View Full Version : Team ROTORA (Update)

12-06-2003, 10:23 PM
Team Rotora receives open invitation to D1 Grand Prix on Feb. 28, 2004 at Irwindale Speedway. A third D1 car is in the process of development. Stay tuned for more info.


12-07-2003, 02:40 AM
I wonder if our invitation was special or open HHHHMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM I hafta look.......................nope not RSVP just says get your arses here and drive.

12-07-2003, 06:28 PM
Best of luck to you guys, I know you had some bad luck with a couple cars recently, but got everything back up fairly quickly!

12-07-2003, 07:09 PM
all of the 8 qualified US D1 drivers are automatically invited to the next D1 event. i don't think any of them had to pay to get into this.


you are absolutely right...enough talk...just drift..see you out at irwindale... :)


Thank you for the support. If there is one thing that any drift teams need is a reliable dirft car. need not worry, a third car will debut on Feb. 28th

12-07-2003, 07:16 PM
Hey can you give us a little backround? Are you a driver or what? Good luck out there, ill stop by the booth.

12-07-2003, 09:11 PM
I want to know the 3rd car now!!! hahaha...Well I am still trying to find a motel for this D1. Hey maybe Sashi and I can get a ride again? This time we can go faster then we did at SEMA? haha..Well good luck to all you Drifter! I can't wait to see you all.

12-08-2003, 02:19 PM
I wish i could be there...anyway good luck to ROTORA TEAM!!!

12-09-2003, 11:19 PM
Good luck guys! Can't wait to see you in action again :)

12-10-2003, 12:31 AM
We appreciate the support. This photo, taken shortly after the D1, was just released. We will reduce our damage in the future. Fortunately BOMEX is good to us.:)

Also, sorry about the crushed Drifting.com logo. HAHA


12-10-2003, 03:23 AM
sell me the Sil and no one gets hurt.....


12-10-2003, 07:03 AM
kewlies so ur gonna post alot here ROTORa

12-10-2003, 09:20 AM
He better be posting more...Also Ken is only 17 years old. if thats all the battle wounds he came out of D1 *Censored**Censored**Censored**Censored*! I would of totaled the car...That's why I just watch :D

12-10-2003, 09:27 AM
Goodluck on the upcoming D1 GP USA(Feb. 28, 2004)....

12-10-2003, 10:29 AM

12-10-2003, 12:48 PM
by the way, u guys rock pretty damn good racing seats.....

12-10-2003, 01:51 PM
Originally posted by tOmAtOkId
by the way, u guys rock pretty damn good racing seats.....

Yea, they do! I want a pair for my car... (**looks in pocket. Pulls out pocket lent :( )

Senshi Tenshi
12-10-2003, 07:13 PM
kenny's my hero :) annnnd im his number 1 fan!! hehe

good luck..GO ROTORA!! *cheers* im behind ya guys all the way!

btw..person on rotora..are you ken? or his partner person..he told the name but i forgot..sorry

12-10-2003, 07:21 PM
Ken who. Not Kenshiro Gushi from the states. That isn't who you are talking about are you. Last time I heard he was 16 though. Is it a different guy or did he have a birthday. If he did happy birthday.

Senshi Tenshi
12-10-2003, 07:26 PM
yes ken gushi..i dunno he said he was 17 so i guess his bday passed

12-10-2003, 07:28 PM
YEa its Ken Gushi. He just turned 17 in Sept i think. That top pic is Ken and Ernie.

Senshi Tenshi
12-10-2003, 07:38 PM
OH YEAH!! ernie there we go

thanks charlie :)

but i meant...ROTORA..is that ken or ernie?

12-10-2003, 08:27 PM
I dont think its either.

12-10-2003, 08:29 PM
Originally posted by Chas
YEa its Ken Gushi. He just turned 17 in Sept i think. That top pic is Ken and Ernie.

yup his Birthday is is Sept. 19 same as me! :D

12-10-2003, 08:33 PM

12-10-2003, 09:23 PM
Ken got sponsored by ROTORA. I am glad my diss post got deleted. He got a haircut.

12-10-2003, 09:27 PM
Kenshiro is like the real life Takumi. He is the man. Sorry about my dis to ROTORA, I thought you guys were just trying to showoff and I guess I really don't know your background. But any team with Kenshiro Gushi is a team I love, good choice. He is the real drifting prodigy. Who is this Ernie? Any background on him?

12-10-2003, 09:27 PM
So Gushi crashed. What car does he drive?

12-10-2003, 09:34 PM

s13 coupe

12-10-2003, 09:36 PM
Cool thanks Chas.

12-10-2003, 09:37 PM
ernie is puttin my sr20det and tuning it so yeah just want to rub it in ur faces lol just kidding good luck rotora AND I WANT 2 SEE ANOTHER BATTLE LIEK THE LAST ONE! BETWEEN ERNIE AND IMMURA:D


12-10-2003, 09:38 PM
Gushi is the man, I am just so excited for him.

12-10-2003, 09:41 PM
Dear all,

here are the Rotora D1 Driver stats:

Ernie Fixmer:
Age: 26
Birth Date: February 19, 1977
Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA. USA
Height: 5’ 7”
Weight: 155 lbs.
Car: Nissan 240SX (S13) Hatchback

Born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Washington State, Ernie Fixmer was first exposed to drifting in Japan while joining the US military in August of 1998 after completing a 2-year AAS technical degree in Diesel/Heavy Equipment. Stationed in Okinawa, Ernie discovered the underground world of drifting on the empty nighttime streets. Spending the next 3 years in Okinawa practicing and refining his drifting skills in a Toyota Corolla (AE86), Ernie became a member of a highly respected Okinawa drifting team called: Murder.
In July of 2001, Ernie returned to the U.S. with his new found talent and immediately began building a Nissan 240SX hatchback to suit his driving style. His first competition at the RSR Drift Festival, Ernie took third place. With this accomplishment, he later competed in the U.S. Drivers Search and qualified in the top 8. So begins his drifting career, Ernie signs with Rotora in June of 2003 as one of its official drift pilots in preparation to compete in his first ever D1 Grand Prix series held in Irwindale Speedway, California on August 31st.
With Rotora’s drift spec. 240SX, Ernie succeeded in placing in the top 16 (along with the Japanese Pro D1 drivers) and went head-to-head in a sudden death round with Japan D1 points leader, Yuoichi Imamura. Today, a U.S. points leader himself, Ernie Fixmer has become a mainstay in the drifting spotlight.

Ken Gushi
Age: 17
Birth Date: September 19, 1986
Birth Place: Okinawa, Japan
Height: 5’ 8”
Weight: 130 lbs.
Car: Nissan 240SX (S13) Coupe

Despite his young age, there is no denying that Ken Gushi, 17 can be labeled as a rising star in drifting. Born in Okinawa, Japan, he and his family immigrated to the U.S. in 1988. Ken first began driving a car at age 8 when he sat behind the wheel of a 1971 4 speed manual transmission Datsun, and drove it in his father's garage in San Gabriel, California. Soon enough, Ken assisted his father around the auto body shop by moving customer cars around.

At the age of 13, Ken's father took him to a dry lake with a 1986 Toyota Corolla (AE86) and there he developed and refined his drifting skills under the guidance of his father. Within 2 years, Ken was active among local drift scenes and competed in local competition with a 1992 Nissan 240SX. In the beginning of 2003 did not start off promisingly for Ken. He struggled from broken transmissions to driving errors. Finally, in June of 2003 at the U.S. Drivers Search, Ken finished in the top 8 qualifiers, thereby securing an open invitation for the D1 Grand Prix. In that same month, Ken Gushi joins with Ernie Fixmer as the official drift pilots for Rotora to compete in the D1 series with a Nissan 240SX (S13) coupe held in Irwindale Speedway, California on August 31st. With this accomplishment, 16 year old Ken Gushi became the youngest competing D1 Grand Prix driver in history, all this without even a drivers license. Though he did not place in the top rounds at D1, Ken’s performance would be termed a success and becoming a hero for the younger generations. Today, Ken is considered the most gifted young drifters in the U.S. At such a young age, to excel his drifting skills is: inevitable.

12-10-2003, 10:00 PM
So who are you?

Senshi Tenshi
12-10-2003, 10:52 PM
yup. what chas said. that's what i wanna know.

12-10-2003, 10:58 PM
Its KEN. Get him Lucy.

12-10-2003, 11:17 PM
so how is the coupe? i saw it on the trailer at drift day. did the fire destroy anything? well anyways, goodluck to you and the team at the event.

12-11-2003, 07:22 AM
Hey If Team Rotora comes out to Chicago you guys are more then welcome to take my S14 and drift it around. I would love to see the car in the right hands sliding around...

12-11-2003, 11:12 AM
Man I wanna go there and meet the rotora team but shoot no car.

12-11-2003, 11:24 AM
How about Ernie comes around and does a swap on my car. Seeing how it is broken.

12-11-2003, 11:25 AM
How about some info on your guys' cars?

Senshi Tenshi
12-11-2003, 03:41 PM
haha right okay charlie. *goes after chas* :D

12-11-2003, 07:40 PM
Originally posted by Senshi Tenshi
*goes after chas* :D

Bring it on babe.;)

12-11-2003, 07:47 PM
i wish i could drift in the d1 haha why couldnt it be like japan and anybody could qualify...... we should have a better suited drift track in california for everyone to practice in

12-11-2003, 09:27 PM
Any American could of qualified at the D1, at the driver's search.

12-11-2003, 09:39 PM
Dear all,

here are some basic info on our 2003 drift vehicles:

Car 1: Nissan 240SX (S13) Hatchback
Power: 359 ps
Torque: 340ft-lbs.
Tires: F: FK451 (215/40-17) R: Azenis ST115 (245/40-17)
Wheels F: 5Zigen FN01R-C (17x 9) R: FN01R-C (17x9)
Suspension: TEIN HE type coilovers, caster and tie rods
Brakes: Rotora 4-piston (330x30mm) big brake kit, rear slotted rotors
Exterior: Bomex aero S15 front, Type 1 sideskirts and rear
Transmission: Stock
Clutch: OS Geiken DS type Twin Plate Clutch
LSD: Kaaz 12 Disc Type

Car 2: Nissan 240SX (S13) Coupe
Power: 314 ps
Torque: 340ft-lbs.
Tires: F: Azenis ST115 (215/40-17) R: Azenis ST115 (235/40-17)
Wheels F: 5Zigen FN01R-C (17X8) R: FN01R-C (17X9)
Suspension: TEIN HE type coilovers, caster and tie rods
Brakes: Rotora 4-piston (330x30mm) big brake kit, rear slotted rotors
Exterior: Bomex aero S13 front, Type 1 sideskirts and rear
Transmission: Stock
Clutch: Excedy metallic clutch
LSD: Kaaz 12 Disc Type

12-11-2003, 09:43 PM
Cool thanks.

12-11-2003, 09:43 PM
Anymore pics of Gushi?

12-11-2003, 09:48 PM
Spec. on 2003..hmmm does that mean in 2004 you guys are planning to change some stuff around? My offer still stand if you guys ever come out to Chicago and need another car I will give mine up!

12-12-2003, 12:34 AM
[stiffled laugh]

Nice bumper.:D

12-12-2003, 08:50 PM
Originally posted by AdOboDoriFto
i wish i could drift in the d1 haha why couldnt it be like japan and anybody could qualify...... we should have a better suited drift track in california for everyone to practice in does anyone here know what it takes to make it to the D1 levle little alone one race. There is over 100 drivers looking to get the chance to run at any given event. The US driver surch was easy compared to Japan standards.

01-12-2004, 07:34 PM
hey Ken its Hung, do u have any more pics of Ernie's car, i love his ride.

01-12-2004, 08:05 PM
I think i have seen this new ROTORA car.. its in the pic of ken gushi for the PURE DRIFTING dvd, it looks to b big and a 4 door... I THINK

01-12-2004, 10:49 PM
saw it too....driver = Loren Ho? but in the vid he was infront of another 240SX...so i deno

01-17-2004, 07:21 PM
I met Ernie and Ken, along with some other local favorites like Benson and Nadine at a japanese market. They were just hanging out. The both of them are nice guys, despite the fact that I was nervous as hell and made an *Censored**Censored**Censored* of myself. Oh yeah, best of luck to those guys

01-17-2004, 09:28 PM
Wow, it sounds like you meet our nations best drifters by accident.

Special K
01-17-2004, 11:28 PM
Damn! Nice cars Rotora....the states got all the money....its like college football vs CFL! Give us a chance, invest in canadian canuks!