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This Is Drifting At Its Best

Mike Whiddett in action on Franschhoek Pass, Cape Town, South Africa on September 19, 2016.

Drift videos, they have become a mainstay in the automotive world. So much so that we have become numb to the drivers and the cars. Not to take anything away from the skill involved it’s just that drift videos are everywhere, so they have blended into the fabric of the internets. However, Every so often though you see one that gets you going. The combination of location, car and cinematography remind you all over again why we got amped up for drifting in the first place.

This is one of those videos. It features “Mad Mike” Whiddett and his RX8, nicknamed BADBUL. The BADBUL is 800 horsepower of turbocharged rotary awesome. Whiddett has drifted a car up a mountain in his native New Zealand. Not being one to do things on a small scale he has drifted across a frozen lake in Japan because it was there. This video takes Whiddett and his RX8 to something called Franschhoek pass in South Africa. The video starts out slow but as the altitude increases the drops become, er um, dangerous. The size manparts required to drift a car this close to the edge is substantial. Mostly because 1 wrong move and it the result isn’t broken metal, it is almost certain death. Enjoy this is a small piece from a new film entitled: Conquer the Cape.

Written by Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.


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