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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]

…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]

…The Zenvo ST1 is one fast ride?

Zenvo ST1

It may look like the combination of a VW GTI grill, Maserati Corse hood, Lamborghini Murcielago side scoops, Lexus IS-F gill slits, Ferrari F599 quarter windows and F430 side mirrors, Nissan 370Z roof and GT-R taillights, but when you’ve got 1,104 horses of turbocharged AND supercharged power under the hood, no one’s really going to see anything but a blurry view of the rear bumper.

Called The Zenvo ST1, this Danish supercar has been in the works since 2004, but is just now going through its final stages of testing and is expected to see the light of day (all 15 of them) some time in early 2009.

Zenvo ST1 Detail

Specs include the twin-charged 7.0-liter V8, six-speed manual gearbox, rear-wheel-drive, and plenty of carbon fiber to keep the weight down, and stats come in at 3.2 to 62 mph, 120 mph in under nine seconds, and a top speed of 233 mph.

No pricing information is currently available, but if you have to ask…


…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Hot Rod Hybrid?

Hot Rod Hybrid

Hybrids don’t often bring to mind killer performance numbers (outside of MPGs of course) or awesome track times, but when Braille Batteries set out to show the world what its products could do, they created a Nissan Altima Hybrid that defies expectations.

Their “Hot Rod Hybrid” as it’s called is designed to race in the newly formed hybrid/electric class in the Red Line Time Attack series as well as the Cannonball Run and One Lap of America races in 2009.

Hot Rod Hybrid Detail

Featuring an E85-powered, 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine that uses an electric supercharger combined with an electric motor to reach a total output of 440 horses, this car is no slouch, and according to Braille, it’ll do the quarter in 12.9 seconds at 109 MPH.

Additional details include a race-style interior with “no-waste” ECO racing seats from Sparco, carbon fiber goodies all around including the still in the concept stage carbon fiber Braille battery that powers the beast, a 6-point cage, BC Racing coil over suspension, Wilwood brakes, an eco-focused paint scheme, Power Film flexible solar panels, energy conserving Yokohama tires, a Stillen body kit, and most important of all, leaf shaped exhaust tips.

Who said hybrids couldn’t be horsepower machines?

[Via: Autopia]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Custom Rolls Royce?

Custom Rolls Royce

Thankfully these pictures speak for themselves, because the details of this concoction of a car are scarce.

Custom Rolls Royce Detail

From what I can gather, it was made by Dilip Chhabria Design, and is, unfortunately, a genuine Rolls Royce underneath, though it now looks more like a modified Nissan 350Z with a body kit than anything else.

Features include the Rolls Royce grill, Lamborghini doors, a completely custom rear, and a bright red interior.

I guess they gave up on subtle!

[Dilip Chhabria Design]