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Hubinette's Charger an Comrie-Picard's Viper during drift testing – Click above to watch video after the jump

Sam Hubinette has started his own racing team, Samuel Hubinette Racing, given his title-winning Dodge Viper to team driver Andrew Comrie-Picard and picked up a shiny Dodge Challenger for himself. The team went out to Adam's Motorsports Park in Riverside, California to shake everything down, and the result is a couple of orange blurs and a lot of smoke.

High-res pics are below, with video of the Viper and the 885-horsepower Challenger eating up a set of low-profile BFGoodrich tires after the jump, along with a presser on BFG's kickoff to the Formula D season.

[Source: BFGoodrich, YouTube]

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BFGoodrich® Tires Announces 2010 Formula Drift Lineup

Samuel Hübinette Racing and Team Drift Emporium choose BFGoodrich g-Force™ T/A®KDW tires for 2010 Formula Drift season

GREENVILLE, S.C. – April 8, 2010 – BFGoodrich Tires is proud to announce its 2010 Formula Drift series lineup, featuring two of the top teams on BFGoodrich
g-Force T/AKDW tires - Samuel Hübinette Racing and Team Drift Emporium. This season marks seven years that BFGoodrich Tires has supported Formula D, known as "the" series for drifting in the United States.

Two-time Formula D champion Samuel "The Crazy Swede" Hübinette is coming off an impressive fourth place finish in 2009, with plans to take his new Dodge Challenger to the top in 2010. The Challenger's Mopar engine pushes out in excess of 865 horsepower and promises to be a crowd favorite. Hübinette recently formed his own racing operation, Samuel Hübinette Racing, and added veteran rally driver and Formula D newcomer Andrew "ACP" Comrie-Picard to the team. Comrie-Picard will take the wheel of the famed Dodge Viper SRT10 that Hübinette piloted to a Formula D championship in 2005 and 2006. Both vehicles will sport BFGoodrich g-Force T/AKDW tires during all seven rounds of Formula D action.

"Our new team, with the addition of the Challenger and ACP, has a lot of potential this year and we're excited to finally get this season started," said Hübinette. "We feel confident that our BFGoodrich tires will lead us to the podium as they did in 2006, 2007 2008 and 2009."

"If you thought watching the Viper scream around each turn for the last couple years was exciting, wait until the Challenger joins in on the action," said Roberts Kukainis, motorsports manager, BFGoodrich Tires. "The BFGoodrich g-Force T/AKDW tire has proved that is has what it takes to come in hot at the entry point and hug each and every turn that these tricky Formula D courses offer. The BFGoodrich g-ForceKDW tire is a great bolt-on performance fit for Hubinette's 865hp Dodge Challenger muscle car and we're excited to be part of what promises to be a great season."

Team Drift Emporium has put together yet another impressive team that includes 2008 Formula D "Rookie of the Year" Michihiro Takatori, Formula D rookie Forrest Wang, drifting veteran Jodin LeJeune and experienced motorsports pro Ron Ewerth. Each of the team's four vehicles will be wrapped with BFGoodrich g-Force T/AKDW tires.

Michihiro Takatori will be back behind the wheel of his Nissan Silvia S15 and has an extensive international drifting resume making him a top contender in 2010. Takatori was Formula D's 2008 "Rookie of the Year," he placed second in the 2008 Triple Crown and has had a number of great eight and top four finishers.

Forrest Wang will be making his Formula D debut in 2010. He will be piloting Drift Emporium's hot Lexus SC430. With top finishes in D1GP and numerous wins along the west coast, Wang is far from a rookie and looks to make a name for himself in the Formula Drift Championship series.

With extensive drifting experience, Jodin LeJeune has competed for more than two years in the NOPI Drift Series. His high entry speed consistently places him at the top of the qualifying charts. In 2010, LeJeune will pilot his blue Nissan Motorsports-sponsored Stillen supercharged Titan V8-powered Infiniti G35 Coupe.

Ron Ewerth has been involved in professional motorsports for more than 25 years and has competed in the NOPI Drift Series for the past two years. Ewerth will pilot his orange Nissan Motorsports-sponsored Stillen supercharged Titan V8-powered Infiniti G35 Coupe in 2010.

"The Drift Emporium team always puts on a good show and they have a great chance to really make some noise this year with the return of Takatori, LeJeune and Ewerth and the addition of Wang," added Kukainis. "BFGoodrich is proud to partner with them again in 2010."

BFGoodrich Tires' g-Force T/AKDW tire is the ultimate go-to ultra high-performance tire. With more than 80 sizes to fit 15 to 24 inch wheels, the BFGoodrich g-Force T/AKDW covers more car, truck and SUV fitments than any other Ultra-High Performance (UHP) tire line. The BFGoodrich g-Force T/A®KDW tire features the highest level of balanced wet or dry performance in the industry, providing stability in rain or shine, using a double compound silica reinforced tread and unidirectional tread design.

Using motorsports as a proving ground for more than 35 years, BFGoodrich® Tires is involved in every type of racing, including oval, sports car, drifting, drag, desert, dirt, rally and extreme rock crawling. BFGoodrich Tires combine technological expertise with vast motorsports experience, delivering a high-performance tire for every type of vehicle. Visit BFGoodrich Tires online at www.BFGoodrichTires.com. In 2009, BFGoodrich Tires developed a gathering place for auto enthusiasts to celebrate the thrill of GO through an online community, Nation of GO, where people with a passion for driving can celebrate and share what they love to do best at www.NationofGo.com.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I was always under the impression that drifting required a lot less than 500HP?

      I thought ultra high horsepower was a disadvantage, and balance was key.
        • 5 Years Ago
        pretty sure you're right with that one.

        and i agree to who ever said that the wing looks wayyyy to out of place on the Challenger. hideous!
        • 5 Years Ago
        High horsepower lets you pull away from the competitor in a tandem battle, giving you an easy win. This year in Formula Drift, many competitors are north of the 500 horsepower mark. This is one of the big obstacles to privateers looking to compete professionally.
      • 5 Years Ago
      smokey drifts and reggae... now im actually surprised every drift video does not have that...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Small wheels?
      • 5 Years Ago
      BOOOOOOOOOOO no crashes
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a road racer, I find it hard to call drifting racing or motorsports. I get that you need great car control to be good at it as I do some (usually unintentional) drifting myself while I'm racing. But a race is won by finishing first. Drifting is judged, much the same way as figure skating or ice dancing in the Olympics. It leaves deciding the winner up to the subjective opinion of the judges. And what's up with the giant scoops on the roofs of both vehicles? What are they feeding air into?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The roof scoops feed air into the cabin to keep the tire smoke out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry, I find the whole idea of "drifting" just totally stupid. It's like some moron was doing donuts in a parking lot and thought to himself, "this should be a sport".
      • 5 Years Ago
      That park bench is sure gonna keep the rear end planted when going sideways at 40mph. Is it me, or is drifting SEMA's "racing" arm?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems like a waste to put 800HP only to go 5 MPH.
      And the fire under the car can't be good in the long run.

      What's up with the Bob Marley vs Pink Floyd soundtrack??!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        That song was lifted from an "Easy Dub All-Stars" album, "Dub side of the Moon", great cover of the full Pink Floyd Dark side of the moon!

        Oh, and that challenger is pretty fugly, I doubt It needs a wing like that for those kind of speeds.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Turn the music down or OFF on a car video, especially since there was commentary in the beginning about how loud the car was.

        The wheels look retardedly small.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The music ruins this video. I want to hear the damn cars, not the music!
      • 5 Years Ago
      A little known fact about Sam is his contract with Chrysler in the early 2000's, required him to make a few "Chrysler Spring Training" events and actually conduct some hands on demonstrations for car salesmen. You haven't lived until you have ridden with Sam Hubinette in a 5.7liter Chrysler 300, at speed, on a wet skid pad, while he drove with one hand and demonstrated the difference between traction control on and traction control off.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if this will suck as bad as the Charger did?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its not better that Gittin's new ride http://www.vaughngittin.com/newsletter/4-8-10.html

      It's a MONSTER.
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