Chris Jeanneret: Shocking New 2014 Formula Drift Ride

by MotoIQ Staff

Chris Jeanneret wanted to step away from the proven platforms when he chose his new steed to contest the 2014 Formula Drift Championship. We were intrigued enough to sign on as a media partner in order to take a closer look with a series of build articles we will be posting here. Will it succeed? We have no idea, but it sure sounds compelling. Watch as Chris unveils the plans and partners for his 2014 FD ride.



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Friday, January 31, 2014 6:07 PM
Great idea, bring a car no one else can drift well to compete at the pro level... Reminds me of the Hankook Porsche that was awesome looking but not awesome performing.

Hope to see it do well but I will be shocked if it does.
Friday, January 31, 2014 7:04 PM
Will be interesting to see how the chassis/engine do with drifting. I am excited to see what happens. Not to mention the 253! SF involvement is really cool. It's fun to see a shop that was small and unknown when I lived next to it, accomplish so much. Their trap speed record still drops my jaw.
Saturday, February 01, 2014 1:08 AM
Now this is amazing!

I've always thought the S2000 was under-utilized in the world of FD. I think the car has a lot of potential and hasn't yet seen success because of how difficult it is to modify. In stock form its handling is twitchy and snappy. It has an aggressive, recalcitrant nature that is extremely hard to tame.

If anyone can do it, it's Speed Factory. Can't wait to see MotoIQ's coverage of this new car!
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Saturday, February 01, 2014 9:09 AM
Awesome! Very surprised they did not go for the J-series though (3.5-4.0l displacement).
Saturday, February 01, 2014 4:49 PM
maybe i can contribute to engine development. i'm making a new custom 2 piece die 3d forged 4340 rods for the s2000 engine as well as a new type of special alloy forged piston with ultra low thermo expansion.
Sunday, February 02, 2014 12:30 PM

The J-series is a 90-degree V6. Add in a DOHC configuration and you end up with a very *wide* engine. The S2000 is a narrow little car with a narrow little engine bay. If they wanted to get a big, fat J series *and* a turbocharger or two in there then I'm sure they'd have run into major packaging issues.

That, and Speed Factory has developed the K series to such a point that there's no real need for the added displacement to get the kind of power and torque curves they want.
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Sunday, February 02, 2014 2:23 PM
Have you seen the J-series (J30, J32, J35, J37)?

It actually a 60-degree V6 (not 90-degree), and it is a SOHC configuration (not dohc). This makes it extremely small and lightweight. (short, narrow, low and light)

J-series in S2000 has been done several times before, with and without turbo (turbo has to go in front, or maybe behind if chassis (firewall or floor) is modified).

With SpeedFactory resources it could probably be made close to 1.5 liter "bigger" than the K-series. And it has already been proven to make big power in both FI and NA configuration, even though the lift (valve lift) is a bit limited.

Yes, their K-series is amazing. But they will probably still have to add "naaaws" to be able to compete with Aasbøs 2.7ltr scion or the other guys much bigger engines. Just sound less reliable to me, but at the same time I am 100% confident SpeedFactory will pull i off and do very good.
Monday, February 03, 2014 10:30 AM
I'm sure they've already figured out the transmission they'll use, but Bill Hincher is doing some amazing stuff to mate a K series to GM bellhousing transmissions. I'm sure he could modify his design to run a Tremec or something set up for drifting.
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