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Stop Supporting 240sx Drift Tax – Buy These Starter Drift Cars Instead

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I love the Nissan 240sx as much as the next guy in the drifting industry. We just fired up our second S13 project car for the magazine with Vapure and love how easy it is you can get a 240sx drift worthy. However, 240sx inflation or drift tax has grown rapidly out of control over recent time. I won’t even post some of the insane prices I have seen for the S13/S14 chassis models here in Southern California over recent months. At the Wrecked Magazine office all we really want to see is more people drifting and coming into the sport, so we have found that drift tax on the Nissan 240sx is not helping newcomers enter the scene. With that we found some cars that you should consider buying before taking out a loan just to own a S13 coupe.

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E36 BMW

This car has already become super popular in Europe and other nations as a great turn key drift car. They are so cheap in price and have great aftermarket support. Added bonus with the E36 chassis is they look pretty good for a car so old. These are readily available in any major market for cheap. A quick eBay search found several set for a Buy It Now of under $1,500 for running cars. If you are lucky you can get some tips and tricks from a Formula Drift driver like Chelsea DeNofa who has these BMW chassis all figured out.

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Ford Mustang

Another great option is the Ford Mustang for a beginner drift build/car. You have multiple body style options and years that are priced well below a few thousand dollars. Vaughn Gittin Jr. has been seen in his Foxbody missile showing even that chassis can drift with ease. The Mustang market has seen a huge growth in drift specific parts and the TalkDrift.com forum even has an active Mustang owners section. Just wait until you find out how cheap you can swap differentials and gear ratios compared to the 240sx chassis as well.

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Lexus SC300

Have you been to a junkyard in the last 2 years? If so, you have probably laid your eyes on about 1,0000 Lexus SC300 bodies. These things seem to be everywhere and they just get cheaper and cheaper. Parts are plentiful and even Tony Angelo has assembled one as a missile car these days (seen above). This car isn’t the easiest to setup for drifting of the group but it looks good and will easily take a 2JZ swap.

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Nissan 350z

This option is a little more expensive but if you can find a cheaper Nissan 350z beater you should pick one up. You will get taxed a little extra on parts but the Nissan 350z is a Formula Drift championship winning chassis via Chris Forsberg 2009. Companies are developing more and more suspension products in recent time and many people will tell you the VQ35 platform is a solid engine base for a drift car.

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Toyota Cressida

This is a chassis you can purchase for cheap that many people in the drift community tend to overlook or forget about. The car has some loyal fans, a core community, and some solid aftermarket support. Out of our group they probably aren’t the best looking vehicle you can choose but they seem to be fun drift projects.

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Mazda RX-8

Okay, this is the most expensive option I am going to throw in your face but hear me out. The Mazda RX-8 is an awesome car that nobody wants in the world it seems due to it’s terrible engine. So, buy one that is blown up, purchase an awesome LS crate engine, and then call Sikky to make the new swap kit from this car super simple. Mazda RX-8 cars can be found without engines or blown up motors for about the same price as a S14. If you were going to do a V8 swap into a S13/S14 then I suggest considering going this route instead.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Attacks Gatebil – AMAZING [VIDEO]

Sit back, crank up your speakers, and watch Vaughn Gittin Jr. attack Gatebil in one insane video with Magnaflow.

In 2014, FD’s qualifying results do not matter [EDITORIAL]

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3 weeks ago, Formula D invited me to be on their Drift Nation podcast. In discussing whether Chris Forsberg has the championship locked up or not, I guessed that based on how well he had done in qualifying, he had a substantial advantage over the other drivers. While Chris Forsberg is the best qualifying driver, digging a little deeper actually surprised me at how little qualifying matters this year. This year, the way championship points are allocated was changed, and it doesn’t look like this change was for the better.

If we threw out all qualifying results, the top 25 places in the overall championship standings would not change. The first position where qualifying points actually changes the standings is 26th, where 7 drivers who would be tied with 64 points based on tandem would split their tie based on qualifying points.

Here’s a look at the top 32 points based on tandem scores only:

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2015 Ford Mustang RTR Renders Are Here

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The 2015 Ford Mustang is building some steam and making a big launch with three engine configurations including a turbocharged 4 cylinder, V6, and the traditional V8 engine. Vaughn Gittin Jr. will once again be releasing his RTR line and cars to purchase with the 2015 model. The renders don’t quite show off the new Ford Mustang’s look but gives a nice preview of what is to come.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Goes NASCAR Racing This Weekend in Canada

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. is always up to something interesting and this weekend he is racing in the Canadian NASCAR series in the #9 car courtesy of Kerry Micks in the NASCAR Canadian Tire series. Vaughn will be driving a Ford Fusion around the Grand Prix Trois-Rivières! He will also be doing some drift demos if you happen to be in Quebec and want to check it out.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Shows off his Foxbody Mustang [VIDEO]

Vaughn Gittin Jr. walks you around his missile Fox which happens to be one awesome Foxbody Ford Mustang turned missile car. The thing is a bit haggard these days but sure makes a fun drift car. Vaughn does a walk around of the Mustang and takes it out for some fun at Clubloose!

Gatebil 2014 – The Event of Events [VIDEO]

This is one awesome event weekend known as Gatebil in Norway. Here is a great video showing off some of the fun and excitement that is Gatebil. Sit back and enjoy one of the most fun events you can find.

2014 Formula D Championship Standings after Seattle [STANDINGS]

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Despite qualifying fourth (ahead of both Fredric Aasbo and Vaughn Gittin Jr) and earning an incredible fifth consecutive podium, Chris Forsberg’s lead on the championship remains unchanged from the 59 points it stood at after New Jersey due to this year’s points structure. Both Forsberg and Aasbo earned 4.5 points for qualifying (4th thru 8th qualifiers earn the same amount of points), and although Forsberg earned a spot on the podium in front of all of the cameras while Aasbo remained on the sideline in 4th place, the elimination of the 3rd place battle gives both 3rd and 4th place drivers the same amount of points. Vaughn Gittin Jr fell from just 65 points behind to 113 points behind due to his early Top 32 exit, while Kenneth Moen fell from 111 points behind to 146 points behind after his top 16 exit, nearly eliminating him from the championship chase.

The top qualifier effort combined with the win (a perfect slate for only the seventh time in history and the first time since Long Beach 2013) moves McNamara up from eighth to fifth in the championship table.

Here’s how the points stack up after five of seven rounds of competition.

1. Chris Forsberg                 421.5 points
2. Fredric Aasbo                  362.5 points
3. Vaughn Gittin Jr.         308.5 points
4. Kenneth Moen                 275.5 points
5. Darren McNamara        263 points
6. Odi Bakchis                      243.5 points
7. Justin Pawlak                  226 points
8. Dean Kearney                215.5 points
9. Robbie Nishida               191 points
10. Forrest Wang                   183.5 points
11. Conrad Grunewald       176.5 points
12. Michael Essa                    164.5 points
13. Ryan Tuerck                  162 points
14. Ken Gushi                        156 ponts
15. Tyler McQuarrie            153.5 points
16. Matt Field                       153 points
17. Charles Ng                   137 points
18. Chelsea Denofa               134.5 points
19. Kyle Mohan                   124 points
20. Daijiro Yoshihara      122.5 points

Formula Drift Nation Episode 2 [VIDEO]


The second ever episode of Formula Drift Nation was put up today on DailyMotion. This episode features Toro from GT Channel and myself as we talk about a review of Formula Drift Japan and the upcoming Formula Drift Seattle. My podium prediction is 1. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 2. Chris Forsberg 3. Chelsea DeNofa and 4. Daigo Saito for the weekend. Let’s see how I did next weekend.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Takes A Visit to A Sprint Car Driving School [VIDEO]

Check out Vaughn Gittin Jr. driving a non winged sprint car at the Cory Kruseman Sprint Car Driving School  in California.He teams up with a winged sprint cup driver as they learn the course and experience what sprint cars are all about.