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Formula Drift Hype: Round 7 Irwindale Galleries Up!

Posted on 10.14.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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We’ve all been waiting for it and it is finally here!  We have not one but two galleries from Formula Drift Irwindale Round 7!  One gallery is the result of me standing in the middle of the track being sprayed by rubber shrapnel and breathing toxic tire smoke! Yay!  Seriously though, there is nothing quite like being up close to screaming, snarling drift cars as they slide past you at full “tilt” (see what I did there?).  Hopefully our pictures convey that feeling.  We also have a gallery of the best cars from the Offset Kings showcase presented by illest so there’s that bit of awesomeness as well.  Its all below in the embedded galleries!

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Formula Drift: Irwindale Round 7 Results. Daigo Saito Takes The Final Win Of The Season & We Have A Champion

Posted on 10.13.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Going into the final round at Irwindale things were tense.  Fredric Aasbo was less than 20 points away from the incredibly consistent Chris Forsberg.  Both drivers needed to be as close to flawless as possible if they wanted to achieve their respective desired results.  However, “flawless” is highly illusive in a sport in which results are completely subjective.  Here’s how it was all laid out for each contender: Chris Forsberg needed to make sure he finished as far ahead of Aasbo at all cost to preserve his lead.  He needed to out qualify him and finish ahead of him by at least two spots.  For Aasbo, as just mentioned he needed to finish ahead of Forsberg by two or more spots.  However, the two drivers happened to fall on the same side of the top 32 bracket so that meant considering that each driver kept winning their battles they would eventually have to face each other.

This was not great for Forsberg as his past battles with Aasbo mostly ended with his defeat.  But, if Forsberg could beat him this time it would secure a championship.  In the final four the two drivers finally faced off.  Forsberg fought valiantly but ultimately the judges gave the win to Fredric Aasbo which sent him into to the final against Daigo Saito who defeated Forrest Wang to make it to the final.  At this point Fredric had to defeat Saito in order to win the championship but Daigo’s monster car was too much and Aasbo was unable to close the gap on his follow run which resulted in the event win for Daigo and the championship win for Chris Forsberg.

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Officially a two-time champion (Chris’ first title was earned in 2009), Chris Forsberg’s 2014 season was a constant uphill battle.  With no title sponsor on board (NOS energy drink stepped down to an associate sponsor status) Chris soldiered on through the year on a incredibly thin budget yet still managed to get a win and podium 5 times out of 7 rounds.  Fredric Aasbo had a great season getting his first two wins this season at rounds 4 & 6 but it was ultimately Forsberg’s consistency which won out.

It was a crazy season with ups, downs, controversy, and glory.  There has been/will be a lot of shake ups in the drifting community in the coming weeks which could drastically shape how the 2015 Formula Drift season will play out.  I will do my best to keep up with the news!

For now I want to say congrats to Chris Forsberg for his championship, Fredric Aasbo for his best season to date, and

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Hype Video: The Best Part Of Waking Up Is Porsche GT3 Cup

Posted on 10.06.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Its the early hours and you might still feel a bit sleepy so I am going to help you get ready to take on your day with a wake up call courtesy of Clash Production.  Turn up your speakers, headphones, etc. and watch the 8 and half minute long video of pure Porsche GT3 Cup madness as you are put in the POV of the driver while he clicks off some “leisurely” hot laps.  This is better than a bowl of Wheaties any day!

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F1: Marussia F1 Driver Jules Bianchi Severely Injured In Japanese Grand Prix Crash

Posted on 10.05.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Instead of my normal “quick result” post on the F1 results this weekend, unfortunately I have some bad news to report.  During the Japanese Grand Prix, Marussia F1 driver Jules Bianchi was involved in a severe collision near the end of what was already a pretty sketchy race.  With a typhoon looming over Japan the Suzuka circuit was wet for most of the weekend.  In fact the race was red flagged once in the beginning of the event due to a significant down-pour.  When the rain let off the FIA decided to resume the race but later on the rains returned once again drenching the track.

Because of the tricky conditions Adrian Sutil lost control at turn 7, going off course and getting stuck in the run-off area.  The race continued with a local yellow in that area but fears began to grow that Sutil may have been seriously injured.  A recovery vehicle with a crane was deployed to extract Sutil’s car from the run off but during that time Jules Bianchi also lost control in turn 7 but instead of going into the run off his car went towards the scene of the accident at high speed and collided with the recovery vehicle.

Once the medical team and track workers reached Bianchi and realized the extent of his injuries they called for another red flag and eventually called the race with less than 10 laps to go.  Rather than air-lift Bianchi to the local hospital he was taken via ambulance with police escort.  There are conflicting reports that an air-lift was declined due to the weather conditions.  Bianchi was unconscious upon arrival and immediately underwent brain surgery for what was described as a “severe head injury”

After surgery Jules was moved to the intensive care unit and is said to be breathing on his own, which is good news.  Although the full extent of his injuries are still unknown and will probably remain that way for sometime while the driver recovers.

I can tell already that in the coming weeks there will be heated discussions about this incident in regards to who was to blame, what should have been done, what needs to be done in the future, etc.  I say as long as it all remains objective, rational, respectful, and civil bring it on.  Hopefully, this horrible occurrence will result in rules, regulations, or innovations that will increase the already advanced safety of Formula 1.

As for the results of the race, Lewis Hamilton was awarded the victory as he was in front when the race was called.  Nico Rosberg earned second place and Sebastian Vettel got third.  Naturally the podium ceremony was very much subdued from is normal fanfare.

As soon as any updates are reported  from credible sources I will try to update this post as well. For now my thoughts are with Jules Bianchi, his family, friends, and the Marussia F1 team.

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Hype: McLaren Wants To Create A Real Life J.A.R.V.I.S. (Video)

Posted on 09.23.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Wouldn’t it be cool to actually have a virtual personal assistant that you could talk to and stuff like Tony Stark does with J.A.R.V.I.S.?  It would be so awesome!  I’d be like “JARVIS, take a picture of me being cool” and then I’d be like “JARVIS, make me a ham sandwich” and then JARVIS would be like “Dude, you’re being too bossy” and then I’d apologize because its not cool to be rude…  Anyhow, anyone familiar with McLaren knows that they have their hands on far more things than just motorsports.

McLaren really is an all around technology firm and have created cutting edge solutions for various industries from medical to commerce.  In a video that they released a while back they envision a future where all of their McLaren applied tech would combine into one crazy-slick JARVIS-like personal assistant as demonstrated by this vigorous young go-getter type-A woman featured in the clip.  The fictional (for now) device featured would pretty much work like an ECU for the human body.  It would monitor the wearers bio-telemetry and sync that with all other aspects of the user’s life (work, schedule, weather, etc).

The concept is actually pretty cool but I am not sure how I would personally feel about wearing that weird coin thing on my cheek.  You’ll see what I’m talking about in the clip below:

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Hype Video: Tanner Foust Attempts To Melt By Brain With His New Global Rallycross VW Beetle (cellphone video)

Posted on 09.19.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments
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Tanner Foust’s GRC VW Beetle

Yesterday I took a drive down to San Pedro to check out the scene of the next round of Red Bull Globalrally cross happening this weekend (you can watch live on tv!).  The rumor was that Tanner Foust’s new VW Beetle was going to make its debut at this event so my real motive for making the trip was to check out his new car in person.  I got much more than I bargained for.  It turned out that the event organizers were doing media ride alongs and I was lucky enough to sit shotgun with Tanner Foust as he took to the course in his brand new car.

I will admit I was a bit nervous.  However, I figured this was a new car, its a media ride along, he will probably take it easy on me.  I was completely wrong.  Although to be fair my first indicator should have been the flagger literally warning me that Tanner was about to melt my face off.  You will see what I mean when you watch the incredibly bouncy cellphone video I shot of my experience below.  If its too crazy then I apologize.  I was too busy trying to not pass out to really put deep thought and consideration to my shot composition.

Anyhow, scroll down and enjoy!

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Hype Video: Clash Production Brings Out The Beauty Of Rally In Latest Edit

Posted on 09.17.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Its been a while since I posted anything from Clash Production and that’s a crime!  So, first of I will apologize and secondly I will make things up to all of you by pointing your attention to the video below in which the Clash Production team along with NangleVideo.com to beautifully document a sliver of tarmac and gravel action from Rally Mont Blanc 2014.  The screen capture above is just one of the beautiful images in store over the course of nearly two glorious minutes!  Anyhow, enough talk.  Scroll down and enjoy!

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Hype Video: HKS Chronicles Their Quest For World Time Attack Domination With 1300HP Nissan GT-R

Posted on 09.17.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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If there is one thing that HKS loves to do is set lap times.  For more than a decade HKS has been chasing lap records all over the world and the only thing that has changed from then until now is their chosen weapon.  This year HKS is aiming to take top honors at the WTAC (World Time Attack Challenge) in Sydney, Australia next month in their new 1300HP Nissan GT-R.  HKS’ current GT-R is not only up 100HP over last year’s car but it also features a few trick one-off parts in the engine to help them efficiently use all of those extra horses.

HKS decided to document their journey in developing this car all the way up until its final battle at WATC Australia via video chapters.  Check out chapter one below and keep an eye out for a very familiar face!

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Formula Drift Hype: Fredric Aasbo Takes The Win In Formula Drift Texas. Championship Battle Gets Closer. (Video)

Posted on 09.15.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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For the second year in a row Formula Drift returned to Texas Motor Speedway and for the second year in a row the event was wild, crazy, and full of controversy.  Things kicked off with unexpected weather.  With the current heat wave going on in the west coast many expected Texas to be a sweltering affair yet it was the complete opposite! The Thursday night when the teams arrived was frigid and going into Friday there was actually a significant downpour.  The rain came down so hard that it actually delayed qualifying.  Eventually the show had to go in even in the rain which caused many drivers to struggle in their qualifying runs.  Forrest Wang however, proved to be an exception and threw down an insane run which netted him the number one qualifying spot.

Forrest’s qualifying run was significant for two reasons: the first is that it was just one heck of a performance in less than ideal situations.  Secondly, it automatically meant that Chris Forsberg, who is the championship points leader and had consistently been on every podium since the beginning of the season would have to work a lot harder to keep his streak going but more on that later.

Through out the night during battles there were collisions, DNFs, tow-offs, and calls that some fans did not agree with all of which made the event all the more interesting.  However, the point that things really got real was when Chris Forsberg went up against Fredric Aasbo (who is second place in championship points) in the final four.  Chris did not win #1 qualifier so the only way for him to keep up his podium streak and keep a comfortable points lead in the championship was to make it to the final battle.  As you may have figured out from the title of this post, things did not work out well for Chris Forsberg.  During his follow run against Aasbo, Forsberg’s 370Z made contact with Aasbo’s Scion tC.  The Judges ruled the contact to be Forsberg’s fault which gave Aasbo the win.

Aasbo went on to defeat Odi Bakchis in the final and get the win.  Now Chris Forsberg’s almost “sure thing” championship run has quickly turned into a unstable “maybe” as now Fredric Aasbo is less than 30 points behind Forsberg going into the final round at Irwindale.  Vaughn Gittin Jr., Odi Bakchis, and Kenny Moen are all mathematically eliminated from title contention so Irwindale will be all about Forsberg and Aasbo.  Chris Forsberg will definitely need to put on a stellar qualifying performance at Irwindale and make sure he out performs Fredric Aasbo at all costs to ensure a title.  Aasbo will be tasked with the same.  How will it turn out?  Who can tell?

One thing is for sure.  Everyone at the “House of Drift” and watching on the livestream will be biting their nails all the way to the conclusion!  If you want to see how the final four of Formula Drift Texas went down you can watch the video below.


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Hype Video: Tanner Foust Tests New GRC Spec VW Beetle By Writing In Cursive With Burnt Rubber Because Tanner Foust

Posted on 09.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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When Tanner Foust first announced that he would be moving from Ford to VW and would eventually campaign a GRC-spec Beetle, I excited but skeptical.  “I’ll believe it when I see it” I thought to myself.  Well, today I saw it and its impressive!  The Top Gear USA host just dropped a “teaser video” of his first “test” with the GRC VW Beetle.  While viewers won’t see too much in all the smoke and spinning tires, its enough to drive the point home that there may be something to this car after all.  Tanner also takes an extra step to make sure a certain comparison isn’t made.  Wait until the end of the video below to see what I am talking about…

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