Essa Autosport is excited to announce a new partnership with SLP (Street Legal Performance) for the 2015 Formula Drift season. Michael Essa will be piloting a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS generously provided by SLP, stepping away from the BMW platform the team has popularized in Formula Drift since Essa’s early professional drifting career. Together with SLP and parent company Roush, Essa Autosport will be teaming up with friend Justin Pawlak, making for an interesting Chevy/Ford conglomeration in the Formula Drift paddocks.
With the first round of Formula Drift quickly approaching on April 10-11 in Long Beach, the Essa Autosport team has their work cut out for them. The Camaro is currently in the tear down stage for upgrades such as Formula Drift legal cage and restraints, drivetrain upgrades such as transmission and differential, and several steering and suspension upgrades to make the car handle Essa’s extreme angle driving style. The full tear down, weight reduction, and power adding process will be extremely limited due to budget and time restrictions. Essa Autosport expects an interesting 6-7 weeks of building the car and sourcing parts.
Testing is expected to be done nearing the car’s debut in Long Beach. Cutting it close to the big event ensures that no corners will be cut in the build in order to make early testing days. Essa Autosport has high expectations for the addition of the Camaro to their professional drift program. The first year in a chassis is tough, but Essa’s team is excited and motivated to work through the shake down and tuning process to earn results and podium appearances they strive for.
The 2015 Formula Drift season opens on April 10-11 in Long Beach, one week before the world renowned Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Words and photos by David Karey – AmDrift.com – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.slponline.com
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 www.formuladrift.com.