Carl Rydquist 2014 Road Race Engineering and Berk Technology Livery

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2014 is a big year for Road Race Engineering, Berk Technology and our driver Carl Rydquist. Formula Drift has become more competitive than ever and nowadays in order to be competitive, the cars have to be extremely developed, the driver exceptionally talented and the teams must bring pro level experience. We’re working on all
of these fields:

Currently the tech crews at RRE and Berk are working double duty to get the RRE Berk Nissan 350Z V8 Turbo as competitive as possible for the 2014 season. We’re keeping our 6.0 liter V8 and building a custom Garrett GTX4088R single turbo setup that will let us pass the magic 1000 hp limit. With that comes several other updates to make the car light and quick, including a C&R Racing Nascar dogbox transmission. More spec details will be released soon or simply swing by the shop if you can’t wait!

We have also committed to run BOTH the Formula Drift PRO Championship and FD Pro2. This will maximize Carl’s seat time and helps close the experience gap to the long time front runners in drifting. There’s no lack of speed or talent in our tall Viking driver “Sweedness” but when the option presented itself to add competitive drifting experience and exposure in front of the fans for all of our sponsors, it was a golden opportunity.

Below is a rendering of the car in the trademark Road Race Engineering colors that we will use this season. Until our title sponsorship is completely negotiated and signed on the dotted lines, we want to emphasize our love and support for Reach Out World Wide which is a globally acting first response relief team that jumps into action when a disaster strikes. ROWW.org was founded by our great friend and inspirer Paul Walker.

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Formula DRIFT Announces the Return of All 4 Major Tire Partners and 3 Tire Suppliers

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Formula DRIFT Announces the Return of All 4 Major Tire Partners and 3 Tire Suppliers;
GT Radial Joins Series as Tire Supplier 

Long Beach, Calif. – March 4, 2014 – Formula DRIFT has announced the return of all 4 Major Tire Partners; Achilles, Falken, Hankook and Nitto and returning Tire Suppliers; Kenda, Maxxis and Yokohama. In addition, GT Radial signs on as a new Tire Supplier for the 2014 season.

Formula DRIFT continues to be the proving grounds for tire manufacturers. The extreme conditions created through competitive drifting pushes the limits of the drivers, cars and the tires creating the ultimate performance test for the brands. Current returning tire partners include: Falken Tire (11th season), Hankook Tire (current tire manufacturer champion, 8th season), Nitto Tire (9th season), Achilles (3rd season), Yokohama (3rd season), Maxxis Tire (3rd season) and Kenda (5th season).

“We are proud to have all 4 Major Tire Partners and 3 Tire Suppliers return to the Series and happy to welcome GT Radial for the 2014 season,” said Jim Liaw, President and Co-Founder of Formula DRIFT. “Tires are such an integral part of drifting and the demands that the sport places on the product is high. These are off the shelf products for the everyday consumer and thus have immediate real world application.”

GT Radial will enter the Series with their Champiro SX2 tire, developed for driving enthusiasts who want higher levels of traction, response and driving control in dry and wet conditions. Driving for GT Radial will be back-to-back feeder series champion, Tyler Wolfson.

“As the premier North American professional drifting competition with a very large and growing fan base, Formula DRIFT is an ideal platform for demonstrating the technology and performance of the GT Radial brand to North American drivers, “ said Armand Allaire, vice president of marketing for Giti Tire USA, which markets and sells GT Radial tires in North America.

The 2014 Formula DRIFT season will begin with Round 1: Streets of Long Beach on April 4-5. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift and Twitter @FormulaD.