Driving down New Jersey’s Route 34, you immediately knew who was going to Formula Drift and who was not. A long file of lowered Subaru WRXs, stanced BRZs, enloudened Mitsubishi Evos and lowered Volkswagen Golfs, right turn blinkers flashing frenetically, awaited their turn into the stadium parking lot during one…
What makes Formula Drift different from all of the other racing series in America is not just the variety of cars that show up—everything from V8-swapped 1990s Nissan 240SXs to a 900 horsepower twin-supercharged Ferrari—it’s that they’re all competitive.
Look, you may have things like “science” or “math” that will tell you that Kristaps Blušs’ carbon-kevlar BMW M3 with a 9,000 RPM American V8 under the hood isn’t technically the fastest car in the visible universe, but empirical evidence (this video, my own eyes and ears) suggest otherwise.
Late after practice at Formula Drift New Jersey, while Federico Sceriffo’s crew worked to replace a CV joint twisted into pieces by the 900 horsepower Ferrari 599 drift car behind us, I asked Federico why he chose to twin-supercharge the 6.0-liter V12 and not go with more expected twin turbos. “Yes, to keep the…
The 2018 season of Formula Drift is well underway and Jalopnik will be at Wall Stadium in New Jersey tomorrow for round four. Will you be in the area with nothing to do? Drop by for some sideways fun and say hello!
One of the most entertaining drivers in Japan over the past few years has been Kazuya Taguchi, an Up Garage employee (kind of like super Autozone) who also runs in Formula Drift. Now he’s come stateside in this 4.1-liter R35 Nissan GT-R, which makes more power than you’d ever need.
Since 2016, the Ford Mustangs running in Formula Drift have had one of the most wonderfully bizarre suspension setups I’ve seen. It’s back again for this season and I am still obsessed.
The twin-supercharged, 900 horsepower V12 Ferrari 599 has been the most anticipated car to come to Formula Drift in years and, well, things didn’t go great on its debut. On its first round in its debut competition, it burst into flames.
It is here: the 1050-horsepower drift Corvette. It is the power car. It is the car of great strength. It is ready to tear shit up.
This is a twin-supercharged V12 Ferrari 599 drift car. I’ll repeat: This is a Ferrari 599, twin supercharged, competing in Formula Drift in America this year.
For years now, SoCal’s Irwindale Speedway has been stuck in a loop of closing then not closing then closing and not closing again. But now that we know Irwindale won’t get bulldozed for a crappy shopping mall, Formula Drift will return to where it all began in America with FD’s first North American exhibition race 15…
The whole point of motorsports photography is to be fast: quick to be at the action, quick to file your photo. Here’s the complete opposite.
A few years back Volkswagen debuted a 900-horsepower Passat converted to rear-wheel drive with a Chevy V8 to run in Formula Drift. It seemed like sacrilege, at least until the moment we heard the yowl of its 8-into-1 exhaust.
Irishman James Deane is currently sitting as the top qualifier for this weekend’s round of Formula Drift in Seattle, in a Nissan S15 Silvia. Back in 2013, he was wheeling a Mazda RX-7 on one of the tiniest tracks I have ever seen.
Everyone has that one road they drove over and over again as they learned how to drive and love cars. Formula Drift’s Matt Field made the pilgrimage back to his boyhood road and took his thousand-horsepower pro car with him.
Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s Mustang is an oddity in professional drifting; his RTR team sets his car up like a dirt track car, though he runs in Formula Drift. It’s called weight jacking and it produces what you see here. The car basically wants to lift a front wheel. Then it wants to wheelie.
Formula Drift is in Canada this weekend, running one of the most big angle, technical tracks of the season. This is what it looks like when you overcook one of the corners halfway off the ground.
Today’s top American professional drifters compete in thousand-horsepower Formula Drift competition machines, the most powerful stock chassis racing cars on any circuit in the world. In 2004, things were a little different.
At the wheel of that Toyota Supra is one Mike Perez, one of the more wild drivers in the American drift scene. How wild? Watch him drift over another car in one of the more manic crashes I’ve seen in a while.