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.
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.
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.
Our first gallery from Formula Drift Irwindale is here! In this gallery we take a look at the best cars from the Fatlace Offset Kings showcase. Admittedly there wasn’t as many cars as usual. I figure the show organizers are getting more strict about the cars they let in. To balance things out this gallery also includes some of the sweet vendor cars and a few shots from the on track pit area. It is all below so scroll down and enjoy!
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!
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.
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!
This weekend Formula Drift returned to Florida at a brand new venue in Orlando Speedworld. Many didn’t know what to expect from this new track and this weekend we got the answer: rain and fire. In the days leading up to the event the skies over the track opened up and poured onto the venue which cut practice short for some drivers who weren’t lucky enough to get out while the skies were clear. Once the event hit on Saturday the theme was fire and lots of it as several cars burst into flames including reigning champion Chris Forsberg. Forsberg’s car caught on fire during his final four battle against Ken Gushi. Forsberg won the battle but the fire was so bad that he had to use the cockpit fire suppression system which caused technical problems with his cars electronics forcing him to bow out of the final battle against Ryan Tuerck, handing Tuerck the win. Gushi’s number one qualifying spot guaranteed him third place and his second podium of the year. The official event results and top 5 standings are below. If you want to see all the craziness that happened this round check out FormulaDrift.com/Live and hit the “on demand” button to watch the event!
Formula Drift Round 3 Uncharted Territory Results:
1st: Ryan Tuerck
2nd: Chris Forsberg
3rd: Ken Gushi
Current Top 5 Points Standings:
1st: Odi Bakchis (223 points)
2nd: Ryan Tuerck (208 points)
3rd: Chris Forsberg (189 points)
4th: Ken Gushi (173 points)
5th: Fredric Aasbo (162 points)
Did you miss Formula Drift in Atlanta over the weekend? If so, you definitely missed out. This round was CRAZY! There were mullets everywhere, cars hopping over other cars, stuff caught on fire. It was nuts! I won’t go into everything that happened but if you want to see it all just head to DailyMotion.com/Driftstream and check if they posted up the replay. If you just want to know who won then I have all that info right here. As you can see in the picture Odi Bakchis took the top spot followed by Ken Gushi (who happened to be driving like a mad man that day), and Chris Forsberg rounding out the podium.
Odi’s win launches him to the top spot in the points standings with Fredric Aasbo right behind him and reigning champ Chris Forsberg sitting in third. Just below is the points break down:
The points spread is pretty crazy despite this only being the end of round 2 of a seven round season. Will Odi continue to rocket ahead of the pack? Or could Forsberg, Tuerck, or Gushi claw their way up and become more of a threat? The next round of Formula Drift is in Orlando on a brand new track so things could get shaken up significantly. Stay tuned!
It took some time but I can finally give you my 100 picture plus on track gallery of all the action from Formula Drift last weekend! Hopefully you like them! I have condensed the gallery down from over 1,000 plus shots! Crazy huh? Anyhow scroll below for the full gallery. Note: the gallery is Facebook-based so you’ll need to be signed in to view it! Ok, that’s enough talking. Enjoy!