Hankook enters drift series -- with a Porsche!

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Hankook Tire America Corp. will sponsor a Porsche in the 2007 Need for Speed: Formula Drift Series.

The custom 993 GT2 Porsche, designed and manufactured by JIC USA/Cross North America, made its official debut in the Hankook booth at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas last week.

"This is the world's first Porsche to be purpose-built for drifting," says Marketing Director Bill Bainbridge. "The sport of drifting is clearly one of the fastest growing forms of motorsports in the U.S. today.

"With cars sliding sideways at high speed through a marked course, always on the edge, it's spectacular to watch, and we think the Porsche equipped with Hankook Ventus ultra-high performance tires will deliver a whole new dimension of excitement and performance."

The Hankook/JIC Magic Porsche features a 3.8-liter, 6-cylinder, fully built race engine rated at 600+ horsepower. It is equipped with twin IHI turbos, six individual throttle bodies and custom exhaust and manifolds by JIC. It is specially designed with a 993 GT EVO body.

The 2007 Need for Speed: Formula Drift Series is scheduled to begin the first week in April in Long Beach, Calif.

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