Archive for the ‘Drifting’ Category

Our friends from Wrecked Magazine posted this up. I saw this all over Facebook. It was the Toyota 1JZ-GTE powered Drift Subaru was stolen from a Car Show in the UK this past weekend. After a crazy Social Networking blitz, they were able to find it with only a few stickers missing and minus the rear wing. So, how do these thieves think they were going to sell these parts? On NASIOC? “F/S: 1JZ Swap for a Subaru Kit”. Idiots. I’m glad that they found this Subie and I hope that we don’t have to hear any more stories like this!

Our friends at Wrecked Magazine took these pictures at a Club Loose drift event! What they captured is a drifting Saabaru. I don’t have much info on this wagon but it looks great going sideways!

So I was snooping around the Facebook universe when I ran into this video:
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The driver’s name is Abdo Feghali and looks like he’s got a pretty well set up Rear Wheel Drive STi. A few things I noticed was it was pretty basic. Meaning, it had no competition roll cage, no racing / safety interior bits, or anything crazy. Also did a quick search on him and looks like he’s a Redbull Driver for Rally and looks like he’s their spokes person for Redbull in their drifting competition going on in Abu Dhabi. Looks like a simple demo vehicle. There are series of these videos on their website. Check it out when you have a chance.

Seems like Subarus are getting more popular in Drift these days especially in NZ. Purposely build drift Subaru and it looks great.

Source: Speedhunters

After a few days of carnage, destruction, and utter sadness that the world witnessed the recovery and rebuilding has begun in Japan. Many of us have ties with Japan (including myself) however, the motorsports community also looks at Japan as one of the fathers of motorsports including Drifting. Our friends at Wrecked Magazine have kept us in the loop in regards to what the drifting community have been going through these past few days of recovery.

In Ebisu, one of the main circuits of drifting in Japan and also home of Team Orange, the world famous WRX driven by Kumakubo, was stuck in one of the garages that has collapsed and has slid down a hill.

Using a crane to pull it out, efforts were made to make sure that the WRX was not damaged.

Luckily no one was hurt in Ebisu and that they’re doing what they can to rebuild over there. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Japan.

Our friends at Wrecked featured one of the most unique drift machines. We don’t often see a GRB in a RWD fashion. They did an interview with the driver and owner of this amazing machine and here’s what Jason Cancio did to get it become a slide machine:

I spent almost $4K just to get this car sideways. <—- That was difficult. Haha. First of all, I told Ray at Garage Autohero what I wanted to do to my car. He told me I would need a center differential sleeve, and clutch type rear diff center. So, I did my research. That was a pretty difficult part because Watanabe Service were the ones who made the sleeve, and they didn’t make a sleeve for the 08 STI, the latest model they made it for was the 07 STI. So I took my chances and bought it anyway because I just wanted this car to be done. And thank god it worked! Front axles were taken apart so the stubs were left in the transmission to keep from leaking oil. And stubs were left in the knuckles too.

Secondly, another difficulty that was ran into was installed the rear diff center. I bought a Cusco 2 way LSD for the rear, there were no bearing in it yet, so we had to get some.

ALTHOUGH, the bearings were discontinued. I was definitely almost heartbroken when I heard this. But Ray worked his magic and came through for me! He had to find new bearings through the measurements of the old bearings. I was glad to hear this because he found that the old bearings were torn to pieces already, the new ones he found were much stronger. So, no wonder the old bearings were discontinued….. sad for 08 GR owners. :(
Suspension was also a must, stock was much too soft and much too high for my tastes.

This interview goes into details about how the car handles and the future of the Subaru. Check out the article HERE!

Drifting… usually brings out the most ingenious combos of engines and cars together. We’ve seen Nissan Silvia motors in Corollas and GM motors in Nissan Silvias but this has to take the cake in the most interesting combos. Our good friends at Speedhunters just did a feature on the Japspeed Drift Subaru.


Now, this Subaru has been doing quite well in the British Drift Championship.


In true drift fashion, this Subaru drips of style and performance.


According to Speedhunters, this Subaru wasn’t always a Hawk Eye instead it started its life as a Bug Eye. However with the lift of the “bonnet” (yeah, I called it that since this is a Euro Car) there is a sight that we are not used to seeing. A straight 6 motor.


Now from my understanding it used to run a fully built EJ25 motor but now was converted to use a Toyota 1JZ 2.5 Straight Six motor. To some Subaru purists, this is no longer a Subaru…


Regardless of what heart it runs in it, it’s still a great looking car and I’m sure it’s going to slide its way onto the podium shortly.

Source: Speedhunters