In the world of the BMW aftermarket, a hierarchy of names exists to separate the bad from the good, and the good from the great. At the top of the list, you’ll rarely find that the likes of AC Schnitzer, Alpina, and Hartge are ever disputed. Be it their racing heritage, or their “mad scientist” approach of cramming oversized engines into undersized cars, they’ve earned their place and staying power.
This past Saturday marks the return of Formula Drift once more, now in its 11th season. A slew of new cars made up the field, as well as several old favorites. The competition proved unexpected, with several of our favorite names falling out of the competition far earlier than anticipated. However, with a new year comes new trials and tribulations amongst the teams and competitors. 2014 is sure to put on a show.
Porsche can proudly claim one of the most profound, rich, and prestigious race histories in the world. Among their many victories are 22 wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona, 18 wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring, and 16 wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – more than anyone else on the planet. While many of their wins come from prototype cars, many come thanks to “homologation specials,” – road-legal racing cars built by Porsche, which in turn, allowed them to take them to competition.
Photography by Antoine Spignardo
Having shot a constantly-growing number of races, I can say it becomes easy to grow used to the benefits of shooting trackside as cars rip past at more than one hundred miles-per-hour. Media credentials put you just inches from the track, separated by often little more than a waist-height k-rail.
Nitto returns once more as a major sponsor of the Formula Drift series, 2014 marking nearly a full decade of involvement with the sport. Following suit, the team at Nitto has just released their latest renderings of the 2014 Nitto-sponsored cars. Vaughn Gittin Jr returns to the series under the Nitto name once again, with his updated Monster Energy/Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR.