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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

GReddy event coverage from Formula Drift FDFL 2016


Ken Gushi and the GReddy Racing - Nexen Tires - SR by Toyota 86 Team fought the Orlando heat on their way to a Formula Drift 6th place finish in round 3 of the Formula Drift Pro Championships (and moving back to 6th in the championship with 5rounds to go...)


Looking to repeat, his Top Qualifying result from 2015, Ken laid down a solid first Qualifying pass, netting 89pts, but as trying to better the second run, he ended up making contact with the high speed banked wall.  

After an evening of repairs, the team got the SR by Toyota 86 back to 100% for the 32 bracket of eliminations.  In the first battle on Saturday, Ken drove a smooth and clean lead run which made for  an exciting battle with "Mad Mike's" twin turbo 4rotor MX5 chasing.  In the end, a tire de-beading incident ended the day for the Miata, resulting in a solo 2nd run and easy win for the GReddy Racing Team.
During the Formula Drift halftime break, Ken signed autographs and displayed the new Boost Brigade line to the Orlando fans.  Two lucky fans even won the damaged Gram Lights 57Transcend wheels off the 86, in the Friday qualifying run crash.  

The 16 bracket eliminations matched up Gushi vs Bakchis's LS-power Genesis.  After a split decision, Ken upped his smooth performance in the OMT battles with a more aggressive line on the bank and added better proximity to take the win.
video

The 3rd round in the Formula Drift Great8 brought another tough match-up.  2014 series champion, Forsberg and his V8 NOS powered 370Z.  Again the battles were very close, but a small mistake taking out the 2nd clip on the chase run was enough to open up a gap on the infield. 
video


For more photos from FDFL and Ken's personal recap, see:
https://www.facebook.com/kengushi/posts/10154901576698222


The next event is just around the corner,
Formula Drift Wall Speedway, #FDNJ - June 17-18


Monday, May 23, 2016

Next event: Formula Drift Rd.3

Ken Gushi and the GReddy Racing - Nexen Tire - SR by Toyota 86 will be back in action June, 3rd and 4th for Formula Drift Rd.3 - Orlando Speedworld.

http://www.formulad.com/live


TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, June 3, 2016
8:00am - 7:00pm - WILL CALL: Open for credential pick up - Will Call Tent
9:00am - 10:00am - SETUP: Sponsors/teams/vendors - Venue
9:30am - 10:15am - PRO: Mandatory Drivers Meeting - FD HQ
10:00am - 7:30pm - BOX OFFICE - Box Office
10:15am - 10:45am - MEDIA: Mandatory Meeting for ALL 'Hot Area' Access Credential Holders - FD HQ
10:30am - 12:30pm - PRO: Open Practice - Track
11:00am - 9:00pm - GATES OPEN TO PUBLIC - Venue
12:45pm - 3:45pm - PRO: Qualifying: All Drivers - Track
3:45pm - 4:30pm - PRO: Autograph Signing Session - TBA
5:00pm - 6:00pm - PRO 2: Practice - Track
6:15pm - 6:30pm - PRO 2: National Anthem / Opening Ceremonies - Track
6:45pm - 8:30pm - PRO 2: Top 16 Competition - Track
8:30pm - 9:00pm - PRO 2: Trophy Ceremony & Closing
10:00pm - 8:00am - CLEAR VENUE


Saturday, June 4, 2016 - Main Event
9:00am - 5:00pm - WILL CALL: Open for credential pick up - Will Call Tent
10:00am - VENUE OPEN: Credential Holders Only - Venue
10:00am - 6:00pm - BOX OFFICE HOURS - Box Office
11:00am - 11:30am - PRO: Mandatory Drivers Meeting - FD HQ
11:00am - 9:00pm - GATES OPEN TO PUBLIC - Venue
11:30am - 12:00pm - MEDIA: Mandatory Meeting for ALL 'Hot Area' Access Credential Holders - FD HQ
12:00pm - 1:30pm - PRO: Open Practice - Top 32 - Track
1:40pm - 3:30pm - PRO: Main Competition - Round of 32 - Track
3:30pm - 5:00pm - HALF TIME BREAK
4:00pm - 5:00pm - VIP EXPERIENCE: Track Walk - TBA
5:00pm - 5:30pm - NATIONAL ANTHEM / OPENING CEREMONIES - Track
5:30pm - 7:00pm - PRO: Main Competition - Round of 16 to Finals - Track
7:00pm - 7:30pm - TROPHY CEREMONY & CLOSING 


Take a look back at 2015 in Orlando:

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sung Kang eplains the Fugu Z Build

Automotive enthusiasts and "Fast and Furious" franchise star, Sung Kang explains to SEMA Chairman, Wade Kawasaki, the story behind his GReddy-built Fugu Z project in the 2015 SEMA Show main lobby.  The FuguZ was awarded the 2015 Gran Turismo Award "Best of Show"

WADE_SUNG_v1_h264 from Lucid on Vimeo.
 
Boost Brigade Classic GReddy G Coach's Jackethttp://shopgreddy.com/boostbrigade/official-fugu-z-merchandise-by-boost-brigade

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

GReddy event coverage from Formula Drift FDATL 2016

Ken Gushi and the GReddy Racing - SR by Toyota Team has definitely had our share of highs and lows over the years at Road Atlanta.

Last year the Formula Drift event in Atlanta was one of our all time highs, with our first Team Podium with Ken.   It really showed the strength of the driver, team and car, having to fight multiple one more time (OMT) battles with tough competitors, on the way to a 2nd place finish.  It began a string of top qualifiers and podium finishes over the rest of the 2015 Season and Rd.1 this season.  (Watch Last Years SR by Toyota Driven 2 Drift recap of FDATL 2015.

Unfortunately, Round 2 in Atlanta this year, did not go as well.  Read below and hear first hand from Ken, how the race week unfolded...


Luckily with one extra round this season, and a big shake up between Rd1 and Rd2 finishers, the championship race is still a wide open. (Formula Drift Post Show Video)


FDATL - Top32 Video Clip - Gushi Lead Run with Essa.
http://formuladrift.networka.com/amazing-chase-at-michaelessa-win-vs-at-kengushi-top-32-number-fdatl-2nd-run-formulad-dot-com/live

Look for Gushi and the GReddy Racing - Nexen Tire - SR by Toyota 86 Team to regroup and comeback harder then ever for Rd.3, Orlando Speedworld, FL - June 3-4


Ken Gushi s personal event recap: "Formula Drift Atlanta was a tough break for our team. We started the weekend on Thursday with open practice and for some reason, I could not get the car to rotate properly from In-Clip 1 to OuterZone 1. I began addressing the issue by making rebump adjustments on the KW coilovers. A few clicks out and it began to show improvements. But then I felt like now it was rotating a bit too slow. So I made a couple changes on the compression side. It was better.... I think. Thursday's open practice ended with a lack of confidence going into Friday's qualifying.
My strategy for Qualifying was to mirror the same line and angle as last year but in lap one, I threw the car in too aggressive into outer zone 2 and ended up running short towards the latter half the zone. 76. Second lap, I decided to tone down a little at outer zone 2 and ended up running a bit timid but with a cleaner conservative line. 79. We were slotted 19th in the top 32 battle, matched up with Mike Essa. I haven't scored so low in a qualifying round since the first round of 2015. This is not a very good feeling nor was it any form of a confidence boost.
Saturday morning, I decided to have the rear springs swapped to a softer rate with hopes of increasing rear grip. I don't know if that was a smart move, but I will get into that later.
During practice that morning, the car felt great up front, but when chasing, I couldn't get the car to hook up accelerating into outer zone 1. No matter who I chased, I would get gapped at outer zone 1 going up-hill. At this point, I was lost with the rear suspension set-up. I didn't know which way to go and we were running out of time. My top 32 battle against Mike was a disaster since my worst fears became a reality. Mike was split-second faster to get back on throttle after initiation, and I had a hard time finding grip going uphill towards outer zone 2. To make things worse, the steering wheel locked at full-lock braking into outer zone 2. It would have been okay if I was to get back on throttle, but was in no shape or form to do that at that moment. We both drove past the finish line with about a 4 car gap. Advantage Mike.
On my lead lap, I drove my absolute best to throw as much angle and smoke as I could but I was not able to shake him off. My transition from outer zone 1 to outer zone 2 was the best chance I had to throw him off. Instead of braking into outer zone 2, I decided to throw it in backwards and use angle and throttle to decel, but no luck. The was my absolute best run of the weekend and it came a little too late.
We were knocked out and as a result, we sit 11th in the championship ranking with 6 rounds left. Do we still have room to make up points and take the fight to the top? Absolutely. We will come back in Orlando standing on the podium."

Monday, May 2, 2016

Formula Drift Rd.2 Atlanta - May 6-7


Ken Gushi and the GReddy Racing - Nexen Tire - SR by Toyota 86 Team will begin our east coast leg of the 2016 Formula Drift Pro Championships this weekend, May 6th and 7th at Road Atlanta, GA. and we are bring along our full Boost Brigade line!

Be sure to watch it live, Friday & Saturday
http://www.formulad.com/live

GReddy Racing Team Gear

 
Formula Drift video teaser:




 
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

Friday, May 6, 2016 
7:00am – VENUE OPEN: Credential Holders Only – Venue 
7:00am – 9:45pm – BOX OFFICE HOURS – Box Office 
10:00am – 9:00pm – WILL CALL: Open for credential pick up – Will Call Tent 
1:30pm – 3:30pm – PRO: Open Practice – Track 
3:45pm – 6:45pm – PRO: Qualifying: All Drivers – Track 
6:45pm – 7:30pm – PRO: Autograph Signing Session – TBA 
7:00pm – 8:00pm – PRO 2: Practice – Track 
8:15pm – 8:30pm – PRO 2: National Anthem / Opening Ceremonies – Track 
8:45pm – 10:30pm – PRO 2: Top 16 Competition – Track 
10:30pm – 11:00pm – PRO 2: Trophy Ceremony & Closing 


Saturday, May 7, 2016 - Main Event 
7:00am – 9:00pm – BOX OFFICE HOURS – Box Office  
7:00am – VENUE OPEN: Credential Holders Only – Venue 
10:00am – 8:00pm – WILL CALL: Open for credential pick up – Will Call Tent 
2:30pm – 4:00pm – PRO: Open Practice – Top 32 – Track 
4:10pm – 6:00pm – PRO: Main Competition - Round of 32 – Track 
6:00pm – 7:30pm – HALF TIME BREAK 
6:30pm – 7:30pm – VIP EXPERIENCE: Track Walk – TBA 
7:30pm – 8:00pm – NATIONAL ANTHEM / OPENING CEREMONIES – Track  
8:00pm – 10:00pm – PRO: Main Competition - Round of 16 to Finals – Track 
10:00pm – 10:30pm – TROPHY CEREMONY & CLOSING

Monday, April 25, 2016

3 New GReddy Turbo Exhausts:


Great Power and Sound!
Large 76mm (3") Cat-back Exhausts for the:

Nissan Juke - EVOlution GT / Hyundai Veloster & Ford Focus - Supreme SP

Nissan Juke EVOlution GT Exhaust



GReddy p/n: 10128304
Model
: 2010-16 Nissan Juke (& Nismo spec)
MSRP: $750.

The EVOlution GT exhaust for the Nissan Juke (FWD) enhances performance, while maintaining excellent sound levels for everyday driving. Power test have shown 10whp/11ft-lbs of torque increase, with a rich throaty sound. While cruising speeds, enjoy very comfortable sound levels, with no drone. The unique design of the compact EVO GT off-set tip muffler, provides ideal piping clearance, even with the large 76mm (3”) diameter piping. Like all GReddy EVOlution GT systems this fully hand-welded 304 Stainless-Steel exhaust carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.




Hyundai Veloster Supreme SP Exhaust


 
GReddy p/n: 10178201
Model
: 2011-16 Veloster Turbo (& R-Spec)
MSRP: $945.

The Supreme SP, for the Hyundai Veloster, features an excellent combination of performance and sound. Large 76mm (3.0”) mandrel-bent piping is carefully routed underneath the compact chassis to an extra large resonator and compact, rear mounted, oval SP muffler. To finish off the system, a smooth dual 63.5mm (2.5”) split leads to a functional, remote center exit with 102mm (4.0”) GReddy engraved tips. Power tests have shown increased performance throughout the power-band, with peak gains of 12whp and 6ft.lbs. Sound is well controlled for street use, with no passenger compartment drone. Like all GReddy Supreme SP systems the fully hand-welded 304 Stainless-Steel exhaust carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.



Ford Focus ST Supreme SP Exhaust


 
GReddy p/n: 10148203
Model
: 2013-14 Ford Focus ST
MSRP: $795.

The Supreme SP for the Ford Focus ST combines, classic GReddy styling and sound to boost power from the modern American EcoBoost powerplant. Large 76mm (3”) diameter mandrel piping is carefully routed beneath ST chassis through two inline, compact Supreme SP straight-through muffler sections. Dual 102mm (4”) GReddy double walled tips perfectly finish-off the system through the center exit bumper. Power tests have shown substantial increase in mid-range power and torque, with peak gains of 24whp and 11ft.lbs. Like all GReddy Supreme SP systems the fully hand-welded 304 Stainless-Steel exhaust carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Record Breaker - Masato Kawabata - Nissan GT-R Nismo

Nissan Middle East FZE has sped into the record books after extremely brave driver Masato Kawabata (Japan) achieved the Fastest vehicle drift ever at a staggering 304.96 km/h (189.49 mi/h), while driving a Nissan GT-R Nismo during an event at Fujairah International Airport, UAE, last month.
 
The drift champion broke the Guinness World Records title three times at 273.39, 304.96 and 296.79 km/h with an angulation of 55.21°, 33.56° and 34.42° respectively, traveling down the 3 km long airstrip.
 
video
Kawabata and Nissan significantly bettered the previous record of 217.973 km/h (135.44 mi/h) which was achieved by Jakub Przygonski (Poland) at Biala Podlaska Airport near Warsaw, Poland, in 2013.
 
The Nissan GT-R Nismo car used for the attempt was specially-tuned by GReddy Trust in order to maximize its agility and stability.
 
Fastest vehicle drift Nissan GT-R rear
 
Samir Cherfan, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East commented on the incredible achievement: “Once again, Nissan has again broken a Guinness World Records title and has made international history in the UAE. The GT-R Nismo is one of the world’s most iconic supercars, proving time and again the incredible breadth of its capabilities, and has clearly demonstrated its performance leadership by beating the best drift cars out there.”
 
Fastest vehicle drift Nissan GT-R action
 
Not the first time this vehicle has entered the record books, a Nissan GT-R achieved an acceleration of 0–60 mph (0–100 km) in 3.5 seconds while completing a lap of the Nürburgring circuit in Nürburg, Germany in 2008, to earn the Guinness World Records title Fastest 0-60mph acceleration by a four seater production car.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

GReddy event coverage from Formula Drift FDLB

Ken Gushi in the GReddy Racing - Nexen Tire - SR by Toyota 86 claims 3rd place in the 2016 Formula Drift Pro Championships season opener on the Streets of Long Beach course.


From Formula Drift press release

"Round 1: Streets of Long Beach kicked off the new season in dramatic fashion. The volume of rain, the variable surface conditions of the street course, which made for treacherous conditions in general during Friday’s practice, created a rain delay, which ultimately resulted in the Series making the decision to draw on a provision of the Sporting Regulations that allows the Series to forgo Qualifying in the face of inclement weather. Drivers were placed into the Top 32 bracket based on their 2015 ranking. The weather held up for the main competition and the drivers were able to give the fans a great showing to start the season..."


Saturday's main competition day, started off dry, but just before the Top 32 match up of #2 qualifier, Ken Gushi's Toyota 86 vs. Faruk Kugay' 2JZ-powered Nissan S14, rain began to fall.  With great control, Ken drove great lead line in the slippery condition and avoided contact in the chase position, when his opponent made contact with the wall.  Ken took the win. 

http://formuladrift.networka.com/ken-gushi-vs-faruk-kugay-top-32-number-fdlb-2016 


During the Formula Drift Half-time break, the GReddy Team debuted the new Boost Brigade Spring Collection.  It was great to see many fans support the new brand in the stands.  For more info. see the new online store:

www.boostbrigade.com





Luckily as the weather cleared up during the break.  It allowed for a mostly dry exciting competition to the end of the event.  With packed Long Beach grandstands, the 16 brackets saw Ken Gushi advanced pass the VR-powered G37 of Charles Ng, with solid lead and chase runs.

http://formuladrift.networka.com/ken-gushi-vs-charles-ng-top-16-number-fdlb-2016


In the Great 8, Ken Gushi went against Forrest Wang's 2JZ-powered Nissan S14.  Similarly to the his 32 battle (except in the dry) Ken laid down a dominate lead pass, building a large gap, which pressured his opponent to make a mistake in the 2nd run. This moved the the GReddy Team onto the Semi Finals.

http://formuladrift.networka.com/ken-gushi-vs-forrest-wang-great-8-number-fdlb-2016-part-2-crash




In the Semi Finals, the GReddy Racing Nexen Tire SR by Toyota 86 of Ken Gushi faced off with the eventual round winner, Chelsea Denofa in his BMW E36.  In one of the most evenly matched battles of the day, (which could have easily went OMT -one more time), the Judges awarded Denofa the win. And with SR by Toyota teammate, Frederic Aasbo taking, second, Gushi was award the final podium spot.

 

The 3rd place finish in #FDLB, continues the podium streak for the GReddy Racing Team (2015 FDTX & FDIRW) and starts of the 2016 Pro Championship charge for Ken Gushi, while contributing to the SR by Toyota lead for the FD Manufacturer's Cup and Nexen Tires for the lead in the FD Tire Manufacturer's Cup.




The GReddy Racing Team is excited to welcome new 2016 technical partners to the team, Nexen Tires, NGK Spark Plugs, Redline Oil, BC Brian Crower, Takata and the Boost Brigade.

We would also like to thank the continuing technical partners: SR by Toyota, Rays Engineering/Gram Lights, KW Suspension, Wisefab, Wilwood, Rocket Bunny/Pandem, Turbo by Garrett, WPC, Supertech, OS Giken, Ignition Projects, Bluemoon Performance and Tuned by N8




Monday, April 4, 2016

2016 GReddy Racing - Nexen Tires - SR by Toyota 86

http://greddy.com/featured/50
Cheer on #21 Ken Gushi in the Formula Drift season opener on the Streets of Long Beach.
  April 8th-9th with his 865whp GReddy 2JZ Toyota 86

 - (Watch it via the livestream: http://www.formulad.com/live) schedule of events below.

Preseason Testing:


video 



FDLB SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, April 8, 2016 – Practice & Qualifying
6:00am – STREET CLOSURES BEGIN: Effecting Shoreline Dr., E. Seaside Way, Linden Ave., Hart Pl.  
7:00am – 4:00pm – WILL CALL: Open for credential pick up – Will Call Tent  
7:00am – VENUE OPEN: Credential Holders Only – Venue  
7:00am – 8:30am – SETUP: DROP OFF ONLY for Sponsors, Teams and Vendors – Venue  
8:00am – 8:30am – FD: Mandatory Drivers Meeting – FD HQ
9:00am – 10:00am – MEDIA MEETING #1: Mandatory Meeting for ALL 'Hot Area' Access Credential Holders – FD HQ  
10:00am – 1:00pm – FD: Open Practice – Track  
12:00pm – 1:00pm – MEDIA MEETING #2: Mandatory Meeting for ALL 'Hot Area' Access Credential Holders – FD HQ  
12:00pm – 5:00pm – GATES OPEN TO PUBLIC – Venue  
1:00pm – 3:30pm – FD: Qualifying; Reverse order using 2015 Final Standings – Track  
3:35pm – 4:35pm – FD: Autograph Signing Session – TBA  
4:45pm – 5:00pm – FD: Mandatory Drivers Meeting; Qualifying Results – FD HQ  
6:00pm – STREETS OPEN  
6:00pm – 8:00am – CLEAR GRID (Noise Ordinance; No Revving Engines)


Saturday, April 9, 2016 - Main Event
6:00am – STREET CLOSURES BEGIN: Effecting Shoreline Dr., E. Seaside Way, Linden Ave., Hart Pl.  
7:00am – 4:00pm – WILL CALL: Open for credential pick up – Will Call Tent  
7:00am – VENUE OPEN: Credential Holders Only – Venue  
7:00am – 8:30am – SETUP: All Vendors (drop off only) – Venue
8:00am – 8:30am – FD: Drivers Meeting Mandatory for ALL Drivers – FD HQ  
9:00am – 10:00am – MEDIA: Mandatory Meeting for ALL 'Hot Area' Access Credential Holders – FD HQ  
9:00am – 10:30am – FD: Open Practice – Top 32 – Track  
10:00am – 6:00pm – GATES OPEN TO PUBLIC – Venue  
11:00am – 1:00pm – MAIN COMPETITION: Round of 32 – Track  
1:00pm – 2:30pm – HALF TIME BREAK  
2:00pm – 2:30pm – VIP EXPERIENCE: Track Walk – TBA  
3:00pm – NATIONAL ANTHEM / OPENING CEREMONIES – Track
3:30pm – 5:30pm – MAIN COMPETITION: Round of 16 to Finals – Track  
5:45pm – 6:00pm – TROPHY CEREMONY & CLOSING  
6:00pm – STREETS OPEN

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Sung Kang's FuguZ visits the Jay Leno Garage

Built by GReddy for 2015 SEMA Show, this GT Award "Best of Show" winner was brought to the famous Jay Leno Garage to let the man himself enjoy looks of the Pandem S30 aero with the sounds and feeling of the GReddy N/A RB26...

Watch the full 27min video on youtube.

Find Official FuguZ merchandise on www.shopgreddy.com 
 

This story has also been picked up by many automotive outlets:

 Also look for the Cover feature on Dsport magazine this month...