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D1 driver profile: Nobushige Kumakubo

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The Japanese drifter Nobushige Kumakubo is praised for his efforts behind the wheel as well as his contributions to the sport and is considered a pioneer of drifting. Kumakubu was fortunate enough to inherit a large parcel of land in the Fukushima countryside where he gave back to the drifting community by constructing the acclaimed Ebisu Circuit. Aside from being a track owner he is also the founder of Team Orange, one of the most successful drifting teams in D1 history. He also founded Big X, a motorsport spectable that combines drifting with freestyle motocross, supermoto and other extreme automotive activities.

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D1 driver profile: Nobushige Kumakubo

Team Orange got their name from the exterior finish common amongst all their cars. He began with an orange bodied Nissan S15 Silvia with mixed success until noticing the abilities of the all wheel drive Subaru WRX . Kumakubo commissioned the Japanese super tuners JUN to convert a GDB STi into rear wheel drive drift car for the 2005 D1GP season. With that same orange STi he won the D1GP Championship a year later.

D1 driver profile: Nobushige Kumakubo

Never one to rest on his laurels Kumakubo passed the reigns of the Subaru onto his fellow Team Orange teammates to take the wheel of another JUN built all wheel drive rally based machine. For the second half of the 2007 D1GP season Kumakubo competed in an orange EVO IX with the engine turned sideways to send power directly to the rear wheels. Always in line with the latest fashion, the Ebisu owner and founder of Team Orange is piloting an all new EVO X built by JUN in 2009.

D1 driver profile: Nobushige Kumakubo
Nobushige Kumakubo
Born: February 10, 1970 Fukushima, Japan
Drifting since: 2001
Highlights: 2006 D1GP Champion
Founder of Team Orange
Owner of the Ebisu Circuit
Drift Team: Yuke’s Team Orange
Drift Vehicle: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Power: 540 PS
Weight: 1250 Kg
D1 driver profile: Nobushige Kumakubo


8 comments:

and yea nissan should have made th altima coupe a bit smaller, rwd and with a 2 liter four banger with a snail

is it sad that i love the new hyundai. i mean yea its a hyundai. i’d probably take the badging off the car but the 2.0t model is well built and being 25k for the track pack with lsd and big brake upgrade. simple tuning of the engine and a turbo upgrade should easily net 300+ to the wheels. hard to beat in the current car market

Exactly jtm. Most of them are old models, great cars but out of production. Thats why Iam hoping that Subaru and Toyota will come up with their sportscar and Nissan with the next S15. We need some current models to brag about.

And reneered, when you said you disagreed, was it in regard to my comment? If so, why?

I’d say that Evo X proves to be one of the best cars ever. Not only can it endure being rally cars but they can also be used to drift. I disagree that its is a matter of limited choices. EVO is just EVO.

Kumabubo also used the circuit to host numerous drifting events as well as various motorsport events. As the lead driver of Team Orange, as his car has always been orange. That’s what Japanese could do with their money.

FYI: Nobushige Kumakubo, is a drifting driver from Japan who competes in the D1 Grand Prix series and racetrack and land owner. Nicknamed Kuma, he is commonly referred to one of the pioneers of drifting.

they also have the s2000, rx-7, 300zx, toyota supra, acura nsx, and a few others...

Rally cars being used as drift cars, I like that. Can’t say I blame them. the Japanese don’t really have that many rear driven sports cars in the market. They can either go with old ones like the S15 and RX8 or the 350/ 370Z’s. Not that many choices.

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