash into the trees at Pikes Peak more than anything else we could note. According to his website he was a stunt driver in Fast and the Furious 4 along with over 250 car commercials. He held the hill climb record in 1993 and is a six time winner of the mountain.
3. Ken Gushi – 14k Lexus CCS-R
Ken Gushi is piloting this Lexus ISF-CCSR up the mountain tomorrow. Lexus added 14,000 names of fans to the car in a special promotion to help Ken get up the hill. Ken unveiled this car last year and we did a mini feature on the Lexus CCS-R here on the blog.
4. Toshiki Yoshioka – Formula Drift Subaru BRZ
A tough Formula Drift season so far for Yoshioka who is privateering a program with a nice new Subaru BRZ. With the help of Tomei and some other sponsors he is running a Formula Drift / Pikes Peak program for 2013 with a very small crew.
5. Rod Millen – Electric Toyota
Rod Millen is taking to an electric race Toyota to run the mountain this weekend. His 1994 record stood for sometime as the record of fastest up the hill. Rod also holds the oldest Formula Drift driver to enter an event well into his late 50′s campaigning a Mazda Rx-8 (which was sold to Tony Angelo after his retirement).
6. Andrew Comrie-Picard – Scion Racing Scion XA
ACP didn’t have the best performance in Formula Drift history with his Dodge Viper. The 2010 season wasn’t super kind to him where he only managed to rack up 24.25 points across the whole year. ACP moved on to Rally America with this Scion Racing XA above and is now competing at Pikes Peak.
7. James Robinson – HDP Acura NSX
James Robinson competed for a while in drifting with a HDP Honda Element that was just awesome to watch drift around. The car was mostly seen in the NOPI Drift series and was colored bright orange. Now he is taking this Acura NSX with the help of Honda Performance Development.
After a few days of being pestered by various people to get this up on the website we have Rhys Millen and his 2013 Pikes Peak unlimited car. It looks like Garrett Turbo and AEM are going along for the ride this year up the hill with him along with a ton of other sponsors I couldn’t quite make out. According to Hyundai Newsroom they are bringing out this car to take on the Unlimited Class along with a Genesis coupe to defend the RWD record. The car above will be making some serious HP, “This powertrain is expected to produce over 900 h.p. and 800 ft. lbs. of torque, while still making significant use of production components including the block, cylinder heads, bearings and engine accessories.”
Motegi Wheels has put together an awesome “day in the life” video with Formula Drift driver Matt Powers. Even though he is New Zealand at the moment for Drift Shifters don’t miss a 4 minute story about his daily grind. Tandem drifting, surfing, and mounting tires all come together in his average day around San Diego.
Our Project Mustang has been under the knife since we picked it up in July with visits to Paxton supercharger, Energy Suspension, ACT Clutch, and many others getting R&D parts for her big debut at the 2012 SEMA Show. We will be revisiting some of the installations on the car coming up but we put her together for a the Mustangs at Queen Mary Show in Long Beach, California. Tony Brakohiapa had his Formula Drift car in the K&N booth along with Vaughn Gittin Jr. who was doing autograph signings all day in the RTR Mustang booth.
Above is some product previews of our front Wilwood brake kit, Steeda suspension, and Paxton supercharger on the car. Here are some other pictures from the show. Vaughn Gittin Jr. even stopped by to check out our Mustang and we staged some photographs:
This weekend at Sonoma (former Formula Drift track) you can catch all the World Touring Car Championship guys battling it out in wine country for a debut American race for the FIA series. If you happen to make it out you will catch Charles Ng running for a BMW team. Charles left Formula Drift after the 2011 season moving himself to Germany and competing full time in the WTCC series in Europe. The Hong Kong flag V8 powered Rx-7 has been missed in Formula Drift but we are glad Charles is back for a visit to the United States.
Rhys Millen took his Hyundai Genesis this weekend to the top of Pikes Peak in an easy sub 10 minute run with the freshly paved course. This does mark the first year dirt has vanished from the track but Rhys Millen took to the hill starting in the sun and finishing at the top in the rain. His official time of 9:46.164 is quite impressive as he managed to beat the times of other Formula Drift drivers Ken Gushi and Toshiki Yoshioka who were also present in a Lexus IS and S15 Silvia respectively.