gtchannel.com for more drifting footage. Teaser video for new video series BEHIND THE SMOKE. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.# vimeo.com/23022506 Uploaded 347 Plays 3 Likes 1 Comment
Falken is known worldwide for its high quality, high performance tires. But, judging from the tremendous response from people at racetracks and special events last year, Falken is also well known for its Tire Spokesmodels. These ladies are not only beautiful, they’re extremely knowledgeable about Falken’s extensive tire line-up, and they take their mission seriously – providing information to consumers and enthusiasts about Falken’s products.
In fact, throughout the years Falken has used its Spokesmodels, these women have become some of the most recognized models and spokespersons within the motorsports community, as well as the entire automotive aftermarket industry. This year, the team includes returning model Randyl Dawn, along with Eri Moriyama, who has been with Falken for several seasons, plus newcomers Casie Allison and Megan Renae.
So, as Team Falken embarks on a national tour of racetracks through its Formula Drift and American LeMans Series programs, the Falken Tire Spokesmodels will be an ever-present – and ever-pleasant – presence at those events as well as numerous car shows and other locations. Falken encourages everyone to meet and greet these fabulous ladies at all Falken-attended events this year.# vimeo.com/10735416 Uploaded 2,916 Plays 26 Likes 1 Comment
In recent years, the Falken Tire Spokesmodels have become some of the most recognized models and spokespersons within the motorsports community, as well as the entire automotive aftermarket industry. This year, the team includes Lindsey Hanson, Randyl Dawn, Mary J. Castillo, Candace Pittman and CJ Gibson, along with Eri Moriyama, who has been with Falken for several seasons. Most have appeared on covers of many of the top automotive publications. Whats more, not only are these ladies beautiful, but theyre extremely knowledgeable, as they take their mission seriously providing information to consumers and enthusiasts about Falkens extensive line-up of products.
So, as the team embarks on a national tour of racetracks and other facilities, the Falken Tire Spokesmodels will be an ever-present and ever-pleasant presence at car shows, Formula D Drifting and American LeMans Series events in 2009. Falken encourages everyone to meet and greet these fabulous ladies at all Falken-attended motorsports, retailer and car show events this year."# vimeo.com/4187522 Uploaded 14.5K Plays 48 Likes 3 Comments
As Falken Tires enters its second year of sports car competition, the tire manufacturer returns to the important and highly regarded American LeMans Series (ALMS) competition where it will once again compete in the series GT2 class.
What's different for the ALMS competition 2009 season is this year, Falken is running its own team, based at its corporate headquarters in Fontana, CA. The car is the powerful Porsche 911 RSR. The 3.8-liter boxer engine of the GT3 RSR remains unchanged with the exception of slight improvements in specified areas. The motor delivers 465 hp at 8,000 rpm. Weight of the race car is 2,700 pounds.
To ensure its competitiveness, Falken has developed a special Azenis RT Slick tire for this car, which the company will manufacture in Japan. A dedicated engineering and development crew will attend each ALMS competition event to observe and provide appropriate resources. Falken has developed much of its technology from its motorsports efforts throughout the world, including competition in Super Taikyu, at the 24 hours of the legendary Nurburgring - a punishing race - and the highly regarded Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.# vimeo.com/4186123 Uploaded 18K Plays 79 Likes 7 Comments
When first describing Calvin Wan, a principal word could be multitasker. Calvin has already had a long and varied career in motorsports, starting in 1996, and running in such diverse series including drag racing, autocrossing, rally crossing and motorcycles. Calvin also is a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) member and has provided numerous stunt driving assignments for television commercials, print ads and movies (including Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Crank 2: High Voltage). He is a published author, too, having written Calvin Wans Drifting Performance Handbook, which is distributed by Motorbooks International.
On the drifting front, the San Francisco native, who, like his neighbor and team mate up the road, Tyler McQuarrie, has spent a fair amount of time at Sonomas Infineon Raceway. He has competed in every round of the Formula Drift Championship series since its augural season in 2004, and has become a fan favorite due to his laid back style and street image.. Falken Tires officials noticed his capabilities during that first season and signed him to what has become a long-term contract, making Calvin a full-time driver for the company, driving Falken-owned works cars ever since.
In 2005, Calvin made history by becoming the first driver in the Formula Drift series to win in an import car with the Falken Tire Infiniti G35. He later moved to a Mazda RX-7, and for 2009, will be piloting the new Falken Tire Nissan S15 Silvia, running on Falken Azenis RT-615 rubber. In addition to this series, the multitasker will be doing double duty in the Formula D International Demos and Team Drifting Competition events.
The talented driver participates in more than 20 professional events each year and has received extensive media coverage with both national and international media outlets. When hes not driving, hes building race cars or serving as both a Drifting Judge and Instructor, holding special drifting performance clinics for private groups.
Drifting and race fans alike know the name Calvin Wan, and he is highly regarded and respected by his competitors. As one of the pioneers in drifting especially in the U.S., and one of the driving forces on Team Falken, Calvin has definitely earned his reputation and stands ready once again to help take Team Falken to the top of the podium.# vimeo.com/4187299 Uploaded 6,571 Plays 55 Likes 3 Comments