New Zealand drifter “Mad Mike” Whiddett will tackle the Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb (the occasion’s one hundredth operating) this June with an insane rotary-powered Mazda 3 hatchback.
As detailed in an Instagram submit (first noticed by The Drive), the Pikes Peak Mazda 3 could have 4 rotors, 4 doorways (not counting the rear hatch) and 4 seats. Whiddett additionally talked about an output of 1,200 hp, however did not expose some other technical particulars. It is also unclear what class Whiddett will run in or what data he would possibly try to interrupt.
A rendering (pictured above) reveals quad exhaust suggestions exiting the hood and an enormous rear wing. That, together with a generously sized entrance splitter and rear diffuser, ought to assist maximize downforce within the skinny environment on Pikes Peak, the place racers begin at 9,300 toes above sea stage and climb to the 14,115-foot summit.
As we have seen with different current Pikes Peak specials just like the Volkswagen ID.R and Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak, outsized aero gadgets might help compensate for the less-dense Colorado air at these altitudes, which might in any other case produce much less downforce.
The racer is actually wilder than any automobile Mazda has carried out itself. The automaker has no plans for brand new MazdaSpeed fashions, and canceled a racing model as properly. The sportiest model of the Mazda 3 highway automobile is the 250-hp 2.5 Turbo mannequin, which gives respectable efficiency for an on a regular basis hatch.
Current patent filings trace at some fascinating prospects, together with a Mazda 3 2-door hatchback and a rear-wheel drive sports activities automobile with a rotary-hybrid powertrain. However there is not any assure that both will go into manufacturing.