A constant figure in the sport, the Irish native has been competing for seven years, building his reputation in his homeland first and then conquering the Continent. In fact, both ProDrift Europe and D1GP have rated Darren the number one drifting driver in Europe. Rally experience has an important correlation to drifting, and he quickly gained fame in the United States through his performances in D1GP. He earned Rookie of the Year in Formula Drift in 2008, and returns in his Saturn Sky as another key representative of Team Falken, keen to improve upon his 5th place finish in the 2010 final standings and continue to improve upon his already significant talent.
More about Darren ‘D-Mac’ McNamara…
Darren McNamara is a professional drift driver from Cork, Ireland, He first competed in the Irish Prodrift series and the British D1 Great Britain series (now EDC), winning the Prodrift title in 2006. He drove a Toyota AE86 with a Nissan SR20 engine.
In 2007 he was invited to compete in the American Formula D series in his Corolla. He had a successful season in the underpowered Corolla and Falken Tires built him a new car for 2008: A Saturn Sky with 800 BHP.
He adapted fairly well to the new car in 2008, but the car wasn’t fully developed until the 2009 season, when Darren achieved his maiden win at Wall Speedway and a second place at Road Atlanta.
Falken Saturn Sky Specs:
- Tires – Falken Azenis RT615k
- Engine – 6.7L Aluminum V8
- Horsepower – 790hp/719 ft. lbs tq
- Suspension – TEIN coilovers w/EDFC
- Brakes – Wilwood
- Wheels – HRE Wheels Competition Series C90
- Exterior – Dry carbon body panels, Splitter
- Interior – Sparco safety equipment
Darren McNamara’s Saturn Sky Pictures: