Write-up by Kenta Young. Video by Red Bull.
Whether he is drifting up the Crown Range in New Zealand, competing in professional drift events all over the world, running his own graphic design/signage business or building top notch drift cars, Mike "Mad Mike” Whiddett is always up to something crazy. Well, he is at it again with this latest drift build. Those of you familiar with Mad Mike’s cars may know his Mazda RX-7 fitted with a quad-rotor 26b called "Madbul,” or his Mazda RX-8 with a tri-rotor 20b called "Badbul.” Both Madbul and Badbul are highly competitive professional drift cars that make 534 hp and 813 hp, respectively. While many people would be more than happy with numbers like those, Mad Mike wasn’t. He wanted more.
We all have our brand loyalties, and for Mad Mike I’d venture to say that his is to Mazda. With that said, this build of course had to be a Mazda, but this one is taking it to a whole new level. With backing from Mazda, he is building "Radbul,” a third generation Mazda MX-5 Miata. Yes, you read that right, a Miata. You could insert myriad Miata jokes here, but I have an itching feeling that this one will put some hair on your chest.
The heart of this build is vastly different than the 158 hp, 2.0-liter inline 4 that comes in the NC Miata. They are ditching the original engine altogether and fitting this Miata with a quad-rotor that is similar to the one in his RX-7. However, this time the 26b will have two Garrett turbochargers hanging off the side. When you translate that to horsepower numbers, you get about 1200 horsepower on low boost. Low boost . . . Who knows what it will make when you turn that boost up. I wouldn’t be surprised if it had the same, if not more horsepower than both his RX-7 and RX-8 combined. With power like this, there is no doubt that the car is going to separate the boys from the men.
Naturally, when you have all this power you have to get it to the wheels somehow. For that they are mating the 26b to a Holinger 6-speed sequential transmission and a strong rear differential capable of withstanding all the thrashing Radbul will throw at it. Even in the early stages, it is safe to say they have a recipe for one of the most unique and competitive drift cars to date.
If Mad Mike’s other rotary powered cars or this 6-rotor RX4 are any sort of precursor to how this car is going to sound, you better bet it’ll sound nothing short of incredible. I’d keep an eye out for this car because this isn’t the last time you’ll be seeing it (or hearing it).