It was a hot Florida day at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was even hotter for about a hundred drivers, fitted with their multi-layered nomex fire suits. But without a doubt, at 2pm, the track was at it’s hottest when Florida’s top drifters took their cars to turns 3 and 4, laying rubber down in another exciting demo hosted by FARA USA.
Coordinated by Moe of Project Rising Sun, the drift demo was composed of South Florida’s local teams such as Side Mission, Team Aero-K, Smokin’ Aces, Side-Run, FullOpp. The roster expanded beyond the tri-county area, bringing drivers from Orlando and even Tampa.
A friendly competition was hosted by Harri Tervola, of Ter-Tech, Inc., who hosts the Florida Drifting Championship. Drivers had a chance to do a final test run on their cars before they prepared themselves for Round 2 of our state’s drifting series this upcoming weekend. Among them, Erick Mahle, who had a chance to debut his BMW 335i (a 325i with a 3.5l motor swap from it’s bigger brother: the 535iS).
Congratulations go out to Estie Falero and Juan Henao for finishing in 1st and 2nd place.
Check out the video of Eric’s runs after the jump.
If you have watched drifting videos from Japan, by now you have probably come across that crazy driver named Kazama. The name might not sound familiar, but you can instantly remember that one guy who does crazy stunts while drifting such as hanging out from the door of the car and so on.
What more do you need to prove that your company cares for tuners when the Chief Designer owns a moderetly tuned street car? Well, in VW there is no doubt left in anyone’s mind. Instead of your usual top level management employees with little interest in their own product, Derek Jenkins (Chief Designer for VWoA) is proud to display his daily driver: a well-tuned 2006 VW GTi.
The arrival of drifting to North America’s western shores occurred in 2003, when Japan’s D1 Grand Prix hosted their first event in California. Due to the instant hit and success of this first demonstration event, there was an obvious opportunity that professional drifting events in the United States would be a major hit. Hence, Formula D emerged as the first company hosting sanctioned professional drifting events. Today, they are recognized as the greatest series in drifting competition in the United States.
After two successful seasons with the Pontiac GTO, Rhys Millen (one of the top Formula D drifters) and the Red Bull Racing team were posed with a new chassis to work with due to the ending production of the GTO. When looking at the Pontiac line-up for the next drifting platform, the choice was obvious: the new roadster Pontiac Solstice GXP.
Drifting is all about style. Unlike other motorsports where a person is graded on a timed course, drifting is graded through how a driver stands out with his driving abilities through maximizing his speed, angle and driving line. However, drivers also choose to stand out in any way possible, even in the car selection. This was proven by Team Orange leader Nobushige Kumakubo, when he decided to be the first in professional drifting to use an all wheel drive Subaru WRX. When asked why, Kumakubo stated that he wanted to bring more all wheel drive owners to his track back in Japan.
The weekend of June 23rd and 24th should be a reason to celebrate for many as the D1 Grand Prix would make its first attendance at the Riverside Motorsports Park, in Altamont County. But instead of the thunderous chanting of the crowds, roaring engines and billowing smoke, Altamont will hear nothing but silence this weekend.
In a world of sport compacts dominated by japanese cars (WRX, Lancer Evolutions, S2000s, 350Zs, etc) there is a great deal of rivalry with tuners building the same cars. APR decided to take a small turn to the more luxurious, less used, sports cars and decided to build an Infinity G35 for it’s fifth complete transformation from stock to fully built. Other cars preceding the G35 would be a Toyota Celica, Toyota MR-S, Lancer Evolution 8 and a Subaru WRX STi.