FD New Jersey: The Smoke Has Cleared

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Never has a single Formula Drift event caused such a reaction or garnered so much hate on social media than the 2016 New Jersey round a couple of weekends back. While I expected to see some backlash from all the drama of Forrest Wang quitting and then coming back again, I had no idea that it would fundamentally change the sport from here on out.

My take? I say bring it on. The amount of comments good and bad were immeasurable, which in turn means that these people care in some sense. They are passionate about the sport that myself and so many others have invested their lives into. The outcry after Formula Drift New Jersey can only better the sport as a whole; professional drifting in general is still young compared to most other forms of motorsport, so each year it’s evolving at a very fast rate.

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So what do you guys think Formula Drift and professional drifting in general needs to change immediately? How can this very complicated motorsport be improved?

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Formula DRIFT Wall, N.J. 2016 By Super Street Magazine

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Vaughn Gittin, Jr., picks up 2nd win of the year in Monster Energy Mustang, making history by equaling record for most event victories

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In the wake of what some have now come to regard as one of the best Formula DRIFT rounds in a while, we’re gonna veer for a moment from recapping Round 4 of the Formula D 2016 Championship, staged at Wall Speedway in New Jersey, to join the chorus of drivers, media, fans, and others asking driver Forrest Wang’s supporters to lay off of fellow pilot Chris Forsberg. The anger being directed at the twice champion stems from a heavy-contact incident during the event’s Top 16 tandem elimination round, wherein Forsberg on the chase in his NOS Energy Nissan 370Z ran into Wang’s Get Nuts Lab S15 Silvia as the pair flew by the course’s first inner clipping point. It seems like a lot of people were surprised when the judges gave the match to Forsberg (including us, admittedly), but upon further review and explanation we now understand why Wang lost the round.

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From Bare Shell To Podium: Inside The Mustang RTR By Speed Hunters / Larry Chen

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From the outside looking in, building a professional drift car may seem simple. Slap in a roll cage, add a big-angle kit and power it up with a fire-breathing motor. That’s it, right?

Well, that seemed like the case about 10 years ago. Now, if you are not spending countless hours building, developing and testing a new platform, then good luck being competitive. Professional drifting has changed so much over the past few years, and to highlight that fact Vaughn Gittin Jr. wanted to show us what he had to go through to get it all to work out with the brand new Ford Mustang.


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Formula Drift Pro 2 – Orlando Coverage By AmDrift.com

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The Formula Drift Pro 2 season continued for Round 2 in Central Florida at Orlando Speed World (OSW) Oval Track. Hot as hell and always with the potential to rain, Pro 2 in Orlando would prove to be more interesting than some thought of Atlanta. Georgia brought the wet conditions prior to Pro 2 competition, leaving drivers with little time to shakedown before taking on the Road Atlanta hill, not the case for this very dry and hot day. Drivers kicked up the competition we got a hot round of Formula Drift Pro 2 Top 16.

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Donovan Brockway and Matt Madrigali line up on grid for practice. Both drivers would end up making the competition show.

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Staying cool in the heat was paramount for drivers. Sometimes the heat makes us do things… Looking good, Trent Beechum.

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Rookie Pro 2 driver Sheng Ng Nian from Singapore in his JZX100 Chaser looked like a force to be reckoned with throughout practice and qualifying, even without the sponsorship level of his competitors. This isn’t the Japanese Chaser cup, so we welcome these 4-door monsters in the U.S. 1000hp? Yes. Built by Powervehicles? Yes indeed.

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