I think Will Roegge is one of the best automotive cinematographers on the scene right now. So why haven’t I posted anything from him lately? Because the dude is busy doing stuff for his high profile clients and the like. Chances are you probably saw a lot of his work this year and didn’t even know it! Anyhow, Will finally got some time for himself and decided to use it by turning his immense talent on filming the recent All Star Bash/Toy Drive that took place at Willow Springs Raceway here in California. The result of which is about 6 minutes of pure drift candy.
If you are reading this on your phone while waiting in some un-godly “Black Friday” line then trust me when I tell you this will ease the pain a bit. Scroll down and enjoy!
If you didn’t hear the news yet, Dai Yoshihara will be moving from his V8 powered Nissan S13 to a Subaru BRZ for the 2014 Formula Drift season. At SEMA he debuted his new car complete with a special version of the recently released Rocket Bunny Ver. 2 widebody kit. Although when it was mentioned that the car would be a blank canvas it was meant quite literally as the car was totally white! Blanco!
The reason for this is that Falken Tire is turning to future owners of Forza Motorsport 5 to design Dai’s new livery. Players are to create a livery design in Forza Motorsport 5, take a screen shot of their design then submit that shot to Falken Tire’s Facebook pageand from there a winner will be chosen. The contest will start during the last week of November (just after the Xbox One launch and Forza Motorsport 5′s release) and run until January 31st.
It is not said if there will be a prize awarded to the person who creates the winning design, but hey bragging rights for something as big as this may just be prize enough for many.
Good luck designers!
Falken Tire Invites FORZA Motorsport 5 Players to Design Livery on Team Falken’s Formula Drift Subaru BRZ
Rancho Cucamonga, CA. (Nov. 8). – Falken Tire, a manufacturer of high performance on- and off-road tires, will continue its strong relationship with Microsoft in anticipation of the launch of Forza Motorsport 5 by conducting a special design contest for its newest Formula Drift entry.
Currently the best-rated videogame racing franchise of the past 10 years, the new Forza Motorsport 5 game is slated to be released on the “all-in-one games and entertainment system” – according to Microsoft officials – the new Xbox One. In anticipation of the November 22 launch, Forza Motorsport 5 will be at the heart of a nine-week promotional effort Falken Tire has set in motion beginning late November. The contest will encourage gamers and Falken Tire customers from around the world to submit their design for the new Subaru BRZ competition car to be driven by 2011 Formula D Champion Daijiro “Dai” Yoshihara for the 2014 drift season.
“Falken Tire is again reaching out to the Forza online community to ask people to create their own one-of-a-kind Falken livery for Team Falken’s new Subaru BRZ,” said Nick Fousekis, Falken Director of Motorsports Marketing. “We are asking players to submit their Forza 5 Motorsport screenshot-based designs to Falken Tire’s Facebook page.”
“The winning design will live on Dai’s Subaru BRZ for the entire season,” declared Jonathon Bradford, Team Falken’s Formula Drift Supervisor. “Being a part of this very important network of Forza Motorsport players is key to building awareness of our brand as well as the Formula Drift Championship,” he stressed.“We suspect there’s a very strong crossover among fans and participants of both sports, and they’re also likely Falken customers.”
Added Fousekis: “We are pleased Discount Tire will return to co-sponsor Dai’s new BRZ for the 2014 season, and with SPD Metal Works handling the building of the car, Dai has set the bar high for his championship effort. I know he’s also excited – as we all are – about having a special look designed by a Forza Motorsport 5 player.”
Working in conjunction with Turn 10 Studios, the contest will begin during the final week of November and run until the 31st of January 2014. Official Falken and Falken Sponsor Logos must be integrated into the submitted designs, with visibility from all corners of the car (quarter panels, and the center of front and rear bumpers). In addition, Falken’s 2014 partner sponsors’ logos must be included, which are: Discount Tire; Sam’s Autoland; BC; Sparco; SPD Metal Works; and Mobil 1. In addition, a “creative interpretation of the traditional ‘Falken Scallops’ livery should be included,” according to Fousekis.
In the season finale of GT Channel’s “Behind The Smoke” we get to see Dai give a heartfelt goodbye to his Falken Tire/Discount Tire Nissan S13. 2013 was a rough year for Dai and his team and it got even rougher when the engine in his S13 blew during practice and the team had to pull an all nighter to drop in a spare.
Dai was hoping to get one last win for the season but unfortunately he was taken out by Chris Forsberg (who was driving like a man on a mission). It was at that point Dai and his team said they’re goodbyes but also expressed excitement for the debut of their new BRZ drift car next season. Grab a hankie and watch the emotional send off below!
Bored? I have just the thing: seven and a half minutes of Ryan Tuerckriding and ripping through New York and drifting Long Island. If you weren’t already convinced that this kid is living the life then this video is bound to change your mind. Oh, before you start watching a quick warning that this flick is slightly NSFW as there is some eh, crude language and well, yeah just trust me on this one. With that said, if the coast is clear then go ahead and scroll down to enjoy!
Its been 10 years; 10 years since Jim Liaw and Ryan Sage began their dream to bring the sport of drifting to the United States. In that time Formula Drift had its ups and downs but no matter what came their way the series remained resilient. When other motorsports were losing sponsors and cutting back due to the recession, Formula Drift was growing. To this day no one (besides the people within Formula Drift) really knows how they managed to do that. This past weekend marked the 10th anniversary of Formula Drift’s first visit to Irwindale Speedway AKA “The House Of Drift”. In fact, to celebrate their anniversary Formula Drift surprised everyone by kicking off the Top 16 with a huge fireworks display!
Once again the event sold out the venue (and then some) and once again the championship fight came down to the final round. This year the points battle was a three-way race between privateer Michael Essa, bearded grassroots hero turned drifting golden boy Chris “The Force” Forsberg, and Fredric “The Norwegian Hammer” Aasbo respectively.
Essa started the weekend off strong by becoming the #1 qualifier on Friday. From that point all he needed to do was make it past “Top 32″ to eliminate Aasbo; which he did but with much controversy. See, right before Essa was set to run his Top 32 battle against rookie Luke Pakula, Essa’s E46 M3 suffered a fatal engine failure. At the same time Luke suffered issues with his transmission. Luke asked the track officials if he could do a donut to test out his gearbox and once he did according to him he heard a loud noise and then immediately went back to his hot pit to inspect the problem.
Now here is where things get crazy. Essa was already out for the count, he could not get his car running. Even though Luke was having problems with his car as well, all he needed to do was pull up to the starting line and he would have been given the victory by default. This would almost guarantee the championship for Chris Forsberg. However, Luke insisted that he didn’t know that all he needed to do was line up and no track official told him to do so. Thus after the “5 minute rule” was up the win was given to Essa by default. This eliminated Fredric Aasbo and instantly made the points battle for Forsberg a lot more difficult as now he had to finish in at least podium in 2nd place to win the championship.
Forsberg filed a protest to Formula Drift officials claiming that Luke Pakula “faked” his car problems in order to let Essa advance to the Top 16 since he and Essa are friends. Forsberg’s first protest was denied. He tried to protest again and was again denied. At that point he had no choice but to defeat everyone in his path to a 2nd place or better finish. To his credit he drove like a man possessed and mercilessly took down Dai Yoshihara, and Odi Bakchis advancing to the “Great 8″. However when he got there he had to face Daigo “The Ninja” Saito!
Forsberg drove valiantly, even forcing a OMT (one more time) but during that OMT battle Chris made a mistake in his chase run which lended to the judges favoring Saito for the win. This automatically granted Michael Essa the 2013 Formula Drift Championship!
Forsberg definitely was not happy and Luke Pakula even alleged on his Facebook page that after the incident members of Drift Alliance (Forsberg’s crew) went to his pit and “harassed” him verbally. It was/is a very murky, “he said-he said” situation and it is unclear what (if anything) Formula Drift will do about what allegedly happened in Luke’s pit.
Even though that was a crazy situation there was still the business of the final round to deal with. With the championship already decided the story unfolded into who would win Irwindale. As I mentioned before Daigo Saito won and moved on to the final four as did his Achilles Tire teammate Robbie Nishida (who defeated Dean Kearny), Tyler McQuarrie (who defeated Fredric Aasbo) and Forrest Wang (who defeated Vaughn Gittin Jr. in a major upset).
Daigo managed to defeat Robbie and Tyler triumphed over Forrest. This set the stage for the final battle of Daigo Saito versus Tyler McQuarrie. Tyler fought hard but ultimately took himself out of the fight when he had a major run in with the wall, thus handing the final victory of the season to Daigo. In the consolation battle Forrest Wang defeated Robbie Nishida to earn his first Formula Drift podium.
And with that the chapter was closed on Formula Drift’s 10th year. What a decade! What does year 11 have in store? Well, from what I know there should be a few new cars making their debut (likely at SEMA) and possibly a few new locations. We will all find out soon when Formula Drift holds their annual SEMA press conference next month.
In the meantime you can check out all of our Formula Drift Irwindale galleries at the links below!
We have a lot of stuff coming up from our Formula Drift Irwindale coverage but first thing’s first: the results! Daigo “The Ninja” Saito hard charged all the way through the field to win the final round of the season. He survived an epic battle against Tyler McQuarrie (who has won irwindale before) to get that top spot. Formula Drift “rookie” Forrest Wang defeated Robbie Nishida to earn 3rd place and those are your results for the final Formula Drift round of the season!
Stay tuned for a bunch of photos spanning at least two more galleries as well as a full event report coming soon!
Anyone who has tried drifting can tell you how much fun it is but typically those people are at least 16 years old. What can a kid interested in drifting do? Well before the answer to that would have been nothing but thanks to Razor (yes the scooter people) and their new “Crazy Cart“, kids as young as 9 can feel what its like to get sideways. Powered by an electric motor the Crazy Cart is a three wheeled cart (with caster wheels up front for additional support) that has the ability to instantly pitch sideways with a pull of an emergency brake-like handle on the side.
Sounds fun right? To promote their new drifting Crazy Cart Razor has set up shop at Formula Drift Irwindale this weekend with a full booth and test track for attendees to drift a Crazy Car for themselves. Since they were already at the “House of Drift” for one of the biggest drift events of the year Razor invited current points leader Michael Essa and Scion Racing driver Fredric Aasbo to try out their newest toy.
Naturally the two drivers took to the Crazy Carts like the proverbial duck to water. Then, in a turn of events that shocked no one the two started tandem battling each other! You can see the epic match up for yourself in the video below. Also stay tuned for our personal review of the Razor Crazy Cart!
This weekend is the final round of the 2013 Formula Drift season and it all kicked off yesterday as all the teams and vendors rolled into Irwindale Speedway to set up. Yesterday was also when all the drivers got some much needed practice time on track so that they could sort out their setups for the weekend. Things seemed to go as planned for all the drivers; except Dai Yoshihara who blew his engine during the first half of practice. One of his rods went straight through the block, leaving track officials to literally pick up the pieces. If you follow our Instagram (@MotorworldHype) then you saw some of the carnage.
As soon as it was all cleaned up things went right back underway and I was trackside getting some tasty track shots, which can be seen by clicking the gallery links below. Stay tuned for more Formula Drift Round 7 coverage from Irwindale here, on our twitter feed @MotorworldHype, Facebook (Facebook.com/MotorworldHype), Google+, and Instagram (@MotorworldHype).
If you can’t make it to Irwindale then you can watch the livestream of the entire event at FormulaDrift.com/Live
The time has come folks. It has all come down to this! Starting tomorrow (October 11th 2013) is the “Final Fight” of the 2013 Formula Drift season at “The House of Drift” AKA Irwindale Speedway. If you don’t have your tickets you better move your mouse as fast as you can to the links below to pick some up! Irwindale almost always sells out completely!
The speedway will be packed with people who want to know who will emerge the 2013 Formula Drift champion! Can points leader Michael Essa hang on to win his first title despite Irwindale not being kind to him in the past? Will Chris “The Force” Forsberg (whom is only 15 points behind Essa) put enough pressure on the points leader to take the win? Or will one of the dark horses like Fredric Aasbo come from the shadows and earn his first championship? All those questions will be answered by Saturday night!
Here is the info!
WHO: Formula Drift
WHAT: Round 7 “Final Fight”
WHEN: October 11th 2pm-10pm & October 12th 2pm-10pm
WHERE: Irwindale Speedway at 500 Speedway Drive, Irwindale, CA 91706
WHY: Because DRIFTCAR
HOW MUCH: Depends on where you sit! Click HERE for tickets! Expect to pay between $10 & $15 to park.
Just as the headline says the man in the glasses Michael Essa won his second event this season by taking the top spot at Formula Drift Round 6 at Texas Motor Speedway. Essa defeated the likes of Joon Maeng, Toshiki Yoshioka, Fredric Aasbo, and even Chris “The Force” Forsberg to make it to the finals against Matt Field! Yes, Matt freaking Field! Mr. Field was on a mission all day and it paid off in the form of his first Formula Drift podium finish.
Chris Forsberg defeated Patrick Mordaunt (who also had a strong performance this weekend and even beat Vaughn Gittin Jr!) to take third place.
So once again this is the official podium for Formula Drift Round 6:
1st place: Michael Essa
2nd place: Matt Field
3rd place: Chris Forsberg
Michael Essa is now leading in the overall Championship points battle with 489.5 points with Chris Forsberg only 15.5 points behind. Realistically every driver from 6th place (Justin Pawlak) up to 3rd ( Fredric Aasbo) has a shot at the 2013 Championship.
With only one round left, the finals at Irwindale are shaking up to be one heck of a battle! Stay tuned for our coverage!