- TikTok creator Tyler Atkin, known on that platform as @ttptng, has been modifying his 1998 Mazda MX-5 Miata with Wii components.
- His original video showing how he replaced his steering wheel with the plastic Wii remote steering wheel has eclipsed three million views.
- As you can probably imagine, despite the laughs, he doesn’t recommend the driving experience.
Ever hear someone refer to the Miata as a go-kart? What about a Mario Kart? This guy has. As Motor Trend first reported, TikTok user Tyler Atkin decided to replace the steering wheel on his 1998 Miata with the small white-plastic steering wheel provided for the Nintendo Wii.
Miata kart? #fyp #foryou #wii #wiisports #mariokart #miata #yata #miat #mx5 #japcars #steeringwheel #nardi #nintendowii #rainingmen #foryoupage #cars #carsoftiktok
♬ Angeleyes (Sped Up Version) – april aries bae (SVT)
The initial video shows Atkin removing his Nardi Torino steering wheel, drilling holes through the Wii controller, and mounting it in the car. Viewer comments quickly poured in for Atkin, requesting new and fun additional modifications. Requests included replacing the shift knob with a Nintendo Wii nunchuck controller (Atkin obliged). He continued by changing his e-brake handle to that of a Wii baseball bat.
Most recently, Atkin took the stereo out of the “Wiiata,” as he named it, and replaced it with an actual Nintendo Wii console. Following the install, he added a screen to the dash and booted up Mario Kart to get some races in.
WIIATA POV DRIVE and cant lie the public love it🤣 #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #wii #wiiata #mariokart #nintendowii #miat #yata #miata #carsoftiktok #cars #wiicar #trending #driving #pov
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In an interview with IGN, Atkin clarified where his inspiration for the video came from. “I just like to mess about with stuff; keeps me busy and I thought I’d record it,” said Atkin. After adding the wheel, Atkin gave in to pressure from his fans and has now taken the car out for multiple drives with the plastic wheel and other Wii-based modifications. The experience is something he described in a TikTok as a “horrendous experience.”
We probably wouldn’t recommend driving with a car on public roads with an 8.3-inch steering wheel, but we have to give credit where credit is due, and we thoroughly enjoyed watching the videos.