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…
Rockstar Energy Volkswagen Passat
Engine: GM LS7 450ci
Pistons: Mahle 13.6:1
Cylinder Heads: LS7
Camshaft: Stage 3 LS
Valves: titanium intake, stainless steel exhaust
Induction: 102mm throttle body
Engine Management: AEM Infinity
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!
Formula Drift Atlanta 2015 will be remembered for a number of things: the debut of RADBUL, the shock exits of Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Fredric Aasbø in the Top 16, and the epic Nitto Top 4 battles between Ken Gushi and Chris Forsberg that went One More Time not once, but twice. When the smoke cleared though, it was Aurimas ‘Odi’ Bakchis who stood atop the podium after beating out Gushi in a hard-fought and very close Nitto Final. Stay tuned for full event coverage in the coming week!
All eyes were on Mad Mike Whiddett as he pulled up to the line for his second qualifying run at this weekend’s round of Formula D in Atlanta. He told everyone he was going to take it easy, but he pulled off one amazing run for an 8th place qualifier. After not competing in Formula Drift for such a long time, it’s great to see Mike in excellent form. It’s going to be interesting to see him in battle once again as the season progresses.