Mad Mike Whiddett races new truck at Goodwood Festival of Speed
New Zealand drifting star Mad Mike Whiddett chose the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed to unveil his latest vehicle, a stadium racing truck called Rumbul.
In a video clip that is unashamedly a promotion for a telecommunications company, Whiddett and UK singer Marvin Hume put Rumbul through its paces across all four course formats available at the Goodwood estate in the UK.
The rotary-powered Rumbul completes a team of five Mazda vehicles for Whiddett, joining Madbul 7.3, an RX-7 with a retro RX-3 front end; Badbul an RX-8; Humbul, another RX-7 and Radbul, an MX-5.
"There's always another car that's coming, and I've always got about six in my mind at any one time!," Whiddett said on his major sponsor's website.
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Rumbul is based on a Mazda Repu B2000 pickup truck.
Whiddett said Rumbul is his first taste of off-road truck racing.
"It actually came from meeting Robby Gordon two years ago at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. He was in the paddock next to us and saw me tearing up the driveway in my Mazda RX-7. He saw that my driving style was pretty crazy and wanted to get me out in a truck.
"I adapted really quickly because it was basically like motocross and drifting combined!"
Of the Whiddett fleet, Rumbul has the least horsepower.
"It's not an absolute crazy monster – it's got about 250bhp. But the power-to-weight ratio and the balance are just unreal.