Michael Essa and GSR Autosport built this BMW 335i with Bilstein to be unveiled and giveaway the 2013 SEMA Show. Check out the build video of them coming together on this cool video project. The Bilstein BMW 335 has some M performance upgrades, Brembo brakes, HRE wheels, and some performance modifications to build an ultimate street car.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. flew out to Spain to run the Gymkhana Grid to hang out with his Monster Energy drink family/friends over in Europe. While doing so he hopped on the track and put down the second fastest RWD time of the weekend 50.2 falling just shy of Luke Fink. His time even ran close to Ken Block who was just 1.44 seconds faster in the AWD category. Vaughn is now traveling to SEMA for the week to provide demos in the Ford Out Front category of the show.
Ride along with James Deane as he wins the Nurburgring Drift Cup over on the old Formula 1 course in western Germany. Some not so perfect weather fell during the event but James Deane kept on point for the weekend and drove his Mazda Rx-7 to a big victory at the Nurburgring. James Deane when he visited America sat down with us at the Wrecked Magazine office for a great interview coming soon on our YouTube page as well!
Dai took to social media to showoff the renderings of the Subaru BR-Z he will debut on track next season. The car will be on display this coming week at the Falken Tire booth at SEMA in Las Vegas, where we’ll be sure to grab some snaps of the car in it’s new skin.
The car is one of the better looking FR-S cars we’ve seen, and the addition of the canards to the Rocket Bunny kit really give the car a great look. We can envision Dai’s 2010 White Discount Tire livery over the top of this car and really giving it the J-style that Dai is known for.
Check out State of Stance’s video highlighting some of the most action-packed moments at Formula Drift’s Title Fight in Irwindale. They were able to capture some pretty cool runs such as the close tandem battles with Daigo Saito going against Falken drivers Justin Pawlak and Pat Goodin and previous years’ champions Chris Forseberg and Daijiro Yoshihara going head to head. In the video you’ll be able to see Ryan Kado and Corey Hosford and their aggressive, nearly wall-scraping performances. Lastly, you can see a few high-angled, smokey runs featuring Mike Essa, ending with him being awarded the 2013 series champ.
The fifth installment of Bash Bangers comes from All-Star Bash. Insert 2pac soundtrack and you have quite the recap of the West Coast American drift’s biggest event by far. Put together by the guys from Hoonigan.
To finish up the 2013 Formula Drift season privateer Pat Goodin finished as the highest ranked Falken driver at Irwindale Speedway. Pat Goodin won the Falken Cup which was a privateer prize for the top ranked Falken privateer. Now, they are flying out Pat Goodin to Las Vegas for the SEMA show and having him wheel the old Falken Mazda Rx-7 at a Discount Tire event as confirmed by his Instagram.
Regardless if Falken Tire plans to expand their program in 2014 of whatever the case may be for them in the future it seems like Pat Goodin is next in line to take someone’s ride or be part of team expansion. His performance this season in a privateer Nisasn 240sx certainly has shown he can have what it takes to compete at the highest level. What do you think of Pat Goodin as part of the Falken Tire future in Formula Drift?
The old Formula Drift C6 Corvette owned by Luke Lonberger saw its final destiny recently with a nitrous accident at the Texas Mile. The owner/driver Buddy Schulz took it to run the mile race with his 625whp engine (no nitrous) went up in flames and just slowly burnt and burnt at the end of this mile track until it could finally be put out. What a sad way to see a Formula Drift chassis come to an end. For those of you who don’t remember the car in drift form here is a picture before its debut on the final season it ran Formula Drift.
Scion Racing released some images of the new Scion FR-S for Ken Gushi in 2014. The FR-S features the Series 10 illuminated badges and a new Rocket Bunny v2 kit. The 2JZ is riddled with Greddy powered goodies and a clean/simple looking interior. The car is set to debut in the Scion booth at the SEMA show next week. What do you think of his new car? Will the switch to a 2JZ engine platform help Ken be competitive in 2013?
So all over social media this week people have been talking about this “Pro Am Drifter” Austin Matta. A Minnesota 19 year old who has released a web reality series about his life and drift career. I have confirmed with Midwest Drift Union that he has paid entry fee and ran the event but has never actually qualified for a round of competition. MDU also clarified with me that even though his website hosts a MDU logo on but they reassured me they carry no official affiliation. Below is the 9 minute trailer to his show.
After watching the video we learn that Austin has a Lexus SC300 drift car in an impound lot. He also owns a Denali, Bentley, and a Cadillac CTS-V. To top that off he is looking to buy a 2JZ powered drift car or Mustang to build as a drift car. Did you catch that he cannot leave the state of Minnesota due to his parole?
According to a local Minnesota website Austin David Matta, 19, is charged in Scott County District Court with first-degree aggravated robbery, simple robbery and fifth-degree assault. The 17-year-old suspect is charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and second-degree assault. Austin Matta initially denied being involved in the incident at first and later admitted to assaulting the man, the complaint states. Somehow Austin denied stealing money from the guy he assaulted but instead said he stole heroin? He tricked a drug dealer into meeting him at a convenient store and punched him in the head over and over again and stole a large amount of heroin from his center console.
Doesn’t really sounds like a guy any sponsors are going to be partnering with anytime soon or much less ever. Maybe his self made clothing line Kids Committing Krimes can fund him through Formula Drift but I doubt it.