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Formula Drift 2012 - Preparations

Posted by Andrew in News

This year will be my rookie season in Formula Drift! I'm very excited to join the ranks of the pros and take my driving to the next level. I have a new pit mechanic (more on that later) and the car is undergoing a few changes to stay up-to-date and competitive.


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One of the main changes is a head package. We had a lifter failure at a local event toward the end of last season, and since we already had to remove the heads and cam we decided it was a perfect time to upgrade! The motor is nearly ready to be re-assembled. We've also added some front tubing sections for increased durability.

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CNC ported LS3 heads, ready to rock! These will flow significantly more than the previous heads, providing an expected 40+ whp/tq over our last numbers.

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As I mentioned, we experienced a lifter failure toward the end of last season. To solve the issue we will be using a different type of lifter with less movement and a rocker arm designed for it.

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To comply with the Formula Drift rulebook, we installed a fire suppression system with nozzles in the fuel cell, driver compartment and engine bay. This is much safer and more effective; instead of reaching over/around, releasing the extinguisher and spraying the fire myself (which would hopefully only be in one area), I can pull the release on my dash and douse the whole car with extinguishant.

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While the car is being prepped, we will also be putting together an arsenal of backup parts, preparing the the transport, getting new decals printed and developing my program marketing. Stay tuned for more on my new crew member, news updates, a new wallpaper and more!



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