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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