The opening Pro-AM USDrift Round 1 race at Englishtown, NJ is in the books. It was a fast paced day with the weather quickly changing from cloudy to steady rain as the competition went on. Overall there were 18 cars that showed up to compete and after our two qualifying runs we ended up 12th on the grid. Our first battle against Nick D’Alessio was with a slick track and no idea of grip levels. Nick led and ended up spinning halfway through the first turn; on my lead lap I managed to keep the car on the track and sideways, albeit not on the best line as things were "twitchy". This was enough to put us through to the next round.
In the next battle against Paul Beiswenger we ended up straightening a little more than we hoped on the lead run. Paul followed closely and was able to put a little more distance between us on his lead lap, giving him the win.
Overall we're very happy with how the car ran given the fact we finished all the new body panels and our newest sponsor InkSane Graphics finished putting the new look on Friday night before the race. We placed 7th in race and are currently 7th in the overall standings. Now it's crunch time to finish getting in the Garrett GT4094R Turbo for Hyperfest in West Virginia!
As usual the ClubLoose media guys come through! Check out these sweet Opening Moves videos with a couple good action shots of the DriftLogix Mustang shredding it sideways.
ClubLoose "Opening Moves" was a huge success for us in terms of pre-season testing! We were able to get the Mustang operational (minus the turbo for now) in an effort to start dialing in the suspension. The car honestly felt like it gained another 75 horsepower just from the chassis lightening and other modifications. Stay tuned for some great Opening Moves videos here shortly!
Crunch time! Getting everything ready for this weekend's ClubLoose opener at Englishtown, NJ which we've (at the last minute) decided to shoot for. As you can see from the pics below we're almost finished with the 2012 body panel conversion. All that's left as of today is the rear bumper, trunk, and passenger side quarter panel.
All the wiring as been re-routed to give us additional tire clearance and the ECU and BEC have been moved back to a spot we opened on the firewall/cowl to give the upcoming #TurboLife Garrett Turbo room to breathe!
Great news, well, at least for us. We're proud to announce that we will be competition in the complete Formula Drift Pro-AM series USDrift! Be sure to check out the events page for all the details. We're incredibly pumped to be running this new NorthEast series; especially because it means less money for gas and more money for tires.
We've had a ton of updates since our last post. Although these pictures don't tell the entire story the car has been cut and stripped of all its 2006 body panels in prep for the new 2012 fiberglass. The rear quarters, door skins and trunk have all been test fit for final installation.
As part of the prep for the new Garrett Turbo we installed the radiator from Mishimoto and began converting the cooling system to a 2007+ configuration which reduces the "tube clutter" and moves the thermostat to the hot side of the radiator for better cooling. If anyone is looking for a quality radiator, the Mishimoto piece is exceptional. Everything is tig welded and it lined up perfectly with the stock mounts.
As you can see from the first picture below, we were able to remove a decent amount of "unneeded" wiring from the harness. There's more that came out once we got under the dash too. Currently in progress is the relocation of the stock ECU and relay/fuse box to the original battery location. A large chunk of the cowl was also junked in favor of more space and less weight.
Several pictures show the process for our 2012 light conversion. Since the headlight assembly is very different we had to make room and trim several areas of the stock mounts. We'll be lighting up the road with some HIDs and red "gatling" LEDs in the shroud for effect this year too!
Stay tuned as we continue progress on the body panels, cooling upgrades, and eliminate the factory charge motion plates (seriously, who from Ford thought that would be a good idea to install!).
What better way to keep the upcoming Garrett #TurboLife power to the ground than with a new 3+ clutch from our newest sponsor, SPEC Clutches and Flywheels! Can't wait to get this high quality piece on the car.
Winter update: We've started taking the car apart and getting everything prepped for the big upgrades. The stock steering column is completely gone in favor of a quick release and suede steering wheel mounted to a 3/4 inch circle track type shaft. Still working on a custom mount with an end link to secure it. Also moved and rewired all the necessities to a custom carbon fiber switch panel we made to fit where the stock radio (which is also gone) was originally.
DriftLogix is proud to announce our newest sponsor for the 2013 race season, Garrett Turbo (www.facebook.com/turbolife). We are incredibly excited about this opportunity and can't wait to show what a turbocharged V8 Mustang is truly capable of. No more clutch-kicking to keep it sideways! Look for higher entry speeds and some serious smoke from the Garret/Mishimoto DriftLogix Mustang.