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techtrix
10-31-2009, 12:29 PM
For more information
Michael Harley – Los Angeles 949-333-0841


For immediate release
GSR Autosport and Michael Essa to Campaign a BMW 335i in the
2010 Formula Drift Championship Series

LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 30, 2009 – GSR Autosport and Michael Essa have partnered to campaign a 2008 BMW 335i sport coupe in the upcoming 2010 Formula Drift Championship Series. It will be the first BMW 3 Series, powered by a turbocharged BMW M3 engine, to campaign in a national drifting series.
“The BMW 335i is a powerful rear-engine sports coupe with a rock-solid chassis leaving us plenty of room for aftermarket development—the platform will easily handle the 550-hp turbocharged 3.2-liter M3 powerplant which we are finishing development on. Michael Essa was the natural choice to drive this innovative new drift car. Not only does he have a strong motorsport racing background, but he possesses the demanding drifting creativity and competitiveness necessary to win,” says Nick Richards, President of GSR Autosport.
Entering its sixth season, Formula DRIFT is recognized as the North American professional drifting championship series. As the first official series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life. This high-skilled, high-powered motor sport where drivers intentionally maneuver their cars into well executed, controlled sideways slides at high speeds through a marked course, has more than 60 professional drivers competing in all seven competitions this year. Judged on execution and style, rather than who finishes the course in the fastest time, drifting is a guaranteed crowd pleaser, and is often compared to the freestyle nature of skateboarding and motocross. Formula DRIFT and the drivers serve as ambassadors for the sport of drifting bringing exhibitions to traditional/mainstream motor sports events across the country which have included: multiple Champ Car World Series races, American Le Mans, USAC, NASCAR Busch North & Featherlite Southwest and the SPEED World Challenge, among others.
Residing in Los Angeles, Michael Essa has been racing cars since he was seventeen. He has always focused on the machine and the track, building a solid foundation to create a legacy in global motorsports. He has held positions as Crew Chief and Lead Tech Inspector building and developing his talent from the ground up. Essa not only worships racing but supports the community by offering driving instruction for both Porsche racers and drift drivers. Essa opened Tech Trix Motorsports in Anaheim, California, in the Spring of 2001. The company supplies custom fabrication, specialized maintenance, optimization and management of privately owned Porsche racecars. He and his expert team maintain an average of 20 cars annually and are significant players on the P.O.C. and P.C.A. circuits. Essa campaigned a Mazda in the 2009 Formula Drift Championship Series where he was runner-up for the 2009 Rookie of the Year.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, GSR Autosport is a multi-facetted professional automotive racing business. Founded and operated by genuine racing enthusiasts, GSR Autosport is a race car manufacturer that designs, develops, and builds turn-key vehicles, competitive automotive components, and race safety equipment in various facilities around the country. GSR Autosport is also the parent company to GoSpecRacing.com, a retail race parts supplier, and SpecBoxster.com, a club-level record-holding Porsche Boxster racing team.

GSR Autosport Press Contact:
Michael Harley
949-333-0841
mike@gsrautosport.com

Bebop
10-31-2009, 01:06 PM
Cant wait to see this thing going

very deserving driver!

Slapshotnerd
10-31-2009, 01:39 PM
wow! didn't see this coming!!

should be interesting...

will GSR / Mike Essa be at SEMA at all?

slideways2004
10-31-2009, 04:35 PM
this is exciting!! I'm happy for him and hope he does well next season.

Micheal Essa, now that you have this amazing ride, I can drive your fc in FD. i'll treat it like my own car and you can use it as a backup if you need it.

techtrix
11-01-2009, 12:07 PM
Thanks guys! Ill be at sema Wednesday-Thursday.

cfrost
11-01-2009, 06:19 PM
congrats you big stud, you :D

b_hydra
11-03-2009, 05:32 PM
Awesome news! Hope to see you competing in NJ next season.

Andre Escalante
11-10-2009, 04:40 AM
cool! I can't wait to see it in action!

INFO
02-19-2010, 08:59 PM
"The bmw 350r transmission has arrived!"

http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs384.snc3/23482_1359153904986_1415695416_1018146_4308895_n.j pg

PHOTOS EDITED

Bebop
02-19-2010, 09:50 PM
what year is the chassis?

techtrix
02-20-2010, 12:24 PM
its an 08. The second pic is a boxster spec race car that we built, guess it got mixed in with the BMW pics. We have changed the power plant, were now going to be running the M5 V10. The transmission is a Quaife sequential 6 speed.

INFO
03-01-2010, 11:46 AM
"Fitment of the M5 V10"
http://www.gospecracing.com/forums/blog.php?u=8

http://www.gospecracing.com/images/eng1.jpg

http://www.gospecracing.com/images/eng2.jpg

http://www.gospecracing.com/images/eng3.jpg

http://www.gospecracing.com/images/eng4.jpg

"The engine shown is our blown parts engine that we are using for fitment. As of last week we have yet to track... "

INFO
03-01-2010, 12:02 PM
"Yes, we're catching up a little bit on posts. We had a new rear end custom built to our specs including a quick change rear diff to give us some adjustability for the various courses we'll see this year."
http://www.gospecracing.com/forums/blog.php?u=8

http://www.gospecracing.com/images/diff1.jpg

http://www.gospecracing.com/images/diff2.jpg

http://www.gospecracing.com/images/diff3.jpg

http://www.gospecracing.com/images/diff4.jpg

INFO
03-01-2010, 12:03 PM
"We've taken a look at several reference cages - BMW, Porsche RSR, rally and have melded the designs to come up with out own for our new BMW 350R."
http://www.gospecracing.com/forums/blog.php?u=8

http://www.gospecracing.com/images/Cage1.jpg

techtrix
03-02-2010, 11:33 AM
Build videos...

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Sebring
03-02-2010, 06:13 PM
Alright Mike. After watching those videos, I'm officially a fan. I wasn't expecting to chuckle so much.

INFO
03-03-2010, 12:28 PM
http://www.gospecracing.com/forums/blog.php?u=8

"An M5 showed up today that paid the ultimate price. It gave its life to give our car life.

The carcass of the M5 sits lifeless."

http://www.gospecracing.com/images/M5_donor1.jpg

The fatal blow that ended its life.
http://www.gospecracing.com/images/M5_donor2.jpg

Since we had the engine out we thought we would put it on the scale. 508lbs!

http://www.gospecracing.com/images/engine_scale.jpg

INFO
03-07-2010, 08:42 PM
http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs422.snc3/24380_1376181890675_1415695416_1057284_674023_n.jp g

Sebring
03-07-2010, 09:10 PM
mmm orange wheels. that looks pretty good on black.

slideways2004
03-07-2010, 11:24 PM
this is going to be good!

INFO
03-08-2010, 01:05 AM
http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs085.snc3/15322_348996446675_532611675_4063558_7011485_n.jpg

Piner
03-08-2010, 05:45 AM
im stoked to see this car in FD, M\\\ power!

INFO
03-08-2010, 02:36 PM
http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs422.snc3/24380_1376875548016_1415695416_1059206_5677557_n.j pg

"Heading to the wiring shop!"

INFO
03-10-2010, 10:10 PM
the bellhousing is finished

http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs402.snc3/24380_1379490653392_1415695416_1064160_3223559_n.j pg

INFO
03-12-2010, 02:54 PM
http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs446.ash1/24580_1381007291307_1415695416_1066724_614161_n.jp g

INFO
03-13-2010, 12:21 AM
Michael Essa's BMW Build: Part 3

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INFO
03-16-2010, 11:59 PM
http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs470.ash1/25801_1385720489134_1415695416_1077851_5292865_n.j pg

Piner
03-17-2010, 06:50 AM
wow thats a tight fit

Bebop
03-17-2010, 07:00 AM
that last video was pretty cool

INFO
03-21-2010, 06:17 PM
http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs419.snc3/25230_376524391675_532611675_4145205_6924653_n.jpg

techtrix
03-22-2010, 09:56 PM
we tested today for the first time. ill post up a few pics tomorrow.

ALI's DRIFT GARAGE
03-23-2010, 11:34 AM
Mike, ya done come a loooooooonnnng way since we did this...
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techtrix
03-23-2010, 12:42 PM
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CelicaDRIFTER
03-23-2010, 01:24 PM
that just sounds amazing!

CHARLES NG
03-23-2010, 01:56 PM
Nice work Mike. Is that a stock E60 engine?

Piner
03-23-2010, 02:02 PM
damn thats awesome

markshatchi86
03-23-2010, 04:19 PM
That's pretty badass, sounds like Sam's Viper with more RPM. Gotta love those V10s!

techtrix
03-23-2010, 04:20 PM
its a bone stock M5 V10. stock headers with our custom dual 2.5" exhaust. If you guys think it sounds cool in the video, wait till you hear it in person! Its Amazing!

slideways2004
03-23-2010, 05:57 PM
sounds like a bavarian viper!

This awesome! can't wait to see it on the track!

hillkill
03-23-2010, 08:10 PM
Truly badass!

DriftPatrol Dan
03-23-2010, 08:40 PM
instant chub

Bebop
03-24-2010, 11:33 PM
Mike, ya done come a loooooooonnnng way since we did this...
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But only in 2 years...

Mike is a natural motorsports monster.

BigGameHit
03-25-2010, 03:08 AM
Nice car mate.. hahahh that video with the girl was funny hahah!

Charlie@JustDrift
03-25-2010, 09:34 AM
oh man... good job mike! when i was talking to you at starbucks, this was just a dream! hahaha now it's a smokin` dream!

INFO
03-28-2010, 03:44 AM
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Piner
03-28-2010, 08:58 AM
haha these videos are pretty entertaining

AtomikJDM
03-28-2010, 01:03 PM
This is gonna be one of the sickest cars on the track. Props also on the wheel color.

5150 Cruiser
03-29-2010, 12:41 PM
in the video, Is it right hand drive, or is that some sort of camera trick? Or maybe I just need glasses. Sounds sick! Just like Sam's Viper!

techtrix
03-30-2010, 07:52 PM
there was a passenger in the car that was waving haha... the drivers seat is a bit further back so its easier to see the passenger.

5150 Cruiser
03-30-2010, 09:04 PM
Ahh. ok. Cool.

techtrix
03-30-2010, 09:43 PM
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g179/tek_04/IMG_1162.jpg
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g179/tek_04/IMG_1192.jpg
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g179/tek_04/IMG_1208.jpg
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g179/tek_04/IMG_1159.jpg

Alex@Vildini
03-30-2010, 10:51 PM
So sick! Can't to hear this at Long Beach.

INFO
04-11-2010, 04:43 PM
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Bebop
05-09-2010, 09:30 PM
Congrats on the 4th place finish!!!

Your a force to be reckoned with...