2011 Falken Formula Drift Test

Coming off a dominating 2010 season in which Team Falken driver Vaughn Gittin, Jr.ΒΈ competing in the Monster Energy/Falken Tire 2011 Ford Mustang, became the Formula Drift Champion, the high performance tire manufacturer will be gunning for a repeat performance of last year. Falken's ultimate goal is to have one of its five factory drivers again claiming the top rung of the Formula D ladder, and each team member will have the horsepower to do it. All drivers plan on fielding a new or improved vehicle with more power, which the sport has demanded. The cars will be unveiled this weekend on the streets of Long Beach for the opening event of the 2011 Formula Drift season. Gittin, Jr., will be aboard a Ford Mustang 5.4-liter, its motor built by Ford Racing and Huffaker Engineering, while Daijiro ("Dai") Yoshihara, who placed fourth in the standings last year, returns in his re-engineered Nissan 240SX (Silvia S13). Finishing fifth in 2010, Darren McNamara also returns this year, running a new Saturn Sky built by Autosport Dynamics in Charlotte, NC, losing the convertible for a hardtop which adds an aggressive stance to the car. Tyler McQuarrie also recognized the value of a fully enclosed coupe, choosing a new hardtop Nissan 350Z, which allows for a significant change in weight distribution, making the Z a far more competitive vehicle. Finally, Justin Pawlak, returning for his second year with Falken, will again field a Ford Mustang, with an engine built by Ford Racing/Roush-Yates of NASCAR fame. "Our team has worked hard to develop their new cars and we're pumped and ready," declared Jonathan Bradford, Team Falken's Formula Drift manager. All members of Team Falken will be using the company's Azenis RT615K, which is DOT-approved and designed with the track competitor in mind. The RT615K is a tire with maximum grip and concentrated contact patch, which increases the driver's ability to fully exploit the capabilities of the engine, brakes and suspension, precisely what each drift competitor needs. Naturally, the RT615K performs equally well on the street during everyday driving. "Each year, Formula Drift gets bigger, with more participants and more companies who want to be a part of this vital motorsports effort," stated Nick Fousekis, Director of Motorsports and Consumer Marketing for Falken. "We know what it takes to be competitive in this race series and we realize all the other teams will be aiming for us, but we have every intention of repeating our dominance, and continue running at the top. It's great to be back!" To kick off Falken's comprehensive Formula Drift marketing program, special prizes will be given away at the team's display and activation area inside the paddock. Additional promotional items will be handed out by Falken's new group of Spokesmodels who will be in attendance throughout the two-day event. Guests of Falken will also enjoy the company's highly anticipated hospitality area. The full complement of Team Falken, including its five factory drivers, along with Falken's display, hospitality rig and the company's factory support, will travel to all seven rounds of the 2010 Formula D Pro Championship.

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Round 1 Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach
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Falken takes on the 2011 Long Beach Grand Prix
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Falken Tire: 2013 Forza Motorsports // Livery Contest
Falken Tire teams up with Turn 10 studios to form a Forza Motorpsorts 4 Livery Contest for the community on Xbox 360. Winning livery was fabricated on real Falken Tire's Porsche GT3 RSR and races to win the race of Petit Le Mans Road Atlanta. Subaru BRZ Livery contest coming soon to Forza Motorsprots 5 on Xbox One. "Turn 10 Studios has been making Forza Motorsport for almost 10 years now and It really represents the combination of car lovers and gamers. Getting people interested in car culture and gaming culture. we are exactly the people that we're making our game for. We are a collection of car fanatics, we love tuning and wrenching on our own cars. We also have a lot of enthusiasts here at Falken Tire, which makes it a really easy fit for us to collaborate and do this partnership together. I think its great for Forza to have the Falken Porsche in game. What it brings to our players is the ability to take a real world race-car that they see every weekend racing around the United States and bring it into the game and be able to actually experience what it's like to take that full bred race-car onto the same tracks they see at race every weekend. And try to beat the lap times, win the race and compete against their friends. It's an important part of actually bringing fantasy to life. The livery contest actually came about from a collaboration that Forza and the American Le Mans series did together during our 2013 season. Each month they would work with a different team to do a promotion of some sort and we really wanted to do something unique. For decades now we have ran a traditionally teal and blue Falken Motorsports livery on everything that we race. Falken Tire challenged our fans to paint their car. ultimately one of our fans liveries was chosen and painted onto their car to race at Petit Le Mans in Road Atlanta. Livery creation in Forza Motorsport isn't necessarily easy, it's meant to empower artists the tools meant to give them a way for them to express themselves. so the amazing works of art they create simply can't be created by everyone. The painters and tuners in Forza Motorsport are continually pushing the boundaries what can be be done in game. And thats why were excited to bring that community together with Falken Tire. Out of 200 submissions of different designs, we basically chose the top 6, and then we left it up to our Facebook fans to decide who the winning design was. turned out to be a designer from Belgium named Kevin Neuville. Talk about a unique opportunity you know, thiswas the first and probably the last time that you'll ever see a one off design on our Porsche program and for it to be the time we win Petit Le Mans is a pretty rare opportunity to say the least. As we approach the release of Forza Motorsport 5, Falken Tire has challenged our community again. This time to paint Dai Yoshihara's Subaru BRZ, the one that will compete in the 2014 season. Taking a step even further the Porsche livery that was a one event limited time contest. The BRZ livery is actually going stay on the vehicle for the duration of the 2014 Formula D season. Im anxious to see what creative ideas come out of that contest."




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