With amateur drift season in full swing, it can only mean one thing. It’s time for Formula Drift to start up. The Formula Drift season is getting ready to start with the first event at the Long Beach Grand Prix track and we couldn’t be more excited. All of the Formula Drift drivers you’ve grown up to know and love will be back for an action packed season. The exception to that is Daigo Saito, we’re not sure if he’s picked up a tire sponsor yet after dropping Achilles last month, but there’s always the chance that he’ll supply his own. Either way we hope to see Daigo and his monster Nissan GT-R at Long Beach next weekend.

Be watching for Mad Mike as he makes his first full season with Formula Drift happen, he’s bringing a brand new version of the famous RadBul and he promises to put on a show. What might look like a custom widebody 2016 Mazda MX-5 is actually a twin turbo four rotor engine that is making well above 1000 horsepower.

Ryan Tuerck is back with an all new livery and some new teammates, his Scion FR-S is displaying a fresh Gumball livery and he’s often a crowd favorite. The noise of his anti-lag equipped 2JZ is enough to make any car enthusiast need a change of underwear and his driving style always makes for a great display of driving ability.

With the 2016 season set to start in just 11 days, check back to Autotalk.com for all of your Formula Drift news and results. If you haven’t been to a professional drifting event check out the 2016 Formula Drift schedule below and start making plans. It’s a family friendly event that all ages can enjoy; you never know who you could inspire to become the next Formula Drift champion.

2016 Formula Drift Schedule:

STREETS OF LONG BEACH – April 8 & 9

ROAD TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP – May 6 & 7

UNCHARTED TERRITORY – June 3 & 4

THE GAUNTLET – June 17 & 18

THROWDOWN – August 5 & 6

SHOWDOWN – September 9 & 10

PHOENIX – September 30 & October 1

FINAL FIGHT – October 7 & 8

  • perri minot

    A couple updates for you guys:

    1. Daigo has said he won’t be returning until 2017. He picked up Wanli Tire for D1 and Achilles decided if he was only going to run Achilles in the US it was best to terminate their deal.

    2. Ryan Tuerck’s livery is Gumout not Gumball =)

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