Mad Mike Whiddett drifts his four rotor Mazda RX-7 up the Goodwood hill climb at this year’s 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
‘Mad’ Mike Whiddett has revealed his new four-rotor Mazda MX-5 drift car for this year’s Formula D drift series.
The coolest thing about the Formula D drift series is that you can basically compete in any car you like, provided it smokes the rear wheels only and is fitted with all the requisite safety gear. Competing cars this year include a new Ford Mustang piloted by Vaughn Gitten Jr., a rear-wheel drive nitrous-injected V8 Volkswagen Passat steered by Tanner Foust, and Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S. There’s also some cool old-school JDM goodness with Nissan S15s and 180SXs competing. Basically, if you can drift it, you can drive it.
This year Mad Mike will be piloting a highly modified NC Mazda MX-5 in the Formula D championship. It’s a race weapon built from the ground up by a company in New Zealand, packing a twin-turbo four rotor engine which develops over 1000hp on its low boost setting. The NZ-based tuning shop reckon it has the potential to dish out over 1500hp with the boost wound up. The insane power comes curtesy of two massive Garrett GTX40 turbos which were chosen for their smooth power delivery and lag-free characteristics. Of course, Mad Mike is no stranger when it comes to high-horsepower rotary engines – his old RX-7 drift car was also powered by a bonkers turbo rotary.
Power in the MX-5 is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox, and suspension is all custom as you’d expect. The front and rear tracks are crazy wide and the ordinarily open roadster boasts a full roll cage and stripped interior with carbon bucket race seats.
The 1000hp MX-5 drifter promises to be one hell of a ride, especially when you consider how short the wheelbase is. Short wheelbase cars like the MX-5 are usually quite snappy when it comes to going sideways, making them harder to control. And with such a colossal power output Mad Mike will have his work cut out.
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Pro drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr shows off his 2015 Mustang drift car in awesome snow drift video.
You don’t really need an excuse to tear around a snowy drift course in a 2015 Mustang race car when you’re pro noon Vaughn Gittin Jr, but he and his team came up with one anyway. The video below shows the pro drifter man handling his 2015 drift Mustang in the snow, but the point of the video is actually to show off the car’s new livery… Yeah right…
We can’t tell you much else about the Mustang apart from it has a V8 from Ford Racing, rear-wheel drive (obviously), Brembo stoppers, a mad bodykit from RTR and some shouty green wheels.
Check out the sideways action in the video below.
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If you’re wondering about his credentials to teach such a lesson, you clearly haven’t been watching enough /DRIVE. If you have been watching, you know this guy can slide a car through the eye of a needle at a buck fifty. With walls on both sides.
So sit down, shut up, put on your learning cap, and absorb some sideways education.
via Motor Authority
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This modified 507bhp V8 CLK Black Series is taken into the desert for one hell of a drifting and donut session.
The effect of the gigantic plumes of dust kicking up from the surface is seriously cool.
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Snow has hit America and Europe hard this winter, but that isn’t stopping supercar owners from driving their toys. These Porsche 911 Carrera S and Porsche 911 Carrera S4 dominate the track just like the Lamborghini Gallardo dominated the ski slopes yesterday!
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Don’t tell Mom.
Is he absolutely terrified? Or is he having the time of his life?
I think it’s safe to say, from the look on the little kid’s face, it’s a mixture of the two. Who doesn’t love drifting?
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Ever seen ‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift’ and wanted to do the car park drift for real. Everyone’s dreamed it, right? We’ll someone in a BMW stopped dreaming and put those F&F drifters to shame.
This short drift film “The Ugly Duckling” is the best damn drifting we have seen in some time…
Hat tip: nosmokenopoke.com
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In this video Drift Hobby and CWB Motoring put on a epic drift show on 6km of winding Brazilian mountain roads. Watch them drift this course with utter precision and absolutely dominate this mountain.
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Wired.com Report: BMW makes the Ultimate Driving Machine, and now it’s made the Ultimate Drifting Machine. Except it’s the code that’s in control.
At CES, BMW is showing off a modified 2-Series Coupe and 6-Series Gran Coupe that can race around a track at the limits of adhesion, and slide around corners like a throttle-happy Formula Drift ace.
Both cars are outfitted with a LIDAR system, 360-degree radar, ultrasonic sensors, and cameras that track the environment. Partnered with the electronic braking, throttle, and steering control that’s standard on all new BMWs, the prototypes can run through a high-speed slalom, perform precise lane changes, and slide around corners, without any driver intervention.
This is just the latest iteration of BMW’s autonomous driving tech, which began with its Track Trainer project that used GPS, waypoint markers, and uploaded track maps to run around Laguna Seca and the Nürburgring nearly as fast as a professional hot shoe.
This new suit of systems have been undergoing testing in Germany for the better part of a year, logging some 9,000 miles of real-world driving in cities and on the autobahn, keeping up with 80 mph traffic — further proof that your next car will be a better driver than you. via wired.com
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We like drifting. Drifting is an art form, cars dance along the road with smoke pouring off the rear tyres as the drivers essentially control a car that is, well, out of control. To drift from corner to corner smoothly takes a lot of skill, and probably balls the size of melons.
Ryan Tuerck is the Drift King, and in this video he tests a new turbo that has been fitted to his 828hp GT86/FR-S. Seems like a legitimate excuse to shag some tyres on a stunning squiggle of tarmac located somewhere in Oregon, USA, right? And why not bring along a few GoPro cameras to capture the hooliganism? The results are just extraordinary. No Hollywood, no gorillas standing on ladders or Lamborghini police cars, just eight-hundred horsepowers worth of rear wheel drive goodness, plus masses of elegant oversteer and tyre shredery. Take a look at the video below…
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