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Eight reasons you should've gone to World Time Attack 2017

Simply, the World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) is awesome. For the uninitiated, WTAC – formerly known as Superlap – is a fast-paced, high-action motorsport event, held at Sydney Motorsport Park every year since 2010...

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'Mad' Mike's original MadBul RX-7 gets old-school facelift
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'Mad' Mike's original MadBul RX-7 gets old-school facelift

If you're a fan of the mighty Mazda RX-7, you've not doubt heard of New Zealand drifter 'Mad' Mike Whiddett, and surely seen – or indeed heard – his ear-melting quad-rotor Mazda RX-7. Well, after 10 years in his possession, and more than a handful of rebuilds, the professional Kiwi skidder has treated the car to another refresh...


Narva introduces 'heavy duty' cable tie range; drifters rejoice
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Narva introduces 'heavy duty' cable tie range; drifters rejoice

Drifters rejoice! Australian automotive parts company Narva has released a new range of heavy duty cable ties, promising higher-quality emergency fixes and repairs. Making no secret of the importance and value of a good cable tie, Narva itself admits, “There is no doubt that cable ties are one of the most useful products anyone can have in their shed, workshop or vehicle tool box...


Keiichi Tsuchiya at WTAC 2016: The story behind the ultimate Toyota 86 fairy tale
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Keiichi Tsuchiya at WTAC 2016: The story behind the ultimate Toyota 86 fairy tale

At this year's World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) 2016 at Sydney Motorsport Park, an incredibly rare and special moment occurred when the man widely considered to be the father of modern drifting, Keiichi Tsuchiya, performed a drift demonstration in a meticulously rebuilt 1984 Toyota AE86 Corolla – a car synonymous with drifting culture the world over...


Driving the Hakone Turnpike and some of Japan’s finest touge roads
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Driving the Hakone Turnpike and some of Japan’s finest touge roads

Mates of mine who live in Japan tell me driving enthusiasts have an almost spiritual connection with the legendary Hakone Turnpike – or Mazda Turnpike as it is now known. That’s regardless of whether you're a local or an import to the land of the rising sun like they are. There’s just something about that racetrack-smooth stretch of tarmac that irons a winding black ribbon through the mountain forest near Odawara...


Drifting: How do you drift and can anyone do it?
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Drifting: How do you drift and can anyone do it?

If you're a regular CarAdvice reader, you might already know about my passion for all things sideways. But how do you actually drift? And can anyone do it? To find out, we headed to Victoria’s Driver Education Centre of Australia (DECA) in Shepparton with two standard Toyota 86s, two experienced driving instructors with a passion for drifting, and two drivers who have never tried drifting in their lives...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 22
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 22

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Sideways in Japan: Chasing the Drifting Dream
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Sideways in Japan: Chasing the Drifting Dream

It's 12:20am, Thursday morning and we’re at Melbourne airport about to board a plane bound for Narita airport. Why are we heading to the Land of the Rising Sun? To live out a boyhood dream of drifting in Japan. Going sideways in cars isn’t a new concept. Rally drivers and circuit stars have been balancing, controlling and fighting their cars’ rear ends since the beginning of the 20th Century...


Nissan GT-R Nismo breaks drifting world record
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Nissan GT-R Nismo breaks drifting world record

Nissan Middle East has set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s fastest drift at an event in the United Arab Emirates. Behind the wheel of a heavily-modified Nissan GT-R Nismo, Japanese drifter, Masato Kawabata sent the GT-R into a drift at an incredible 304.96km/h...


BMW M2 gets in a quick drift session - video
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BMW M2 gets in a quick drift session - video

The all-new 2016 BMW M2 coupe has been previewed on track this week, drifting its way through a short clip released today. Filmed at the BMW Performance Centre in the US, the six-second video (bottom of article) sees the M2 smoking its way along a section of track - just as it’s doing in the new hero car’s recent promo pics...


BMW Alpine xDrive
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BMW Alpine xDrive

Hidden high on the Pisa Range between Queenstown and Wanaka lies the Snow Farm and Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds. A popular place for car manufacturers from across the world to test their vehicles in winter conditions during the Northern Hemisphere summer. It's also the location of the BMW Alpine xDrive...


BMW M5 sets new drifting world record
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BMW M5 sets new drifting world record

A BMW M5 now holds the Guinness World Record for the longest sustained drift after covering more than 82km sideways. The record was set by BMW Performance Centre instructor Johan Schwartz in South Carolina, after he steered an unmodified 2013 BMW M5 for 322.5 laps of the driving school’s 256m (circumference) skid pad, for a total of 82.52km...


BMW aiming for drifting world record
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BMW aiming for drifting world record

BMW will attempt to set a new drifting world record, with a goal of travelling over 64km while going sideways. Using a 412kW/680Nm 2013 BMW M5, BMW Performance Driving School instructor Johan Schwartz will attempt to break the current Guinness world record for the longest drift, an 11...


Sydney Motorsport Park Drift Festival coming in January
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Sydney Motorsport Park Drift Festival coming in January

Sydney Motorsport Park will be filled with smoke and the sound of screeching tyres when the track's redeveloped South Circuit hosts its inaugural drift meeting in January 2013. With 150 entries, including some of the country's best master sliders, as well as special guests, trade stands and music, the Sydney Motorsport Park Drift Festival will light up the circuit, formerly known as Eastern Creek Raceway, on January 26, 2013 for almost 12 hours...


Toyota 86 gets 600kW Speedhunters treatment
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Toyota 86 gets 600kW Speedhunters treatment

With the rear-wheel drive Toyota 86 being a decidedly brilliant platform for a drift car, the lads at enthusiast website Speedhunters decided nearly 600kW would also be a good idea. Speedhunters and suspension specialists KW have teamed up to create the Toyota 86X to compete in drift competitions in Norway and across Europe...


Drifting in Poland - on public roads
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Drifting in Poland - on public roads

Fancy doing a little hard-core drifting on public roads, while trying to win a hill climb - legally? Then you best buy a ticket to Poland, where the highly skilled art of drifting has been fused with hill climbing on public roads, up the side of a Polish mountain. But you'll need to be on your game, as there is precious little room for error, as the accompanying video clearly illustrates...