Mad Mike Whiddett’s HUMBUL is here! The 4 rotor twin turbo motor looks insane and the whole car is on the top quality one would expect to come from Mad Mike. Tons of the aero is sourced from Total Car Produce Magic (whom we found these photos through as well, thanks guys. The car is currently at Tokyo Auto Salon sitting in the Garrett Turbo booth in Hall 9.
On January 9th (just a few days from now) you will see the unveil of Mad Mike Whiddett’s newest project called HUMBUL. Other than some sporadic photos we haven’t been able to get a 100% scoop on the deal. We imagine this car will be part of the Formula Drift World Championship unit for him since we have heard he is coming to Formula Drift in 2015 with a Mazda Miata already. Who is excited to see Mad Mike in 2015 with these new wild builds that are coming together?
The 2014/5 Drift UAE season kicked off at the Dubai Autodrome last weekend. The new season would herald a new beginning for the Middle East’s premier drift series, with numerous international personnel changes accompanied by a fresh grid of talent. A glorious sunshine basking the beautiful Autodrome Circuit brought out a huge numbers of fans who all lined the parameter fence, ready for a new season of drifting in the Middle East.
Qualifying was a heated affair with last season’s champion Ahmed Al-amri fighting off the advances of Ahmad Daham, Ahmed Tarek and Russian newcomer Sergey Kabargin to claim P1 with a score of 93.5 from the judges, who included 2014 Drift Allstars Champion James Deane. While radio presenter Kris Fade kept the Drift UAE faithful informed and entertained, the venue was primed for some incredible battles to decide a victor.
James Deane and Ahmad Daham just broke a Guiness World Record for the longest tandem drift ever recorded. James was in the chase car for 45 straight minutes spanning over 17.3 miles (28km) with constant tandem door-to-door action. The tandem team completed over 100 laps around the track with hundreds of transitions to make the record a reality. Nissan and the Pro Drift Academy came together to bring this record to the Middle East!
We did it! Ahmad Daham and I just broke a new record for Guinness World Records. Longest tandem drift ever recorded! I was in the chase position for 45minutes, 28km none stop door to door action, 100 laps of the track with over 200 transitions. Massive thanks to Nissan and the Prodrift Academy UAE for putting together this very cool unique project and using one of our favorite international drivers, James Deane.
Some rough runs and a poor start for most drivers wrapped up with some fantastic second runs at the Japanese circuit Okayama! The end of qualifying was enough to get me pretty excited for Top 16 tomorrow! Sadly some big name drivers will be sent home for the competition. This is the qualifying results:
1. Tsutomu Fujio – 93
2. Masashi Yokoi – 93
3. Akira Hirajima – 90
4. Masao Suenaga – 89
5. Daigo Saito – 88
6. Fredric Aasbo – 86
7. Manabu Fujinaka – 84
8. Kuniaki Takahashi – 83
9. Tetsuya Hibino – 83
10. Yoshiaki Waki – 83
11. Tomokazu Hirota – 80
12. Yokio Matsui – 79
13. Charles Ng – 79
14. Andrew Gray – 79
15. S Chanatpon Kedrpiam – 76
16. Junji Yamamoto – 76
The Formula Drift Livestream is firing up for this weekend at Okayama International Circuit found in western Japan. Our time conversion machine tell us that the Livestream will fire up at 3:30pm PST each day. Charles Ng is driving the Team Orange V8 Silvia and other drivers such as Ken Gushi will also be in attendance.
Check out Taylor Wright’s (BrokenImage) trip to Drift Matsuri over the November 15-16th weekend in northern Japan at the world famous Ebisu Circuit. The big Drift Matsuri festival saw some poor weather and smashed up missile cars wrapped up to finish out the 2014 Matsuri drift season. The big names of Japan bring out missile cars along with other foreigners who rent/buy cars to smash up in a 24/7 drift festival that lasts for three days. Drift Matsuri made our #1 ranked spot in our Top 10 Drift Vacations list we made earlier this year as well.
The event fired up at local time 4:30pm here in California and seemingly ran smoother than any drift event I have seen. The event packed a star studded cast into the heart of Auckland, New Zealand for a Great 8 that was aired on Redbull TV. The format saw every driver make a pass and the bottom four scores were eliminated from competition. Then out of the Final Four, the top two drivers moved into a final which saw another.
Sit back and get ready to tune into Redbull Drift Shifters tomorrow while you should be working. It appears December 5th at 4:30pm PST and 7:30pm EST will be the local air times to tune into the show in Auckland. The event is packed with a ton of professional drifters you will be familiar with including Mad Mike Whiddett, Tyler McQuarrie, Chris Forsberg, Daigo Saito, and Ken Nomura. The best news of the weekend in NZ is that Matt Powers has made a drift return to defend his championship title at this event.
Watch Live: http://www.redbull.tv/live/
Ryan Tuerck has a blast in Latvia and Estonia running the Failcrew S13 at Drift All-Stars. Sit back and watch the fun happen as the Tuerck’d team takes on Eastern Europe! The region happens to be pretty wild about drifting as well with some solid events coming out of Drift All-Stars and other sanctioning bodies.
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