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10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Long Beach 2015

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10. The Hyundai Genesis Isn’t So Bad After All

Last year I was ready to declare the Hyundai Genesis a “career killer” after Rhys Millen left while driving one and recently Dennis Mertzanis lost his license last season in the car pictured above. Well, Odi Bakchis got ahold of it and with some suspension wizardry at his Feal Suspension bunker built something to make this car work. His performance along with Matt Field put Vortech Superchargers taking home two of the final four places at Long Beach.

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9. Will We Ever See Daigo Saito 100% Again? 

Daigo Saito had another terrible weekend. His new over the top Nissan GT-R took itself out in the Top 32 due to what I am being told is a power steering failure. I can imagine turing 21 inch wheels from lock to lock is going to create some serious stress on any steering system they can throw at this car. I love that Daigo is pushing the bounds of the sport and trying new things BUT I also really love it when his car works and he destroys people in tandem battles. I am at war with myself, a house divided if you will, on which one I want more than the other.

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8. Tanner Foust’s Passat Was Banged Up This Weekend

Tanner Foust made a really lackluster return to Formula Drift this weekend. He crashed in Saturday practice, limped into qualifying, and ended with an epic wall smack against Justin Pawlak. You could visually see Tanner trying to keep longer full-lock drifts going which is the standard Formula Drift has shifted since he left. Someone asked me on Twitter about his performance and Tanner chimed in to concur. This track, with all the outer clips and layout also make it much harder to run the new way. I think Road Atlanta will be a blessing for him with way less to hit and a more open track environment allowing the Passat to perform in a range he is more comfortable with behind the wheel.

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7. How Much Did We Miss Mad Mike?

The Mad Mike question probably cannot be answered until he arrives at Road Atlanta and puts on a show for everyone. The “RADBUL” as he has dubbed it sure looks like an engineering wonder but how can he perform in the States is a question everyone must be wondering about. His last visit to America didn’t have him performing at a top level but he has been actively driving worldwide in various cars since he left Formula Drift years ago. I would of loved to see him debut this Mazda MX-5 at Long Beach but Road Atlanta isn’t that far away at this point.

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6. Chris Forsberg Misses Top 4 first time Since 2013

Chris Forsberg hasn’t missed a Final Four since the 2013 season. That is just how good he performed over the course of the 2014 drift season. He made a costly error allowing the 370z to over rotate in a battle with Pat Mordaunt and it was something he couldn’t overcome. Pat looked solid in his 350z and that misstep was too much with Pat being on point in both runs. This result already has the 2015 championship chase showing Chris 67 points behind Aasbo.

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2015 Formula Drift Livery Overload [GUIDE]

Below is a breakdown of all the 2015 Formula Drift liveries released to date and I will update as we go along. To make life easy, I ranked them by championship finishing order of 2014.

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1. Chris Forsberg – Nissan 370z
The championship returns with a Nissan 370z and some added sponsors for the new year. NOS Energy Drink returns as his title and the car gets a refresh to the new Nismo style front end.

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2. Fredric Aasbo – Scion tC
Another car making its return in 2015. Fredric happens to be my personal prediction for 2015 Formula Drift champion if that means anything to you. He added a title sponsorship with Rockstar Energy Drink and I really hope he runs those yellow wheels he used in his car unveiling. Regardless, the car has never looked better and I think he is poised for a great season.

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3. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – Ford Mustang
Vaughn Gittin Jr. is using his old Ford Mustang with the new livery as they continue to research and develop his 2015 RTR for competition. My guess is, he will stick with the 2014 Mustang until he winds up mathematically out of the championship. That is when he would bring the 2015 RTR out for this year. If he is in the running for the championship, I expect to see this car in 2016. Good news is, you can always see his new 2015 Mustang RTR at non Formula Drift events such as Street Driven May 2nd at VIR.

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4. Odi Bakchis – Hyundai Genesis / Nissan 240sx
Odi Bakchis is running a complex Formula Drift World Championship setup that involves running two cars in the USA. We have a complete Odi Bakchis schedule for his die-hard fans that want to know what he is driving and where. For this weekend, he will be in this big V8 powered Hyundai Genesis with a Vortech Supercharger kit hoping to start off with a great 2015 season.

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5. Forrest Wang – LHD S15 Nissan Silvia
This car became the most hyped up and leaked debacle of 2015 all over the Internet last week due to our Instagram page but we will leave that be. Car looks pretty similar to last season and still carries a 2JZ engine setup and WiseFab for big angle.
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Vaughn Gittin Jr. at Street Driven X Hyperfest Media Day [VIDEO]

Check out some footage of Vaughn Gittin Jr. in his 2015 Ford Mustang RTR tearing up the VIR Patriot Course at Street Driven Media Day. Local Virginia news and TV crew came out to preview the May 2nd @ VIR big automotive weekend. Vaughn Gittin Jr. was there to give ride-a-longs which you can buy during the same event coming up. It is a shame we will have to wait and see this car in Formula Drift since he is delaying the release while they learn more about the new chassis but you will be able to check it out in person at Street Driven x Hyperfest weekend coming up – Facebook Event Page for people who want more info.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Unveils 2015 Mustang RTR Livery

Vaughn Gittin Jr. released the look of his 2015 Mustang RTR demo machine for the 2015 season. The livery has a tweaked look and design which he debuted on the snow for this year. Vaughn is staying on Nitto Tires for 2015 while it seems about everyone else is switching up tire brands for the new season. You won’t see this 2015 Mustang RTR at Round 1 Long Beach just yet as Vaughn will be sticking with his 2014 chassis to compete in Formula Drift until his build is 100% dialed in and then this 2015 RTR will debut into the series.

This 2015 Mustang RTR being unveiled will be used at demos for awesome events such as Hyperfest x Street Driven on May 2nd  at VIRginia International Raceway. We haven’t seen a complete 2015 schedule from Vaughn Gittin just yet but we are sure he will be trekking around the United States with the new setup plenty for you to catch a glimpse of it.

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Drift Alliance Celebrate 50 Years of Fun [VIDEO]

Here is Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his fellow Drift Alliance teammates hopping in Ford Mustang’s of all eras for this Ford Racing “50 Years of Fun” piece which brings together the celebration of the Ford Mustang. Watch some cars from every era get sideways in this cool piece.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his Drift + Jump Ecoboost F-150

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. at the 2014 SEMA Show unveiled a new project that involves 5 Recaro seats, an Ecoboost F-150, and the ability to make it drift and jump all in one package. The car was on display at the 2014 SEMA Show and also served some time in the Ford Out Front section of the show. AmericanMuscle caught some of the action and did a walk around of the F-150 that sadly is illegal per the Formula Drift rulebook. Don’t expect to see this thing in action outside of a drift demo capacity anytime soon.

2015 Mustang RTR is Here Before the SEMA Show

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. just unveiled his 2015 Ford Mustang RTR to the world this morning just ahead of the 2014 SEMA Show. The new OEM package will be available at Ford dealerships so you can score a numerical serialized Mustang. The wheels and tons of parts have a slight variation for the new body style which has also hit dealerships in three packages; Ecoboost 4 Cylinder Turbo, V6, and a traditional 5.0 V8 engine. Here is what Vaughn had to say about the build;

“The all new platform has very easily allowed us to mesh RTR’s tastefully-aggressive styling and modified performance to offer our most capable, best-handling fun-to-drive RTR’s to date. If the slightly modified performance of the our Spec 1 is not enough, customers that demand more are sure to get their kicks with the up to 725 horsepower and optional fully-adjustable suspension that allows the driver to easily adjust the balance of the chassis to their liking.”

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. Set to Unveil two 2015 Ford Mustang RTR’s at SEMA

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Prepare yourself for the debut of the 2015 Mustang RTR! This highly anticipated vehicle will be revealed to the world online via Vaughn on Monday November 3rd, and it will be revealed live at SEMA Ford Out Front November 4th at 11:00AM. A SPEC 1 and SPEC 2 package will be available worldwide with more details coming soon.

In addition new for 2015, RTR will offer a new line of appearance and performance parts, as well as three new styles of RTR flow form wheels, all available exclusively at American Muscle.

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The RTR SPEC 5 is a teaser of whatever new and over the top project Vaughn has put together. Just like his F-150 he announced earlier this month we are sure this car is going to be built over the top for maximum hoon capabilities and probably make gobs of horsepower.  It will also make its first public appearance next week at the 2014 SEMA Show.

David Moore Takes on Formula Drift Irwindale with Massive [GALLERY]

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Watch as the final round of Irwindale Speedway goes down in this massive 2,000 photo gallery (56K WARNING) which produces some fantastic images on the track, off the track, and a big championship celebration from Chris Forsberg as he won his second championship.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=439

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Builds 2015 F-150 for Drifting and Jumping – Debuts at SEMA

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. owns and has built about 400 Ford Mustang’s at this point in his life. The thought of building another one might just put him to sleep at this point. The car was put together with some assistance from KibbeTech who formulated a custom suspension for the new F150. How long do we have to wait until we can see a drift video with this thing?

“I love trucks, and to build one that has daily on- and off-road capabilities, as well as drifting and jumping capabilities is something I have always wanted to do,” said Vaughn. “I am really pumped to get crazy in this F-150 at SEMA this year.”