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  • SULLY AND SMOKEY TAKE TEESSIDE

    With the 2015 drift season well and truly underway, the 11th and 12th July brought with it the third round of the British Drift Championship. As Shane Lynch was at Gatebil and with Danny Eyles unable to attend due to other commitments; Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith and Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan would be leading the Team Japspeed charge for points and podiums at Teesside Autodrome.

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    As with all 2015 BDC rounds open practice kicked off on the Saturday morning and with the hot dry conditions both Sully and Smokey made the most of the available seat time, inching ever closer to the required clipping points and making the conditions over Teesside ever that bit cloudier.

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    With both drivers putting in run after successful run, it looked to be full smoke ahead as conditions remained clear for the pro competition the following day. Saturday afternoon saw a chance to make any final preparations, sit back and take in the sights and smells of the pro-am battles.

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    Come Sunday and both Paul and Shane were eager to get back out on track for qualifying and battles. With the morning activity following much along the same lines as the previous day, Teesside would be treated to plumes of Maxxis Tyre smoke and the roar of the 1.5JZ and RB25 powered S15s as the Japspeed duo put in a series of spectacular practice runs.

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    With a little luck in terms of the weather conditions a dry and grippy circuit saw the accurate and aggressive driving styles of both drivers rank highly in qualifying with Paul Smith qualifying 5th and Shane O’Sullivan right behind qualifying in 6th place.

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    With both drivers high in contention we head into the top 32 battles and first up would see Paul Smith drawn against Ian Philips. Widely known for his accurate and consistent driving style combined with a strong affinity with the circuit at Teesside Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith proceeded to the top 16.

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    Meanwhile Shane O’Sullivan would find himself drawn against Team MnM’s Matt Stevens. With two highly competitive drivers up against one another it would always be a spectacle to watch however on this occasion Sully’s aggressive technique would put him through to join his teammate in the top 16.

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    Onto the top 16 and Smokey would bring his tried and tested 1.5JZ powered Japspeed S15 up against the newly built R35 GTR of Simon Perry. Both highly experienced drivers, each with their own history at Teesside putting in a set of incredibly close runs. It would be the consistency and familiarity with his car that saw Paul Smith take the lead and go through to the top 8.

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    Similarly Sully would face equally challenging opposition in his top 16 battle against fellow Maxxis Tyres stable mate Christian Lewis in the ItsADriftLife R33. With both cars running Maxxis Tyres and both highly competitive drivers each with very different driving styles this would be an exciting battle with everything to play for. A close call for the judges saw Shane O’Sullivan through to the top 8 as well.

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    With both drivers now in the top 8, things were shaping up to be an incredible weekend for Smokey and Sully as each could take a place on the podium at this point. In his top 8 battle Paul Smith faced off against Mike Marshall in the Team MnM E92 M3. With both drivers riding side by side and filling the air with tyre smoke, the judges had a tough call to make. Unfortunately this tough decision would spell the end for Paul Smith’s weekend.

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    Not to be outdone and following fantastic form all weekend Sully was drawn against Mark Luney for his top 8 showdown. With both drivers ex-BDC champions the atmosphere at Teesside was intense as the two drivers took to the track. With very little between the two drivers no-one envied the judges job in deciding a winner. Unfortunately due an ever-so-slight difference in angle the judges put an end to Shane O’Sullivan’s weekend.

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    All in all a spectacular weekend and some of the best performances from the 2015 Championship so far however the action doesn’t stop there as we head to Silverstone this weekend for the annual TRAX event on the 19th July!

    We’ll see you there!

  • JAPSPEED V8 370Z AT GATEBIL 2015

    After the initial launch at Autosport International 2015 it is no secret our V8 370z has been back to the workshop for fine tuning and testing.

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    With the car now ready to compete the decision was made to unveil the finished build on the world stage amongst some of the biggest names in the drifting community. That could mean only one thing……our supercharged VH45 V8 370z is heading to Gatebil 2015!

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    As any drifting fan will know Gatebil is one of the largest automotive festivals which take places once a year with the 2015 event will be taking place at Rudskogen Motorpark on 10th-12th July!

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    With something for everyone this really is a monster of a show packing action as far as the eye can see. From public track time on one of North Europe’s best tracks to the exhibition areas featuring around 600 cars on display and the World Powerslide Championship. That’s not the mention the Monster Energy Aftertrack live music shows when the sun goes down.

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    With a build so highly anticipated as our 370z; Gatebil is the clear choice for presenting the finished product to the world! Since the initial unveiling of the car at Autosport International Show it is fair to say there have been some noticeable changes made to the appearance of the car.

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    You may remember back in 2012 Team Japspeed made the long journey to Gatebil with our famous 1JZ Subaru but this will be the first time Japspeed driver Shane Lynch will have made the pilgrimage to this incredible event. Suffice to say he is super excited to smoke up some Maxxis MA-Z1 tyres; what a car to take on the trip! Heres a video from the 2014 event to give you an idea of what this show is all about.

    We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our friends at Monster Energy for the invitation and their support in bringing this car to such a phenomenal world renowned event. We can’t wait to get out there to drift and party with the Monster Energy family!

  • TUERCK UP GLOBAL WARFARE 2

    What an incredible weekend! Combine a host of phenomenal Irish drifters with an 11yr streak of being undefeated on home soil with a determined cast of International drivers from around the world at an event which only gets bigger year on year and you have an awesome weekend of drift action ahead….here is what went down at Irish Drift Championship 2015 – Global Warfare 2!

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    The weekend started early for us setting off from HQ a few days before in order to make the most of the available practice time on the Friday. Hitting the event in full force with Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith, Danny Eyles and Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan being joined by Formula D drifting legend and fellow Maxxis Tyres driver Ryan Tuerck!

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    With the Rookie and Semi-Pro battles taking place on Saturday 4th we had some time to kick back and take in the sights and smells of Mondello Park….who doesn't love the sight and smell of burning rubber and tyre smoke, right? This also provided Paul Smith a chance to talk shop with our International guest and gain some valuable insight which may help with his new build.

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    The Saturday would also see all our drivers taking to the track for practice – an ideal opportunity for Ryan to re-acquaint himself with our IS200 since his last trip to see us in 2011. It is fair to say it didn't take him long to get to grips with the Lexus and the weather over Mondello Park to become that much cloudier.

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    After a well-earned Guinness on Saturday evening the big day came and it was time for the Pro class event. All four drivers took to the track in the morning, putting in some strong qualifying runs. Sully, Danny and Ryan would all take qualifying positions in the top 10. Unfortunately a mechanical issue would bring an early end to Paul Smith’s bid for the podium.

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    Sully would face fellow Irishman Paul Murphy in his top 32 battle. With both drivers going hard we would see Shane advance to the top 16!

    Meanwhile Danny would get up close and personal with the legendary Daigo Saito. Unfortunately engine issues would put an end to Danny’s weekend with Daigo advancing to the top 16.

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    Ryan Tuerck would come up against Barry Leonard in his top 32 battle. With a couple of very strong runs from both drivers and a tough call for the judges Ryan Tuerck would see an end to his weekend in the form of Barry Leonard’s S15!

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    Meanwhile Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan would continue his charge for the podium into the top 16 against rising star Chuck ‘Chucky’ Geary who had qualified for the Pro class event the day before. With highly competitive runs from both Sully and Chucky it would the seasoned pro that carried the Team Japspeed flag forward to the top 8.

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    Drawn against Tomas Keily in his top 8 showdown Sully would have it all to play for. Unfortunately on this occasion Sully would see a premature end to his weekend after a very close fought contest for both drivers.

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    All in all and incredible weekend and an amazing time spent with fellow Maxxis Tyres driver Ryan Tuerck - we can’t wait to have him back over to drive with us again. We now look ahead to round 3 of the British Drift Championship taking place at Teesside Autodrome on 11th-12th July! Information and tickets are available from the BDC website here.

    We’ll see you there!

  • TUERCK AT GLOBAL WARFARE 2

    Following last year’s success at the first Global Warfare with a great turnout, great drivers and great action; this year is set to be insane!

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    Team Japspeed will be out in force with a four car team consisting of Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan, Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith, Danny Eyles. With Shane Lynch unable to attend this event we thought we would invite over fellow Maxxis Tyres driver Ryan Tuerck to join our team for the weekend for some drifting antics.

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    As fellow Maxxis Tyres driver, Ryan is a highly competitive driver in the Formula D Championship – most recently taking the top spot at Round 3 of the 2015 series.  Ahead of this weekend’s event Ryan sent over this quick message for everyone.

    Ryan will be competing in Round 3 of the 2015 IDC, set to be held at Mondello Park  over the weekend of the 4th and 5th July. As it would be impractical to ship over his Formula D Scion FR-S solely for the event and, due to Ryan also being a Maxxis sponsored driver, he will be piloting our 2JZ powered Lexus throughout the competition.

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    Having started his drifting career back in the early 2000s Ryan has been involved in the drift scene almost from the very beginning. A highly adaptable driver, able to take the wheel of almost any car he is given. Added to his past experience behind the wheel of our Lexus in 2011 we’re excited to see if Ryan can take the top spot and break the Irish 11yr undefeated streak on home soil. Check out the film below to see what went down on Ryan’s last trip to see us.

  • Japspeed VH45 Nissan 370Z: Part 7!

    Following part 6 of our V8 370Z build which saw final preparations ahead of the 2015 Autosport International Show part 7 will bring this build right up to date including coilovers, interior, rear window ducting system and air jacks!

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    With suspension performance becoming ever more important within drifting as the sport moves forward it is paramount we select what we considered to be the best suspension setup on the market. With this in mind choosing AST-Suspension became the obvious choice with their 3-way adjustable external reservoir Nissan 370z coilover kit.

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    These coilovers have been entirely custom designed to suit the unique setup within the 370z. This includes custom length of damper, diameter of shocker, spring rates, valving rates, adjustability and reservoir location.

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    Running a four car team in the BDC means that the seemingly long, five minute rule for wheel changes has to be distributed between all of the cars. With this in mind we decided to decrease the pitting time of the 370z as much as possible. Lifting the stock filler cap on this car reveals the air jack operation valve. This allows us to raise the rear end of the car in seconds for significantly faster wheel changes and a more streamlined operation within the pits.

    Next up – the all-important interior details with Corbeau Pro Series Race Seats a top priority! Accompanied by a set of awesome 6 point camo Luke harnesses our seats provide the ideal environment for any racing driver – giving the perfect mix between safety, control and comfort.

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    A feature of this build that sets it aside from the competition in the world of drifting is the electronics within the cabin. Most notably of which is perhaps the Motec C127 datalogging dash. Designed to log several hundred parameters from the Motec M1 ECU this combination allows our engineers to not only diagnose any potential faults quickly but help work with the driver to go ever faster!

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    Replacing every fuse and relay within the car is our HP Electronik Power Distribution Module so as to increase the reliability of the electronics tenfold. Where a fuse would pop and shut down the electrical system, the Powerbox maintains the electrical feed which keeps the system running and flag an error for the engineers to diagnose upon the car’s return to the pit. Similar systems can be found in high performance cars such as the Pagani Zonda as well as a range of Le Mans competition vehicles.

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    Working in conjunction with the powerbox unit is the HP Electronik Membrane Switch Panel. This adds an almost factory look to the interior of our car, giving a sleek and sophisticated race feel as opposed to the more conventional flick switches.

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    Injecting some technology into the instrument cluster is the JT Innovations Toucan Touch Screen Display which maps every sensor within the ECU and displays a live feed of each as a visual graph. This allows our engineers to monitor the performance of the car in minute detail. Such monitoring enables us to pinpoint and tweak small details in combination to provide significant gains run after run.

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    Tying this all together is the wiring loom designed and manufactured from Raychem wiring and supplied by our friends over at HCI Systems. As any auto electrician can tell you this is no small feat considering the intricate custom detailing and technical challenges presented by such a unique car.

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    Throughout the majority of this build, including our latest video you will only have seen our prototype handbrake installed. Due to the limitations in space on the centre console combined with a designed to keep the factory look as much as possible the handbrake is floor mounted in the driver’s footwell.  The angle at which the handbrake is mounted and operated at is designed to be ergonomic with the driver.

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    Finishing off the interior it is important to note that the design of the handbrake is a key feature in that with the near OEM look of the interior the handbrake brings the statement making feel of the exterior to the interior of the car!

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    Moving to the exterior of the car this build features a unique rear window ducting system designed to aid cooling of the rear-mounted radiator. The difficult aspect of this window was keeping the smooth, sleek look of the exterior which prevented the use of more conventional large scoops and ducting. We overcame this by designing a folded rear window oversized ducting system.

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    By folding the top section of the rear window, creates a smoother airflow across the car; packing more air at any given speed through the radiator. Within drifting the car is rarely straight with the airflow directed conventionally over the car from front to rear. To combat this we have oversized the lower half of the rear window so when bolted into place this forms a sleek scoop at the base of the window.

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    Stay tuned for the next instalment of our 370z build as we delve deeper under the bonnet and make the final push to get the car ready for smoking up some Maxxis MA-Z1 tyres!

  • STORMING THE HILL - BDC RD2

    What an incredible weekend! 13th-14th June 2015 saw the return of the British Drift Championship for the 2nd round of the season. This time taking place at a firm favourite on the BDC calendar; Knockhill Racing Circuit….or “The Hill” as it has become known.

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    Famous for that first blind bend followed by a full throttle downhill drift Knockhill is not only an adrenaline fuelled spectacle for fans but an exhilarating challenge for the drivers. A challenge made greater still with the ever changing Scottish climate.

    Arriving on the Saturday morning Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan, Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith and Danny Eyles wasted no time in taking full advantage of the open practice to get into the swing of things. With the Pro competition taking place on the Sunday, a chance to practice the day before was ideal – particularly with the initially wet conditions taking their toll on a number of drivers. Unfortunately Shane Lynch would not be able to make this event due to other commitments.

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    By Saturday midday practice was over, giving the team chance to take a break and make the necessary tweaks to each of the 3 cars ready for qualifying and battles on the Sunday. Saturday afternoon saw the Pro-Am class competition in prevailing damp conditions.

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    After a good night’s rest Shane, Paul and Danny were completely on form in the wet conditions during Sunday morning’s practice session. However by mid-morning the sun came out and with things heating up; the track quickly dried out. This would prove a challenge in that adjustments would need to be made to the setup of each of the cars ahead of the qualifying and afternoon battles.

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    For 2015 the team at the BDC have upped their game and on this occasion the track layout began to prove too much for some drivers on the grid. However with a series of successful runs Shane, Paul and Danny all secured places in the top 32!

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    The battles began in the afternoon with Paul Smith taking on WKD Imports driver Wesley Keating. After some very smoky runs the judges deemed this would be the end of Smokey’s bid for the podium. Meanwhile both Danny and Shane would take victory in their top 32 battles and take their places in the top 16!

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    With Danny drawn against Driftworks Jack Shanahan there would be no doubt a truly exciting battle would play out before the crowd.  After some very impressive runs from both drivers Jack took the win and would go through to the top 8. Ironically where he would be drawn to face Danny’s teammate and fellow Irishman Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan!

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    With no quarter given and barely daylight between the two drivers as they charged door to door down the hill the decision would be too close to call not once, not twice but three times.  After going ‘one more time’ three times the judges would put an end to Shane’s day.

    Our full gallery from the event is available over on our facebook page. We’ll be back for Round 3 of the British Drift Championship on 11th-12th July at Teesside Autodrome. Tickets and information are available at www.thebritishdriftchampionship.com.

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    Our next event is the World of Kawasaki at Rockingham Circuit on 28th June where we’ll be putting on a drift demonstration. This is a free entry event and you could even bag yourself a passenger ride in one of our cars! More information is available here.

  • SULLY SMOKES UP IDC ROUND 2!

    Following more than a week of sneak peeks, teasers and hype the second round of the 2015 Irish Drift Championship landed at Green Glens Arena at the weekend. With over 100 drivers tearing up the special indoor circuit to over 2,500 seated spectators combined with a full light and sound system it is fair to say the event definitely lived up to all that anticipation.

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    With fresh Maxxis Tyres at the ready Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan arrived at Green Glens eager to get out on track and put the Japspeed RB25-powered S15 through its paces.

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    Here at Japspeed we’re no strangers to drifting indoors – but having said that we’ve never drifted indoors competitively before. With the world’s first fully enclosed indoor competition drift event ahead of us it made sense to make the most of the available practice time. With that in mind it wasn’t long before the atmosphere in the Arena began to get smoky.

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    With the Semi-Pro and Rookie class action having taken place the day before, Sunday’s event brought an immense air of expectation for the Pros to ramp things up a gear.

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    With a number of successful practice runs Shane stormed through qualifying with an 88 point score, placing him 7th going into the top 16 – avoiding the sudden death battles.

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    An excitingly formidable track layout featuring 8 walled clipping points meant it wouldn’t be long before we started to see some smashes and crashes. Such was the fate of fellow Japspeed sponsored driver Lluis Lopez, who following a collision with Christy Carpenter faced the end of his charge for the podium early on in the contest.

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    Meanwhile charging his way through to the great 8, Sully would soon come up against IDC Round 1 champion James Deane. With highly impressive runs from both drivers slight contact from Shane gave the judges no choice but to award the win to James putting an end to Shane’s weekend.

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    All in all an incredible weekend and one that will remain in the memory of every IDC fan and competitor for a long time to come we’re sure. From all at Team Japspeed we’d like to congratulate James Deane, Jack Shanahan and John Paul McCarthy on taking the podium!

    We’d also like to thank all our partners for their continued support throughout 2015 as we look ahead to Round 2 of the British Drift Championship at the infamous Knockhill Racing Circuit on 13th-14th June!

    The Irish Drift Championship returns to Mondello Park on 4th-5th July for Round 3 of the series.

    Tickets and information are available from www.thebritishdriftchampionship.com and www.irishdriftchampionship.com.

  • SULLY POISED FOR IDC ROUND 2!

    As the summer drift season really gets into full swing and round 1 of the Irish Drift Championship already done and dusted, the team at IDC are keen to go above and beyond all expectations with Round 2!

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    For the first time in Irish drifting history the second round of the championship will see over 100 drivers from across the country as well as much further afield descend on the 2,500-seater Green Glens Arena in Millstreet, Cork to compete indoors for a weekend of loud noises, tyre smoke and hair raising drift battles!

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    Not only will the weekend’s event take place indoors but add to the mix a full light and sound system, illuminated scoring zones and a custom walled circuit featuring 8 rear clipping points and you have a ridiculously exciting series of battles!

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    Set to be a unique event where spectators can expect a concert-like arrangement in which the weather, (for a change) will not be a factor.

    Not only will the weekend’s event take place indoors but add to the mix a full light and sound system, illuminated scoring zones and a custom walled circuit featuring 8 rear clipping points and you have a ridiculously exciting series of battles!

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    Team Japspeed driver Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan faces an exhilarating weekend as he goes up against some of the top names in Irish drifting to battle it out on an all or nothing circuit set to challenge even the toughest competitors’ skills.

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    This world first fully enclosed competitive drift event will take place on June 6-7th at Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Cork – you won’t want to miss it.

    Tickets and more information are available at www.irishdriftchampionship.co.uk. See you there!

  • TEAM JAPSPEED SMOKING RINGS AROUND COVENTRY!

    It is fair to say 2015 has so far brought a lot of new our way, including new car builds, new competitive structuring to both BDC and IDC; not to mention new events to attend! All at Team Japspeed strive to bring the spectacle and fun of drifting to as many new audiences as we can, which is why we were delighted to be invited along with a number of drivers and teams from the British Drift Championship to put on a display at Coventry MotoFest 2015!

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    Based in the city of Coventry, UK this event may only be a couple of years old but brings an exciting yet unique blend of racing demonstrations, static displays as well as live music to the streets of the city.

    “Motofest is not a festival being put on by us for the people of Coventry, rather it is the citizens (both individual and corporate) of Coventry coming together to put on a spectacular festival for the nation.”
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    The BDC would be there demonstrating the art of drifting on the closed roads of the city during Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May. Japspeed driver Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith jumped at the opportunity to smoke up the famous Coventry ring road alongside familiar faces from the BDC!

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    Arriving on the Saturday morning it wasn’t long before we were set up and raring to go!

    Despite the slightly damp conditions thousands of people lined the city streets as the action kicked off on the iconic ring road. Not that we ever let the weather stop us smoking up some Maxxis MA-Z1 tyres!

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    Alongside a host of other professional BDC drivers Paul Smith put in a number of superb runs around the short street circuit throughout the course of the two day event.

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    When we weren’t out on track there was plenty to see including demos from a number of short oval motorsport disciplines and even ‘Sherman’ the Audi A4 piloted by Rob Austin representing the BTCC on the same circuit as the BDC!

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    Not to mention an impressive line up of Jaguar models from across the years in attendance. Jaguar celebrated their 80th anniversary at the show and spectators were treated to an array of incredible models including this 1988 Jaguar XJR9 Le Mans winning racer.

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    With a genuine festival atmosphere Coventry MotoFest really is a unique event with something for every petrolhead. An awesome weekend - after all it’s not every day you get the chance to do some legal street drifting!

    Missed out on the action? Make sure you check out the awesome clip from the British Drift Championship here!

    Next for 2015 will see Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan back out on track at the world’s first fully enclosed indoor competitive drift event at Green Glens Arena for Round 2 of the Irish Drift Championship. Make sure you’re there on 6th-7th June - you won’t want to miss it!

    Click here for more information and tickets.

  • PERFECT ENGINE PROTECTION

    In the sport of drifting, the engine is kept at very high revs creating very high internal surface temperatures on components which requires an oil that can maintain a reliable co-efficient of friction at all times to prevent engine wear or loss of usable power.

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    At the forefront of the UK drift scene, Team Japspeed use Rock Oil for our engines and differentials. For four years now we have reliably run their top racing oil called Synthesis 4 Racing Oil 15w50.

    Rock Oil have manufactured a revolutionary new racing oil with a very low co-efficient of friction whilst still maintaining a very low amount of component wear, called Rock Oil Carbon 10w50 Racing Oil. Therefore for the 2015 season we will be using their new ground breaking oil for our engines as it is unrivaled in its performance and quality at racing temperatures.

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    "36% lower co-efficient of friction than the competitor who were thought to be leading racing engine oil"

    A critical aspect of any high performance racing oil is the co-efficient of friction between internal engine component surfaces. By reducing surface friction it is widely accepted that an increase in usable power is released.

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    To explain how good this oil is, Rock Oil compared their new Carbon 10w50 oil against a leading rival product (with “Nano-Technology”) to demonstrate the quality of their new Carbon 10w50 oil. The graphs below demonstrate the achieved co-efficient of frictions throughout a 2 hour test period between two pieces of steel at a controlled temperature of 150°C with an applied load of 50N.

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    The first graph shows how the competitor’s “Nano technology” racing oil fluctuates dramatically throughout the test constantly altering its co-efficient of friction (shown in red) at a constant temperature and load. This could cause components to change their rate of expansion and alter the usable power output from the engine.

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    In comparison the graph for the Rock Oil Carbon 10w50 racing oil shown below holds a very consistent co-efficient of friction (shown in red) throughout the same test with the same conditions. This shows that their oil gives a much more reliable racing engine performance.

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    Not only did the Rock Oil Carbon 10w50 racing oil have a far more consistent performance than its competitor; it also achieved a far lower average co-efficient of friction. In fact its co-efficient of friction was 36% lower than the competitor which was previously thought to be the leading race engine oil.

    Often associated with lowering the co-efficient of friction of oil is an increase in component wear. However, the revolutionary new technology within the Rock Oil Carbon 10w50 racing oil means that it once again is better than the competition. When an industry standard test was taken of the two oils to determine the rate of wear on components, the competitors “leading Nano technology” demonstrated 29% more wear than the Rock Oil Carbon 10w50 racing oil.

    With Rock Oil’s revolutionary new product not only a significant improvement over Synthesis 4 but far out-performing rival brands; it was a clear choice to adopt this new oil into all of our race engines for the 2015 season.

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    Having oil with such stable characteristics and low amount of wear on components; Rock Oil Carbon 10w50 is the obvious choice for any high performance, road or race engine like the ones featured in our drift cars.

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