Formula DRIFT round one wraps up in Long Beach

Round one of this year’s Formula DRIFT championship has drawn to a close in Long Beach, a sell-out crowd of 20,000 coming out to watch the whirlwind celebration of tire destruction. For the uninitiated, Formula DRIFT is as it sounds, a kind of Formula 1 of the drifting world. The championship runs over ten events, held in the USA, Canada, Japan and China. Drivers, tyre manufacturers and car makers all battle it out for championship supremacy.

Norwegian Fredric Aasbo grabbed first place, driving his 800HP Scion tC. He was joined on the podium by runner-up Lithuanian Aurimas Bakchis, driving a 650HP LS7-powered Nissan S14,and American Ryan Tuerck in his 2JZ Scion FR-S.

The championship has brought drifting to the world of motorsports in a way no other event has. Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT, is proud of the series’ success and continued growth in the drifting world. “Each year I’m amazed at the diversity and growth of the Series in more intense competition. We had seven different tire manufacturers competing, nine vehicle manufacturers, various corporate brands, and eight past champions including the return of the only back-to-back champion Tanner Foust in the competition.”

In a championship dominated by turbocharged engines, Turbosmart products were everywhere. Our man on the ground, Ed, managed to snap a few photos between heats.

Dai Yoshiraha, who came in at 11th place, was sporting Turbosmart BOVs in his turbocharged LS7 Subaru BRZ.

Conrad Grunewald and his twin-BOV, twin-turbo Camaro finsihed in 23rd position, while Nate Hamilton ranked 30th position with a LS-engined Nissan S13 fitted with two Turbosmart wastegates.

Ed also spotted this impressive daily-driven Evo VIII at the Long Beach event’s car show, sporting Turbosmart’s HyperGate BOV and Race Port wastegate in its super-clean engine bay.

Round two of Formula DRIFT kicks off at Road Atlanta on May 8-9. We’re hoping to see some more Turbosmart-equipped cars up on the podium!

Turbosmart Dual Port Kompact Shortie and IWG for Ford’s Fiesta ST

Turbosmart Dual Port Kompact Shortie and IWG for Ford’s Fiesta ST

Ford’s Fiesta ST is a pretty zippy car straight out of the box thanks to its 1.6 litre, turbocharged EcoBoost engine. Ford’s EcoBoost technology engines are designed to deliver power and torque consistent with those of larger displacement, naturally aspirated engines. That’s why Ford is soon expected to offer EcoBoost engine technology in over 90% of its global vehicle line-up. Yes, boost is definitely the way of the future!



Turbosmart Speaks EcoBoost
Turbosmart has been an industry innovator, recognising the future potential of boost since the mid 90’s. So, it is no surprise that they are also one of the first to develop a range of performance products for Ford’s EcoBoost engines. The latest in that line up are the new Turbosmart Dual Port Kompact Blow-off Valve, and Internal Wastegate Actuator for the Ford Fiesta ST. 

Fiesta ST Kompact Shortie Blow-off Valve

Turbosmart have designed the Fiesta ST Kompact Shortie Blow-off Valve for those who want  extra zip from their EcoBoost engine. Stock blow-off valves like those that come standard with the Fiesta ST often suffer from a range of problems. They are plastic, and they leak, and if you want to up the power (who doesn’t?) they have trouble holding the extra boost. You’ll have no such troubles with Turbosmart’s Kompact Shortie Blow-off Valve. The aircraft grade aluminium alloy construction means cracking and leaking even under increased boost levels will never be an issue. The Fiesta ST Shortie gives razor sharp valve response, and a serious increase in performance over stock valves. The Shortie’s Dual Port design provides one plumb back port to keep the car’s computer happy, and  two vent to atmosphere ports for that trademark Turbosmart Blow-off Valve sound we all know and love. Easy to install, the Fiesta ST Shortie is supplied with all the necessary fitting hardware to replace the standard bypass valve. 

Fiesta ST Internal Wastegate Actuator  
The Turbosmart Internal Wastegate Actuator (IWG-75) for the Fiesta ST has been designed as a stronger, more reliable replacement for the stock “tin can” wastegate actuator. Turbosmart’s focus on performance means boost comes on faster and holds on longer, making for an even zippier Fiesta experience. Welcome to the future!


Part Numbers and Pricing
TS-0203-1066 Kompact Shortie Dual Port – Fiesta ST 1.6L | For pricing and more info – click here.
TS-0622-7072 IWG75 Ford Fiesta ST 1.6L Ecoboost Black 7PSI | For pricing and more info - click here.