We caught up with Lisa Klassen at Drift Day Comp 2. She is recently known as the rally girl gone drift. We got to speak with her briefly as she was practicing with the International All Star’s powered by Mazda, a team in which she is a part of. Continue reading →
words Carlos Cano Estrella | photo Debbie Meda
This Lithuanian may appear as extremely laid back; but get him behind the wheel of the FEAL Suspension S14 and it all goes from mild to wild. We ran into Formula DRIFT Pro Driver Odi Bakchis during his very busy week at SEMA and this is what he shared with us.
E-Drift: Alright, stock vehicle, weekend warrior, what would be your first five mods?
Odi Bakchis: Alright, the first thing I’d modify is the suspension. Put some FEAL coilovers on that bad boy. Steering angle. And a little bit more power. And really good tires, like some NITTO NT-05s. Did I miss one?
ED: You got four.
OB: You know lastly, if everything’s working, if the car is handling good after those four things; I’d probably spend some time on the aesthetics. Like actually make that thing look good with a duraflex body kit and some good paint.
ED: What was the first car you ever drifted?
OB: I’d say the first car I’ve ever really drifted, not only did sideways burnouts, but really actually went to the track and drifted was an S13, which I still own. It happens to be my demo car.
ED: So you wouldn’t consider your rally cars your first drift cars?
OB: No, you know, driving sideways in a rally car is very different than modern day drifting on pavement. So I do tend to separate those.
ED: Because of the counter steer, right?
OB: Yeah. If it’s an all wheel drive car you’re not really counter steering much.
OB: And then a lot of people do rally front-wheel drive cars. Technically they’re going sideways but it’s a just like a whole different driving technique.
ED: Like how the car pivots?
OB: Yeah, you try and minimize that angle. It’s very different.
Words Carlos Cano Estrella | Photos Debbie Meda
E-Drift staff caught up with the driver of the Radbul Miata, New Zealand’s own “Mad” Mike Whiddett. The Red Bull team driver for Formula DRIFT had this to say:
EverythingDrift: Stock vehicle, weekend warrior, what would be your first 5 mods?
Mad Mike: Straight away a rotary conversion, it has to have a rotary, that is a compulsory. From there I’d say suspension and wheels because looks are everything. And then of course once you have the rotary you’re going to need a stronger drivetrain so gearbox and a locked diff so I can actually go out and do some drifting.
ED: And your first car, was it an RX-3?
MM: So for my first car I had a 1978 Mazda 323 , it was rear-wheel drive, and we did a rotary conversion on it when I was like 13. Me and my buddies…it all started from there and here we are now with this crazy rotary Miata.
ED: Your car is already really fast, but how do you intend to make it a little more competitive for FD 2016?
MM: This year was a real development year for Project Radbul III and we built it to be as fast as possible, with as much grip, and as much power. So we tested a lot with the suspension, and tire pressures, and alignments, and getting some good data out on the tracks for next season. Not much will change. I think we have a real solid platform. We’re still on the same motor and it’s been reliable since we’re on fairly low boost. Only 19 pounds and we’re making 1,200 horse power at the tires. So power wise I don’t think much is going to change and drivetrain wise we’ve had basically no issues. Cosmetically, I get sick of it very quickly, so cosmetically it’s going to look totally different and I’m looking forward to the new season.
S3 Magazine: It’s not really a question, but I guess we’d like for you to take a moment and introduce yourself to the people. Who are you? Where do you come from? What do you drive? Have you ever been arrested? . . . Things like that?
Damien Bagley: My name is Damien Bagley and I’m from Edison, NJ. I love hanging out with friends, snowboarding, surfing, traveling and of course racing. I love living in NJ since I can hit the mountains, the beach, NYC and Philly all in the same day. My normal daily driver is a 1995 Nissan Silvia or my Chevy 3500. The Truck is 26ft long though and bit big to do anything in so I usually drive the Silvia. The RHD is total bling factor too..
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Video from French Drift Championship 2015, about Mike Kauffmann & his Nissan PS13.