Horsepower Wars: The Engine Bays Of Formula Drift 2015 by Larry Chen

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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
Rods: Callies
Crankshaft: Callies
Cylinder Heads: LS7
Camshaft: Stage 3 LS
Valves: titanium intake, stainless steel exhaust
Induction: 102mm throttle body
Engine Management: AEM Infinity
Other: nitrous
Horsepower: 900hp

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Video: Killing It Softly (Trailer) by Levi Maestro

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Filmmaker Levi Maestro of “Maestro Knows” recently visiting a few of the round of Formula DRIFT and has released this trailer.

As of recently I have attended a few Formula Drift events and come to realize there are some unique similarities between drift racing and my film making. My new short film is going to bring two or more worlds of ideaologies together that I never thought I’d care to explore. Being open minded is an attribute of greatness, “Killing It Softly” is a way of life. Enjoy.

Killing It Softly (Trailer) from levi maestro on Vimeo.