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Everyone loves free stuff, especially when it’s a free car. It’s even better when that car is a brand new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera. To kick off the 2012 ALMS season, Falken Tire launched a giveaway on its Facebook page where you simply have to “Like” the company and then compete on a Falken-branded racetrack in CityVille for a chance to win the 911.
The launch of the sweepstakes coincides with the team heading to the ALMS season opener at Sebring Raceway in Florida. Falken Tire will be coming with their 2012 Porsche GT3 RSR in the GT Class with veterans Wolf Henzler and Bryan Sellers behind the wheel. The sweepstakes will send on October 21st, 2012 so head on over to their Facebook page and get to liking and playing!
There was certainly a lot of hype around Vaughn Gittin Jr’s Ford Mustang at the beginning of this year’s 2010 Formula Drift season. The newly built 2011 Ford Mustang, with help from sponsors Monster Energy Drink and Falken Tire, featured every bit of experience Gittin and his team has developed over the years of drifting American muscle. And all the hard work has finally paid off as Gittin Jr. has taken the 2010 Formula Drift championship.
This past weekend, the season finale took place at Irwindale Speedway. And while Vaughn Gittin was clearly the leader in points, Tanner Foust and teammate Daijiro Yoshihara still had an outside chance of taking the championship. But Gittin wasn’t letting off the gas anytime soon facing two-time champion Tanner Foust in the grand finale. Even with the championship locked down at that point, Gittin put on a show for the spectators, taking Foust to a one-more time battle. Ultimately the Irwindale event would belong to Foust with Gittin still taking home for the 2010 championship.
This season was a dominating one for Gittin Jr and his Falken Tire / Monster Energy Drink team. He found the podium at six of seven events showing just how much experience pays off. So a huge congratulations goes out to the Falken Tire team for finally locking down a championship and we look forward to seeing what they have in waiting for 2011.
Official press release available after the break.
So what do you do with a drift car that struggled to find its rightful way to the podium? You cut it up and hang it on the wall of course. Discount Tire has taken the now defunct Lexus IS350 drift car that they built in collaboration with Falken Tire for Formula Drift, cut it up in half and turned it into a wall ornament for their office.
Originally driven by Hiro Sumida and then Daijiro Yoshihara, the Discount Tire / Falken Tire Lexus IS350 was a promising project that packed plenty of custom fabricated components and was revolutionary for a drift car. Unfortunately both drivers never found their way with the car, making it a predictable sliding machine and ultimately it was scrapped after numerous run-ins with the wall.
Needless to say, Dai has found a new home in his current S13 with a chance of closing off the championship in Formula Drift’s final event at Irwindale Speedway. As much as it probably pains Discount Tire that the IS350 was scrapped, we’re sure they’re pretty content in the possibility of locking down a championship. And hey, we’re pretty jealous that they were able to decorate the wall of their office with a former race car. Sure beats getting dumped at a junkyard.
GALLERY: Discount Tire Lexus IS350 Drift Car
[Source: Wrecked Magazine]
Hyundai may have created a lot of buzz with its Pikes Peak record attempt this year but it was Suzuki (yes, Suzuki) that climbed the hill the fastest. Even more surprising is the fact that Suzuki driver Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima won the race for the fifth straight year, setting a dominant pace that put him at the top of the hill a half a minute before his closest competitor.
In anticipation of Tajima breaking his own world record of 10:01.41 Falken Tire decided to document the 2010 effort. Sadly Tajima’s 2007 record remains, with this year’s run clocked at “just” 10:11.490.
The good news is, that’s a few extra seconds that we get to enjoy the awesome ride-along experience of the 910-hp twin-turbo AWD Suzuki SX4 using up every last inch of the road – and in some cases, even more.
As for what this all has to do with Falken Tire, well, the Japanese tire company is using the video to help promote its new Falken WildPeak A/T tires – which Tajima used during his dominant performance.
Check out the awesome video after the jump:
Darren McNamara has had an impressive run drifting in America under the Team Falken name. Representing Ireland, Team Falken Tire picked McNamara up to join their team after being impressed with his skills behind the wheels of a Toyota AE86. Now Team Need for Speed has enlisted D-MAC’s help to broaden their European reach and putting him back behind the wheel of an AE86.
This year Team Need for Speed has been compromised of Mad Mike Whiddett and Matt Powers. Now Darren McNamara will join the group in the above rendered AE86 not only as a drift machine, but a grip one as well. The car is currently under construction at MCN Sport, Darren’s own shop that specializes in AE86 performance.
They promise that it’ll be the wildest AE86 ever, powered with a 500-hp 13B rotary powerplant with an estimated weight of 1,760 lbs. Custom fabrication work includes a rear-mounted radiator, custom seven feet widebody and 17×10 Work Meister wheels with an insane -45 offset. Of course they’ll be wrapped with Falken rubber.
Darren hasn’t decided when and where it’ll make an appearance, but he promises that Europe will be in for a treat when he does. We’ll keep our eyes out!