April 14, 2008 - Torrance, CA - In their first race together, the RS*R Scion tC drift car and driver Ken Gushi overcame early mechanical problems to make the Top 16 in Formula DRIFT's Streets of Long Beach competition on April 12. Scion was the first import original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to make the Top 16 in its first Formula DRIFT event.
During practice on April 11, Gushi and the RS*R Scion tC were faced with a broken axle which the RS*R team quickly remedied to get the drift car back on the track for afternoon runs.
Gushi entered the season seeded 13th and made an impressive run, with a score of 89.17 and a 57.4 mph entry speed, to qualify 10th.
In the tandem Top 16 battle, Gushi and the RS*R Scion tC faced last year's Formula DRIFT Streets of Long Beach winner Mitsuru Haruguchi in his 1999 Nissan S15. Gushi followed Haruguchi on the first tandem run and held a good line, however the gap between the two drift cars gave Haruguchi the 7-5 advantage. Gushi lead Haruguchi on the second tandem run, but was unable to move on to the Great Eight. Haruguchi took a shallow line to close the gap between the Nissan and the RS*R Scion tC.
"This car exceeded my expectations overall, especially with the limited testing beforehand," said Gushi of the RS*R Scion tC's first event. "I can't wait for Road Atlanta."
The RS*R Scion tC will participate in the next Formula DRIFT event, Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. on May 10.
Scion's drift car is based on its most popular model, the tC sports coupe. RS*R, acclaimed exhaust and suspension manufacturer, turned the factory built front-wheel drive tC into a drifting contender through a rear-wheel drive conversion. In addition to RS*R and Scion sponsors include Toyo Tires, XM Radio, Rogue Status, BASF, Mobil 1, Sparco, Enkei, AEM, Proceed and Meguiar's.