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


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.


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HGK Racing Team Formula Drift E46 Build for Kristaps Blušs



One of the new arrivals to Formula Drift this season is Kristaps Blušs and his insane E46 BMW. The car is currently in progress of build out in Riga, Latvia and will be sent out to California soon to debut at Long Beach. This car seems to have some wild flair on it like typical HGK builds but this one falls within the Formula Drift rules. If you would like to see the European in action before Formula Drift kicks off follow this link where we compiled a bunch of his drifting videos. Below you can see some detailed parts of the build which seems to feature a full carbon fiber rear end, clean setup interior, one insane motor, and a ton of WiseFab. How do you think he will do on his debut season?






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March 12 TND

Irwindale, Calif. – - They’re back, they’re smokin’ sideways, and they’re wilder than ever! Beginning Thursday night March 12, Irwindale’s own Formula DRIFT open practice sessions will resume on the course that the entire civilized world now knows as the legendary “House of Drift” … aka: Irwindale Speedway right at the top of the 605 freeway.

 2015’s action-packed Thursday night under-the-lights practices will be held monthly with events now set for:

  • March 12
  • April 2
  • May 14
  • June 11
  • July 19
  • August 13
  • September 10
  • October 1
  • November 12
  • December 10

Each of the Thursday night sessions will start with a (public invited) technical inspection for the competition vehicles at 4PM and drift practice will run flat out from 5 to 8PM. The fan gates open at 4PM and there’s plenty of close-free parking.

 Open to the public (fans can watch from the stands and visit the pits as well) admission is only $10 per person. These will be nights when fans can see some of the best of the best getting tuned-up for the 2015 season as well as catching the acts of some of new, upcoming Drift talent as they test their driving skills and machines against the established pros.

 Anyone can run their properly-equipped* car for $75 and they can register right at the track on Thursday night.

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BMXer Mark Webb Shows Off New 1JZ Mazda RX-7


The guys at Failcrew are showing off an amazing wrap done to Mark Webb’s Mazda RX-7. The car has a 1JZ engine and quite an aggressive setup all around. The car lacks a ton of sponsorship representation outside of Failcrew in these renders as well. From what we hear, the car will be attending some sporadic Drift All-Stars events over the 2015 season! What do you think of this 1JZ powered Mazda RX-7?

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2015 Formula Drift Thursday Night’s At Irwindale Speedway [SCHEDULE]


Southern California just lacked drift events on a Thursday night so Formula Drift has answered that major problem with a 2015 grassroots Irwindale schedule. These events are focused more to local drivers but are open to the public if you happen to be near Irwindale Speedway. Most events do see the attendance of a few Formula Drift Pro and Pro 2 drivers as well. The April 2nd event is probably a great place to spot 2015 builds and liveries being tested just one week before Round 1 at Streets of Long Beach. Season kicks off in just nine days with its first event set to be March 12th. Drifting happens between 5:00pm – 9:00pm for each one of these scheduled dates below. Spectators pay $10.00 to enter and drifting costs just $75.00 for the whole evening.

2015 Schedule:
March 12th
April 2nd
May 14th
June 11th
July 19th
August 13th
September 10th
October 1st
November 12th
December 10th

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Brandon Wicknick Shows Off New Look for 2015 Formula Drift


Brandon Wicknick releases his 2015 Formula Drift look which includes a teleportation device back into the 1980′s. The car in fact, developed some inspiration from late 80′s Japanese circuit race cars. As far as partners go for 2015 it seems Brandon Wicknick is moving forward with many of his partners from 2014. He is carrying a big presence with ChaseBays who provided a 2JZ engine and chassis harness, brake booster eliminator, power steering kit and some brake line relocation parts. Of course, he will run a 2JZ engine setup built by DriftMotion with the help of some other brands such as Garrett Turbo and CP Pistons.

Let’s not forget that Brandon Wicknick finished up the 2014 season super strong with a first place finish at Pro 2 at Texas Motor Speedway and managed to back that up with a third place podium finish the next round at Irwindale. Can he continue that success rolling into the new season? Only time will tell.

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Double Round of Three Palms Drift Pro Am [RESULTS]

Three Palms Drift finished Rounds Three and Four with two days of intense competition as a double-header on February 21st and 22nd. The weekend enclosed some of the best runs from every driver in the series. Upsets were made, and the points have never been closer for the championship. The amount of devotion each driver put in on both days really showed through as the days went on. Track staff was updated with the addition of Mikey from JimmyUp and Rich DeBerardinis from Slide United Motorsports. As for every 3PDrift event, Steven Purcell was on the microphone informing the crowd of all the action.


The biggest upset of the weekend had to come from Fello Ambivero in the Carlitos Tire E36, who had blown his head gasket coming into the Final Four at Round One. Ambivero had been running his strongest all season, and came into competition sitting pretty with a Number 1 Qualifying Score of 96! Ambivero ended up finishing strong in 4th Place in Round Three and the car sounded like a lawnmower by the end of the day. He was able to source a new head gasket for the E36 and his team was able to get the car back together with no sleep.


In the pink Garrett Turbo S14, Florida’s own Kelsey “Drift Chick” Rowlings came hungry for some points in the season. In Round Three, she scored one point lower than Ambivero with a 95. She drove her car harder than ever before, with more power and angle. On her last few runs of the day, we all were able to hear that her clutch was slipping and she was fighting her car more than usual. By the end of the event, her clutch was toast and that meant another night of no sleep for her team, but that wasn’t before she was able to clench a Third Place victory. She and her crew installed the new ACT Clutch on their backs all at night at the track. Luckily, they finished the car right before Pizza Hut closed.


Behind the wheel of his bright gold Enjuku Racing RB25 S13 was Kevin Lawrence. He was the absolute most consistent driver of the day. He was able to keep the fans and Judges on their feet the whole day. With zero issues from his car and some extremely close battles, Kevin was able to edge out the entire field and bring home First Place for his team.

The next morning, the pits took a change. Due to a blown engine from the previous day of competition, Collins Racing driver, Brett Collins, was swapped into a borrowed car from Cosmis Racing. Rowlings and her crew were able to finish off the late night clutch installation and drove the car around the track a few times to break it in. Another change in the pits was the absence of Ambivero and his white E36. Ambivero had worked through the night and made it to the track immediately before the Qualifying Driver’s Meeting. He went straight into qualifying with only a couple of warm up laps. Not fazed at all, Ambivero was able to again qualify First Place with another score of 96! Rowlings put down a very impressive run and qualified Second, and Lawrence rounded out in Third.


Leading into the competition, the drivers were on their A-Game. With two consecutive days of driving, each and every battle delivered a huge impact with the drivers performances. More underpowered drivers, such as Ryan Quinn in his stock engine Rev Works sponsored Toyota FRS, and Caleb Nichols in his stock engine 350Z, were able to hang with many of the higher horsepower cars around the more complex layout of Round 4.

A big points contingency battle came in the Great 8, with Ambivero facing off with the Ninth Qualifier, Brandon “McNasty” McDowell in the Raw Brokerage S13 Vert. Ambivero’s car, yet again, started showing signs of engine issues. We later found out that his head was warped and was not able to advance, giving McDowell the win.

The Third Place battle was between Kevin Phillips and Rowlings. Phillips in the Titan Motorsports black and purple S14, had been coming off of his best weekend that we had seen from him all season long. The battle was extremely close, but in the end, Rowlings was able to grab Third Place.
The First Place battle saw Kevin Lawrence and Brandon McDowell, who had fought each round to put himself at the end of the bracket. McDowell was spot-on and heavy with his right foot. Lawrence had the smallest of corrections, but enough to give a clear win to McDowell.

Coming into the last Round of Three Palms Drift on March 21st, there are only 84 points separating 1st from 5th. This extremely close point battle makes the last event something to attend. Thank you to all the drivers, spectators and staff that made Rounds 3 and 4 a huge success!


WORDS:Gregg Bucell
PHOTOS: Richard Cuyugan

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Daigo Saito Dismantling Lamborghini for D1 Grand Prix


They say a picture is worth 1000 words but this image of a dismantled Lamborghini Murcielago set to become a drift car has my speechless. Once I reported that this build was happening last month I didn’t know what to think or do other than heading to and looking for a flight deal to Japan this year so I can see this drift car in person. Part of me has still struggled with the reality that this drift build could be happening in the first place. That doubt comes to me regardless of my very reliable sources who have continued to confirm that this is his D1GP plan. Well, inside Daigo Saito’s million dollar+ drift shop they have started dismantling the Lamborghini in preparation for the upcoming D1 Grand Prix season. Here goes nothing?


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Odi Bakchis Updating Everyone on the Genesis + 240sx for Formula Drift

Odi Bakchis in collaboration with ARK Performance released a cool off-season video talking about the changes to both of his rides for 2015. The 240sx is getting more horsepower for the Formula Drift season while the Hyundai Genesis is undergoing a complete rework it seems. Odi is converting the Genesis to a Holley ECU and rebuilding the suspension with a Feal setup. The Genesis will make its debut with Odi at Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach before heading overseas for the rest of the Formula Drift World Championship.

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Mats Baribeau Announces New Sponsor and a Toyota Chaser JZX100


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 JerseyRight 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 RD that we have done, so staying with a chassis that our team knows inside and out was an easy choice to make.”

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