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Top Cover Racing to debut new Mustang at Formula Drift in Las Vegas

By - August 26, 2011 – 7:24 amNo Comment | 1,831 views

Top Cover Racing Ford Mustang

Veteran Formula Drift driver Tony Brakohiapa of Top Cover Racing returns with a new Mustang to the 2011 Formula Drift Championship this weekend in Las Vegas , Nevada .

This season Brakohiapa drove his standard Mustang in overseas Formula Drift events in Abu Dhabi and Qatar , while in California his team built a fresh Mustang drift car from absolute scratch. Brakohiapa is looking forward to debuting the new vehicle at the Vegas track, where he had a great result last year and came away with a top 4 finish.

The Mustang touts a unique integration of a 2011 front end with a 2005/09 rear section—a first in a motorsports application. An expected weight reduction of at least 300 lbs from the previous Mustang should make the new car even more competitive. A classic military star has been added to Top Cover’s distinctive Tuskegee Airmen Red-Tail livery.

Many hands brought the rescued 2005 Mustang back from perdition and all are eagerly awaiting its new career just in time for the Drift season’s last two events. The build-team included Sinergy Motorsports, Calfin Fabrication, Jordan Innovations, Gialmas Technical Innovations, Sam’s Autoland, LethalPerformance.com, amongst others.

Brakohiapa has proudly formed a new partnership with HESS Motorsports out of Anaheim Hills, CA. Hess Motorsports is a new high-end, multi-purpose, performance shop with extensive experience in street and racing applications. They provided suspension setup and scaling for the new mustang and will provide pit support for Brakohiapa in Las Vegas .

Brakohiapa would like to thank his sponsors for their continued support this year. Cooper Tire, Glazier Ironworks, Sam’s Autoland, Exedy, Eibach, Enkei, Seibon, Wilwood, Go Pro, Sparco, Anzo USA, Swanson Performance, RealPerformanceMustangs.com, Drivers Inc. and Shelly Ward Enterprises.

About Tony Brakohiapa

Tony has been a professional race driver for nearly 10 years. His experience includes Formula Mazdas, Stock Cars, Sports, and Touring cars, etc. Tony has been a driver in the Formula Drift Championship since 2005. Tony is a senior instructor at Jim Russell Racing School and Audi Sportscar Experience at Infineon Raceway. He has also worked as a private driving coach for various vintage (C.S.R.G.-Classic Sportscar Racing Group) and A.L.M.S. sportscar teams such as T.R.G. (The Racers Group). Tony is an accomplished film/TV precision and stunt driver for many top car manufacturers. He was the stunt driving double for the rap artist Bow Wow in the movie “The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift”. Tony was born in Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa . He has called the Bay Area home for over 10 years.

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