Chris Jeanneret Set to Bring Honda s2000 to Formula Drift with Speedfactory

While the car is not quite officially unveiled we got this sneak preview email image and a little bit of information to go with the original rumor about a Honda s2000 coming to Formula Drift which Jacob Leveton  leaked back on December 10th. Speedfactory is well known for its success in import drag racing is hoping to translate that into a successful Formula Drift series run. The engine will be a turbocharged K24 making 800hp and they hope 700 ft. lbs of torque. General Manager Matthew Hurlbut said, “We’ve known Chris for a long time and we’re fully confident in his abilities to pilot this one of a kind drift car this year.” What does everyone think of the new build in the hands of Chris Jeanneret?

Danny George Leaks Details about his 2014 Mazda Miata Overhaul

While we have heard whispers of the changes that Danny George was going to expand his program for 2014 and he has now published notes on his changes. The chart is actually interesting to see a three year progression of a driver on one piece of paper as well. His migration from Falken to Hankook is noted along with a move from a 225/50/16 to a 245/50/17 in 2014.

His engine program has been a constant change as well going from 380hp to 560hp and looking for 750hp in 2014. His power was made with various LS engines from a LS1 to a LSX in 14. He has also gained 20 degrees of steering angle since his arrival into Formula Drift. Moving to a 4 speed dog box and a quick change should really make for some insane Mazda Miata next season. What does everyone think of Danny George’s slow progression into a serious Formula Drift title contender?


Honda S2000 to be campaigned in Formula D in 2014 [RUMORMILL]

A reliable source has told us that a Honda S2000 is in the works for the 2014 season. While the source declined to say who the driver would be, they indicated to us that the car has already been purchased and is being prepped as we speak. The last Honda on grid was James Robinson’s Honda Element which competed in Formula D in 2010 (and a few seasons of NOPI Drift). Previously, Stephan Papadakis campaigned an S2000 from 2005 to 2008 before parking the car to focus on running Tanner Foust’s program, and RS*R campaigned an S2000 from 2004 to 2006 with Alex Pfeiffer and later Tyler McQuarrie behind the wheel. Pfeiffer earned a 3rd place finish at Irwindale in 2004, and a 2nd place finish at New Jersey in 2005, while McQuarrie earned a 3rd place finish at Chicago in 2006. 11 different OEM manufacturers competed in 2013, the addition of this car and Charles Ng’s Infiniti G37 would bring that number up to 13.

Who do you think will bring the S2000 to Formula D in 2014?

Michael Essa Title Sponsored by Bilstein Suspension in 2014? [SEMA RUMORMILL]

A rumor going around the pre SEMA parties last night was that Bilstein will be stepping up with GSR Autosport and Michael Essa in 2014 for a possible title sponsorship. They just did collaborate on a BMW 335i giveaway build and Michael Essa brought them a championship early in their relationship. This could be something huge to boost the GSR Autosport team in 2014 as I have heard they are on the hunt for new sponsorships. What do you guys think of this possible partnership?

Dai Yoshihara’s Subaru BRZ Set to be Fan Livery Design [SEMA RUMORMILL]

So if you have noticed all the photos of Dai Yoshihara’s BRZ are showing it plain white (like a canvas you would say) and I confirmed this evening it is sitting in the Falken booth in this stark white form. An eagle eyed reader of Wrecked Magazine pointed out to me today that the windshield banner clearly states a Falken x Forza livery contest to design the car. While details have not been released yet that we could find we only imagine they will come to light this week at the SEMA Show.

Possible Championship Contender Faces Fines/Points Deduction from Seattle [RUMORMILL]

The buzz around the paddock this Labor Day weekend is a championship contending driver most likely will face fines/points deduction for actions at Round 5 Evergreen Speedway. We placed our S13 project at tech in the photo above since we didn’t know what to post(so take no hints). We don’t know many details about the violation/issue but it must be pretty substantial if they have taken this long to think it over and issue it I would imagine. Remember Jacob Leveton wrote a report talking about how Ryan Tuerck and Daigo Saito were fined qualifying points for not making a routine weigh in at Round 5 as well. We will keep you posted on the final call made by Formula Drift when it arrives (if any) but we imagine some official ruling will be made by Round 6 at Texas Motor Speedway in two weeks.

Fredric Aasbo Returns to FD Asia for Round 2 in Malaysia

Fredric Aasbo made a big splash with the debut of this NASCAR powered Toyota FT-86 (Scion FR-S in American terms) at the Australia round of Formula Drift Asia earlier this year. The rumor was he would rotate the seat with Max Orido but he announced earlier this week he is hopping in the car for Round 2. Can Fredric Aasbo be the one this weekend to finally dethrone Daigo Saito of his domination in the FD Asia series? Tune in this weekend to find out.

Ryuji Miki to test drive the APEX’I Lexus SC430 in Texas soon [RUMORMILL]


When the Apex’i Lexus SC430 was first rumored to be built after the 2009 season, it was with Ryuji Miki behind the wheel. The car debuted in New Jersey the following season and Miki piloted the car to a top-8 finish in Sonoma, but did not return in 2011. After the car sat for a season, Patrick Mordaunt brought the car back out and has been driving the car ever since.

We just got word from a very good source that Ryuji Miki will be returning to the US to test drive the same SC430 he drove back in 2010 sometime in the next two weeks in Texas. We haven’t confirmed whether the test will be at Texas Motor Speedway or another location. There’s a possibility that Miki could be shaking down the course for Formula D officials to determine the layout ahead of the FD event, or it could just be a shakedown of the car in preparation for Mordaunt. An even more exciting possible outcome is that Miki could be testing in anticipation of a return, possibly in the same SC430 or a clone of the car as a two-car team for 2014.

Whatever the result, we know that this test is not expected to change the driver of the seat for the final two events of the 2013 season.

Walker Wilkerson’s new 2013 livery – Falken is out, Achilles is in [SNAPSHOT]

For 2013, Walker Wilkerson is starting a whole new chapter in more ways than one. After his S13 was stolen on Christmas Eve and recovered in a striped state, he built this twin-turbo LS7 S14 chassis with Fueled Performance in Arizona.  Today, Walker revealed his new wrap for 2013 that is “more corporate” to Walker’s admittance, and has a huge change on the rear 1/4. Falken Tire has been a huge supporter of Walker over the past two seasons, but it appears that Wilkerson will be joining the growing ranks on Achilles tire. Is it sheer coincidence that Falken won championships in 2010 and 2011, while Achilles won in 2012, meaning that Walker will be on the grid at Long Beach sitting on the championship-winning tire from the year before? or does this reflect a larger changing of the guard as the most competitive tire isn’t the same that it was just a few years back?

Matt Powers Partnering with Fatlace for the 2013 [RUMORMILL]

According to some teasers on Instagram it looks like a potential partnership is in the works between Matt Powers and the Fatlace/Illest brand. They both posted some teasers of each other talking about how things are coming as a preview. Another word is that EA/Need for Speed has left Matt Powers program in 2013 so he clearly would be interested in bringing in a new partner.