Wow, another month flies by!
Just a two short months until the 2016 season of formula Drift begins! Getting nervous with much still to do.
Team Driftchick continues to work hard to get the new competition car ready. We are making solid progress but are falling a bit behind as there is so much to do. One thing we have learned as that the absolute best way to store car parts is installed on the car!
Over the last month Kaizen Performance completed fabrication work and we sent the car off to be blasted and painted. With the freshly painted chassis back, we final installed our Ford Performance Parts Aluminator NA crate engine. It certainly looks awesome in there. Now we need to finish the exhaust and all the plumbing and wiring. It is going to be busy month as there are also many other tasks we need to complete. And we still have a few issues to solve for, but we continue to put problems behind us, like an alternator that would not fit, as is, between our narrow frame rails.
More announcements on the way next month! Please keep an eye on Kelsey’s Facebook and Instagram pages for breaking news and announcements regarding the build and our amazing and very supportive marketing partners and sponsors with which we will be working this season.
And, on March 19, Kelsey will take the current Mazworx/Garrett Turbo car (AKA “the Pink car”) to Atlanta to drive in the Import Alliance Spring Meet to demonstrate the amazing sport of drifting with a few other FD drivers.
We can’t thank our sponsors, partners, supporters and fans enough for making this possible and for all the support, past, present and future!
As always, we will continue to get out there, learn, improve, and, importantly, promote our exceptional sponsors.
All the best to each of you!
Kelsey (aka Driftchick) and Dan Rowlings
Just a few short months until the 2016 season of formula Drift begins! Can’t wait.
Team Driftchick is working hard to get the new competition car ready. Significant work has been done and there is so much more to do. We are busy and stressed, but enjoying watching the new car emerge before our eyes.
Over the last month our friends at Kaizen Performance have been busy with fabrication work. We’ve lost track of how many rolls of weld wire have been used in creating the new chassis. At this point fabrication is 95% complete and we are about ready to begin assembly.
Given some elements of this build are new, we still have a few problems to solve before we can declare success. Ultimately, we are extremely excited with the prospects and potential this build represents. The next two months should be quite interesting and challenging as we work toward completion.
Please keep an eye on Kelsey’s Facebook and Instagram pages as well as Driftchick.com for breaking news and announcments regarding the build and some of the amazing and very supportive marketing partners and sponsors with which we will be working this season. Team Driftchick is absolutely thrilled to have some of the biggest names in the business part of the team for 2016.
Season Greetings and Happy Holidays to all!
With the offseason upon us, work has begun in earnest to build a new competition car for the 2016 season. While Kelsey plans to keep the current car, as both a competition backup and for some events outside of formula drift, the focus is on the new car.
If everything goes to plan, this should be an exciting build with awesome results. Our team at Kaizen Performance has already started fabrication work on the chassis. In early 2016 we will announce our newest sponsors and supporters and some really good things are in the works. We are quite excited.
As we end out 2015 season and year, we can’t thank our sponsors, partners, supporters and fans enough for making this possible and for all the support, past present and future! The dedication and timely support from all throughout the season was awesome.
Bio for Kelsey: Kelsey is a 26-year-old with a positive and competitive attitude. With over six years of experience in “Grassroots” drifting and three years competing at the Pro-Am level, she has progressed to become the best female “drifter” in the Eastern U.S., if not the country. Kelsey developed her competitive spirit, overall coordination and lack of fear through years of competitive horseback riding (hunter/jumper). Street smart and intelligent, she is also an exceptional musician and holds Bachelors degree in English from the University of Florida. Kelsey has also been featured in, and written for, Wrecked Magazine and Performance BMW magazine on numerous occasions. In an effort to continuously improve her driving skills, Kelsey participated in a variety of training programs including:
• Frank Hawley Drag Racing School • Full Auto Motorsports Drift Clinic • Bobby Ore’s stunt driving school
Kelsey is also a supporter of the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation and hopes to inspire others (especially those who also suffer from an autoimmune disease) to pursue their dreams.
The Car: Kelsey's Drift Car is a 1995 Nissan 240SX which has been heavily modified. A Garrett GTX3071 twin scroll turbo, pushing over 25 pounds of boost, supplies plenty of air for the Mazworx built SR20DET which has been bored out to 2.2 liters. The engine currently makes 493 horsepower to the wheels, but the turbo will soon be upgraded to a GTX3076 to hit the mid to high 500 range. Supporting the the twin scroll set-up is a custom DOC RACE exhaust manifold and custom Mazworx intake. All tuned by RS Enthalpy, Nissan tuning masters, to maximize performance. Getting Power to the pavement happens through a highly reliable ACT clutch, 300ZX transmission and a KAAZ two way differential. The car rides on Falken tires supported by BC racing suspension coilovers and SPL Pro Suspension components.