September 2019

"Return to Driftenberg" celebrates its premiere on September 7th, 2019: "Baggsy" drifts through the streets of Fichtenberg with 1,200 hp

On September 7, 2019, the drift video "Return to Driftenberg" will be premiered at the finale of the "Gymkhana GRiD" championship in Warsaw. The continuation of the Instagram TV movie, "The Driftenberg Project", will then be released on Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni’s official YouTube channel. The leading role in "Return to Driftenberg" will once again be played by Monster and ST suspensions drifter, Steve "Baggsy" Biagioni, and his 1200 hp Nissan GT-R. The backdrop is the Swabian community of Fichtenberg, the headquarters of the KW automotive group, which once again transforms into the village of "Driftenberg" for the film. Supporting roles include tuning girl Mareike Fox, singer Shane Lynch of the Irish boy band Boyzone, and the two World Rally Cross racers Liam Doran and Andreas Bakkerud as well as Roland Miola, Mayor of Fichtenberg.

After the success of "The Driftenberg Project", with a commitment of over 890,000 interactions alone on the drifter, Steve "Baggsy" Biagioni’s, Instagram and Facebook account the sequel will be released on September 7, 2019. "With 'Return to Driftenberg' our drivers Baggsy and the two rallycross drivers Liam Doran and Ken Block’s former rally driver colleague, Andreas Bakkerud, show drifting at the highest level," says ST suspension's Brand Manager Christina Gabriel. "In contrast to many other drift films out on social media, we're happy that we were able to shoot the drift action in the middle of Fichtenberg as compared to most of which are set on racetracks or industrial sites. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to all those involved as well as to the District Office and the community for their energetic support".

With "Return to Driftenberg", the US energy beverage manufacturer, Monster Beverage, and the suspension brand, ST suspensions, are appealing not only to fans of drifting but also to a wider audience. "Basically, Baggsy is drifting through Driftenberg and one or two cameo appearances will make you smile." Even the mayor of Fichtenberg, Roland Miola, will perform in a cameo role, as well as tuning girl Mareike Fox. The Boyzone singer and racing driver, Shane Lynch, who is visiting Driftenberg and many others are also part of the action loaded Drift Party...

Besides the spectacular scenes at the limits of driving physics with the numerous spectators, Baggsy’s Nissan GT-R caused a lot of excitement during the video shooting. Instead of the BiTurbo V6 engine, a 7.4-liter US V8 engine with retrofitted Honeywell Garrett GTX4718R turbocharger with more than 1,200 hp was used in the driveline under the hood of the brute drift car. "Enough power to drift at the limit in and around Fichtenberg", says the Brit Steve "Baggsy" Biagioni who has already won several drift championships, competed several times at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Monza Rally Show, and proved his exceptional driving talent in various YouTube drift videos.

"I've already drifted to the limit at several locations, but these beautiful, winding and steep forest roads in the Fichtenberg area were something very special. No room for mistakes, madness. It’s also madness how heartily the people here in Fichtenberg welcomed us." The two World Rally Cross racers Liam Doran and Andreas Bakkerud, who felt at home in Fichtenberg, were also enthusiastic about the locations and the roads closed for filming. "When Baggsy called and asked us if we wanted to drift a bit on a small film, we immediately agreed. After all, we said among ourselves that we played the most important role in 'Return to Driftenberg'," says Andreas Bakkerud. "The movie has some nice surprises and not only for everyone who knows us. After its premiere on September 7th at the "Gymkhana GRiD 2019 Final" in Warsaw, the film will be released on the official YouTube channel of Baggsy. As part of the 2019 Essen Motor Show, a "Making of" for the shooting will be released, which will take the audience back to the several-day video shoot.

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Part of the company group KW automotive GmbH besides KW suspensions are the brands ST suspensions, LSD Doors and RaceRoom. KW suspensions is market leader and innovator of individual suspension solutions for the street and racing applications. Sporty drivers rely on KW coilover kits with its five damping variants, as well as on the Nürburgring Nordschleife tested KW Clubsport coilover kits, which are street legal and have a technical component report. Worldwide successful racing teams rely on the patented valve technology of KW Competition suspensions, the seven-time overall winner of the 24-hour Race Nürburgring (2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2018) winner of the 24-hour Race Dubai 2017, ADAC GT Masters 2018, ADAC TCR Germany 2018, Bathurst 12-hour Race 2019 and Spa-Francorchamps 24h Race 2019. With its large portfolio of suspension kits, modern production technology, development- and test center, KW has been succeeding for more than 20 years in markets around the world. World-wide, the company group has more than seven international subsidiaries in the most important markets like China, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan and the US. The delivery program of ST suspensions with springs, sport dampers, sport suspensions, coilover kits, wheel spacers, lift kits and anti-sway bars combines leading KW-technology for the road with the best price-performance ratio.

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