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VIDEO> Formula Drift 800hp RWD Scion tC

Scion Racing tC AEM Electronics Infinity Fredric Aasbo Stephan Papadakis Formula Drift

Formula Drift has some pretty insane competition cars, with high level builds all over the place. After watching the Formula D New Jersey event, I was pretty shocked when I saw Scion Racing driver Fredric Aasbo win top honors, standing atop the podium with a First Place trophy. I saw Aasbo driving at Formulla D Long Beach but, My first impression had me saying “He drives a Scion tC. Isn’t a tC supposed to be a front wheel drive car?! That thing wasn’t even designed with drifting in mind! How the hell did he manage to compete in Formula D against other top drivers with six figure drift car builds… and he was driving a Scion tC?!”
I guess it all boils down to the strength of the engineering team behind the build. As a new member of the MotorMavens Crew, there were many people in the Formula Drift paddocks that I had seen before, but never officially met. When I was first introduced to Stephan Papadakis, the builder of the RWD Scion tC in question, I found myself amongst a legend, with a long history in autosports.  This dude has been featured in magazines since I was a kid. As the myth of Vin Diesels character in the Fast N Furious being based of Stephan lingered in my head we started shooting. From Street Racing to full blown Racing Engineer, not to mention record breaking drag times, Papa is the epitome of a Motor Maven.

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GARAGE LIFE> JSP Fab K24A Powered AE86 Build

When it comes to drifting, whether it's professional, grassroots, or even street, the AE86 Toyota Corolla GT-S is one of the most iconic cars around. The AE86 'hachi roku' and its 4AGE engine are a staple when it comes to drifting. However some more adventurous and fabrication savvy people have opted to swap in different engines. Not everyone is a fan of cross platform engine swaps, but I think pulling off a swap from a pure engineering standpoint is a feat of its own. One of the most desired AE86 cross platform swaps is the F20C/F22C engine from the Honda S2000 as it is one of the most powerful 4 cylinder N/A (normally aspirated) engines available.

About a week ago, JSP Fab's John Russakoff contacted me about an exclusive update to his Megan Racing/Nexen Tire Formula Drift competition car. For those of you who don't know John, he is one of the first in the AE86 community to perform a F20C engine swap into the AE86 Toyota Corolla Chassis - stateside at least. He has once again broken the cross platform swap barrier by putting a Honda K-Series front wheel drive engine into the AE86 while retaining the RWD platform. Going to be the very first fully completed and running K-Series AE86 in the US (and maybe even the world), he definitely had some hurdles to jump over when it came to engineering and fabrication.   Read more...

GARAGE LIFE>1963 Ford Galaxie Project

The 2009 Woodward Dream Cruise officially kicks off today but for many, the world's largest 1 day automotive culture event, has been on our minds for quite some time. The Dream Cruise draws nearly 1 million visitors to the Detroit area, bringing with them upwards to 40,000 vehicles. Nearly every automotive segment is covered, from hot rods to muscle cars and everything else you can imagine. There was even a Hemi-powered BBQ one year, so it's not an exaggeration to say that there is nothing the Dream Cruise doesn't have. I'll be covering the event over the weekend but I thought I'd dive into the wheels I'll be "Cruisin" in.   Read more...