SEMA 2015: Vaughn Gittin Jr Reveals 2016 RTR Ford Mustang Competition Car (Gallery)

Posted on 11.03.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


SEMA is not just the time of year to see all the new parts and goodies that you’ll soon be able to buy for your car but it is also the time when new race cars and liveries debut.  This is especially true when it comes to new Formula Drift cars.  It looks like the first new drift car debut out of the gate is Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s 2016 Ford Mustang RTR Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink and Nitto Tire.  Built on a 2016 Ford Mustang, Gittin’s competition spec drift car went on a major diet with the help of carbon fiber body panels which brings the car’s weight down to 2,800 lbs wet with 50/50 weight distribution.

Up front is a Ford Performance/Roush-Yates built 900HP 436ci V8 engine that will redline at 9,000RPMs thanks to some serious tuning and individual throttle bodies.  Outside the livery is similar to what Vaughn designed for 2015 but with new shape motifs and a bit more color thrown in for extra contrast.  Take a closer look at Vaughn’s new car by clicking any of the thumbnails below.  For more info you can read the official press release below the pictures.  What do you think of Vaughn’s new ride?  Do you like the new look or not?  Do you think this car will help Vaughn earn his second championship in 2016?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.


Press Release:

Las Vegas, NV – World Champion Drifter and Professional Funhaver, Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Dave Pericak, global director of Ford Performance, unveiled the competition-spec 2016 Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR drift car today at  Ford Motor Company’s annual press conference at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV.

In January 2015, Vaughn debuted his prototype competition car, which his team used all year as a platform to meticulously develop the new competition-spec drift car for the 2016 Formula Drift season.

The competition car, built on the globally-available 2016 Ford Mustang platform and prepared at the RTR special projects lab in Charlotte, North Carolina, will utilize the confidence-inspiring independent suspension design featured in the all-new Ford Mustang, coupled with the sticky Nitto NT05 to ensure Vaughn will have the traction that he needs to drive in excess of 100mph sideways on any track put in front of him.

“It’s incredible to see how much drifting has progressed on all fronts in the last 10 years, It’s just crazy, the things we are doing on the track these days and I am pumped to have such an awesome car that will enable us to continue pushing the envelope,” mentions Vaughn. Consistent with Ford’s internal initiatives, the RTR team utilized modern light-weighting technology by using composites and other light metal alloys to drop the car to a near 2,800lbs wet with a 50/50 weight distribution.

Under the hood is a 436 cubic-inch Ford Performance/Roush Yates-built engine that revs to 9000 RPM and makes over 900 horsepower via individual throttle body injection breathing through K&N Performance Air Filters.  Vaughn shares his excitement on the car, “It’s crazy to think that I’m driving the equivalent of a 9-second drag racing car…. sideways. Needless to say, I’m pumped to get out there and have some fun!”

All the fun starts on Wednesday at SEMA when the Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR will be at the Ford Out Front experience giving rides and putting on a show for fans and convention attendees all week long. This is the first time a competition car has been unveiled inside and then brought out to flex its muscles.

The car will make its competition debut in April at the first round of the Formula Drift Championship in Long Beach, CA.  Although the competition car won’t be available to the public, the new Mustang RTR will be available at select Ford dealers in the USA and Europe in the spring of 2016.

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Hype Video: Is Drifting A “Motorsport”? Formula Drift Drivers Weigh In

Posted on 10.20.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


This year at Formula Drift Irwindale we wanted to do more than the typical gallery and wrap up coverage that we’re all used to.  We wanted to do something different but we weren’t sure what exactly that would be.  Then we saw an article from our friends at SpeedHunters titled “Drifting Is Not A Motorsport” and it reminded us of the question of Drifting’s identity which has been controversial since Formula Drift gained popularity.

Is drifting a motorsport?  Is it not a motorsport?  Does the label help or hurt drifting?  We figured there was no right or wrong answer but there are answers.  We thought the best people to pose this question to are Formula Drift drivers.  How would someone who’s life revolves around drifting see it?  Check out the video below to see what a few Formula Drift drivers such as Ken Gushi, Tyler McQuarrie, and Dai Yoshihara think about labeling drifting as a motorsport.

After watching the video let us know what you think!  Do you think drifting is a motorsport?  Why or why not?  Tell us in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

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Drifting Hype: Watch Formula Drift Round 7 Final Fight Here LIVE

Posted on 10.09.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


This weekend is likely to be one of the most significant weekends of drifting in a very long time.  Allow me to list the reasons why:

1. This is officially the last round of the season.  With China event cancelled, Irwindale is the last round of the Pro and World Championship

2. Since China was canceled and Irwindale is the final round for both Championships its worth DOUBLE POINTS!

3. Sadly, this could very well be the last Formula Drift event to happen at Irwindale Speedway as it is very likely that its going to be demolished to build a outlet mall.

So, if you can’t be there in person I really feel for you but you can still watch live via the stream below!  We’ll keep this post pinned to the top of the site all day Friday and Saturday for your viewing pleasure.  So scroll down and enjoy!  It is going to be one heck of a weekend.

Viewing Schedule:

Friday –
PRO Qualifying –  12:30 PM PST
PRO 2 Top 16 – 6:45 PM PST
Saturday –
TOP 32 – 3:00 PM PST
TOP 16 – 7:00 PM PST

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Formula Drift: Masashi Yokoi Wins Formula Drift Texas

Posted on 08.24.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Formula Drift had quite the event in Texas over the weekend.  The 6th round of the pro 1 championship and 7th round of the world championship seemed to be riddled with controversy and surprises.  We’ll start with some surprises.  A few seasoned veterans were taken out early by privateer drivers.  For example, Tyler McQuarrie fell to Kristaps Bluss and his V8 powered BMW in the top 32.  James Evans in the Sikky 350Z managed to move on past Vaughn Gittin Jr but that was mostly due to Vaughn having an argument with a wall, and losing.  Either way, its pretty shocking to see names like McQuarrie and Gittin go out that early.

It was when the top 16 started that things got really crazy.  It seems that there was more OMT calls in this event than in any other event in the history of Formula Drift.  The guys at Wrecked Magazine are still working out the math on that but safe to stay there was a ton of OMT (One More Time) calls where some felt that there shouldn’t have been.  This caused the event to go on much longer than anticipated as the OMT calls continued into the final four which came down to Ken Gushi vs Daigo Saito and Chris Forsberg vs Masashi Yokoi.

Gushi managed to defeat Saito (no easy task) to move on to the final and Yokoi (a new crowd favorite) defeated the reigning champ Chris Forsberg.  Gushi and Yokoi battled hard but it was Yokoi who came out on top.  Forsberg managed to nab 3rd spot on the podium, landing some decent points.

Fredric Aasbo still has a very comfortable points lead going into the final round at Irwindale in October but he still has more than a few contenders.  It should be exciting to see how it all shakes out!

We’ll see you in at Irwindale!

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Formula Drift Hype: Watch Round 6 In Texas LIVE Right Here!

Posted on 08.21.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Not in Texas for Formula Drift round 6 this weekend?  No worries we got you covered.  Just scroll down for the official live stream.  We will keep this post pinned to the top of the page for the rest of the day and tomorrow so it will be easy to find.  Enjoy!

Formula DRIFT Texas Webcast (2015) by driftstream

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Event Hype: Nitto Tire Brings Auto Enthusiast Day Back To Anaheim (Gallery)

Posted on 08.05.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


What is better than a car show with tons of cars, vendors giving away free stuff, and 5 car wide drifting exhibitions?  A car show that has all that stuff and is also completely free to get in!  That is exactly what Nitto Tire did for a second time at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.  Despite the heat, tons of people came out to enjoy the cars, drifting, and wait in line to buy some BBQ.  It was all in good fun!  I paid a short visit myself to check out some of the talent on deck and it was pretty sweet.  Check out the full gallery below and if you missed out on Auto Enthusiast Day this year make a note for next year!  Its hard to not recommend a free car show!

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Formula Drift Hype: Fredric Aasbo Wins Round 5 In Seattle

Posted on 07.27.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Did you check out the live stream of Formula Drift Seattle over the weekend?  What a crazy event!  There was rain on and off making track conditions super unpredictable and the battles were nuts!  There was even a fair share of car carnage when Tyler McQuarrie had a literal run in with the wall during a battle with Justin Pawlak.  It was all pretty exciting to watch.  In the end though, it was Fredric Aasbo who once again made it to the top of the podium by defeating Alec Hohnadell in the final battle.  Justin Pawlak’s car held together after his rough battle with McQuarrie and managed a 3rd place podium finish.

Aasbo’s win gives him a pretty big lead in the points, especially considering that his closest competition Ryan Tuerck failed to make it out of Top 32.  With only two rounds left Tuerck really needs to step his game up if he wants a shot at the 2015 Pro Championship title.  So, to wrap up the podium once more it was Fredric Aasbo getting the win with Alec Hohnadell in second place, and Justin Pawlak taking third.

Here are the top 5 Pro Championship points standings after round 5:

1st: Fredric Aasbo -373 points
2nd: Ryan Tuerck -297 points
3rd: Odi Bakchis -293 points
4th: Ken Gushi -264 points
5th: Chris Forsberg -261 points

The next round in the Formula Drift Championship will be in Fort Worth, Texas at Texas Motor Speedway.  Expect any and all challengers for the Championship to go completely HAM as time is running out for the 2015 season!

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Formula Drift Hype: Watch FD Seattle Live HERE!

Posted on 07.24.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Looking for the livestream for Formula Drift round 5?  Look no further!  We have you covered!  Just scroll down for all the live drifting goodness and thank us later!  Enjoy!

Formula DRIFT Seattle Commercial (2015) by driftstream

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Drift Hype: Masato Kawabata Wins Formula Drift Japan

Posted on 07.13.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


If you missed the Formula Drift Japan livestream over the weekend we are here to give you the quick results!  Formula Drift Japan was the first international points-paying round of the season and the first step for those seeking the Formula Drift World Championship title.  A handful of regulars in the American-based “Pro” series made the trip to Japan including Odi Bakchis, Dean Kearney, “Mad” Mike Whiddet, Robbie Nishida, Daigo Saito, Charles Ng, Masashi Yokoi, Matt Field, and Fredric Aasbo.

However it was seasoned driver and Japanese local Masato Kawabata who took the top podium spot.  Odi Bakchis managed second place and Tadahiro Fukada nabbed third place.

Kawabata’s win puts him in first place overall for the Formula Drift International title but if he wants to defend that spot he’ll need to make it out to the next two rounds in Canada and China respectively.  Odi’s second place finish combined with his consistent results in the American Pro series puts him in the number one points spot for the Formula Drift World Championship running; but he too will also need to have strong showings in Canada and China but also need to stay consistent in the Pro Series rounds as well to keep his World Championship hopes alive.

The next Formula Drift event will be round 5 of the Pro Series in Washington at Evergreen Speedway.

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Formula Drift Hype: Watch Formula Drift Japan LIVE Here!

Posted on 07.10.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


If you’re reading this then you probably aren’t in Japan right now to watch Formula Drift.  The good news is, just as the title of this post suggests, you can watch it all LIVE here!  Just scroll down to watch a live feed of Formula Drift Japan!

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