Guest Blog: Richard Kim>> Drift Masters

Annyeong Haseyo Speedhunters! Greetings from South Korea! My name is Richard Kim Jr, and I’m here to talk a little bit about my machine, a 2010 Hyundai GenCoupe, and the overall drifting scene here in Korea. While living and working for the US Army here, I decided to pick up Korea’s first true RWD Sports Car. While a lot bigger than the Nissans and Toyotas of my past, Hyundai really took a step in the right direction with this car.

Going to college in Seattle, being the former Running:Projects videographer (COMRADES!!), and regularly attending the Evergreen Drift events, drifting is not something I am inexperienced in, and soon, started to enter local drift events in Korea and became a part of one of Korea’s more famous drift team, SynchroG]

What’s drift car without stickers? While in the states it might be about obtaining the ultra rare JDM stickers, here it’s the complete opposite, with people trying to get stickers from the states such as Keep Drifting Fun and Monster Energy Drink.

Slide Style! This is probably the very first sticker on the car another cool USDM sticker.

In the search for more power, a slightly-larger-than-factory TD05-14g was sourced out of a Hyundai Mighty work truck and installed with all the supporting mods, such as a Tomei Expreme Ti Exhaust, Super Drift Intercooler with blow off valve and air intake kit, and DW 750cc Fuel Injectors. In preparation for a Tomei Arms prototype turbo being installed in the near future, the car also runs a Brian Crower 2.3 stroker kit, System oil cooler and V6 radiator. The car currently makes 288hp and 47 torques.

The first thing that people ask about my car are the wheels. “Why Pink?” Usually my response is “Why Not?” The way I see it, if it catches people’s attention, they are doing their job.  Plus, Pink is badass. Usually I am sitting on pink Varrstoen wheels for all four corners, but when these photos were taken, I was sitting on my drift spares in the back. They need to be done in pink soon too!

After remembering a quite few friends from Seattle rocking them, I decided to order Megan Racing Coilovers from the states. The stance might not be as low as I like it, but it is out of necessity. The car is a daily driver, and the roads here can be very unforgiving. Speedbumps. Speedbumps everywhere!

This car also rocks a Kaaz 2 Way LSD and a SG Factory Super Angle Kit. SG Factory is actually the work shop of SynchroG and we are working on a number of items to be released for the Genesis Coupe. Can you see the logo of SG Factory on the rear windshield? Does it look familiar? It is actually an homage to the Drift Alliance logo!

Big Mouth Air Dam! On the exterior side, not much was done. Stickers (Have I said yet how much I love stickers?), a Hana Motorsports air dam, and Sequence Side Skirts. Interesting thing about the Hana Motorsports dam was that it was actually designed in a wind tunnel. It does also give the GenCoupe a more aggressive look to it.

I was also fortunate this year for the car to be picked up for sponsorship by Tomei Powered Inc. So far they have released there Expreme Titanium exhaust for this car, with more planned for the future. The Expreme Ti is the lightest exhaust I ever held. The whole system weighs in at 4 kgs! A Tomei Arms true bolt on turbo will also be released soon, with plans for cams in the near future.

Drifting hasn’t really hit the mainstream yet in Korea, and a lot of people still don’t realize that there is even drifting in Korea. After holding a few drift schools and events, we launched the Drift Masters Grand Prix this year, with 10 different teams attending.

Drift Masters Grand Prix was launched after a big crackdown on street drifters this year, to provide a safe and controlled environment to teach people about drifting and how to do it. We have a drift school, and also hold Drift Masters competition, where a majority of the drift teams in Korea compete against each other. We also plan to launch a factory class league, for cars up to and below 300whp.

With the GenCoupe getting older and used ones becoming available, we hope that drifting will become more popular in Korea. For more Korea drifting action, check out our vimeo account and facebook page!

Drift Master

Tomei Powered

-Richard Kim Jr

(Pictures: Allen Lorenzo at Tomei Powered)

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1

being in korea now for a semester exchange program, i have found so many people here like cars but cant afford them :/ sucks, we should appreciate how easy it is to get a licenses in the states.



fighting Richard Kim!

2

Get ittt gurrrllll... <3





C O M R A D E S 4 E V E R R R R

3

Arent you on RWD?

4

So dope to see how far you've come Richard.



But we miss you, come home now.



:)

5

"Yes! Oh, Richard, I'm so happy. Hold me Richard! Don't run away from your feelings." with that being said. WA misses you man, track days just aren't quite the same without you and our Earlfriend. COME HOME NAOW!

6

SYNCHRO G = KING WANG ZANG!!

7

47 torques? That's all?



:)

8

Miss you Richard! Come home again soon. We need to talk stickers, I'll send you a big ol' box <3.

9

Good to see something new for a change. I didn't know Drifting was popular in Korea.

11

So awesome to see how much you've done Richard.



It's time to come home now though.



:)

12

Knock off wheels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Crap feature.

13

A tomei car rolling on varrstoens! :b

14

"47 Torques"? That doesn't sound right....

15

???? ???. ????.. ???~! ??? ?? ??!?!? ???? ??

16

Korea!!



Nice, very nice.

17

atlanta ga represent!

18

Wow I remember watching all those old ass videos of Comrades (I especially liked Sunday Morning breakfast). I also lived in Korea for a year and saw that the figures to simply OWN a car were ridiculous. Props to you Richard for being the first big time Gyopo out there into drifting!

19

Yay for WA!!!!!!! looks like a new scene is emerging in korea. and with a WA native at the forefront i think the scene will be great!

20

nice little write up. cool to hear of an emerging scene like that. also rad that you have that dM sticker.

21

newfags hate knock offs.

i love knockoffs.

22

I guess I should have clarified. Torque here is measured in KGxM, not LBxFT.



47 KGxM = about 340 lbft

23

Cool car. Glad I'm not the only US transplant racing in Korea!

24

wow awesome, Richard!!!!! Dreams come true?!!

25

??? ???. ?? ? ???. After having returned from nearly 3 years in Korea which I loved but left me craving car culture so much, I'm stoked to hear about this. I went out to the Everland racetrack time to time and hung out with some car guys in Busan, but seeing this sort of grassroots thing emerge enough to land on speedhunters is really awesome. It's encouraging, and best of luck to you Richard. ?? ?? ???!!

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????? ???????? ????. ????^^

27

??? ? on speed hunters ?? ! ??? ??? ??? ???? ?? track ??? ???. ????? ?????? ???? ??? ?? ???.

28

If I ever get the chance to visit Korea Ill have to rent a RWD Car and drive at one of your events. Good to see your doing well!

29

The car culture is definitely growing here in Korea. Drifting is still in it's infancy stage, but hopefully it'll gain some more traction. Too bad the Genesis is the only decent RWD around. Good to see this writeup.

30

Good stuff!

Yay Richard!!!

31

yayyyy for KOREAAA dae han min guk!

32

47 torques? Wow, you must be good at keeping your foot down.

33

Great writing and nice car. I like things like this,keeping it real. There should be more drifting schools that is for sure.

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