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.


Dean Kearney Headed Back to America with a Dodge Viper [RUMORMILL]

A rumor has been circling about the return of an Irishman to the 2013 Formula Drift circuit. The talk has been revolving around Dean Kearney and in the wee hours of the morning in America he posted up a photo of his Dodge Viper going back under the knife. Dean at one time drove this Dodge Viper with a V-LEDS partnership but no word on who his 2013 partners will be for the program. What do you think of Dean Kearney returning?


Is 2013 Formula Drift Round 6 Happening September 14th? [RUMORMILL]

Recently Tony Brakohiapa set Texas on fire with his drifting at an IRL race back in 2011 which you can see more photos of here. Well by checking out some Formula Drift partner sites both Global Time Attack and Fatlace Car Show have registration pages open and available for the Texas Motor Speedway event with a day labeled September 14th. If we had to take a guess this seems like far more than a coincidence. So go ahead and tentatively mark your calendars (in pencil for now) that September 14th might be the magic day Formula Drift returns to Texas since 2006.

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Ryan Tuerck in a Scion FRS with Retaks and Air Force [RUMORMILL]

So this is complete speculation/guessing at this point but we have a good feeling that Ryan Tuerck will also be in a Scion FRS for the 2013 season. He is following after Otto Graven, Toshiki Yoshioka, and Tony Angelo who are all bringing BRZ/FRS to the track for new cars in 2013 but his comes with a big twist! The Scion FRS driven by Ryan Tuerck will be Chevrolet LS powered.

The second half of this rumor is that Retaks is being teamed up with Air Force to run Tuerck’s sponsorship for the 2013 season. A pretty large pickup for Ryan Tuerck who has lacked major corporate backing for 2012  while continuing to be a top performer. Ryan Tuerck wouldn’t confirm any of this so we could be all wrong but only time will tell!

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