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A Look at Nitrous in Drifting and Chris Forsberg’s 370z Setup

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Nitrous Oxide brings up images of hot rods, drag strips, and 200-mile-per-hour runs, but the history of its use is long in the drifting world as well. From the D1 Grand Prix to Formula Drift, nitrous use is well known and used in turbocharger setups to overcome boost lag as well as a nearly instantaneous boost in power for naturally aspirated setups. Chris Forsberg also knows nitrous and it’s more than just the name of the energy drink he’s associated with. His pro-car uses a very unique setup and his consistency shows that it’s rather reliable if tuned right and utilized in the right situation.

Even in the earliest days of professional drifting in Japan, nitrous oxide was used in cars where extra power was needed but a turbocharger wasn’t necessarily the right choice in power adder. In the early days, turbocharger and supercharger technology wasn’t as sophisticated as it is now so boost lag, where the turbocharger wasn’t being driven fast enough to produce boost, was a big concern and superchargers weren’t a great choice because they aren’t exactly an easy bolt on as installing a turbo with a log manifold. Nitrous, on the other hand, is nearly instant as soon as you hit the button to activate it, easy to install since all you are doing is plumbing it and the fuel system, and tuning nitrous for power is as simple installing a jet. Ok, that’s still making it too simple but you get the rough idea on why it’s looked to as the go-to for power adding.

NOS: Not Just for The Fast and the Furious

Nitrous is really good for naturally aspirated setups in a world of turbos and superchargers. Many of you may be familiar with the Droo-P Toyota Corolla AE86 once driven by Toshiki Yoshioka. The car made 300-horsepower with individual throttle bodies in a 1.8-liter displacement but without a turbo. That was thanks to a “twin-shot” “dry” nitrous setup by Nitrous Oxide Systems (NOS), “dry” meaning no additional fuel was injected with the nitrous when activated. The opposite, a “wet” setup, injects fuel and nitrous at the same time. We’ll touch on how nitrous works in a moment but it shows the power you can get out of such a simple setup. Just imagine what kind of power you can get out of something with a bigger displacement, more cylinders, or a second type of power adder and you can see how this could start to make sanctioning bodies weary of it.

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The D1GP/JAF Ban

That’s exactly what happened with the D1 Grand Prix and why you don’t see it used anymore. Prior to the prohibition of its use in competition in 2014, the D1GP and its sanctioning body the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) were already considering banning it. Not only was it expensive to use but Japan was looking into regulating nitrous oxide by making it labeled as a scheduled drug. This would have meant that use outside of medical purposes would be prohibited nationwide. What pushed the ban over the edge was an incident at the 2013 Tokyo Drift where Akinori Utsumi and Naoto Suenaga made impact and Suenaga’s car went airborne. That was all it took – the D1GP and JAF banned nitrous from use in their sanctioned events in 2014 and on. However, use in non-JAF events hasn’t been banned and is why you will still see it used when allowed in Japan. It’s still very expensive to purchase bottles and refills of it, though.

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How It Works

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D1 Grand Prix Binge Monday Thanks to YouTube [VIDEO]

A big thanks to Blaze1 for finding this YT link and posting it up in our comments of the other D1GP post. This 2 hour+ video walks you through the complete D1GP Round 6 weekend at Odaiba. Vaughn Gittin Jr. made it to the Top 16 and lost to Team Orange member Naoto Suenaga after making contact with him. Vaughn took to FB to accuse Naoto Suenaga of stoping suddenly and then once he received contact for overselling it to the judges instead of drifting on in tandem. It sounds like the games and tactics of Formula Drift aren’t just limited to the American series if you believe Vaughn Gittin’s rant on FB. Sit back, watch the round, and enjoy this unique D1GP event for yourself.

Kumakubo Trashes LS3 powered S15 Silvia at D1GP Osaka

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Kumakubo posted about his high speed accident that happened at D1 Grand Prix Osaka today. The LS3 powered S15 Silvia was spotted by us back in 2014 and Option made a video that summer featuring the Silvia found here. It looks like this weekend the car took an insanely hard hit at D1 Osaka. Sounds like Kumakubo is doing fine and has high spirits about new plans and maybe a new engine in 2016.

Charles Ng Set to Drive V8 Powered S15 Silvia at Formula Drift Japan This Weekend

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The particular V8 powered S15 Silvia is a build from Team Orange. The event is Formula Drift Okayama this weekend for a second version of Formula Drift Japan. This particular loan/car swap for the weekend has caught my eye since Kumakubo has been rumored to be heading stateside for 2015 Formula Drift already. Compound that with the fact that Charles Ng, with a car in Japan, is most likely guaranteed to compete in the Formula Drift World Series next year. Charles has his Infiniti G37 for the USA and has a Silvia already in China he uses for CDC. Does this mean Kumakubo is not coming to Formula Drift or has he given up on the V8 swapped Silvia for practical use? It definitely has us scratching our head over here at the office. 

Is Team Orange Also Coming to Formula Drift in 2015?

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In other big news circling around the 2014 SEMA Show we find many people in talks of a Team Orange duo leaving Japan to run in Formula Drift and most likely make a run at the World Championship. The two drivers from Team Orange we hear about coming to America are Nobushige Kumakubo and Naoto Suenaga. Kumakubo already built a LS3 powered S15 Silvia this season which you can check out here with many people implying it had a Formula Drift rulebook in the glovebox. It sounds like on top of Mad Mike heading into Formula Drift we will see a big growth in the international drivers at this rate.

 

 

*EDIT 11/7/14 @ 12:50pm- Several people such as Tyler Kelly have reached out to us to let us know it is actually Masao Suenaga’s brother coming to Formula Drift (Naoto Suenaga)

Kumakubo Shows off his LS3 Powered S15 Silvia [VIDEO]

Global warming might come to an abrupt end because this swap has made hell freeze over. Kumakubo walks through and shows off his LS3 powered S15 Silvia. This video from Option shows off a decent bit of track time in the car. Kumakubo seems to like his big V8 swapped Silvia but it sure looks like it could use some more horsepower or perhaps he is just slowly getting it all together. What do you think of his new build? Could it be coming to America for the international series in 2015?

Formula Drift Japan at Fuji Speedway International Driver Preview

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While we don’t have any word just yet on an official Formula Drift Japan list we did get a hold of this great list of international flavor coming to Fuji Speedway July 4th weekend. The judges are Andy Yen, Ryan Lanteigne, and a Formula Drift driver Dai Yoshihara. Below is the list of international talent that will be on display:

Daigo Saito – Japan
Kunny Takahashi – Japan
Michihiro Takatori – Japan
Masao Suenaga – Japan
Katsuhiro Ueo – Japan
Robbie Nishida – Japan
Fredric Aasbo – Norway
Daynom Templeman – New Zealand
Mike Whiddett – New Zealand
Oat Krerpradab – Thailand
SaraNon Pronpatanarak – Thailand
Rob Whyte – Australia
Zaiham Handam – Malaysia
Emmanuel Amandio – Indonesia
James Tang – Hong Kong
Ng Sheng Nian – Singapore

Nobushige Kumakubo Bringing Out V8 powered S15 to D1GP

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Kumakubo and the other Team Orange drivers have shown off the new D1GP car build that has been tested recently around Ebisu. The biggest shocker of the build is that it features a big N/A V8 engine to power it up. Kumakubo talks about how driving the V8 is a different experience on his Facebook page! Sounds like he is enjoying it so far. Below is a link to some test video footage posted of the car running at Ebisu.

 

Watch it: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=636044966445082

Naoto Suenaga is Building a 1000hp Silvia for 2013 D1GP Season

Naoto Suenga took to Facebook so he could share his new 2013 D1GP build with all his fans. The Team Orange driver is set to run an orange S15 Silvia in D1 with a RB26 engine. They are estimating 1000hp with the car with great partners such as Koyo and Garrett Turbo. What do you think about his swap into this Silvia for the new drift season?

Jake “Driftsquid” Jones Taking on Ebisu Circut [VIDEO]

The 22 year old Australian has been thrust into the media since Team Orange offered him a ride in the orange Subaru WRX for 2012 D1 Grand Prix Round 1 coming up in April. What started as a visit to the Yokohama Tire offices turned into a fun time at Ebisu Circuit. Advan from Australia captured the whole thing on video which you can follow after the jump below.

 

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