t all starts with the car's look, updated for 2017 with a standout new color scheme completed by Sam's Auto Land paint and Daley Visual wrap. Weight savings are paramount to any racer, so Yoshihara turned to the mass saving experts at Seibon Carbon. Carbon fiber roof, doors, and a vented hood shed the pounds and lower the center of gravity for the BRZ, improving maneuverability in drift transitions. TRA Kyoto burst onto the scene when the BRZ first launched with unique Rocket Bunny widebody aero kits, and they have continued to innovate with new styles. Yoshihara's ride sports the V3 design, featuring a front fascia, oversized front and rear fender extensions, and a ducktail trunk lid spoiler. The front is further enhanced with an APR splitter, generating downforce to keep the car balanced. The package weighs in at a staunch 3,000 pounds, an important stat when it comes to the choice of tires in Formula D.
Yoshihara earned his 2011 Formula Drift championship with Falken, and continues the partnership today. His BRZ sports their latest RK615T+ performance tires, sized at 265-mm front and 295-mm rear. The car's weight (plus the driver) allows for up to the 295 maximum, which is good because extra rubber means more smoke, blinding chase drivers and impressing the judges through banked circuit sweepers. Those tires come wrapped around a set of Yoshihara's own design of 18-inch wheels: the three-piece “Champion” model. He's been running his own model wheels since the 2011 season - the year he won it all.
Looking inside, things have been flipped around in terms of the layout. Yoshihara may be a switch hitter, able to expertly navigate behind the wheel from either side, but, like any Japanese native, he prefers a right-hand drive setup. The dashboard was a breeze, grabbing a JDM panel from a BRZ abroad, but the real magic of moving the Momo steering wheel and Jamar Performance pedal set over was left to Yoshihara's crew chief, Chris Eimer of Eimer Engineering. Eimer put together a custom steering rack, complete with tie rods and front knuckles to connect with the extreme turning angles