I’ve made it widely known that one of my favorite aspects of Formula Drift is that fact that the competing cars don’t have power limits imposed on them. Instead, FD try their best to even out the playing field by limiting the amount of grip available through tire width restrictions based on car weight.
Of course, the teams overcome the limited amount of grip by using different tire compounds, utilising aero, suspension tuning and of course flat-out power for insane wheel speed. That said, I wanted to showcase a range of power plants from the 2015 Formula Drift field…
After some time to reflect, I still think this was the best round of Formula D I’ve seen to date. Jersey last year was a good one, as was Irwindale in 2011, but this one was the best. For starters, Road Atlanta has always been my favorite Formula D track just from a visual perspective. Throw some good cars, good driving, random freak occurrences, and incredible battles in the mix, and you get a show anyone would want to watch a second time. The only thing that was missing was the rain we had last year!
Thursday night May 21, Irwindale’s own Formula DRIFT open practice sessions will resume on the course that the entire civilized world now knows as the legendary “House of Drift” … aka: Irwindale Speedway right at the top of the 605 freeway.
2015’s action-packed Thursday night under-the-lights practices will be held monthly with events now set for:
Each of the Thursday night sessions will start with a (public invited) technical inspection for the competition vehicles at 4PM and drift practice will run flat out from 5 to 8PM. The fan gates open at 4PM and there’s plenty of close-free parking.
Open to the public (fans can watch from the stands and visit the pits as well) admission is only $10 per person. These will be nights when fans can see some of the best of the best getting tuned-up for the 2015 season as well as catching the acts of some of new, upcoming Drift talent as they test their driving skills and machines against the established pros.
Anyone can run their properly-equipped* car for $75 and they can register right at the track on Thursday night.
Thursday Night Drift Requirements
Group C Requirements:
Helmet: No open face, SA2010, SA2005
No loose items: Interior, trunk
Fire Extinguisher: secure mount, 2lb min
Fluid Leaks: No Fluid Leaks
Catch cans: Coolant, Oil if non OEM
Gas Cap: Present and sealed
Fuel line: check hose clamps and fittings
Battery: Secure mount, positive covered
Brake light: Min 2 functioning
Brake pedal: good feel maintain pressure
Key or Master cutoff operation, location marked
Lug nuts: Present and secure
Steering: Smooth, no binding
Tow hooks: Front and rear (OEM at own risk)
Hood and Trunk: Securely latched
Windshield: OEM or Lexan secure mounting
Seat: OEM with stock belts or FIA with harness
Group B Requirements: plus listed above
Suspension: Coilovers or Non OEM suspension
Differential: Welded or clutch type
E-Brake: Functioning, cable or hydro
Group A Requirements: plus listed above
6 point roll cage: 5”x0.095 DOM
Door Bars: Nascar or X on both doors
Harness bar and Diagonal
Seat belts: 5 point minimum required
Fire Suit: SFI 3-2A/5 with fire resistant gloves and shoes