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I Will Break You – Formula Drift The Gauntlet

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They call it the Gauntlet for a reason. It’s a track where real automotive combat goes down. Cars break, wreck, catch fire, and only the strong survive. By the time the event is wrapped up, the track looks like a mini war zone / junk yard. Parts are everywhere. The rails are bent, tire pieces everywhere, broken bumpers, wings, etc. Even the media guys and some fans don’t leave un harmed (sun burn). This years Formula Drift round 4 at Wall Speedway was no exception. [click to continue…]

12 Photos of Chris Jeanneret’s 1000 Horse Power Formula Drift Honda S2000

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We had the chance to take a few shots of Chris’ Speed Factory S2000 Formula Drift Car this past weekend. Chris was not able to get the car running in time for round 1 but we’re looking forward to seeing this S2k at Road Atlanta! He calibrated with Speed Factory this year, who is known for 1000+ hp drag racing Honda’s, so we can’t wait to see how it squares up against those V8′s. I’m sure Chris will have the huge Honda fan base cheering him on throughout the season. Awesome to see a Honda back in FD – We’re also stoked on those blue wheels – 18×9.5 Enkei NT03+M custom powder coated blue wrapped in Falken tires! Check out the photos and spec list after the jump! Feel free to share them with your friends.

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Project: Respect The Roadster – ACT Clutch Upgrade

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With Formula Drift and SEMA preparations out of the way, let’s get back to business on this Respect The Roadster project! A performance clutch was one of the top items on my list. Though the Miata felt really good in third and fourth gear, first and second felt a bit weak and noisy, so we looked to Advance Clutch Technologies. We went with their ZM2-XTSS – XT/Perf Street Sprung kit and light weight XACT Streetlite Flywheel. This set up will allow for smooth engagement on both track and in daily driving. The kit is also designed to handle as much as 315 ft/lbs of torque and more than enough horse power, even if we decide to turbo the car later.

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Project: Respect The Roadster – Koyo Radiator

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When doing my research on forums and other sites, I found that plenty of people having cooling issues during those long hot track days. Being in Texas, where it can get up to 105 degrees in the summer, we wanted to make this a non issue. We found the Koyo’s 37mm radiator not only fixed this problem, but swapped out perfectly with the OEM without a hassle. This Miata radiator is a complete plug and play application that won’t interfere with thicker aftermarket sway bars. That was a big selling point for me since I are adding some Whiteline products soon after the Koyo radiator install. Just a side note – this thing look so clean! More instal pics after the jump.

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Scott’s Twincharged 1JZ RX7 FC

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What you are looking at here is Scott Pham’s 1987 RX7. It started life as a Turbo 2 model with a turbo 13b that Scott proceeded to build out, but after having endless problems with the setup he decided to move on. Scott parted out the motor but kept the shell in his backyard because he was still in love with the chassis. There were stints with various other cars but one that stuck around for a while was a Cressida with a big turbo 1.5JZ. Scott loved the motor but wanted a change. A handful of cars later Scott also decided that he wanted to start competing in the local Evergreen Drift Pro Am series. The car? That old RX7 he had sitting in his yard but this time with a whole new monster of a JZ motor for it, the result being a twincharged 1JZ.

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News: Enkei Wheels Brings RS05RR to US Market

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The new Enkei RS05RR is coming to the US this fall. The first few sets have already landed at Enkei’s Texas warehouse for some special projects and orders. US retail pricing for the RS05RR will range from $560 to $660 each. The US size chart is not available as of yet but sizes will range from 18×8.5 to 18×11 with a variety of fitments. The one pictured is an 18×10.5 +15 5×114.3. It will be available in silver and matte gunmetal. The RS05RR is made using Enkei’s MAT technology and this particular size (18×10.5) weighs 21.5 lbs. You can see the Japan size chart HERE. More photos after the jump!

More Photos of the RS05RR!

Project: Respect The Roadster – Wheels and Tires

1999 Mazda Miata on 14x7 +19 Enkei RPF1 with 205/55r14 14 inch Toyo R888 Tires being mounted by Texas Track Works in Fort Worth Texas

Wheels and tires are usually the first upgrade or modification people do when modifying their cars. It was definitely at the top of our list as the right combination can dramatically change the look of the car and how it handles. We were looking for a light weight wheel and a meaty, grippy tire combo for our Miata. We found both with this combo: 14×7 +19 offset Gold Enkei RPF1 Racing Series Wheel and Toyo’s R888 205/55r14 meaty Proxes tires. The Miata previously had 15×7′s with 205/50/15 tires so we wanted a tire that would end up close to the overall diameter of the 15″ set up. The 55′s worked well and were only about an eighth of an inch smaller than the 15″ set up – though you can hardly see the difference. We headed over to Texas Track Works to get these bad boys on.

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Project: Respect The Roadster – Overview

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Welcome to our first WMD project car post. The “Respect The Roadster” project will be broken down into multiple install post. This being the first post, we will give you an overview of what’s to come, and some background on why we chose to go with the Miata platform. Also, we’re not experts on the Miata platform so we’d love to hear from you. Share your opinions and/or experience with Miatas in the comment section! So let’s get going.

Being part of both the Enkei team and WMD has given me the opportunity to travel to many motorsports events, conventions, and the like. I have been surrounded by car people for the past 5 years and have heard multiple people in the industry rant and rave about how the Miata as an amazing track car platform. How the Miata is a great car to track and daily drive, reliable, and has plenty of aftermarket support. In fact, my first ever business trip with Enkei included a stop at Good-win racing who specializes in Miata aftermarket parts. I can’t lie, at first I wasn’t too fond of the idea of purchasing one for our first project car, until I drove one. I drove a stock Miata and was really impressed with it’s handling and decent amount of power. But most importantly, it was just fun to drive. I attended a SCCA Autocross event at Texas Motor Speedway a week back were about half the drivers were in Miatas. I spoke with a couple of the drivers there of the idea of doing a project Miata for WMD – they were all very supportive of the idea and offered an overload of advice.

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Quick Snap: Fred’s Evo VIII and Ken’s Evo IX

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Nowadays I meet quite a bit of my car friends through social media and without it I don’t know how I would find all these cars to shoot. I’m glad that Fred found me through Flickr because without social media I probably wouldn’t have met him and have had the opportunity to shoot his Evo VIII along with his friend Ken’s Evo IX! More photos after the Jump. -Cullen 

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Raw Vids: Nate Hamilton’s Formula Drift S13 – Pt 1

We will begin posting these quick videos from our features – Hope you enjoy our first one featuring Nate Hamilton’s Formula Drift S13. Make sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of Nate’s build!

Music: Modest Mouse – Dramanine

Formula Drift Rookie Nate Hamilton: Part 2

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Made my second stop at Nate Hamilton’s shop and as you can see, the engine made it in and was being worked on during my visit. Nate is using a LS7/LS3 built by LG Motorsport – a bigger motor than what he ran last year. It’s basically a LS7 head with a LS3 block. LG Motorsport will tune the car as well. This year, Nate picked up Holley as a sponsor so will be using Holley throttle body, fuel rails, etc. More photos after the jump.

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A Visit with Formula Drift Rookie Nate Hamilton

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Had a chance to catch up with Formula Drift rookie Nate Hamilton at his shop just outside of Dallas, Texas. Nate will begin his rookie season of Formula Drift this April in Long Beach. We’ve been following him around for a couple of years so definitely looking forward to his first run at the pro level. He’s building a brand new S13 similar to the one he ran last year in which he earned his Formula D pro license. Last year’s S13 will be used for demos, local stuff and perhaps some international events. More photos after the jump.

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