FormulaD Orlando June 4-6 2015

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The FabricationLife media team got out to experience the recent FormulaD event in Orlando. With plenty of dramatic moments including exploding engines, fires, wall kisses and more, there was plenty to keep the eager fans entertained.

Attendance was great considering the weather didn’t really cooperate with consecutive rain days during both finals. Either way, the crowds were pumped and it provided some entertaining near misses and further reinforced their crazy driving skills.

Check out the recap video and selection of images from the event!

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F12 tire roast

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Chris Harris, we love you and hate you at the same time. This type of video is what we need on every slow day, played heavily in rotation. We want to be in the drivers seat!

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Big Turbos Bigger Boost

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Mad Max Silvia

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While meeting up at a friend’s shop, i came across this interesting S13 Coupe. The color of the car threw me off a bit, and i was interested to know what was done to it. When they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, this car was the epiphany of the saying. Check out this cool hook slider!


On the outside, it looks like your typical “drift” style 240sx

Until i walked around the car, i knew i was in for a treat!

This would come in handy at the track! I would use an air compressor, cut off blade, and battery charger on this. 

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Ghost Rider

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Extreme Autofest was at the infamous Angel’s Stadium recently. Luckily, it wasn’t too far from our office so we decided to check it out. At the corner of my eye i saw this work of madness!

Several hours went into this masterpiece, but it was well worth it! 

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Dream It | Build It Pt.1

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This is just a random post of some of the amazing parts people fab up on a daily basis. Shout out to all the crafty fabricators dreaming up these works of art! This is part 1 of our Dream it | Build it series.


If you have any works of art you would like to submit feel free to send them to me at: Mark@tribe-agency.com

If it is worthy, i will gladly post it up! Thanks!

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Above & Beyond: B.R.E Motorports S14!

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B.R.E. Motorsports was founded in 2003 by Michael “Tex” Blackwell. Located in Concord, NC, B.R.E operates out of a 26,500 sq. ft. facility which is home to a myriad of capabilities from fabrication, engine building and tuning, performance upgrades, race program consultation and general maintenance – we are your one-stop performance shop.

I got the opportunity to meet Tex at Formula Drift Wall New Jersey through Ron Bergenholtz. Tex is a real stand up guy and is really passionate about his work. He will lend a hand in anyway to help anyone succeed. That day i first met him, he helped Conrad Grunewald take home his 1st place finish in Formula Drift ever.

I ventured out to PRI in Florida several months ago. Fortunately, i got to meet up with Tex and his team displaying their brand new build. They got a chance to show their true skill on a customer’s S14. This is quite possibly the craziest S-Chassis i have seen before my own eyes. I have seen tubed drift cars, completely decked out road race cars, and even drag cars. This S14 had my jaw dropped at first sight just from the sheer hours spent on this vehicle.

Luckily, the team at B.R.E Motorsports was kind enough for us to showcase their masterpiece! Enjoy!

B.R.E Motorsports is a very solid team. Plenty of youth and experience to put you in the right direction.

Their expertise and attention to detail is bar none the best qualities a shop could ever have.

They take the time out of their day to make sure the customer is satisfied.

Dedicated to build anything anyone could ever imagine.

All with the same passion for enthusiast to be one with their machine.

Stay tuned as we unravel the madness that consist of this crazy S14 build!

check out www.bremotorsports.com to see what they can do for you!

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MA-Motorsports / CFR Madness

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MA-motorsports out of 901A Dundalk Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224 is is hands down one of our favorite shops on the east coast…  They made a huge announcement the beginning of 2012.. as the flagship for CFR / Chris Forsberg Racing Drift team for 2012… We have been watching the process of this build…Check out how much they have revamped Chris Forsberg’s Formula Drift 370z chassis!

If you look closely, they have skinned off some of the quarter panel for weight and easy repairs.

One of Ma-Motorsports specialties, custom fabrication! These guys are infamous for their exhaust and manifold work..

A close up of the new headers for the Nissan V8 motor..

A closer look you can see a dry sump setup…

Mock up of the new motor.

A lighter more efficient fuel safe setup.

Where all the fun starts 😉

Brian and Ray, the heart and brain of MA-Motorsport’s operations have been in the industry for decades. These guys know how to build a car and race them for their soul purpose. To have them apart of CRF is one potent formula for success! I wish these guys the best in this Formula Drift season and hope to push CRF to new heights.

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Greenspeed Sets the Record!

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On November 12-13, the Greenspeed team took a trip to the El Mirage Dry Lakebed in CA for the final Southern California Timing Assc (SCTA) event of the year. On Saturday  the driver, Dave, was very nervous at the start line because it was the first time the truck was going to move while being powered by vegetable oil. However, he took off down the 1.3 mile course and shattered the existing record of 98 mph with a run of 139.882 mph. The next day, the team topped that record with a run of 155.331 mph. The team hopes that that time will be high enough to hold the record until they make it back to the salt flats in August of 2012 for Speed Week. At that point, the team intends to challenge the existing petroleum record of 215.091 mph, with vegetable oil as a fuel.
Greenspeed did actually make the insane deadline of Speed Week 2011. They passed inspection on the last night of the event and made it to the start 50 minutes before the event ended. Given the tight schedule, there was not nearly enough time to get vegetable oil heated prior to getting on course. However, the team was able to make a rookie run and one licensing run though!
After Speed Week, the team brought the truck home, started school the next day, and then started replacing all the duct tape with clamps and made sure everything was in it’s proper place. They put the truck on the dyno and worked to get the injection timing and fuel curve correct with plans of taking the record at World of Speed two weeks later. This time, the crew made it to the salt and passed inspection with plenty of time. At about the half mile mark on the very first run, at a speed of over 140 mph, two cylinders ended up cracking. The next morning, the team packed up and headed home
feeling pretty dejected. They took the engine to Big Twin Diesel for a thorough teardown and inspection. By the end of the day, Big Twin, Northwest Motor Machine, Mahle, and Clevite were ready and willing to help the team have a running engine in time to make it to the salt for one last attempt at World Finals, in another two weeks. So, putting class work on the back burner once again, the team doubled down to get everything ready in time.
The night the team had planned on leaving, with a perfectly running truck, and a brand new vegetable oil system, the event had been cancelled due to 4″ of standing water on the salt flats! In a slight daze, the team  started looking into alternatives (runways, drag strips, anything that might work in order to get the record out of the way). They decided to go for the final SCTA event of the year at El Mirage. It was risky though: a very long drive, questionable weather in the middle of Nov, and a very short course. But as you’ve already read, it turned out well for all.

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200 mph… on veggies?!

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The crew at Greenspeed has built a diesel engine that runs on vegetable oil and has already set the speed record for vegetable oil powered vehicles at 155.31 mph and is now aimed at attaining Diesel Truck Class record of 215 mph.

Their story will air tonight on The Mountain Sports West Network at 5:30 pm Mountain Time and will most likely be on repeat throughout the night. Tune in to get an update and see how the team is doing so far!

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