Formula Drift Japan is this weekend at nowhere else but the legendary Ebisu circuit. That means Mad Mike is there, and that means that we get to bask in the sights and sounds of a four-rotor Mazda RX-7 doing backwards entries and shredding eardrums.
Franschhoek Pass is the twisty mountain road that takes tourists away from Cape Town. Built in 1822, it’s believed to be South Africa’s first engineered road. For drifter Mad Mike Whiddett, that makes it the perfect place to get mind-blowingly sideways in a ludicrously boosted Mazda RX-8.
Let’s say you own a Mazda RX-8 drift car, as noted Kiwi Mad Mike Whiddett does. Here’s how to park it.
This very sideways hot lap with Mad Mike Whiddett and his four-rotor twin-turbo Miata isn’t just a display of unbelievably good driving, it’s a cinematic masterpiece.
With turbo rotaries or without, Mike and his friends know how to put on a show.
After months of building and shipping and waiting, it’s finally here — this is the 1000+ horsepower four-rotor Mazda Miata drift car. It came from New Zealand and now it’s set to enter into America’s Formula Drift.
It's simple. First, learn the Kiwi accent. Second, convince a certain Austrian energy drink mogul to give you tons of money for a crazy drift car, lots of tires and lots of expensive cameras. And that's it. It's just two easy steps.
Crown Range, New Zealand. 47 corners, 3,530 feet elevation, 6.46 miles long. The country's highest paved road, closed for his madness. Guess what happens.