Tanner Foust is easily one the most popular personalities in motorsports today. Between hosing Top Gear USA and contending in Rally Cross in both America and in Europe the man has a pretty full plate, which is a big part of the reason why he stepped away from drifting a few years ago to focus on those things. Well, it looks like Tanner has missed drifting so much (winning two Formula Drift championships tends to do that) that he is making a return to the sport this season. He will still continue his Rally Cross and Top Gear hosting duties so for now he will only run a partial season with the rumors suggesting he will drive at the Long Beach, Road Atlanta, and Irwindale rounds of Formula Drift this year.
As far as what he is driving, Wrecked Magazine says it will be a 900hp Volkswagen Passat. Yes, a Passat! While it would be expected that Tanner would campaign a VW since they are a major sponsor and platform provider of his Rally Cross program, but a Passat? Well, for those confused I offer a few theories for this choice. First, to those drift purists who may be asking “Isn’t the Passat front wheel drive?” the answer is “yes and no”. In America, the Passat is currently only offered in front wheel drive. However, in Europe the Passat can be had with all wheel drive, making it legal for RWD conversion and competition in Formula Drift. For those asking “Why not the Golf R then? That car is AWD”. Again you would be correct bur the AWD Golf R is a 2016 model car so chances are VW may not be ready to put marketing dollars behind it and lets be honest, marketing dollars are what drive motorsport programs such as these.
Either way I am glad to see Tanner return to drifting and now we all have one more big reason to look forward to Formula Drift this year! For the official video announcement of Tanner Foust’s return scroll below.