Formula Drift Engineering with Steph Papadakis

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SAE SoCal Virtual Section Meeting

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 6:00 PM PDT

Please join us on Wednesday, October 14th for a virtual walkthrough of what makes professional drift cars special with engineer Stephan Papadakis at Papadakis Racing. Drifting is a relatively new form of professional motorsport and offers unique engineering challenges to racecar design. With an extensive and proven history, Stephan Papadakis offers a unique perspective into his engineering approach to not only designing and fabricating, but also business ownership and competition. The Zoom webinar will highlight aspects of the 2020 Toyota Supra and rear-wheel-drive Corolla hatchback, followed by an engineering-focused Q&A.

Steve Papadakis

Stephan Papadakis is a legend of sport-compact racing who began building his reputation in the 1990s with the first front-wheel-drive, tube-chassis drag car in the U.S. The team earned multiple records and championships in the discipline, turning in elapsed times and trap speeds previously thought unattainable in front-drive drag cars. Papadakis’ successes in front-wheel drive were matched by his efforts in rear-wheel drive when he campaigned just the fifth car to join theNHRA’s Sport Compact 200 MPH club.

The Papadakis Racing team began drifting in 2004 and is the most winning team in Formula Drift history, earning the 2015 title with driver Fredric Aasbo, as well as back-to-back championship titles with driver Tanner Foust in 2007 and 2008.The 2020 ToyotaGR Supra motor is the latest build project from the Carson, California, based racing organization.

FORMULA DRIFT TOP 10 FROM #FDSEA

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Written by Joey Redmond

10. Weather Conditions Kept Evergreen Speedway Interesting

The weather made this dual event weekend even more challenging for all the drivers and crews. It went from wet/drying/dry/wet, etc.. putting a big challenge on teams to chase setups and always put a vehicle out prepared to deal with varying conditions. I think this really put a strain on some of the smaller teams who operate with smaller crews but it did really keep the weekend interesting.

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VAUGHN GITTIN Jr TAKES DOUBLE PRO CHAMPIONSHIP WIN AT EXCITING FORMULA DRIFT SEATTLE WEEKEND, DMITRIY BRUTSKIY WINS PRO2

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If there’s one thing you should expect in Seattle, it’s rain. And rain is what greeted the teams for Round Two of the 2020 Link ECU PRO2 Championship. Fortunately, it began to dissipate on Saturday for Round Three of the PRO Championship and was practically gone for Sunday’s PRO Round Four. But it allowed drivers with the best car control to rise to the top. And following numerous impacts with the wall at Evergreen Speedway, it also showcased the teams able to restore their cars to competition standard during the action-packed, double-header weekend.

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