Posts Tagged "Drift"

Daigo Saito Dismantling Lamborghini for D1 Grand Prix

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They say a picture is worth 1000 words but this image of a dismantled Lamborghini Murcielago set to become a drift car has my speechless. Once I reported that this build was happening last month I didn’t know what to think or do other than heading to Kayak.com and looking for a flight deal to Japan this year so I can see this drift car in person. Part of me has still struggled with the reality that this drift build could be happening in the first place. That doubt comes to me regardless of my very reliable sources who have continued to confirm that this is his D1GP plan. Well, inside Daigo Saito’s million dollar+ drift shop they have started dismantling the Lamborghini in preparation for the upcoming D1 Grand Prix season. Here goes nothing?

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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.

Mats Baribeau Announces New Sponsor and a Toyota Chaser JZX100

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Mats Baribeau dropped some news on us this morning about a new big sponsorship and the working of a new car we had heard whispers about. The new sponsorship comes with Right Drive Inc. who happens to be the largest RHD dealer in Canada. They also played a big role in Mats stepping into a JZx100 Chaser for the 2015 season over his old JZX90 Mark II he had been drifting since 2008. Right now the plan is for the JZX100 to make a mid-season debut at Formula Drift New Jersey. The new car will be pushing 950hp out of a 2JZ engine keeping him eligible for the OEM constructers championship. 

This is what Mats had to say on the new build, “The chassis is very similar to what I am familiar with as I have been drifting a JZX90 Mark II since 2008. I didn’t want to throw (away) the entire R&D that we have done, so staying with a chassis that our team knows inside and out was an easy choice to make.”

SLP Shows Off Michael Essa’s Chevrolet Camaro Build

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The guys at SLP (Street Legal Performance) who are sponsoring Michael Essa posted a bunch of build/progress photos of the Chevrolet Camaro. The build looks like it has a ton of work to go but seems to be a supercharged V8 setup? Hit the follow more link to check out a huge gallery of images on this build. Maybe someone should text Essa and let him know that qualifying is 45 days from right now.

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Joon Maeng Set with 2JZ Powered BMW Z4 for 2015 Formula Drift Season

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I finally caught up with Joon Maeng tonight and learned some cool facts about his new 2015 Formula Drift program. That street driven BMW Z4 you have seen him post photos of is still in tact as a daly driver/practice drift car. He has a new chassis that Design Craft is doing the fabrication on and Duttweiler Racing has taken the task of building an insane 2JZ engine for the official Formula Drift build. Lucas Oil, MAV TV, and Protect the Harvest are his three title sponsors for the 2015 season. His last surprise of the new season is he is moving to Achilles Radial.

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Joon Maeng has even revamped his 240sx for the new 2015 season which will be used for demos, charity events, LS Fest, and perhaps some drag racing. You probably know we are huge fans and drifting sponsors of LS Fest which happens every September in Kentucky. The car has kept its huge V8 power plant and got a bump in horsepower up to 1125! It sounds like Joon has a new and strong 2015 season planned with two purpose built drift cars.

Tanner Foust returns to Formula D for partial 2015 season

Tanner Foust announced today that he will make his return to Formula D for a partial 2015 season in a 900hp Volkswagen Passat. Foust will be driving in three events: Long Beach, Atlanta, and Irwindale. We had no idea that this was coming, but this is a great sign for drifting! Foust won the FD championship in 2007 and 2008 before leaving to commit to Rallycross full time. He hasn’t driven a drift car since the Formula D exhibition in Qatar in February 2011.

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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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Daigo Saito in Planning Stages to Drift Lamborghini in D1GP This Year

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Thanks to the dozen people who sent us this rumor mill about Daigo Saito off the bat this evening first off before we dig into the story. I spoke to as many people as I could who would have inside authority about the situation and can confirm that Daigo Saito has a plan or intention to run this Liberty Walk Lamborghini in the D1GP season this year. It does sound like some things need to take place for it to be a 100% go at this point. Something tells us he is trying to not get outdone on Internet hype by Imamura who brought out a Lexus LFA earlier this year to run in D1GP as well. Also, we have heard some whispers of a possible Ferrari drift car coming out as well. This sure has become the most expensive drift car build year in history and we haven’t even hit February.

 

 

Charles Ng Shoots a Drift Selfie Video With A C63 AMG [VIDEO]

Charles Ng hangs onto a selfie stick and drifts around the AMG Winter Sporting in Sweden. The car is a C63 AMG and it rips around the snow in this thing drifting with just one hand! Pretty impressive for the Formula Drift driver as he is out working in Sweden for the winter!

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