After seven grueling rounds of Formula Drift, the Team Need for Speed Rocket Bunny S14 has turned into a pirate ship. It has two podiums under its belt and a very respectable 6th place championship finish.
This S-chassis has been through hell.
It’s barely held together with zipties and duct tape, but boy can it still drift.
It’s interesting to see how the car has transformed over the years. It used to be spotless, but now it has lots of..err…personality?
Big Tom came out to help Matt. They all met up at Willow Springs during a Just Drift practice day. There was some real work to be done as the team was testing out new tire sizes.
Tommy Roberts also joined in on the fun and continued his spotter duties.
Matt set sail in his S14. He has not driven since his last event in China. It must have felt good to get it sideways again.
This may be the last time we see this car. Matt already bought a new S14 chassis and he’s currently in the process of building it for the 2012 Formula Drift season.
He seems excited about it. I certainly can’t wait for the start of the season. I think Matt showed his true colors last year on the track. This year should be a piece of cake for him.
I am sad to see this car go, but Matt’s mechanic, Costa, told me the chassis is so incredibly kinked, that when he got into a collision with John Russakoff, it actually made the car easier to align. I guess it was time for a new car anyways.
Looks like "thor" got some new friends.. That chassis has definietly been through hell and back! I'm glad you're keeping it. Too much history in that car. Paint it green again please!
I have allot of respect for Matt, he is essentially still a privateer and done the hard yards to get to where he is today.
He is going to kill another S14. What's the good thing here? I would rather see this guy dirfting a Scion tC or something disposable like that.
"...that when he got into a collision with John Russakoff, it actually made the car easier to align." That is a priceless statement.
everything has its end but in this case id keep the car and just legalize it for the streets as my daily driver :)
Damn, what a peice of Powers history right there, from the metalic green grass roots car to this masterpiece. The next one should be equally dope. I hate to see it go, but in order to progress we have to move on sometimes right, I mean its not my car, Im just a fan.
Should part most of the car out and body panels and auction them off for charity. Also have Matt Powers sign each body panel sold. I'd be interested in bidding on a few piece's for the heck of it.
By the sounds of it the car was so mangled he only did so well last year because he was trying to keep the car straight *troll* seriously though.. beast of a car, cant wait to see the finished 2012 model before it cops a thrashing..
Dont worry guys. Old car will be kept and used as my demo/practice/FUN car. Taking the drivetrain out of it and otherwise leaving it alone. Really excited for it all! New car will be awesome.
wasnt this his Green Westslide Connect car. with the VSXX.? if so , this car has more history then just FD. he should return it to that state , and rock it at fun events for nostalgia sake
I hope he goes kouki but knowing him im sure hell stick to his beloved zenki. Im sure there gonna use alot of the same parts from this car, atleast the engine.