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2017 Formula Drift End of Season awards

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Formula Drift announced their annual awards at a special awards banquet over the weekend. Special thanks to Formula D ProAm partner US Drift for posting these on their Facebook page.

Here’s a look at all the awards that were handed out:

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Fan Favorite Car of the Year: “Chucky” Ola Jaeger
Fan Favorite Driver of the Year: Dirk Stratton
Ace of the Year: Kevin Lawrence
Rookie of the Year: Travis Reeder

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Fan Favorite Car of the Year: Kristaps Blušs
Fan Favorite Driver of the Year: Kristaps Blušs
Best Personal Style: Ken Gushi
Best Drifting Style: Chelsea DeNofa
Hard Charger: Jhonnattan Castro
Spotter of the Year: Amy Bakchis (Aurimas Bakchis (Odi))
Spirit of Drifting: Robbie Nishida
Crew of the Year: Worthouse Drift Team (Piotr Więcek / James Deane.)
Crew Chief of the Year: Alex (James Deane)
Team Manager of the Year: Brian Bridges (Bridges Racing)
Most Improved Driver (31st [2016]- 20th [2017]): Jeff Jones
Comeback of the Year: Aurimas Bakchis
Top Qualifier of the Year: James Deane
Ace of the Year (29 wins – 3 losses / 90.6%): James Deane
Rookie of the Year: Piotr Więcek
Most One More Times (7): Odi Bakchis
Automotive Manufacturer Champion: Toyota Racing
Tire Manufacturer Champion: Falken Tire
Third Place Season: Odi Bakchis
Second Place Season: Fredric Aasbø
First Place Season: James Deane

A Look at Nitrous in Drifting and Chris Forsberg’s 370z Setup

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Nitrous Oxide brings up images of hot rods, drag strips, and 200-mile-per-hour runs, but the history of its use is long in the drifting world as well. From the D1 Grand Prix to Formula Drift, nitrous use is well known and used in turbocharger setups to overcome boost lag as well as a nearly instantaneous boost in power for naturally aspirated setups. Chris Forsberg also knows nitrous and it’s more than just the name of the energy drink he’s associated with. His pro-car uses a very unique setup and his consistency shows that it’s rather reliable if tuned right and utilized in the right situation.

Even in the earliest days of professional drifting in Japan, nitrous oxide was used in cars where extra power was needed but a turbocharger wasn’t necessarily the right choice in power adder. In the early days, turbocharger and supercharger technology wasn’t as sophisticated as it is now so boost lag, where the turbocharger wasn’t being driven fast enough to produce boost, was a big concern and superchargers weren’t a great choice because they aren’t exactly an easy bolt on as installing a turbo with a log manifold. Nitrous, on the other hand, is nearly instant as soon as you hit the button to activate it, easy to install since all you are doing is plumbing it and the fuel system, and tuning nitrous for power is as simple installing a jet. Ok, that’s still making it too simple but you get the rough idea on why it’s looked to as the go-to for power adding.

NOS: Not Just for The Fast and the Furious

Nitrous is really good for naturally aspirated setups in a world of turbos and superchargers. Many of you may be familiar with the Droo-P Toyota Corolla AE86 once driven by Toshiki Yoshioka. The car made 300-horsepower with individual throttle bodies in a 1.8-liter displacement but without a turbo. That was thanks to a “twin-shot” “dry” nitrous setup by Nitrous Oxide Systems (NOS), “dry” meaning no additional fuel was injected with the nitrous when activated. The opposite, a “wet” setup, injects fuel and nitrous at the same time. We’ll touch on how nitrous works in a moment but it shows the power you can get out of such a simple setup. Just imagine what kind of power you can get out of something with a bigger displacement, more cylinders, or a second type of power adder and you can see how this could start to make sanctioning bodies weary of it.

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The D1GP/JAF Ban

That’s exactly what happened with the D1 Grand Prix and why you don’t see it used anymore. Prior to the prohibition of its use in competition in 2014, the D1GP and its sanctioning body the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) were already considering banning it. Not only was it expensive to use but Japan was looking into regulating nitrous oxide by making it labeled as a scheduled drug. This would have meant that use outside of medical purposes would be prohibited nationwide. What pushed the ban over the edge was an incident at the 2013 Tokyo Drift where Akinori Utsumi and Naoto Suenaga made impact and Suenaga’s car went airborne. That was all it took – the D1GP and JAF banned nitrous from use in their sanctioned events in 2014 and on. However, use in non-JAF events hasn’t been banned and is why you will still see it used when allowed in Japan. It’s still very expensive to purchase bottles and refills of it, though.

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Jhonnattan Castro Shows off Toyota FR-S for 2016 Formula Drift Season

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Earlier this year we broke the story that Jhonnattan Castro was no longer going to be a driver for Chris Forsberg Racing.I always felt like the Dominican Republic driver would have something up his sleeve for 2016 and here it is! Jhonnattan took to social media to post a Toyota FR-S clearly in progress just 43 days before Long Beach. The car does have a long way to go but we have even more juicy rumors to share about this project! From what we hear, Jhonnattan Castro will be on Nexen Tire for the 2016 season. The engine will be a 2JZ turbo setup to help push the car along the 2016 season and keep the car eligible for manufacturers championship. The rumor that got me the most was that the car/team/crew chief was falling under the likes of 2015 champion Stephan Papadakis. WOW, if all that is true it will be interesting to see how Castro performs in this upcoming season.

Toyota to Carry on Formula Drift and Chase Back to Back Championship

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The former Scion brand and Ken Gushi has taken to the Internet and announced that they will be racing in 2016. It will be interesting to see if this corporate restructure takes a hit on budget and limits the programs of Aasbo or Gushi. Ken Gushi did confirm that he will still receive support for Formula Drift in 2016 with his Tweet posted below. I think Aasbo is set for a repeat championship or Gushi could easily land his first Formula Drift championship under the big caveat of what will change with each program and the money coming into it.

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For the Holidays – Buy Someone Jimmy Up Clothing

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The guys at Jimmy Up have some perfect stocking stuffers for you this holiday. The middle shirt is a celebration of Fredric Aasbo winning the championship with a cool unique design and tribute look. If you don’t see what you are looking for quite yet, the website has other cool stuff like a FC RX-7 hoodie, hats, stickers, and much more. Don’t forget about your fellow drift fan as the holiday season approaches.

 

http://www.jimmyup.com/

Winter Jam at Sonoma Raceway is Amazing – 6 Tracks in One Weekend

This year, Sonoma Raceway Winter Jam will feature 6 tracks! There are 4 on the road course, one of which is the former Formula Drift layout, a donut/figure 8 pad for beginners, and a to scale copy of the Japanese track Meihan in the Paddock. There will be a team competition on Saturday and a Top 32 competition on Sunday, all competitions and track activities are open to everyone from beginner to professional drivers. Winter Jam is a festival of drifting that can be an off -season drifting vacation for a professional, a chance for a beginner to really hone their skills over two days, or the enthusiast drifter’s fun weekend. The track has partnered up with RACEQUIP to bring drivers: 2 days of drifting, a SFI Neck Collar, sae2015 Helmet, and a SFI suit for $356, and yes you get to KEEP THE GEAR!!! If you want a suit, helmet or neck collar with your registration, you must register by Dec 4th in order for the equipment to get here on time!

More Info: http://www.racesonoma.com/winterjam/

Read Up – Wrecked Magazine Issue 34

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The new issue of Wrecked Magazine has arrived! We talk about the forgotten SR20 engine, a look at the Street Driven Tour, and one crazy Toyota Corolla from Texas and quite a bit more.

Read It: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/issue34/html5/index.html#

Darren McNamara Has His Insane AE86 Rolling Shell [FOR SALE]

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Darren McNamara has his 1983 Toyota AE86 up for sale without an engine and transmission. The car right now is short an engine, gearbox, dry sump system, and intercooler setup but you can buy it now for 15,000 Euros. The car has been featured in Need for Speed Shift 2 video game. It has also been seen on the cover of MAX Power and Japanese Performance car magazine. If you had plans to build an over the top AE86 this season or year it might be a worthwhile purchase for you. The car is currently located in Ireland.

 

For Sale: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281616792719?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

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.”

Darren McNamara’s MCNSport 86 Can Be Yours [FOR SALE]

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The AE86 Toyota Corolla built by MCNSPORT and driven by Darren McNamara in Europe. The car orginally came to life as a Need for Speed Shift 2 video game build which you can still pick up and drive this car in the game. If you have a larger budget however, you can purchase this car in real life and drift it wherever you please. The car has a current look close to what is shown below.

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