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WATCH! In-Depth Look: Fredric Aasbo's 2018 Formula Drift Toyota Corolla Hatchback

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Last fall, we took a long look at Fredric Aasbo's Formula DRIFT Toyota Corolla iM, but he's back for the 2018 season with a brand new late model Corolla hatchback. With a new car we had to make another trip to Papadakis Racing to take a deep look inside. Once again, Mike Kojima walks around the new Corolla Hatchback with builder and team owner Stephan Papadakis. We also take a peek at Steph's shop and some of the genius stuff going on inside one of the smallest, lightest, and most powerful pound per pound powerplants in all of Formula DRIFT, the Toyota 2AR.  Come with us and see the details up close of one of the most well thought-out Formula DRIFT machines.


 

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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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WATCH: MotoIQ Approved Feature Car! A Track Ready, Comptech Supercharged 1991 Acura NSX

We take a detailed look at Regan Yu’s very well built Acura NSX that he uses for frequent track days and casual street driving. How do you make one of the best Japanese classic cars even better? Grab a seat and get ready to learn from MotoIQ’s Editor-In-Chief and Engineer, Mike Kojima, as he goes step-by-step through this well thought-out build.


 

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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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Ridden: Energica Eva Electric Motorcycle

by Khiem Dinh

Electric cars are already common place on the streets of many cities. In Los Angeles, you have to check your surroundings carefully should a quiet Model S, Model X, Model 3 (I’ve actually seen a handful now), i3, Bolt, Volt, Leaf, 500e, or bazillion Prii be sneaking by. Electric motorcycles are still working their way into more general acceptance. The line of motorcycles from Zero Motorcycle are probably the best known, but they basically the Prius of electric motorcycles, i.e. they are great for commuting but not exactly that exciting. Enter the electric motorcycles from Energica which are the equivalent Teslas.


 

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480WHP Honeywell Garrett Powered F20C: Devin Giles' Time Attack S2000

by Khiem Dinh

It all starts the same way. “I want to go auto-crossing!” you say. So, you start browsing the interwebs and research the S2000. You start auto-crossing and start modding and moving through the classes. Then, you do a track day. Then, you mod the car some more. Then, you do time attack. Then, you end up with a highly built race car like Devin Giles- owner and driver of this fast S2000. It’s a familiar path; there’s probably a support group for it out there.


 

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We Look Inside Fredric Aasbo's Papadakis Racing Toyota Corolla iM Drift Machine

by Mike Kojima

It is really hard to build a competitive car in Formula Drift nowadays. The rules set is mature, and the competition is ruthlessly tough. When even the best teams develop a new platform, it can take a whole season to sort a new chassis out. A radically different chassis can take a couple of seasons for even a top team to get competitive. Not so for Papadakis Racing and their Rockstar Toyota Corolla iM that they built for 2015 Formula Drift Champion, Fredric Aasbo.


 

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Straight From Japan: Nissan R33 Skyline GT-R

by Alvin Miles Jr. 

What started as a highly sought after performance choice in Japan, turned into an eight-second, 1000 horsepower drag build before leaving the Japanese shores. After being imported into sunny California's traffic-filled lands, simplicity was re-envisioned for the sake of drivability and enjoyment. This R33 GT-R is reminiscent of its history while being driven and appreciated in the States. 


 

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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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K-Tuned Integra Type R Update: The Road to Super Lap Battle

James Houghton and His Integra Type R

by Frank Ewald

The Integra Type R is and always has been an amazing car. Over the seasons that I have been writing about James Houghton's Type R, I have been amazed at how this driver and this car come back year after year, both of them better and faster, and have been pulling off amazing victories. He may not have always finished at the top of the podium, but he is absolutely on the podium and in contention! Lavigne Motorsports has focused upon fine tuning every aspect of the K-Tuned Integra Type R to enable it to be competitive. James is the first to admit that the competition with his long time friend and neighbour, William Au-Yeung, has been incredible and has pushed him to develop the Acura Integra Type R. Rumour has it that more cars are being built to tackle James and Will head on. There is no question, this is a moment in Time Attack where James is absolutely battling time. The real question is how does he keep getting faster!


 

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Hondata's Land Speed Record Honda CRX

by Mike Kojima

A lot of armchair racers like to comment on Land Speed Racing saying things like "how hard could it be to go 200 mph at Bonneville, it's a big flat dry lake, all you have to do is floor it" or "I can almost go that fast down the freeway with my Civic with a turbo kit".  Well, all we have to say about that is to go try and find out just how good you are if you think you can.


 

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Chris Boersma: Record Breaking, 600 HP Turbo B-Series K-Tuned Civic

by Frank Ewald

Global Time Attack. GridLife. CSCS. East Coast. West Coast. Canada. Winning! New Record!

That is the article, folks, and you can stop reading there if you want as that essentially summarizes what happens when Chris is out racing. Of course, there is much that goes on before, during, and after each of this winning outings. So much so, that even though we just wrote about the Civic shortly after the SuperLap Battle of 2016, it is time for a mid-season update that includes some of the off-season preparations. So do not leave, as I was just joking about that being all there is to read. There is a ton of stuff that Chris has done to the newly sponsored K-Tuned Civic that you will want to know.


 

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AES Auto: A Civic for Street and Strip!

by Frank Ewald

Two years ago, we first met the AES Auto team at Mission Raceway Park. That chance meeting has resulted in many hours of joint work on projects and the enjoyment of a great group of car enthusiasts. At the centre of it all is the shop - AES Auto. In the shop is the quarter mile car. The AES Auto Civic is an ongoing work in progress. It's currently a ten second car that runs consistent 140 mph passes in the quarter mile. It's a street car. And, it has served as a tow truck to move disabled vehicles about the shop yard.


 

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1979 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II Retrospective Part 1: Introduction, Intrigue, and Quirks in Abundant Supply

by Corbin Goodwin

The rationale for modifying a Rolls Royce explained, and we shine some light on the design and features of this old British brute. Stay tuned to see the unique plans we have for this 1979 Silver Shadow II!


 

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Sneak Peek: Killer B Motorsport’s KILRB1

by Khiem Dinh

Those who race a Subaru know the name Killer B Motorsport. They likely have a number of Killer B parts on their car, such as the engine saving Killer B oil pickup, which replaces the failure prone OEM component. Aside from their oil related products, Killer B is well-known for their unique and highest performing Holy Header too. KILRB1 is the car all those parts were developed on, and it is the highly regarded STi in the Subaru world for its top-notch build quality and innovation. 


 

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AutoX’ing Steed: Gregg Biddlingmeier’s 1988 Ford Mustang

by Justin Banner

It’s not the first choice of those who go autocrossing or tracking, but when a Fox-body Mustang is set up right, it can make for a potent road racer. Gregg Biddlingmeier’s example is one of many he’s owned and shows what these Fords are capable of with some planning, fabrication, and execution.


 

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Breaking Records with the Solo Motorsports 624HP Time Attack BMW 135i

by Erik Jacobs

Solo Motorsports has been at it in the Atlanta scene for a solid 10 years. At Formula D Atlanta’s Global Time Attack round, driver Tony Fuentes scored a win in Limited RWD with a 1:31.270 - faster than many Limited AWD cars, and even some of the Unlimited RWD ones, too. Want to learn more about Solo Motorsports' Euro-fighter 135i? Read on.


 

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Nissan NX GTi-R V. 3 Continued

by Frank Ewald

You have either been waiting for a year for this update or you are not even sure of what the NX GTi-R is. Of course, a minority may be saying not again but you will have to endure my writing about my favourite car. For those of you who have been waiting, it has been a challenging couple of years but, with the help of AES Auto, things are moving in the right direction. For those of you who are not familiar with this project, this one owner Nissan NX1600 comes with a pedigree earned in the school of hard knocks. The SR20DET swap took place about five years ago and it has been an ongoing learning process - and I must admit I have made some mistakes along the way. When a cracked oil pump took out the engine in 2015, it was time to sit down and really think through the process. 


 

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Nerd’s Eye View: 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R

by Khiem Dinh

If you’ve been following World Superbike, you know Kawasaki has been dominating. The motorcycles used in World Superbike are highly modified motorcycles you can buy from your local dealer. World Superbikes are to street bikes like FIA GT3 cars are to street cars. Yeah, the bikes are highly modified, but the fundamental base is the same unlike MotoGP bikes. MotoGP bikes are the equivalent of Formula 1 where they probably don’t even share a bolt with the street bike. Back to the point- Kawasaki bikes kick ass in World Superbike, and the ZX-10R bike you can buy kicks ass too.


 

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