Ok, itâ€™s one thing looking at pictures of Ken Broughâ€™s awesome hand-built ATV (or Quad-Bike) thatâ€™s powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine from a Subaru Impreza WRX STi but seeing and hearing it in live action, is something else. Once youâ€™re finished watching the video (donâ€™t be shy, do it more than once, we did) you can click here and read the story behind this invigorating Quad.
A quad-bike with a turbocharged Subaru Impreza WRX STi engine? Weâ€™ve seen some crazy stuff here at Car Blog but this â€œthingâ€ is totally nuts and we want one ASAP! The hand made ATV (All-Terrain-Vehicle) was built by a Ken Brough, a New-Zealander who describes himself as â€œa 50-year-old with petrol in my veinsâ€.
The insane quad-bike, which Ken calls the STiATV, is fitted with a 90′s Subaru Impreza WRX Sti engine and a 5-speed gearbox using a clutch assembly from a 1.8-litre Leone. We donâ€™t have any acceleration or horsepower figures but Ken supports that the STiATV weighs a mere 530 kg (1,168 pounds) so performance is definitely not a problem. What may create a few problems is the weight distribution of the AWD quad as itâ€™s split 70/30 between the front and rear end. However, that’s something we could live with. What’s really bad is that, despite his efforts, Ken couldnâ€™t get the STiATV approved for road use in New Zealand.
Friday 13 July will see the second round of the new and popular WesBank Bike Night at WesBank Raceway. The biking equivalent of WesBank Racewayâ€™s hugely successful Illegal 2 Legal programme, WesBank Super Series Bike Nite is aimed turning the world-class A Grade drag strip into a safe biking playground for all social bikers from SuperBikes to quads from 7pm till late under floodlight. R6,000 prize money will be up for grabs between the S (below 1,000cc) SB (Superbike), the SuperMoto and Quad bike classes. Exhibitionists can do their wheelies and stunts for product prizes, while spectators will applaud safely behind concrete walls and fences.
Cars will be allowed onto the drag strip from 9pm to get their adrenaline fix, but they will not be able to dip into the bikers R6,000 prize kitty! Entertainment will include drifting as well as some hugely popular spinning displays by none other than the King of Spin â€“ Magesh!
R50 to race as many times down the strip as time allows, plus an annual MSA club license (R110 and available on the night). Bikers must wear their crash helmet and wear long pants and protective jackets.
Admission is R40/adult or R20/child for spectators coming by foot or car, and bikers will only pay R20 per bike, with a passenger included! Gates open at 6pm, and racing starts at 7pm until 11pm.