Tag Archives | Drifting

…Formula DRIFT invaded the streets of Long Beach?

Formula D Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Formula DRIFT kicked off the 2009 season last Saturday, and with a new race format and new rules designed to increase the number of rounds during the main event, there was plenty of action on the streets of Long Beach. In the end, last year’s champion Tanner Foust edged out Robbie Nishida for third place, and after a close final, Ryan Tuerck took home his first win of the season over Samuel Hubinette.

Formula D Tanner Foust

Cars that made their debut at the event include Tanner Foust’s new NASCAR V8 powered Scion tC, Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s new 2010 Mustang GT, and Rhys Millen’s new Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Absent from the competition was Samuel Hubinette’s new Dodge Challenger, though the team did tease it from the trailer, and it looked like it will be ready for battle soon.

Formula D Calvin Wan Crash

Not surprisingly, Long Beach was home to a few spectacular crashes, including Ken Gushi’s slide into the wall on Friday that knocked him out of the competition, and Tommy Suell and Katsuhiro Ueo’s crash during qualifying that crushed the left side of Tommy’s AE86 and prevented him from competing. On Saturday, Conrad Grunewald smacked his Corvette into the tire wall after following Ryan Tuerck too wide into turn 10, Calvin Wan hit the wall in a solo crash while battling Ryan Tuerck, and Vaughn Gitten Jr. and Samuel Hubinette tangled heading into the final turn, leaving Gitten’s Mustang with a bit of a nose job and Hubinette’s Viper with a crumpled rim.

Formula D Robbie Nishida

Formula DRIFT now heads to Road Atlanta for Round 2 on May 8th and 9th, and judging by what was seen at Long Beach, the 2009 season is going to be a good one.

(Also be sure to check out the full gallery at my Flickr page.)

[Flickr – Formula DRIFT, Long Beach]

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…The 370Z knows how to show swimsuit models a good time?

Nissan 370Z

Nissan and Sports Illustrated (especially the Swimsuit Edition) are no strangers to marketing to men, so when they needed to find a way to show off the new 370Z, it seems only fitting that they decided to take a bunch of swimsuit models, stick them in the passenger seats of cars with professional drifters behind the wheel, and let let the teams loose on the streets of Las Vegas.

[Via: Wrecked Magazine]

…It’s Movie Monday: Red Bull Drifting Championship?

Red Bull Drifting Championship

Wrecked Magazine put together a little montage of the action that took place during the recently completed Red Bull Drifting Championship in Long Beach, CA, and it’s a beautiful look at the current stars of this ‘slideways’ sport and the magic that happens when four wheels and a lot of horsepower tiptoe on the edge of disaster:

…Ken Block is a mad man?

Ken Block

First he jumped his car more than 171 feet. Then, he jumped his car off of a ski slope next to a group of snowboarders. Now, Ken Block is showing off his skills in a demonstration of a sport called Gymkhana, and it’s one of the most beautiful pieces of automotive cinema ever created.

For those (like myself) that have never heard of Gymkhana (pronounced jim-kah-nuh), it’s “an automotive sport taking place on an open field or a parking lot requiring drivers to skillfully maneuver their cars around a series of cones, slaloms, 180 degree turns, 360 degree turns, figure eight turns or other obstacles using extreme acceleration, braking and drifting”.

Still confused?

Watch and learn:

[Via: 0-60 Mag]

…Ken Gushi’s Scion tC looks bad ass?

Drift Scion tC

The Scion tC might not seem like the ideal drifting car, but with 400 horsepower and a rear wheel drive conversion, I’m sure Ken Gushi will make do.

The car, modified by RS*R, will debut at this weekend’s Formula Drift, and features a BEAMS-built 32-GE engine, an HKS GT3037 turbo, an intercooler, and a Blitz and AEM engine management system.

Additional mods include a G-Force five-speed, coilovers, and a custom wide-body kit.

I can’t wait to see it in person, but even in these pictures, it looks like one angry Scion.

[Via: Autoblog]