Posts Tagged "Drift"

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!

Imamura Shows Off His Lexus LFA Set for D1GP

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This Lexus LFA was built by Yoichi Imamura for D1 Grand Prix duty this season. What I can safely say is the most expensive OEM car to be built into a professional drift car to date in the world. Rumor has it from reader Lexis King that this build features a TRD NASCAR motor and dogbox in place of the factory V10 engine. This is another pretty wild build to come out of Tokyo Auto Salon after we saw the unveiling of Mad Mike’s Formula Drift Asia RX-7 and Robbie Nishida’s 1000hp Nissan GT-R for Formula Drift Asia. Stay tuned to the website for more builds coming out soon! 
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Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Drift Alliance Celebrate 50 Years of Fun [VIDEO]

Here is Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his fellow Drift Alliance teammates hopping in Ford Mustang’s of all eras for this Ford Racing “50 Years of Fun” piece which brings together the celebration of the Ford Mustang. Watch some cars from every era get sideways in this cool piece.

Dreamride Los Angeles with Fredric Aasbo [VIDEO]

Fredric Aasbo finds himself in downtown Los Angeles and Willow Springs in a new video called Dreamride LA. The video shows his Scion tC taking on some downtown Los Angeles streets with a unique passenger. Sit down and buckle up as Fredric Aasbo throws down some out of this world driving around the mean streets of downtown Los Angeles.

 

Reviewing the 13.5 inch Suede Driven Steering Wheel

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Words: Rathyna Gomer
Over the last year, I have been taking my car building much more seriously. I made one promise to myself – no more half-assing anything on my competition car (my LS3 powered 350z). After getting the bulk of the swap completed, I began making a checklist of all the other parts I needed to make this car perfect. Unfortunately, I don’t have much flexibility with my seat (I have to push my seat all the way forward since I’m so short), it all comes down to the size, depth, and position of my steering wheel. Crazy, I know – but the struggle is seriously that real. So when I hit the market for a steering wheel, it was no small task. After much research and many side-by-side comparisons, I was extremely comfortable in choosing a Driven Steering wheel.

While Drifting – Obviously, steering and maneuverability are critical in any motorsport. However, with drifting, steering wheels are spinning like crazy. Being able to catch the wheel during a transition or during a fast manji, is extremely critical. I’ve had experiences with an OEM steering wheel where I wasn’t able to catch the wheel, which could really end up disastrous. Pro Tip > > Watch this video:

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