Hype Video: BMI Racing Four Rotor Mazda RX-8 Snap-On Tools And A Whole Lot Of Noise

Posted on 07.30.10 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Check out the newest video by Mark Lenardon featuring our buddies at BMI Racing.  This video is expertly cut and really does BMI’s four rotor Mazda RX-8 justice!  Scroll down and enjoy!

BMI Racing. Four Rotor RX8. Snap-On Tools. And a lot of noise… from Mark Lenardon on Vimeo.

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Formula Drift: BMI Racing 4-Rotor Mazda RX-8 Is Now Sponsored By Snap-On Tools

Posted on 07.08.10 | Andrew Beckford 1 Comment

In a bit of breaking news we have just learned that our friends from BMI Racing has just signed a sponsorship deal with Snap-On tools supporting their one of a kind Mazda RX-8 4-rotor drift car for the Formula Drift “Throwdown” round this weekend in Seattle and the upcoming Formula Drift “After Dark” round in Las Vegas.  This is huge news for the small team with the big sounding car that has been making waves all season.  We would like to extend our congrats to Adam & Sarah Burgess and also to their driver Drift Alliance Ace Brian Wilkerson.  Check out the press release below for all the details.

Press Release:


Snap-on to Sponsor Formula Drift Team BMI Racing and Driver Brian Wilkerson

Snap-on will Sponsor BMI Team in Formula Drift Rounds 4 and 5

KENOSHA, Wis. – July 8, 2010 –Snap-on, the most innovative tool company in the world and space, will sponsor BMI Racing and driver Brian Wilkerson in the most innovative racing series in the world, Formula Drift.  Snap-on will serve as the primary sponsor for driver Brian Wilkerson and the BMI Racing Formula Drift Snap-on RX8 4 Rotor car at the Formula Drift “Throwdown” event in Evergreen, Wash. on July 9-10 and the “After Dark” race August 20-21 in Las Vegas.

“After attending the recent Skills USA competition and seeing how well received the BMI Racing Formula Drift team was there, we felt that it would be a great opportunity for Snap-on to get involved even more with Formula Drift by sponsoring BMI Racing and Brian,” said Alicia Smales, vice president of marketing for Snap-on Tools.  “Snap-on’s association with Formula Drift gives us a great vehicle to interact with a different segment of our customer base.  In addition, the Formula Drift events also give us a chance to entertain customers and show them the latest and greatest technology and products that Snap-on has to offer.”

Wilkerson’s BMI Racing’s Drift car will feature the Snap-on logo and special scheme for those two races.  Snap-on will also have franchisee vans at the racing venues for the two Drift events. Snap-on has been involved with Formula Drift racing in each of the previous two seasons.

Drifting is a high-skill, high-powered motor sport that calls for drivers to control a 200 horsepower to 700 horsepower car while it slides sideways at high speed through a marked course.  It is similar to rally racing, but is held on a closed course and judged on execution and style rather than finishing the course fastest.

To find out more about the Snap-on racing program, visit www.snapon.com/racing.

About Snap-on Tools

Snap-on Tools is a subsidiary of Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics and equipment solutions for professional users. Product lines include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions which are used by technicians and professionals at vehicle dealerships and repair centers and in the marine, powersports and aviation industries.  Snap-on Tools is one of the largest non-food franchise companies in the world, selling its products through more than 4,500 franchisees worldwide and through company-direct sales and over the Internet. Snap-on Incorporated, which was founded in 1920, is a $2.4 billion, S&P 500 company located in Kenosha, Wis. with operations throughout the world.  For additional information, visit www.snapon.com.

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Hype Video: BMI Racing 2009 Mazda RX-8 4 Rotor’s First Drift Session

Posted on 04.09.10 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

It’s been a long hard road for the BMI Racing team but after a lot of work they’re famous 4 rotor RX-8 has finally had its first sideways session with Drift Alliance Ace Brian Wilkerson behind the wheel.  This footage was taken on Wednesday of this week as the team took a trip out to Willow Springs race way to get the suspension sorted out for the first round of Formula D this weekend on the streets of Long Beach.  If they look as good in Long Beach as they do here I expect an impressive first outing for the team.

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Drift Alliance Ace Brian Wilkerson To Drive BMI Racing 4-Rotor RX-8

Posted on 04.05.10 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

It is official! Drift Alliance east coast ace Brian Wilkerson has been tapped to tame the monster 2009 Mazda RX-8 4-Rotor built by BMI Racing.  So far Brian and BMI are just on for Round 1 of Formula Drift on the streets of Long Beach.  However there is a pretty big sponsor waiting in the wings and depending on their performance they could have the support they need to take on the grid for the rest of the 2010 season.  We wish them luck and will be following their progress closely.

Also stay tuned to MotorworldHype.com for a few exclusives on BMI Racing within the next few days or so.

Press Release:

TORRANCE, CA (April 4th, 2010)- BMI Racing is happy to announce that Drift Alliance Ace Brian Wilkerson will drive the BMI Racing 2009 Mazda RX-8 4-Rotor drift car at Formula Drift Round 1: Streets Of Long Beach on April 9-10th.

Brian Wilkerson has been a constant presence in the east coast grassroots drifting scene for years, competing in several amateur and semi-professional events since 2006 with impressive results.  Brian has renewed his Formula Drift competition license for 2010 and is looking to punch a hole in the pro-drift circuit and show that he has what it takes to be a serious contender among the world’s best drifters in the top level American drift series.

BMI Racing is currently finishing up prep-work on their one of a kind 2009 Mazda RX-8 powered by a rare 4-Rotor engine.  BMI Racing is the first performance shop to successfully install a 4-Rotor engine into an RX-8 chassis.  Since the car’s completion it has been an internet sensation and has received over 80,000 video hits combined on YouTube.com and StreetFire.net as well as over 200,000 total impressions due to coverage on Autoblog.com and Mazda USA’s corporate website.

While both BMI Racing and Brian Wilkerson have years of experience in their respective specialties both parties are relatively (Brian competed in Round 2 in Atlanta in ’09) new to Formula Drift and expect tough challenges ahead.  However, Brian and BMI Racing are also confident that together, they can make a strong impression at Long Beach.

For further information on BMI Racing and Brian Wilkerson you can visit http://www.bmiracing.net and www.brianwilkerson.com.

BMI Racing consists of Adam and Sarah Burgess a happily married couple that moved from Australia to the USA to pursue their shared passion for motorsport, and with over 25 years combined experience they have built extreme and diverse performance vehicles. 

BMI Racing has successfully built the World’s only 2009 Mazda RX-8 4 Rotor, a naturally aspirated beast that has a unique engine sound that can only be compared to that of a Formula One car.  The RX-8 4 rotor has been well received wherever it has been on display, including shows such as Seven Stock 12 held at Mazda Headquarters Irvine, the final round of Formula D at Irwindale, and the world largest automotive show – The SEMA show held in Las Vegas.

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