This year’s Formula Drift Season is only a few weeks away. And with that first event getting closer and closer, more teams are debuting their race cars in the best ways imaginable. We’ve already seen parts of Tanner Foust’s 900 horsepower Passat, and some sneak peak’s of Formula D Champion Chris Foresberg’s 370Z, but today, Vaughn Gittin Jr. is getting in on the action with his new RTR Mustang.
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On a list of the all-time greatest American race cars, there are a few challengers that vie for the top spot, but perhaps none more pedigreed than the Ford GT40. Henry Ford campaigned his GT40 in sportscar racing not to be good but to be the best, and that of course meant beating Ferrari on the world’s stage – Le Mans.
Jaguar had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times in the 1950s with the gorgeous C-Type and D-Type. Jaguar boss William Lyons particularly liked the Malcolm Sayer-designed lines and curves of the D-Type, and wanted to put its technology and good looks to use in a viable road car. This would be the legendary E-Type of 1961. But before that, there was one experimental racing prototype that bridged the gap between ‘D’ and ‘E’. That was the E2A.
Racing sims like Forza and Gran Turismo are among the most popular video games on the planet. They connect the youth and enthusiasts alike with cars they could only dream of one day buying. And with that popularity, racing simulators are becoming more and more complex. Even as complex as what you see here.
We don’t often think of turbine-powered automobiles and for good reason. But during the 1960s, manufacturers were experimenting with them and even racing them with enthusiasm. Chrysler gave 50 turbine-powered cars to members of the general public for a trial run in 1963, BRM and Rover built one and raced it at Le Mans from 1963-65, and Lotus nearly won the Indy 500 with the Type 56 Turbine in 1968. The most successful turbine car, however, was the Howmet TX built in 1968 by the Howmet Corporation, a metallics company.
Two decades ago, McLaren hit the supercar scene and absolutely dominated the headlines with the introduction of the F1. Technically speaking, it was a leap forward in both automotive engineering and design. Twenty years later and McLaren is still pushing the envelope of what’s possible in the world of supercars.
Rally champion? Check. Formula D champion? Check. Top Gear US host and skilled athlete? Check and check. Tanner Foust has done it all, but it seems the talented driver is heading back into the insane world that is Formula Drift.
To celebrate that return, Rockstar, Foust’s primary sponsor, made a quick teaser to psych everybody up for his return and give a few glimpses of his new drift car. Hint: It’s not a Beetle.
For those who didn’t catch what Foust will be driving, it’s a customized Formula D Volkswagen Passat. How weird do those words look? Why Volkswagen would choose the Passat is beyond us. It’s about as far from a performance car as you can get. It’s just all beige and boring, especially compared to the recently launched Golf R.
However, as you might already know, Formula D is quite a fluid and odd form of racing. People come and go, and the choice of engines and cars tend to change every other day. Within Formula D, the engines don’t even need to be part of the automaker’s lineup for them to use it in the car. For instance, Foust’s car appears to be powered by a small block Chevy motor.
Currently the sport is dominated by Chevy’s LS series engine. The ease at which these motors can handle horsepower and produce mind blowing amounts of torque makes them perfect for getting superlight cars sliding sideways at unbelievable speeds. We will be able to check out Tanner’s new car this coming April for the kickoff for the Formula D season at Long Beach.
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