1200 Horsepower Four-Rotor Mazda MX-5 Shreds The Aussie F1 Circuit

Gif: Aston Martin Red Bull Racing (YouTube)

Got a race coming up? You’ll definitely want to take a look at the track first. Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo just had the best recon lap ever for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix: in the passenger seat of pro drifter Mad Mike Whiddett’s 1200-horsepower four-rotor turbo rotary-powered Mazda MX-5.

Click through to watch it on YouTube here if the video doesn’t play above.

Melbourne’s Albert Park Circuit is a pretty scenic place to start with, but we’re a bit more interested in the view under Mad Mike’s hood. His car is the “Radbul,” and features a twin-turbo four-rotor 26B-TT rotary engine. Speedhunters has a fascinating set of photos of this engine in Mad Mike’s old NC body here, if you’re curious.

Is this flame-spitting, F1-driver-scaring frankenbuild the best MX-5 ever made? Probably.

Moderator, OppositeLock. Former Staff Writer, Jalopnik. 1984 "Porschelump" 944 race car, 1971 Volkswagen 411 race car, 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.

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Lord Bobbymort

Am I the only person in the world that doesn’t like drifting? Not pavement drifting, at least. I can respect the ability of it but I am so friggen bored.