Welcome to the official GReddy USA blog. -Think of this as our online weekly "GReddy Times," a venue for us to report what's going on or what just happened at GReddy USA this week (new products, new projects, racing news, even online store specials.) On our blog you can see what we are up to in the GReddy Sales floor, R&D garage, on the road or even from our Headquarters in Japan.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Formula D Rd.5 - Evergreen Speedway, WA


Another Great 8 Finish for Ken Gushi and the GReddy Performance x Hankook Tire x Scion Racing FR-S in 2014, helps push Scion into the lead for the Formula Drift OEM Manufacture's Championship. Hankook also leads in the FD Tire Manufacture's Championship. 

The GReddy - Turbo by Garrett 2JZ-powered FR-S makes great power, but getting all that power to the ground effectively has been a challenging task.  After some tough rounds on the east coast, it has been great to have the FR-S back in the GReddy garage for preparation of the last 3 rounds...

The Seattle tandems of #FDSEA was a good milestone for our progress.  It also introduced a unique starting line chicane for the lead car to keep the cars closer together, entering the first turn.  In Top32 Ken was matched up against the V8 Camaro of Tyler McQuarrie.  After some good pressure on the Ken's following run, the Camaro ended up going off course and advancing the FR-S into the main event 16-car bracket.

In Top16, the similarly match cars of Gushi and Tureck, made for some of the most exciting battles of the weekend.  The runs between the pair of 2JZ-powered FR-S was too difficult for the judges to declare a winner, so a OMT (One More Time) call was made to have them battle it out again.  These runs were even closer.  Eventually, Ken came out with the Win, moving him on to face the current championship leading contender, Chris Forsberg.

In the Great8, Ken followed close to Forsberg in the V8-powered 370Z in the first run, but a small technical issue in the second run prevented Ken from challenging for semi-finals.  Sometimes luck also plays a big factor in professional drifting.  All in all, Seattle was a positive step in the team's progression.


Next up #FDTX at Texas Motorspeedway on Sept.12-13.





Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Rocket Bunny RX-7 Option

UPDATE : New Rocket Bunny RX7 Rear Diffuser Option
 
RX-7 (FD3S) Rear Diffuser
    Construction -
FRP
    MSRP
$450
    Part Number #
17040208

            see Authorized GReddy Dealer List  













Contact an Authorized GReddy Dealers for the Rocket Bunny (FD3S) RX-7 and (R35) GT-R wide-body aero kits...



   Construction: FRP
 
PreOrder
  MSRP $
3,200. USD
 
Part Number # 17040207
      see Authorized GReddy Dealer List


Complete Rocket Bunny Kit includes: -FRP

  Full Front Bumper
  Front Lip
  Side Skirts
  Front Over-Fenders (set)
  Rear Over Fender (set)
  Rear "Ducktail" Wing

   LED Turn Signal Kit - option










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http://www.greddy.com/products/aerodynamics/rocketbunny/?partnum=17020635
Rocket Bunny "Full Metal Jacket" R35 GT-R (Complete Kit with GT-Wing)
   Designed by Kei Miura,TRA Kyoto
   Construction: FRP
  PreOrder

  MSRP $
15,000. USD
 
Part Number # 17020635
      see Authorized GReddy Dealer List



Complete Rocket Bunny Kit includes: -FRP

  Full Front Bumper
  Upper Front Lip

  Front Lip Plate
  Lower Front Lip Diffuser
  Front Canard (set)
  Front Fender Canard (set)
  Side Canard (set)
  Front Over-Fenders (set)
  Rear Over Fender (set)
  Rear Under Diffuser
  Rear Diffuser Alum. Brackets
  GT-Wing and End-plates
  GT-Wing Aluminum Uprights
  GT-Wing Rod Supports
   LED Turn Signal Kit

As used on the GReddy/TRUST Racing Team - Team Toyo Drift 35RX Dspec GT-R in D1 Gran Prix:
TRUST Racing Team 35RX Dspec GT-R


Friday, July 11, 2014

Up next Formula Drift Rd.5 Evergreen

Next stop on the Formula Drift tour for the GReddy Performance x Hankook Tire x Scion Racing FR-S will be the high speed banks of Evergreen Speedway.

http://www.greddy.com/featured/50

Formula Drift Rd.5 - July 18-19
Evergreen Speedway, WA
Live Stream: http://formulad.com/live/




Here's a recap of last 2years at the Seattle event:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

First Win for the 35RX Dspec GT-R


Ken Block's Nagoya Experience D1GP Stars Winner!
   Masato Kawabata - Team Toyo Drift x TRUST Racing 35RX Dspec GT-R



On July 5th, Ken Block returned to Japan for a huge demo featuring 12 of the top D1 Grand Prix drifters.  Or very own Masato Kawabata in the Team Toyo Tires Drift x TRUST Racing 35RX Dspec GT-R, not only qualified No.1, but came out victorious in an unusually tight and strangely decorated Gymkhana-like course to over 9,000 Japanese fans.


Being the winner of the D1 Tandem tournament, Kawabata won a chance to challenge the purpose built AWD Ford of Ken Block.  We have to say, for a large, high-speed pro-drift car like the 35RX GT-R, was surprisingly competitive at the hands of 2x D1 Champion, Kawabata!



Ken Blocks AWD Gymkhana Fiesta takes the win.  Check out the side by comparison...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Winners for our Online pre-GReddyGarageSALE contest

http://www.greddy.com/featured/60

And the winners of our 1st Instagram #GReddyContest is...

@VULDAYNE
@flipdrm
@ill_wrx
@coolcatcontreras


 
http://instagram.com/p/qAHGVayT3k/?modal=true  
Look for our next Online contest and more updates on the GReddy Garage SALE on July26, but following us via @greddyracing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter...

Monday, June 30, 2014

Success at Pikes Peak for Ken Gushi and the GReddy Team

    Personal Best 10:30.188!

As part of the Scion Racing contingent, Ken Gushi climbs to the infamous Pikes Peak 14,115ft summit in a super quick 10 minute and 30.188 seconds with an average speed of 68.551mph and claims 3rd place (17th overall, out of 130racers) in the tough 18-car field of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Time Attack 1 division (just behind two heavily modified 911 Cup race cars).


The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest race in America and is respected worldwide.  It is not only difficult because of the dangerous blind corners and deadly cliffs, but the unusual nature of the race.  The full 152 turn course is actually a public road that is only opened up to be raced once a year and competitors get just one chance to clock a time over the 4,720ft climb.   Thats not to say, it's a one day race.  Their is also a grueling week of 3:00am set-ups and practices on each sections of the course.

2014 was the GReddy Racing Team's 3rd assault with Scion Racing, but the first with our revised Drift FR-S ver1.5, lucky number #86. (our two previous races were with our GReddy Turbo tC and our now 2014 crew-chief, Takeshi Aizawa)  It is also Ken's third consecutive race up the mountain (the past two years, he was driving the famous Lexus CCSR)  The combination of Ken Gushi and the GReddy Performance x Hankook Tire x Scion Racing FR-S proved to be great combination, netting both Ken and GReddy our fastest time yet.  [see how we converted our 2012-13 Formula Drift FR-S from Drift-spec to Hill Climb Spec...



Converting our 2012-13 pro Drift FR-S over to a hill climb spec didn't go off without it's share adjustments that had to be overcome.  The result was the car had to miss out on the lower section practice and qualifying day.  This meant the Ken would have to run at the very end of the event.  Luckily for the Team, when Ken did get to leave the starting line after 4:00pm MT, he was experienced enough put together a good run with an aggressive top section run.  Sector 1 - 1:55.961, Sector 2 - 2.33.575, Sector 3 - 3:01.889 and Sector 4 - 2.58.763!

more Photos and Video coming soon...    follow us @greddyracing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Special thanks to our partners: Scion Racing, Hankook Tire, Takata Racing, Turbo by Garrett, Rocket Bunny, Rays Engineering/Gram Lights, OS Giken, KW Suspension, SPL Parts, WPC Treatment, Supertech, Bluemoon Performance, FMT-Tuned by N8, Ignite Racing Fuels, Motec USA, AEM electronics, APR Performance, Project Mu, Driveshaft Shop, Spin Imaging, JonSibal, Revolutions Performance, TRUST and Scion







Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Revised GReddy Racing FR-S Ver1.5 for Pikes Peak


Best known as a top drifting competitor, Gushi won the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Exhibition Auto Class driving a Lexus ISF CCS-R. This year he’ll drive a 2013 FR-S in the Time Attack 1 Division for production-based two- and four-wheel drive vehicles. This is the second appearance of the FR-S at the event.
“No race on earth is quite like the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and I can’t wait to conquer it in a car I love: the Scion FR-S,” Gushi said. “Every turn of this course requires the best performance out of the driver and vehicle, and racing fans will love what they see.”

The 12.42-mile race in the Colorado Rocky Mountains finishes at the 14,115-foot summit, where drivers and vehicles contend with thin air and high winds. To prepare for the course, the GReddy Racing team has retuned the suspension of the FR-S race car and added new performance and safety components. As modified, the engine produces 500 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.

“The highly competitive Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will showcase Ken Gushi’s renowned racing skills and the enhanced performance capabilities of the FR-S,” said Landy Joe, Scion auto shows and special events manager. “Scion Racing is thrilled to compete in this iconic event again this year and let our fans experience a ‘Race to the Clouds’ with the FR-S.”

For more information about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, visit www.ppihc.com. For videos and interviews with Gushi after the race, visit www.scionracing.com.
*Check out what we did to go from Drift-spec to Hill Climb spec...(link)




Monday, June 23, 2014

Formula D Rd.4 - Wall Stadium, NJ

  • Monday GReddy coverage from Formula Drift #FDNJ 2014



The Gauntlet of Wall Stadium can be a very exciting track.  The dangerous tight steep banks of Wall to the harsh transition back to flat inner field can be tricky to tune in the dynamics of these new generation of powerful Formula D competition cars. 

Thursday practice gave a bit of bad luck in a wet testing session.  On a high line of the bank, Ken caught a little too much guard rail with the back end of the FR-S and it through the front end of the car right into the barriers.   But with some hard work by the team and some extra parts from the Tuerck/PSI team, the GReddy Performance x Hankook Tire x Scion Racing FR-S was ready in time for Friday Qualifying.  Ken scored a 73pt run for 25th seed in Top32 out of one of the large fields this season.

In Top32 eliminations, Ken Gushi was matched up against the 2JZ-powered S14 of Kenneth Moen.  Both the follow and lead runs between were very close and could have went OMT, but the final split decision ended up cutting the weekend short.  Although the event outcome wasn't good, great lessons for team were learned and we can't wait to get the car back to the GReddy R&D HQ for some more upgrades.  Next round, Seattle, WA, July 18-19.

*On a side note, we would like to send our congratulations to our Scion Racing/Hankook Tire teammates from Papakakis Racing on their 1st event win with Fredric Aasbo!






Thursday, June 19, 2014

Individual Rocket Bunny FR-S/BRZ Version 2 Parts

GReddy now makes individual items from the Rocket Bunny FR-S/BRZ Version 2 kit available for special order.  Many items are now in-stock and ready to be ordered through Authorized GReddy Dealers.

17010231   -Front Bumper - FRP  -1pc.
                    17010237  -Front Splitter, 17010238  -OMP Rods, 17010237  -Grill Mesh
17010232   -Side Skirts - FRP -2pcs.
17010234   -Front Over-Fender set +40mm - FRP -4pcs.
17010235   -Rear Over-Fender set +65mm - FRP -4pcs.
17010233   -Rear Under Diffuser +60mm - FRP -1pc.
17010236   -Rear "Duck-tail" wing - FRP - 1pc.

   * (17010230   -DRL lights  - 10LED)





OPTION:
We will also make the FR-S/BRZ Version 3 Rear Wing available separately:
(the Ver2 & Ver3 wings are compatible with the Ver1 Aero Kit but not with the GT Wing)
*Authorized GReddy Dealer are now accepting pre-orders.  1st shipment due late July-Aug.





Friday, June 13, 2014

24 Hours of Le Mans - GReddy History


2014 marks our 20th anniversary form our last appearance at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans.  In that 1994 race the Nisso Trust Racing Team finished 4th overall and 2nd in the LMP1/C90 class with drivers George Fouche, Steven Andskar, and Bob Wollek.  The race also marked the end of the Group C era.  In previous years, the team also raced successful efforts in 1993-90 with both Toyota and Porsche in Group C (see below)


1994 was also the year TRUST Japan established GPP GReddy Performance Products Inc. in the Irvine, California to introduce GReddy products to the North American market.

20 years later we are again racing with Toyota via Scion with the GReddy Performance x Hankook Tire x Scion Racing FR-S for Formula Drift and the Pikes International Hill Climb (another world famous racing event)

You can watch this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans thanks to the Nismo Channel on Youtube

Info from http://www.racingsportscars.com