Mad Mike Whiddett
In a release from Red Bull, we got confirmation that Mad Mike will be returning to Formula Drift US, but unfortunately won’t be able to make it to the Long Beach round due to delays at the port. It’s unfortunate that he won’t be able to tackle the streets of Long Beach in the 1,000+ HP 4-rotor Mazda Miata MX5 he built in New Zealand, but Atlanta will be an appropriate track to properly stretch the legs of the car. The first rumors of Mad Mike making a return to FD started all the way back in November at SEMA, and hype has been building ever since. We’re excited to see him get back on track in a fully-built car as opposed to the RX-8 which, as admitted in the Red Bull PR, was more of a street car than fully built proper drift car.
Ryan Tuerck is on the road yet again overseas for an episode of Tuerck’d. This time he finds himself in New Zealand where he shows off Mad Mike Whiddett’s shop and Mazda collection and then competes in Redbull Drift Shifters with his Retaks FR-S. It looks like Tuerck had a world class time down in New Zealand even though he crashed out of the Drift Shifters event pretty early on in the day. Check it out!
Mad Mike Whiddett’s HUMBUL is here! The 4 rotor twin turbo motor looks insane and the whole car is on the top quality one would expect to come from Mad Mike. Tons of the aero is sourced from Total Car Produce Magic (whom we found these photos through as well, thanks guys. The car is currently at Tokyo Auto Salon sitting in the Garrett Turbo booth in Hall 9.
On January 9th (just a few days from now) you will see the unveil of Mad Mike Whiddett’s newest project called HUMBUL. Other than some sporadic photos we haven’t been able to get a 100% scoop on the deal. We imagine this car will be part of the Formula Drift World Championship unit for him since we have heard he is coming to Formula Drift in 2015 with a Mazda Miata already. Who is excited to see Mad Mike in 2015 with these new wild builds that are coming together?
Mad Mike Whiddett brought out some top drifters from around the world to Auckland, New Zealand last week. Here is a quick five minute recap showing the elimination of former champion Matt Powers and the race to a final with Chris Forsberg and Mad Mike Whiddeett in drift pinball.
Sit back and get ready to tune into Redbull Drift Shifters tomorrow while you should be working. It appears December 5th at 4:30pm PST and 7:30pm EST will be the local air times to tune into the show in Auckland. The event is packed with a ton of professional drifters you will be familiar with including Mad Mike Whiddett, Tyler McQuarrie, Chris Forsberg, Daigo Saito, and Ken Nomura. The best news of the weekend in NZ is that Matt Powers has made a drift return to defend his championship title at this event.
Watch Live: http://www.redbull.tv/live/
The international stars stacked up for Red Bull Drift Shifters is probably the biggest in drifting history since the Red Bull World Championship in Southern California back in 2009. If you live in Auckland the event is free on December 6th. Here are some stars coming to New Zealand:
Mad Mike Whiddett
Chris Forsberg (Nissan 370z)
Tyler McQuarrie (Chevrolet Camaro)
Ryan Tuerck (Scion FRS)
Daigo Saito (Lexus IS250 – FD Asia Car)
Ken Nomura (Nissan R34 Skyline)
Jake Jones (Nissan S13 240sx)
The rumormill around the 2014 SEMA Show is that Mad Mike is making a return to Formula Drift in 2015. These rumors might be made even more likely based around the fact that he isn’t currently running in his home series D1NZ right now which just got under way. Mad Mike had an entertaining stint in Formula Drift earlier in his career that didn’t go well on the track. His RX-8 fell short of competition at times. We imagine if the rumors are true he will be competing in the World Championship series which also visits China, Japan, and Canada for 2015. We also hear that Nitto Tire will be supporting and helping him for the return season if it happens. What do you think?
It’s early in the morning right now in Australia! Check out Mad Mike Whiddett’s insane build along with many others internationals competing at the World Time Attack weekend in Australia. Follow the link below and you can get a full dose of drifting post Irwindale.
Watch now: http://new.livestream.com/itvl/events/3487244
Check out this great video showing off the action from Formula Drift Japan at Fuji Speedway. The video throws down and highlights most drivers running Formula Drift’s debut event in Japan with some special focus on Fredric Aasbo and Mad Mike Whiddett!
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