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FARA Drift Demo with Eric Mahle

FARA Drift Demo with Eric Mahle

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.

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FullOpp Drifting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vvdFb8eYkU

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Basic Drifting Tips

Basic Drifting Tips

Interested in learning the art of drifting? Here is a good informational video from the Drift Bible, presented by Keiichi Tsuchiya, known in the drifting world as the "Drift King"

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Drifter Profile: Yasayuki Kazama

Drifter Profile: Yasayuki Kazama

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.

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2007 Nissan 350Z AEM's Drift Spec

2007 Nissan 350Z AEM’s Drift Spec

From zero to hero in less than 10 seconds. It did not take more than Tanner Foust’s first run to show the potential that he held in the drifting world with his AEM-built Nissan 350Z.

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D1 Grand Prix returns to Sin City

D1 Grand Prix returns to Sin City

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway will once again be crowded with over 12,000 fans for their summer show, once again welcoming the D1 Grand Prix with open arms for another friendly Japan vs USA Exhibition match this coming July.

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2007 Volkswagen Designer GTi

2007 Volkswagen Designer GTi

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.

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Festival of Speed

Festival of Speed

Event

Florida’s Invitational Drift Championship. 4th place overall.

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2007 Infiniti G35 by Team Falken

2007 Infiniti G35 by Team Falken

In 2003, the ever popular Nissan Skyline made its way to the United States badged as the Infinity G35. For 2006, Team Falken took into their own hands to make a Cinderella story out of this car: from a luxurious sports car to a beastly gorgious track monster.

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2007 Dodge Charger by Team MOPAR's Drift

2007 Dodge Charger by Team MOPAR’s Drift

Sheer raw power. Those are the words that best describe Samuel Hubinette’s new Dodge Charger, built by MOPAR and SRT (Street and Racing Technologies).

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Formula D: An overview of drifting in the USA.

Formula D: An overview of drifting in the USA.

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.

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2007 Red Bull Racing Pontiac Solstice

2007 Red Bull Racing Pontiac Solstice

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.

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Drifting Subaru?

Drifting Subaru?

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.

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Drifting Banned in North California track

Drifting Banned in North California track

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.

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2007 APR Infiniti G35

2007 APR Infiniti G35

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.

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Drifting champion to return to Pikes Peak

Drifting champion to return to Pikes Peak

Formula D champion Rhys Millen will return for his 15th run at the annual "Race to the Clouds" hosted at the Pikes Peak mountain circuit. This year, he will be using his own drifting car: the Red Bull Racing Pontiac Solstice.

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