No, that's not a typo. And did you really expect it to come from anyone else?
Drifting guru Mad Mike Whiddett has revealed the "Madaz 787D" - a drift car with the world's first five-rotor Wankel engine. Stripping away convention, the drift car promises power and a bold statement in automotive design.
The Madaz 787D project pays homage to the iconic Mazda 787B, which clinched victory at the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans and is still the only non-piston-powered car ever to win Le Mans. At the heart of Mad Mike's creation is the 33B Wankel rotary developed over four years with Pulse Performance Race Engineering. It features five rotors of 654cc displacement each, totaling 3.3 liters, four times bigger than the rotary range extender in the European Mazda MX-30. It has an expected output of no less than 650 horsepower.
The 787D's full stainless steel tube chassis and body are inspired by Mad Mike's four-rotor Madbull and were constructed by Tra Kyoto in Japan, renowned for its Pandem/Rocket Bunny kits. The design journey spans three years and was first revealed through a Hot Wheels 1:64 scale model. The resulting aesthetic pays tribute to the 787B, featuring bespoke aero collaboratively designed with Rocket Bunny and a livery showcasing a 'scissor cut' pattern, acknowledging sponsors Renown and Charge.
The 787D comes with a sequential gearbox and additional components, such as a Haltech ECU, KW suspension, Wilwood brakes, and unique deep-dish Rotiform steelie-look wheels.
Intended for drifting and as a showpiece, the car is poised to grace events worldwide, with a targeted performance debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2024. Mad Mike also wants to demo the car at prestigious motorsports events like Formula 1. Plans involve adding a few finishing touches before the car can hit the track for its exhilarating drifting performances, embodying the 'madazery' (a portmanteau of Mazda and badassery) in Mad Mike's head.
Unveiled at the Mad Mike Summer Bash in Waikato, New Zealand, the drift racer wants the 787D to surpass his previous projects, such as the Lamborghini Huracan NIMBUL drift car, which debuted at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed.