Drifting started out on the streets of Japan as a way for car enthusiasts to show off their driving talents and has now reached the shores of North America. Rules, regulations and professional drivers make the sport a little different than street drifting, but so do the cars. Especially now as the sixth season of Formula DRIFT is getting closer. The 2010 drifting season will be the debut of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS drift car being put together by Luke Lonberger of BR Racing in partnership with Conrad Grunewald Racing.
Conrad Grunewald, the driver of the drifting Camaro and owner of Conrad Grunewald Racing, has said, "I am very excited to be able to drive such an iconic American muscle car in the Formula DRIFT Championship." He also stated, "Our main goal is to have the Camaro ready for the 2009 SEMA show but our preseason testing should start immediately after the show. I have a great amount of confidence that BR Racing and Luke Lonberger can build this Camaro into a highly competitive car and I look forward to getting back out on the track."
Competitive drifting takes a specially built car. This Chevrolet Camaro SS drift car will have a fully custom fabricated body made with carbon fiber from Seibon Carbon. The car is powered by a GM performance LS-A supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 (which is controlled by AEM Universal EMS) and is estimated to put down over 600 rear-wheel horsepower. Eibach Multi-Pro-R2 two-way adjustable dampers and coil overs take care of the suspension while Hankook Ventus R-S3 tires are wrapped around a custom set of Forgeline aluminum three-piece rims.
Formula DRIFT is the first official drifting series in North America and is home of the professional drifting championship. It not only provides professional drivers a place to test their driving skills and abilities, but also a place to challenge drivers and their abilities as competitors in a worldwide sport. Drivers must compete in seven national events to try and win the Formula DRIFT Championship.
The new Camaro has only been on the market for a short time, yet the car is already making its way into several popular race series including the Formula DRIFT Championship and the NASA Championships. The car will be ready to compete in the 2010 Formula DRIFT Championship competition. It will also be displayed at the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas from November 3 to November 6, 2009. With a 2010 Ford Mustang and a 2009 Mopar Drift Challenger already competing in the Formula DRIFT series, the competition between American Muscle on the drift track should be intense.