Posts Tagged "Nissan 350z"

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

Nissan350z.RyanKadoRyan Kado and Karl Osaki sign with Yokohama Tire. No renders were provided with the PR so here is an old photo of Ryan Kado who left Nexen just weeks ago when they pulled out of the series. Pat Mordaunt left Yokohama over the off-season possibly opening up some budget for these guys? We also have some speculation that D1 driver Kuniaki Takahashi will be on Yokohama with them fighting for a Tire Championship.

 

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

Patrick Mordaunt Has New Car and Team for 2014 Formula Drift Season [RUMORMILL]

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Patrick Mordaunt is set to join a new team for the 2014 Formula Drift season which we can confirm but we don’t quite know many details. He still has a good relationship with APEX’i but they are not providing the title sponsorship and full support from the Lexus for the new season.

Some very good sources have confirmed he is in the works with a new team/program for 2014 but we haven’t quite unraveled all the details just yet. He has been taking to Facebook and social media posting a good bit of content with his old Nissan 350z he ran in 2011 (see image above) so perhaps that is making a grand return for the new year?

Chris Forsberg Racing Announces Jhonnattan Castro Set to Drive CFR 370z

Chris Forsberg Racing announces today that Jhonnattan Castro (photo of his old 350z above) will be driving under the Chris Forsberg Racing umbrella in 2014. This program will be announced today officially at the Hankook Press Conference and both drivers in 2013 already ran Hankook. Castro will be bringing some sponsors over from his old program and also looking to add some new partners with Chris Forsberg Racing currently. Chris just made a big announcement last week about looking for a title sponsorship for his 2014 Formula Drift program.

 

*Update 4:00pm*
The Hankook Tire Press conference has happened and the partnership is now official in the public eye. Here is a photo from the Hankook Press Conference. We also said Nissan 350z in original post and meant 370z. It is fixed now!

2013 Formula Drift Awards – Best Qualifying Average of Decade: Tanner Foust

Tanner Foust took home the highest qualifying average position of the decade with an unreal result of 4.8. That means his qualifying average placement was within the top 5 all time. He still holds the record for the only 100 point qualifying run in drifting history. Congrats to Tanner Foust on this great accomplishment and please come back one day!