Round 8 Finale of the Formula Drift Championship Leads to Wild Finish!
The 2016 Formula Drift Championship season came to an exciting conclusion this past weekend, holding its final round of the season was held at the famous Irwindale Speedway or, as those in the know call it, the “House of Drift”. The sold out event was sold out and had over 600,000 online viewers watching from all over the globe!
Thirty-two drivers prepared themselves in hopes of winning the final race of the season, but everyone’s eyes were focused on four drivers, each with a chance to win the sought after 2016 Formula Drift Title. Two-time champion Chris Forsberg led the championship standings with Fredric Aasbo, past champion Vaughn Gittin JR., and Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis all giving chase. With a 36-point lead over second, Forsberg, driver of the NOS Energy Drink Nissan 370 Z, had a solid lead coming into the final round. That lead was soon in question as Forsberg had an upset during his run against Patrick Mordaunt. Forsberg lost control and hit the outside wall preventing him from finishing the competition, giving Aasbo and Gittin a small glimmer of hope. They both battled hard for a shot of grabbing first in points. Unfortunately, Gittin was knocked out of the top 32 early, leaving Aasbo for a chance at the championship title. Aasbo, heading for an upset title win, made contact with Matt Field, preventing him from advancing to the next round. This gave Forsberg his 3rd championship title since Bakchis was too far behind in points.
Now that the crown of the 2016 Formula Drift Championship had been settled on a winner, the question remained on who would win the event at Irwindale Speedway. The final battle came down to aFe POWER sponsored Dai Yoshihara in his Subaru BR-Z, and Matt Field, driver of the Gears of War 4 Nissan S14. The final battle was a nail bitter as both teams wanted to win and finish the season on a high note. The stage was set for both drivers, in a two out of three face-off that would determine who would take home first place. Yoshihara was victorious in the first run, but he needed to come out on top again to take home the win. As Yoshihara mimicked every move Field made, a victory for Yoshihara looked obvious. Unfortunately, Yoshihara’s power steering broke on his second run, sending the aFe POWER sponsored BR-Z into the wall and cutting the run short. Field went on to win the season finisher of the Formula Drift series. While Yoshihara crashed, he still finished strong in second place at Irwindale Speedway, wrapping up the season in great stride taking 6th place in points.
If you own an FR-S or BR-Z and want to unleash it's full potential. Contact our team of performance experts at 888-901-7693 or order online at www.aFepower.com.
Magnum FLOW OER High Performance Filter
Takeda Momentum Carbon Fiber Intake
Takeda Torque Booster Tube
(Also Available in Black or Red)
Silver Bullet Throttle Body Spacer
Twisted Steel Long Tube Header
Takeda Cat-back Exhaust System
This entry was posted in aFe News and tagged GT-86 Performance, BR-Z Performance, FR-S Performance, GT-86, Drifting, Irwindale Speedway, Scion Racing, Dai Yoshihara, Subaru BR-Z, Scion FR-S, Formula Drift, Scion, performance, toyota, aFe Power on October 14, 2016 by Josh Biggers.
We are proud to announce we have received another California Air Resources Board (CARB) E.O. number for additional aFe POWER Throttle Body Spacer applications. This CARB executive order confirms this group of TBS part numbers being 50 state legal.
CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD (C.A.R.B) EXECUTIVE ORDER #D-550-16
This entry was posted in CARB Updates, aFe News and tagged Suzuki, Infiniti, Acura, Performance parts, CARB approved, Subaru, Chevy, Dodge, GM, throttle body spacer, honda, porsche, performance, carb, ford, toyota, Nissan, aFe Power, Jeep on October 12, 2016 by Josh Biggers.
This past Saturday's Pirelli World Challenge came down to an astonishing last lap pass. Veteran sports car champ Johnny O'Connell chased and caught young gun Austin Cindric to win at Sonoma Raceway. Cindric, the driver of the No. 6 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S, sat on the pole position from the start of the race while Johnny O'Connell, driver of the No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-V, started from third.
It was a game of chess on the track, as O'Connell stayed behind the McLaren throughout the entire race observing the faults in his opponent's vehicle waiting for the perfect chance to pounce. Austin meanwhile focused on running a perfect race, minimizing the chance of making mistakes. The 12 turn, 2.38-mile road course was a 50-minute event with a total of 31 laps ran during the race. For Cindric the event seemed to go on forever as O'Connell was lurking behind in second putting the pressure on the young 18-year-old for first. It all came down to the last lap on turn six. O'Connell found himself close enough to capitalize on the opportunity when Cindric lost rear traction in his McLaren 650S, this left the inside lane open for O'Connell to pass and beat him by 0.716 seconds for an exciting photo finish!
The race was Johnny O'Connell's 19th victory in the Pirelli World Challenge and coincidentally his 60th overall win as a driver for GM. For Austin Cindric, he continues to chase that elusive first win as this is his second runner-up finish in the year.
Round 20 and the final race for the GT and GTA classes will take place at the famed Laguna-Seca Raceway.
Stream it live on - www.motortrendondemand.com/watch-live/ or watch the race on October, 16th 2016 at 3:00 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network.
Top image credited to - gmperformanceracingcenter.com
When the second generation Nissan Titan pickup truck was revealed, many wondered how it would fair against heavyweights Ford, Dodge, and Chevy. Powered by a Cummins 5.0L V8 turbo diesel, producing a hefty 310 HP and 555 Lb. x ft. of Torque at the crank. Completely redesigned inside and out the new Titan XD offers a high level of luxury with brute strength all in one package. aFe POWER will rely on our vast experience with Cummins Engines to give this truck the complete aFe POWER makeover.
The intake development team got to work the second this truck rolled into the shop. Pictured above, you can see our experienced team of engineers have already developed a 3D Printed Momentum HD Intake with testing fully underway in real world conditions. The Momentum HD features a roto-molded one-piece housing to protect the air filter from hot engine bay temperatures, including a larger diameter intake tube for maximum airflow for improved horsepower and torque. A large, clear sight window is used for a hassle-free filter inspection and unique aggressive styling. The included urethane plug can be used to block off the auxiliary air inlet, or you can add our optional air scoop which will be available for purchase for increased airflow.
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The intercooler charge pipes were next on the list to tackle for the Nissan Titan XD. The stock intercooler pipes are 2-1/2” inlet and outlet diameters from both the cold and hot side tubes. We will be featuring two packages, one will be an OE upgrade for those wanting to keep their stock intercooler, and the other will be a complete intercooler kit upgrade. The OE upgrade will feature a hot side charge pipe with a 2-1/2” inlet and outlet diameter, featuring fewer bends than what the OE has for increased airflow. The cold side charge pipe will have a 3” inlet and outlet diameter increasing airflow and minimizing restriction. The complete kit will feature an upgraded intercooler core and new 3” charge pipes on both the hot and cold side for increased cooling efficiency.
Nissan Titan XD Momentum Intake System
Nissan Titan XD Intercooler Tubes Upgrade
Nissan Titan XD DPF Back Exhaust System
The stock exhaust for the Nissan Titan XD was too boring for an aggressive looking truck, the R&D exhaust team didn’t waste any time in developing a tougher looking exhaust system for the Titan XD. The LARGE BORE XD exhaust system is crafted from either a 4" or 5” mandrel-bent stainless steel or aluminized steel for maximum air flow and aggression. We use high-quality band clamps and OE-style bayonet hangers for a secure and leak-free seal, and offer your choice of either a large stainless steel polished or black intercooled exhaust tip. Both systems fit the Titan XD crew cab with the standard bed (151.6” Wheelbase/6-6 ft. bed).
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If you crave more performance, then our Scorcher HD Tuner Module is the answer you’re looking for. The factory tuning always leaves something more on the table when it comes to tuning, the Scorcher HD tuner module unlocks that hidden performance for everyday use under your command. Unlike other handheld Tuners that will flash your trucks computer and risk voiding your warranty. Our module relieves you of that concern, by leaving no trace on the ECU for the dealership to pick up upon scanning when returned back to stock. We achieve performance gains by altering the pressure sensor signals to increase boost and fuel levels to an optimum point throughout the entire RPM range.
All of our Scorcher HD modules are easy to install, requiring no cutting, drilling, or splicing. The Scorcher HD Tuner Module for the Titan XD connects to the stock wiring harness with factory connectors for an effortless installation. Our new generation of Scorcher Modules allow you to quickly change between power levels with a simple push of a button.
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Nissan Titan XD Scorcher Tuner Module
Nissan Titan XD Rear Differential Covers
aFe POWER Rear differential covers offer increased protection, simply by supplying increased fluid lubrication and reducing temperatures to vital parts in your Titan XD’s differential. We offer our rear differentials in either our Street Series (RAW Finish) or our Pro Series (Black Powder Coated Finish). Both feature built-in cooling fins to maximize heat transfer for cooler fluid temperatures. A built-in magnetic drain plug helps capture loose metal particles that could be floating around, this helps prolong the life of both your fluid and differential over time. Available with our Pro Series covers, we include a sight glass plug which allows you to perform a quick visual fluid inspection, and a magnetic fill plug for added protection.
That's Not All for the Titan XD.....Stay Tuned!
That’s not all we have in store for the Nissan Titan XD. Stay tuned as our newly acquired suspension company SWAY-A-WAY are in the early stages of developing coilovers and shocks for the new Titan XD.
This entry was posted in aFe News, New Products and tagged Nissan Titan XD Performance, Nissan Titan Rear Differential Cover, sway-a-way shocks, sway-a-way, Nissan Titan, Nissan Titan XD, Off-road, Cummins, aFe power exhaust, aFe intakes, aFe, aFe. Scorcher, diesel, aFe Power, Diesel Trucks on September 21, 2016 by Josh Biggers.
The BMW M2 is the automaker’s answer to Audi and Mercedes-Benz in the premium sport compact segment. The 2016 BMW M2 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing as it shares a lot of the M4’s technology underneath its body. From the suspension to the large 4 piston front brakes, they are all shared with the bigger brother M4. The BMW M2 does have several differences that set it apart, such as having its very own tuned dampers, springs, and hardly noticeable narrower tires. The N55 inline 6cyl turbocharged engine is spirited, sharing some DNA from the S55 engine found in the M4, cranking out a stunning 365 HP and 369 Lb. x. ft. of Torque at the crank.
aFe POWER has always had a passion for BMW’s, and that drive continues with the BMW M2. Our in-house M2 allows us to develop the latest and greatest for this platform, carefully testing each and every part in real world conditions. The aFe POWER products that were showcased at Bimmerfest 2016 were only the beginning of the full line of performance upgrades. Now we are excited to be releasing power and suspension upgrades for the all new BMW M2.
Proudly developed and crafted in the USA, aFe CONTROL has engineered lowering springs for the 2016+ BMW M2 (F87) to be optimized with the factory shock absorber dampening. We offer a 1” drop to combine the perfect balance of performance and style to eliminate that dreaded wheel gap. The lower center of gravity will inspire cornering confidence without affecting ride quality and comfort. Our aFe CONTROL lowering springs for the BMW M2 are a direct fit upgrade and require no modifications to the vehicle.
For more info CLICK HERE.
The talented engineers at aFe CONTROL have been working hard on developing coilovers for the BMW M2. We are excited to release a high-performance coilover that will increase cornering speed, without compromising ride quality. They are ride height adjustable with 24 different settings you can feel to match your driving conditions. Our coilovers provide a much more predictable ride and feel, thanks to the inverted mono-tube design and CIRC system (Concentric Integrated Remote Canister) that more than triples the amount of gas volume over a standard coilover, providing wider temperature ranges and consistent performance. This kit is a direct fit, requiring no modifications needed to install.
For more info CLICK HERE.
Coming soon! Our new aFe CONTROL Variable Height Springs! Our system gives you the benefit of maintaining your factory shocks and struts, with fully adjustable ride height capability for that perfect stance. The system features slip on coil over sleeves for the front struts that are TIG welded, and then zinc plated for maximum strength. Installation is easy, just press off the factory OE spring seat and replace it with our aFe CONTROL VHS. All mounts included for OEM accelerometers and sway bars for a seamless factory style appearance. Our aFe CONTROL Variable Height Springs allow you to lower your BMW M2 from 0.5” to 1.5,” providing that custom appearance while still maintaining that sophisticated BMW ride quality.
For more info CLICK HERE.
Debuted at Bimmerfest 2016, aFe POWER’s Momentum GT Intake combined with our Scorcher GT Tuner Module will boost your M2’s N55 engine to its maximum potential. Starting with the Momentum GT Cold Air Intake System, which will deliver improved performance and throttle response. Features include a clear sight window for easy filter inspection without disassembling the entire system. Unique (Patent Pending) Filter-to-Housing Interface allows for a quick, seamless and secure installation. Our roto-molded one-piece air box resists hot engine temperatures, while the dyno-tuned intake tube increases airflow for maximum horsepower and torque. (Performance data will be released soon)
The aFe POWER Scorcher Tuner Module will improve horsepower, torque, and throttle response by altering the pressure sensor signals to increase boost and fuel levels to an optimum point throughout the entire RPM range. Unlike other handheld tuners that will flash your vehicle’s computer, the Scorcher Tuner Module leaves no trace on the ECU. Preventing any warranty concerns you may have and is easily reversible back to stock. The installation process is very simple and usually takes 30 minutes to install with our easy plug and play system. (Performance date will be released soon)
(Performance Dyno Data Coming Soon)
We didn’t forget about the exhaust system for the M2 either, which is in the final stages of testing so you won’t have to wait too long for that renown aFe performance and sound. The M2 exhaust system is precision engineered for maximum performance and durability featuring a 3-1/2” inlet to 3” outlet, and manufactured from robust 304 stainless steel with quad polished or carbon-fiber exhaust tips. Down-pipes will be available in either our catted or non-catted versions, with hardware provided on both upgrades for a hassle-free installation.
(Performance Dyno Data Coming Soon)
(Performance Dyno Data Coming Soon)
aFe CONTROL has developed a swaybar kit for the F80 series chassis. Designed to increase roll stiffness without upsetting the M2's natural balance or traction control systems. Perfectly balanced, the 32mm front and 29mm rear bars are lightweight, made from a tubular construction, and feature CNC machined TIG welded bar ends for a perfect fit. We also include CNC machined 6061-T6 sway bar bushing brackets that are anodized black and direct fit polyurethane bushings. Anyone can provide a stiff bar, but to maintain perfect balance is crucial to increasing corner speed.
For more info CLICK HERE.
aFe CONTROL BMW M2 Lowering Springs
aFe CONTROL BMW M2 Coilovers
aFe CONTROL BMW M2 Swaybars
aFe POWER BMW M2 Intake
aFe POWER BMW M2
Scorcher Tuner Module
aFe POWER BMW M2
Exhaust & Down-Pipes
This entry was posted in aFe News, New Products and tagged M Performance, M Power, BMW Performance, M2 tuner, M2 swaybars, M2 exhaust, M2 coilovers, BMW M2 Performance, BMW M2, lowering springs, tuner module, AFE Control, aFe intakes, aFe, performance, tuner, aFe Power, BMW on September 21, 2016 by Josh Biggers.
aFe POWER is known for developing performance products on diesel trucks, naturally given the opportunity to work on the new 2017 Ford F-250 the engineers jumped. You may ask yourself why the new F-250 is such a big deal, well here are several reasons why the new F series is improved for 2017.
Lightweight strength was achieved without losing structural integrity. Just like its smaller brother the F-150, the F-250 sheds some weight off with high-strength aluminum. Approximately 350 pounds were lost, but while many will doubt whether or not this truck can handle massive payloads, a stiffer frame, stronger axles and suspension components have been upgraded to compensate.
Powering this F-250 is a 6.7L Power Stroke turbo diesel V8. New engine updates helped produced an impressive 440 HP and 925 lb-ft of torque at the crank.
While stock out of the box the truck delivers admirable performance, at aFe POWER we don’t know the meaning of the word “stock”. We are the first to strap this powerful workhorse to a dyno and see what it puts down at the wheels. Future products to keep an eye out from aFe POWER is our Scorcher Tuner Module, Momentum GT Cold Air Intake System, exhaust system upgrades and more!
As mentioned before we needed to do a baseline run to see what we are working with in stock trim. We use our in-house dyno jet as a tool to visually see what performance gains our products will improve upon. In this case, we are testing our Scorcher HD Tuner Module for the 2017 Ford F-250 with the 6.7L V8 engine.
Ford's new F-250 is certainly a torque monster, producing over 800 Ft. lbs of torque to the wheels at 2,000 RPM! Obviously, that much amount of torque helps when pulling heavy loads from destination to destination. But there’s always room for improvement, the aFe POWER Scorcher HD Tuner Module will increase your Power Stroke diesels horsepower, torque and throttle response. Whether for pulling, cruising, or even hitting the local drag strip for fun, our tuner module will not leave you disappointed.
(2017 Ford F-250 Power Stroke Stock Dyno Baseline)
Unlike other handheld Tuners that will flash your trucks computer and risk voiding your warranty. Our module leaves no trace on the ECU for the dealership to pick up upon scanning, we achieve this obstacle by altering the pressure sensor signals to increase boost and fuel levels to an optimum point throughout the entire RPM range.
As with all of our Scorcher Modules, no cutting, drilling, or splicing is required for a quick and hassle-free installation. We connect to the stock wiring harness with factory connectors to ensure a seamless install. Our new generation of Scorcher Tuner Module allows you to change between power settings without having to get out of your truck.
Our Scorcher Module works with all aFe POWER upgrades, increasing their effectiveness with the additional fuel and boost for more horsepower and torque. Along with our Scorcher HD Tuner Module, we are developing other products for the 2017 Ford F-250 6.7L Power Stroke such as an intake, exhaust systems and suspension upgrades.
(2017 F-250 Power Stroke with aFe Scorcher Module Dyno)
aFe POWER Momentum HD Intake System
aFe POWER Momentum Dynamic Air Scoop
aFe POWER Momentum Scorcher Package
Updated 2/14/17: The final tuning has been completed on the 2017 Ford F-250 Power Stroke 6.7L Scorcher HD Tuning Module. +50HP and +96lbs. x ft of Torque at the wheels with just the Momentum HD Intake and Scorcher HD Module. This potent bolt-on package is available together here: Scorcher HD Power Stroke Package
This combination takes the stock Power Stroke from the rated 440HP and 925 lbs. x ft of Torque to 496HP and 1,031 lbs. x ft of Torque!
This entry was posted in aFe News, New Products and tagged Scorcher HD Module, Ford Trucks, Ford F-250, Powerstroke, tuner module, Ford Diesel, trucks, ford, Exhaust, aFe Power, Intake on September 2, 2016 by Josh Biggers.
Both aFe POWER equipped Turner Motorsport BMW’s head east to Virginia International Raceway for round 9 of the series. Turner Motorsport returns to VIR with their heads held up high as they have three wins and multiple top 13 results since 2005. Markus Palttala driver of the No. 97 Turner BMW M6 GT3 is no stranger to VIR, in 2014 he placed in 1st which later rewarded him to a 3-way tie for first in the championship standings that year. This year will be his second year driving alongside Michael Marsal, both finishing strong last year in 4th for Turner Motorsport in the BMW Z4 GT3.
When asked about their chances of winning at VIR, Markus Palttala had this to say –
“I’m looking forward to returning to ViR, it is a very fun circuit and one of my favorites here in North America. The Z4 was very strong here the past two seasons with results to show it so now it’s time to prove the performance of our new M6 GT3.”
With the Weathertech Sportscar Championship approaching the final stretch of the 2016 season, teams will be hustling to grab one final win before the series ends.Tune into Fox Sports 1 for LIVE coverage of the race on Sunday, August 28th from 1:35 PM to 4:15 PM EDT.
Location: Angel Stadium - 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806
Sunday, August 14th from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.Don't miss out on one of the biggest car shows in 2016, this is one show you certainly want to check out. The Nitto Auto Enthusiasts show goes into its 4th year hosted at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim California. Last year's event gathered over 900 show cars, 90+ vendors, and over 12,000 fans were in attendance for this show. You will see everything from classics, trucks, motorcycles, and modern performance vehicles all in one place. There is something for everyone, but if you think that's all this show has to offer to you, think again.Drifting is also one of the many attractions that make this show worth checking out. Nitto-sponsored drivers Vaughn Gittin Jr, Mad Mike Whiddett, Matt Powers, Loren Healy and Jason Blanton will be at the event demonstrating their drifting skills for the crowd. Off-road demonstrations, vendor midway, food trucks and much more will be there for the whole family to enjoy. Several members of the aFe POWER team will be in attendance with their personal vehicles participating as well.For more info on Nitto Auto Enthusiasts Day - Click Here
Nitto Auto Enthusiast Schedule
Start Times What Where
This entry was posted in aFe News and tagged Anaheim, Euro, JDM, Formula Drift, Angles Stadium, Car show, Nitto Auto Enthusiasts Day 2016, Nitto, Mopar, Ford Mustang, AFE Control, Dodge, aFe Power, Jeep, BMW on August 9, 2016 by Josh Biggers.
Round 8 of the IMSA Weathertech Championship
Sunday August 7th, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. ET
on (FS1) Fox Sports 1
Round 8 of the IMSA Weathertech Championship will be held at the renowned Road America road course in Plymouth Wisconsin. Both aFe POWER equipped Turner Motorsport BMW GT3's return in hopes of turning around their luck from last year's disappointing finish. This year Turner Motorsport returns with confidence in landing a solid performance.
Markus Palttala driver of the No. 97 Turner BMW feels that the M6's will have an advantage at Road America. He believes the tracks long sweeping high-speed corners will be better suited for longer wheelbase cars such as their M6. The team will push hard in hopes of obtaining some strong results and overcome last week's disappointing finish at Lime Rock Park.
Strategy has always played a key role at Road America in past years. With a large field of teams competing this weekend, it should be interesting to see what game plan Turner Motorsport has up their sleeve.
Cheer on both aFe POWER equipped Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3's this weekend! The green flag will wave on Sunday, August 7th at 4:00 p.m. EST and can be watched LIVE on Fox Sports 1. Qualifying will start on Saturday, August 6th at 3:50 p.m. ET and you can watch it LIVE as well on www.IMSA.com.
The Plymouth Prowler is best remembered as a modern day hot rod. It was under the Plymouth name back in 1997-2000 before Chrysler took over operations. They continued to sell the vehicle for a few more years as a Chrysler Prowler until the vehicle got discontinued in 2002.
The vehicle came with a naturally aspirated 3.5L V6 making 253 hp and 255 lb. x ft. of torque. Many complained that the car lacked the power it needed to back up it's looks. Trey Byrum had this problem, and while modifying the engine to it's full potential the car couldn't produce more than 196 hp to the wheels. He looked at alternative ways to go fast, upon much thought he decided to do a 6.1L Hemi V8 swap to keep it all mopar. With 425 hp and 420 lb. x ft. of torque, he knew this would be the best setup to satisfy his needs.
The end result is a fun to drive, one of a kind Prowler! If this car doesn't get your attention from it's unique looks, the sound of that Hemi V8 roaring past you will.
For more info on the build visit http://www.allpar.com/fix/engines/SRT-Prowler-project.html