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Formula DRIFT Japan Series Announced For 2015

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A huge announcement came today from the Formula DRIFT offices announcing that in addition to the expansion of Formula D into having a PRO2 series they will also be adding a Formula D Japan series. They have teamed up with MSC Co, Ltd and signed a 3-year deal starting in 2014.

Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT had this to say, It’s very exciting to be taking our brand to the birthplace of drifting with MSC. MSC is a reputable company that has been involved in drifting for many years. We feel that this is a great way to expand our brand as it fits with our global aspirations”

Formula D Japan is scheduled to fully start in 2015 with minimum of 4 events to comprise it’s own FD Japan Championship in addition to the current FD Asia and FD US Championships. Two judges for this series will include drifting icons such as Nobuteru Taniguchi and Max Orido, baring no conflicts with racing commitments. One of the Japan events will be dually considered part of the FD Asia series awarding points for that championship as well.

Although the official Formula D Japan series will not start until 2015 you can expect to see two per-cursor events held in Japan during 2014 to help launch the series as well as give us a preview of what’s in store.

More details of the series will be announced at the official launch during the 2014 Osaka Auto Messe in February.

See the Awesome RS-R NASCAR TRD v8 Powered Toyota GT86

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CrankAndPiston.com has released a full video today of the RS-R’s new NASCAR TRD v8 Powered Toyota GT86/FR-S/BRZ being shaken down and tweaked at the Suzuka Circuit over in Japan and it’s just…wow… I don’t think the proper adjectives have been created to describe this beast. The engine itself is so massive and the GT-86 is so small it is amazing to even see it fit let alone function as well as it does. The car will primarily be driven by Max Orido in the Formula D Asia series, but Fredric Aasbo will also share some of the driving for this crazy GT-86 in that series as well.

The NASCAR TRD v8 has is a 5.8 liter and has had low RPM crackshaft swapped into it and produces 750hp and has a dry slump lubrication system. A lot of the fluids have been moved for weight distribution and the gearbox is a 6speed Hollinger sequential Y pattern. They also have fitted a NASCAR spec quick diff changer and the car is dressed up with a Rocket Bunny Aero kit. They say in the video that the car was built with the purpose of exciting spectators and I think it will do that when the car is just turned on let alone drifted. So without further ado check it out here.

Video of the RS-R NASCAR v8 Powered Toyota FT-86

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A little while ago Fredric Aasbo posted this jewel on YouTube. although it’s not long it sounds pretty sick.

NASCAR V8 Powered FR-S Heading to Formula D Asia

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So after the 2012 Formula D season it was said that RS-R would not be returning to Formula D, I guess that meant just to the US Formula D because yesterday Fredric Aasbo Instagrammed that he was at Suzuki Twin Circuit in Japan testing RS-R’s latest creation a Toyota TRD NASCAR V8 powered Scion FR-S for the Formula D Asia season. He will be sharing this car with Max Orido for the Asia series. The car is stated to put out 700+hp. This should be crazy to see sideways given the power to weight….