A’PEXi/Nitto Mazda RX7 converted to Right Hand Drive!


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Despite the hardships that occurred at Formula D’s Round 4 event in Las Vegas, Nevada, the A’PEX/Nitto Mazda Drift Team regrouped back at A’PEX Integration with pure intensity. Winners of the Formula D UTI Best Crew award in Englishtown, the A’PEXi/Nitto Drift Team fought back and repaired the Mazda RX7 in even better condition. “We got started right away when we got back. We had done a lot of brainstorming after the heart wrenching crash and formulated a plan to win. Our team wants to win really bad and we’re not going to give up at all costs. All the damage was repaired and improved and on top of that, there are even more upgrades that we did to increase reliability and performance. The team has not had any sleep in the past two weeks but we want that podium” Said Ron Bergenholtz Team Manager of Bergenholtz Racing.

In addition to the repairs, the A’PEXi/Nitto Mazda Drift Team decided to convert the Mazda RX7 to right hand drive. A complete Japanese front clip was purchased. Parts from the clip were implemented into the A’PEXi/Nitto Mazda RX7. “The conversion was quite labor intensive. Ron Bergenholtz must have soldered over 200 wires to accommodate the conversion. Amazingly enough we completed the conversion in five days. The only thing left is all cosmetic. All mechanical work is done. We are so excited because we know this will make Ryuji’s drifting more comfortable. Seattle here we come!” Said Chuck Grifface Assistant car chief to the A’PEX/Nitto Mazda Drift Team.

The A’PEXi/Nitto Drift Team discussed in depth strategies to win after the set-back in Las Vegas. The common conclusion was to make Ryuji Miki more comfortable in the drift. Ryuji Miki championship talented driving in Japan had occurred in vehicles that were right hand drive. The team made the decision to convert the A’PEX/Nitto Mazda RX7 to right hand drive. “We knew we had to do something……….something really drastic. We knew we wanted to win….. and that it would require a major change. So right hand drive was it. I guess extreme winning results require extreme changes. I know this could be the podium finish, if not better…………the win.” Said Masaki Nakayama chief of communications for the A’PEXi/Nitto Drift Team.

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