Kyle Mohan is one of the few American drivers slated to compete in the Chinese World Drift series this season. He put together this summary video from the Louyang Grand Prix where he pulled off a top qualifying position and then suffered ebrake issues in tandem losing to a competitor from Asia.
Ryan Tuerck visits PSI in Portland, Oregon for his new 2JZ tune which we covered in a detailed post here. Here is Ryan Tuerck with his new Garrett turbo on the dyno and a sneak peak at next week’s big run up a mountain with Formula Drift driver Rob Primo. It looks like this will be a fun one.
This movie is long and I mean long as far as YouTube films go (1 hour 34 minutes and 04 seconds to be exact) about an adventure they took throughout Japan. They visit 326 Power, Bee-R, Suzuka, Meihan, and many more places on this long adventure. If you are a little spare on time skipping the first 20 minutes and watching it from then wouldn’t be the end of the world. Some of the drifting gets quite entertaining in the end of the video as well.
We finally dropped our new project Wrecked Weekly where we sit down with a professional drifter once a week until the end of time. These interviews will be released every Thursday! Our first every episode is with 2013 Irish Drift Champion James Deane who was visiting from Ireland and came by the Wrecked Magazine office for a quick visit/interview. Our 20 minute interview brings up his 2014 plans to be in Drift-Allstars, his favorite alcoholic drink, the Rubberbandits, and how his Mazda Rx-7 was put together for the 2013 season.
We chatted for about five minutes and turned on the cameras for our first ever Wrecked Weekly episode. We have currently shot about 10 episodes now and we have learned quite a bit. I am excited that the quality, timeframe, and things have improved with each episode we have done. Look out for interviews coming from Mike Pollard, Chris Forsberg, Robbie Nishida, JR Hildebrand, Dmitriy Illyuk, and much more!
Check out the Nitto Tire team from the Irwindale Speedway weekend in a recap of the big House of Drift event. Chelsea DeNofa, Matt Powers, and Vaughn Gittin Jr. round out the Nitto Tire crew for 2013 carrying them all through Formula Drift. All three drivers finished in the Top 16 of the series this year putting together quite a performance for the season. Watch the video and see what the team is up to.
The guys over at Bilstein USA (who we think will be a 2014 title sponsor) produced quite a piece about the journey Michael Essa had winning his championship. A blown motor in Top 32 really left Irwindale to be a wild card. Essa and his GSR Autosport team pulled off a championship with a constant dedication over 2013 for more angle, grip, and speed. Michael even talks about some of the interesting mental elements of the sport including the fear of failure.
Tony Angelo took a Hurricane Sandy flood car and turned it into his 2013 competition car. Scion Racing caught up with Tony at Irwindale and had him talk about the Scion FR-S and how it came together for the 2013 season. The car came in at 705whp / 660 torque for the season out of the 4 cylinder motor. Listen to Tony’s plan for the 2014 season with the car and how the build came together for this season.
Daigo Saito has some well documented history with insane follow runs around the Ebisu Circuit during the Matsuri weekends. In fact, this springtime we caught some awesome ReplayXD footage of him flying around the Nishi cirucit where he flipped over this weekend. Through the Matsuri weekend I saw several other cars fly hard into this hill and flip over and make nasty contact with each other but it seems that Daigo Saito was just inch off from perfect on this run which sent him flying end over end.
Conrad Grunewald shows off a video of him racing a Ferrari 458 Challenge car around the Circuit of the Americas course in Austin, Texas. If you tuned into Formula 1 today on NBC you will be familiar with the course Conrad is wheeling on in this video. Conrad ran the course in a blazing 2:12.58 which is about 30 seconds off pace a lap from the Formula 1 cars.
The King of Europe series just finished up with a big round at SlovakiaRing.. Francesco Conti was now officially the 2013 Monster Energy King of Europe Drift Series Champion in his BMW which was a title he came very close to also winning in 2012. This years final round at Solvakiaring was a double points round mixing up the championship standings a good bit over the weekend. Francesco Conti became really familiar with the podium during the awards ceremony at Slovakiaring. He also won the Team Championship, together with Calin Ciortan and Amerigo Monteverde, the Motul Challenge and the Dotz Attack Challenge. Nicolo Rosso won the Wisefab Angle challenge, which came natural seeing he has always pushed himself to extreme angles all year long.