Gruppe S / Dynamic Autosports / Hankook Tire GTR Drift Car

Posted by Gruppe S On November 5, 2009

Check out our new Project GTR Drift Car for Formula Drift. Stay up to Date with Developments on the Car here on the Gruppe S Blog

Check out the new End of the Year Gruppe-S Drifting Season Video

Posted by Gruppe-S On November 3, 2009

Robbie Nishida, Eric O'Sullivan, Ryuji Miki and the Hankook Tire Drift Team Video Showcasing our strong 2009 Season.

Check our our Holiday Deals @ Gruppe-S.com

Posted by Gruppe S On July 24, 2009

Check out Gruppe-s.com for all the great deals on all your aftermarket performance part needs. Located in Lake Forest, California, Gruppe-S carries thousands of different products and has over a Million Dollars of products IN-STOCK.

Robbie Nishida Qualifies Number One at Formula Drift Las Vegas!

Posted by Gruppe S On July 10, 2009

Robbie Nishida, Driver of the Dynamic Autosport / Hankook Tire 305Z Qualifies in the number one spot at the Formula Drift: Round 4 Las Vegas Speedway Event

Hankook Tire F200 FULL RACE SLICKS On Special at Gruppe-S Now!

Posted by Gruppe S On July 25, 2009

PTop-notch performance slick tire with consistency and high mileage on dry or damp track. Designed for both Formula Car and Touring Car applications by Hankook now in stock at Gruppe-S with special deals on various sizes, call in for details! (949) 457-1234

It was a great success and there were a bunch of people there checking out this bad boy.      


















Too bad the weather didn't cooperate, it was unbearable hot. Paul from

Hankook and I had to take off and have a "meeting" in a air conditioned joint.

Eddie

Posted by Gruppe S On Tuesday, August 25, 2009 0 comments
Congrats Ken Gushi!
I am so proud of Ken Gushi, he is a personal friend and competitor at
Formula D. The RSR team really needed this podium and I am happy for
John and Koji over there. I wish those guys the best and plan to beat
them next time our teams match up. Ken was running really well this
weekend at Sonoma and beat out Robbie in the first elimination round, I
guess bad luck to have to be matched up with Ken Gushi.





























Ken good job keeping your eye on the prize! Congrats and next time you won't be

taking our team out!

-Eddie

Gruppe S Drift STi Rebuild Part 3:

Posted by Gruppe S On Tuesday, August 18, 2009 0 comments
Alright, now that the STi has a finished Tube Front end, the motor is now ready to be reconnected and tested. The engine really wasn't started after the big crash at Washington. Gruppe S Master Tech, Adam Depner, aka "the One Man Army", threw the Fuel Cell back into the trunk, loaded it up with some race gas and she fired right up! Now all she needs is some paint slapped on the rear quarter panel, and a good tune and the Drift STi's back in business. Sonoma is this weekend and the cars and stuff are being loaded up tonight and tomorrow morning and taking off, so lets see if we can make it in time. Its going to be a late night in Lake Forest..... For Adam that is.... I'm going home.

-S.Tran


Jeff Lee Tuned Suprahhhhh

Posted by Gruppe S On Tuesday, August 18, 2009 0 comments
CUSTOMER'S RIDES
Turbo Supra Tune
Taking over our garage for a day is our resident engine tuner, Jeff Lee. Today's subject is a MKIV Toyota Supra. This considerably built JZA80 features its OEM 2JZ powerplant, but with an upgraded turbo and a fairly built head (HQ/TQ Numbers coming soon). The fumes are pretty strong so you know its built with good stuff. Check back for an update, photos and numbers will be posted when he finishes tuning it.

-S.Tran

Customer's Rides: Ulysses's GRB

Posted by Gruppe S On Tuesday, August 18, 2009 0 comments
CUSTOMER'S RIDES
I was working just another regular day at work when a super clean GRB drives up to the shop. Its actually a customer of ours, his name is Ulysses and this is his GRB.
He picked up a brand new set of 18" WEDS Sport SA70's Wrapped in Hankook Ventus RS-2

Wheel Specs:
WEDS Sport SA70 TS Bronze
18x9 et +32 All Around


For more Info on Sizing/Colors http://www.gruppe-s.com/Weds/weds_sports/sa70.htm

If you would like to see your car posted up on our blog, drop me an email at Gruppesdrift@gmail.com with pictures and your story.
-S.Tran





Gruppe S STi Face Lift Day 2

Posted by Gruppe S On Monday, August 17, 2009 0 comments
Its Day 2 of our front end face lift on our Drift Competition car. With only 2 more days to work on the car before it gets loaded into the trailer for transport to Formula Drift: Sonoma, its crunch time here at Gruppe S. Adam Depner, the head technician (Gruppe S's One Man Army) has been working day and night to get the subie and our 350z back into competition shape. The newly fabricated tube front end is nearing completion, and the new Mishimoto Radiator and Intercooler setup has been mounted up and the engine work begins tonight.

Another Long Night Here @ Gruppe S. Check in tomorrow for another update.










The Gruppe S Drift STi gets a New Facelift

Posted by Gruppe S On Friday, August 14, 2009 0 comments
After a serious crash @ Evergreen Speedway this past weekend, our team has less than 2 weeks to rebuild and prep the car for the next round of Formula Drift. Adam Depner, one of the main mechanics at Gruppe S has been hard at work piecing back together what used to be our STi. Progress has been blazing fast as the damaged front end has been cut and the new tube chassis front end already nearing completion. Also with this new face lift, the STi recieved the latest Engine Cooling Products from Mishimoto. Our competition car is running a right out of the box Mishimoto Radiator and Intercooler. For more details on Mishimoto Products contact us @ Sales@gruppe-s.com

- S.Tran
Check out the October Issue of DSport, Featuring on the front cover our very own Dynamic Autosports / Hankook Tire / Rockstar Energy Drink Drift STi and the beautiful Kathy Gardiner, who is a member of stunning spokes models group known as "The Hankook Tire Girls."

This issue hits magazine stands September 1st. So pick one up, go to a Formula Drift Event, and get Kathy to sign it for you. Its the perfect excuse to go talk to the girl.

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- S. Tran

Gruppe S 2nd Place Win @ FD Evergreen Speedway

Posted by Gruppe S On Tuesday, August 11, 2009 0 comments
Gruppe S Official Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


Lake Forest, Calif. – August 12, 2009 – Evergreen Speedway, located in the heart of Monroe, Washington, hosted the highly anticipated Round 5 of the Formula Drift Championship. With
the cars prepped after a strong performance at the Las Vegas Event, the Dynamic Autosports / Hankook Tire Drift Team arrives in full force ready to practice on the Washington State high speed course. Eric O’Sullivan and Robbie Nishida completed several laps around the track and comfortably moved onto the qualifying round for the main 32-car event. With a strong performance by the drivers, who are equipped with the ultra high performing Hankook Ventus RS-3 Tires, the entire Hankook Tire Drift Team qualified into the main event, securing strong positions for the main competition the following day. In the Top 32, Eric O’Sullivan faced off with veteran Formula Drift driver Kenji Yamanaka, with Eric leading the first run. Starting strong O’Sullivan took a high line along Evergreen’s high speed bank, gaining a staggering lead against Yamanaka, and topping it off with a strong finish. Changing positions, O’Sullivan chased Yamanaka, staying door to door with his competitor, scoring high and winning the Tandem bout. Robbie took on Joon Maeng; Robbie led first with a deep angled drift along the high section of the bank with Joon close by. Robbie chased Joon on the second run, staying only inches behind, and during the infield transition Joon slipped wide on a corner and and Robbie went for the pass, sealing his victory. Ryuji Miki faced last years 4th place overall contender Daijiro Yoshihara, but after suffering a major crash during practice Daijiro is unable to run. Eric, Robbie and Ryuji all moved onto the Top 16.

In the Top 16, Eric faced off with Drift Emporium’s Jodin Lejeune in his V8 Supercharged Infiniti G35. Leading first, O’Sullivan aggressively dove into the long bank of corner one, creating a large gap between his competitor and him. Maintaining his distance, O’Sullivan finished a strong first run. Chasing his supercharged V8 competitor, O’Sullivan took an aggressive line through the power section, leaving no room for Lejeune to escape, earning Eric a spot in the Great 8. Ryuji is paired to chase Tony Brakiohiapa in the first round. After completing an impressive run, Ryuji pushed the APEX’i RX-7 to it’s very limits having led run 2, he scrubbed the wall by taking an aggressive line, finishing the event in

In the Great 8, Eric O’Sullivan took on Tony Brakiohiapa. With Tony leading the first run, Eric aggressively chased his competitor across the Washington course. Changing positions, O’Sullivan led another strong run against Tony ending with the judges calling for a One More Time. In their second bout, Tony led again staying high along the bank, but O’Sullivan kept a tight chase, pressuring his competitor. Tony pitched too wide on the inner corners of the track, and giving Eric room for to pass Tony. Leading the next tandem, Eric dove into the bank, running a high line, pulled away from Tony, winning the tandem battle and moving Eric onto the Final 4 round. Robbie faced Ryan Tuerck beginning with Robbie chasing closely behind Tuerck, and Tuerck scrubbed the wall. After leading a strong chase, Robbie finished in the Top 16 in the event and remains the Top Hankook Driver and a season contender for the championship in points overall at a strong standing of 7th place and Ryuji 17th place out of 45 drivers.

In the Great 8, Eric O’Sullivan took on Tony Brakiohiapa. With Tony leading the first run, Eric aggressively chased his competitor across the Washington course. Changing positions, O’Sullivan led another strong run against Tony ending with the judges calling for a One More Time. In their second bout, Tony led again staying high along the bank, but O’Sullivan kept a tight chase, pressuring his competitor. Tony pitched too wide on the inner corners of the track, and giving Eric room for to pass Tony. Leading the next tandem, Eric dove into the bank, running a high line, pulled away from Tony, winning the tandem battle and moving Eric onto the Final 4 round.


In the Semi Final Round, Eric took on Falken Tire’s Vaughn Gitten Jr., with Vaughn leading first and Eric giving chase. Riding the wall, Vaughn takes a strong line, but Eric stays right on him, not letting up. In the second run while Eric led, there was a major crash on the bank of the course. After the Judges deliberated over the cause of the crash, the ruling was in Eric’s favor; he won the battle and moved onto the final round, but due to the damage was unable to participate in the final round, earning him the 2nd place win and setting him up as the major contender for the coveted Rookie of the Year.

Congratulations to Eric O’Sullivan in the Dynamic Autosports / Hankook Tire Subaru WRX
for winning 2nd place Overall and Robbie Nishida in the Dynamic Autosports / Hankook Tire 350z and Ryuji Miki for finishing in the top 16 at Formula Drift: Round 5 at Evergreen Speedway.


Team Dynamic Autosports with the Hankook Tire/Dynamic Autosports 350z & Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Subaru STi would like to thank all our sponsors: Hankook Tires, Rockstar Energy Drink, Seibon, APR Performance, Brian Crower, ACT Clutches, Weds Sport, Enkei Wheels, Status, APEXi, KW Suspension, HPI Racing, AEM, C-West, Crooks and Castles, Attic Clothing, JE Pistons, Portflow, PPG, Nissan, Subaru, Raydog Graphics, Instyle Graphics and Driveshaft Shop
Team APEXi/ Hankook Tire would like to extend a special thanks to: Exedy Clutch, RMagic, Bride, NGK Spark Plugs, SEIBON Carbon, and Torco Oil

James@ Attic2Zoo kicks it a Gruppe S

Posted by Gruppe S On Tuesday, August 04, 2009 0 comments
Crooks & Castles Kicks Down New Fall Line Threads for Robbie "Bushido" Nishida and Eric "Irish Car-Bomb" O'Sullivan

James from Attic2zoo brings the race team Crooks and Castles clothes, to
make sure we look as good as we drive!

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Whoa is that Nautica, nope that is Crooks and Castles new summer line.

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Hoodies and Tshirts for the Robbie Nishida and Eric O'Sullivan. BTW I
got first dibs on the good stuff!

-Eddie

Braydon @ Gruppe S's New Wheels & New DC Shoes Ken Block Shirt

Posted by Gruppe S On Tuesday, August 04, 2009 1 comments

WEDS TC105N in FLORESCENT YELLOW // KEN BLOCK DC SHIRT

After losing the bet to WEDS our very own Evo 8/9 Guru Braydon picked up a set of TC105N and here are the photos of them mounted on his 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8 RS, wrapped in the new Hankook Ventus RS-3 Tires, 265/35ZR18.

Click on any of the photos for more info!

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As Punishment for losing the bet to WEDS, Braydon had to rock the
New Subaru Rally DC Ken Block shirt Now Available for $29.99 @ Gruppe-S
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Its a really thick well made shirt from DC Sports, you can rock the shirt or you can do what Braydon does clean his new TC105N's with this Subby lover shirt.
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Posted by Gruppe S On Monday, August 03, 2009 0 comments
AWD for Life: Featuring Gruppe-S WRX Time Attack Driver Dez Ballard!



Check out the latest Commercial from Subaru showcasing the Subaru Enthusiast community and our very own Redline Time Attack Driver Dez Ballard.

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