Posts Tagged ‘Lexus’

Patrick Mordaunt Back in 350z for 2014 Season

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So Patrick Mordaunt posted this video on Instagram today and announced the return of his old Nissan 350z to Formula D in 2014. It looks like He will not be piloting the Apexi Lexus SC430 this upcoming year. This has to make us curious as to rather we will see the return of Ryuji Miki to Formula D US as he was seen testing in the Lexus SC430 at Texas this past year. When the SC430 was initially built it was for Ryuji in the 2010 series, but he did not return to the US series in 2011 and that is when Patrick took over piloting the car. And after 3 years he just looks to have been getting comfortable in that chassis, so lets see how comfortable he is getting back behind the turbo VQ powering the Z.

Patrick Mordaunt’s Formula D Irwindale Video

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2013 Formula D Manufacturer Series Results

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So as we wrap up the 2013 Formula D season the scores are all tallied up and the results are in. Our first time manufacturer champion in Formula D history is Hankook Tires, and our first OEM manufacturer champion is Lexus.

Hankook Tires finished 1st with 1,055.5 points, Falken comes in 2nd with 1,008 points, and Achilles rounds out this podium with 973.25 points in 3rd.

Lexus takes the gold with 975.5 points, Nissan holds the silver with 912.5 points, and Ford gets the bronze with 906 points.

Michael Essa is the 2013 Formula Drift Champion

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So Forsberg was knocked out by Daigo Saito in some unexplainable way in the Great 8. As Essa Qualified 1st and was gifted Top 16 points due to FD rulings and much controversy, Chris needed to finish in 1st or 2nd to take the championship. As he was just knocked out by Saito, Essa now the 2013 FD Champion.

Formula D Round 6 at Texas Motor Speedway Video Round-Up

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So today is the pre-big day… yea, not sure where I was headed with that, but today is Qualifying for Formula D Round 6 in Texas at Texas Motor Speedway. New location, new track, new layout, new fun, new videos!
Drivers are reporting entry speeds in the high 90s to the low 100s. Early in the day the highest entry was 101mph by Robbie Nishida in his Achilles Radial 2jz powered Lexus SC300, and by last night we saw posts on Facebook saying that D-MAC, Darren McNamara, had an entry of 104mph in his Falken Tire v8 powered Nissan S14.
Another big thing that is causing a lot of commotion is the insane temperatures on the track. Outside temperatures were in the high 90s to low 100s. One driver, Mats Baribeau, reported that outside temp was 39c(102.2f), pavement temp was 58c(136.4f), and the floor temp under the pedals in his Gold In The Net Drift JZX90 was 80c(176f)! I can’t imagine how these drivers are feeling after a single day of practice at the track, let alone how they will be come Sunday when all is said in done. Some drivers were even posting pictures of there NOS tanks on ice in prep for tomorrow.
Anyway without further a due, here are some of the videos posted yesterday and circling the interwebs.
Chris Forsberg testing the track for Formula D Officials (video via

Matt Field giving us some of his opinion on the track (video via
Frederic Aasbo laying some tire to the new track(video via

More random assorted videos featuring Vaughn Gittin Jr, Matt Field, Tyler McQuarrie, Justin ‘JTP’ Pawlak, Matt Powers, Tony Angelo, Forrest Wang, Dai Yoshihara, and Corey Hosford. (videos via respective Instagrams & Facebook)