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…Formula DRIFT opened on the Streets of Long Beach?

Formula DRIFT

The Streets of Long Beach hosted the first event of the 2010 Formula DRIFT season, and with all teams arriving fresh from a few months of R&R (that’s Rebuild and Replace) it was a chance to see some new drivers, new rides, and a few old favorites.

Formula DRIFT Cars

The new ride category included Samuel Hubinette’s new Dodge Challenger, which was finally finished after being teased all of last year, and is making north of 800 horsepower thanks to a methanol burning V8:

Samuel Hubinette Dodge Challenger

Another new body style making its Formula Drift debut was Conrad Grunewald’s 2010 Camaro, which was looking good in a custom body kit with a supercharged LSA pushing upwards of 600 horsepower to the wheels. Conrad didn’t manage to make the top 16, so it looks like he’s still getting a feel for the car, but when he finally gets this thing dialed, it’s going to be a beast:

Conrad Grunewald Camaro

Lastly, Vaughn Gittin Jr. took the wraps off his 2011 Ford Mustang RTR-C, which is easily my new favorite car, thanks to a full carbon fiber body kit, a 5.0 liter, supercharged V8 making 680 horsepower, and an awesome Monster Energy themed paint job:

Vaughn Gittin Jr Mustang

Making his driving debut in the States was Fredric Aasbo, who was looking super impressive in his Toyota Supra, and managed to snag fourth place after upsetting quite a few seasoned drivers in their head-to-head battles:

Fredric Aasbo Toyota Supra

Old favorites included Rhys Millen’s Hyundai Genesis Coupe, which features a turbocharged 6-cylinder engine making 500+ horsepower, a carbon fiber body, and the hottest umbrella girl ever:

Rhys Millen Umbrella Girl

Kyle Mohan and his Mazda RX-8, which was sporting a new paint job, new carbon fiber body panels, and the ability to spit fire out of the rotary engine:

Kyle Mohan Fire

Tony Brakohiapa’s Mustang with new Tuskegee Airmen “Red Tail” livery, which was easily one of the best looking cars out there, and will hopefully return to looking that way after they fix the new spoiler design (thanks to a minor run-in with the wall):

Tony Brakohiapa Mustang

Last year’s champion Chris Forsberg and his V8 powered Nissan 350Z:

Chris Forsberg Nissan 350Z

And Tanner Foust’s NASCAR V8 powered Scion tC, which was fresh from a scenic tour of Mulholland Drive:

In the end, it was Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his RTR-C Mustang that would take top spot over Rhys Millen and his Hyundai Genesis Coupe, with Tanner Foust rounding out the all energy drink podium. (Vaughn Gittin Jr. drives for Monster Energy Drink, Rhys Millen for Red Bull, and Tanner Foust for Rockstar Energy Drink.)

Vaughn Gittin Jr Win

With just one of seven rounds on the boards, it’s still anyone’s championship to win, and they’ll head to Road Atlanta next on May 7-8 for the Road to the Championship event, where the competition should be as fierce as ever.

As always, DYH will be here to bring you the latest, so until then, be sure to check out the Flickr Gallery for more shots of the action, and stay tuned for more Formula DRIFT updates.

Formula DRIFT Professional Championship 2010 Point Standings

  1. Vaughn Gittin – Monster Energy / Falken Tire Ford Mustang – 108 Points
  2. Rhys Millen – RMR / Red Bull Hyundai Genesis Coupe – 100 Points
  3. Tanner Foust – Rockstar Energy Scion TC – 82 Points
  4. Fredric Aasbo – Japan Auto / FSR Toyota Supra – 72 Points
  5. Ryan Tuerck – Mobil 1 / Maxxis Tire / Gardella Racing Pontiac Solstice – 65 Points
  6. Samuel Hubinette – SHR-Dodge / BF Goodrich Dodge Challenger – 64 Points
  7. Patrick Mordaunt – Brian Crower / PM Racing Nissan 350Z – 62 Points
  8. Jame Deane – Falken Tire Nissan S15 – 61.50 Points
  9. Darren McNamara – Falken Tire Saturn Sky – 60 Points
  10. Chris Forsberg – NOS Energy Drink / CFR Nissan 350Z – 56 Points
  11. Ryuji Miki – APEXi / Hankook Tire Mazda RX-7 – 56 Points
  12. Daijiro Yoshihara – America’s Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 – 56 Points
  13. Tony Brakohiapa – Cooper Tire / Sam’s Autoboy Ford Mustang – 54.50 Points
  14. Stephan Verdier – Royal Purple / Crawford Performace Subaru STI – 54.50 Points
  15. Forrest Wang – BF Goodrich / K&N Infiniti G35 – 54.50 Points
  16. Michihiro Takatori – BF Goodrich / Exedy Nissan S15 – 54.25 Points

[Formula DRIFT]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Jet Truck?

Jet Truck

What’s the fastest way to give your 2005 Ford F-150 STX 2,700 extra horses?

Easy: Mount a $10,000 Motorlet M-701 turbojet engine in the bed and hold on!

The engine, which makes 2,700 HP and 1962 pounds of thrust at 15,500 rpm, weighs just 728 pounds and runs on kerosene. (Though to be fair, it would have to be going 516 mph to make all that power.)

Unaided, the Ford’s 231 HP V8 will get to 60 mph n 14.5 seconds, and the quarter passes by at just 73 mph. (Topping out at 85 mph.)

With the jet providing extra power in ‘hybrid’ mode however, 60 mph happens 6 seconds sooner, and the quarter mile speed jumps a full 30 mph. Plus, when you’re up to speed, you can actually GAIN extra speed by shifting into neutral and letting the jet do all the work.

It might not be the greenest vehicle around, but it sure is the most fun you can have in a hybrid!

[Via: Automobile Magazine]

…Vaughn Gittin Jr. is a record breaking drifter?

Vaughn Gittin Jr. World Record Drift

Recently, Vaughn Gittin Jr. took a cross-country road trip in the new 2010 Mustang to show off Ford’s new stallion, and along the way, he made a few interesting stops.

One of those stops was at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he set the new Guinness World Record for the longest consecutive drift, at 6,285 feet. (Over a mile spent semi-sideways in a semi-stock 2010 Mustang.)

Don’t believe the hype though; see for yourself:

[Via: 0-60 Mag]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Polly Motorsports Trans Am?

Polly Motorsports Trans Am Engine

Sure, it looks like KITT, and is probably shorter in person, but this 1987 Pontiac Trans Am is no movie star.

No, it’s more akin to the stuntman that shows up, gets the job done, and then goes home to the family without expecting any kind of star treatment.

That’s because this rather stock looking car (when the hood’s down at least) from Polly Motorsports of Norway is officially Europe’s fastest street-legal car, with a verified top speed of 252 mph on the Papenburg test track in Germany. Plus, according to the builders, it was just getting warmed up when they set that record, and they expect to see speeds in excess of 270 mph once they have a chance to stretch its legs back in the US.

Polly Motorsports Trans Am

Power comes from an 8.9L V8 that has been supercharged to produce 1407 horsepower, and the result (in addition to the top speed) is a 0-62 mph time of just 2.23 seconds.

A custom-made coilover suspension keeps things planted, a 9” Ford axle tries not to explode when the go pedal is pressed, and 14” brakes slow everything down once the fun is over. Other than the hood scoop though, the exterior looks rather civilized, and it’s only when you pop the hood of the best do you realize that it’s no ordinary Trans Am.

No need to worry if you see this car in your rear view mirror though, because it probably won’t be there for long.

Polly Motorsports Trans Am Burnout

[Polly Motorsports – Trans Am]

[Via: Autoblog]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Knight XV?

Conquest Vehicles Knight XV

The Knight XV from Conquest Vehicles “defines the future of the ultra-luxurious, handcrafted fully armored SUV. This one-of-a-kind, V10, 6.8-litre, Bio-fuel powered SUV was inspired by the Gurkha military vehicle and features security appointments that are unrivaled in today’s SUV marketplace”.

Designed as “an armored vehicle and not a vehicle that has been armored”, the Knight XV is manufactured using military-grade armoring materials, and sits atop a specially modified Ford super duty chassis, making parts and service easily accessible around the globe in case your tank breaks down and needs a tune-up.

The 6.8L V10 runs on E-85 if you feel like giving the environment a break, and is certified as legal in all 50 US states. 400 horsepower and 498 ft. lbs. of torque are produced by the massive engine, but don’t expect 0-60 times to wow you, because all that power is definitely going to be needed when the vehicle weighs in at over 10,000 pounds!

Conquest Vehicles Knight XV Details

Four wheel drive with locking hubs, a 4.30 ratio limited slip differential, and a 5-speed transmission ensure that you’ll never get stuck when the road gets tough, and 40 gallons of fuel in the tank will ensure that even when the going does get tough, you can just keep on going.

Inside, wool carpeting and leather seating keep the passengers comfy, while TV monitors and a full entertainment system including a PlayStation 3 keep them entertained. Plus, two forward looking infrared radar systems (one mounted front and one rear with separate screens for each) come standard on all Knight XVs sold in North America, so if you need to turn the lights down low, you can still make your way around town in complete darkness without hitting a thing.

All told, the Knight XV takes 1,500 hours to build by hand, and only 100 of them will be made for their ultra rich, ultra paranoid buyers.

Don’t expect luxury and protection like this to come cheap though, as each Knight XV will cost its owner a cool $295,000.

[Conquest Vehicles – Knight XV]