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How to Pass Tech Inspection for The Drift League and Other Events!

By Mike Kojima

As the Technical Director for The Drift League, I was pleased that the quality of many of the Pro-Am cars that myself and Nikita Rushmanove were high and we have plenty of solid cars in the series. On the other hand, I was dismayed at the fact that NONE of the cars we inspected passed tech the first time through!


 

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ProAm Drifting Returns to Irwindale Speedway - The Drift League Round 1 Recap

By Rathyna Gomer

Just in case you've been living in a cave, MotoIQ has ventured into the drift world with a new competitive, ProAm series called The Drift League (TDL). TDL's inaugural year is set to have four rounds of competition that will all take place at Irwindale Speedway. At the end of the season, the top three drivers will earn their Formula DRIFT PRO2 licenses and will be eligible to compete in FD next year. 


 

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Inside the 1000 hp LS, Dai Yoshihara's Formula Drift Powerplant

By Mike Kojima

MotoIQ Garage has taken over the development of Dai Yoshihara's engine program for the last two years from a famous high dollar engine builder. The previous engine had decent power but the reliability was lacking. We were experiencing some sort of engine related issue every few events and halfway through the season, the engine performance would degrade and a fresh engine would need to be installed.  


 

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Dai Yoshihara's 2018 Formula Drift Rebuild Conclusion

by Mike Kojima

So if you have been following along with our mini-series on what an end of season refresh on a Pro Formula Drift car looks like, you have followed us from stripping the car to a bare chassis, to additional updates, and lastly, the final assembly of the car.


 

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Dai Yoshihara's 2018 Formula Drift Rebuild Continued!

by Mike Kojima

So the rush to freshen Dai's car for 2018 by Eimer Engineering continues. In our last story, the chassis had gotten acid dipped and the cage and a few other things had gotten some working over for improved stiffness and increased simplicity. 

Now the car is getting reassembled for a quick shakedown run at Irwindale and some more extensive testing at Willow Springs this week. So let's take a look! There are a lot of right ways to build a car here and anyone can benefit from looking at how our car is put together. 


 

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Improving Dai Yoshihara's Formula Drift Engine Wear With WPC Treatment!

by Mike Kojima

The world of Pro Drifting is a brutal place for machinery. Since I started my involvement with Pro Drifting 10 years ago, I have been amazed by the appetite for parts a pro car possesses. In all of my engineering career, I have yet to be involved with a motorsport that eats more expensive stuff on a regular basis.


 

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Out of the Meat Locker - Cameron Moore’s Formula Drift Scion FR-S

by Andrew Jennings

Blood, sweat, tears. Words that are often used to describe the intense struggle that is in any form of motorsport. For meat butcher turned Formula D Pro drifter, Cameron Moore, they couldn’t be more accurate. As a privateer, his challenge for success in the sport has been a growing process each year. The 2017 season saw him jump up a notch into some more serious metal, a highly-tuned Scion FR-S. Read on to see the full story behind this incredible build, featuring a turbocharged, anti-lag firing, nitrous-injected 2JZ motor, one that even the most seasoned of veterans would have been eager to pilot.


 

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Dai Yoshihara's 2018 Formula Drift Rebuild

by Mike Kojima

After 3 years of Formula Drift competition, our team had pretty much developed the BRZ chassis to where we were satisfied with its performance. After some post-season testing to try out a few new ideas we decided that with the development stable, it was time to completely go through the car, repair some minor damage incurred during three seasons of hard use and to rethink the car's layout.


 

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Pinnacle of Charm - James Deane’s Worthouse Drift / Falken Tire Nissan S15

by Andrew Jennings

A multi-time champion for nearly a decade in Europe, James Deane came to Formula D for his first full-year campaign in 2017. The season isn’t quite over, and he has already lived up to his reputation, outgunning the best in the business weekend after weekend. Here we break down the finer points of his partner in crime: the Worthouse Drift / Falken Tire Nissan S15.


 

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Grassroots Drifting: Tennessee Based & Battle Tested

by Taylor Haney

Grassroots drifting or automotive racing in itself already creates a sense of camaraderie through sportsmanship and love for the sport. If you add in being a military veteran on top of that, you create a strong melting pot that resembles more of a family than a team. The Clarksville, Tennessee-based drift organization Battle Tested Motorsports did just that with 15 out of 16 members being military veterans, active duty or reserve.


 

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Hooman Rahimi's 350Z: Pro 2 and the Cost of Drifting

by Taylor Haney

At the end of a long day or week, we all have our own way of unwinding and loosening the shackles of responsibility. For some of us, it might be alcohol or working out at the gym, but for Hooman Rahimi, it’s always been about roasting some tires.


 

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Forrest Wang's Get Nuts Lab! Nissan Silvia S15 Drift Car

by Mike Kojima

If you are a fan of drifting, then you know all about Forrest Wang, who is renowned for his spectacular high angle and smoky driving style. His car builds have a lot of style as well and we have been trying to catch up with him for a year to be able to capture one of his masterpieces in a story. 


 

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A Look Inside Alec Hohnadell's Get Nuts Lab Nissan S14

by Mike Kojima

Do you want to see a future Formula Drift Champion? Look no further than Alec Hohnadell.  At only 20 years old, Alec already has 3 seasons as a pro under his belt and is the youngest driver in Formula Drift. 


 

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Formula Drift Wall Speedway

Event Coverage: Formula Drift - Round 4

by Sarah Forst

Formula Drift returned to Wall Speedway for Round 4 and gives new meaning to smoking (in) a bowl. The 33 degree bank has a gravitational force that can pull a car onto its can opener guardrail and "speedbumps" in the infield crossover that toss a car so haphazardly it can cause the driver to over-rotate or lose drift. If timed perfectly, it can also launch a car into a wicked flawless angle around the final sweeper for a win. Who is going to take this battle?


 

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1000HP Subaru BRZ Drift Car - Dai Yoshihara Formula D Podium In Atlanta!

by GT Channel

Dai gives us a walk around of his 2016 Turn 14 Falken Tire Subaru BRZ drift car. We also caught up with him after his 2nd place podium finish at Formula D Rd.2 Atlanta. It was his first podium in 3 years so you can see how happy he is with the results!


 

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Sneak Peek- A look Inside Mad Mike Whiddett's Radbul MX-5

by Mike Kojima

A few weeks ago we got to get a close look at the car that we think is perhaps the most radical and innovative drift car ever built, Mad Mike Whiddett's Radbul Mazda MX-5.  After a 5 year absence, Mad Mike is back on the US drift scene with a car built for today's exceedingly competitive Formula D environment. 


 

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Dai Struggles at Formula D Orlando - Behind the Smoke 4 Eps.3

by GTChannel

A challenging season continues for Daijiro Yoshihara and his new team in the Formula Drift 2015 championship series.  At this event Dai's Turn 14/Falken Tire Subaru BRZ suffers mechanical issues during practice.  Can Dai put in clean runs to qualify and advance to the Top 32 tandem battles? Watch to find out!


 

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Wang

Formula Drift Round 4: Wall Speedway

by Sarah Forst

Wall Speedway isn't called "The Gauntlet" for nothing. The guardrail here is an industrial strength can opener that shreds any fender, bumper, or tire that dares to get too close. Throw in some East Coast thunderstorms and you've got exhilirating battles. Fredric Aasbo took home his first top finish here last year. Could he make the Wall his bitch again?


 

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EVENT COVERAGE: Street Driven Tour - Virginia International Raceway

by Martin Gonzales

The grand majority of MotoIQ readers have been to some sort of motorsports event. Whether participating in a track day or simply spectating at a pro event, we're always looking for ways to get our motorsports fix in. Until now we have always had to make a choice between being part of the action or just watching. Not anymore! The Street Driven Tour is a motorsports bash with something for every gear head. You want to watch some road racing, they've got it. You want to go on a drift ride along, they've got that. Want to play some drift-soccer, they've got that too!


 

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Mad Mike's 1200HP MX-5 Drift Car, Daigo Saito's GT-R ,Yokoi's S15 - Behind the Smoke 4 Eps.2

by GTChannel

At Formula Drift Round 2 Road Atlanta, Dai blows his engine minutes before qualifying. Unfortunately he wasn't able to compete at this event but Dai went undercover as a reporter to get the 411 on some of his competitors. He first interviews Mad Mike Whiddett who is making a comeback to Formula D with his Mazda MX5 RADBUL, followed by Masashi Yokoi in his D-Max S15 and Daigo Saito in the Achilles Radial GT-R powered by HKS. 


 

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