Ever since Ken Gushi joined the Toyota/Scion family they have picked the young driver as their pilot for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. For the last few years Gushi has wheeled a specially prepped Lexus IS-F up the hill but this year it has been announced that Ken will drive an FR-S built by GReddy Performance in the Time Attack 1 Division. I am unsure if the FR-S in question is Gushi’s Formula Drift FR-S re-purposed or perhaps Gushi’s first FR-S with the flat boxster engine. Either way, It is definitely an FR-S that is going up the hill with a new suspension package and with an engine tuned to 500hp and 480ft-lbs of torque! Will “The Gush” and his FR-S have what it takes to break some records at the infamous peak this year? We will find out this coming weekend! In the meantime scroll down for pics and the official press release from Scion.
TORRANCE, Calif., (June 23, 2014) – Veteran racer Ken Gushi knows the Scion FR-S. He also knows the demanding 156-turn race course that climbs Pikes Peak. Gushi will bring his experiences together driving the GReddy Racing Scion FR-S in the 92nd annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 29. Best known as a top drifting competitor, Gushi won the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Exhibition Auto Class driving a Lexus ISF CCS-R. This year he’ll drive a 2013 FR-S in the Time Attack 1 Division for production-based two- and four-wheel drive vehicles. This is the second appearance of the FR-S at the event.“No race on earth is quite like the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and I can’t wait to conquer it in a car I love: the Scion FR-S,” Gushi said. “Every turn of this course requires the best performance out of the driver and vehicle, and racing fans will love what they see.”The 12.42-mile race in the Colorado Rocky Mountains finishes at the 14,115-foot summit, where drivers and vehicles contend with thin air and high winds. To prepare for the course, the GReddy Racing team has retuned the suspension of the FR-S race car and added new performance and safety components. As modified, the engine produces 500 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.“The highly competitive Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will showcase Ken Gushi’s renowned racing skills and the enhanced performance capabilities of the FR-S,” said Landy Joe, Scion auto shows and special events manager. “Scion Racing is thrilled to compete in this iconic event again this year and let our fans experience a ‘Race to the Clouds’ with the FR-S.”For more information about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, visit www.ppihc.com. For videos and interviews with Gushi after the race, visit www.scionracing.com.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. Got his second Formula Drift win in a row (this season) over the weekend at Formula Drift Miami. He went toe-to-toe against the likes of Danny George, Jhonnattan Castro, Fredric Aasbo, and Kenny Moen to get to the final battle where he faced off against his good friend, championship points leader, and Drift Alliance brother, Chris Forsberg. He managed to get the better of Forsberg in the final battle to get the win but due to Forsberg’s consistent appearances on the podium he still leads in overall points but has only a small 10 point margin over Vaughn. The season is just about reaching its halfway point and its already looking like it will be a tight Drift Alliance battle for the top spot. Forsberg will really need to get more wins under his belt to keep Vaughn Gittin Jr. at bay. All Vaughn needs to do is stay consistent (which he is more than capable of doing) and wait for Forsberg to make a mistake and he could easily own the championship fight.
Next up is round 4 in New Jersey at the famous Wall Speedway. This is a car-killing track where just about anything can happen. Will Vaughn be able to pull ahead in the points or will Chris hold on? Will another challenger upset the points battle by getting the best of both of them? We will find out in about three weeks or so!
If you’re looking for an entertaining way to kill 10 minutes in your post-lunch recovery phase I recommend checking out the latest Scion Drift Webisode. This latest edition is pretty much a wrap up from Scion drivers Ken Gushi and Tanner Foust of their thoughts on 2009 and what their goals are for 2010. It’s good stuff.
Formula D has been nothing if not spontainous and unpredictable all season. With titans like Rhys Millen and Tanner Foust waining and priviteers consistantly breaking into the top 16 almost nothing has been consistant with current Formula D history; except, Mr. Christ Forsberg. Just like in seasons past Mr. “Drink NOS” has been at the top of the points battle. In fact, with a pair of wins he earned the points lead. However all of that was seriously threatend this weekend in Sonoma due to all sorts of official wackiness that all started when Chris Forsberg lined up against Calvin Wan in their Top 32 battle. I could explain everything here but its a lot easier if you check out WreckedMagazine.com where the whole incident is explained here, here, and here. Yeah I know, that is a lot of “heres” but thats how crazy it was!
So who stood on top of the podium after all the drama and technical difficulties? Stephan freakin Verdier!! Crazy right?! The man is practically the definition of a priviteer drifter and he took it to EVERYONE to earn his first victory! Our good friend Bill Wood just released an interview with Stephan in a timely matter and gets into some little known facts about the French driver such as his real racing background, how he got into drifting, and why he chose a Subaru as his platform. Check it out below. Also see full results from the event HERE.
If you didn’t already know, Rogue Status is a sponsor of the Scion Racing drift team. To commerate the partnership they came out with this pretty fresh limited edition tee. If you look closely you can see the design is inspired by burnt rubber tire marks. How sweet is that?!