Red Bull Drift Shifters is back. Bigger and faster than ever before.
On Saturday December 6, 2014, Red Bull Drift Shifters returns to Auckland City, transforming downtown into a giant pinball inspired drift track. Drivers will push themselves and their machines to new limits in this adrenalin packed premium motorsport event.
The brain child of world-renowned New Zealand drift driver 'Mad Mike' Whiddett, Red Bull Drift Shifters will bring together top international drift drivers from Australia, USA and Japan to battle it out with New Zealand's finest motorsport talent.
Located in the heart of Auckland CBD, spectators will witness drifting precision and high speeds, in a unique format that relies on a fully automated points scoring system, eliminating human judgment errors. This year's course is both wider and twice the length of the inaugural 2012 event.
The new course is automated with drift-angle sensors, digital proximity sensors and speed radars, all used in place of a judging panel to ensure accuracy and consistency. Drivers will score points from their speed and proximity to obstacles, unlocking bonus points and creating new high scores, all happening in real
time and displayed on giant live screens, just like a real pinball game.
In addition to Mike Whiddett (NZ) and defending champion Matt Powers (USA,) 14 other drivers will soon be announced to complete the 16 strong field. They will all compete in a bid to clock the highest scores and move through the competition to reach the finals.
A family friendly, free event to the public, Red Bull Drift Shifters promises to yet again be a true motorsport spectacle.