Essa Autosport 2015 Formula Drift Program Update – 3/11/2015

DKAR-3783We’ve been busy here at Essa Autosport, and our 2013 SLP Camaro that will debut at the Formula Drift season opener in Long Beach has come a long way. In our first and previous update, we had just pulled the Camaro in for a few shots before the teardown. Fast forward to the present, the car has been stripped and cleaned, caged, and we are starting to piece together what we feel will be a competitive machine for the 2015 season.

DKAR-3772SLP – Street Legal Performace‘s amazing support of our program continues. Supporting us in being competitive in the power field, SLP sent a set of their long tube headers over to accompany their supercharger kit on top of the LS3 that will be going back in the car. We are going to need all the torque we can get to run the walls in Long Beach, and these parts are great additions to the build.

DKAR-3582BMR Suspension has come aboard the program, providing the parts that will enable the Camaro to be driven to its full potential. Thanks to BMR, we have a full setup of rear adjustable control arms, rear subframe bushings, front and rear sway bars, and a very solid set of engine mounts. The suspension is going to be rock solid paired with Suspension Techniques coilovers.

DKAR-4015Forgestar Wheels continues their support of our drift program. The Camaro will be running a pair of Forgestar CF5V 19×9 wheels with Yokohama Advan AD09R 245/40/19 tires in the front, and 19×10 CF5V wheels with Yokohama Advan AD08R 275/35/19 in the rear.

DKAR-3546Clutch Masters is handling the task of sending the supercharged power to the rear with an 850 Series Twin Disc system custom set to our specs, activated by a Clutch Masters internal slave. Down the line, the stock rear subframe was modified to fit a Speedway quick change diff. The Clutch Masters setup should put all that power through the diff and result in plenty of tire smoke.

DKAR-3820Long Beach is a brutal track. Our FD legal cage with NASCAR door bars will enable Mike Essa to feel comfortable to put on a show in the pilot’s seat. Safety is a big part of professional drifting, and our number one goal is to give our sponsors and fans the best performance possible, and go home at the end of the day.

DKAR-3566Michael Essa and the Essa Autosport team would like to thank all the companies that stepped up to the plate to make this year possible. The support has been fantastic, and our fans that stuck with us are amazing too! We cant wait to see what this machine and its parts are capable of. Stay tuned for more Essa Autosport updates, and be sure to stop by and cheer us on at Formula Drift Round 1 – Streets of Long Beach on April 10-11.

Words and photos by David Karey –

About SLP
Established in 1987, SLP has stood for quality performance enhancements for late-model American Muscle cars from the beginning, and it continues this commitment today. SLP’s initial claim to fame says it all: It was the first company in the performance aftermarket to develop and manufacture a 50-state emission-legal performance package — specifically for V8 Camaros and Firebirds. True to its name (“Street Legal Performance”), the vision of SLP’s part program is to not just provide performance, but to do so with the best engineering practices and quality possible, far exceeding the industry standards. Visit

About BMR Suspension
BMR Suspension manufactures quality heavy duty performance control arms, panhard bars, shock tower braces, K-Members, lowering spring Kits, CV axle shafts, A-Arms, trailing arms, sway bars, anti-roll bar kits, toe rods, driveshaft safety loops and much more.

About Forgestar Wheels
With over 30 years of combined experience in the automotive wheel industry, Forgestar Performance Wheels has bridged the gap between forged wheels and cast wheels. Forgestar Performance Wheels is proud to introduce the world’s first one piece lightweight rotary forged custom flow formed wheel lineup.

About Clutch Masters
Clutch Masters, with over 35 years in the industry, has researched hundreds of friction materials and uses only the best materials available for each intended application. By combining the optimum clamping force with the finest friction materials – each with their own unique coefficient of friction – Clutch Masters has developed a line of clutches that provide ultimate performance in virtually any severe environment.

About Formula Drift
Formula Drift is currently in its 12th season and is renowned and recognized as the international leader of drift championships.  After having started in the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved to become a worldwide automotive sport which challenges driver skills in vehicle control.  Formula Drift provides a platform for professional dirft racers to compete on a national level to claim the coveted Formula Drift champion crown.  As the world leader in drift racing, Formula Drift pushes the sport to its extreme and attracts all levels and types of auto enthusiasts.  To obtain more information on the calendar of events and tickets, visit

Title: Essa Autosport 2015 Formula Drift Program Update – 3/11/2015
Date Posted: March 11, 2015
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