Mopar throws its hat into the drifting ring.

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  1. kiss kiss bang bang

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    MOPAR SIGNS HUBINETTE TO PILOT DODGE VIPER COMPETITION COUPE
    IN FORMULA DRIFT SERIES
    By Team Mopar


    Center Line, Mich. - Team Mopar has signed expert drifter Samuel Hubinette to drive its 500+ horsepower Dodge Viper Competition Coupe in the Formula Drift Championship (Formula D) series.

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    The series will consist of four championship rounds across the country from Los Angeles to Atlanta. Over a dozen teams have already committed to the series, which first event is scheduled April 24-25 at Road Atlanta in Georgia.

    "The Dodge Viper has been a dream car for me ever since I first saw it," said Samuel Hubinette. "So having the opportunity to drift it competitively for Mopar is unbelievable. I can't wait to get out there and show everyone what this Mopar Dodge Viper can do."

    Hubinette (pronounced Hoo-bin-et), a native of Sweden, is considered by many to be the top drifter in the United States. He finished first among American drivers at the 2004 D1 Grand Prix, and in the top-10 overall with his team Lateral G Racing.

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    "We feel that Sam will be a perfect fit for Team Mopar," said Kevin Miller, Senior Brand Manager for Mopar. "He's well-spoken, intelligent and not afraid to push the envelope both on and off the track."



    Hubinette has worked as a performance driving instructor, including a stint at the Skip Barber Racing School where he gained experience driving Dodge Vipers. Hubinette also worked as a stunt driver in several television commercials.

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    Drifting, which originated in Japan, is a unique form of motorsport that is judged on a variety of style points rather than crossing the finish line first. The goal is to apply enough power to the rear wheels to break the tires' traction and initiate a slide, or "drift." Once a drift is initiated, it must be maintained through the turn using a precise balance of power, braking, and steering.
     
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    Yeah, there are actually two vipers getting built. The builds started about 3 months ago. Pro Drag racer (and my homeboys) Shaun Carlson and his crewcheif Rob Miller are actually doing the whole build in their cali shop. Shaun drives the Mopar Pro FWD outlaw neon.
     
  3. dmora

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    :uh:

    God this fad needs to die.
     
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    they drifted a viper at D1 in feb

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    Did'nt it hit the wall?
     
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    :werd: and the viper is not the best car mopar can get for drifting :hsugh:
     
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    now with GM and Mopar throwing big money into it after less than a year since its really hit the states, i dont think thats gonna happen anytime soon.
     
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    yeah the guy slid the rear end into the wall
     
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    The Viper is the perfect drift car: Overpowered and underweight. :o

    I like Bondurants Crown Vic Drifter better though. There is just something bad ass about a 4000lb sedan drifting.
     
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    They could always use the Evo. :mamoru:
     
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    what is? id like for them to do a take on the jdm vip style cars and bring out something like a widebody 300m.
     
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    ME412?
     
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    Rhys Millen used to drive an Evo. Now that GM picked him up, he drives the GTO.
     
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    drifter wannabes and fans are poor...using such a expensive car in a poor man's race won't get them much interest, no ricer is gonna say "omg that viper is awesome i'm gonna get one"
     
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    1. The ME412 has to be mass produced first.
    2. A super car is not a good drift car.
     
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    If Dode wants to appeal to poor people, drift the Hemi Powered Dodge Ram.
     
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    i can't wait....
     
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    nope. but theyre gonna say "OMG THERES A VIPER DRIFTING AND I LIKE THEM ALOT SO IM GONNA GO SEE IT!!!"
     
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    he did pretty well with the GTO, a lot of people booed him though for driving a domestic
     
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    Drifting is following the same social patterns as dragracing did back in the 50's.

    And guess what... you are the same squares that told kids that drag racing wouldn't go anywhere back in the 50's.
     
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    those kids are stupid.
     
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    then maybe dodge can advertise some srt4's :mamoru:
     
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    i was just saying it wouldn't make much sense financially...
     
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    fwd drifting? :rofl:
     

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