Posts Tagged "Japan"

Daigo Saito’s Lamborghini Murcielago Nears D1 Grand Prix Debut

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I cannot help but get more excited as I see the progress of the drift Murcielago come together in Daigo Saito’s shop. Here is the January update when we found out this Lambo was coming to life as a drift car, a Lambo dismantling update in March, and finally a June moving forward build. His Lamborghini progress is still being called out as BS by skeptics but this build looks more real by the day as far as we can tell. A rumor that it might hit the track before the end of this D1GP season is out in the rumormill. Can he bring this to Formula Drift for 2016? Door banging with this thing in the United States would be ideal. What do you think of the build progress?


Hat tip to Dennis Ho for submitting the new pics!

Daigo Saito’s Drift Lamborghini Murcielago Continues Moving Forward

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Back in January we announced this build and it is still one of the most read stores on Wrecked Magazine to date. Quite a few people remained skeptical of Daigo Saito’s project but at some point even the doubters need to give in that he is in the progress of building this insane drift machine. In March we saw it getting taken apart and now it has been dismantled more and given a big angle kit from the best we can tell. What an insane journey this Lamborghini project has taken on. I cannot wait to see it drift for the first time.

2015 D1 Grand Prix Round 1 at Odaiba [GALLERY]

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Daigo Saito’s Nissan GT-R All Taken Apart – Getting Ready for Formula Drift 2015 [SNAPSHOT]


WOW! Someone sent us this insane photo of Daigo Saito’s Nissan GT-R project at his new shop in Japan. The car is currently under construction for the 2015 Formula Drift season. We still cannot get over the tire size Daigo Saito is set to run for 2015. We reported on the tire size back around the 2014 SEMA Show but Ken Gushi was kind enough to show off how ridiculous a 295/35/21 drift tire is by rolling it over next to a common drift setup and taking a photo side by side.


Daigo Saito’s tire setup will be a 295/35R/21 in the rear and a 275/35/21 provided from the Achilles ATR Sport 2

Drift Matsuri 2014 – The Autumn Drift Festival at Ebisu Circuit [VIDEO]

Check out Taylor Wright’s (BrokenImage) trip to Drift Matsuri over the November 15-16th weekend in northern Japan at the world famous Ebisu Circuit. The big Drift Matsuri festival saw some poor weather and smashed up missile cars wrapped up to finish out the 2014 Matsuri drift season. The big names of Japan bring out missile cars along with other foreigners who rent/buy cars to smash up in a 24/7 drift festival that lasts for three days. Drift Matsuri made our #1 ranked spot in our Top 10 Drift Vacations list we made earlier this year as well.

Max Orido Smashes up a Nissan 370z with the help of a Guardrail

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Max Orido posted these on his Facebook page this Nissan 370z that he seemingly thrashed. Yea, this one hurt but at least he was in good spirit enough to post about it on Facebook. The Nissan 370z appears to be an Amuse 370z! It is kind of hard to tell all the damage to the car from these photos as well. At least he owned it!

Daigo Saito Shows off New Car for D1GP


So here is Daigo Saito’s new D1GP car. As you might of heard his old one had a little issue so Daigo has put together this fresh build which will be used in D1 Grand Prix this season. I bet a small part of him wishes this was his Formula Drift car for the rest of the 2014 season. Haha, not quite sure that is the case but he does have sponsorships with Sunoco and Achilles over in Japan.


Thanks to everyone that tipped us this story. Achilles Radial USA, Aeschlimann Samuel, Dennis Ho, and Brendan Dougherty!
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2014 D1 Grand Prix Round 2 at Suzuka [RESULTS]

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The second round of the D1 Grand Prix series wrapped up this weekend with some spectacular battles. The final round with Suenaga and Takayama was pretty insane. Takayama was given the win when Suenaga dropped tires off course. Here is how the podium finished up for D1GP Round 2:

1st. Kenji Takayama
2nd. Masao Suenaga
3rd. Kuniaki Takahashi
4th. Tomohiro Murayama

2014 D1 Street Legal Round 1 at Bihoku [RESULTS]

Check out the start of the D1 Street Legal series that went down at Bihoku over the past weekend. The big winner was Naoki Nakamura on the weekend! You can see his final battle with Kazuki Hayashi in the video above. Nakamura qualified third for the event after suffering serious mechanical issues in practice. His car normally around 450hp was down around 370hp after an issue with a broken camshaft put him out for most of practice. Here is how they finished up:

1. Naoki Nakamura (25)
2. Kazuki Hayashi (21)
3. Yusuke Kitaoka (18)

Michie Mimoto & Rie Shinmi Head to D1GP Round 1 at Fuji Speedway


Female drivers Rie Shinmi (KIDS HEART) and  Michie Mimoto are set to both make a debut in D1GP Round 1 at Fuji Speedway. Mimoto is the 2013 D1 Women’s League champion giving her the proper credentials to compete in the D1GP series. Her debut in D1 will be with a newly built vehicle. Rie will remain in her R34 Skyline which is already D1GP spec/ready for the event at the end of this month. This is the first time a woman has driven in the D1GP series dating back to 2004 at Ebisu Circuit where Akemi Okazaki drove as the first woman in the series.