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FD Champ Chris Forsberg Juggles Full-Time Racing and Co-hosting Drift This.

Three-time Formula Drift (FD) champion Chris Forsberg is no stranger to pressure, but this year, he and fellow FD driver and friend Ryan Tuerck have their calendars more than full. Not only do they have a full season of FD competition, but they are also building cars for Motor Trends newest show, Drift This . This has been the busiest off season of all time, Chris told us at the season opener in Long Beach. Usually we do one project build, and this year we did five. Adding a ton of extra work to the off-season also made for some last-minute thrashing on Chriss Nissan 370z drift car. Among other things, they were waiting on the delivery of the engine. It arrived a week before qualifying. We got the 370 fired, running and tuned 2 days prior to Long Beach media day. We drove it for the first time the day prior and it went really well- one of our best first test sessions ever, Chris said. He uses a twin-turbo VR38 engine from an R35 GTR, a vast difference from the eight-cylinder VK engine hed used for the past ten years. Direct-port nitrous injection put the car right at 1,000hp, but they detuned the engine to only 900 hp to keep it reliable. Chris admitted that 1,000 was unnecessary saying, its more difficult to make speed with that much power. The added challenge of building the cars for Drift This is coming up with a feasible concept that can be successfully executed. For their first project, they had to make a brown delivery van drift. Installing a turbocharged LS engine and eliminating the dual rear wheel arrangement for a single skinny tire on each side helped. The UPS van was gnarly, Chris said. The worst one to start with. Since then, they have successfully drifted a lifted Caprice on 26-inch wheels and a 35-foot long Escalade limousine. Fortunately, Chris isnt working on these builds alone. Aside from his co-host, some of Chris race team lend a hand when they arent working on the race car. Its cool because during the off season because we are all working together, but we have this cloud looming, like FD is coming, he laughed. Working with some of the best drift techs in the business is a huge asset, but when taking on these oddball projects, its the unexpected elements that stretch the crews creativity. Chris is currently sitting third in points this season as a result of a third-place finish in Long Beach and a second-place in Orlando. This past weekend in rainy Atlanta conditions, Chris put on a clinic in car control. When running against Vaughn Gittin, Jr. he maintained very close proximity and chose good lines, enough to get him into the Great 8 against former champ Fredric Aasbo. Though Chris driving was on point, Aasbos Norwegian experience in icy conditions showed through as he bested Chris that round. Aasbo would move on to win the event after running against Drift This co-host Ryan Tuerck. There is still a long season of racing ahead and plenty of more harebrained things to drift. Stay tuned to motortrend.com to see what Chris and Ryan will slide around next and stay tuned for more FD coverage! The post FD Champ Chris Forsberg Juggles Full-Time Racing and Co-hosting Drift This. appeared first on Hot Rod Network .

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