Ontario, CA (February 10, 2015) – Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis has announced his plans to participate in the Formula Drift World Championship for the 2015 drifting season. Entering his fifth year of professional drifting, Bakchis has teamed with ARK Performance, Inc. (ARK) and Feal Suspension, Inc. to expand his drifting program globally. The Formula Drift World Championship will include competitions throughout the USA and into Japan, Canada, and China where Bakchis will be competing amongst other renowned drivers.
Bakchis finished 4th overall in the 2014 Formula Drift USA championship in his Feal Suspension Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX. ARK also competed in the 2014 season using two Hyundai Genesis builds with a team of two drivers. This new partnership between Bakchis and ARK will allow for international presence by using both the Nissan 240SX and the Hyundai Genesis in competition since logistics for such globetrotting requires the use of two vehicles.
Both the Genesis and the 240SX are powered by LS engine platforms built by CBM Motorsports and will have customized Feal Suspension coilovers. The Hyundai Genesis boasts a 1,000-hp LS7 motor and will be driven by Bakchis at Formula Drift Round 1 in Long Beach, California prior to shipment overseas for the international events. Bakchis will then use the familiar Nissan 240SX for the six rounds throughout the USA.
The collaboration between Bakchis, the ARK Performance team, and Feal Suspension will allow Bakchis to bring his distinctive driving style internationally and continually grow his drifting program. The partnership promises that the 2015 drift season will be adventurous for the team and exciting to follow.
Additional sponsors for the 2015 season will include Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., Torco Advanced Lubricants, 702, STR-Racing Wheels, Clutch Masters, CBM Motorsports, Holley Performance, Hooker Headers, Nitrous Oxide Systems, Mishimoto, Swift Springs, Rola A/V, McCune Design & Mfg, Extreme Dimensions, Grip Royal, and Wisefab.