With 47 corners across almost 6.5 miles, the Crown Range in New Zealand is the country’s highest paved roadway at an elevation of 3,530 feet.
So why wouldn’t it be the perfect place for Red Bull Motorsports to take its driver, Mike Whiddett, and his Mazda RX-7 drifting? Known as “Mad Mike” within the drifting community, Whiddett is a New Zealand-based international drifter that got the opportunity of a lifetime when the road was closed across three sections – all for a unique filming opportunity.
With 750 hp on tap, Mad Mike was able to hit 144 mph in his RX-7 on the second section of the roadway while sliding sideways throughout the Crown Range.
“I think drifters have an innate ability to slip from reality when driving up a road like the Crown Range in normal circumstances,” said Whiddett. “We imagine drifting through the turns, the gear changes, the footwork, the hand brake and of course stomping on the gas. So for me, having the opportunity to get behind the wheel of my machine, push it to the limit and conquer the Crown is a dream turned into a reality.”
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GALLERY: Mad Mike Drifts Crown Range
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