Posts Tagged "Nissan 350z"

Stop Supporting 240sx Drift Tax – Buy These Starter Drift Cars Instead

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I love the Nissan 240sx as much as the next guy in the drifting industry. We just fired up our second S13 project car for the magazine with Vapure and love how easy it is you can get a 240sx drift worthy. However, 240sx inflation or drift tax has grown rapidly out of control over recent time. I won’t even post some of the insane prices I have seen for the S13/S14 chassis models here in Southern California over recent months. At the Wrecked Magazine office all we really want to see is more people drifting and coming into the sport, so we have found that drift tax on the Nissan 240sx is not helping newcomers enter the scene. With that we found some cars that you should consider buying before taking out a loan just to own a S13 coupe.

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E36 BMW

This car has already become super popular in Europe and other nations as a great turn key drift car. They are so cheap in price and have great aftermarket support. Added bonus with the E36 chassis is they look pretty good for a car so old. These are readily available in any major market for cheap. A quick eBay search found several set for a Buy It Now of under $1,500 for running cars. If you are lucky you can get some tips and tricks from a Formula Drift driver like Chelsea DeNofa who has these BMW chassis all figured out.

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Ford Mustang

Another great option is the Ford Mustang for a beginner drift build/car. You have multiple body style options and years that are priced well below a few thousand dollars. Vaughn Gittin Jr. has been seen in his Foxbody missile showing even that chassis can drift with ease. The Mustang market has seen a huge growth in drift specific parts and the TalkDrift.com forum even has an active Mustang owners section. Just wait until you find out how cheap you can swap differentials and gear ratios compared to the 240sx chassis as well.

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Lexus SC300

Have you been to a junkyard in the last 2 years? If so, you have probably laid your eyes on about 1,0000 Lexus SC300 bodies. These things seem to be everywhere and they just get cheaper and cheaper. Parts are plentiful and even Tony Angelo has assembled one as a missile car these days (seen above). This car isn’t the easiest to setup for drifting of the group but it looks good and will easily take a 2JZ swap.

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Nissan 350z

This option is a little more expensive but if you can find a cheaper Nissan 350z beater you should pick one up. You will get taxed a little extra on parts but the Nissan 350z is a Formula Drift championship winning chassis via Chris Forsberg 2009. Companies are developing more and more suspension products in recent time and many people will tell you the VQ35 platform is a solid engine base for a drift car.

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Toyota Cressida

This is a chassis you can purchase for cheap that many people in the drift community tend to overlook or forget about. The car has some loyal fans, a core community, and some solid aftermarket support. Out of our group they probably aren’t the best looking vehicle you can choose but they seem to be fun drift projects.

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Mazda RX-8

Okay, this is the most expensive option I am going to throw in your face but hear me out. The Mazda RX-8 is an awesome car that nobody wants in the world it seems due to it’s terrible engine. So, buy one that is blown up, purchase an awesome LS crate engine, and then call Sikky to make the new swap kit from this car super simple. Mazda RX-8 cars can be found without engines or blown up motors for about the same price as a S14. If you were going to do a V8 swap into a S13/S14 then I suggest considering going this route instead.

2013 Midwest Drift Union Round 2 at Mid America [RESULTS]

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Round 2 of the Midwest Drift Union series took the drivers to Iowa. The battle at Mid America Motorplex went off with very similar faces rising to the top from Round 1. The full recap of Round 1 in St. Louis can be found here. In fact, the final battle was a rematch from Round 1′s final bout with a different winner taking home first place! Here is how they finished:

 

1. Rolando Alfaro
2. Brian Peter
3. Steve Topping

Sikky Racing Shows off Cars and Sponsors before Formula Drift Road Atlanta

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The Sikky Racing team is heading to Formula Drift Road Atlanta for Round 2 of the series after missing Round 1 due to a lack of testing. The photos above show off two of the three Sikky Racing builds. The Mazda RX-8 on top will be driven by Rapper Dan Savage and the Nissan 350z will be driven by James Evans. A third Nissan 350z will be driven by Brad Heyl which is not photographed and will debut at Round 3.
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Carl Rydquist Nissan 350z Ready for Formula Drift

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Here is an updated final look to Carl Rydquist’s Nissan 350z this season. He is carrying a title sponsorship with Road Race Engineering and brought on board some new partners for 2014 such as Champion. Add this to the tally of cars ready for the 2014 drift season!

Ryan Kado and Karl Osaki Sign with Yokohama Tire

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Maxim Lemoine Shakes Down New 350z in Snow [VIDEO]

Maxim Lemonine retired his Chevrolet S10 drift machine in 2014 and has been building a Nissan 350z chassis. He was so impatient to test he just took it out in the snow by his shop. It looks like a great time!

Jhonnattan Castro Testing His CFR Built Nissan 370z [VIDEO]

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Last week Jhonnattan Castro got some seat time in his new ride for the season at Summit Point Raceway. This year he’ll be driving VK56 powered 370z producing 800hp (200hp less that Chris) built by Chris Forsberg Racing. The car is the same spec that Chris ran last year, but with a few more upgrades to keep up with the competition. Both drivers will run similar cars, and Hankook tires this season.

Chris Mills Signs CX Racing as Title Sponsor for 2014 Formula Drift Season

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Formula Drift rookie Chris Mills unveils that he has secured a title sponsor for 2014. The sponsor CX Racing is no stranger to Formula Drift already with a long term partnership with Matt Field.  His 2014 season also comes with big support from Daft Innovations. We caught up with Chris Mills for an interview earlier in the year if you want to learn more about the 2013 Golden Gate Drift champion. The 350z rendered above is actually Otto Graven’s old Nissan 350z which Chris has purchased. Here are some progress photos of the Z from the Drift Cave.

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Nissan 350z Drift Ready in Florida – $16,000 [BUY THIS]

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Here is a Nissan 350z in Southern Florida that is drift ready with cage, widebody kit, and a Vortech Supercharger to boot. This car would be perfect for anyone wanting to get into drifting or road racing in a Z33 chassis. Car is in perfect working condition and can be shipped for a fee (prefer pick up). The car competed in Pro Am events in the southeast and is now ready to be in your garage. You can reach out to the buyer here on Facebook.

Mods:
(SOLD ONLY AS RACECAR WITH BILL OF SALE)
Engine:
-Vq35de
-Vortech Centrifugal supercharger Kit
Interior:
-Quick disconnect NRG steering wheel
-Custom Rollcage
-Power Windows
-2 Sparco Evo race seats
Rollers:
-Volk Wheels
-StopTech brakes package
-Coilovers
Exterior:
-Buddy club wide body kit (DKSan)
-VIS Carbon fiber hatch and hood

Chris Mills Formula Drift Bound with 350z in 2014 [INTERVIEW]

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Chris Mills started drifting not long after he received his driver’s license. Last year, he not only celebrated his 21st birthday but also earned his Formula Drift (FD) Pro License. Mills competed in the Golden Gate Drift Pro-Am series and finished as the series champion last year in the 2013 season. Mills is now set to drive FD this year in Otto Graven’s old 350z.

Read on to find out Mills’ unique additions to his new drift build and what he’s doing to prepare for the upcoming season of FD.

Q: What did you drive during your Pro-Am season?
A: My Pro-Am car was a very basic set up. I had cut knuckles and extended arms done by me. With a ls1 motor with ls6 cam and a 50 shot of nitrous to give me 400 hp. With stock rear end welded and that’s about it a very basic set up.

Q: You were the overall champ for Golden Gate Drift, how does it feel?
A: It feels amazing its a great feeling [e]specially [be]cause I came out to golden gate drift thinking I was not a top driver out [there] but as the day went on I got in my groove and was able to take home first place.

Q: What was your recipe for success during the 2013 season?
A: I think what helped a lot during my 2013 season was just making sure it was all about having fun.

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Q: What are your plans for next year? Will you be running FD or Pro2?
A: Next year’s plan is to finish my 350z and run full season of fd.

Q: So you’re running pro, not pro2? Can I get your thoughts on pro2? Why not run that instead?
A: I have been preparing myself to go run with the big boys and I honestly think pro 2 would be a waste of my time since I’m not a big budget team it would not be in my best [interest] to spend close to the same amount of money to just run pro 2 when all I have been working for is pro1 and being able to throw down good tandem runs with the top dogs.

Q: So you’re willing to risk your license? How confident are you that you will earn enough points to prevent yourself from being relegated back to pro-am?
A: I’m very confident I will make more than enough points to keep my license.

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Q: Tell us about your new build. You bought Otto Graven’s old car right? What changes can we expect to see on this car within the next year?
A: The 350z I bought is Otto Gravens old car and it is the perfect fd starter kit as you could say. The car came with a set up suspension package with full spares. So with this being an old fd car it doesn’t need much to get me to long beach. The things we are deciding to change out are the right hand drive set up. I will be converting to left hand drive. And then the body kit will not be so wide lol. And last but not least we will be installing a ls3 drift cave style to a 4 speed dog box to a speedway quick change rear end. We will be running an identical motor set up as matt field. A ls3 built with a vortec supercharger and nitrous with a tex t101a dog box to a speedway quick change rear end. And the wide body kit is gone lol

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Q: Do you have any advice to aspiring professional drifters out there?
A: I guess I would have to say is make sure you’re having fun. [Be]cause if you’re drifting and not having fun you’re doing something wrong lol.

Q: Describe yourself in 3 words.
A: pretty lucky guy lol

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Q: If you could change one thing about your driving technique/style, what would it be?
A: I would like to work more on my aggressive transitions this year.

Q: What do you do when you’re not drifting?
A: I am either at work til 5 then at the drift cave til bed time lol

Q: Who is your favorite pro drifter? Why?
A: It would have to be the man that trained me Matt Field. As a privateer team he is a badass. And is an insane driver.

(Photo Contribution: AFL Photography by Aaron Lundgren and Carbon Studios by Edward Khoma)

Mills’ Sponsors Include: Drift Cave, Radium, Chase Bays, 408 Graphics, DNR Performance, Grip Royal, and Daft Innovations