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10-31-2009, 12:29 PM
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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

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

very deserving driver!

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

should be interesting...

will GSR / Mike Essa be at SEMA at all?

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.

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

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

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!

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


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

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.

03-01-2010, 11:46 AM
"Fitment of the M5 V10"





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

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."





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."


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

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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.

03-03-2010, 12:28 PM

"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."


The fatal blow that ended its life.

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


03-07-2010, 08:42 PM
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03-07-2010, 09:10 PM
mmm orange wheels. that looks pretty good on black.

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

03-08-2010, 01:05 AM

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

03-08-2010, 02:36 PM
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"Heading to the wiring shop!"

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

03-12-2010, 02:54 PM
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03-13-2010, 12:21 AM
Michael Essa's BMW Build: Part 3

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03-16-2010, 11:59 PM
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03-17-2010, 06:50 AM
wow thats a tight fit

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

03-21-2010, 06:17 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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!

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

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!

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.

03-30-2010, 09:43 PM

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

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

Your a force to be reckoned with...