Mar 22

Tanner Foust returns to Formula Drift with Nexen Tire

Multi-time champion returns to Formula Drift for select events in 2016

2015-08-08_33865 Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust has a new tire partner onboard for his return to three Formula Drift rounds in 2016. Nexen Tire will back Foust and supply tires for the Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Volkswagen Passat for the select Formula Drift season.

“The cars on the Formula Drift circuit are some of the wildest motorsport builds on the planet right now and maximizing grip is a critical part of having the right package,” said Foust, who will compete in the Atlanta, Seattle and Texas rounds this year. “I’m excited to be working with Nexen in 2016 with a very competitive tire.”

The driver made his first appearance under the new partnership at the Leadfoot Festival, a special invitational celebration of cars and speed hosted annually in New Zealand by celebrated rally champion Rod Millen.

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/Qq8zEJHWT7g

Foust returns to Formula Drift in the rear-wheel drive converted Volkswagen Passat that he debuted last year. The Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Volkswagen Passat is a powerful performer, producing more than 900 nitrous-boosted horsepower from its V-8 engine. A specially designed eight-into-one sequential collector produces a distinctive supercar exhaust note that has made the car popular with fans.

“We’re delighted to welcome two-time Formula Drift champion Tanner Foust to Nexen Tire,” said Paul Jho, senior motorsports manager for Nexen Tire. “Tanner is a multi-talented driver who represents the performance potential of our products across the spectrum and is a great fit for our brand. I couldn’t be happier to be working with him.”

Foust returned to his Formula Drift roots last season for the first time in five years following a shift from drifting to rallycross that saw him score a pair of U.S. titles and numerous wins and podiums worldwide. The only driver ever to win back-to-back Formula Drift championships (2007, 2008) his return for three events in 2015 saw him score a trio of qualifying scores in the Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Passat and win two battles. He said he is happy to be back.

“It’s a great feeling to know I’ll have a chance to reconnect with drifting again this year,” said Foust. “I’m having a lot of fun out there and I’m enjoying the process of experimenting with setup and developing this new car.”

The Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Volkswagen Passat features a four-speed dog-engagement transmission, a Tilton clutch, AEM Infinity-10 fuel injection, RS-R suspension and an extroverted APR Performance swan-mount wing. Top drift vehicles like Foust’s routinely produce close to 1,000 horsepower and are designed with so much steering angle that the front wheels are capable of turning nearly backwards.

Drifting is a high-skill, high-powered motorsport with an emphasis on car control skill. Drivers compete in knockout heats on a closed course, sliding sideways in trials judged on speed and style. With origins in Japan, it is one of the fastest growing forms of motorsport in the world.

In addition to the select Formula Drift rounds, Foust is preparing for a packed racing schedule this season. Full details on Foust’s 2016 competition calendar will be unveiled in the weeks ahead.

source: tannerfoust.com