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Conrad Grunewald Brings Active Aero into Formula Drift for 2015

Years ago when Tyler McQuarrie had a roof malfunction I made a post joking about his “active aero” on the 350z the post got pretty out of hand. Well, fast forward a couple years and it appears Conrad Grunewald is bringing an active aero rear spoiler to Formula Drift for real. It’s almost like a “DRS zone” F1 spoiler except it has a tilt more than a larger opening. My lack of Science classes really stop me from giving you a detailed explanation of what is happening and why this is very beneficial for Conrad but I am sure some armchair wind tunnel expert will reply and explain in teh comments. Regardless, it looks pretty cool! First motion on spoiler happens around :20 mark.

Conrad Grunewald Testing Two New Camaro Builds for 2015 [VIDEO]

Here is Conrad Grunewald testing out his two new Camaro builds for 2015. The AE car is his competition car for 2015 which is tame compared to his over the top demo car. The SDPC demo car has a twin turbo kit and nitrous strapped onto it to make maximum power. Jacob covered the engine build on this when Conrad leaked some build content. Here in this video, Drift International caught some coverage of the shake down/testing being done on both cars before Long Beach.

Drift Garage Is Back and Shows You How to Build a 370z and Missile Version 2


Ryan Tuerck and Chris Forsberg are back with season two of Drift Garage at MA Motorsport. Ryan Tuerck is refreshing his S13 missile car while Chris Forsberg is blowing the budget this year with a twin turbo Nissan 370z build. Tune into the first episode and check out the new cars for this NetworkA season debut.

Yoichi Imamura Drifting and Shake Down of his Lexus LFA [VIDEO]

Imamura has silenced all the doubters and haters by doing some drift testing with his Lexus LFA. It sure looks like this build is progressing into a legit D1GP build. My favorite part about this video is that this wildly exotic and rare car sliding around this parking lot sounds just like every car on the Formula Drift grid pretty much. Someone also needs to go film this thing ASAP with a better camera please and thanks.

Matt Field’s New Engine Setup Sounds Insane [VIDEO]

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Matt Field showed off his new engine setup on the dyno through Instagram. He said he is going testing ASAP with the setup now tuned which probably puts him ahead of most Formula Drift builds. Part of his new engine setup is a new billet impeller wheel from his Vortech Supercharger which he claims basically eliminates the need for nitrous on his setup completely.

Odi Bakchis Updating Everyone on the Genesis + 240sx for Formula Drift

Odi Bakchis in collaboration with ARK Performance released a cool off-season video talking about the changes to both of his rides for 2015. The 240sx is getting more horsepower for the Formula Drift season while the Hyundai Genesis is undergoing a complete rework it seems. Odi is converting the Genesis to a Holley ECU and rebuilding the suspension with a Feal setup. The Genesis will make its debut with Odi at Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach before heading overseas for the rest of the Formula Drift World Championship.

Conrad Grunewald goes drifting on Mythbusters [VIDEO]


Conrad Grunewald will be making a special guest appearance on the famed Mythbusters TV show this coming weekend. Discovery Channel posted this cool trailer to the episode on their webpage, where you can clearly see Conrad’s 900hp+ Chevy Camaro. Be sure to tune in on Saturday at 9pm / 8 Central on the Discovery Channel to watch the full episode!

Two Drift Videos That Will Make You Wish You Attended Sonoma Winter Jam

I like that we are putting these two videos together because it represents two complete different experiences at the same event weekend. The video above by Carbon Studios puts tons of focus and content on the old Formula Drift course layout while the video below from KDF puts a ton of focus on the parking lot course at the main entrance. It goes to show you this event brings together a ton of fun and awesome drifting at a terrible time of the year to be outside in Northern California.

Nikolett Szanto Is Coming to Formula Drift – Who Is She?

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So a close look at the published Formula Drift drivers list for 2015 and you will find about 40 usual suspects and one big head scratcher in the form of Nikolett Szanto. I pride myself on overindulging with drift live streams, attending drift events, YouTube videos, Tumblr GIFs, and the list could go on with my forms on consumption but I have never heard of this European drift chick once mentioned in the last eight years.

Being aware I cannot know everything I reached out to a bunch of European friends on Facebook to inquire about her performance on the continent. I got some mixed feedback and confirmation she has run in King of Europe in the past over there. It seems pretty wild she is the only approved Formula Drift Pro 1 petition set for the 2015 calendar year right now. We have reported on rumors of Mad Mike and Team Orange trying to come over for the new season. However, the drivers list does state it lacks pending petitions so we can still hold onto hope they are arriving at Long Beach.

The main thing I would hate to see is her put out a lackluster performance and hurt future sponsorship for some awesome female drivers coming through the American driving ranks the hard way such as Kelsey Rowlings. She qualified in 1st place just last month at a Formula Drift Pro Am event with an INSANE qualifying run that we shared/posted last week. Regardless, follow the jump below where we shared some video content we could dig up of her driving and you can be the judge.

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Kelsey Rowlings Top Qualifying Run at Three Palms Drift [VIDEO]

Here is a cool video we found showing Kelsey Rowlings #1 qualifying run at Three Palms Drift over the past weekend. This was Round 2 of the new Pro Am series which saw Kelsey exit early due to a strong contact on the bank which forced her to straighten up and go out in competition. Regardless, her qualifying fun was pretty wild and very aggressive and high on the bank compared to others who ran that day.