Vaughn Gittin Jr. uses the Ford Mustang line lock feature to serve up a holiday turkey with a side of burnout.
Every now and then, we end up with a new product that becomes a must have or must try out. This year it’s the Zestino Gredge Drift Tyre that has made it’s way to the USA from Japan.
Many great drivers have been getting excited about, and enjoying this tire in Japan, Europe and all over Asia. It is the fastest growing tyre on the market today. The results are becoming podium finishes and lots of exposure on a global scale. This has sparked our interest and we had to get more info on this tyre.
We spoke with Ernie Gonzalez who is the first Drifter in the United States to be sponsored by Zestino Tyres and this is what he had to say while smiling from ear to ear.
EverythingDrift: So can you tell us more about the tire and what can we compare it to that is known on the market today?
Ernie: That is a question I get asked daily. I guess the best way I can answer that is by telling you how it became the tire that it is now. So picture this; You and 12 of your friends Drift on different tire brands. Each of you writes down on a piece of paper what you like and dislike the most about that tire. Then you all put those papers together and approach a tire company that is well known for building great UHP tires for different brand labels. In 2012 the project started and by the end of 2014 it was sent out to other parts of the world for testing. (not the USA lol) After receiving great feedback, the tire was launched a few months later. Since the launch, Zestino has added two additional compounds, which gives us options of 140tw, 180tw, 240tw, and a 280tw, which will be released by end of this year. So to answer your question, there is nothing on the market today that you can compare it to. This is not a UHP tire that already existed and had the compound or tread pattern changed a bit in order to deliver better performance in one specific area.
“This is a tyre built for Drifting”
Cypress, Calif. (May 12, 2016) – Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., a leading manufacturer of off-road and street performance tires, is bringing its popular Auto Enthusiast Day car show back to Texas for the second year in a row. On Saturday, May 21st, 2016, gearheads from across Texas will converge on Globe Life Park in Arlington for a free celebration of all things wheeled that includes a judged car show, drifting and off-road racing demonstrations by Team Nitto drivers, a vendor midway, prize raffles, and live entertainment.
Following a successful first event in 2015, Nitto Tire is returning to the Lone Star State to host the 2nd Annual Texas Auto Enthusiast Day car show. The event will feature something for fans of all facets of the automotive culture and lifestyle – from modified import cars to lifted trucks, European sports cars and American muscle cars, the event includes something for everyone. “We are very proud of what Auto Enthusiast Day has become,” said Harry Kong, Brand Publishing Events & Motorsports for Nitto Tire. “What started as a way to celebrate hitting a social media milestone has blossomed into one of the premier automotive events of the year. We are excited to be returning to Texas once again and look forward to continuing to expand the show into other major hubs of automotive culture.”
Kansas City, Mo. – Formula Drift champion Michael Essa will compete during the 2016 season using 18”x10” Corsair Hybrid wheels from CCW Forged Performance, a WELD brand. Essa returns to the E46 BMW M3 chassis in which he captured the Formula Drift championship in 2013.
“We are excited to work with Michael as he returns to Formula Drift in his CCW equipped M3,” said Keith Kern, general manager of CCW Forged Performance. “Michael is a proven champion that we proudly support with our performance wheels. We extend him best wishes for the upcoming season.”
Kern says the Hybrid series of wheels are specifically designed for use on track and is the wheel of choice for top performance builders. Each Corsair wheel has passed a punishing 3,000 pound (per wheel) cornering fatigue test load at 300,000 cycles, which is approximately 20 percent more cornering load and double the cycles that original equipment wheels are tested to. Continue reading