After several hard fought battles, Vaughn Gittin Jr came out on top. Ryan Tuerck and Rhys Millen placed second and third, respectively.
Robbie Nishida will be debuting his updated livery on his Achilles Radial Bridges Racing Lexus SC300 at Formula D Seattle. Robbie's car went from white to black, and his car now matches Achilles Radial teammate Daigo Saito's Lexus SC430.
Above: Photo of Robbie Nishida leading Daigo Saito at FD Atlanta. Photo courtesy of Jason Scott of Southrnfresh.
There have been many long days and late nights getting ready for Formula D Seattle. The shop was very busy late into the night.
You can definitely tell we are in the middle of drift season. Coming up next week is Formula Drift Seattle Round 5 at Evergreen Speedway. It is the major drifting event in the Northwest.
Since the Achilles Radial drift cars were dropped off a few weeks ago, we have been working on many drift cars and getting them ready for events.
Celerity Photography is offering a special for friends and fans of PSI. Make sure you mention PSI or Portland Speed Industries.
It is not an unusual sight to see Tandem of Die videos all over the internet. This time however, the feature focuses on their cars.
Above: Tandem of Die's pair of Nissan 240's. Photo by Dax Rodriguez.
Kyle Pollard and Chop left the shop this week to embark on a 4 day road trip with Scion and the new FR-S. Scion is doing regional training, in Meridian, ID and Spokane, WA, for the Scion FR-S. Kyle Pollard was asked to join them on this road trip to give a drift demostration. They wanted him to join them after seeing him drift at Portland International Raceway, PIR. Kyle got a few runs in before the driveshaft in his Formula D Nissan Silvia broke. Scion saw that Kyle had talent but needed a car. They offered up a Scion FR-S for him to drift and of course Kyle jumped at this opportunity. He has always liked the AE86 and was happy to see them bring it back in the form of the FR-S.
Photo courtesy of Shane Wall.
Since that first meeting, both Kyle and Scion were interested in working together in the future.
This past weekend, we were out at Portland International Raceway for the 52nd Rose Cup Festival. There was a lot of racing going on.
It was a late night tonight working on cars.
Kyle Pollard and Brian Hartsock were working hard to get Kyle's Nissan Silvia K's ready for drifting tomorrow. After the last event, Kyle needed to swap in an HKS 5-speed sequential transmission.
Brian Hartsock, Kyle's crew chief, took it upon himself to rewire the Silvia. Brian is working on a wiring kit solution for the Nissan S13. Kyle's car was a perfect prototype car.
This past week we were fortunate to have a 2013 Scion FR-S on loan from Scion.
The Scion FR-S was built as a joint venture between Toyota and Subaru. It shares the 2.0 L Flat-4 Toyota-Subaru "D-4S" with the Subaru BRZ and Toyota FT-86.
Just to let you know, our 3rd Annual Summer Cruise-In and dyno exhibition is coming up at the end of this month, June 30th.
As a supporter for Slammed Navigator, we are proud to announce that the app has been released for Android, and shortly for the iPhone.
For those who have not heard of this app before, their website sums it up nicely for you.
"Slammed Navigator is a navigation application specifically built for lowered vehicles who have difficulty getting from place to place while avoiding potholes, uneven roads, bumps and more."
You should be using the Slammed Navigator app "if you've ever scraped going over a speed bump, bottomed out, or possibly caught your frame and gotten stuck then you know how difficult it can be to plan out your route to a destination while avoiding all the imperfections in the road along the way. Slammed Navigator attempts to ease your navigation worries by providing you with real time information on local road conditions, potential road hazards, and more."
Slammed Navigator is a free app developed from multiple platforms by a group of enthusiats in the Seattle area. The app is free and does not have advertisements.
Here are some of their other supporters,
Whether you have a lowered car or just want to help out the community, the Slammed Navigator is a must have app. Download it on your phone and start helping the slammed community today.
We have added a new gallery to our website to showcase the cars that have graced our lobby/showroom. We try to change the car that is in our lobby often, so you never know what you will see. Here is a link to the gallery of previous cars that have been showcased. We will continue to add photos to this collection as more cars go through our lobby.
Here is the current car that sits in the lobby,
We are proud to announce our upcoming Summer Cruise-In.
This will be our third annual cruise-in and will be held on June 30th, 2012 from 9am to 6pm. We had a great turn out the last two years and we would like to continue that this year. We expect a wide variety of makes and models of cars, so there should be a little something for everybody. Here are some photos from last years event, taken by Trevor Stevens of Celerity Photography,
It has been many long days working to get the cars ready for Formula Drift Long Beach. We have been tuning several cars for different Northwest drifters in preparation for the season.
Kyle Pollard called in a talked with Jared DeAnda and MotoIQ. His segment starts at around 1:20:00.
Here it is embedded above. They talk a little about the off-season and future plans for 2012.
We look forward to continuing our support of Kyle Pollard in the 2012 season and hope you will to.
Todd Design Inc will be hosting a promotional prescreening of Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance at the Lloyd Center Cinemas A this Thursday, February 16th at 7:00pm. For tickets goto www.accessmetropolis.com and download your e-ticket.
Todd Johnston has been rendering both our clients and internal projects since we started. He has rendered a special design for this event that he will be giving away.
Above: You could win this original print.
We are proud to present our new website. If you are reading this, you are already on our new site. But, here is the home page anyway,
Recently we have been checking out Autemo.com. It is the website for an Australia based Automotive design studio. While browsing through their many great images, we noticed a few of the Skyline. We think it is really cool that they liked the Skyline enough to use it as a base for their artwork.
Here are few samples,
Do you use Flickr? So does PSI.
Join our group, http://www.flickr.com/groups/tunedbypsi/ and add your own photos of PSI or our work.
Here is a little sample from the group,
We are currently working on a new website. We like the website we have now, but it is time for something new. The new site has been designed by the creative team at Hybrid Industries, the same ones that designed our current site. We are consolidating a few sites we have into this one new site. Check back for more details as progress continues. We have over 300 blog posts so this may take awhile. :)
Here is a sneak preview,
The race track at Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, WA has recently been completed. The build is taking place is several stages but the main track has been paved. This new track is a great addition to motorsports in the Northwest.
Above: The track layout.
Here is a video of one of the first laps around the new track.
We can't wait to have a chance to bring down some cars and run a few laps on the track. Maybe we can have one of our client appreciation days here.
Kyle Pollard's Tomei SR powered RHD S13 is featured on MotorMavens. Click here for feature
Make sure to read the well written feature with photos and words by Yoshi Shindo.
Here is just one of the photos from the feature,
Make sure to follow Kyle Pollard as he prepares for the 2012 Formula Drift Season. PSI will be there to support him in his 2012 Formula drift campaign.