Even those with just a passing interest in the sport of drifting will no doubt be familiar with this guy and the very mention of his name will make them rush out and book tickets for this year’s WTAC.
Hailing from New Zealand, “Mad” Mike Whiddett is equally well known for his drifting skills as he is for his love of rotaries.
While Mike’s main Formula Drift weapon is a Mazda MX5, his first win in the 2016 FD season came while driving a Japanese built RX7FD.
Competing at the Japan round of Formula Drift, held at the Ebisu circuit, Mike took the win in a twin turbo quad rotor RX7FD, after an epic battle against a Japanese champion Yokoi.
It is this Mazda RX7FD Mike will be bringing with him to compete at this year year’s Just Car Insurance International Drift Challenge in October.
Powered by a bridge-ported, twin turbo quad rotor,
HUMBUL RX7 is nothing short of spectacular!
Dubbed “HUMBUL” the car is nothing short of spectacular in just about any respect. Built by Mike and Taisuke Kawato of Total Car Produce Magic, the car is powered by a custom-built 4-rotor, bridge-ported, 26B engine.
As if a bridge-ported quad rotor wasn’t enough, a pair of GCG GTX3582 turbos was added to provide a healthy amount of boost, contributing to a 1000hp+ power output.
A number of Australian companies have been involved in the build. From GCG who supplied the turbos, Haltech (engine management system) to Turbosmart and Plazmaman there is no shortage of Aussie technology under all that carbon fibre.
The car’s unique look is a part of its universal appeal. TCP Magic G-Face aero kit, Rocket Bunny spoiler and a 6666 rear wing all contribute to the tough and purposeful stance.
Kawato-san insisted there would be no shortcuts in this car’s build and it shows. Everything from the smallest interior detail to the main body parts is top notch.
“We are stoked to have Mad Mike and HUMBUL at WTAC this year!” said Superlap CEO, Ian Baker. “The fans will be in for a real treat!”
Mad Mike vs Daigo Saito vs Chris Forsberg vs Nico Reid
It doesn’t get much better than that!
This is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting drift cars in the world today. And to see it go head to head with the likes of Daigo Saito’s Lamborghini, Nico Reids Silvia and Chris Forsberg in MCA’s 370Z will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Photos courtesy of Red Bull Media.
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