Usually I like to avoid driving into the city on a weekday morning unless I absolutely have to as it can either be a decent 40 mins drive or be 90 mins+ of bumper to bumper mess, yet this morning I happily got up at 6 am to drive along a congested motorway. See I had a morning date with amazing harbour views with a beautiful Italian and her 2 Japanese friends. Maybe this is a dream for some, but then again it is WTAC week so I was meeting up with 3 of many show stopping cars from this years WTAC event.
The World Time Attack’s event team had organised this launch right in-front of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, on Pier 2/3 an old 1890’s Wharf. The 3 cars in attendance were the Pagani Huayra BC, Mazda RX7FD “HUMBUL” of “Mad” Mike Whiddett & 3-Time World Time Attack Champions Tilton Racing Mitsubishi EVO, with a staggering 2850HP between them. Destination NSW is backing the event this year, so the launch was also attended by some local dignities, as well as a lot of the events sponsors were in attendance.
The Pagani Huayra BC, which is 1 of 20 ever made with a mind blowing price tag of $3,000,000AUD definitely made it’s first arrival to Australia known. The car is not just going to be hard parked this week, but will be driven in anger by the Japanese legend himself Keiichi Tsuchiya aka “Drift King”. Make sure you check it out both on and off the track this weekend, you don’t want to miss it.
Mike has come to WTAC numerous times in the previous years, either bringing his Mazda RX7FD “MADBUL” or his Mazda RX8 “BADBUL” wowing the crowd with his crazy drift style and flame show. This year he has decided to bring his Japanese Formula Drift Mazda RX7FD “HUMBUL”, a Mazda 26B Twin-Turbo Machine capable of 1000HP, if its anything like his previous visits the crowds will have their minds blown.
The Champ! Tilton Racing’s Mitsubishi EVO last year completed the Triple, winning WTAC in 2013,14 & 15 which is an amazing feat with the bar rising every single year. This year it won’t be competing as the car has retired from WTAC competition, that said it will still be on track over both days with a Lap of Honour for the crowds to get a last glimpse of the car on track. There is however going to be an announcement in the coming days of what Tilton Racing will be doing with the car after the event and into the future. The sky is the limit for the worlds most successful Time Attack car, could a trip overseas be on the cards? I personally would love to see how one of our cars would go at Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, or compete against some of the best European Time Attack cars.
Once the launch had died down, the Pagani snuck off inside the Wharf area, a beautifully rustic area. As you can see there was a massive contrast between the old look of the Wharf and the modern styling of the Pagani. A very cool opportunity that won’t happen again any time soon.
Hope you enjoyed this taster of what is to come of this weeks mega event, with anticipated crowds of 25,000 it is going to be bigger than ever. I know for sure the team is ready and itching to get out to capture all there is to this amazing WTAC 2016.
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