Mad Mike takes on Ebisu in a new look HUMBUL

“Mad” Mike Whiddett and Taisuke Kawato of Total Car Produce Magic unveiled HUMBUL’s new livery at the Formula Drift Japan.

It’s no secret Mike loves rotaries and has a soft spot for the RX7FD:

“These cars just look so good in side profile, straight from the 90’s era. Out of the RX fleet the FD RX7 is by far the most comfortable chassis for me to drive.”

“I feel like HUMBUL represents Japanese style really well with all the canards, the wing and the flares, it creates some really aggressive lines but is also really functional.”

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Built in Japan by Taisuke Kawato and his company Total Car Produce Magic, HUMBUL is powered by a twin turbo, quad rotor ‘R26B’ which produces not-so-subtle 1200hp and an unmistakeable roaring sound.

HUMBUL reveals its new livery in Ebisu, Japan on June 8, 2017 // Miles Holden / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170613-00353 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

This monster of an engine is controlled by a full Haltech engine management system with an Elite 2500 at the heart of it.

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Haltech’s IQ3 Logger Dash takes care of display and logging duties.

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Looking menacing in black with a striking Red Bull logo, the RX7 performed well in practice with Mike putting in five solid laps, re-familiarising himself with the Ebisu circuit.

Mad Mike Whiddet performs at the formula drift championship Ebisu circuit, Ebisu Japan on June 10, 2017 // Miles Holden / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170613-00446 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

“The practise session went really well, Kawato and the team completed some big tuning changes on our Haltech ECU. We went in with a safety run on the first lap just to check all the changes, then came into pit lane for a quick plug in to check everything over.”

“It all looked ready to rock and we hit full pace in the second lap. It instantly felt great!”

Mad Mike Whiddet talks with Taisuke Kawato crew chief at the formula drift championship Ebisu circuit, Ebisu Japan on June 9, 2017 // Miles Holden / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170613-00337 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

Held on the Higashi Circuit (part of the Ebisu Circuit) in the Fukushima Prefecture, the second round of the Formula DRIFT Japan Championship was run in near perfect weather and track conditions.

Mad Mike Whiddet battles Yamamto in the top 32 battles at the formula drift championship Ebisu circuit, Ebisu Japan on June 11, 2017 // Miles Holden / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170613-00460 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

In the Top 32 Mike battled against a fellow RX7FD driver – Yamamoto. Mike took the win after a tight, door-to-door chase, progressing to Top 16.

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“In the morning practise session we randomly snapped the throttle cable. Kawato and his crew got in there and quickly sorted out the fix.”

“The first time I went back out the throttle got stuck on which was a bit difficult but after another bit of team ingenuity we managed to fix the problem with only seconds to spare before the first battle.”

Mad Mike Whiddet battles Andy Gray in the top 32 battles at the formula drift championship Ebisu circuit, Ebisu Japan on June 11, 2017 // Miles Holden / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170613-00438 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

Top 16 saw Mike square off against Andy Gray.

“To be honest it was a bit confusing what the judges were after. The briefing made a big point about dynamics and style, after watching the replays and getting some feedback from fans we really felt we delivered those requirements.”

Mad Mike Whiddet battles Andy Gray in the top 32 battles at the formula drift championship Ebisu circuit, Ebisu Japan on June 11, 2017 // Miles Holden / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170613-00463 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

“It came down to who would make the first mistake, I came through outer zone three in the smoke and he had just slowed down more than I anticipated and I just slammed into him and put him off the track.”

After a total of four battles Andy emerged victorious and went on to win the event outright,

“Andy Gray is an amazing driver, so consistent and he knows Ebisu as good as anyone. Congratulations to Andy for taking it all the way and winning the event.” 

Mad Mike Whiddet as seen at the formula drift championship Ebisu circuit, Ebisu Japan on June 10, 2017 // Miles Holden / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170613-00416 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

Haltech is a proud sponsor and supporter of Mad Mike Whiddett and “HUMBUL” RX7.

Photos Miles Holden / Red Bull Media