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Kyle Mohan debuts his new MX5 drft car


Kyle Mohan debuted his brand new drift car at the Long Beach round of Formula Drift.

The KMR-built Mazda MX-5 is powered by a turbocharged, nitrous-fed, three-rotor engine developed by Mazdatrix. Improvements to virtually every aspect of the drivetrain have resulted in more horsepower than the engine has produced before.


“Ever since we first built the RX-8, we always considered what kind of car we would eventually replace it with,” said Mohan. “However as a small team, we always felt that we would be better off by continuing to improve the RX-8 instead of trying to build an entirely new car. The decision to switch to the MX-5 was made last season.”


Mohan grew up and lives in Long Beach, and enjoys strong support for his team in the city. In spite of the rainy track conditions during the Formula Drift event, thousands of fans came out to the Streets of Long Beach to see the best top drifters battle it out.


Mohan battled Matt Field in the Top 32 and fought a close match. A small mistake in the hairpin turn gave Field the advantage.

“It was disappointing to lose to Field. The new car is a total beast on the track and I know we have what it takes to get to the podium. I have to give a lot of credit to our partners and our crew for giving us the resources to build such a world-class vehicle.”


Mohan was able to show the MX-5’s capabilities the following weekend during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach’s Motegi Super Drift Event. Mohan qualified 5th and finished in 5th place overall in front of the packed grandstands.


“The event was such a blast – getting to shred tires and compete with my friends and family cheering on the streets I grew up on. It is always such a surreal experience each time I compete in these two hometown events.”


Kyle Mohan’s Formula Drift Pro Championship No. 99 GT Radial / Mazdatrix Mazda MX-5 uses Haltech Elite Series ECU. Apart from controlling the fuel injection on the dry-sumped, triple rotor 20B, the ECU also manages nitrous injection.


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