Aasbø Getting Ready For Trax: Learning The Game

This summer has been flat out crazy. Ever since seemingly getting the 86-X ready just in time for Gatebil, we have been hard at work. In Norway, the 86-X needed plenty of TLC after I basically tore the whole thing apart at our first outing.

In the US, we have been fighting technical gremlins with the tC while I have had a hard time adjusting to the new Formula Drift judging criteria.

Come August, we had two main tasks on our agenda:

1) Turn the 86-X into a fully functional and top spec pro drift car before the Speedhunters September Euro Tour, and 2) Kick some ass in Formula Drift.

In order for the above to happen, we knew we had to dig deep and understand what was really going on.

We needed to learn the game.

So after Formula Drift Round 5 in Seattle, I flew straight home and posted up at PeeBee Motorsport with the 86-X.

PeeBee Motorsport is as close to a North Carolina circle track racing shop you will ever get in the Northern hemisphere. Petter, the owner, has a soft spot for anything loud and obnoxious, and as you arrive at his outcast shop in the beautiful farmlands of Aremark, right on the border of Norway and Sweden, you are greeted with a full blown NASCAR Truck Series race car and a race rig trailer under construction sitting outside his shop.

I felt right at home.

Petter is an absolute fabrication wizard, handling everything from one off five axis machining tasks to chromoly TIG welding. He is mostly geared towards making BMW DTM style suspension parts as well as drift kits. The front lower control arms seen above are similar to the ones Michael Essa runs on his FD spec Z4.

Following Gatebil, we had a good idea of what required work. It mostly revolved around the front suspension, but we ended up changing the transmission, the rear hubs, the axles, modifying the brakes, reassembling the clutch, balance the driveshaft as well as going through a long list of other adjustments and minor modifications.

I ended up spending over a week at Petter’s shop, having a blast and discussing everything from Sprint cup motors and rallycross swaybar setups to the finer things in life, all while we were “shaping the 86-X like a bullet”.

Then, we finally put the car to test.

For a quick video of one of our test sessions, check out car magazine Autofil’s ridealong video mid-page on this link.

After deeming the car as ready as we could get it for the Speedhunters Euro Tour, my close friend Espen took over the reigns. He packed up everything for the journey across the North Sea for the the British Drift Championship Super Pro Finals & TRAX event at Silverstone.

It was time for me to get back to where I need to be. I shot off to the US West Coast just in time for Formula Drift Round 6 in Las Vegas.

As soon as I arrived in Los Angeles I went to pick up a brand new car for the very first time in my life: My very own manual, pearl white Scion FR-S, or the US GT86 equivalent, if you will.

I drove it straight across the desert and arrived at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the night before the optional Formula Drift Thursday practice. The track was almost completely set up. But there was no one was there…

I couldn’t hold back. I literally broke in the daily driver FR-S on the FD course that night. I kept going until a security officer swung by and told me he had seen some lights out there. I told him I was doing some sightseeing and he just smiled, said “alright” and was kind of cool with it. But knowing me I decided to call it a night before things went out of hand.

After all, teasing the odds in Sin City is like playing with fire. Especially when you’re surrounded by concrete walls…

The next day was Formula Drift race day as we’ve gotten to know it. I think Stephan Papadakis, my crew chief, said it best from atop the spotters tower, overlooking the impressive Formula Drift pit: “The circus is back in town”.

We both spent the first part of Thursday’s practice up in the spotter tower watching, talking and figuring out what line the judges were looking for.

Some of the guys, especially Rhys Millen and Odi Bakhis, were looking super strong from the get go. Unfortunately Odi ended up taking a gamble in practice, totalling his S14 and proving just how unforgiving this place is. Keep it up, Odi – you’ll be back stronger than ever!

Getting my head back into my own tasks for the weekend, I’ll tell you a little bit about my approach to it all: Contrary to what some might believe, my goal has never been to always run the most angle or be as gangster as possible, but simply to win battles. To me, the competition aspect of drifting is what is the most fun.

That doesn’t mean I think my way is the only way, and I definitely appreciate all forms of drifting, hooning and messing around – competition or not. But, for me personally, I don’t think anything will ever be as fun as doing everything I can to hang with the best of them in an all out, high stakes drift battle.

That’s real drifting to me. And saying that real drifting shouldn’t be about who’s winning is like saying NASCAR should forever be about smuggling moonshine along the beaches. It might have started out that way, but it all turning into a race was inevitable.

After all, car racing was born the same day the second car ever was built…

Plenty of people also ask me if I miss the Japan Auto Supra, or when we are going to run an FR-S or a GT86 in Formula Drift. Well, I still get to compete in the Supra, as we are competing in the World Drift Series in China this year. If all goes to plan I will get to drive Chucky again very soon.

As for replacing the tC with an FR-S, we have obviously looked into that. The tC is still a current model, though, which means that there is still a Scion promotion incentive for it. And perhaps there is something to be said about sticking to what you have set forth?

My crew chief Stephan Papadakis has stuck to his guns, and the way him, Shawn, Aldo and the rest of the crew has shaped the tC has turned it into a super fast killer is an incredible feat. That car is a rocket ship!!

You might be surprised to hear this, but Steph isn’t really a car guy. His approach to drifting is so fundamentally different from any other guy approach I’ve come across in this scene. If Steph’s life had taken a different path than import drag racing, let’s say American football or even Wall Street finance, he would have been a football team manager or a senior analytic by now.

Steph is a producer. He takes what is available to him and multiplies it – period.

That’s why, last weekend in Las Vegas, we were able to qualify first and finish second with the toughest bracket of ex and current champions we’ve ever had to face. Starting off with a car so different from the usual recipe, we’ve had to realize our challenges, which no one had an answer for, and overcome those.

Now, when we’re out on the track, we often talk risk. We know we are far from perfect, but if we can do our runs in a way where I remain within my comfort zone, it’s easier to avoid mistakes.

And it might sound sterile and a far cry from what a sport like drifting should be all about: Raw, all-out, crazy driving. But to me, being able to remain calm and collected when lightning strikes and 1500+ horsepower battle it out in a smoke inferno is what “being gangster” is all about.

One thing that is for sure, is that no matter how things turn out for us on the track, I couldn’t have better guys backing me. In between my teams, sponsors, friends and family, I truly believe I have the best support system one could possibly have.

So when things don’t work out, there’s only guy to blame: Myself.

With that said, here’s to this weekends challenge: The British Drift Championship Super Pro Finals at Silverstone. I know that after winning the event last year there’s is a prize on our heads, so I’m very eager to see how the 86-X fares against the competition.

I’ve always had a blast in the UK and can’t wait to meet the lads again. I hope to see you all there this Sunday!


(Additional photography by Chris Harrington/Scion Racing and Erlend Knardahl/Trick Photography)

Tags: , , , , , ,


"I'm gonna shave half an inch off you and shape you like a bullet" Yes!


why promote a tc as a drift car when theyre all front wheel drive junk?just replace it with an fr-s 

Melvin H
Melvin H

Fuck me sideways thats a ton of lock.


sweet! im soo glad ill be attending the event!!

would you be in the BDC paddock where the rest of the speedhunters crew is at??


Forgive my ignorance here, but what is the Speedhunters September Euro Tour? Sounds intriguing


Lycka till!! Tråkit att man inte kunde komma över. När det är så nära :/


Man I forgot about Chucky...I miss him D:


Man I can't wait to see that 86 go! Good luck!


Good luck Aasbø;) håper bilen holder sammen nå;) blir tøft å se hva du får til i denne bilen;)


Good luck there :)Will there be any kind of video feed available or put up later?


  1. The Slave of the Husband

    In search of forward to studying excess from you afterward!…

  2. Healing’s Dragon

    to locate concerns to enhance my web site!I suppose its okay to create utilization of a few within your concepts!!

  3. tv packages says:

    The Birch of the Shadow

    I think there might be a several duplicates, but an exceedingly helpful record! I have tweeted this. Numerous thanks for sharing!

  4. Whispering Misty

    So sorry you will pass up the workshop!

  5. The Silent Shard

    This tends to probably be rather valuable for many of one’s jobs I decide to do not only with my web site but

  6. parking says:

    The Birch of the Shadow

    I believe there may possibly become a handful of duplicates, but an exceedingly handy listing! I have tweeted this. Numerous thanks for sharing!

  7. Woman of Alien

    Great get the job done you may have accomplished, this web site is actually cool with amazing data. Time is God’s strategy for trying to keep every thing from going on at the same time.

  8. Souls in the Waves

    Excellent Morning, I just stopped in to go to your web site and considered I would say I enjoyed myself.

  9. Woman of Alien

    Excellent get the job done you’ve completed, this great site is admittedly interesting with superb data. Time is God’s method of retaining every thing from happening directly.

  10. The Ships’s Voyages

    I think technology just can make it even worse. Now there is a channel to hardly ever care, now there would not become a likelihood for them to find.

  11. car parking says:

    Woman of Alien

    Perfect do the job you have performed, this great site is absolutely neat with great info. Time is God’s method of preserving almost everything from going on simultaneously.

  12. Healing’s Dragon

    to search out matters to boost my web page!I suppose its ok to produce utilization of a couple of of the ideas!!

  13. Whispering Misty

    So sorry you’ll miss the workshop!

  14. The Silent Shard

    This can almost certainly be pretty helpful for some of your positions I want to do not only with my blog site but

  15. The Ships’s Voyages

    I think know-how just makes it even worse. Now there is a channel to never ever care, now there will not likely become a possibility for them to find out.

  16. Souls in the Waves

    Very good Early morning, I just stopped in to visit your internet site and imagined I’d say I enjoyed myself.

  17. The Birch of the Shadow

    I feel there may well become a couple duplicates, but an exceedingly useful list! I’ve tweeted this. Many thanks for sharing!

  18. The Birch of the Shadow

    I feel there might be considered a couple duplicates, but an exceedingly helpful list! I’ve tweeted this. A lot of thanks for sharing!

  19. The Absent Game

    Concerning me and my husband we have owned additional MP3 players over time than I can count, such as Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few ages I’ve settled down to one line of gamers.

  20. house blue says:

    The Ships’s Voyages

    I believe know-how just makes it even worse. Now there’s a channel to in no way treatment, now there would not become a likelihood for them to find out.

  21. The Absent Game

    Involving me and my husband we’ve owned far more MP3 players over time than I can count, like Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few many years I’ve settled down to one line of players.

  22. news says:

    Souls in the Waves

    Excellent Morning, I just stopped in to go to your site and thought I’d say I experienced myself.

  23. The Birch of the Shadow

    I feel there may become a couple duplicates, but an exceedingly handy record! I’ve tweeted this. Quite a few thanks for sharing!

  24. Healing’s Dragon

    to locate matters to further improve my internet site!I suppose its okay to help make utilization of several of your respective ideas!!

  25. Google says:


    Here is a superb Weblog You might Obtain Intriguing that we encourage you to visit.

  26. The Absent Game

    In between me and my husband we’ve owned much more MP3 gamers over time than I can count, together with Sansas, iRivers, iPods (typical & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few decades I’ve settled down to one line of players.

  27. website says:

    Thorn of Girl

    Great info might be observed on this online weblog.

  28. pdr training says:

    pdr training

    [...]The data mentioned within the article are some of the ideal accessible [...]

  29. 討債波蘭 says:


    [...]we came across a cool website that you just may well love. Take a look for those who want[...]

  30. targeting traffic

    [...]The information and facts mentioned inside the article are some of the very best obtainable [...]

  31. Energy Incentives

    [...]we came across a cool web page that you just may well take pleasure in. Take a search if you want[...]

  32. Woman of Alien

    Excellent work you may have done, this page is actually awesome with superb information and facts. Time is God’s way of retaining all the things from taking place at once.

  33. do you agree says:

    Thorn of Girl

    Very good facts can be found on this net website.

  34. how to get the man you love

    [...]we came across a cool internet site that you just might take pleasure in. Take a look in the event you want[...]

  35. comicon says:


    [...]Every the moment inside a while we opt for blogs that we read. Listed below are the most current websites that we opt for [...]

  36. voip calling card

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a couple of unrelated information, nonetheless genuinely worth taking a appear, whoa did a single understand about Mid East has got much more problerms also [...]

  37. international calls

    [...]please pay a visit to the internet sites we stick to, such as this one particular, as it represents our picks in the web[...]

  38. Cash For Surveys

    [...]one of our guests lately suggested the following website[...]

  39. seo service bangladesh

    [...]we like to honor numerous other world-wide-web websites around the web, even when they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages really worth checking out[...]

  40. voipcalling card,voip free calling,cheap international calls

    [...]here are some hyperlinks to web pages that we link to for the reason that we think they’re worth visiting[...]

  41. 10 usd earn money online

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine some unrelated data, nevertheless genuinely really worth taking a search, whoa did one find out about Mid East has got extra problerms as well [...]

  42. bespoke storage

    [...]check beneath, are some absolutely unrelated sites to ours, on the other hand, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]

  43. why not try these out

    [...]Every when inside a whilst we pick blogs that we study. Listed beneath would be the newest web sites that we opt for [...]

  44. פורץ מנעולים ברמלה

    [...]very few internet sites that take place to be in depth below, from our point of view are undoubtedly effectively worth checking out[...]

  45. Daily Technology News

    [...]usually posts some incredibly exciting stuff like this. If you are new to this site[...]

  46. paintless dent repair training

    [...]we came across a cool web-site that you just could take pleasure in. Take a look if you want[...]

  47. paintless dent repair training

    [...]we prefer to honor a lot of other web websites around the internet, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Below are some webpages really worth checking out[...]