Andy Hateley was expected to be a Formula D rookie last year in 2013, but ran into various issues with his build. It looks like he has got all of that sorted out on his LS3 powered widebody E30 and is testing for his 2014 debut. Good luck to him and this unique drifting machine.
Conrad Grunewald uploaded this video the other day of JR Hildebrand testing at Sonoma Raceway in the Camaro that Tyler McQuarrie is fielding. Looks like this chassis is actually Conrad’s old one from previous seasons.
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.