ARK Performance gave us a chance to check out their 2014 Formula Drift rides for this season. With 2 Hyundai Genesis coupes built pushing 700HP and 1000HP. It was quite a sight. Can’t wait till we get to see them on the track going sideways in a few weeks.
February 26, 2014; ARK Performance is pleased to announce the team has been working under covers on two beastly drift cars for quite some time now and is now ready to release more information on the two chassis. With knowledge gained from last year ARK was ready to build two extremely powerful Genesis Coupe Drift Cars. With the announcement of the new motorsports team and one new driver ARK is slated to make a strong comeback to Formula Drift. There are two Genesis Coupes under the ARK Performance Motorsports Team code named “AR1” and “AR7”. Both vehicles will be pushing 1,000 HP and 700 HP reliably.
February 18, 2014;
ARK Performance is pleased to announce that Dennis Mertzanis will be continuing his second year with the ARK Performance Motorsports Team.
Dennis Mertzanis will be going into his second year with the ARK Performance Motorsports Team and his fifth year as a professional Formula Drift driver.
February 18, 2014; ARK Performance is pleased to announce that it has officially signed on professional Formula Drift driver Patrick Mordaunt to the ARK Performance Motorsports Team. Following this exciting announcement, Mordaunt will be driving for ARK Performance in a Genesis Coupe. The actual vehicle is still not yet released but will definitely be very exciting for all Hyundai owners and Genesis Coupe owners alike.
At age 14, Patrick started his drifting career in a 1985 Corolla GTS (AE86) and has grown ever since. Earning his Formula Drift Pro license in 2007 he has been heavily involved in the drift scene. He has become a well-versed driver starting at the grassroots level, to privateering his own team, and now becoming a team driver. Patrick personally drives his 350Z as a practice car and the Genesis Coupe should be very similar to his current chassis.
Casper Canul was looking to place high in this weekends past Formula Drift: Round 4 in Las Vegas event. After an incident in New Jersey, which caused him to be knocked out early during competition. He went into Las Vegas looking to make a come back even stronger since he has now broken in the new BC (Brian Crower) motor that he acquired and has become fully comfortable with and was ready to come out and show what the car and he himself had to give. With the help of his new found back yard to practice and zero in the car at a local Bi-Weekly venue called Inland Drift in Lake Perris. Casper had been able to make sure all bugs were worked out, and perfected the car on his way to his next stop Las Vegas!
Unfortunately that wasn’t the case as it came the time at the event. Thursday’s practice Casper was aggressive and tagged the wall and was very confident and having fun with the car and the heat. On Friday, Casper’s parents arrived showing their support, only to have problems arise with the turbo boost which was considerably down in power. During practice before qualifying the ARK Nissan S14.5 broke the rear knuckle, a caliper, and a piece of rotor nearly hit a photographer which Casper later autographed. Continue reading
Casper Canul is a Mexican-American who dropped off the drift scene in 2008. So we thought, in all reality he dropped off a visual drift scene by not running Formula Drift. Since then we have know that he has done random drift clinics in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Mexico, and kept the drifting culture alive and well in the Hispanic world while his absence was seen from the Formula Drift season.
Today we caught up with Casper Canul as he qualified Top 32 for Round 1 of Formula Drift. Marking his return to the 2009 FD Season. We got to speak with Casper and ask him one thing. Why have you decided to return to a scene we all know you loved? “I believe I can win. My supporters and family believe I can win too. It is through a monumental out pour of support from Swing Shift Motorsports, Frontmann Competitive Corp. and ARK Performance that has made my come back possible. My supporters in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic felt that it was time to show what the Hispanic Community needs a representative competing at the highest level of drifting. so to everyone I am grateful.”
Look forward to seeing Casper Canul in Round 1 and as well as the entire 2009 Formula Drift series.