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Watch Tanner Foust Hoon His 900HP Formula Drift Passat 10
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in drifting, Film, Formula Drift, VW, VW Passat on 01 10th, 2018


Tanner Foust is a talented driver who, at the US at least, needs no introduction. However, for enthusiasts that aren’t up to speed on all of the Top Gear USA host’s accolades, Foust is a three-time Global Rallycross champion, has won four gold medals in the X Games, and a two-time Formula Drift champion. Clearly, Foust knows how to pilot a high-powered machine and brought his most recent drift-prepped Volkswagen Passat to TheHoonigans to have some fun.

When Foust returned to Formula Drift in 2015 after a five year hiatus, he did so with a radical, fully-built Volkswagen Passat. The stock Passat is obviously a terrible drift car, as its front-wheel-drive layout and elongated body aren’t the ideal underpinnings for a dedicated drift vehicle, but Foust and his crew managed to find a way to make it work.

With an LS7 V8 that’s cranking out 900 horsepower thanks to a nitrous kit shoehorned into the hood, rear-wheel drive, a four-speed dog box and a Tilton clutch, the Passat doesn’t have a problem creating clouds of tire smoke. Plus, it sounds like an absolute beast thanks to an eight-into-one exhaust system.

Foust has major plans in store for the Passat, which includes adding some rear seats and turning it into a drift taxi. If a V8-powered Passat drift car sounds unusual, a 900-hp taxi that drifts everywhere with the skilled driver at its helm will make its passengers hang on for dear life.

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Ferrari 599 Drifter Is The Ultimate Form Of Excess 7
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in drifting, Ferrari, Ferrari 599 GTB, Formula Drift, Motorsport on 08 7th, 2017


With a front-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive and some serious grunt, the Ferrari 599 GTB has three basic ingredients needed for a successful drift car.
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FIA Announces The First Intercontinental Drifting Cup [w/Video] 22
Jun
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in drifting, Formula Drift, Motorsport, Reports, video on 06 22nd, 2017


The first Intercontinental Drifting Cup approved by FIA is finally happening, and will take place in Tokyo on September 30.
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This Crazy Toyota Corolla iM Drifter Has 1,000HP And RWD 28
Mar
Posted by Brad Anderson in drifting, Formula Drift, TOYOTA, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Videos, video on 03 28th, 2017


The Toyota Corolla is far from the most exciting car on the market. In fact, it’s one of the least exciting.
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This 1,000 HP Formula Drift Holden Ute Is Savage 16
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in drifting, Formula Drift, Holden, Holden Ute, racing, tuning, video on 12 16th, 2016


Meet Josh Robinson's 1,000 HP 2016 Holden Ute, a supercharged beast that will do anything from donuts to drifts in a blink of an eye.
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Watch Vaughn Gittin Jr. Drift A 900HP Mustang Forever 29
Oct
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in drifting, Ford, Ford Mustang, Formula Drift, video on 10 29th, 2016


A long time ago, Walter Röhrl said that "good drivers have dead flies on the side windows". An argument that makes sense after seeing Vaughn Gittin Jr. maneuver his RTR Spec 5-D Ford Mustang.
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Chris Forsberg Wins Record Third Formula Drift World Championship 13
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in drifting, Formula Drift, Motorsport on 10 13th, 2016


In the baker's dozen years now since the founding of the Formula Drift World Championship, there's never been a three-time champ – until now. The honor went to Chris Forsberg this week at California's Irwindale Speedway, where the two-time world champion won his third title and entered the history books as the undisputed king of drifting.
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Formula Drifter 360 Degree Clip Is As Good As It Sounds 2
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in drifting, Formula Drift, video on 01 2nd, 2016


It's a fact that 360-degree videos are becoming increasingly popular – and for good reason.
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Ryan Tuerck’s 850hp Scion FR-S Roars On The Dyno 29
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in drifting, Formula Drift, Scion, Scion FR-S, Scion Videos, video on 12 29th, 2015


Originating in Japan, drifting has become a truly global motorsport with national series held from the US to Australia and everywhere in between.
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Ryan Tuerck’s 850hp Scion FR-S Roars On The Dyno 29
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in drifting, Formula Drift, Scion, Scion FR-S, Scion Videos, video on 12 29th, 2015


Originating in Japan, drifting has become a truly global motorsport with national series held from the US to Australia and everywhere in between.
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Ryan Tuerck’s 850hp Scion FR-S Roars On The Dyno 29
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in drifting, Formula Drift, Scion, Scion FR-S, Scion Videos, video on 12 29th, 2015


Originating in Japan, drifting has become a truly global motorsport with national series held from the US to Australia and everywhere in between.
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Ryan Tuerck’s 850hp Scion FR-S Roars On The Dyno 29
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in drifting, Formula Drift, Scion, Scion FR-S, Scion Videos, video on 12 29th, 2015


Originating in Japan, drifting has become a truly global motorsport with national series held from the US to Australia and everywhere in between.
Read more »



Ryan Tuerck’s 850hp Scion FR-S Roars On The Dyno 29
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in drifting, Formula Drift, Scion, Scion FR-S, Scion Videos, video on 12 29th, 2015


Originating in Japan, drifting has become a truly global motorsport with national series held from the US to Australia and everywhere in between.
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Behind the Smoke 2 Episode 11: Superstitions in Drifting New Jersey Formula D Video 17
Jul
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Behind the Smoke, Daijiro Yoshihara, Formula D, Formula Drift, Motorsports, video on 07 17th, 2012

Sometimes I think that I take superstitions too far in life. I won’t bore you with the crazy things that I do every time I get on an airplane (hop three times on one leg) in hopes that I won’t die in a fiery crash. Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara, does not seem all that different from the rest of us when it comes to superstitions as he reveals in the latest Behind the Smoke 2 episode on the GTChannel. Check out the crazy absolutely stupid things that he does along with other follow Formula D drivers before the competition starts in episode 11 of Behind the Smoke 2.



Formula Drift Loses Samuel Hübinette For The 2012 Season 19
Mar
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Formula Drift, Kurt, News, Samuel Hubinette on 03 19th, 2012

In the old days, racing was simple: if you were faster than anyone else down or around a track, someone paid you to drive their car. Today, racing is as much about attracting and keeping sponsors as it is about lap times, since teams live and die by sponsor budgets. Money is tight in series with huge fan bases and ample media coverage (like NASCAR), and it’s even tighter in series’ with smaller fan bases.

Take Formula Drift, for example. Drifting may be huge in Japan, but it attracts a much narrower audience in the United States, and media coverage is sparse. When you’re a drift star like Sweden’s Samuel Hübinette, chances are good you race in other series (like the Traxxis TORC) and X Games competition as well. In the case of Hübinette, he’s also a Hollywood stunt driver in his spare time.

Don’t expect to see Hübinette in Formula Drift competition this year, as Formula Drift (via Autoblog) explains that his sponsors and “changed their marketing direction;” in other words, they’ve lost their budgets for sponsoring motorsports. Faced with a severe lack of funding, Hübinette will participate in Formula Drift International demos and may still run a few Pro Championship drift events if he can raise the cash. Otherwise, the Swede is working on “other racing opportunities” (like RallyCross) for the 2012 season.

We wish him the best of luck. In the mean time, here’s a video of Hübinette shaking down his Dodge Challenger drift car.







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