Joon Maeng Off-Season Updates

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Joon Woo Maeng is currently building a 2nd S13 chassis for the Formula Drift Series. This will be a backup vehicle this year. With the expertise of Kevin Wells at LS auto, Chris Forsberg at CFR, and Sergio Ramirez the S13 have been stripped to its bare chassis. All extra brackets and metal that was not needed has been drilled out with a spot weld drill bit. They grinded every square inch of the vehicle removing the tar / extra weight and reinforced the chassis. LS auto custom steering column was installed and it was 16 lbs. lighter than oem. It was scaled at 1,112 lbs without the engine, trans, driveshaft, bumpers, and doors. Now the S13 needs the life saving bars. Itʼs getting the cage put in by Lod at S-Empire.

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The primary vehicle for the full 09ʼ Formula Drift Series will be his personal S13.5. LS auto put an amazing setup / spec on the vehicle and will be performing better than ever. CFR made the S13.5 500 lbs lighter. The drivetrain is getting upgraded. Samʼs Auto Land is painting the vehicle custom green. Ma-Motorsports arms and knuckles were installed for more angle. Seibon Carbon products and white wheels will be on the vehicle once itʼs out from Samʼs. Joon Woo Maeng is very excited to test out the new set up with the phenomenal Prolite ACT clutch system. He will be giving it his best out there as a privateer. They would like to thank Formula Drift, LS auto, CFR, S-Empire, ACT, Seibon, Drift Alliance, ER evolution racewerks, and Ma-Motorsports for their on going support this 09 F.D. Season!

Behind the Scenes at RMR

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CMT (Country Music Televison) a division of MTV today interviewed both the Formula DRIFT champion Tanner Foust and Red Bull Drifting World Champion Rhys Millen at Rhy’s shop in Huntington Beach, CA. The interview was for a new show that will be airing in early March called “20 Most Outrageous Motorsports.” They will be featuring drifting so stay tuned.

Here are some behind the scenes pics from today’s shoot and also a quick tour of Rhys Millen Racing’s facility.

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the FD trophy collection

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the helmets over the years

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I wonder what will happen to this car???

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Some of Rhys’ other toys

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We all know by now that Rhys will be piloting a Hyundai Genesis next season for Formula DRIFT. Here is what the car looked like for SEMA.

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and here is what it looks like today.

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The car won this award at SEMA as well

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Tanner with the green screen…the show is formatted somewhat like “Remember the 80’s” from VH1 with guest commentary and clips in between.

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Bet you didn’t know Tanner was interested in remote controlled trucks and cars too…

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NOS ENERGY DRINK TO POWER CHRIS FORSBERG RACING

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NOS ENERGY DRINK TO POWER CHRIS FORSBERG RACING FOR 2009 FORMULA DRIFT SEASON

NOS Energy Drink 350Z to sport new body and look

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Huntington Beach, California (January 07, 2009) –Chris Forsberg Racing (CFR) announces an extension of its partnership with NOS Energy Drink as primary sponsor for the 2009 Formula Drift season.   The familiar orange and blue NOS Energy Drink 350Z will feature a NOS-ified paint design atop ultra-light body panels, plus more horsepower to deliver maximum performance.

“Continuing the relationship with NOS Energy Drink into 2009 was essential for the team to reach our performance goals,” said Chris Forsberg, owner and driver.  “We had a great year in 2008 with the Formula D win at Long Beach and fifth overall in the standings.  But, we are reducing weight and increasing power for faster entry speeds to give us a stronger run for the title next year.”

The CFR crew has been busy in the off-season, stripping the Nissan 350Z down to the bare chassis and removing any unnecessary weight.   In addition, new NISMO front and rear bumpers, plus extremely light, carbon fiber body panels provided by Seibon are being installed to clip 100 pounds of total weight off the car. Reconfiguration of the motor is expected to increase power output to at least 500 horsepower.

Follow CFR’s rebuild of the NOS Energy Drink 350Z at http://www.NOSDrift.com/.