This past weekend GSR had their open house where they debuted their new drift car for the 2013 Formula D Series. The BMW M3 E46 is a new chassis for the GSR team with the guts from last year’s Z4 racecar. This M3 is really impressive with a 4-speed transmission and a monster turbo supplied by Garett, pumping out an estimated 500hp. Just enough to power through the technical courses of the Formula D season. Michael Essa was on hand for the festivities along with Shift Sector and RJ De Vera from Meguiar’s. You can find some of Essa’s blogs on Euro Car about the development of the new M3 and reasons behind selecting a new chassis.
Photos: Toni Avery and Ezekiel Wheeler
We had the opportunity to speak with GSR Autosport President, Nick Richards, who talked about building their BMW brand: “We would like to grow more of our BMW program because we would like to focus on more street related builds.”
Although they are working on building their BMW line, GSR still has some really strong cars out there in the Porsche Owners Club (POC) racing series with their first event at the 2013 Festival of Speed in April. They will be running the 996 cup car, which is practically an RSR car with all the mods
Spectators and other race enthusiasts attending the GSR Autosport open house drove their cars in from all over the Southland and enjoyed food driven in by a local food truck. Racefans even got a chance to watch the season opener of F1 qualifying. Even Formula D legend Santa Claus made an appearance.
The 2013 Formula D racing season is set to be one of the most competitive in the history of the series – now entering its anniversary season. More than half the teams are sporting new chassis, new power trains and even some rookies are on hand. Match that with a field of Formula Drift Champions and you can bet history will be made this season.