If we roll the clock back to December 2014 we watched “Mad Mike” Whiddett assemble his RADBUL, an NC-series Mazda MX-5 Miata with a four-rotor engine aided by twin Garrett turbochargers. The Dr. Frankenstein’s at engine builders Pulse Performance expected their creation to be good for 1,500 horsepower.
At Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell, Otago, New Zealand, “Mad Mike” takes his custom four-rotor, twin turbo 26B rotary engine and drifts around the challenging and technical track, showing us that he has the skills, the team and the machine to put the car exactly where he wants.
There’s a reason Mike Whiddett’s nickname is “Mad Mike.” The New Zealander is one of the most famous names on the drift scene, racing in the Formula Drift Championship as well as being a regular and fan favorite at the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed.
“I’m so pumped to have been able to bring our RADBUL Mazda MX-5 back home to New Zealand to execute this clip on New Zealand’s premier race circuit, after such a solid development year with the car in the USA. Finishing up in the top 10 for the 2015 Formula Drift Championship, even after missing two rounds, well exceeded our expectations!” said Whiddett.
Whiddett finished the final round of the Formula Drift Series in the USA in fifth place, an outstanding result in an abbreviated season that was all about coming to grips with a new car and a new team. RADBUL is the third in Whiddett’s line of Mazda drift specials, after the RX-8 BADBUL and the RX-7 MADBUL.