Pinnacle of Charm – James Deane’s Worthouse Drift / Falken Tire Nissan S15


Like many competitive S-chassis vehicles that have come before (be it time attack or drifting), Deane’s ride has eschewed a lower bumper. This allows even more of the vaporized rubber to escape, putting up a large smokescreen in a chase competitors face while eliminated more of the friction surface during wall rides.


Deane has run many different types of spoilers on his past racers, from big wings with endplates to this simple ducktail design. Formula D’s trend continues to move farther and farther away from the former as dictated by the most prominent circuit layouts. Small bowls and tight street courses don’t afford enough room or speed to necessitate extra downforce at the rear without the sacrifice it brings in stability through corners. Sometimes, even in the US, less is more.


The trunk spoiler stands out as one of the most rearward points on the car, taking its share of the beatings as Deane gets acquainted with each new barrier around tracks like Orlando Speed World’s massive banking.


In addition to the lightly-tailored Rocket Bunny parts, the team also fitted up a set of under splitters in the front, and along the side rocker panels. These do add some much needed stability especially through transitions, keeping the front balance in check to grip back up and hold the line.


The vented hood, also part of the Rocket Bunny ensemble, aids in hot air dispersion from the engine bay. As seen in the opening shot, its rear mounts are raised, allowing air to be naturally sucked back out on the windshield side at the same time (a trick Tanner Foust’s championship winning 350Z chassis used to run).

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