Seibon Announces Partnership with RS-R for Formula D Asia
Perhaps the most awaited time of the year is the start of the race season. This is the time when drivers upgrade their cars to make them more competitive and enthusiasts get to enjoy insane runs.
For Seibon Carbon the 2013 season is especially exciting for more than one reason. In addition to participating in Formula Drift USA, Seibon Carbon has partnered up with Team RS-R to participate in Formula D Asia. Team RS-R will be running a NASCAR V8-powered GT86 fully equipped with a Seibon Carbon hood, dry carbon trunk, and set of dry carbon doors.
This big announcement was kept under wraps until the build was completed. In fact, you can check out Speedhunters’ coverage on the GT86 during its final phases where some of the carbon pieces are installed.
The 86 will be driven by Japanese race car driver Manabu “Max” Orido and Fredric Aasbo.
Manabu “Max” Orido is racer that has made his way into the world of professional Japanese GT Championship (JGTC) racing. After years of one make series, he first appeared in the JGTC series in 1996 and won the GT300 title for the following year, up until the 2000 season when he moved up to GT500 he took three wins altogether and has since taken two GT500 wins to date.
Orido’s fame comes from being one of the only drivers to use a Toyota Supra in drift competitions, his success in the JGTC series, and his appearance in popular import racing videos like Best Motoring, Video Option, and Hot Version.
Fredric Aasbo was born and raised in the midst of the Scandinavian countryside where he was quickly introduced to the Norwegian rally scene. Discovering drifting a couple of years later got him hooked on this new form of motorsports.
Quickly earning a reputation for combining super aggressive drifting with a humble personality in the pits, Fredric toured the North European drifting circuit for two years.
With 30+ victories and multiple championship titles in the North European scene and with a dream of going up against the best, Fredric competed at select rounds of the Formula Drift championship in 2010. Ultimately becoming the Formula Drift Rookie of the Year and earning the Hardest Charging Driver of the Year award. At the start of the 2011 season he joined Papadakis Racing for his first full Formula DRIFT USA campaign driving the Need for Speed/Papadakis Racing Scion tC- which is also equipped with Seibon Carbon components.
Running the new Team Need for Speed Scion tC, he achieved his first-ever U.S. podium mid-year. He also earned the 2011 Formula DRIFT UAE Invitational win.
Racing Studio-R or RS-R began life as a wholesale distributor in Osaka, Japan. Unsatisfied with the quality of parts they were able to obtain, they started their own factory in September 1980. Since then they have been offering high performance, high quality products unavailable anywhere else.
They actively participate in many race series like Drug race, N1 race, Dart trial, Sprint race, Rally race and Japan GT no name a few.
Engine & driveline: 2006-spec 5.7 L TRD NASCAR V8, custom engine mounts, Ed Pink Racing Engines fuel injection conversion, Ed Pink Racing Engines direct coil ignition conversion, Ed Pink Racing Engines electronic throttle conversions, Blitz mesh filter, custom dry sump system with rear mounted tank, custom rar mounted twin L-shaped radiators, twin electric water pumps, custom fuel system, Motec M800 ECU, Hollinger sequential transmission, Winters Performance quick-change rear end
Suspenson & Brakes: RS-R adjustable front & rear dampers, wide selection of springs, custom front subframe, custom front lower arms and tie rods, Project µ 6-pot front calipers, Project µ 4-pot rear calipers, Project µ 2-piece slotted rotors front and rear
Wheels & Tires: Enkei PF01 9.5Jx18, Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 235/40R18 (front), 265/35R18 rear
Exterior: 6666 Customs Rocket Bunny full aero, custom Rocket Bunny side intakes, Seibon Carbon dry carbon doors, Seibon Carbon dry carbon trunk, Seibon Carbon hood, custom Rocket Bunny rear diffuser & hood scoop, carbon rood, lexan rear glass
Interior: Fully spot welded and reinforced chassis, custom weld-in roll cage, Bride racing bucket seat, Taktata MPH-341 racing harnesses, Nardi steering wheel (Orido), Tanida steering wheels (Fredric), race switch panel, Motec SDL3 dash display, Flatwell adjustable pedal box, billet ARC handbrake lever & Willwood hydraulic pump.
Sources:RS-R.com, Driftjapan.com, Fredricaasbo.com, and Papadakisracing.com.