The Prodrift Academy UAE (United Arab Emirates) and Nissan Middle East have inked a huge deal just before the 2014/2015 drift season gets underway in the country. The partnership will see a fleet of 370z’s arrive in Dubai for a creation of the “370z Drift Experience.” The experience is being dubbed the ultimate gateway into the exhilarating world of drifting. With an experienced drift instructor, drivers will be taught key drift techniques and gain first hand experience with the 370z.
Prodrift Academy Managing Director, Graham McNamara stated that; “We have worked extremely hard to build the Prodrift Academy up to the level that it is at now and we believe that this partnership is testament to the reputation of the Prodrift Academy here in Dubai, its Middle Eastern headquarters. The Nissan 370z Drift Experience is our most exciting product development to date and this show of support by Nissan is a great sign of things to come for the global expansion of the Prodrift Academy.” The pro series in the region known as Drift UAE has quite a series and car builds participating in it.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. at the 2014 SEMA Show unveiled a new project that involves 5 Recaro seats, an Ecoboost F-150, and the ability to make it drift and jump all in one package. The car was on display at the 2014 SEMA Show and also served some time in the Ford Out Front section of the show. AmericanMuscle caught some of the action and did a walk around of the F-150 that sadly is illegal per the Formula Drift rulebook. Don’t expect to see this thing in action outside of a drift demo capacity anytime soon.
Nate Hamilton grew up this season in my opinion. He won the 2014 LS Fest and took home a second place finish in Florida for Pro 2. Here is the journey of his season as he sets himself a great 2015 comeback with a new look he unveiled with Enkei Wheels at the 2014 SEMA Show.
Matt Powers is out to defend his title at Drift Shifters in Auckland with his 240sx. Matt beat event host Mad Mike last year to take home top honors and is set to return to defend his title. His title sponsor in Fenix Radiators based down in New Zealand. His tire partner will be Nitto for the weekend and other companies like Parts Shop Max are supporting his return to drift. His pit crew will be Martin Muench from Parts Shop Max USA and Adam Hedges of C’s Garage. Here is a full drivers list for the big Drift Shifters event next month.
Ryan Tuerck travels around Europe for part of his World Tour attending awesome events at Driftland and at Reisbrennen in Germany. The trip took him into some night drifting and then all the way to Scotland at Garage F*ckhouse. Tons of missile cars at Driftland for a three day bash fest seems like one of the best times money could buy in Europe.
Chelsea DeNofa announced at the 2014 SEMA Show he will be making some appearances in Global Time Attack with this insanely built Nissan GT-R. The GT-R won a Gran Turismo Award at SEMA and was displayed in the Garrett Turbo booth all week. The team is bringing on some cool partners such as Greddy and Fujita Brakes to help them compete in time attack. I cannot wait to see Chelsea stretch his legs in other markets next season. What do you think of the build?
The 2014 Midwest Drift Union season wrapped up this weekend in St. Louis with Mike Feiock taking home a win in his clean RX-8. Gateway International Raceway is one of the best Pro Am circuits you can find in America to run an event on. Here is how Round 5 and the 2014 season wrapped up:
1st Mike Feiock
2nd Brian Peter
3rd Mike O’Mara
1st Brian Peter
2nd Rolando Alfaro
2nd Dan Sommer
4th Mike Feiock
5th Steve Topping
Justin Pawlak sealed a deal with WELD Racing wheels for the 2015 season. His Sideway S197 that he brought to the 2014 SEMA Show also had WELD wheels on it. With Falken Tire stepping back in 2015 Justin is busy signing new deals to build his program.
“I have a lot of respect for the WELD brand because of their quality-first attitude and long history of manufacturing high quality race wheels in the U.S.,” said Pawlak. “By working with WELD, I can be a brand ambassador for WELD in the drifting community. This is a great opportunity for me, because I feel that lightweight high quality race wheels are a significant performance advantage that is often overlooked in drifting.”
The guys at Vapure released some awesome new e-liquds flavors to pull some performance out of your vape. The flavors have automotive/drift related branding and are being released in collaboration with the Project V3 240sx we are putting together with them. If you are interested in learning more about the new products check out the flavor list below.
Nate Hamilton also unveiled his 2015 Formula Drift look at the 2014 SEMA Show last week. His unveil/new car look was overshadowed by the likes of Robbie Nishida and Daigo Saito putting out their 2015 builds. Nate is sticking with the S13 chassis and bringing over a ton of the same partners from 2014 including Holley, Hoonigan, BC Racing and Enjuku Racing. Nate Hamilton finished 6th in Pro 2 for the 2014 season allowing him to return to the pro series for 2015.
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