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The tires are just getting warmed up on the Streets of Long Beach at Round One of the 2014 Formula DRIFT taking place today and tomorrow (April 4-5) in sunny southern California. Marking the start to the 11th season for one of America’s fastest growing motor sport, Formula D can be viewed LIVE right here on TopSpeed via DailyMotion.
As the season progresses through the summer, the championships will be hosted all over the country before the final round is concluded October 11th in Irwindale, California at the unofficial “House of Drift” and birthplace of American drifting motorsports, the Irwindale Speedway.
Formula DRIFT seasons consists of two-day meets or “Rounds” where drivers compete against a set of criteria before a panel of judges who look for the best used techniques, skills, and control. Three major areas of each driver’s run are scored: line, angle, and style — with each worth a certain number of points as follows.
Line judge can award up to 25 points + 10 points for Style
Angle judge can award up to 25 points + 10 points for Style
Style judge can award up to 30 points
Total maximum points is 100
For more information on Formula DRIFT, check out their website here. But be sure to give the live stream a watch. It’s an unbelievably exciting motorsport with tons of tire smoke, revving engines, and sideways shenanigans.
There’s no doubting that Ken Block shots some of the most bad-ass videos we’ve ever seen. But have you ever wanted to get a first-hand look of the amazing Gymkhana course? We bet that the answer to this question is a resounding "yes" and, with this is mind, Block revealed the 6th installment of his world famous Gymkhana series from a slightly different angle.
Sure, this is the same course that we saw in the earlier Gymkhana 6 video, but this one offers up tons more cut shots, thanks to strategically placed GoPro cameras. And these new angles are enough to make this feel like an all new Gymkhana video, as you get a look at just how precise Block is in his Fiesta.
This dude is simply amazing, and we can’t say much more than that. Enjoy the video, folks.
It goes without saying that Ken Block’s Gymkhana series has taken on a life of its own. It’s already on its sixth installment and every year, it seems that the stunts are getting crazier and crazier.
For "Gymkhana 6: The Ultimate Grid Obstacle Course," we’re treated to Ken Block laying waste to one of the most incredible man-made obstacle courses we’ve ever seen. It also features a pretty randy Ford Fiesta ST RX43 racer — a car that we haven’t seen a whole lot of — take on a slew of items, ranging from excavators, customized trailers, cops riding on Segways and even a pair of Lamborghini Aventadors. The latter two, we surmise, were made possible by Block’s recent tie-up with Need for Speed.
We’re not going to spend a whole time gushing about Gymkhana 6. Instead, we’ll leave it up to Block to show you why the Gymkhana series has become one of the most must-watch spectacles in stunt drifting. So crank up those speakers and enjoy...
Click past the jump to watch the first five Gymkhana videos
What can you really get for $6.99 these days? You may be able to snag up a burger and fries from your favorite fast food joint, or maybe you can pump a few drops of gas into your tank. Well, you may want to think about parking the car or cooking up some ramen noodles today because 2K Drive has officially hit the App store at the cool price of $6.99. No, that’s not per month or per year; that is for a lifetime of edge-or-your-seat racing on your iPhone or iPad.
2K Drive is not some crummy, rushed-to-production iOS game either, as 2K Games — best known for its 2K Sports franchise that includes MLB 2K13 and NBA 2K13 — went to great lengths to make it as realistic as possible. The game includes tons of real-life cars, over 100 unique events, more than 25 real tracks and RaceFace, which allows you to snap a pic of your smiling mug and upload it onto the game.
Not only do you get real licensed cars, but you also get a crack at loading them up with as many aftermarket parts and accessories as you can. You want a 300-plus-horsepower Ford Focus? You can have it, as long as you earn enough credit to buy the latest and greatest performance parts. You also have to repair physical and mechanical damage, just like in real life, or suffer the consequences of decreased performance.
2K Games also knows that you want to stay up to date with all of the latest automotive news while racing your virtual rig, so it includes live news about all of the latest happenings in the automotive world. Just don’t forget about us here at TopSpeed...
So, head on over to the App store and shell out your $6.99 and get to racing. Until then, you can check out the official launch trailer and more videos on the game after the jump.
Earlier this month, the new GRID 2 racing game received a sweet Super Modified DLC Pack. Today, it’s time for another one called the Drift Pack. It includes four special-edition cars specially designed to deliver optimum performance and a stunning racing experience across GRID 2’s game modes.
The first of the four car is the Daijiro Yoshihara Nissan 240SX - a 650-horsepower Nissan raced to victory in the 2011 Formula Drift Championship by Daijiro ’Dai’ Yoshihara. Next there is a Team Orange Mitsubishi Evo X - a model that delivers 570 horsepower and was been driven by Nobushige Kumakubo, General Manager of Ebisu Circuit.
The third one is a Chevrolet "Tyler McQuarrie" Camaro. It is powered by a COPO LS-7 V-8 engine that delivers a total of 750 horsepower. Tyler McQuarrie took the helm of the Camaro in Formula D. The last car is the NOS Energy Nissan 370Z, a model driven by Chris Forsberg, one of the most successful drivers in Formula Drift history.
Talk about a stunt that’s one for the ages.
We knew the art of drifting required insane amounts of skill and fearlessness. We also knew that Vaughn Gittin Jr. is one of the best in the business at drifting.
But what we never expected was for Gittin Jr. to show his skill AND his fearlessness in one of the nuttiest drifts we’ve seen in a long time.
Together with sponsor Monster Energy, Gittin Jr. has produced what will forever be called the "Fire Drift". While behind the wheel of his trusty Mustang RTR, Gittin Jr. navigates his drift-prepped muscle car around a series of fiery obstacles and explosions.
And if you’re thinking that those are Hollywood props, best keep an eye out towards the end of the video and check out the Mustang RTR’s bumper. Or whatever’s left of it.
This stunt definitely deserves a round of applause.
Click past the jump to read about Vaughn Gittin Jr’s Mustang RTR
So, Ken Block’s now a globe-trotter. Surprise, surprise.
Of course, he’s not actually doing it in real time, but this partnership between Block and GoPro has yielded some impressive results.
First, they went to the frozen woods of Russia to film a Gymkhana-like video that called for Block to smash GoPro cameras along the way. Now, Block and GoPro are back on U.S. soil, specifically in a technical forested rally course in Potosi, Missouri.
As is always the case with a guy like Ken Block, you better expect and prepare for some nutty things to happen in this video. You have to have a new level of appreciation for Block’s navigator who somehow manages to keep his wits together through all those bumps to give out instructions from that notebook of his.
And in case you missed out on Block’s Russian exploits, click past the jump to check it out.
Ken Block has been making the rounds in Europe lately. After a stop in Hungary, which resulted in some serious fun with the Ford Sierra, Block and the boys over at GoPro decided to have some fun in the frozen woods of Mother Russia.
The promo video actually had an objective: have Block "kill" as many of these cameras as he could. He’s not riding a an old Sierra; this time, it’s his trusty rally Ford Focus he goes to battle with against the prying lenses of GoPro HD Hero 2 cameras.
It’s a rollicking, fun video that we’ve come accustomed to from a dude like Ken Block. Having an "objective" like smashing cameras along the way only makes it that much more entertaining.
If you’re looking for an unexpected ending, stick to the end of the video and you’ll see why some local Russians apparently aren’t too fond of Block.
If you need any reminder just how awesome Ken Block is, click past the jump to see the complete set of videos of the web series that made him a household name: Gymkhana.
We support the rationale that a Enzo shouldn’t just be left out to collect dust in a garage because its owner decided that it’s too expensive to be taken out on the road.
We’re all for giving the Enzo some serious burn, but not on this level.
Whoever owns this particular Enzo either has a lot of money on his hands for repairs, hence the "TAXTHRICH" vanity plate, or he’s just certifiably nuts.
Granted, he agrees with us and has no problem giving the Enzo some runs on the road, but to turn it into a rally car and drift the heck out of it in gravel and muddy waters?
Now that’s just taking it too far. Imagine having to see some chipped paint on your multi-million-dollar supercar because some rocks and gravel got a little too close to it? That’s gonna cost a lot in repairs, buddy.
Then again, it’s his car and he’s free to do whatever he wants to do with it. And we thank him (or her) for the fine video of this thrashing.
About a week ago, we showed you a video of a mentally fried dude doing his best Need for Speed impersonation: carelessly drifting on public roads with not a care in the world. We emphasized the dangers of being that reckless, no matter how cool it looks.
Turns out, another one of those videos has appeared on the ’Net, only this time, the perp can be seen driving a Lexus IS-F. The situations are different, but the dangers certainly aren’t. In this case, the driver successfully pulls off the high-speed drive in the middle of traffic, narrowly escaping crashing while doing his dangerous stunt.
Technically speaking, he pulls off an impressive drift. – added brownie points for the degree of difficulty but in all sense and sensibilities, this is the kind of drift we don’t encourage. We said it before, if you’re going to drift, make sure it’s in the appropriate environment where won’t risk your life and the lives of those around you.
The shorthand version: don’t be an idiot when you drift.
When you’re a master drifter like Ken Block, you usually don’t make a whole lot of mistakes when you’re in a drift session. But every so often, the cat jumps out of the bag and you’re left with, at least in this case, smashed rear wheels.
For other drifters, that’s a cause for concern. For Ken Block, well, he "just ain’t care.”
Probably more telling is the way Block handled the crash to his beloved Ford Fiesta. There were no fumes of frustration or resigned exasperation; just a smile on the face knowing that things like this can and still happen, even to the best of ’em.
And to his credit, Block even made a pretty cool video out of his crash. Now that’s somebody who knows how to laugh at his boo-boos and still make a pretty cool video out of it.
Check out the video of Block’s mishap and the entertaining aftermath that followed.
Over the years that Ken Block has wowed us with his distinctly styled Ford Fiesta HFHV, we’ve begun to associate the man with the car’s appealing white-black-and-green color scheme.
Well, with a new year apparently comes a new color scheme. And a new headquarters to boot.
Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division has decided to move into a new headquarters and to celebrate that decision, the team has also changed their colors. While there was a clear distinction of how the old colors worked - white base, black paint splatter and plenty of lime green touches - this new color setup is a little more, shall we say, colorful.
The inspiration comes from Block’s fascination with the "80s and early 90s skateboarding graphics, as well as Miami Vice-era offshore powerboats and a dash of hair metal and old school hip hop mixed in for good measure."
That long description apparently translates to a matte-black base with touches of blue, red, green and orange, and a slice of Americana in the form of the U.S. flag on the roof scoop. As always, sponsorship logos are prevalent on the car, accounting for the rainbow-like hues on the Fiesta HFHV.
Moving onto the new “eco-friendly” HRD HQ, which looks “conducive to the kind of work they do.” The industrial look has been divided into two separate areas, including a workshop and a creative office space with plenty of touches of fun sprinkled in. Suffice to say, “boring” is the last word you’d think of in describing this office.