Don't blink, or you'll miss it. These are words to live by at any high-speed racing event. And this mantra isn't truer than in the world of NHRA Drag Racing where competitions are separated by mere milliseconds. In this latest "best of the best" slow motion video, the NHRA captures the rare and short-lived moments that exist in every NHRA Auto Club event. As this year's Mello Yello Drag Racing season comes to an end, they celebrate 50 years of Auto Club Finals. Homage is paid to the lesser known nuances that are a part of each and every race.
Whether he is drifting up the Crown Range in New Zealand, competing in professional drift events all over the world, running his own graphic design/signage business or building top notch drift cars, Mike “Mad Mike” Whiddett is always up to something crazy. Well, he is at it again with this latest drift build. Those of you familiar with Mad Mike’s cars may know his Mazda RX-7 fitted with a quad-rotor 26b called “Madbul,” or his Mazda RX-8 with a tri-rotor 20b called “Badbul.” Both Madbul and Badbul are highly competitive professional drift cars that make 534 hp and 813 hp, respectively. While many people would be more than happy with numbers like those, Mad Mike wasn’t. He wanted more.
The short clip opens with a BMW already rocketing several feet above the race course, cresting a hill. The car’s nose begins to dive, appearing to travel over 150 feet before making a very gruesome landing.
The 2004-2005 Maserati MC12 is legendary in supercar circles. It was more race car than road car, and more visually appealing than the Ferrari Enzo it was based on. This 600-plus hp, V-12-powered beast went 0-60 in under 4 seconds and topped out at over 200 mph, and only 50 very lucky customers got the privilege to plop down 400,000 British pounds for one of these striking cars.
Ridiculous. That would be the first word that comes to mind when watching the video of a heavily modified school bus rocketing down the drag strip, front wheels pawing at the air as flames and sparks shoot out from various orifices.