Chris Jeanneret’s S2000 is getting closer to debut this weekend at Formula D Long Beach, and just today he released both his final rendering which includes a title sponsorship from Vibrant Performance. We caught some teaser shots of the rendering earlier, but this complete rendering looks pretty solid. Last we heard from Chris, the car was still getting aero and chassis fabrication and still had a long ways to go until it was completed. A lot of people are looking forward to the debut of this car, so we’ll keep a close eye on it this weekend.
While Dai Yoshihara first showed of his new livery last weekend at the Illest OC store, he’s been testing a few times this week to dial in his 800hp+ (we’ve heard numbers that are a bit higher than that) Subaru BR-Z. Crew Member Mike Kojima has posted on Facebook that despite having a rather large frame turbo, Dai reports no noticeable lag, just a steady power curve. The team at Falken Tire always is on top of their prep, and Yoshihara is the defending winner of the Long Beach event, a feat he accomplished with longtime suspension partner KW Suspension. Yoshihara and the Falken team look ready for success at this weekend’s first event of the 11th season of Formula D.
In addition to the new livery, which shows off long time D1Gp team UP Garage as part of the livery, the Apex’i Lexus SC430 now sports a RHD conversion. Frank S., formerly of BOSO Garage, has been busy over the last week prepping the car along with the Apex’i crew. The above livery was posted this morning, and appears to be at Willow Springs raceway. We’ve confirmed that Kuniaki Takahashi will be piloting the car, which has long been the rumor around the pits. Of course you can also read about the previous setup of the Lexus SC430 in Issue 30 of our magazine.
A complete 250+ image gallery showing off all the new rides for 2014 and some on track drifting action from the big Long Beach Grand Prix media day event. Don’t miss this action that has everyone fired up for Round 1 coming up over the weekend.
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Chris Forsberg has kept his 2014 Formula Drift car under wraps for the best part of the off-season. His NOS partnership was reduced to an associate level but he brought on several new partnerships including Champion Spark Plugs for 2014. The infamous orange Z has now gone the way of the dark side with a carbon fiber and matte black finish. The car still retains a Nissan engine and now makes 1000hp with the assistance of some nitrous. Check out all the cars from Media Day in our gallery below.
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Here is the gallery coverage from Round 1 of Just Drift’s Top Drift series. The event took place at Balcony and watched Alex Heilbrunn dominate the competition in his green S13 smoke machine. Follow the action at Willow Springs International Raceway by clicking through the gallery below!
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The incident that left Ryan Tuerck’s Scion FR-S looking worse for wear was made by contact from behind by Odi Bakchis. Reports have told us that Odi had a power steering failure which caused him to slide into Ryan Tuerck creating this much damage to him. Ryan ended up towing his car off on a tow truck to get fixed locally. Odi’s car took way less damage in the whole bang up as well and he should be good to go for Friday without any issues.
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Joon Maeng shows off his S13 Nissan 240sx at Willow Springs now on Maxxis MA-Z1 tires. This quick Instagram video doesn’t show much of the car in drifting action but nice to see Joon is getting some serious test time in with the new Maxxis tires before Round 1.
We last saw Chris Forsberg testing his 2014 competition Nissan 370Z at Englishtown Raceway just last week (and before that, drifting his M45 4-seater drift car around the Driveshaft Shop warehouse), but it looks like he’s been doing a little daydreaming in his commute as well. In this video for his sponsor, Clarion USA, Forsberg takes his classic 280Z out on a leisurely stroll around town. As the old saying goes, he who dies with the most toys wins. Seems like it’s a pretty tight competition between Forsberg and Vaughn Gittin Jr these days…
Ken Gushi’s new Scion Racing FR-S looks pretty awesome for the 2014 Formula Drift season. This is the same grey car that debuted at SEMA but now has a “race” wrap ready to take on Formula Drift. Ken shows off his wide body kit and maintains his big partnerships with Greddy and Hankook for 2014. See more of his car and the whole Scion Racing team in the gallery below.
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