I had the opportunity to go to the Formula Drift Finals this year on a DSport press pass. One cool thing that Formula Drift did this time was to limit “press vests” to magazines only. Meaning, if you weren’t there taking photos for a magazine, you don’t get a press vest. The press vest allowed you to get on the in-field. I think that did a lot to keep the in-field relatively open. In the past, there’d be like 50 people cramped in the confines of 4 concrete barriers. If you didn’t head down to the in-field an hour ahead of time, you weren’t going to get a good spot. During qualifying, there was probably only like 6-8 people on the in-field.
Anyhow, I was pretty excited about going this time since Robbie Nishida qualified 1st out of the non-seeded drivers the day before. Ed was pretty excited about the prospects of the next day’s main event. Robbie ended up qualifying 7th overall, under Rhys Millen, JR, and Tanner Foust (not in that order). Unfortunately, Robbie was too aggressive during the first round against #10 qualifier Bill Sherman and spun out just before the finish line.
Anyhow, this was the first time I’ve seen the Rockstar/Nitto Nissan Silvia S15. And I must say, its my new favorite car in the Formula Drift lineup. The Nissan Silvia S15 is just a nice car, period. Throw on an aggressive color scheme, some wheels and a good ride height and it looks crazy. Prior to this car, I really liked the RS*R Nissan Silvia S15. The white/red color scheme looked really good on that car. In contrast, I’m not too cool with the Hankook Nissan Silvia S15. It just looks old or something. I think its just too black/white and the orange makes it look “dated”.
Anyhow, I think I got a fair amount of decent pics. Here’s one of my favorites so far. I still have a few hundred to go through. But I posted a few on Flickr so far. Check ’em out.
This week, I had some spare time so I was hanging out at Dynamic Autosports and watched as the guys wrenched on the Peak Performance 240SX S14 in preparation for D1GP at Irwindale on March 4th.. the car started up Tuesday night.. but it wasnt until Wednesday night until they started tuning.. unfortunately, I had to get up to go to work on Thursday, so I couldn’t stay for the show.. but I managed to snap a few pics before I left.. the guys from XS Engineering were there prepping their Nissan Skyline R32 GTR for Modified Magazine’s Time Attack at California Speedway on March 5th so I got a few of them “in action”..
Dynamic Autosports took the Peak Performance Nissan 240SX S14 down to Irwindale today for some test laps and tech inspection.. Robbie Nishida of Falken will be driving the car this season, so it was his first time behind the wheel.. I heard he was pleasantly surprised with the car.. I heard he kept repeating, “this car is amazing.. this car is amazing..”.. I guess he really liked the 2.4 liter SR20 with the HKS sequential trannie..
Here are a few pics.. unfortunately bandwidth doesnt grow on trees, so I resized the images and saved them at 30% quality.. most of the pics were shot at ISO1600 or 3200.. cleaned up with Noise Ninja 2, sharpened (USM) with Photoshop CS2..
Here’s a shot of the HKS GT turbo used on the 2.4 liter SR20 that was just rebuilt for this season
A shot of the Peak Performance Nissan 240SX S14 (minus front bumper) waiting on the dyno to get its HKS VPro tuned..
Fei-Lo of XS Engineering putting the finishing touches on their roll cage.. I heard Fei-Lo is a master welder now.. I guess thats why he can wear a mask like that..
A front shot of the XS Engineering Nissan Skyline GTR R32.. they were corner balancing the car in preparation for the Modified Magazine Time Attack.. you G4TV viewers may recognize the car from the Street Tuner Challenge TV show.. the car is insane in real life.. the Nissan Skyline GTR R32 has still got to be one of the most aggressive looking cars.. ever..