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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: Prindiville Lamborghini Murcielago?

Prindiville Lamborghini Murcielago

Anyone can dress up their Lamborghini with a new set of wheels or a fancy spoiler, but it takes a special kind of tuner to take apart the raging bull and piece it back together as a carbon fiber interpretation of its former self. Thus, the Prindiville Prestige Lamborghini Murcielago is no ordinary supercar.

When compared to a standard (hah!) Lamborghini, the Prindiville variation only retains the front compartment lid, as everything (and I do mean everything) else has been changed, right down to the roof panel.

There’s a bolder, more assertive front valance, eye-catching sills, a more dynamic rear valance through which exits a specially designed titanium sports exhaust system, ‘handle-less’ doors with remote electric opening, and a restyled engine bay cover with transparent cooling louvres.

Plus, as if that wasn’t enough, all of the exterior bits and pieces have been made of carbon fiber for that rare and racy look and feel.

Prindiville Lamborghini Murcielago Details

Inside, rich leather and hand-finished aluminum accents treat the driver to all the luxury that a supercar owner could want or need, and ‘little touches’ like specially engineered aluminum air vents remind the driver that they’re not in an average Lamborghini.

Dream car status doesn’t come cheap, as the Prindiville Murcielago reportedly sold for more than a million dollars, but if you’re in the mood for a custom creation that won’t be matched by anything on the road, then give them a call and see what they can do, because apparently, the sky’s the limit.

[Prindiville Lamborghini Murcielago]

[Via: Born Rich]

…The Italian Job’s cliffhanger has been solved?

The Italian Job Cliffhanger

At the end of the original version of The Italian Job (yes, this will contain a spoiler so don’t read on if you haven’t seen it) the gang is left perched atop a cliff in their bus, with them at one end and their gold at the other. (Literally, a cliffhanger.) Knowing that it would be impossible for them to get to the gold without tipping the bus off the cliff, they make the wise decision and abandon hopes of endless riches.

However, the Royal Society of Chemists wasn’t convinced that the gang needed to leave without the best of both worlds, and created a competition to see who could come up with the best solution.

In the end, John Godwin came up with an idea that’s as genius as it is plausible, and won himself a trip to Turin with the following solution:

Break the windows at the back to reduce weight; break the windows at the front inwards to save weight; hold one gang member upside-down out of the window to deflate the front tires and stabilize the vehicle; drain the rear fuel tank through an access panel at the bottom of the bus; gang members leave one by one from the front, collecting stones to replace their weight; keep adding stones until someone can safely go to the rear to retrieve the gold.

Easy, right?

In addition to John’s entry, more than 2,000 people submitted their own ideas, so be sure to visit the RSC website for more, or download Godwin’s PDF if you’d like to see all the science behind his daring gold rescue.

[RSC – Italian Job Competition]

[Via: Autoblog]

…BRABUS tuned the Tesla?

BRABUS Tesla

Being all-electric didn’t stopped BRABUS from getting their tuner hands on the new Tesla, but is did stopped them from making changes to the drivetrain, suspension, or even a majority of the body panels.

Instead what they focused on was gadgets and gizmos to add to the already gadget and gizmo filled ride.

Changes include a “space sound generator” that gives you the sound of a simulated V8, simulated race car, or two “futuristic soundscapes” named ‘Beam’ and ‘Warp’ when you mash the go pedal, “space lights” (better known as an underbody kit), a new rear spoiler and rear diffuser, front lip and integrated daytime running lights (stolen from Audi), and a custom-tailored BRABUS interior and tire/wheel combo.

Apparently BRABUS felt that the Tesla was some sort of sacred ground, because this is definitely the lightest hand they’ve touched any car with, but hey, at least it’s a start.

Now bring on the widebody kits!

[BRABUS]

[Via: Jalopnik]

…The Sopranos ending has an explanation?

The Sopranos

When The Sopranos ended abruptly in extended darkness, many fans felt slighted by the lack of…well, anything.

However, the “Master of Sopranos” has published what he’s calling the definitive explanation of “The End”, and if there’s more to it than what he manages to drag out of those few precious seconds, then I don’t think I want to know.

Read through for a very exhaustive explanation of what one fan thinks David Chase’s message was, or read the spoiler below if you’d rather not wade through text to get to the good stuff.

(Spoiler: Tony got shot in the head in Holsten’s, and the blackness was Tony’s point of view shot.)

[Master Of Sopranos – The Sopranos: Definitive Explanation of “The End”]

[Via: Kottke]