Why I Am Going to STOP Drifting My Genesis Coupe

2017 Livery

2017 Livery

SEMA 2015

SEMA 2015

I love my Genesis Coupe.  The car and I have been through Hell and back multiple times.  I've won countless awards in it, have gone to SEMA with it 3 times, and it has helped create an awesome loyal fan base.  I've made new friends, partnerships, and great connections because of this car.  It has had 5 different motors, 6 different vinyl wraps and liveries, 3 different transmissions, and more wheel setups that I can count on two hands.  The entire back end of the car has been on fire twice and both the car and I are still here drifting to this day.  I have worked with so many great people and companies to develop the chassis and it has come an enormous way. I have ZERO regrets.

 

Broken front knuckle

Broken front knuckle

But I also paid a big price for doing this, and I'm not talking financially (although it was very expensive too).  Deciding to use an undeveloped chassis meant that there weren't off the shelf parts available, there wasn't information on setups available, not too many had tested genesis coupes as drift cars or found their strengths and weaknesses.  For example, if you buy a S-Chassis there are many great companies offering angle kits from the basic rack spacers and adjustable tie rod setup to the intermediate modified knuckle and extended LCA and the advanced suspension redesign as you would find from Wisefab.  Then you can go online and find unlimited resources and information on car setup or just go to your local event and talk to the numerous people drifting S-Chassis vehicles.  None of this exists for Genesis Coupes, you're pretty much on your own, and I especially was when I started 3 years ago.  

I spent a lot of my time developing and fixing where I should have been progressing and winning more competitions.  I consciously made the decision to continue with the chassis as I believed in it (still do by the way) and I had also dumped so much time and money into the chassis, I just couldn't give up on it. Some of the problems we had include:

  • Prototype front suspension design
    • Made the car hard to drive and inconsistent at a highly competitive level
  • Rear suspension design
    • Nobody makes a Wisefab style setup for the rear that dramatically changes the geometry
    • Genesis Coupe OEM geometry is not suited for drifting, stuff binds causing arms to break and its extremely hard to get a lot of grip out of the vehicle
  • Weight
    • There is only one company that makes carbon doors and no carbon roofs available
    • The car is just a pig, even after cutting out as much as legally possible the car still weighed 3200 before driver

This story has come to its ending though.  I will be finishing the Pro-Am season in the Genesis Coupe and running All Star Bash and then I am retiring the chassis for good.  I am ready to jump into a chassis that I can push to its limits and it will respond positively and consistently.  I want a chassis that has multiple options for parts and information and resources I can use.  I am ready to have something unique but also highly competitive and reliable.  If you want to know what that car will be read the blog post before this one ;)

Skyline R34 Build

Skyline R34 Build

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