A Samsonas six speed sequential transmission is used. Six speed sequential transmissions are beginning to replace the traditional 4 speed transmissions that have been en vouge for the past few years. A Clutchmasters 850 twin-disc clutch harnesses the engines power and couples it to the driveline.
This small fan and hose divert cooling air to the inside of the bellhousing and clutch. This helps clutch durability.
A 10.5″ Winters quick change rear end is used with a spool instead of a differential. This gives 100% lock up and is the most consistent for drifting. The quick change is great for handy gear changes and is about standard issue on today’s pro drift car. Drive Shaft Shop, heavy duty axles and CV joints are also used.
The front Enkei RS05RR wheels are 18X8.5 with 255/35-18 Achilles 123S tires. Sparta Triton R six piston calipers help slow the car squeezing big 355mm floating rotors. The Sparta calipers are CNC machined from forgings and are nickel plated for corrosion resistance.
The Enkei RS05RR rear wheels are 18×11 fitted with 285/35-18 Achilles 123S tires. The rear brakes have Sparta 4 piston calipers and 355mm rotors. Unlike most current pro drift cars, the Essa Autosport M3 only has one set of rear calipers.
The hydraulic drift brake shares the rear caliper with the brake pedal. With a dual master cylinder pedal box, there is not too much feedback to the brake pedal when the drift brake is pulled compared to a stock single master cylinder brake system so Michael tells us that pedal feedback is hardly noticeable. He prefers the slight amount of feedback to the weight and complexity of two totally discreet rear brake systems.
The Samsonas sequential shifter changes gears by just pushing forward or backward, This is super fast and no H pattern here to slow shifting or potentially cause mishifting.