Chelsea Denofa’s “Say Howdy Get Rowdy” video series is back for the third season, starting with a recap of his first weekend on GT Radial tires. Denofa qualified 27th, and finished in the top 16, which is a decent start to the season all things considered. Sit back and enjoy the video!
Robbie Nishida posted a video of his VQ-powered Infiniti G37 idling via Instagram yesterday, which he previewed at SEMA last November. This motor is said to be stroked out to around 4.0L, and pushing 1,000hp to the rear wheels. After making the Great 8 in Long Beach, he has a good foundation of points to build on for the rest of the season. Hopefully this new car is actually competition ready for this round, we would hate to see Robbie drop in points due to new car issues.
Charles Ng ripping up his Infiniti G37 around the Formula Drift Long Beach course captured by Thirsty Films. Just look right into the eyes of Charles Ng as he steers his GT-R powered G37 around the Streets of Long Beach course.
Here is our Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach recap video we made together with Subject Media Group from Formula Drift Round 1. A fresh new look of Formula Drift shown in black and white that we just love! Let us know what you think of our highlight video.
Here is Chelsea DeNofa ripping around the Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach course in his E46 BMW. Chelsea made some changes to his program this year including a swap over to GT Radial tires. Here is what it looks like from the cockpit of his car on a flying lap around the Long Beach Grand Prix Turn 9/10/11 course.
An awesome sequential gearbox putting the 900+ horsepower from his 2JZ to the ground in one of the smoothest drift cars from a cockpit POV I have seen in a long time. Bummed we didn’t get to see Yokoi do more wall smashing over the Round 1 Formula Drift weekend.
After watching this video a couple hundred times and sharing it with some other pro drifters I cannot seem to determine who was truly at fault for the contact but it does seem to me when you watch this in full screen at 1080 that Fredric Aasbo intentionally makes the car spin once Odi hits him. That is somewhat hard to say either way since Odi made contact with his wheel but you can see him rotating the wheel from the drivers position and the wheel moving (implying to me that suspension wasn’t broken) in the video. Fredric was hit quite a few times in the same area this weekend which makes me lean more towards the favor of Odi Bakchis not being at fault. I am curious to see what you guys all think in the comments.
One thing is for sure, Formula Drift needs to provide judges a better viewing angle in this hairpin other than what the Livestream provided. Our POV in this footage is far better than anything the judges had to look at. Several people in my 10 Things post even chimed in about drivers knocking over clip cones and people missing it but the Livestream view is less than ideal. I think they really need an inside clip camera and one on the outside to watch wheel speeds, e-brakes, and all the other games that clearly went on in that area. Chime in below!
Maybe I am just a sucker for Tanner Foust’s humble banter but he doesn’t sound super confident in this video about his return to Formula Drift. Perhaps, it is just more realistic than others realizing that since he has been gone the “game has changed” for lack of a better analogy. Tanner did touch on something I thought about quite a bit…. speed is all but gone and that was his variable weapon in the sport over years past. The car sounds INSANE with it’s sequential 8 to 1 header developed by AEM. The car makes 700hp without nitrous and a 200 shot to place it right at 900hp on the squeeze. Tanner boasts 60 degrees of steering angle but didn’t show that off for the camera in this video. He also seems to answer the question as to why Nitto Tire dumped half of its team for 2015 since they signed him and the delayed Mad Mike Whiddett for the new year. I think most of the grid is very glad that Tanner isn’t running a full 2015 Formula Drift season.
Nate Hamilton launched a new video series this week promoting his pre-season and showing off that he can skateboard better than everyone reading this article I imagine. The new series meshes Nate Hamilton’s life of drifting and a world of skateboarding together in one pretty solid package. Sit back and see what Nate took on during this off-season! His new build is a SINGLE turbo Chevrolet LS V8 setup which seems pretty interesting.
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.