All that power can't simply spin through the crank without somewhere to go. First stop, a competition clutch and flywheel package by McLeod, another of Yoshihara's long term partners in success. From there, a GSR four-speed dogbox transmission takes over, passing the ball back through a Drivelines driveshaft to the Winters Performance differential. Yoshihara selected a 10-inch spool-type quick change rear end with the BRZ, rather than a limitedslip, to get a consistent lock and power application with each run. It's part of the character of every drift build that can only be refined by the driver's style and how he feels comfortable to perform on the world's biggest sideways stage. Driveshaft Shop custom axles send the juice to the rear corners, propelling the blue and black rocket across the asphalt, begging to be pushed harder and harder, like a true glutton for punishment.
Brakes are another piece of the puzzle that each driver has a strong opinion on. A pull of the handbrake or a tap of the middle pedal can help keep the car twisted, and Yoshihara knew exactly what hardware he wanted behind each. Large Jamar Performance six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers latch onto Wilwood rotors and brake pads. Out back, a second set of four-piston calipers are dedicated to handbrake duties, separating the action to allow for controlled input of each. Nestled above the brake system is a set of KW three-way adjustable competition coilovers with remote reservoirs. The shock/spring body even features its own dust cover, improving reliability when tons of tire carcass are flying past. A set of Progress front and rear sway bars further allow Yoshihara to dial in the right amount of stiffness, key to hitting a 30-degree bank or figure-eight-style transition. Each modification works in tandem andem with the rest, adding up p to the meanest BRZ in Formula Drift competition.
Yoshihara's on-track k performance alone would be enough to merit rit pages upon pages of praise raise and dissection, yet his off-track spirit should not be lost on fans either. Since the events of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Northeastern Japan, Yoshihara has taken a philanthropic approach to his public status, setting up his own ccharity called Relief For JJapan. To date he has rairaised over $80,000, w with proceeds going dire rectly to the Japanese R Red Cross Society. Visit RF RFJP.org to find out mormore or donate, or catch YoshiharaYoshih at a Formula D event and show some love in person. His BRZ will be there, ready to show the international field of competitors what real smoke trails look like, Japanese-style.